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CANNON BALL BLUES

Oh, listen to the train
Coming down the line
Trying to make up for all of her lost time
From Buffalo to Washington
     [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
You can wash my jumper
Starch my overalls
Catch a train they call the Cannonball
From Buffalo to Washington
     [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Yonder comes a train
Comin' down the track
To carry me away, but it ain't gonna carry me back
My honey babe, my blue-eyed babe
     [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
My baby's left me,
She even took my shoes
Enough to give me the doggone weary blues
She's gone, she's solid gone
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
I'm going up north
I'm going up north this fall
If my luck don't change I won't be back at all
My honey babe, I'm leaving you
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

 

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 CAN THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN
I was standing by my window
On one cold and cloudy day
And I saw the hearse come rolling
For to carry my mother away
     Can the circle be unbroken
     Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye
     There's a better home a-waiting
     In the sky, Lord, in the sky

Oh, I told the undertaker
Undertaker, please drive slow
For this body you are hauling
How I hate to see her go
     Can the circle be unbroken
     Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye
     There's a better home a-waiting
     In the sky, Lord, in the sky

Lord, I followed close beside her
Tried to hold up and be brave
But I could not hide my sorrow
When they laid her in the grave
     Can the circle be unbroken
     Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye
     There's a better home a-waiting
     In the sky, Lord, in the sky

Went back home Lord, My home was lonely
Since my mother she had gone
All my brothers, sisters crying
What a home so sad and lone

    Can the circle be unbroken
    Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye
    There's a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, Lord, in the sky

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CAN'T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE

     This world is not my home, I'm just passing through
     My treasures and my hopes are all beyond the blue
     Where many many friends and kindred have gone on before
     And I can't feel at home in this world anymore

     Over in Glory land, there is no dying there
     The saints are shouting victory and singing everywhere
     I hear the voice of them that I have heard before
     And I can't feel at home in this world anymore

          Oh, lord, you know I have no friend like you
          If heaven's not my home, oh, lord, what would I do
          Angels beckon me to heaven's open door
          And I can't feel at home in this world anymore

     Heaven's expecting me, that's one thing I know
     I fixed it up with Jesus a long time ago
     He will take me through though I am weak and poor
     And I can't feel at home in this world anymore

     Oh, I have a loving mother over in Glory land
     I don't expect to stop until I shake her hand
     She's gone on before, just waiting at heaven's door
     And I can't feel at home in this world anymore

          Oh, lord, you know I have no friend like you
          If heaven's not my home, oh, lord, what would I do 
          Angels beckon me to heaven's open door
          And I can't feel at home in this world anymore

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     CARTERS'  BLUES  (CARTER'S BLUES)
               As I woke up one morning fair
               To view the fields and take the air
               For to view the fields and the meadows around
               I thought I heard some mournful sound
               I thought I heard my true love say
               "Oh, do turn and come this way"
                    Yodel-ay-ee, oh-lay-ee, ay-oh-lay-ee
               You love some other, you don't love me
               You care not for my company
               You love some other, and I know why
               Because he has more gold than I
               But gold will melt and silver will fly
               My love for you will never die
                    Yodel-ay-ee, oh-lay-ee, ay-oh-lay-ee
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               There is a flower, I've heard them say
               That can be seen from day to day
               And if that flower I only could find
               To cure this aching heart of mine
                    Yodel-ay-ee, oh-lay-ee, ay-oh-lay-ee
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               So fare you well, my charming little love
               Oh, meet me in that land above
               And when we meet there in that land
               We'll take no more this parting hand
                    Yodel-ay-ee, oh-lay-ee, ay-oh-lay-ee

 

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      CHARLIE AND NELLIE

Dear Nellie, since I left the city
I find I've changed my mind
I hope you won't think me untruthful
Or d&127; me the least unkind

I think we're both mistaken
I know you'll never suit me
I owe my heart to another
Of course, kind friends will agree

Please send me my ring and picture
Also my letters and books
I close with many kind wishes
Respectfully yours, Charlie Brooks

I heard all about it, dear Charlie
I knew it would end this way
I hope you will always live happy
With your loving little wife, Miss Gray

Here is your ring, dear Charlie
Don't give it to her, I pray
Unless you tell her 'twas once mine
I bore it one year today

 

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  CHEWING GUM
Mama sent me to the spring
She told me not to stay
I fell in love with a pretty little girl
Could not get away
     Chawin' chewin' gum, chewin' chawin' gum
     Chawin' chewin' gum, chewin' chawin' gum
First she give me peaches
Then she give me pears
Then she give me fifty cents
Kissed me on the stairs
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Mama don't 'low me to whistle
Papa don't 'low me to sing
They don't want me to marry
I'll marry just the same
     [CHORUS AND INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
I wouldn't have a lawyer
I'll tell you the reason why
Every time he opens his mouth
He tells a great big lie
     [CHORUS AND INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
I wouldn't have a doctor
I'll tell you the reason why
He rides all over the country
Makes the people die
     [CHORUS AND INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
I wouldn't have a farmer
I'll tell you the reason why
Because he has so plenty to eat
Specially pumpkin pie
     [CHORUS AND INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
I took my girl to church last night
How do you reckon she done
She walked right up to the preacher's face
And chewed her chewing gum
     [CHORUS AND INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

 

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 CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD
There's a church in the valley in the wildwood
No lovelier place in the dell
No spot is so dear to my childhood
As the little brown church in the dell
   [bass] Oh, come, come, come, come
   [all]  Come to the church in the wildwood 
          Oh, come to the church in the dell
          No spot is so dear to my childhood
          As the little brown church in the dell
              [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
How sweet on a clear sabbath morning
To listen to the clear ringing bells
Its gongs so sweetly are calling
Oh, come to the church in the dell
   [bass] Oh, come, come, come, come
   [all]  Come to the church in the wildwood 
          Oh, come to the church in the dell
          No spot is so dear to my childhood
          As the little brown church in the dell
There, close by the side of the loved one
'Neath the tree where the wildflowers bloom
She sleeps, sweet love sleeps 'neath the willow
Disturb not her rest in the tomb
   [bass] Oh, come, come, come, come
   [all]  Come to the church in the wildwood 
          Oh, come to the church in the dell
          No spot is so dear to my childhood
          As the little brown church in the dell
   [bass] Oh, come, come, come, come
   [all]  Come to the church in the wildwood 
          Oh, come to the church in the dell
          No spot is so dear to my childhood
          As the little brown church in the dell

 

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 COAL MINER'S BLUES

Some blues are just blues
Mine are the miner's blues
Some blues are just blues 
Mine are the miner's blues
My troubles are coming 
By threes and by twos
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Blues and more blues
It's a coal black blues
Blues and more blues
It's a coal black blues
Got coal in my hair
Got coal in my shoes
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

These blues are soul blue
They are the coal black blues
These blues are soul blue
They are the coal black blues
For my place will cave in
And my life I will lose
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

You say they are blues
These old miner's blues
You say they are blues
These old miner's blues
Now I must have sharpened 
These picks that I use
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

I'm out with these blues
Dirty coal black blues
I'm out with these blues
Dirty coal black blues
We'll lay off tomorrow 
With the coal miner's blues

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 COWBOY JACK

He was just a lonely cowboy
With a heart so brave and true
He learned to love a maiden
With eyes of heaven's own blue
They learned to love each other
And named their wedding day
When a quarrel came between them
And Jack, he rode away
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
He joined a band of cowboys
And tried to forget her name
But out on the lonely pa-rairie
She waits for him the same
One night when work was finished
Just at the close of day
Someone said, sing a song, Jack
We'll drive those cares away
When Jack began his singing
His mind did wander back
For he sang of a maiden
Who waited for her Jack
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
When he reached the prairie
He found a new-made mound
His friends they sadly told him
They laid his loved one down
They said as she was dying
She breathed her sweetheart's name
And asked them with her last breath
To tell him when he came
Your sweetheart waits for you, Jack
Your sweetheart waits for you
Out on the lonely pa-rairie
Where the skies are always blue

 

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 COWBOY'S WILD SONG TO HIS HERD
One beautiful night when the moon was full
And the air was crisp and clear
A cowboy lay on the starlit plain
And thought of his home so dear
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
He thought of his mother he loved so well
And the slumber of sleep was buried
Not a sound to be heard but those of the night
As he sang a wild song to his herd
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
The cattle are lying so quiet and still
On the carpet that mantles the west
While the golden links from the sky at night
Brings peace to the cowboy's breast
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Still he thinks of his mother in a faraway land
And his thoughts by memory was stirred
And he sees himself to the old home again
As he sings a wild song to his herd
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
He's far from the din of the city noise
Where the links of folly do shine
He's far from the brawls of the dives of sin
And the flow of the sparkling wine
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
He's in the great west with its mantle of green
Where his neighbors say never a word
A land of mirages, mountains and plains
Where the cowboy sings low to his herd

 

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    THE CUBAN SOLDIER

Far away in a Spanish dungeon
A Cuban soldier lay
Slowly dying from the torture
Inflicted day by day
He begged to send a message
But his kindness was denied
So he called his comrades to him
And told his story 'ere he died

     When Cuba gains her freedom
     And the Spaniards cease to reign
     There's a loved one on that island
     I will never see again
     Oh, find her for me, comrades
     And tell her you were by my side
     And I bid you take this message
     To a soldier's promised bride
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

'Tis the same old story, comrades
Love weeps when duty is done
When Cuba was struggling for her freedom
I was ordered to my gun
Though I'm a captain dying
The struggle will soon be o'er
Tell her I said to meet me
Where the soldiers fight no more

     When Cuba gains her freedom
     And the Spaniards cease to reign
     There's a loved one on that island
     I will never see again
     Oh, find her for me, comrades
     And tell her you were by my side
     And I bid you take this message
     To a soldier's promised bride

 

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 THE CYCLONE OF RYE COVE
Oh, listen today and a story I'll tell
In sadness and tear-dimmed eyes
Of a dreadful cyclone that came this way
And blew our schoolhouse away
     Rye Cove (Rye Cove) Rye Cove (Rye Cove)
     The place of my childhood and home
     Where in life's early morn I once loved to roam
     But now it's so silent and lone
         [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
When the cyclone appeared it darkened the air
Yes, the lightning flashed over the sky
The children all cried, don't take us away
And spare us to go back home
     Rye Cove (Rye Cove) Rye Cove (Rye Cove)
     The place of my childhood and home
     Where in life's early morn I once loved to roam
     But now it's so silent and lone
There were mothers so dear and fathers the same
That came to this horrible scene
Searching and crying each found their own child
Dying on a pillow of stone
     Rye Cove (Rye Cove) Rye Cove (Rye Cove)
     The place of my childhood and home
     Where in life's early morn I once loved to roam
     But now it's so silent and lone
Oh, give us a home far beyond the blue sky
Where storms and cyclones are unknown
There by life's strand we'll clasp this glad hand
With children in a heavenly home
     Rye Cove (Rye Cove) Rye Cove (Rye Cove)
     The place of my childhood and home
     Where in life's early morn I once loved to roam
     But now it's so silent and lone

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