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Paying My Dues

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Here's a traditional blues song that I know could use some polish.

 

Paying my dues.

Jim Pate


I’m standin’ on the corner
Got my guitar in my hand,
Yeah, I’m standin’ on the corner
Got my guitar in my hand
Anybody want to put,
a little cash in my can?

Chorus:

I’m playing the blues
Any way that I choose.
It’s a hard, hard life
but it’s just payin’ my dues.


V2
I keep wonderin’ if

I’ll make it out of this town
Yeah, Wonderin’ if…

I’ll make it out of this town.
Before whiskey or the Devil

puts me deep in the ground.


Repeat Chorus:

 

V3
Rode an eighteen wheeler
up from New Orlean
Rode an eighteen wheeler,
up from New Orleans
Running from a woman,
and some bad cocaine.

Repeat Chorus

That woman talking marriage
and a' settlin’ down
Talking ‘bout marriage…
and a' settlin’ down.
Had to take my guitar,
get the hell out of town.

Repeat Chorus:

 

V4
North Wind's blowing 
I feel a chill in my bones
North wind’s blowing,
I feel a chill in my bones.
Winter’s coming on
and I gotta go home.

 

Chorus


I hear that whistle blowin’,
on the midnight’ train
I hear that whistle blowin’,
on the midnight train.
Take me back to Mississippi
or down to New Orleans.

Ending Chorus:

I'll keep on playin' the blues
and payin' my dues
I'm gonna go back home
Where there's nothin to lose.

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I found this a bit confusing, if the singer ran away from New Orleans why are they then considering going back there ("Take me back to Mississippi or down to New Orleans.")?  And the reason for leaving is a woman and some bad  cocaine - the woman wants to marry him but couldn't he just refuse?  Isn't there Cocaine in the place he ran to as well or was the woman on the Cocaine?  I am not sure where home is for the singer that he wants to return to - is it Mississippi or is it New Orleans?  Or is it somewhere else?

 

I thought the first few verses were going well but I just got a bit confused towards the end. 

 

 

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