"Dead Shrimp Blues" as written by and Robert Johnson....
I woke up this mornin' and all my shrimps was dead and gone
I woke up this mornin', ooh, and all my shrimp was dead and gone
I was thinkin' about you, baby, why you hear me weep and moan?

I got dead shrimps here, someone is fishin' in my pond
I got dead shrimps here, ooh, someone fishin' in my pond
I've served my best bait, baby, and I can't do that no harm

Everything I do, babe, you got your mouth stuck out
Hole where I used to fish, you got me posted out
Everything I do, you got your mouth stuck out,
At the hole where I used to fish, baby, you've got me posted out

I got dead shrimps here, someone fishin' in my pond
I got dead shrimps here, someone fishin' in my pond
Catchin' my goggle-eye perches, and they barbequin' the bone

Now you taken my shrimps, baby, you know you turned me down
I couldn't do nothin', until I got myself unwound
You taken my shrimps, ooh, know you turned me down
Babe, I couldn't do nothin', until I got myself unwound


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"Dead Shrimp Blues" as written by Robert Johnson

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    General CommentI was a little surprised at the sexual euphemisms in this song! It seems he can't perform and his woman is having sex with someone else out of lack of understanding. 'someone fishing in my pond'. There also soars to be a reference to him discovering 'dead shrimp in' which could mean sloppy 2nd hand seconds yuk! The mention of his fishing hole being closed and his woman sticking her mouth out in a pout whilst not letting him put anything in there either is quite explicit & a wonder it got passed the censor! He also refers to relieving himself solo in the line 'got myself unwound'
    One of Johnson's other songs he mentions a woman 'squeezing his lemon to the juice run down my leg.' actually a spoken line aside rather than sung.
    Lucky the Censor was as useless as most Bureaucrats otherwise we would have been robbed of these incredible musical masterpieces that sound like a whole band playing! AO
    OzBlueSki14on December 20, 2014   Link
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    General CommentImpotence
    slightreturn27on July 08, 2009   Link

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