Shake Sugaree

Lyrics: Elizabeth Cotten
Music: Elizabeth Cotten

Robert Hunter played a fragment in 1997 as part of an Elizabeth Cotten medley.

Have a little song
Won't take long
Sing it right once or twice

Chorus
Oh, lordy me
Didn't I shake sugaree
Everything I got is done and pawned
Everything I got is done and pawned

Pawn my watch
Pawn my chain
Pawn everything that was in my name
[chorus]

Pawn by buggy
Horse and cart
Pawn everything that was on my lot
[chorus]

Pawn my chair
Pawn my bed
Ain't got nowhere to lay my head
[chorus]

Pawn my tobacco
Pawn my pipe
Pawned everything that was in my sight
[chorus]

Have a little secret
I ain't gonna tell
I'm going to heaven in a brown pea shell
[chorus]

Pawn my farm
Pawn my plough
Pawned everything, even pawned my old cow
[chorus]

Pawn my hat
Pawn my shoes
Pawned everything that I could use
[chorus]

Have a little secret
I ain't gonna tell
I'm goin' to heaven and I ain't goin' no
[chorus]

Chew my tobacco
Spit my juice
We raise Cain but it ain't a bit of use
[chorus]
Everything I got is done and pawned

 


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