Brown's Ferry Blues

DESCRIPTION: About a "hard-luck papa," etc.; "Hard-luck papa counting his toes... smell his feet wherever he goes"; "Hard-luck papa standing in the rain/If the world was corn, he couldn't buy grain"; "Refrain: "Lord, lord, got those Brown's Ferry blues."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1933 (recording, Delmore Brothers)
KEYWORDS: humorous nonballad floatingverses
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 224-225, "Brown's Ferry Blues" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 73, "Brown's Ferry Blues" (1 text)

Frank Bode, "Brown's Ferry Blues" (on FBode1)
Bill Cox, "Brown's Ferry Blues" (Melotone 13161/Oriole 8380, 1934)
Delmore Bros., "Brown's Ferry Blues" (Bluebird B-5403Montgomery Ward M-4750. 1934; rec. 1933) (King 592, 1947)
McGee Brothers (Sam, Kirk), "Brown's Ferry Blues" (Decca 5348, 1937); (Champion 45033, 1935; Decca 5373; rec. Aug 14, 1934)
New Lost City Ramblers, "Brown's Ferry Blues" (on NLCR01, NLCRCD1) (NLCR12) (NLCR16)

cf. "Jackhammer John" (tune)
cf. "Dog House Blues" (tune)
cf. "Rubberneck Blues" (tune)
Shirt Factory Blues (by Cleda Helton and James Pyle) (Greenway-AFP, p. 143)
Philyaw Brothers, "Brown's Ferry Blues, No. 4" (Vocalion 04186, 1938) [that's not a misprint, I said Philyaw - PJS]
Delmore Brothers, "Brown's Ferry Blues - Part 2" (Bluebird B-5893/Montgomery Ward M-4553, 1935)
Delmore Brothers, "Brown's Ferry Blues, Part 3" (Bluebird B-8230, 1939)
Callahan Brothers, "Brown's Ferry Blues - No. 2" (ARC 6-04-59/Conqueror 8627, 1936 [as Walter Callahan]; the ARC master was issued on Melotone, Perfect and other labels owned by ARC, sometimes under the name of Walter Callahan)
Log Cabin Boys, "New Brown's Ferry Blues" (Decca 5103, 1935)
NOTES [24 words]: Both the McGee Brothers and the Delmore Brothers claim authorship of this piece. The obvious conclusion is that neither actually wrote it. - RBW
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