“Church Street Blues” is a song written by Tony Rice. Tony Rice is an acoustic guitarist
and bluegrass musician. Rice spans the range of acoustic music, from traditionalbluegrass to jazz-influenced “Spacegrass” music, to songwriter-oriented folk. Over thecourse of his career, he has played alongside J. D. Crowe and the New South, DavidGrisman (during the formation of “Dawg Music”) and Jerry Garcia, led his own TonyRice Unit, collaborated with Norman Blake and recorded with his brothers. He hasrecorded with drums, piano, soprano sax, as well as with traditional Bluegrassinstrumentation.Lord I been hangin’ out of town in that low down rainWatchin’ good time Charlie friend is drivin’ me insaneDown on shady Charlotte Street the green lights look redWish I was back home on the farm in my feather bed.Get myself a rockin’ chairTo see if I can loseThem thin dime hard timesHell on Church Street blues.Found myself a picker friend who’s read yesterday’s newsFolded up page twenty-one and stuck it in my shoeGave a nickle to the poor my good turn for the dayFolded up my own little folder threw it far away.Lord I wish I had some guitar strings Old Black Diamond brandI’d string up this old Martin box and go and join some bandBut I guess I’ll just stay right here just pick and sing a whileTry to make me a little change and give them folks a smile.
CHURCH STREET BLUES