“Dink's Blues”


"Some folks say dat de worry blues ain' bad, It's de wors' ol' feelin' I ever had." The singer details (her) life: "If trouble was money, I'd be a millionaire." "I used to love you, but oh, God damn you now." "Take a worried man to sing de worried song."


The Lomaxes claim they got this from a drunken woman imported to Texas to accompany the men working on a levee there. It's just a feeling, but the story rings utterly false to me; I think they made it up, using floating verses (e.g. from the song which also inspired "Worried Man Blues"). - RBW

Cross references


  1. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 193-194, "Dink's Blues" (1 text)
  2. Roud #15573
  3. BI, LxA193


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 Lomax)
Found in: US