Mid​-​Continental Blues

by T. R. Munday

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1.
There's a Road Outside My Door T R Munday Copyright 2018 There's a road outside my door Take you places you've never been before There's a road outside my door Take you anywhere you want There's a road outside my house It goes north and it goes south There's a road outside my house Take you anywhere you want It connects on up with other roads And they all go somewhere I suppose There's a road outside my door Take you anywhere you want Take you down to New Orleans With Creole cookin' and Cajun queens There's a road outside my door Take you anywhere you want Down to Memphis, listen to some Blues Down to Memphis, get some barbecues There's a road outside my door Take you anywhere you want Take you down to Birmingham Get breakfast grits and country ham (Mmmmm-mmmm) There's a road outside my door Take you anywhere you want Take you down to Mobile Bay You can make it in just one day There's a road outside my door Take you anywhere you want There's a road outside my door Take you anywhere you want to go There's a road outside my door Take you anywhere you want
2.
One More Day 03:27
One More Day T R Munday Copyright 2018 One more day in Jefferson County One more day on Highway 9 One more day in Jefferson County One more day, I've done my time Cuttin' brush along the highway Ain't no shade but lots of sun Cuttin' brush along the highway One more day, my time is done Ninety days for being vagrant And I'm done with eighty nine Ninety days for being vagrant Ninety days of county time Lord I'd like a drink of water But that fella don't come round Lord I'd like a drink of water Mouth is dry as dusty ground Walkin' boss says break for dinner When we hit the county line Walkin' boss say break for dinner Then we come back the other side Raise this hook and swing it downward Raise this hook another time Raise this hook and swing it downward One step closer, that county line One more day in Jefferson County One more day on Highway 9 One more day in Jefferson County One more day, I've done my time
3.
Corn Borer Blues T R Munday Copyright 2018 Corn borer, corn borer, gettin' in my corn Corn borer, corn borer, gettin' in my corn Corn borer get in there, and all my corn be gone Cutworm, cutworm, he be crawlin' round Cutworm, cutworm, he be crawlin' round Hidin' in the daytime, but when that sun goes down, nasty old cutworm be comin' out the ground Corn plants, corn plants, aphids comin' 'round Corn plants, corn plants, aphids comin' 'round I don't kill the aphids, then the leaves be turnin' brown Get your corn into the bin, that's where the old corn weevil comes in Get your corn into the bin, that's where the old corn weevil comes in Just when you're thinkin' everything's fine, old evil weevil comes to dine I'm singin' the Blues without a doubt Don't get me started on floods and drought
4.
You'll be Gone T R Munday Copyright 2018 You're rushing toward disaster like a fast freight train You're rushing toward disaster like a fast freight train I won't be standing in your way, pretty soon girl you'll be gone You're riding high but you won't be for long You're riding high but you won't be for long If you don't stop your low down ways, pretty soon girl you'll be gone You're stepping out most every night to party with your friends You're stepping out most every night to party with your friends If you don't stop that stepping out, this whole deal's gonna end I don't know where you're going, I don't know who you're going with I don't know where you're going, I don't know who you're going with I ask you where you're going, you just give me a cheeky grin You're rushing toward disaster like a fast freight train You're rushing toward disaster like a fast freight train I won't be standing in your way, pretty soon girl you'll be gone Pretty soon girl, you'll be gone
5.
In My Time of Dyin' Traditional as sung by T R Munday Now in my time of dying Don't want no one to moan All I want my friends to do Is take my body home Well well well, so I can die easy Well well well, so I can die easy Well well well, so I can die easy Jesus gonna' make my dying bed Meet me Jesus meet me Won't you meet me in the middle of the air? And if these wings should fail me Lord Won't you meet me with another pair? Well well well, won't you meet me Jesus? Well well well, won't you meet me Jesus? Well well well, won't you meet me Jesus? Jesus gonna' make my dying bed I'm going down to the river Gonna' walk upon the sand Gonna' shout my trouble's over Lord I done made it to the Promised Land Well well well, I done crossed over Well well well, I done crossed over Well well well, I done crossed over Jesus gonna' make my dying bed Long time I been walking I ain't walking no more Long time I been dying Come upon that happy shore Well well well, I can die easy Well well well, I can die easy Well well well, I can die easy Jesus gonna' make my dying bed I'm going down to the river Gonna' walk upon the sand Gonna' shout my trouble's over Lord I made it to the Promised Land Well well well, I've done crossed over Well well well, I've done crossed over Well well well, I've done crossed over Jesus gonna' make my dying bed
6.
It Hurts Me Too Traditional as sung by T R Munday You said you was hurtin' Almost lost your mind Say the man you lovin' Hurts you all the time When things go wrong Go wrong with you It hurts me too You love him more When you should love him less Why keep up behind him And take his mess? When things go wrong Go wrong with you It hurts me too He loves another woman I love you But you love him Stick to him like glue When things go wrong Go wrong with you It hurts me too Mmmmmm-mmmmm Mmmmm-mmmmmm Hmmmm-mmmmmm Hmmm-mmmmmmm He loves another woman I love you But you love him Stick to him like glue When things go wrong Go wrong with you It hurts me too Mmmmmm-mmmmm Mmmmm-mmmmmm Hmmmm-mmmmmm Hmmm-mmmmmmm He better leave you You better put him down 'Cause I won't stand To see you pushed around When things go wrong Go wrong with you It hurts me too Mmmmmm-mmmmm Mmmmm-mmmmmm Hmmmm-mmmmmm Hmmm-mmmmmmm
7.
John Henry's Grave T R Munday Copyright 2018 Oh John Henry swung that hammer Oh John Henry swung it high Oh John Henry swung that hammer Swung that hammer 'till he died Oh John Henry where's your grave at? When they finally laid you down? Oh John Henry where's your grave at? All I know, it's hallowed ground Oh John Henry do your bones lay In some old unmarked grave? Oh John Henry do your bones lay 'Long some railroad right of way? Oh John Henry are you restin' Where those locomotives go? Oh John Henry are you restin' Where those lonesome whistles blow? Oh John Henry are you buried In some old church ground? Oh John Henry, granite headstone And your family close around? Oh John Henry swung that hammer Oh John Henry swung it high Oh John Henry swung that hammer Swung that hammer 'till he died Oh John Henry where's your grave at? When they finally laid you down? Oh John Henry where's your grave at? All I know, it's hallowed ground
8.
1946 Naperville Train Wreck T R Munday Copyright 2017 I went down to the station, to meet that Chicago train I went down to the station, to meet that Chicago train I went down to the station but that train never came I asked the station master I asked the station master I asked the station master, what might be to blame? The station master shook his head The station master shook his head The station master shook his head and said they wrecked that train It was up in Dupage County in the town of Naperville It was up in Dupage County in the town of Naperville It was up in Dupage County they say forty five were killed The Advance Flyer stopped on the main track The Advance Flyer stopped on the main track The Advance Flyer stopped on the main track and they sent a flagman a-hurryin' back Coming eighty miles an hour was engineer Blain Coming eighty miles an hour was engineer Blain Coming eighty miles an hour was engineer Blain, a high balling daddy in the Silver Speed train Chicago Burlington & Quincy had a terrible wreck Chicago Burlington & Quincy had a terrible wreck Chicago Burlington & Quincy they ain't cleared that track yet I went down to the station to meet that Chicago train I went down to the station to meet that Chicago train I went down to the station but that train never came
9.
Don't You Bury Me T R Munday Copyright 2017 In my time of dying Don't you bury me Underneath that cold dark ground And throw the dirt in over me Lay me on the prairie Underneath the sun Where the wind blows through my hair When my dying time has come Put me down where the morning sun That rises in the east Can fall upon my body Let the crows and vultures feast In my time of dying Let my soul roam free Underneath a starry sky That's the place for me Put me where the tall grass grows And the coyotes roam Where the air is fresh and clean That will be my final home In my time of dying Set my spirit free Lay me in the open air Don't you bury me Lay me down where the west wind blows And the rain can fall on me Where the sun shines on my bones And set my spirit free
10.
If You Mine That Old Black Coal T R Munday Copyright 2018 If you mine that old black coal If you mine that old black coal It gets in your body and soul If you mine that old black coal Safety first in an underground mine Safety first in an underground mine Think about that all the time If you mine that old black coal The creaks and groans deep underground The creeks and groans deep underground In your dreams you'll hear those sounds If you mine that old black coal By the foot or by the ton By the foot or by the ton What's that worth when your life is done If you mine that old black coal Rock drills ringing inside your ears Rock drills ringing inside your ears Hear that noise for the rest of your years If you mine that old black coal Blackened lungs and shortened breath Blackened lungs and shortened breath They'll be yours until your death If you mine that old black coal Twenty-five years in an underground mine Twenty-five years in an underground mine That's a long, long time without sunshine If you mine that old black coal If you mine that old black coal If you mine that old black coal It gets in your body and soul If you mine that old black coal
11.
Knockin' Come Upon My Door T R Munday Copyright 2018 Knockin' come upon my door I know someone's there Knockin' come upon my door Big dog goes woof woof woof I know someone's there Knockin' come upon my door Little dog goes yap yap yap I know someone's there Knockin' come upon my door Blue Tick Hound go arf arf arf I know someone's there Knockin' come upon my door Kitty cat goes yow yow yow I know someone's there Knockin' come upon my door Rooster goes doodle-doodle-do I know someone's there Knockin' come upon my door Old black crow goes caw caw caw I know someone's there Knockin' come upon my door Baby says "Who's that, Tee?" I know someone's there Knockin' come upon my door Knockin' goes knock knock knock I know someone's there Knockin' come upon my door Door goes knock knock knock Big dog goes woof woof woof Little dog goes yap yap yap Blue Tick Hound goes arf arf arf Kitty cat goes yow yow yow Rooster goes doodle-doodle-do Old black crow goes caw caw caw Baby says "Who's that, Tee?" And I know someone's there Knockin' come upon my door And I know someone's there Knockin' come upon my door And I know someone's there
12.
Plowin' Bottom Land T R Munday Copyright 2018 Oil that harness, keep it clean and polish up your plow Oil that harness, keep it clean and polish up your plow Snap those lines and off you go, you're set for plowing now There ain't nothing quite like a jarhead mule, he's a four legged long eared working fool There ain't nothing quite like a jarhead mule, he's a four legged long eared working fool One step two step three step four, that's the way the old mule goes If you plow that bottom land If you plow that bottom land It will test your eye and hand if you plow that bottom land Set your eye on a distant point and don't you turn aside Set your eye on a distant point and don't you turn aside Rocks and roots get in your way just take them in your stride You want to keep those furrows straight and neat You want to keep those furrows straight and neat Bust those clods up with your feet you want to keep those furrows straight and neat Let your mule take a little rest he's working hard as you Let your mule take a little rest he's working hard as you Won't hurt you to stop a spell and catch a breather too Let your mule take a little rest he's working hard as you

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The middle of the North American continent has long been the home of the Blues. From the Mississippi Delta and the cotton and farm fields of the deep South, north to Chicago and Detroit, and west to Austin and Kansas City, the Blues originated there and are still going strong. This album contains ten new, original Country Blues and Delta Blues songs plus T R Munday's versions of two traditional songs. These down home Blues are heavy on acoustic guitar, harmonica and his slow, deep singing.

Don't look for songs to play at your wedding reception here. Two songs about dying, one about a grave, one train wreck, two failed relationships, one about crop pestilence, one about coal mining, one that contains instructions on how to plow with a mule and one that describes the pandemonium that is set off when someone knocks on his door don't seem to include any songs suitable for weddings. You won't find "Stairway to Heaven" on the track list.

Downloads of the digital album are being offered through Bandcamp on the basis of 'name your price (no minimum)' in the great tradition of Chicago's Maxwell Street open air music. Pay if you can, but if you cannot, enjoy the music anyway, and if you do enjoy the music, tell a friend or send it as a gift. Maxwell Street in Chicago was a place for Bluesmen and other musicians to perform from the 1930s until the last open air performance in the year 2000. Its heyday was from the late 1940s until the early 1970s. It was a remarkable place.

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released August 1, 2018

This album is dedicated to the memory of RadioMeltdown's DJ Chris.
Drums: James Dooley
Album Cover Photography: Brian Milo www.brianmilo.com

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T. R. Munday Chicago, Illinois

Tee's unpublished, unreleased song "O-Joe the Catfish" went to the semi-finals of the International Songwriter's Competition in 2019.
T. R. Munday resides in Northern Illinois, by way of Texas and California.
Musically, he has been most influenced by Mississippi John Hurt, Johnny Cash, and a whole host of Mississippi Delta and Chicago Bluesmen.
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