Old Time Blues Digital Songbag

In a humble effort to follow in the footsteps of the great song collectors of yesteryear like John A. Lomax, Carl Sandburg, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Jack Thorp, et al, Old Time Blues presents the Old Time Blues Digital Songbag, a virtual songbook of lyrics, primarily of folk and blues interest and dating to the 1920s and 1930s, collected and transcribed by R. Connor Montgomery from primary source material (phonograph records, original sheet music, and songbooks) held within the Old Time Blues Collection.

Transcriptions of “scat” lyrics and yodels are approximate.  Guitar chords, if provided, are usually aurally identified and may not be accurate, nor the most ideal method of playing the song in question.

≡ Table of Contents ≡

  1. All-Go-Hungry Hash House
  2. Beautiful Texas
  3. Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues)
  4. Blue Yodel No. 10 (Ground Hog Rootin’ in My Back Yard)
  5. Brown’s Ferry Blues
  6. Bury Me Out on the Prairie (The Cowboy’s Lament)
  7. Death of Floyd Collins
  8. Deep Elem Blues
  9. Franklin Roosevelt’s Back Again
  10. I’m Gonna Cry (Cryin’ Blues)
  11. In 1992
  12. In the Jailhouse Now
  13. It’s Tight Like That
  14. Jim Jackson’s Kansas City Blues
  15. Kisses
  16. My Red-Haired Lady
  17. Nights When I Am Lonely
  18. Penitentiary Blues
  19. N. R. A. Blues
  20. Shadowland Blues
  21. St. James Infirmary
  22. Stay in the Wagon Yard
  23. The Book on Etiquette (Etiquette Blues)
  24. The Brakeman’s Blues
  25. The Club Meeting
  26. The Little Old Sod Shanty
  27. The Match Box Blues
  28. The Mythological Blues
  29. The Preacher and the Bear
  30. True Blue Bill
  31. Waitin’ for the Evenin’ Mail
  32. Willie, the Chimney Sweeper