Summary

Midnight Special - Circa 1890-1915
(below is transcribed from 1933 recording by Lead Belly from LA penitentiary)

Intro C -- F C G C
F     C
Yonder come a-Miss Rosie, how in the world do you know?
G     C
Well, I know her by the apron, and the dress she wore
F    C
Umbrella on her shoulder, piece of paper in her hand
G     C
Well, I'm gonna an' ask the governor, he turn a-loose a-my man
F    C
Let the Midnight Special shine the light on me
G        C
Let the Midnight Special shine the ever-lastin' light on me

When you gets up in the mornin' when that big bell ring
You go and marching to the table, see the same ol' thing
Knife and fork are upon the table, and nothin' in my pan
Never say a thing about it, you have trouble with the man
Let the Midnight Special shine the light on me
Let the Midnight Special shine the ever-lastin' light on me

If you're ever down in Houston, Boy, you better walk right
And you better not squabble, And you better not fight
Bason and Brock will arrest you, Payton and Boone will take you down.
Oh the judge will sentence you, you're penitentiary bound
Let the Midnight Special shine the light on me
Let the Midnight Special shine the ever-lastin' light on me

Well, jumpin' little Judy, she was a mighty fine girl
Well, She brought jumpin' to the whole round world
Well, she brought it in the mornin', just a while 'fore a day
She brought me the news, that my wife was dead
That started me to grievin' ....hoopin', hollerin' and cryin'
Then I began to worry 'bout the great long time
Let the Midnight Special shine the light on me
Let the Midnight Special shine the ever-lastin' light on me

Info. Researcher: Shane Richards

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