the murder ballad (jelly roll morton)

from by stephanie nilles

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lyrics

i know you got my man
i say i know you got my man
try and hold him if you can

that man don't want nobody but me
i say that man don't want nobody but me
that's how come i got his only room key

and if you don't leave that man of mine alone
i say if you don't leave that man of mine alone
you won't know which way you will go home

i'll cut your throat and drink your fucking blood like wine
bitch i'll cut your throat and drink your fucking blood like wine
because he is a man of mine

i told you once, i ain't gonna tell you no more
i say i told you once, i ain't gonna tell you no more
right to the burial ground your big black ass will go

i'm gonna tell him bout you
i'm gonna tell him, i'm gonna tell him bout you
he'll either have me but he won't have you too

tell me, baby, what you doin' coming out of that bitch's house
tell me, baby, what you don' coming out of that bitch's house
i don't think she's not good, i think she's a great big louse

if she comes out here, it's gonna be her last time
i say you come out here, and it's gonna be your last time
i'll teach you a lesson about fucking a man of mine

yes come on out here bitch, your final day has come
come on out here bitch, your final day has come
you fucked my man, but you'll never fuck another one

she pulled out a pistol and shot her right between the eyes
pulled out a pistol and shot her right between the eyes
she said open your legs bitch, i'm gonna shoot you 'tween the thighs

a policeman grabbed her and dragged her off to jail
policeman grabbed her and hauled her off to jail
and there was nobody to post that poor girl's bail

judge said 50 years for killing the woman that loved your man
judge said 50 years for killing the woman that loved your man
i wish that i could help you, but i'm sure that i can't

then they gave her prison number 993
they gave her prison number 993
they said your work's hard labor, get started under that tree

coffee and bread is all that you will get
coffee and bread is all that you will get
and what it rains, you surely will get wet

don't you wish you'da let than woman have your man
don't you wish you'da let than woman have your man
there are many others that you coulda had

she said comes a time when a woman don't need no man
comes a time when a woman don't need no man
when you can get it all with your own right hand

but if i can't have a man, well then a woman's my next best bet
if i can't have a man, a woman's my next best bet
she said to a good-looking mama, come here, i'll get you yet

i want you to screw me, and screw me like a dog
i want you to screw me, and screw me like a dog
and when it gets good, i'm gonna holler like a hog

for years, i could take a prick just like a mule
for years, i could take a prick just like a mule
til i found out my man was nothing but a fool

i hustled day and night, all for that man of mine
i hustled day a night, and all for that man of mine
and now i'm behind bars for all of time

i am sorry i am sorry i am sorry to my heart
i am sorry i am sorry i am sorry to my heart
i am sorry that argument ever did start

when i'm dead and way down in my grave
when i'm dead and way down in my grave
then no more of that damn peter will i crave

but i won't be buried just like all my family was
i won't be buried just like all my family was
i won't be buried just like all my family was

they'll put me in a box in the prison yard
put me in a box here in the prison yard
without a tombstone or even with a card

credits

from Uncle Stephanie's Murder Ballads *FOR KIDS!, released July 31, 2015
stephanie - piano, vocals
jesse morrow - bass
paul thibodeaux - drums
andrew gilchrist - recording, mixing

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