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Yazoo Street Scandal

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Yazoo Street Scandal

Written by Robbie Robertson

Standin' out in the night, 

Elizah took me down 

To see the Widow give 

Rain to the town. 

It's against the law 

To be a tonic man, 

But the Widow know 

She's got the upper hand. 
So I went on in 

Feelin' kinda wheezy. 

You know she soothed my mind, boys, 
She rocked me kinda slow and kinda easy 
All day and all night. 

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"Pick a card 'fore you go-- 

It's a long trip to Mexico." 

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Elizah waited by the door, 

"I can't stay here anymore, no, no." 

Then she took a pill 

She washed her feet in the mud 
She said "Look out son, 
You know, I just started a flood 

For forty days and forty nights". 

Then I got my shoes, 

And 'Lizah called my name. 

She said it looked to her 

Like it's gonna rain. 

Then the Cotton King 

He came in chokin' 

And the Widow laughed and said: 

"I ain't jokin'"-- 

"Think what you want" 

She said, "Now don't ya tease me. 

I just fell in love, boy, 
So rock me kinda slow and kinda easy, 

All day and all night." 

Sweet William said 

With a drunken head: 

"If I had a boat, 

I'd help y'all float". 

Elizah stood there watching 

William in a trance, 

As the widowed saint done the St. Vitus dance. 
But just then an old man 

With a boat named "Breezy" 

Said: "You can ride with Clyde, boys, 
If you rock it kinda slow and rock it kinda easy, 
All day and all night".  

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