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Dust Pneumonia Blues, song lyrics

Song: Dust Pneumonia Blues(2) (3)
Lyrics: Woody Guthrie (4)

Music: Woody Guthrie (4)
Year: 1938
Genre: Folk
Country: USA


I got that dust pneumony, pneumony in my lung,
I got the dust pneumony, pneumony in my lung,
An' I'm a-gonna sing this dust pneumony song.

I went to the doctor, and the doctor, said, "My son,"
I went to the doctor, and the doctor, said, "My son,
You got that dust pneumony an' you ain't got long, not long."

Now there ought to be some yodelin' in this song;
Yeah, there ought to be some yodelin' in this song;
But I can't yodel for the rattlin' in my lung.
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My good gal sings the dust pneumony blues,
My good gal sings the dust pneumony blues,
She loves me 'cause she's got the dust pneumony, too.

It it wasn't for choppin' my hoe would turn to rust,
If it wasn't for choppin' my hoe would turn to rust,
I can't find a woman in this black ol' Texas dust.
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Down in Oklahoma, the wind blows mighty strong,
Down in Oklahoma, the wind blows mighty strong,
If you want to get a mama, just sing a California song.

Down in Texas, my gal fainted in the rain,
Down in Texas, my gal fainted in the rain,
I throwed a bucket o' dirt in her face just to bring her back again.


Notes:

1 - Recorded on Victor number V-26625, 1940.

2 - Dust Pneumonia is also known as Silicosis. Silicosis, information from the American Lung Association.

3 - Here is something about the 1930's and Dust pneumonia, from the documentary program Panorama.

4 - Woody Guthrie, biography.