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Traditional

Song Information

Origin: Traditional (South, Southeast US, early 1900's) Way Downtown was adapted from the traditional songs known by Late Last Night, Way Down Town, and Slippin' and A-Sliding with My New Shoes On. First recording and first release as Last Night When My Willie Come Home by Uncle Dave Macon (1926) Also released by The New Lost City Ramblers (1960) Released as Way Downtown by Doc Watson (1962)

Lyrics

Way downtown just foolin' around Took me to the jail It's oh me and it's oh my No one to go my bail It was late last night when Willie came home I heard him a-rapping on the door He's a-slipping and a-sliding with his new shoes on Mamma said Willie don't you rap no more Way downtown just foolin' around Took me to the jail It's oh me and it's oh my No one to go my bail I wish I was over at my sweet Sally's house Sittin' in that big armed chair One arm around this old guitar And the other one around my dear Way down town just foolin' around Took me to the jail It's oh me and it's oh my No one to go my bail Now, its one old shirt is all that I got And a dollar is all that I crave I brought nothing with me into this old world Ain't gonna take nothing to my grave Way down town just foolin' around Took me to the jail It's oh me and it's oh my No one to go my bail