“Railroad Blues (II)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Scarborough)
Keywords: railroading death mother
Found in: US


"I got the blues, but I haven't got the fare (x2). I got the blues, but I'm too damned mean to cry." "Some say the rolling blues ain't bad..." the singer concludes they have some other sort of blues. He laments his dead mother and sister gone astray.


As with most blues, this is a rather disjointed piece; it may be a version of "Railroad Blues (I)." But as that piece is more or less a unity, and Scarborough's version has no lyrics in common that I can see, I split them. - RBW


  1. Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 243, "Railroad Blues" (1 text)
  2. Roud #11646
  3. BI, ScaNF243