34 Blues
Charlie Patton

I ain't gonna tell nobody (what)
34* have done for me (2)
Took my roller**
I was broke as I could be They run me from Will Dockery's***
Willie Brown****
I want your job (2)
(spoken: Buddy, what's the matter?)

I went out and told papa Charlie
I don't want you hangin' round on my job no more
Fella, down in the country
It almost make you cry (2)

(spoken: My God, children!)

Women and children flaggin' freight trains for rides
Carmen got a little six Buick, big six Chevrolet car
(spoken: My God, what solid power!)

And it don't do nothin' but
Follow behind Holloway's farmer's plow
(And) it may bring sorrow, Lord
(And) it may bring tears (2)
Oh, Lord, oh, Lord, let me see your brand new year



*  According to the booklets notes of the Charlie Patton compilation by Catfish Records (2001) 34 is a slang term for "go away".
**  Chris Schell wrote:"I believe Mississippi slang for a car being used to transport. Roller meaning car would seem to me to make more sense in terms of this song which involves a woman leaving and in terms of the title which may refer to the year of the car." (Thanks To Chris Schell)
*** According to Harry's Blues Online the farm of Will Dockery, in Patton's native town Dockery, a Delta plantation town
**** Certainly the blues artist who sang the M & O Blues. Willie Brown has been in the Paramount studios obviously before Charlie Patton.  A 1931 rocording session was planned together for Son House, Willie Brown, and Charlie Patton. But because of the depression House and Brown were farming at Lake Cormorant, far away from the New York recording studios. Patton visited his  girlfriend  (or wife)  Bertha Lee in New York. That's about how he came to the recording session.


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