Doin’ Wrong

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Overview

Here’s another song that’s a stark precursor to rock n’ roll. Howell shows his prowess in playing boogie basslines — coupling the bass part with treble-side chord strums in between each bass note. It makes for a very bouncy beat, and a unique song from Howell’s repertoire.

Workstation

Standard — EADGBE
2nd Fret

Take me sweet mama, allow me one more show
Keep me sweet mama, allow me one more show
I swear to the Lord that I won’t do wrong no more

I don’t love no woman if she ain’t got baby ways
I don’t love no woman if she ain’t got baby ways
I’m crazy ’bout my lovin’, it’s always been my crave

I woke up this morning, ‘tween midnight and day
I woke up this morning, just before day
I looked at the pillow where my good gal used to lay

I hung my head, I cried just like a child
I hung my head, I cried just like a child
Said, ‘the way I’m treated, mama, sure ain’t satisfied’

If you ever go to Memphis, stop by Jesse’s Hall
If you ever go to Memphis, stop by Jesse’s Hall
You see my picture hangin’ on the wall

I’ve got the blues so bad, mama, my poor heart is sore
Got the blues so bad, mama, my poor heart is sore
Can’t rest contented, mama, nowhere I go

Take me, sweet mama, take me, slow down
Take me brownie, please don’t throw me down
Take me brownie, please don’t throw me down
I’m gonna pack my suitcase, I’m gonna throw it out

Song History

9 November 1927
Atlanta, Georgia
Columbia 14473-D

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