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Sad News Blues by Blind Lemon Jefferson

Sad News Blues (20772-2) - Blind Lemon Jefferson,
Chicago July 1928, Pm 12728,
C position and pitch.

I'm sittin here moanin', I have the letter here in my hand.
Mmmmm-mmmm-mmm, I've got a letter here in my hand.
My faro wrote to tell me, my baby's got a brand new man.

I'm miles away from home, I ain't got no railroad fare.
I'm miles away from home, I ain't got no railroad fare.
I'm gonna beat that B&O into Baltimore, for I heard my baby was there.

I was drinkin' all night, got up this mornin' sloppy drunk.
Drinkin' all night long, got up this mornin' sloppy drunk.
I would pack my things, but somebody done stole my trunk.

I met a brown last night, I tried to get her to ease my pain.
I met a brown last night, I tried to get her to ease my pain.
Said, "You ain't got no money, so don't come back here again."

It's sad news when your baby's tramplin' on you,
I say, it's sad news when your baby's tramplin' on you,
When you know you've been doin' the very best you could do.


Sad News Blues (21133-1) - Blind Lemon Jefferson,
Chicago c. January 1929, Pm 12728,
C position pitched at B.

I'm sittin' here moanin', got a letter here in my hand.
Mmmmm-mmmm-mmm, letter here in my hand.
My faro wrote to tell me, my baby's got a brand new man.

I'm miles away from home, I ain't got no railroad fare.
I'm miles away from home, I ain't got no railroad fare.
I'm gonna beat that B&O into Baltimore, because I know my baby is there.

I was drinkin' all night long, got up this mornin' sloppy drunk.
Drinkin' all night long, got up this mornin' sloppy drunk.
I would pack my clothes, somebody's done stole my trunk.

I met a brown last night, I tried to get her to ease my pain.
I met a brown last night, I tried to get her to ease my pain.
"You ain't got no money, don't come back here again."

It's sad news when your baby's tramplin' on you,
I say, it's sad news when your baby's tramplin' on you,
When you know you have done the very best you can do.