KANSAS CITY BLUES

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KANSAS CITY BLUES
“Kansas City Blues” is a song by Jim Jackson. Jackson’s first record, “Jim Jacksons’s
Kansas City Blues, Part 1 & 2″ (recorded 10 October 1927 for Vocalion Records) was
one of the first, and biggest race hits. The song’s melody line was re-used and developed
by Charlie Patton (“Going To Move To Alabama”) and Hank Williams (Move It On
Over“) before emerging in Rock Around The Clock“, and its lyrical content presaged
Leiber and Stoller‘s Kansas City“. The song contains the line “It takes a rocking chair to
rock, a rubber ball to roll…”, and is mentioned as one of the candidates to the first Rock
and Roll record. Janis Joplin later recorded a song she called “Kansas City Blues”,
singing “…goin’ to Kansas City to bring Jim Jackson home”.
I been rockin’ and reelin’, Lord as long as I can be
Lord, the man that I love tryin’ to make a fool out of me.
Babe, I’m leavin’, yeah I’m a-leavin’ this mornin’
Goin’ to Kansas City to bring Jim Jackson home.
Now well I used to drink and I’m gonna buy a gallon
I’m gonna find me my man I say, get a pair of overalls.
I’m leavin’, yeah I’m gonna go to Kansas City, ha ha ha,
Goin’ to Kansas City, yeah, to make my man my own.
I’ll walk on Beauty Street with an idea I might stay,
If she wants my man I’ll just change my ways.
Lord I’m leavin’, yeah I’m leavin’ this mornin’
Goin’ to Kansas City to bring Jim Jackson home.
Go ahead, take it!
Yeah!
I been rockin’ and reelin’, lonesome as I can be
Lord the man that I love sure made a fool out of me.
Babe I’m leavin’, yeah I’m leavin’ this mornin’
Goin’ to Kansas City tryin’ to find a man of my own, yeah.