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You Been a Good Old Wagon

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

Well I was standing in a crap game doing no harm, this morning
A copper grabbed me by my arm without warning
Well he took me down to the jailhouse door
Place I never had been before, I was run in

No more will I buy my baby them pork chops
Hear her lily lips go flippety flop
But the reason I'm in trouble 'bout my sweet thing
Is because to me this song she did sing:

"Goodbye, my honey, if you call it gone, darling!
Goodbye, my honey, if you call it gone, my baby!
Well it ain't no use to weep and moan
You've been a good old wagon but you done broke down, so bye-bye"

Well the judge aksed me what a-had I done this morning
Standing in a crap game getting my gun, my hot stuff
Well the judge and jury did says to me
"You done killed three niggers in the first degree; and it's no bail"
They put me on a boarder ______ Sing Sing train
They loaded me down with a ball and chain
Every station said that I have ____
I imagine I could hear my baby cry:

"Bye bye, my honey, if you call it gone, my darling!
Goodbye, my honey, if you call it gone, my baby!
Well it ain't no use to weep and moan
You've been a good old wagon but you badly bent, so bye-bye"

Yes indeed nigger, you not only been a good old wagon but you is badly bent and your axle needs greasing, you hear me?

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