Peach Orchard Mama

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Peach Orchard Mama (21196-1/21400-2)[1] - Blind Lemon Jefferson
likely March 1929 or possibly c. August, 1929
A position, G# pitch

Peach orchard mama, you swore nobody'd pick your fruit but me.
Peach orchard mama, you swore that no one picked your fruit but me.
I found three kidmen shakin' down your peaches tree.

One man bought your groceries, another joker paid your rent.
One man bought your groceries, another joker paid your rent.
While I work in your orchard and givin' you every cent.

Went to the police station, begged the police to put me in jail.
Went to the police station, begged them to put me in jail.
I didn't wanna kill you, mama, but I hate to see your peaches tree fail.

Peach orchard mama, don't treat your papa so mean.
Peach orchard mama, don't treat your papa so mean.
Chase out all those kidmen and let me keep your orchard clean.

Peach orchard mama, don't turn your papa down.
Peach orchard mama, don't turn your papa down.
Because when I gets mad I acts just like a clown.



Peach Ochard Mama - Blind Lemon Jefferson
likely August 1929, matrix no. 21400-2

Peach orchard mama, you swore no one picked your fruit but me.
Peach orchard mama, you swore that no one picked your fruit but me.
But you had three kidmen shakin' down your peaches tree.

You had a man bought your groceries, and a joker paid your rent.
Had a man bought your groceries, another joker paid your rent.
While I work in your orchard and givin' you every cent.

I went to the station, begged the police to put me in jail.
I said I went to the station, begged the police to put me in jail.
I don't wanna kill that woman, but I hate to see her peaches tree fail.

Now peach orchard mama, please don't treat me so mean.
Now peach orchard mama, please don't treat me so mean.
Gonna chase out all the kidmen for to keep your orchard clean.

Now peach orchard mama, don't turn your papa down.
Now peach orchard mama, don't turn your papa down.
Because when I gets mad I acts just like a clown.

Notes

  1. This is probably (21196-1), c. March, 1929. Can anyone confirm? Document DOCD-5020 gives both numbers, but dates it c.March, along with the coupling, Big Night Blues (21199-1/21402-2). But on DOCD-5276, Big Night Blues (21402-2), c. August, appears, making it probable that (21196-1) is correct for this item. The take included with the 2013 Blues Images Calendar CD is different and likely the August 1929 version, (21400-2)


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