“God Dawg My Lousy Soul”


"God dawg my lousy soul (x2), I'm goin' down the river And I couldn't git cross, God dawg..." Bluesy song; only the third and fourth lines change, e.g. "She put me in the bed And she covered up my head," "I'm goin' to Missouri To git me another dame"


Yes, you know and I know what the title of the song should really be. But it's not clear whether Wheeler or her informant (Uncle Tom Wall) cleaned it up. If the latter, it's possible that it circulated in tradition in this form. - RBW


  1. MWheeler, p. 25-26, "God Dawg My Lousy Soul" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #10002
  3. BI, MWhee025


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1944 (Wheeler)
Keywords: work love nonballad
Found in: US