Blue Yodel No. 10

Blue Yodel No. 10 (Ground Hog Rootin’ in My Back Yard)

Words and music by Jimmie Rodgers, 1932.


Something about you, mama
Sure gives me the blues.

Hey, hey.

Something about you, mama
Sure gives me the blues.

It ain’t your drop stitch stockings.
It ain’t your blue buckle shoes.

Hey, hey.

Yodelay-ee-holay-hee-holay-hee

You know sweet mama,
I’m bound to love you some.

It’s the truth honey.

You know sweet mama,
I’m bound to love you some.

‘Cause I’ve done more for you
Than anybody ever done.

You know it, baby.

Yodelay-ee-holay-hee-holay-hee

Got me a pretty mama.
Got me a bulldog too.

Sure have!

Got me a pretty mama.
Got me a bulldog too.

My pretty mama don’t love me,
But my bulldog do.

Yodelay-ee-holay-hee-holay-hee

There’s been a groundhog
Rootin’ ’round my yard at night.

Hey hey.

There’s been a groundhog
Rootin’ ’round my yard at night.

From the way my mama been treatin’ me,
He must be rootin’ all right.

Lawd honey, he must be rootin’ all right.

Yodelay-ee-holay-hee-holay-hee

I ain’t no sheik man
Don’t try vamp no girl.
I ain’t no sheik man
Don’t try vamp no girl.

It’s my reg’lar grinding
Gets me by in this world.

Yodelay-ee-holay-hee-holay-hee


Transcribed from Victor 23636, as sung by Jimmie Rodgers, recorded February 6, 1932.