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(Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady)
Well, nickel is a nickel, I said, dime is a dime
I need a new gal, she won't mind
Tell me how long do I have to wait?
Can I get you now, I said, must I hesitate?
The eagle on the dollar says "in God we trust"
You say you want a man
You wanna see that dollar first
Tell me how long do I have to wait?
Can I get you now, I said, must I hesitate?
Well, If the river was whiskey, said, I was a duck
You know I'd swim to the bottom
Lord, and never come up
Tell me how long
Well, rocks in the ocean, said, fish in the sea
Knows you mean the world to me
Tell me how long do I have to wait?
Can I get you now, Lord, must I hesitate?
Well, the hesitation stalker's got them hesitation shoes
You know, Lord, I got them hesitation blues
Tell me how long do I have to wait?
Can I get you now, Lord, must I hesitate?
Said, can I get you now, how long must I hesitate?

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    UnregisteredDec 3, 2011 at 7:57 pm
    With due respect to the virtuosity of kaukonen and casady. The song hesitation blues is from 1920. And is performed by mant artists. With -i think- the most beautifull improvised version done by reverand gary davis. Kaukonen and casady thereby are not the songwriters. Theý just perform it.

    Gerrit bos, the netherlands.

    Never the less, thank you very much for the lyrics.
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    UnregisteredMay 20, 2012 at 3:27 am
    Its an old song. The meaning if preety clear. You can write new verses if it tickles you. Who needs meaning when its fun to sing.
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    UnregisteredMay 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    Like all blues, the lyrics are a moveable feast. They should reflect the performer's own circumstances and be extemporised to suit; regurgitating somebody else's just won't cut it. It's a framework for your own emotions... The best performances reflect this. I've heard "hesitation blues" done as by a man trying to escape from a loveless relationship with an unfaithful woman... And the version here reflects a seduction motive. Both ends of the scale!!

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