Milk Cow Blues

Lyrics: Kokomo Arnold
Music: Kokomo Arnold

Played a few times by Bob Weir with Bobby & The Midnites in 1982. I don't have a tape: the lyrics below are from the Elvis Presley version.

Well, I woke up this morning
And I looked out the door
I can tell that that old milk cow
I can tell the way she lowed

Well, if you've seen my milk cow
Please ride her on home
I ain't had no milk or butter
Since that cow's been gone

Well, I tried to treat you right
Day by day
Get out your little prayer book
Get down on your knees and pray
For you're gonna need
You're gonna need your loving daddy's help someday
Well, then you're gonna be sorry
For treating me this way

Well, believe me, don't that sun look good going down?
Well, believe me, don't that sun look good going down?
Well, don't that old moon look lonesome
When your baby's not around

Well, I tried everything to get along with you
I'm gonna tell you what I'm going do
I'm gonna quit my crying, I'm gonna leave you alone
If you don't believe I'm leaving You can count the days I'm gone
Originally recorded as Milk Cow Blues Boogie in the 1930s by Kokomo Arnold, and adapted by Robert Johnson as Milk Cow Calfs Blues. Elvis's version was recorded as a single in January 1955 as part of The Sun Sessions. It has also been recorded by Bob Wills, Eddie Cochran and numerous others.

Sleepy John Estes also recorded a song titled "Milk Cow Blues", but this appears to be a completely different song.


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