Nehi Blues

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Overview

Here’s a great Blind Joe Reynolds song, rife with nice, single-note lines and inventive bends. It’s a bit unique from his other recordings in how each chorus is really through-written (although others like Cold Woman Blues are similar); being through-written, it’s almost a bit easier to learn, since each chorus is reliably the same, without sudden solos and what not. Overall, a great song that showcases Blind Joe Reynolds’ guitar skills.

Workstation

Standard — but each string detuned one half-step, so Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb

Some girls wear short dresses, and these married women wears ’em too
Some girls wear short dresses, and these married women wears ’em too
That’s the reason single men, Lord, don’t know what we want to do

When the proper judges make these women let these dresses down
When the proper judges make these women let these dresses down
Told that tremblin’ soul, doggone, what you learnin’ in town

Women tarry too long, pullin’ this short dress style
Women tarry too long, pullin’ the short dress style
So we single men can’t tell a married woman from a child
Hmmm, Hmm, Hmmm, hmmm

Let me tell you boys what these nehi dresses will do
Let me tell you boys what these nehi dresses will do
Get you broke, ragged, and hungry boy, then come down on you

All of you women, you all oughta be ashamed
All of you young women, the whole lot oughta be ashamed
Makin’ these old men naughty, when they’re walkin’ on walking canes
Hmmm, Hmmm, Hmmm, Hmmm

An old man ain’t nothin’ but a young woman’s slave
These old mens ain’t nothin’ but a young woman’s slave
He works hard all the time tryin’ to stay in a young man’s ways
Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm, hmmm

Song History

November 1929
Grafton, WI
Paramount 12927 (US 5/1930)

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