You're looking for the lyrics of Charlie Poole? Good luck! In 1982, C. Kinney Rorrer published Rambling Blues: The Life and Songs of Charlie Poole London, UK: Old Time Music, which contained Rorrer's transcriptions of Charlie Poole's recordings. As Rorrer says in his introduction to the songs, "One problem that most fans of Charlie Poole have is understanding some of the words to his songs...[Lonnie] Austin says some people used to treat the records as puzzles, purchasing them just to find out what Poole was saying." Rorrer reports, among other theories for Poole's being difficult to undersand, Ernest Stoneman's suspicion that Poole deliberately mumbled some words just to keep others from learning his material.
One thing Poole did do, according to the documentation provided by Rorrer, is restrict himself to pre-1923 material, which places his songs in the public domain(*) and outside the reach of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.
These are transcriptions of the songs the way I hear them. I agree with Rorrer to a large extent, but with a performer like Poole it would be a miracle for us to agree completely.
|Baltimore Fire||Letter That Never Came|
|Bill Mason||Look Before You Leap|
|Budded Rose||Milwaukee Blues|
|Can I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Mister||Monkey on a String|
|C from Tennessee||Mother's Last Farewell Kiss|
|Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues||Mother's Plea for Her Son|
|Falling by the Wayside||My Gypsy Girl|
|Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee||My Wife Went Away and Left me|
|Good-bye Sweet Liza Jane||Old and Only in the Way|
|Goodbye Booze||One Moonlight Night|
|Goodbye Mary Dear||Only Girl I Ever Loved|
|Hangman Hangman Slack the Rope||Ramblin' Blues|
|He Rambled||Shootin' Creek|
|Hungry Hash House||Sweet Sunny South|
|Husband and Wife Were Angry One Night||Take a Drink on Me|
|I'm the Man That Rode the Mule 'Round the World||There'll Come a Time|
|If I Lose I Don't Care||Took My Gal a Walkin'|
|If the River Was Whiskey||Wayward Boy|
|It's Movin' Day||What Is Home Without Babies|
|I Cannot Call Her Mother||When I'm Far Away|
|I Left My German Home||Where the Whippoorwill Is Whispering Goodnight|
|I Once Loved a Sailor||White House Blues|
|Jealous Mary||Write a Letter to My Mother|
|Just Keep Waiting Till the Good Time Comes||Young Boy Left His Home One Day|
|Leaving Dear Old Ireland||You Ain't Talkin' to Me|
*Any song published before 1923 is in the public domain. However, it's not always easy to determine when a song was originally published. Even after a song has entered the public domain, new lyrics, new arrangements, and derivative works may be copyrighted. One song that appeared to be under copyright still was Leaving Home (Frankie and Johnny) by the Leighton Brothers and Ren Shields. The song can be found in the ASCAP database as Frankie and Johnny, Title Code 360056306. However, Vance Randolph lists its copyright as 1912 in volume 2 of his Music of the Ozarks. I subsequently obtained a copy of the original sheet music with the 1912 copyright date, so the song is included here. If anyone knows of songs that Rorrer or I may have misidentified as published before 1923, please let me know and they will be removed.
More information about Charlie Poole and copyright can be found here.