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BLIND WILLIE HARPER (Shel Silverstein / Jim Casey) Bobby Bare - 1979 On a stone cold night in Memphis, Willie Harper came to town With a blue tick hound at his heels and a dime in his shoe He could make that guitar sing You should'a heard that pavement ring When Blind Willie Harper played the blues And he'd sing "Hey, Jenny , why'd you go and leave me All alone in the dark this way Hey, Jenny why'd you go and leave me With these blind man dues to pay" Blues to play In the scarlet light of Beale Street, Willie Harper found a home Any song you name, he don't refuse Sweet or dirty, white or black, just drop a nickel in the hat And hear Blind Willie Harper play the blues And he'd sing "Hey, Jenny , why'd you go and leave me All alone in the dark this way Hey, Jenny why'd you go and leave me With these blind man dues to pay" Blues to play Willie stops in the middle of the song as a love dealin' lady walks by He says, "A'you smell sweet like someone I once knew" Then he touches her face and some words are said And a knife blade shines and her blood runs red Blind Willie walks off singin' the blues On a stone cold night in Memphis, they took Blind Willie down They shaved his head took away his shoes Then from a window of a Beale Street jail cell Sad as a whippoorwill, clear as a bell We heard Blind Willie Harper singin' the blues And he sing "Hey, Jenny, why'd you go and leave me All alone in the dark this way Hey, Jenny why'd you go and leave me With these blind man dues to pay" Blues to play (Instrumental Break) The night Blind Willie Harper played them blues (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - May 2012)

    


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