Death Letter Blues Lyrics

Ida Cox with the Coleman Hawkins Quintet


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Ida Cox, Jesse Crump
album: Track 9 in album Blues for Rampart Street
release date: 1990
popularity : 352 users have visited this page.
genres: Jazz Blues
styles: Cool Jazz
length: 3:38
producer: Chris Albertson
vocal: Ida Cox
performer: Coleman Hawkins Quintet

Cover Art

Ida Cox with the Coleman Hawkins Quintet Blues for Rampart Street cover art
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I received a letter that my man was dyin'
I received a letter that my man was dyin'
I caught the first plane and went home flyin'

When I got there, the folks had gathered around
When I got there, the folks had gathered around
His eyes was set and his face was full of frowns

He wasn't dead, but he was slowly dyin'
He wasn't dead, but he was slowly dyin'
And to think of him I just can't help from cryin'

I followed my daddy to the buryin' ground
I followed my daddy to the buryin' ground
I watched the pall bearers slowly let him down

That was the last time I saw my daddy's face
That was the last time I saw my daddy's face
Mama love you, sweet papa, but I wish I could take your place


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Blues for Rampart Street
  • 2 St. Louis Blues
  • 3 Fogyism
  • 4 Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
  • 5 Hard Times Blues
  • 6 Cherry Pickin' Blues
  • 7 Hard, Oh Lord
  • 8 Lawdy, Lawdy Blues
  • 9 Death Letter Blues
  • 10 Mama Goes Where Papa Goes