Up on Cripple Creek

(A) When I get off of this mountain
(D) You know where I want to go
(A) Straight down the (D) Mississippi river
(E) To the Gulf of Mexico
(A) To Lake Charles, Louisiana
(D) Little Bessie, girl that I once knew
(A) And she told me (D)just to come on by
(A) If there's anything she could do
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(A) Up on Cripple Creek she sends me
(D) If I spring a leak she mends me
(E) I don't have to speak she defends me
(F#m) A drunkard's (G) dream if I ever did see one
Good luck had just stung me
To the race track I did go
She bet on one horse to win
And I bet on another to show

Odds were in my favor
I had him five to one
When that nag to win came around the track
Sure enough he had won

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I took up all of my winnings
And I gave my little Bessie half
And she tore it up and blew it in my face
Just for a laugh

Now there's one thing in the whole wide world
I sure would like to see
That's when that little love of mine
Dips her doughnut in my tea

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Now me and my mate were back at the shack
We had Spike Jones on the box
She said, "I can't take the way he sings
But I love to hear him talk"

Now that just gave my heart a fall
To the bottom of my feet
And I swore as I took another pour
My Bessie can't be beat

{Refrain}
Lo, lo, oo hoo...

Now, there's a flood out in California
And up north it's freezing cold
And this living off the road
Is getting pretty old

So I guess I'll call up my big mama
Tell her I'll be rolling in
But you know, deep down, I'm kinda tempted
To go and see my Bessie again

{Refrain}
Lo, lo, oo hoo..