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Bessie Smith - Young Woman's Blues

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Published on Jul 14, 2009

Young Woman's Blues (Bessie Smith)

Bessie Smith (vocals)
born 15th April 1894, died 26th September 1937
(apologies for the wrong birth date at the start of the video)

with

Joe Smith (cornet)
Buster Bailey (clarinet)
Fletcher Henderson (piano)

recorded 26th October 1926
142878-3 CO 14179-D. 35673

"Woke up this mornin',
when chickens were crowin' for day;
And on the right side of my pillow
my man had gone away;
By his pillow he left a note
Reading, I'm sorry dame, you got my goat;
No time to marry, no time to settle down;
I'm a young woman and ain't done runnin' round;
I'm a young woman and ain't done runnin' round;
Some people call me a hobo, some call me a bum;
Nobody knows my name, nobody knows what I've done;
I'm as good as any woman in your town;
I ain't no high yellow, I'm a deep killer brown;
I ain't gonna marry, ain't gonna settle down;
I'm gonna to drink good moonshine,
and run these browns down;
See that long lonesome road,
Lord you know it's gotta end;
And I'm a good woman, and I can get plenty men."

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