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  posted on 11/5/2009 at 04:26 AM
The Gatlinburg Tapes have always intrigued me, and one of the tunes, 99 & 99 that Dickey sings is pretty cool. I've tried to find information about this song but I couldn't come up with any leads. Does someone know the original artist?

 

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  posted on 11/6/2009 at 04:10 AM
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  posted on 11/6/2009 at 01:35 PM
Good question...ask Bigann. Johnny might know.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2010 at 11:39 AM
Stumbled across this old thread... thought I would post the lyrics I found (song intrigued me as well when I heard Dickey sing it).

Near as I can tell it's a Jimmie Rodgers tune, although he may have lifted it from elsewhere. You know how these traditional blues/folksongs go, the authors are sometimes lost to antiquity.

Here's a Youtube link of the Singin' Brakeman playing the tune as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJkjzV9zJ18

99 Year Blues

These 99 years ain't no fancy dream
If you had two lives to live,
you'd know just what I mean

When the judge read the verdict,
it nearly knocked me down
He said, "Boy, you got two sixes,
but they're upside down

When they carried me to the jail house,
I fell down across my bed
I couldn't keep from crying,
I wish to the lord I was dead
My good gal done told me
the day I hit this can
She said "you've made your bed in sorrow,
now sleep in it like a man."

It ain't the days I've been here,
it's the days I gotta stay
All the old friends I ever had
done shook hands and gone away
All these old bootleggers,
they come here and done their time
And left me here a-grindin'
on the same old 99

Well, 99 and 99 make 198
And that's more year's pretty mama,
than you can figure up on your slate
I don't know what else in the world to do
'Cause I lost everything except these 99 blues

 
 


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