Revenue Man Blues

 

 

A dal zenei tekintetben Charlie Patton egyik kedvenc témájának egy variációja. A szöveg részben improvizáltnak tűnik. Az első két versszak az, aminek köze van a címhez: az alkoholtilalom évei alatt a szeszfogyasztókra külön erre szakosodott, rendőrök vadásztak, az ő nevük volt „revenue man.”

 

 

Charlie Patton

Revenue Man Blues

 

O, the revenue man is riding; boy, you better look out,

O, the revenue man is riding; boy, you better look out,

If he hollers you don’t you stop, boy, you will likely be knocked out.

 

O, my doney loves salt water, well, she always wants a drink,

Lord, my doney loves salt water, well, she always wants a drink,

But if they see you with a bottle they will almost break your neck.

 

Come on, mama, let us go to the edge of town,

I said come on, mama, let us go to the edge of town,

Lord, I know where there’s a bird’s nest built down on the ground.

 

Take me home, Lord, to that shiny star,

I said take me home, Lord, to that shiny star,

She don’t need no telling, daddy will take you in his car.

 

Lord, I wakes up every morning with a jinx allround my bed,

Lord, I wakes up every morning with a jinx allround my bed,

Lord, I been a good provider, but I believe I been misled.

 

 

 

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