“Kansas City Blues”


"River is deep and the river is wide, Gal I love is on the other side. I'm gonna move to Kansas City... Move, honey babe, where they don't 'low you." Miscellaneous verses about women, prostitution (?), drugs, loneliness, the girl the singer loves....


This song also became popular in jazz circles, after being popularized by Joe Turner and others. - PJS

Cross references


  • "Red" Willie Smith, "Kansas City Blues" (on NFMAla1)


  1. Silber-FSWB, p. 77, "Kansas City Blues" (1 text)
  2. DT, KCBLES*
  3. BI, FSWB077C


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1950 (recording, "Red" Willie Smith)
Keywords: drugs love whore travel home
Found in: US(SE)