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When Can I Change My Clothes

This song is by Bukka White and appears on the compilation album Aberdeen Mississippi Blues: The Vintage Recordings 1930-1940 (2003).

When Can I Change My Clothes? 2:58 Trk 12
Bukka White (Booker T. Washington White)
Bukka White - vocal and guitar and Washboard Sam - wshbrd.
Recorded: March 7th and 8th 1940 Chicago, Illinois
Album: Parchman Farm Blues, Roots RTS 33055


Never will forget that day
When they had me in Parchman Jail
Would no one even come and go my bail
I wonder how long
Before I can change my clothes?
I wonder how long
'Fore I can change my clothes?

So many days I would be sittin' down
I would be sittin' down lookin' down on my clothes
I wonder how long
Before I can change my clothes?
I wonder how long
'Fore I can change my clothes

So many days when the day would be cold
They would car' me out in the rain and cold
I wonder how long
Before I can change my clothes?
I wonder how long
'Fore I can change my clothes?

So many days when the day would be cold

You can stand and look at these convict toes
I wonder how long
Before I can change my clothes?
I wonder how long
'Fore I can change my clothes?

So many days I would be
Walkin' down the road
I can hardly walk for lookin' down on my clothes
I wonder how long
Before I can change my clothes?
I wonder how long
'Fore I can change my clothes

Never will forget that day
When they taken my clothes
Taken my citizen's clothes
And throwed them away
Wonder how long
Before I can change my clothes?
I wonder how long
'Fore I can change my clothes.

~

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