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Jim Dixon Origins: Sporting Life Blues (24) Lyr Add: SPORTIN' LIFE BLUES (Dave Van Ronk) 22 Mar 20

I believe Van Ronk made other recordings at different times, that are on different albums, but I think the words are all substantially the same. I have boldfaced the words that are different from McGhee's recording. I heard this recording on Spotify.

As recorded by Dave Van Ronk on "And the Tin Pan Bended and the Story Ended" (2004)

I got a letter from my home.
Most o' my friends are dead an' gone.
Make you worry,
Make you wonder 'bout times to come.

My ol' mother said to me:
"So young and foolish, child, you can't see."
Now I ain't got no mother.
My sister and my brother turned their back on me.

She used to fall on her knees an' pray.
These are the very words she would say:
"You better change, rearrange,
Or stop your low-down

[Instrumental break]

I've been a liar and a cheater too,
Spent my money on booze an' you,
But this ol' night
This sporting life is killin' me.

When I was young and feelin' blue,
All them young women would see me through.
Makes you sad, makes you scared,
Makes you worry what time can do.

[Instrumental break]

I'm bound to change, change my ways.
I'm gettin' older each an' ev'ry day,
But this ol' night life,
This sporting life is killin' me.

I'm gettin' tired of runnin' 'round.
I'm gonna get married, settle down.
This ol' night life,
It is a mean life and it's killin' me.

[Instrumental break]

[Repeat verse 1]

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