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It's on me, it's poor me, nobody have pity on poor me
You've got to have now pity, pity on poor me
She may stay, she may go, she'll back don't you know
By and by, lording won't you by and by

It's on me, it's poor me, nobody have pity on poor me
You've got to have now pity, pity on poor me
You may go, you may stay, you'll be back some sweet day
By and by, Lordy, by and by
Don't the moon look pretty just shining through the trees
I can see William Lee, oh but he can't see me
You may stay, you may go, you'll be back through that door
By and by, lordy won't you, by and by

I can't see my future I can't tell my past
Well I can't tell my future I can't tell my past
Lord it seems like every minute sure gonna be my last

Well minutes seem like hours hours they just seem like days
Well minutes seem like hours hours they just seem like days
I sure wish these people would quit their low down ways

Well I got a woman she stands five foot four from the ground
Well I got a woman she stands five foot four from the ground
Well she's tailor made and she ain't no hand-me-down

Well I got a woman now she's lightning when she smiles, lightning when she smiles
Well I got a woman now she's lightning when she smiles
Five foot and four inches and she's just good hugging size

It's on me, it's on me, nobody have pity on poor me
You've got to have now pity, pity on poor me
You may go, you may stay, you'll be back some sweet day
By and by Lordy, Lordy by and by
By and by Lordy, Lordy won't you by and by?

It's on me it's poor, won't you have pity on poor me?
It's on me it's poor, won't you have pity on poor me?

It's on me, it's on me, nobody have pity on poor me
I ain't got nobody have pity on poor me
Don't the moon look pretty shining through the trees
I can see brother Lee but he can't see me
She may go she may stay, she'll be back some sweet day
By and by, mamma, won't you by and by?
By and by, mamma, won't you by and by?

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from Lost Blues & Forgotten Ballads, released September 9, 2009

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William Lee and the Modern Primitives Nashville, Tennessee

William Lee is the nom de guerre of William B. Sealy.

The question of humanity—it's loss through privation of the spirit, it's corruption by seemingly unsurmountable forces, and it's redemption and salvation by acts and actors of disproportionate courage—is a pervasive theme throughout Lee's work. ... more

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