Lyrics: Something's surely wrong. I'm blue all day long. With you'round me, no one ever has found me sad. Was always glad. Since you're gone a way, I've simply got to say, ""I'm blue."" That's what! ""I'm blue."" Why'd you ever leave? You knew I would grieve All I do is cry for you; I just miss you so. Why did you go? (Why) do you make me wait, hon? (I) got the hesitation blues, Say what you choose. Refrain I'll go down to the levee take a rocking chair, If the blues doesn't leave me babe I'll rock away from here. Oh! Baby, how long I have to wait? Can't I get you now, or must I hesitate? Got a beautiful home, but there's nothing to gain, Rather live in a jail than to have a trifling Jane. Oh! Baby, how long I have to wait? Can't I get you now, or must I hesitate? There's a gal living near, says I surely will die, Wants to cure me but I don't like the looks of her bad eye. Oh! Baby, how long I have to wait? Can't I get you now, or must I hesitate? Tried to cheer up myself, loaded up with good booze, But there’s only one way that you can ever cure the blues, Oh! Baby, how long I have to wait? Can’t I get you now, or must I hesitate?
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The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Read the introduction for further information to use when contextualizing this item: http://188.8.131.52/cdm4/intro_harris.php