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Hesitation Blues

I got hesitation stockings, hesitation shoes
Oh my Lord I got the 5 hesitation 1 blues

If the river was whiskey and I was a duck
You know I'd swim to the bottom, Lord, and 5 never come 1 up

Oh tell me how 4 long do I have to 1 wait
Can I 5 get you now or must I hesi- 1 tate

Now I ain't no preacher, ain't no preacher's son
But I can shout "Hallelujah!" till the preacher come

Rocks in the ocean, Lord, fish in the sea
Both a-them know you mean the world to me

Now I ain't no chauffeur, ain't no chauffeur's son
But I can do a little driving 'til your chauffeur come

Now I ain't the doctor nor the doctor's son
But I can play doctor 'til the doctor come

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.