Deep Elem Blues

Deep Elem Blues

Traditional, credited to the Shelton Brothers.


When you go down in Deep Ellum
To have a little fun
You better have your fifteen dollars
When the policeman comes

[Refrain]
Oh, sweet mama
Daddy’s got them Deep Ellum Blues

Once I had a sweetheart
Who meant the world to me
But she hung around Deep Ellum
Now she ain’t what she used to be

[Refrain x2]

When you go down in Deep Ellum
Keep your money in your shoes
‘Cause the women in Deep Ellum’s
Got the Deep Ellum Blues

[Refrain]

When you go down in Deep Ellum
Keep your money in your pants
‘Cause the redheads in Deep Ellum
Never give a man a chance

[Refrain x2]

Once I knew a preacher
Preached the Bible through and through
But he went down in Deep Ellum
Now his preachin’ days are through

[Refrain]

When you go down in Deep Ellum
Keep your money in your socks
‘Cause the women in Deep Ellum
Will throw you on the rocks

[Refrain x2]


Transcribed from Decca 5099, as sung by the Shelton Brothers (Bob and Joe), recorded February 22, 1935.