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Long John

Traditional


22 Dec 1961
THE MINNEAPOLIS HOTEL TAPE
   & THE GASLIGHT CAFE (BD Archive)
THE MINNESOTA TAPES (T-318)
PORTRAIT (vinyl bootleg)
GREAT WHITE WONDER Part 2 (vinyl bootleg)

The Home of Bonnie Bleecher, Minneapolis MN - 22 Dec 1961  

(--- long harmonica intro)

Just a tale about lost John
Long John from Bowling Green
(--- harmonica bridge and foot taping)

I'm long gone, long John 
He's runnin' thru the corn
Runnin' thru the corn
Like a turkey in the corn
He's runnin' thru the corn
Long clothes on
He's runnin' thru the corn
He's long John
With his long clothes on.
(--- harmonica bridge and foot taping)

Well the wood was deep and the water was wide
Long John come on east coast side(?)
Trapped in the river tryin' to get on cause(?)
Jumped on .... farmer's house
Long John come to the end of a sign
Seen them guns in the poorest hide
He's long gone
Runnin' thru the trees
Runnin' thru the swamp
He's long gone
He's long gone
He's long lost John from Bowling Green.
(--- harmonica bridge and foot taping)

Long John come when the train come around
Ain't number 9 by the way she sound
Train is a-rollin around the bend
Sixteen cops ... had no end
Long John ran to the side board track
Jumped the train and ain't come back
Train is comin' the way he was
Say ... sittin' in Arkansas

Train come around, train says, train says something like this:
(--- harmonica: departing train and whistle blowing)
Train gets speeder like this:
(--- harmonica: train getting speed)

Lonesome John jump that train for a-pretty miles
Got so tired that the poor boy fell off
Waning(?) down in a farmer's house
Seen them lights from a million miles
The farmer there he would live
A pretty dog surrounded him
One light shining on top of the bend
Ain't John enough he'd come in
He emptied(?) ... ... the dog, insane the dog
Loo?belly dog
Big bad dog

Long John's scared
He's runnin' thru the corn
He's runnin' faster than the boots never born
(--- harmonica and foot taping)

He's long John
Runnin' thru the corn
With his long clothes on
He's long John, long John, long John
Runnin' thru the corn
Long clothes on
Long clothes on
Long clothes on
Long clothes on
The dog, the train 
(--- whistle-blowin' harmonica)

Last time I saw him was over an year!
    

Recording dates & record list

22 Dec 1961 2THE MINNESOTA TAPES (bootleg)
THE MINNEAPOLIS HOTEL TAPE & THE GASLIGHT CAFE
PORTRAIT (vinyl bootleg)
GREAT WHITE WONDER Part 2 (vinyl bootleg)