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Lonesome Jailhouse Blues, song lyrics

Song: Lonesome Jailhouse Blues
Lyrics: Aunt Molly Jackson(1)

Music:
Year: 1931
Genre: A Cappella Folk
Country: USA


Listen, friends and workers,
I have some very sad news,
Your Aunt Molly's locked up in prison,
With the lonesome jailhouse blues.

You may find some one will tell you,
The jailhouse blues ain't bad;
They're the worst kind of blues,
Your Aunt Molly ever had.
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I joined the miner's union,
That made them mad at me.
Now I am locked up in prison,
Just as lonesome as I can be.

I am locked up in prison,
Walking on the concrete floor.
When I leave here this time,
I don't want to be here no more.
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Because I joined the union,
They framed up a lot of lies on me;
They had me put in prison,
I am just as lonesome as I can be.

I am locked up in prison,
Just as lonesome as I can be;
I want you to write me a letter,
To the dear old ILD(2).

Tell them that I am in prison,
Then they will know what to do.
The bosses had me put in jail,
For joining the NMU(3).

This NMU means union,
Many thousand strong;
And if you will come and join us,
We will teach you right from wrong.


Notes:

1 - Aunt Molly Jackson (1880-1960), in the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, University of Tennessee Press.

2 - ILD: International Labor Defense

3 - NMU National Miners Union