Third Street Woman Blues

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Overview

One of Blind Joe Reynolds’ jewels which is fortunate that he left behind. It features a rock n’ roll-esque, rocking-back-and-forth line which he plays while he sings, and an extremely pretty yet remarkably comfortable-to-play lick between each line, which almost sounds like someone joyously skipping in a field.

It’s from the same session he recorded Married Man Blues blues on, his final session on November 26th 1930, which is great because somehow they managed to really record the two songs with crispness and clarity, compared to his other recordings, which makes this one an even nicer listen.

Workstation

Open G — DGDGBD
4th Fret

Hmm-mmm, where my Third Street woman now?
Hmm-mmm, where my Third Street woman now?
Thought she would cheat street me, got the coldest stuff in town
Don’t like my ch-chick…

I had so much chicken till I heard cluckin’ in my sleep
I got so much chicken till I heard cluckin’ in my sleep
Don’t like my table, mama, please don’t dig so deep
Hmm hmm, I got a…

She’s a big fat mama with the meat shakin’ on her bone
She’s a big fat mama with the meat shakin’ on her bone
And every time she shake it, Lord, a hustlin’ woman lose her home

She’s got something that the men call a stingaree
She’s got something that the men call a stingaree
Four o’clock every morning, you turn it loose on me

Hmm-mmm, where my Third Street woman gone?
Hmm-mmm, where my Third Street woman gone?
Believe to my soul, she would hustle everywhere but home

If you can’t be my rollin’ mama, you can’t spend your change
If you can’t be my rollin’ mama, you can’t spend my change

Song History

26 November 1930
Memphis, TN
Victor 23258 (US 2/1931)

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