Sleepy Woman Blues

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Overview

Sleepy Woman Blues starts out more with simple, relaxed strums than some of the other Descension family tunes (the 11 of 14 Petway songs which follows this common form). Again, he intros the song with some easy, rocking “bassline plus strums” work, and eases into the IV chord similarly. Following this, he dives into those classic single note lines which he so aptly plays.

Workstation

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

Well, she sleeps me in the mornin’, baby, well, she sleeps me late at night
Well, she sleeps me in the mornin’, baby, well, she sleeps me late at night
She sleep me so long now, little woman, I b’lieve to my soul you ain’t treatin’ me right

Sleeps me so long now, little daddy, she b’lieve to my soul I’m dead (Spoken: Yes, yes!)
Sleep me so long now, baby, she b’lieve to her soul I’m dead
Way you treat me now, baby, I b’lieve it done gone to my head

Don’t sleep me so long, baby, ’til I can’t teach you right from wrong
Don’t sleep me so long, baby, I can not teach you right from wrong
Reason I love you now, little woman, ’cause you done been here but now you’re gone

Yes, yes! Play it now for ’em there, partner!

Keep on sleepin’ me now, baby, oh well, you sure ain’t gonna call it right
Keep on sleepin’ now, baby, oh well, you ain’t gonna call it right
Catch you sleepin’ now, little woman, I said, wit’ your kidman at night

Song History

28 March 1941
Chicago, Illinois
Bluebird B8756

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Sleepy Woman Blues starts out more with simple, relaxed strums than some of these other Descension family tunes. Again, he intros the song with some easy, rocking “bassline plus strums” work, and eases into the IV chord similarly. Following this, he dives into those classic single note lines which he so aptly plays.

Lyrics

Well, she sleeps me in the mornin’, baby, well, she sleeps me late at night
Well, she sleeps me in the mornin’, baby, well, she sleeps me late at night
She sleep me so long now, little woman, I b’lieve to my soul you ain’t treatin’ me right

Sleeps me so long now, little daddy, she b’lieve to my soul I’m dead (Spoken: Yes, yes!)
Sleep me so long now, baby, she b’lieve to her soul I’m dead
Way you treat me now, baby, I b’lieve it done gone to my head

Don’t sleep me so long, baby, ’til I can’t teach you right from wrong
Don’t sleep me so long, baby, I can not teach you right from wrong
Reason I love you now, little woman, ’cause you done been here but now you’re gone

Yes, yes! Play it now for ’em there, partner!

Keep on sleepin’ me now, baby, oh well, you sure ain’t gonna call it right
Keep on sleepin’ now, baby, oh well, you ain’t gonna call it right
Catch you sleepin’ now, little woman, I said, wit’ your kidman at night

Other Links

Robert Petway’s Wikipedia page: Here
Original Recording for Sleepy Woman Blues: Here

Song Info

Year of Recording: March 28, 1941
Location of Recording: Chicago, Illinois
Tuning: Standard Tuning, but with each string tuned down half a step, so Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb