Yellow Dog Rag

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Yellow Dog Rag  (1914) 
by W. C. Handy
Sheet music cover

E'er since Miss Susan Johnson lost her Jockey, Lee W. C. Handy W. C. Handy YellowDogRagCover.jpeg

[Verse]

E'er since Miss Susan Johnson lost her Jockey, Lee,
There has been much excitement, more to be;
You can hear her moaning night and morn.
"Wonder where my Easy Rider's gone?"
Cablegrams come of sympathy,
Telegrams go of inquiry,
Letters come from down in "Bam",
And ev'ry where that Uncle Sam
Has even a rural delivery.
All day the phone rings, but it's not for me,
At last good tidings fill our hearts with glee,
This message comes from Tennessee:

[Chorus]

Dear Sue, your Easy Rider struck his burg today
On a southboun' rattler sidedoor Pullman car.
Seen him here an' he was on the hog.
(spoken) The smoke was broke, no joke, not a jitney on him.
Easy Riders got a stay way,
So he had to vamp it but the hike aint far.
He's gone where the Southern cross' the Yellow Dog.

[Verse]

I know the Yellow Dog District like a book,
Indeed I know the route that Rider took;
Ev'ry crosstie, bayou, burg and bog.
Way down where the Southern cross' the Dog,
Money don't zactly grow on trees,
On cotton stalks it grows wid ease;
No racehorse, racetrack no grandstand
Is like Old Beck and Buckshot land,
Down where the Southern cross' the Dog.
Every kitchen there is a cabaret,
Down there the boll wevil works while the darkies glee,
This Yellow Dog Rag the livelong day.
(chorus)
This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1958, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 50 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.