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Grassland Jam: The Drunken Catfish Ramblers


– This next one’s from
the Dallas String Band,   this is the Sweet Mama Blues.   – [Voiceover] Up next,   from New Orleans, Louisiana,   The Drunken Catfish Ramblers.   – [Man] One, two, three, four.   (slow tempo bluegrass)   I used to love you   Way back in my young days   I tried to love you   Way back in my young days   You’re so evil-hearted mama   Throwed all my good love away   That is mmm   What’s the matter now   Honey baby   And it’s mmm   What’s the matter now   Aw what’s the matter   Now you wanna quit me   But you don’t know how   – Hey, special thanks to
the dancers back there.   I’m going down to the river   I’ll bring my rocking chair   I’m going down to the river   I’ll bring my rocking chair   Honey if the
blues don’t take me   Run hon away from there   (audience applauds)   – That was the Sweet Mama Blues.   (mid tempo harmonica)   The judge repeated   The clerk he wrote it   The clerk he wrote it   Down in the law   The judge repeated   The clerk he wrote it down   If you missed jail sinner   You must be Nashville bound   Some got six months   Some got one solid   Some got one solid year   Some got six months   Some got one solid year   But for me and my buddy   Both got a lifetime yeah   I wrote a letter   Mailed it in the   I mailed it the   Air indeed oh   I wrote a letter   I mailed it in the air   Well you know by that I   Must have a friend somewhere   Come make my supper   So I can go to   So I can go to   Bed indeed Lord   Come make my supper   So I can go to bed   ‘Cause I been
drinking white lightning   And it’s gone to my head   – Thank you!
(audience applauds)   – This next one’s a,   this tune’s called
Operator Blues   and this one comes
from an Afro-Cherokee   fiddle and guitar duet
from north Georgia   in the 1920’s.   Operator Blues.   – This is our rendition.   One, two, three, four.   Operator operator   How long the train been gone   Operator operator   How long the train been gone   It’s been gone so long   Can’t hear the engine moan   Anybody here   Seen that gal of mine   Anybody here   Seen that gal of mine   She wears a long black coat   It nearly drags the ground   (fiddle solo)   If I had wings   Like one of Noah’s doves   If I had wings   Like one of Noah’s doves   I would fly away far   Back to the woman I love   Gonna lay my head   Down on some railroad iron   Gonna lay my head   On some railroad iron   Gonna let some fast train   Satisfy my mind   (banjo and fiddle)   Operator operator   How long the train been gone   Operator operator   How long the train been gone   How long how long   It’s been gone so long   Can’t hear the engine moan   (audience applauds)   – Thank you.   Everything’s hot   Still covered up   Women got just driving me…   – [Voiceover] Thank
you for watching   Grass Land Jam.   Join us next time
for more bluegrass   and old time music.   – [Voiceover] Funding
for this program   has been provided by   the Minnesota Arts and
Cultural Heritage Fund   through a vote of the
people of Minnesota   on November 4th, 2008.  

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