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In The Evening


This next number is Petway’s take on the perennial classic, “In the Evening”. A song that’s been played in just about every shape and form. Petway’s version takes on the style of his pentatonic-riffed songs, rolling strums with expansive single note lines rained in between those strums, making a sound almost like dual guitars.


Standard — EADGBE
Capo Position

3rd Fret

Song Lyrics

In the ev’nin, baby
Oh Lord, when the sun go down
‘Yes, yes, you know I ain’t wrong’
In the ev’nin, baby
Oh Lord, when the ev’nin sun goin’ down
‘We gon’ sho’ *Tom, take us time’
‘You know we gonna do, hear me partner’
Carryin’ ev’nin on, look partner
Well, we sho’ gonna take our time

This man forgot me last night
Picked me up this mo’nin so soon
‘I’m talkin’ ’bout the man look good at me, now’
He forgot me last night
He picked me up this mo’nin so soon
Well, he told me ‘Look out, man
Somebody sho’ gonna have your room’

Look-a-here now, little woman
Anything I want, I can for you
Said, look-a-here my little woman
Anything in the world, I can for you
When the sun go down now, partner
H’oh babe, what in the world you wanna do?

Don’t the sun
Lonesome when she go down?
Don’t the sun, now partner
Lonesome when she go down?
Said, look-a-here, now black man
He don’t even ‘llow me ’round

H’oh well, baby
Wanna make ev’rything all right
H’oh well, baby
Make ev’rything all right
Goin’ to be now, sweet mama
Wear your wig tomorrow night

Song History

Year of Recording

20 February 1942


Chicago, Illinois

Record Label

Bluebird B9008