“Country Blues”


Floating verses; singer is in jail, possibly dying, lamenting his fate and hard living.


This is ALMOST a nonballad, but not quite; there is a hint of narrative. And while most of the verses show up elsewhere, this song as a gestalt comes squarely from its performer, Dock Boggs. -PJS

Some people consider this a version of "Darling Corey," the tune is very close and they share a lot of lyrics. But I tentatively agree with Paul: There are several unrelated verses on the front, and *they* make this a separate song.

Roud lumps the piece with "I Wonder Where's the Gambler" [Laws H22]. It may perhaps have been inspired by fragments of that song. - RBW

Cross references


  • Dock Boggs, "Country Blues" (Brunswick 131A, 1927; on AAFM3, RoughWays1) (on Boggs1, BoggsCD1)
  • New Lost City Ramblers, "Country Blues" (on NLCR05) (on NLCR16)


  1. Asch/Dunson/Raim, p. 90, "Country Blues" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #428
  3. BI, ADR90


Alternate titles: “Give Me Corn Bread When I'm Hungry”; “Hustling Gamblers”
Author: Unknown, possibly Homer Crawford; add'l verses by Dock Boggs
Earliest date: 1927 (recording, Dock Boggs)
Found in: US