Lyrics > Skip James – Special Rider Blues

Writer: Skip James
Published: [unknown]
Release: Skip James – Early Blues Recordings 1931 (LP, US)
Transcribed: Pop Catastrophe
Notes: Skip James song (RELEASE) covered by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion for the soundtrack for the Wim Wenders documentary The Soul of a Man (LYRICS / RELEASE).
I ain’t got no
Special rider here
I ain’t got no
No special rider here
I ain’t got nobody
To love and feel my care

I woke up this mornin’
Looked at spe, special risin’ sun
I woke up this mornin’
I looked at special risin’ sun
Now, I pray up to the good Lord
That my special rider, she would come

I got up off my pallet
I laid down ‘cross my bed
I got up off my pallet
An I laid down across my bed
When I went to eat my break’qast
An’ the blues was all in my bread

You know I got a letter
How do you reckon it read?
I got a letter
And how do you reckon it read?
You better hur’ up an come home
Because your special rider, she’s dead

That’s the reason I ain’t
Got no special rider
Rider, here
That’s the reason I ain’t
Got no special rider here
Now, I ain’t got nobody
To love and feel my care

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