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Beale Street Blues

This song is by Al Bernard and appears on the compilation Really the Blues? A Blues History 1893-1959 Volume 1 (1893-1929) (2010).

I've seen the lights of gay Broadway
Old Market Street down by the Frisco Bay
I've strolled the Prado, I've gambled on the Bourse
In Paris, France

The seven wonders of the world I've seen
And many are the places I have been
Take my advice, folks, and see Beale Street first
In Memphis, Tennessee

You'll see pretty browns in beautiful gowns
You'll see tailor-mades and hand-me-downs
You'll meet honest men, and pick-pockets skilled
You'll find that business never ceases 'til somebody gets killed

You see hog nosed restaurants, awesome cafes
You see just the tale of bygone days
And places one place is now just a sham
You'll find golden balls enough to pay the ___ of the lamb

If Beale Street could talk, if Beale Street could talk
Married men would have to take their beds and walk
Except one or two who never drink booze
And the blind man on the corner who sings "Beale Street Blues!"

I'd rather be there than any place I know
I'd rather be there than any place I know
It's gonna take a sergeant a-for to make me go

Goin' to the river, maybe by and by
Goin' to the river Mississippi, and there's a reason why
Because the river's wet, and Beale Street's done gone dry
Bone dry

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