Diamond Joe

Max Godfrey Leads Diamond Joe at the NOFA-NY Winter Conference 2012: 

 

Diamond Joe, come a-getta me
Diamond Joe, come a-getta me
Diamond Joe, come a-getta me
Diamond Joe

Went up on that mountain
Give my horn a blow
Thought I heard Miss Maybelle say
Yonder come my beau

Diamond Joe, come a-getta me
Diamond Joe, come a-getta me
Diamond Joe, come a-getta me
Diamond Joe

Ain't gonna work in the country
And neither on Parchment Farm
I'm gonna stay till my Maybelle come
And she gonna call-a me Tom

Diamond Joe, come a-getta me
Diamond Joe, come a-getta me
Diamond Joe, come a-getta me Diamond Joe

Ain't gonna tell you no story
And neither word or lie
One of them my Maybelle say
Didn't she keep on by

Diamond Joe, come a-getta me
Diamond Joe, come a-getta me
Diamond Joe, come a-getta me
Diamond Joe

Diamond Joe, where you ?
Diamond Joe, where you ?
Diamond Joe, where you ?
Diamond Joe

Diamond Joe, come a-getta me 
Diamond Joe, come a-getta me 
Diamond Joe, come a-getta me 
Diamond Joe

Ain't gonna work in the country
And neither on Parchment Farm
I'm gonna stay till my Maybelle come
And she gonna call-a me Tom

Diamond Joe, come a-getta me 
Diamond Joe, come a-getta me 
Diamond Joe, come a-getta me 
Diamond Joe


Source: recording by John A. Lomax of Charlie Butler in Parchman, Mississippi, 8 March 1937. Reissued in Various Artists 'A Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings' Rounder CD 1500 [Compiled and annotated by Stephen Wade].

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