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Rolfyboy6 Lyr Req: 16 Coal Black Horses, a funeral dirge (8) RE: Lyr Req: 16 Coal Black Horses a funereal dirge 12 Apr 02


I'm glad you put it in too. This is the modern version being passed along by blues musicians from one to another. It has a early jazz/ragtime feel. The crowd in the barroom is generally described as "and the usual crowd was there."

and an additional verse: "I want six crap shooters for pallbearers
Chorus girls to sing me a song
and a jazz band on my hearse wagon
To raise hell as I roll along." This was the version I learned in the 50s (I was about 12) from Mrs. Helen Keinitz, a friend of my mother. She said she learned it as a young woman about 1928.


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