Left My Baby Crying

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Overview

Left My Baby Crying is another less clearly recorded Petway song (perhaps more akin to the 1941 recordings as it is), but keeps that same aggressive feeling, with the biting strums and the juicy, cut-throat lines.

Workstation

Standard — but each string detuned one half-step, so Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb

When I left my baby
Standin’ in the back door crying
When I left my baby
Standin’ in the back door cryin’
I know blues now, little woman, she’s just messed up all in mind

My babe my baby
Honey where did you stay last night
Well my babe my baby
Honey where did you stay last night
You lookie here now sweet mama, you ain’t done, treat your daddy right

You better look at me now sweet mama
Honey you can’t tell where I’m goin’
Look at me now baby
Honey you can’t tell where I’m goin’
Well I tell you now in the mornin’ mama, well you gonna find your good man goin’

Well my baby
Ain’t gonna be back till Fall
Well my babe my baby
She ain’t gonna be back till Fall
I’m goin’ get nowhere now sweet mama she ain’t comin’ back till Fall

Song History

28 March 1941
Chicago, Illinois
Bluebird B8786

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