If I Lose my Money, Let Me Lose

I learned this song for Art Rosembaum's banjo method and encyclopedia of banjo tunings, "Art Rosenbaum's Old Time Banjo Book" (Mel Bay). Art got it from the singing of John Lee Zeiglar of Kathleen, Georgia. Art plays this with a slide, a very unusual banjo style that I can't quite master. I found that it still works very well with a 3-finger picking style in Art's "Low bass open D tuning."

Although some verses are familiar this song is a pretty unique blues tune. The closest song I have heard is from Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry: 'If You Lose Your Money.' The tune is similar to Doc Watson's 'The Train that Carried my Girl from Town.' There are also similarities to Charlie Poole's 'If I Lose, I don't Care' and other country songs but I doubt that they are related.

Note that record and YouTube listings for John use the spelling Ziegler, but John complained in an interview that everyone gets it wrong and the Zeiglar is the correct spelling.

Lyrics: 

Ducks in the mill pond, geese flyin’ o’er
Sally’s in the bed and she could not turn over
If I lose my money, let me lose

If you lose your money, don’t you lose your mind.
If you lose your honey don’t you mess with mine

I got a woman troubles all the time
I want a woman gonna ease my mind
If I lose my money, let me lose

If you lose your money . . .

Goin’ down Cripple Creek, turn into Main,
Cloudy in the west and it look like rain
If I lose my money, let me lose

If you lose your money . . .

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