Cocaine Blues


Every time my baby and me go up town
Police come and they knock me down
Cocaine all around my brain

Hey baby better come here quick
This old cocaine is making me sick
Cocaine all around my brain

Yonder comes my baby, she's dressed in red
She's got a shotgun, says she's gonna kill me dead
Cocaine all around my brain

Hey baby you better come here quick
This old cocaine is making me sick
Cocaine all around my brain

Early one morning, half past four
Cocaine come knockin' on my door
Cocaine all around my brain

Hey baby you better, better come here quick
This old cocaine is making me sick
Cocaine all around my brain

Cocaine's for horses and it's not for men
Doctor said it kill you but he don't say when
Cocaine all around my brain

Hey baby you better come here quick
This old cocaine is making me sick
Cocaine all around my brain

Specifications

There are many different traditional songs with the title “Cocaine” or “Cocaine Blues” One of the most familiar, usually known as "Cocaine Blues," is Reverend Gary Davis’s arrangement, an eight-bar blues in C Major. Davis said that he learned the song in 1905 from a traveling carnival musician, Porter Irving. This version is made up of rhyming couplets, followed by a refrain "Cocaine, running all around my brain" or "Cocaine, all around my brain"). The song is sometimes known as "Coco Blues," as on Davis’ 1965 album Pure Religion and Bad Company.

Gary Davis was a key influence on the folk revival singers of the early 1960s, including Dave Van Ronk, who learned this version of "Cocaine Blues" from Davis (it features on his 1963 album Folksinger) and Bob Dylan (a 1961 variant features on The Minnesota Tapes, a 1962 variant is on Gaslight Tapes and third version is on more recent compilation album Tell Tale Signs). However, on Van Ronk’s record, the song is wrongly credited to Luke Jordan, who recorded a completely different song of the same name, see below.

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