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Table Of Content (59 songs, 50 soundclips)

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A Good Fool Is Hard To Find
Ain't Got Time
All About My Girl
Baby What You Want Me To Do/Rock Me Baby
* Bending Like A Willow Tree
Blue Monday Hangover
* Brick
* Broke
* Broke Music
But I Was Cool
* Cash Talkin' (The Workingman's Blues)
Conversation With Collins
* Don't Go Reaching Across My Plate
* Don't Mistake Kindness For Weakness
Do What You Want To Do
* Dyin' Flu
* Ego Trip
* Get To Gettin'

* Give Me My Blues
* Got A Good Thing Goin'
* Head Rag
** Honey Hush
* Hooked On You
* I'm Beginning To Wonder
I Ain't Drunk
* Iceman
If Trouble Was Money
If You Love Me Like You Say
* I Got A Problem
* I Got Mad
I Need You So
Jam It Up
* Jealous Man
* Lights Are On But Nobody's Home
* Listen Here
Master Charge (1)
Master Charge (2)
* Mr. Collins, Mr. Collins
* Mustang Sally
* My Mind Is Trying To Leave Me
* Put The Shoe On The Other Foot

* Quicksand
Same Old Thing
* Snatchin' It Back
* Snowed In
Soul Food
* Stormy Monday
T-Bone Shuffle
* The Hawk
* The Highway Is Like A Woman
The Moon Is Full
The Things That I Used To Do
Tired Man
* Too Many Dirty Dishes
Too Tired
Trash Talkin'
* Travelin' South
* When A Guitar Plays The Blues
When The Welfare Turns Its Back On You

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A Good Fool Is Hard To Find

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by Houston / Shackleford
recording of 1986

from Cold Snap (Alligator ALCD-4752), copyright notice

My baby came home last night
And she looked at me real cool
She said, "Albert, you ain't nothin' but a overgrown fool,
I'm gonna leave you, gonna leave you behind"
I said, " Baby I'm gonna tell you, that a good fool is hard to find"

Now, baby if you leave me, it would hurt me to my soul
I just can't understand why baby, any woman could be so cold
But a good fool, a good fool, is hard to find
Take a lesson from me baby, a good fool is hard to find

The last time you left me, I didn't have much to lose
You left me with nothin' woman, but a pair of thin-sole shoe
But a good fool, a good fool is hard to find
Take a lesson from me baby, a good fool is hard to find

Now listen to me baby, I think you should be told
When they made yo' daddy, somebody went an' broke the mold
A good fool, a good fool is hard to find
You take the lesson from me woman, a good fool is hard to find

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Ain't Got Time


by Stephen Hollister
recording of 1968-1970

from The Complete Imperial Recordings (EMI 96740), copyright notice

Uh! I feel alright, ya'all (yeah!)
You feel alright? (yeah!)
That's what I'm talkin' about
I said work now, let's get it!

Let's get the organ a little bit!

"Albert, let's get a drummin' some, maybe"

Ah man, it's too late now!

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All About My Girl

soundclip


by Albert Collins
recording of 1968-1970

from The Complete Imperial Recordings (EMI 96740), copyright notice

When you told me it was all over, babe
You thought all I ever was, was through, (ooooh!)
When you told me it was all over, babe
Thought all I ever was through (oh yeah!)
I had three more irons in the fire
Sorry, but I forgot to tell you

One more thing I'd like to tell you right now, uh-huh

You thought I'd be hurt when you left me babe
But I found another friend, (oooh!)
Yeah, you thought I'd be hurt when you left me babe
Well, I found another friend, (found me somebody else)
But sometimes what you lose,
Is nothing compared to what you win
(I'm gonna feel alright now)

A good man may fall, babe (oh yeah) but ya get back on your feet
(Yeah, I know, I know, I know)
You know, you know, a good man may fall, babe
Ya know ya get back on your feet
Yes I've got a good thing goin' now, woman (got a good thing goin' now)
Oh the future look good to me (future look so good to me) alright

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Baby What You Want Me To Do/Rock Me Baby

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by Jimmy Reed / B.B. King
recording of 1968-1970

from The Complete Imperial Recordings (EMI 96740), copyright notice

Goin' up, goin' down
Goin' up, down, down, up
Anyway you want me let it roll
Yeah, yeah, yeah
You've got me doin' what you want me
Baby what-cha want me to do?

Rock me baby, rock me all night long
Rock me baby, rock me all night long
I want 'cha to rock me baby, 'til my back ain't got no bone

I want 'cha to roll me, roll me like a wagon wheel
I want 'cha to roll me, baby, roll me like a wagon wheel
I want 'cha to roll me baby, 'til I'm in love with you

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Bending Like A Willow Tree

soundclip


by Lowell Fulson
recording of 1986

from Cold Snap (Alligator ALCD-4752), copyright notice

If you don't bend you'll have to break
It's good advise but a little too late
Nothin' but trouble everywhere I go, yeah
What I've been through you never know
Got me down on my bendin' knee
Weepin' and bendin' like a willow tree

I'm not lyin' it's not a fake
You can tell by the look on my face
Just so much a man can take
Sooner or later he's gotta break
Yes, I'm down on my bendin' knee
Weeping an' bendin' like a willow tree

Like a bitter pill that ya have to take
I'm beggin' you baby, you say it's too late
For goodness sakes please give me a break
Just a little more that I can take
Got me down on my bendin' knee
Weepin' and bendin' like a willow tree

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Blue Monday Hangover

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by Malone / Caple
recording of 1980

from Frostbite (Alligator ALCD-4719), copyright notice

Well, the first thing Monday mornin', I drink black coffee, to clear my head
Yes, every Monday mornin', I drink black coffee, an a-clear my head
Because, ev'ry Sunday night without you, baby, it's Blue Monday, you know baby, you know my soul is dead

Big Boss Man, I can hear you call my name, yes, Big Boss Man, Big Boss Man
Oh, I can hear you call my name
You know, I just don't feel like it this mornin', baby, it's a sin, you know ain't it a sin?

Hey!

I can hear Blue Monday callin', but this old hangover, just won't let me go
Yes, I can hear Blue Monday callin', but this old hangover, just won't let me go
Yes, but ev'ry time I try to get up, baby, I feel like I'm just goin' down slow

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Brick

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by Albert Collins
recording of 1980

from Frostbite (Alligator ALCD-4719), copyright notice

Brick baby! That's what I'm gonna throw upside your head
I said now, brick baby, that's what I'm gonna throw upside your head
Yeah, you got me so worried, got me talkin' outta my head

Yeah, you know I love you and you know my love is true
Yeah, I can't understand it, baby, the way you treat me like you do
I'm gonna chuck1 a brick, baby, I'm gonna chuck a brick at you

I got a brick, baby, I'm gonna throw it upside your head
I said a brick, baby, I'm gonna throw it upside your head
Yeah, ya got me so worried, ya got me talkin' outta my head

Ah, you know I love ya, yeah, you know my live is true
I can't understand it, baby, how you treat me like you do
I'm gonna chuck a brick, baby, I'm gonna chuck a brick at you

(Oh, I'm gonna chuck this brick right here!)

Hey!

_________
Note 1: chuck, throw, in this case, or throw out.

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Broke

soundclip


by Albert Collins
recording of 1983

from Don't Lose Your Cool (Alligator ALCD-4730), copyright notice

I used to be a big shot long ago
I had a Cadillac an' a whole lotta dough
Real fine women used to chase me down
Now, not one-a those gals can be found
They're never home whenever I call
Don't seem to want me around at all

I'm broke, I'm broke, I'm broke, I'm broke
Stone-cold broke, I ain't got a lousy dime

Went to a nightclub an' had my fun
Shuckin' an' jivin' wit' ev'ryone
Drinkin' that beer an' gin an' wine
Boy, I'm tellin' ya I had a good time
When I got home I didn't have no loot
Had to go down an' pawn my suit

I'm broke, I'm broke, I'm broke, I'm broke (ha-ha)
Stone-cold broke, I ain't got a lousy dime

Now, I'm a low-down dirty bum
Right back where I started from
I got no car, I got no gal
I ain't even got a pal
Huffin' an' puffin' can't raise a cent
Put me out, I can't pay my rent

I'm broke, I'm broke, I'm broke, I'm broke
Stone-cold broke, I ain't got a lousy dime

(Spoken:
"Damn, I'm broke man, I got no damn money"

"What n' the hell am I gonna do now?"

"Oh hey, Jim, what's happenin' man?"

"Oh man, I'm sure glad to see you!"

"Yeah, I know I owe you twenty dollars man,
but you know hey, look it"

"Well you know they picked up my car up this mornin'?"

"What?" (hm, a-ha)

"You know they say a man ain't suppose to cry?"

"Man, I'm gonna tell ya, you know that they didn't lie"

"Ay, I, I, I'm broke man, I swear I'm broke"

"Ha, I ain't had, man I ain't got it, I got about two dollars, man that's it"

"Ha, swear I'm broke man"

"Hm yeah, yeah I'm broke, yeah"

Fading:
"Trust me I'm broke, man, yeah I am")

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Broke Music

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by A.C. Reed (Aaron Carthen Reed)
recording of 1981 or 1982, The Paradise Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma

from Junk Food (3970), copyright notice

I got the blues, you know I'm so broke I wanna cry
Lord, I got 'em, you know I'm so broke I wanna cry
Because my baby she's gone and I just don't know the reason why

She got me walkin', I'm talkin' all to my lonely self
She got me walkin', I'm talkin' all to my lonely self
Whoa, Lord
I gotta find my baby, 'cause I don't want nobody else

Well now I love that woman so much
She got me on the run
She got the keys to my car
She got my great big mansion

She got me walkin', I'm talkin' all to my lonely self
I gotta find my baby, 'cause just don't want nobody else

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Note: song appears on A.C. Reed's album Junk Food. Vocals by A.C. Reed and Albert Collins.

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But I Was Cool

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by Albert Collins
recording of 1983 resp. 1997

from Don't Lose Your Cool (Alligator ALCD-4730) & Albert Collins Deluxe Edition (Alligator 5601), copyright notice

I always live by the, golden rule
Whatever happens, ha, don't blow your cool!
You gotta have nerves of steel
And never show folks how you, honestly feel

I lived all my life this way, ha
For example, take yesterday:

I breeze home happy bringin' her my pay
Her note read ...so long savvy, I haven't gone away!
An' I threw myself down across our empty bed
An' this is what I said:

Ooo shhhhiiiii ooow ooow ooow
What? Oh what are you gonna do with me?
Ooo wow uh
But I was cool!

So I "one for the roaded" at a all night bar
I wound up so loaded, I tore up my car
The judge threw the book at me,
An' when I read, the sentence there, I said:

"Oow! Please oooow ooow, please I got to know, I got to know
What? what went wrong?
I don't underst... I oh a,
But I was cool!

So I said she's the only one, that I have to pay
And I found her an' pulled my gun, an' fired point blank
The shot whistled right past that woman's head
An' I killed my hound dog, dead!

Oooooow, ruff ruff, rrr, rrr, rrr, rur, rur, rur
As they carried me away
I was overheard to say,
"Be cool, be cool, stay cool, be cool!"

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Cash Talkin' (The Workingman's Blues)

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by Doug MacLeod
recording of 1986

from Cold Snap (Alligator ALCD-4752), copyright notice

Well I walked down to my bank, just to see what I could see
I asked the man behind the desk, I say "Ah, is there any money for me?"
Now he didn't know just what to say
I say, "I need that money in a terrible way!"
Now he didn't say "yeah" but he didn't say "no"
He just shook my hand and showed me the door

Oh Lord, the blues is killin' me
Oh Lord, Lord, Lord, these blues is killin' me
Yes sir

Now my wife loves money and it bothers my mind
She runs to the store and she buys, on time
T.V's, radios, stereos and I got all kind a princess phones
A one of these days, ya'all-a, I think they all gonna be gone

My baby need clothes, my wife needs a car
It's a wonder ya'all ha, I got this far! Hey!
Landlord knockin', and he wants some rent
Now I'm lookin' for the money that my wife just spent

Oh Lord, um-hm, the blues is killin' me
Oh Lord, Lord, Lord, these blues is killin' me
Tellin' ya

Tax time, ain't nothin' but a mess
Payin' Uncle Sam more an' I'm gettin' less
The po' stay po' and the rich stay rich
An' I'm right here in the middle
Now ain't that a.....!

Barely gettin' by, makes me mean
'Cause the politicians I'm payin', are livin' real clean
Step down Mister Politician, and live like I do
I want you to know, the workin' man blues

Oh Lord, oh Lord, these blues is killin' me
Oh Lord, Lord, Lord, these blues is killin' me

Payin' these taxes worry me to death...

Buyin' new T.V's an' radios an' stereos...

Baby needs clothes...

Wife need a old car to get around in...

Oh it's a bitch bein' po'...

I say it's a ___!1, bein' po...

Fading:
Now ain't that a bitch?
(Boy it's rough, I'll tell ya)

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Note 1: ___ this is not a missing word, Albert just leaves out the word, 'bitch' and bends a note to fill in instead of saying the word.

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Conversation With Collins


by Albert Collins
recording of 1968-1970

from The Complete Imperial Recordings (EMI 96740), copyright notice

[Instrumental & guitar background during conversation]

You take like, me an' my wife
We got about four kids

Found the next door neighbor, an' she says,
"Look-a-here, let's get together one night,
An' go out an' have a ball, let the husbands baby-sit,
How 'bout that?"

Can ya dig it fellas?

She come after me, she says, "Honey, we wanna go out tonight, and have a ball"
I said, "Sure, it's alright, just as long as you be home by two"

I let's her go ahead on out, an' I'm baby sittin',
Kids hollerin' an' cryin',
I had to put diapers, change diapers

Two o'clock come, no wife

I said well, that's alright she probably went 'bout four or five miles out-a the city limit
I give her about thirty minutes to get home

Can ya dig it fellas?

Three o'clock come, still no wife

Four o'clock, sure was mad, now
Here she come, draggin' in

Now can ya dig this fellas?

Now here the way she talk to me, real sweet

She sounded good, ya know

Kissin' me all on the neck an' goin' on
Felt good, but I'm still mad!

Now after she done all that sweet talk,
You know what I told her, fellas?
You know what I told her?
You don't know what I told her?

An' I fool around an' made her mad, you know what would happen?
You know what she told me, fellas?

Now I told her the same thing

[Let's ride this thing outta trouble] (yeah)
Well this woman is puttin' me out
How 'bout that?

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Don't Go Reaching Across My Plate

soundclip


by Albert Collins
recording of 1980

from Frostbite (Alligator ALCD-4719), copyright notice

If one thing in this world
I just can't stand
Is bein' at the table wit' an ill-mannered man

Now, if he's sittin' on your left
Before you could eat a bite
He'll reach across your plate
An' you know that ain't right

Now I like to eat, as well as any man
But there's some rules, a fool should understand
When ya have one little helpin'
An' one extra piece of cake
I tell ev'rybody, don't go reachin' across my plate

I was at a party last night, at over Big Murray
Cat reached 'cross my plate
Got a coat sleeve in my gravy
I didn't say a word, just looked him dead in the eye
He reached across my plate, an' cut him a piece a pie

Now I don't care if he did it for a prank
I don't care, if you had a drink
Especially when I'm out, a-with my date
Now don't you go reachin' across MY plate

At a party last week, there was some high-class folks
Ev'rything on the table, an' that ain't no joke
They had barbecue possum1, rattlesnake gravy
Chicken fried skunk2, an' it smelt real crazy

Ev'rything went fine, but one thing made me blue
A cat reached across my plate, for some armadillo3 stew
Now when you at the table, you act real nice
You say, "pass me that" or "pass me the platter"
But just because you hungry, an' happen to come in late
Don't you go reachin', across MY plate

(Spoken:
"Pass some a-that turkey over there, baby!"

"No, don't give me none of that skunk, I don't want none a-that"

"I, I beg your pardon"

"If this cat stop reachin' 'cross my plate, I can maybe ask for somethin'"

"A pass me a little a-that turkey there, baby"

Fading:
Na na na na-na-na-na

Yeah-heya

"Party' nice, party's nice"

"Yeah, ah give gimme some a that chicken over there, baby"

"Chicken fried skunk? "ah no"

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Note: possum, opossum, any of a family (Didelphidae) of American marsupials that usually have a pointed snout and prehensile tail; especially : a common omnivorous largely nocturnal and arboreal mammal (Didelphis virginiana) of North America having grayish to blackish fur with white on the cheeks;
Note 2: skunk, any of various common omnivorous black-and-white New World mammals (especially genus Mephitis) of the weasel family that have a pair of perineal glands from which a secretion of pungent and offensive odor is ejected;
Note 3: armadillo, any of a family (Dasypodidae) of burrowing edentate mammals found from the southern U.S. to Argentina and having the body and head encased in an armor of small bony plates. See illustration.

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Don't Mistake Kindness For Weakness

soundclip


by Gwendolyn Collins / Eric Smith
recording of 1991

from Iceman (Capitol or Virgin 86197), copyright notice

You've been runnin' in the streets again, but I'd never had a hand on you
I've been a better man this year, than all the men that you've been through
Don't mistake kindness for weakness, 'cause a little girl, only a fool would stay with you

I tried so hard to please you babe, I've even turned your lies to truth
I said I tried so hard to please you baby, I turned your lies to truth
But when you said were my baby, I think I got to ask you for more proof

Don't mistake kindness for weakness, 'cause your chicken has come to roost
I said don't mistake kindness for weakness, baby, your chicken done come to roost
I think another man would be a fool, to try to hang around with you

I'm all done Mister Nice Guy but I ain't playin' around with your rules
If you think that's liquor talkin', you better try an' get on back to school
So mistake kindness for weakness, woman you done used up your, your last fool

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Do What You Want To Do


by Albert Collins
recording of 1968-1970

from The Complete Imperial Recordings (EMI 96740), copyright notice

You think you're the only woman
Who can keep me satisfied
You think you're the only woman
Who can always keep me tied

But you don't know, baby
You don't know what I got in store for you
I'm gonna give up ev'rything, baby
You can do what you wanna do

I always took the naggin'
The accusation of doin' wrong
But I'm fed up with it, baby
Because my love is not that strong

You don't know, baby
You don't know what's in store for you
I'm gonna give up ev'rything, baby
You can do what you wanna do

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Dyin' Flu

soundclip


by Albert Collins
recording of 1969

from Truckin' with Albert Collins (MCA MCAD-10423), copyright notice

Well I'm dyin' with the flu, oh, an' I don't know what to do
Well I'm dyin' with the flu, oh, an' I don't know what to do
Well my doctor gave me up, he said, "I can't do no more for you"

Please call my girlfriend, tell her I'm goin' on home
Yes, please call my girlfriend, tell her I'm goin' on home
Yeah, you tell 'em that flu is chillin', an' I don't want her to weep an' moan
Alright

Well it's gettin' dark, ev'rything seem to fade out
Well it's gettin' dark, ev'ything seem to be fadin' out
Well I hate to leave this old world but I found out what dyin' is all about

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Ego Trip

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by Albert Collins, arrangement by Casey Jones (drums & vocal)
recording of 1983

from Don't Lose Your Cool (Alligator ALCD-4730), copyright notice

Tryin' to tell you baby, about your trip
Ev'rytime I talk to ya baby, Lord, you give me that lip
I know what you mean, baby yeah, about your past
Ev'rytime I talk to you baby yeah, you ain't got no class

(You're on an ego trip)
(You're on an ego trip)
(You're on an ego trip)
(You're on an ego trip)

Ow!
Take ya downtown, to get me a pair of shoes
Come back home girl, Lord, talkin' like a fool
Sometimes baby, yeah, you don't have no class
Cheap old talkin' girl, Lord, I'm gonna get on your ass

(You're on an ego trip) ha
(You're on an ego trip)
(You're on an ego trip)
(You're on an ego trip) yeah, yeah

Ow!
I been knowin' about your trip baby, yeah
It come to pass
Ev'ry time I talk to you baby, Lord
You give me that mess

(You're on an ego trip) ha
(You're on an ego trip) that girl
(You're on an ego trip) yeah
(You're on an ego trip)

(Spoken:
"You got that old ego goin' on"

"Gotta school you next week"

"An' I told you to get yourself together now"

"So you can get me them shoes"

"Ya ain't come back wit' 'em yet"

Fading:
"What?"

"I told you 'bout that talkin' back"

"What?"

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Get To Gettin'

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by Price, publisher unknown
recording of 1983

from Don't Lose Your Cool (Alligator ALCD-4730), copyright notice

Get to gettin'
Get to gettin'
Get to gettin', get to gettin'
Take your baby home, pet her an' put her in bed

Get to gettin'
Get to gettin'
Get to gettin', get to gettin'
Take your baby home , pet her an' put her in the bed
Don't give me no trouble woman
Ya heard just what I said

Don't talk about that baby
'Cause you know just what I'll do
Don't talk about that baby
'Cause you know just what I'll do
I'll grab you woman, an' do the mess-around with you

Get to gettin'
Get to gettin'
Take your baby home, pet her an' put her in bed

Get to gettin'
Get to gettin'
Take you baby home, pet her an' put her in bed
Don't give me no trouble woman
You heard just what I said

(Get to gettin')

(Just gettin')

(Get to gettin')
(Get to gettin')
(Get to gettin')
(Get to gettin')

Don't tell me baby, was your cousin on the telephone
Don't tell me baby, was your cousin on the telephone
Well I know you lyin', 'cause yours been dead 'long time

(Get to gettin')
(Get to gettin')
(Get to gettin')
(Get to gettin')
(Get to gettin')
(Get to gettin')

It's you
Hey! 

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Page last updated on:
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