Rip Van Winkle Blues

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learned this from an old recording of Uncle Bud Landress from the Georgia Yellowhammers


If you haven't heard the story
then I think that you ought
It all happened up in the state of New York
in the Catskill Mountains
Van Winkle laid down
and slept 20 years on the cold, cold ground

No doubt of what Uncle Van Winkle had to drink
and he would take it anytime as quick as a wink
It must've been whiskey, home brew or lagger beer
slept off his troubles for 20 long years

When he opened up his eyes and he looked all around,
he seen his old dogs bones there on the ground,
his old gun rusty, and his ramrod gone, he got up shook his head and p ulled for home

Just think of what ol' Van Winkle say
sleepin 20 years with his face not shaved, his clothes not pressed, and his shoes not shine, when he got up he done lost his mind

He was thinkin all the time as a home he went
felt in his pocket and he didn't have a cent
He felt on his head and then he had a pain
but the sleepy headed rascal didnt know his name

When he got back to his little ol home, his wife was dead and his children all gone, he got himself together and when he heard the news, he said "For 20 long years I had the sleepin blues"


from Good stuff, track released March 22, 2012
Uncle Bud Landress from the Georgia Yellowhammers



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