Dust My Broom

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Overview

Dust My Broom is a staple not just for Blues history, but Rock and perhaps music history in general. Of course, most every great blues musician, most every great rock musician has at least acknowledged the song in one way or another, and knowing what’s arguably the original is nice to have at the fingertips.

Again, as a Standard tuning song, similar to Sweet Home Chicago and When You’ve Got A Good Friend, and so on, it’s a step forward in how it not only utilizes the classic blues shuffle, but also throws in slightly fancier treble side moves to create more intricacy and flavour.

Workstation

Standard — EADGBE

I’m gonna get up in the mornin’
I believe I’ll dust my broom
I’m gonna get up in the mornin’
I believe I’ll dust my broom
Girlfriend the black man you’ve been lovin’
Girlfriend can get my room

I’m gonna write a letter
Telephone every town I know
I’m gonna write a letter
Telephone every town I know
If I can’t find her in West Helena
She must be in East Monroe I know

I don’t want no woman
Wants every downtown man she meets
I don’t want no woman
Wants every downtown man she meets
She’s a no good doney
They shouldn’t allow her on the street

I believe, I believe I’ll go back home
I believe, I believe I’ll go back home
You can mistreat me here babe
But you can’t when I go home

And I’m gettin up in the mornin’
I believe I’ll dust my broom
I’m gettin up in the mornin’
I believe I’ll dust my broom
Girlfriend the black man you been lovin’
Girlfriend can get my room

I’m gonna call up Chiney
See is my good girl over there
I’m gonna call up China
See is my good girl over there
I can’t find her on Phillipine’s island
She must be in Ethiopia somewhere

Song History

27 November 1936
San Antonio Texas
Vocalion 03475