Sung by: Seth Mize
Recorded in Mountain View, AR by George Fisher

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Mama, go wash out my jumper;
Press out my overalls.
I feel just like leaving
On the midnight cannonball.

Leaving here a-walking,
. . . right.
I’m leaving, sweet Mama,
To satisfy my mind.

Oh, down on the railroad,
By myself, all alone,
I’m thinking about a poor boy
Who can’t have no home.

Mama, go tell me
Where you stayed last night.
Got your hair all tangled,
And your clothes don’t fit you right.

I'll go down on the river;
I'll take my rocking chair.
If the blues don’t leave me,
I’ll rock away from here.

Went down on the river
And jumped in to drown.
I thought of my baby,
And I could not go down.

Baby, there's a black snake,
All in my room.
Some pretty mama’s
Gonna get this old black snake soon.

Baby, it must have been a bedbug.
No, a snake can’t bite that hard.
When I die, sweet baby,
You bury me in your back yard.

All Songs Recorded by John Quincy Wolf, Jr., unless otherwise noted

The John Quincy Wolf Folklore Collection
Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas
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