Wartime Blues by Blind Lemon Jefferson

Wartime Blues (3070-1) - Blind Lemon Jefferson; Chicago c. November 1926, Pm 12425; E position pitched Eb.

"What you gonna do when they send your man to the war?
What you gonna do, send your man to the war?
What you gonna do when they send your man to the war?"
"I'm gonna drink muddy water, gonna sleep in a hollow log."

Ain't got nobody, I'm all here by myself.
Got nobody, all here by myself.
Got nobody, all here by myself.
Well, these women don't care but the men don't need me here.

Well, I'm goin' to the river, gonna walk it up and down.
Goin' to the river, walk it up and down.
Goin' to the river, walk it up and down.
If I don't find Parthena,[*] I’m gonna jump overboard and drown.

If I could shine my light like a headlight on some train,
If I could shine like a headlight on some train,
If I could shine like a headlight on some train,
I would shine my light in Colorado Springs.

Well, they tell me that southbound train had a wreck last night.
Lord, that southbound train had a wreck last night.
Lord, that southbound train had a wreck last night.
Sugar, the section foreman ain't treating your railroad right.

Well, the girl I love and the one I crave to see.
Woman I love, one I crave to see.
Woman I love and the one I crave to see.
Well, she’s livin' in Memphis and the fool won't write to me.

I said, little woman, what have I said and done?
Easy mama, what I've said and done?
Easy mama, what have I said and done?
You're treatin' me like my trouble have just begun.

Notes:
[*] PARTHENA (from Chris Smith) is closer than POOR TINA (from BlueRob).