The Judge Cliff Davis Blues

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The Judge Cliff Davis Blues-Papa Charlie Jackson
G position, standard tuning

Spoken: Spoken: Oyez, oyez, I now declare the Court, City of Memphis, open. Let's have it quiet in the court room, please. Everybody be seated. Open the courts, Mister Officer. First case on the docket today is the City of Memphis against Mr. Crewe.

The other afternoon, I was sitting in the courthouse zoo
The other afternoon, I was sitting in the courthouse zoo
I was listening, to what was going on

After every case was tried, The prisoners were all led inside
After every case was tried, The prisoners were all led inside
As they passed by, thought I heard somebody cry

"I’m on my way to jail, that’s why you hear me wail
I’m on my way to jail, that’s why you hear me wail
I’ve got the Judge Cliff Davis blues.

I’m through with doin' wrong, just listen to my song
I’m through with doin' wrong, just listen to my song
I’ve got the Judge Cliff Davis blues

I told the judge my tale of woe, he heard that fairy tale before
I told this judge my tale of woe, he heard that fairy tale before
That’s why you hear me wail, I’m on my way to jail

I’ve got the Judge Cliff Davis blues
Memphis gave us the Judge Cliff Davis blues

I've got the Judge Cliff Davis blues
Good Lord, save us, the Judge Cliff Davis blues"

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