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High Sheriff Blues


Overview


Workstation


Tuning
Capo Position

1st Fret

Original Recording

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Song Lyrics

Get in trouble at Belzoni
There ain't no use a screamin' and cryin'
Get in trouble in Belzoni
There ain't no use a screamin' and cryin'
Mr. Will will take you back
To Belzoni jail house flyin'

Le' me tell you folksies
How he treated me
Le' me tell you folksies
How he treated me
An' he put me in a cellar
Just as dark as it could be

There I laid one evenin'
Mr. Purvis was standin' 'round
There I laid one evenin'
Mr. Purvis was standin' 'round
Mr. Purvis told Mr. Will
To let poor Charley down

It takes booze and blues, Lord
To carry me through
Takes booze and blues, Lord
To carry me through
But it did seem like years
In a jail house where there is no boo'

I got up one mornin'
Feelin' awe, hmm
I got up one mornin'
Feelin' mighty bad, hmm
An' it might not a been
Them Belzoni jail I had
(Blues I had, boys)

While I was in trouble
Ain't no use a screamin'
When I was in prison
It ain't no use a screamin and cryin'
Mr. Purvis the onliest man
Could ease that pain of mine

Song History


Year of Recording

30 January 1934

Location

New York City

Record Label

Vocalion 02680