Tennessee Jed

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Lyrics

Cold iron shackles, ball and chain,
Listen to the whistle of the evenin' train.
You know you bound to wind up dead,
If you don't head back to Tennessee Jed.

Rich man step on my poor head,
When you get back you better butter my bread.
Well, do you know it's like I said,
You better head back to Tennessee Jed.
Tennessee, Tennessee, there ain't no place I'd rather be,
Baby won't you carry me back to Tennessee.

I run into Charlie Fog,
Blacked my eye and he kicked my dog,
My doggie turned to me and he said,
Let's head back to Tennessee Jed.
I woke up a feelin' mean,
Went down to play the slot machine,
The wheels turned around, and the letters read,
You better head back to Tennessee Jed.

Tennessee, Tennessee, there ain't no place I'd rather be,
Baby won't you carry me back to Tennessee.


Credits

Performances

This song is unreleased by Elvis Costello, but he performed it 2010-08-10 with Levon Helm and his band, and with Larry Campbell 2009-11-09. He also performed it on the second series of Spectacle,2009-09-24 with Levon Helm, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson, Allen Toussaint, The Imposters & Larry Campbell

Recordings

Audience Recordings

Elvis and Larry Campbell
Elvis and Levon Helm Band
Spectacle season 2

Bootlegs

  • This section is incomplete.

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