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Phonograph Blues


Overview


Similar to songs like Me & the Devil Blues, Kindhearted Woman, and Honeymoon Blues, the guitar parts here use a similar set of shapes for each move.

Yes, as you can hear from the recording, it’s almost the same as the others in this family, with slight differences like in how he plucks the intro. So if you played through Dead Shrimp Blues chances are you’ve got a good handle on this one, but perhaps just a short run through of this lesson is all that’s necessary to ensure that it’s more so under your fingertips.

Workstation


Tuning
Standard — EADGBE
Capo Position

None

Song Lyrics

Beatrice got a phonograph
And it won’t say a lonesome word
Beatrice got a phonograph
And it won’t say a lonesome word
What evil have I done?
What evil has the poor girl heard?

Beatrice, I love my phonograph
But you broke my windin’ chain
Beatrice, I love my phonograph
But you have broke my windin’ chain
And you taken my lovin’
And you gave it to your other man

And we played it on the sofa
And we played it side the wall
And we played it on the sofa
And we played it side the wall
But boys, my needles have got rusty
And it will not play at all

Beatrice, I love my phonograph
Mmm, babe, and I’m bound to lose my mind
Beatrice, I love my phonograph
And I’m ’bout to lose my mind
Why don’t you bring your clothes back home, baby
And try me one more time

Now my phonograph
Mmm, babe, it won’t say a lonesome word
My little phonograph
And it won’t say a lonesome word
What evil I have done?
What evil have the poor girl heard?

Now Beatrice
Won’t you bring your clothes back home
Now Beatrice
Won’t you bring your clothes back home
I wanna wind your little phonograph
Just to hear your little motor moan

Song History


Year of Recording

23 November 1936

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Record Label

Unissued on 78 rpm