Washington D.C. Hospital Center Blues Lyrics

Skip James


publisher: ©WYNWOOD MUSIC CO. INC.
writers: Nehemiah Skip James
album: Track 3 in album Greatest of the Delta Blues Singers
release date: 1964
popularity : 6 users have visited this page.
genres: Blues
styles: Country Blues/Delta Blues
length: 4:20

Cover Art

Skip James Greatest of the Delta Blues Singers cover art
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Yes, I was a good man
But I'm's a po' man
You understand

In the hospital, now
In Washington D.C.
Ain't got nobody
To see about me

But I'm's a good man
But I'm's a po' man
You can understand

All the doctors
And nurses, too
They came and they asked me
'Who in the world are you?'

I says, I'm the good man
But I'm's a po' man
You can understand

The doctors and nurses
They shakin' their head
Said, 'Take this po' man
And put him to bed'

Because he's a good man
We know he's a po' man
We can understand

I didn't go hungry
I had a-plenty to eat
I had good treatment
And a place to sleep

Because I was a good man
They knew I was a po' man
They could understand

I met a little damsel
She promised me
That she would love me
And always be sweet

She found out I was a po' man
And I thought I was a good man
She couldn't understand, no

Now, when she left me
She got in the do'
She waved me, good-bye
I haven't seen her no mo'

She found out I was a good man
She knew I was a po' man
She couldn't understand

The doctors and nurses
They shakin' my hand
Say, 'You can go home now, Skip
You's a sound, well man'

Because you's a good man
You's a po' man
We can understand

I'd thankin' my doctor
And I was shakin' his hand
I'm gon' play these, 'Hospital Blues'
'Till you's a wealthy man'

You took me as a good man
You know'd I was a po' man
You could understand

You know'd I was a good man
But I'm's a po' man

You can understand!


Track Listing


Vinyl 1
  • 1 Hardtime Killing Floor Blues
  • 2 Sick Bed Blues
  • 3 Washington D.C. Hospital Center Blues
  • 4 Devil Got My Woman
  • 5 Illinois Blues
  • 6 I Don't Want a Woman to Stay Up All Night Long
  • 7 Cherry Ball Blues
  • 8 Skip's Worried Blues
  • 9 Cypress Grove Blues
  • 10 Catfish Blues
  • 11 Motherless and Fatherless Children
  • 12 All Night Long