The Last Kind Word Blues (Geeshie Wiley)

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The Last Kind Word Blues (Geeshie Wiley)

Xah Lee, 2010-06-12

“Last Kind Word Blues” (1930) by Geeshie Wiley. What a incredibly beautiful song. The song makes me cry.

Title: Last Kind Word Blues
Singer: Geeshie Wiley
Lyrics: ?
Music: ?
Date: 1930
(lyrics below not complete or fully correct)

The last kind word I heard my daddy say 
Lord the last kind word I heard my daddy say

If I die, if I die in the German War 
I want you to send my body, send it to my mother-in-law
 
If I get killed, if I get killed, please don't bury my soul
I (p'fer) just leave me out, let the buzzards eat me whole

When you see me comin', look 'cross the rich man's field 
If I don't bring you flour, I'll bring you bolted meal

I went to the depot, I looked up at the sign 
Cry some train don't come, there'll be some walkin' done

My momma told me, just before she died 
Lord, (since the dawn, I thought you'd be so wise)
(I brought you a piece of ?)

The Mississippi River, you know it's deep and wide 
I can stand right here, see my (babe?) (face?) from the other side

What you do to me baby, it never gets out of me 
I mean I'll see you, after I cross the deep blue sea

I first heard of the song from biographic movie of Robert Crumb. See: Art of Robert Crumb.

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