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Cold Penitentiary Blues

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

Got the cold penitentiary blues, old boy
I've got the cold penitentiary blues
Thinking of that girl I love
I got the cold penitentiary blues

Mother called me to her deathbed side
"Oh son, won't you listen to me?
If you don't quit your rowdy ways
You'll see trouble all your days"

See trouble all your days, old boy
See trouble all your days
If you don't quit your rowdy ways
You'll see trouble all your days

My Father, he's in a cold, cold tomb
My Mother, she's away
Sister married to a gambling man
And now I'm gone astray

Now I'm going astray, old boy
Oh now, I'm goin' astray
Says, sister married to a gambling man
And now I'm going astray

I went down to the freight depot
As the train was pulling in
Looked in the window, saw the girl I love
Had run away with the other man

Run away with the other man, old boy
Run away with the other man
Looked in the window, saw the girl I love
Had run away with the other man

Got the cold penitentiary blues, old boy
I've got the cold penitentiary blues
Thinking of that girl I love
I got the cold penitentiary blues

I walked out on the cold platform
As the train was rolling by
Waved to me her lily white hand
And I hung down my head and cried

Hung down my head and cried, old boy
Hung down my head and cried
She waved to me her lily white hand
I hung down my head and cried

Got the cold penitentiary blues, old boy
I've got the cold penitentiary blues
Thinking of that girl I love
I got the cold penitentiary blues

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