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East St Louis Blues

This song is by Faber Smith and Jimmy Yancey and appears on the compilation The Story of the Blues (1969) and on the compilation Broke, Black & Blue (1999).

I walked all the way to to the old St. Louis town
I was hoping to the good lord, I would never be found

Now the sheriff come and got me, he hand cuffed me by (?)
I had a (?) pistol carried on myself

Before I let that baby treat me like a clown
I would take her life and be (?)

Her right name is Mary but everybody calls her Pearl
I killed that woman rather than take mistreatin' from her

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