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Rolfyboy6 OK, Which Blues Songs for Children? (17) Lyr Add: DUNCAN AND BRADY 04 Sep 02


Kids like this 'pre-blues' bad man ballad. They especially like the "'Lectric car" and "When the women all heard that King Brady was dead they went on home and dressed in red" (some versions use "and they really ragged in red". Leadbelly did a fine version of this.

Duncan And Brady
Traditional Twinkle, twinkle, little star
'Long came Brady in his 'Lectric car
Got a mean look right in his eye
Gonna shoot somebody just to see him die
He been on the job too long.

Duncan, Duncan was attending the bar
'Long came Brady with his shiny star
"Brady," said Duncan, "you are under arrest."
Duncan shot a hole right in Brady's chest
He been on the job too long.

Old King Brady was a big, fat man
Doctor looked down, and took hold of his hand
Reached for his pulse, the doctor said
"I believe to my soul, king Brady's dead."
He been on the job too long.

When the women all heard King Brady was dead,
They went home and they dressed in red
Slippin' and a-slidin', shufflin' down the street,
In their big mother hubbards and their stockin' feet.
He been on the job too long.

"Brady, Brady, you know you done wrong
Breakin' in here when this game's goin' on
Bustin' down the window, tearin' down the door
Now you're lyin' dead on the barroom floor
You been on the job too long".

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
'Long comes Brady in his 'lectric car
Got a mean look in his eye
Gonna shoot somebody jus' to watch him die
He been on the job too long.

Leadbelly Legacy Vol. 1 "Where did you sleep last night?


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