Cotton’ Pickin’ Blues

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Overview

Using more of his Texas blues ideas with Cotton Pickin’ Blues, Petway gives another fine example of his playing here. The kind of bouncy rhythm to the song and also the single-note improvisation that he executes on the treble-side strings.

Workstation

Standard — EADGBE
2nd Fret

She’s a cotton‑picking woman, lord she does it all the time
She’s a cotton‑picking woman, she does it all the time
If you don’t stop picking cotton now baby
I believe you sure going to lose you mind

She picked so much cotton, she even don’t know where to go
She picked so much cotton, she even don’t know where to go
She’ll even moan now sweet mama
Honey she’s going from door to door

She’s a cotton‑picking woman, I swear she pick cotton all the time
She’s a cotton‑picking woman, I swear she pick cotton all the time
If you don’t stop picking now baby
I believe you going to lose your mind

I’m so far from my home, well I can’t tell right from wrong
I’m so far from my home, well I can’t tell right from wrong
Now my baby last night mama
Oh well she said now black man I’m going

How long, on my bended knees
How long, on my bended knees
Pick so much cotton now partner
Will you forgive me if you please

Song History

20 February 1942
Chicago, Illinois
Bluebird B9036

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