Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues

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Overview

Here’s a song that’s quite a close cousin to the family of Patton songs such as Highwater Everywhere Pt. 1, Jersey Bull Blues, Revenue Man Blues, Love My Stuff, and others. One slight difference is how he occasionally opens the chorus — the riff played (with the bassline going from root, to the bVII, to the VI, to the open 4th string) is one that doesn’t really come up on those other songs.

Actually, seeing as the rest of the what he plays is for all intents and purposes the same, this song is kind of like an ugly duckling sibling to those other tunes. Patton clearly loved this Spanish tuning structure though, since he played it so often.

Workstation

Open G — DGDGBD
3rd Fret

Jackson on a high hill, mama, Natchez just below
Jackson on a high hill, mama, Natchez just below
— (So did the Lord dear mama) —
I ever get back home I won’t be back no more

Oh, my mama get old, her head is turnin’ gray
My mama’s getting old, head is turnin’ gray
Don’t you know it’ll break her heart know my livin’ this-a way

Ever woke up in the mornin’, jinx all around your bed
Ever woke up in the mornin’, jinx all around your bed
— (Children, I know how it is, baby) —
Turned my face to the wall and I didn’t have a word to say

No use a-hollerin’, no use a-screamin’ and cryin’
No use a-hollerin’, no use a-screamin’ and cryin’
For you know you got a home, mama, long as I got mine

Hey, Lord have mercy on my wicked soul
Oh, Lord have mercy on my wicked soul
— (You know I wouldn’t mistreat you) —
I wouldn’t mistreat you, baby, for my weight in gold

Oh, go away baby, don’t you wanna go
I’m goin’ away pretty mama, don’t you wanna go
— (I know you wanna go, baby) —
Take God to tell when I’ll be back here anymore

Song History

14 June 1929
Richmond, IN
Paramount 12805

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