SYLVIE

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  • SYLVIE
    Leadbelly was not a blues singer in the traditional sense; he was, rather, more of a
    songster, that is, one who played blues, spirituals, pop, and prison songs, as well as dance
    tunes and folk ballads. That many of his songs carried a blues spirit could be traced back
    to the days when Leadbelly learned about the blues from seminal Texas bluesman Blind
    Lemon Jefferson. But Leadbelly’s greatest contribution to American music was in the folk
    field. Leadbelly classics such as “Goodnight Irene,” “The Midnight Special,” “Rock
    Island Line,” Cotton Fields,” and “Bring Me a Little Water, Sylvie” all contain black folk
    elements that many prewar bluesmen shunned, at least in the recording studio.
    Sylvie
    Sylvie
    I´m so hot´n dry
    Sylvie
    Sylvie
    Can´t you hear,
    Can´t you hear me crying?
    Bring me little water, Sylvie
    Bring me little water out
    Bring me little water, Sylvie
    Every little once in a while
    Sylvie says she loves me
    But I believe she lies
    She hasn´t been to see me
    Since the last day in july
    Sylvie
    Sylvie
    I´m so hot´n dry
    Sylvie
    Sylvie
    Can´t you hear
    Can´t you hear me crying
    Bring me little water, Sylvie
    Bring me little water out
    Bring me little water, Sylvie
    Every little once in a while
    She brought me a little coffee
    She brought me a little tea
    Well, she brought me nearly every damned thing
  • But she didn´t bring the jailhouse key
    Sylvie
    Sylvie
    I´m so hot´n dry
    Sylvie
    Sylvie
    Little drink of water
    Wouldn´t statisfy me
    Bring me little water, Sylvie
    Bring me little water out
    Bring me little water, Sylvie
    Every little once in a while
    Took a look ayonder
    What is that I see?
    Well I thought it was little Sylvie
    Hopprunning there for me
    Sylvie
    Sylvie
    I´m so hot and dry
    Sylvie
    Sylvie
    Can´t you hear
    Can´t you hear me crying?
    Bring me little water, Sylvie
    Bring me little water out
    Bring me little water, Sylvie
    Every little once in a while
    Every little once in a while
    Every
    little once
    in a while
    Sylvie
    Sylvie