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Tupelo Blues

Tupelo Blues

Did ya read about the flood?
Happened long time ago,
In Tupelo, Mississippi.
There were thousands o' lives,

It rained, it rained,
Both night and day.
The poor people was worried.
Didn't have no place to go.
Could hear may people, cryin' "Lord!"
Have mercy!"
'Cause you're the only one,
That we can turn to"
Happened a long time ago.
A little town,
Way back in Mississippi,
In Tupelo

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There was women, and there was children,
They were screamin' an' cryin',
Cryin', "Lord, have mercy!
You're the only one now, that we can turn to."

Way back down in Mississippi, a little country town.
I know ya read about it,
'Cause I'll never forget it.
The mighty flood in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Been years ago.

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Oh-hoh, Oh- hoh Oh-oh-oh
Oh-hmm, Lord, have mercy!
Wasn't that a mighty time? Tupelo's gone."

Copyright John Lee Hooker
from the album The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker, Riverside 1959)
Recorded several more times, issued as Vee Jay single "Tupelo (Backwater
Blues) / Dusty Road", 06/60; also on 1962 Vee Jay album "The Folklore of
John Lee Hooker" as "Tupelo". Also issued a live recording from Newport
Folk Festival, early 60s.

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