Cypress Grove Blues, Skip James (Skip James), 1931

Original recording:  Skip James (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Original recording for Paramount in 1931. I believe this is a 1964 release from Biograph 

Lyrics:

I would rather be buried in some cypress grove
I would rather be buried in some cypress grove
To have some woman Lord that I can’t control
And I’m goin’ away now I’m goin’ away to stay
And I’m goin’ away now I’m goin’ away to stay
That’ll be all right pretty mama you gonna need my help someday
And the sun goin’ down and you know what your promise means
And the sun goin’ down you know what your promise means
And what’s the matter baby I can’t see
I would rather be dead and six feet in my grave
I would rather be dead and six feet in my grave
Than to be way up here honey treated this a-way
And the old people told me baby but I never did know
The old people told me baby woman but I never did know
The good book declare you got to reap just what you sow
When your knee bone’s achin’ and your body cold
When your knee bone’s achin’ and your body cold
Means you just gettin’ ready honey for the cypress grove

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