Down-Hearted Blues

Words and Music by Lovie Austin and Alberta Hunter. Copyright 1922 by MCA Music Publishing, A Division of MCA INC.

Verse 1

Gee, but it's hard to love some-one when that some-one don't love you.

I'm so disgusted, heart-broken, too.

I've got those down heart-ed blues.

Once I was cra-zy 'bout a man/gal.

He/She mistreated me all the time.

The next man/gal I get he's/she's got to promise to be mine, all mine.


Verse 2

If I could only find the man/gal oh how happy I would be.

To the Good Lord ev-'ry night I pray.

Please send my man/gal back to me

I've al-most wor-ried my - self to death won-d'ring why he/she went a - way.

But just wait and see he's/she's gon-na want me back some sweet day.


Chorus 1

Trou - ble, trou-ble, I've had it all my days.

Trou - ble, trou-ble, I've had it all my days.

It seems that trou-ble's going to fol-low me to my grave.


Chorus 2

Got the World in a jug, the stop-per's in my hand.

Got the world in a jug.

The stop-per's in my hand.

Going to hold it, ba-by, till you come un-der my com-mand.


Chorus 3

Say, I ain't never loved but three men/women in my life.

No, I ain't never loved but three men/women in my life

'Twas my father/mother, brother/sister and the man/woman who wrecked my life

Chorus 4

'Cause he/she mistreated me and he/she drove me from his/her door.

Ye, he/she mistreated me and he/she drove me from his/her door.

But the Good Book says you'll reap just what you sow.


Chorus 5

Oh, it may be a week and it may be a month or two,

Yes, it may be a week and it may be a month or two,

But the day you quit me honey, it's coming home to you.


Chorus 6

Oh, I walked the floor and I wrung my hands and cried,

Yes, I walked the floor and I wrung my hands and cried,

Had the down hearted blues and couldn't be satisfied.


Sheet Music

Down-Hearted Blues



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