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Jake Leg Blues, song lyrics

Song: Jake Leg Blues
Lyrics: Bo Carter(2)

Music: Bo Carter
Year: 1930
Genre:
Country: USA


You thought the lively man would die,
When you made the country dry,
When you made it so, that he could not get,
Not another drop of rye,
But I know that you will feel bad,
When you see what he have had,
When you see him coming with a lot of dough,
If you listen I will tell you so.
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Oh well, it's here he comes, I mean to tell you here he comes,
He's got those jake limber leg blues(3) (4)
Here he comes, I mean to tell you, here he comes
He's got those jake limber leg blues

When you see him coming, I am going to tell you,
If you sell him jake, you'd better give him a crutch too,
Oh well, it's here he comes, I mean to tell you, here he comes
He's got those jake limber leg blues, oh step on it.
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Oh well, it's here he comes, I mean to tell you here he comes,
He's got those jake limber leg blues,
Here he comes, I mean to tell you, here he comes,
He's got those jake limber leg blues.

He could be named Charley, and he could be named Ned,
But if he drank this jake(4), it will give him the limber leg,
Oh well, it's here he comes, I mean to tell you here he comes,
He's got those jake limber leg blues.


Notes:

1 - Recorded by (Bo Carter and) the Mississippi Sheiks on Okeh 8939, 10 June, 1930.

2 - Bo Carter, information from Wikipedia.

3 - Jake Leg. With changes the government imposed to prevent the abuse of Jake, some bootleggers adulterated Jake replacing some of the ethanol with a substance that turned out to be a neurotoxin that if it did not kill them gave them a very peculiar gait that became known a "Jake walk". This partial paralysis affected some 50,000 Americans in 1930.

4 - "Jake" was a Jamaican ginger extract used as a patent medicine and contained 70-80% ethanol and was drunk during the years of Prohibition as a way to get around the ban on alcohol.