STATESBORO BLUES

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STATESBORO BLUES

“Statesboro Blues” is a blues song in the key of C written by Blind Willie McTell; the
title refers to the town of Statesboro, Georgia. McTell made the first recording of the song
on October 17, 1928. McTell borrowed part of the lyrics from a 1923 Sippie Wallace
recording of “Up the Country Blues”, which was later popularized by Canned Heat as
“Goin’ up the Country”. The song has since been covered by many other artists, including
Dave Van Ronk and Taj Mahal. The most familiar version of the song is by The Allman
Brothers Band, as recorded at the Fillmore East in March 1971 and first released on the
1971 album At Fillmore East.
Wake up mama, turn your lamp down low
Wake up mama, turn your lamp down low
Have you got the nerve to drive papa McTell from your door
My mother died and left me reckless, my daddy died and left me wild, wild, wild
Mother died and left me reckless, daddy died and left me wild, wild, wild
No, I’m not good lookin’, I’m some sweet woman’s angel child
You’re a mighty mean woman, to do me this a-way
You’re a mighty mean woman, to do me this a-way
Going to leave this town, pretty mama, going away to stay
I once loved a woman, better than I ever seen
I once loved a woman, better than I ever seen
Treat me like I was a king and she was a doggone queen
Sister, tell your Brother, Brother tell your Auntie, Auntie, tell your Uncle,
Uncle tell my Cousin, Cousin tell my friend
Goin’ up the country, Mama, don’t you want to go?
May take me a fair brown, may take me one or two more
Big Eighty left Savannah, Lord, and did not stop
You ought to saw that colored fireman when he got that boiler hot
Reach over in the corner, hand me my travelin’ shoes
You know by that, I got them Statesboro blues
Sister got ’em, daddy got ’em
Brother got ’em, mama got ’em
Woke up this morning, we had them Statesboro blues
I looked over in the corner,
Grandpa and grandma had ’em too.