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House of the Rising Sun

by Leadbelly, 1944

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“Three Songs” by Leadbelly, filmed in the 1940s (I think 1945). This is the single most amazing thing I’ve ever found on YouTube.

The Bourgeois Blues
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The Bourgeois Blues

The Bourgeois Blues, by Lead Belly

Lord, in a bourgeois town
It’s a bourgeois town
I got the bourgeois blues
Gonna spread the news all around

Home of the brave, land of the free
I don’t wanna be mistreated by no bourgeoisie
Lord, in a bourgeois town
Uhm, the bourgeois town
I got the bourgeois blues
Gonna spread the news all around

Well, me and my wife we were standing upstairs
We heard the white man say
“I don’t want no niggers up there”
Lord, in a bourgeois town
Uhm, bourgeois town
I got the bourgeois blues
Gonna spread the news all around

Well, them white folks in Washington they know how
To call a coloured man a nigger just to see him bow 
Lord, it’s a bourgeois town
Uhm, the bourgeois town
I got the bourgeois blues
Gonna spread the news all around

I tell all the coloured folks to listen to me
Don’t try to find you no home in Washington, DC
`Cause it’s a bourgeois town
Uhm, the bourgeois town
I got the bourgeois blues
Gonna spread the news all around

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Lead Belly - Jim Crow Blues

Portrait of Leadbelly, National Press Club, Washington, D.C., between 1938 and 1948

Huddie William Ledbetter /ˈhjuːdi/ (January 20, 1889 – December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the folk standards he introduced. He is best known as Lead Belly. Though many releases credit him as “Leadbelly”, he himself wrote it as “Lead Belly”, which is also the spelling on his tombstone[1][2] and the spelling used by the Lead Belly Foundation.[3]
Lead Belly usually played a twelve-string guitar, but he also played the piano, mandolin, harmonica, violin, and “windjammer” (diatonic accordion).[4] In some of his recordings he sang while clapping his hands or stomping his foot.
Lead Belly’s songs covered a wide range, including gospel music; blues about women, liquor, prison life, and racism; and folk songs about cowboys, prison, work, sailors, cattle herding, and dancing. He also wrote songs about people in the news, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Jean Harlow, Jack Johnson, the Scottsboro Boys and Howard Hughes.

Gottlieb, William P. – 1917- (photographer)

Good nights

Skipping from streetlight to streetlight

Waltzing through the dark

Laughing in the latest hours

We are drunk and we are happy

We are foolish and we are wild

We are tilting windmills in the night

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Leadbelly
De Kalb Blues


My favorite rendition