The ToneWay® Project: helping people play music

Country Blues

Come all you good time people
While I've got 5 money to 1 spend
Tomorrow might be Monday
And I'll neither have a 5 dollar nor a 1 friend

When I had plenty of money, good people
My friends were all standing around
Just as soon as my pocket book was empty
Not a friend on earth to be found

Last time I seen my little woman, good people
She had a wine glass in her hand
She was drinking down her troubles
With a low-down sorry man

Oh, my daddy taught me a-plenty, good people
But my mama, she taught me more
She said, son if you don't quit your rowdy ways
You'll have trouble at your door

All around this old jailhouse is haunted, good people
Forty dollars won't pay my fine
Corn whisky has surrounded my body, poor boy
Pretty women is a-troubling my mind

Give me corn bread when I'm hungry, good people
Corn whiskey when I'm dry
Pretty women a-standing around me
Sweet heaven when I die

Go dig a hole in the meadow, good people
Go did a hole in the ground
Come around all you good people
And see this poor rounder go down

When I am dead and buried
My pale face turned to the sun
You can come around and mourn, little woman
And think the way you have done

Available in these books:

Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
Featuring large-print lyrics (20-point type) and chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.