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Uranium Blues: Loy Clingman [1955]

A musical lament about how uranium fever has wrecked a prospector's life. For more uranium fever and uranium misery see Uranium Fever by Elton Britt, Uranium Rock by Warren Smith and Uranium by The Commodores, and Uranium Fever by Rudy Gaddis.

Loy Clingman was born in Williams, Arizona and while working as a grade school teacher (he taught 6th grade for 27 years) he began writing about western themes. Through Ray Odum, Clingman met Lee Hazlewood who, at that time, was a DJ on KTYL. Hazlewood liked Clingman's writing so much that he signed him to his Viv label, a business which Clingman would eventually take over. In 1960 Clingman recorded Rockin' Down Mexico Way and he also recorded songs on Liberty Bell, Dot, Four Corners and a variety of others. He continues to write and record in his home in Mayer, Arizona.
LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Uranium Blues: Loy Clingman [1955]

I once was so happy, so carefree and gay
And I had a sweet lovin’ wife
‘Til I caught the fever that’s wrackin’ my soul
And rapidly ruinin’ my life
At first just a pastime, it soon came to be
A full-fledged obsession with me
So I sold all I own, left my wife all alone
And a rover I set out to be

Refrain: Uranium blues, uranium blues
Have got me in deep misery
They’ve cost me my wife, made a wreck of my life
And an unhappy end I foresee

I’ve traveled this country from Bisbee to Butte
And I searched every place in between
Each mile of the whole Colorado plateau
Not a trace of good ore have I seen
My counter won’t count and my Jeep is broke down
And my grubstake is sure runnin’ low
I’m heartsick and weary, I want to go home
But this madness just won’t let me go

Refrain

My wife has divorced me, with cruelty I’m charged
And I guess I will have to agree
But only the good Lord Himself knows the pain
That these blues have been causin’ to me
Although I’ll keep seekin’ the rainbow’s bright end
In my heart I will faithfully pray
That no other mortal will be so unwise
And follow my unhappy way

Refrain


Loy Clingman [1955]
Uranium Blues
(Loy Clingman)
Viv 2001


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