YELLOW DOG BLUES, THE
W C Handy
Bessie Smith w Henderson's Hot Six rec May 5th 1925 New York
W C Handy & his Memphis Blues Band '17
Joseph C Smith & his Orch '19
Lizzie Miles '23
Ben Pollack & his Orch '29
Billy Banks & his Chicago Rhythm Makers '29
Louis Armstrong & his All Stars '54
Nat "King" Cole '58
Duke Ellington & his Orch
Ian Menzies & his Band
Ever since Miss Suzy Dawson lost the jockey Lee,
There's been much excitement, and more to be!
You can hear her moanin', moanin' night and morn,
She's wonderin' where her easy rider's gone.
Cablegram goes off in enquiry,
Telegram goes off in sympathy,
Letter came from down in 'Bam,
Everywhere that Uncle Sam
Is the ruler of delivery.
All day the phone rings,it's not for me!
At last good tidings fills my heart with glee!
This message comes from Tennessee;
This suits your easy rider, just his berth to date,
On a south-bound rattler beside the Pullman car;
I seen him there and he was on the hop.
Oh, you easy rider, got to stay away,
He has the bounty, that's what I came for!
He's gone west, the southern cross!
The yellow dog!
(Contributed by Peter Akers - June 2008)