Early One Foggy Morning
DESCRIPTION: "Early one foggy morning when I knocked on your door, You had the nerve to tell poor me you didn't need me no more." Singer blames himself. "I'm getting darn tired of sleeping by myself." She's gone "and she sure won't write me"
EARLIEST DATE: 1980 (USFlorida01)
KEYWORDS: love rejection parting floatingverses nonballad lover
FOUND IN: US(SE)
Robert Dennis, "Early One Foggy Morning" (on USFlorida01)
NOTES: The blues form of the USFlorida track is aab.
The first verse is a modification of a verse from Tampa Red "Mean Mistreater Blues" (Bluebird B5546, 1934) and Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell "Mean Mistreater Mama" (Columbia C30496, 1934): "Can't you remember baby when I knocked upon your door You had the nerve to tell me that you didn't want me no more." While both Tampa Red and Carr & Blackwell have this verse as abab, Robert Dennis maintains his aab form.
The second verse shared with Blind Lemon Jefferson "Match Box Blues" ("Standing here wondering would a matchbox hold my clothes I ain't got so many matches but I got so far to go," OKeh 8455, 1927), a blues about a man leaving a woman, rather than the story of Dennis's blues where the man is leaving. - BS
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