Albert Collins
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Anita Cantor for transcribing and contributing all but one lyrics!
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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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Quicksand

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by Albert Collins
recording of 1983

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

They tell me love is like quicksand, can't stop when you're sinkin' down
Tell me love is like quicksand, you can't stop when you're sinkin' down
My gal lead me down to the suction and I know I just can't turn around

She's a hardheaded woman, an' she always treat me wrong
She's a hardheaded woman, an' she always treat me wrong
She treat me so bad, that's when she make me weep an' moan
Hey!

She's a hardheaded woman, she always treat me wrong
I'm sick an' down baby, 'cause you always treat me wrong
My handle raised for help, won't you listen to me weep an' moan?

Hey!

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Same Old Thing


by Albert Collins
recording of 1993

from Collins Mix (Virgin 39097 or Pointblank V2-39097), copyright notice

(Spoken:
Take a lot a entertainers, sing songs
'Bout the things they experienced in life
Some entertainers sing songs that they-a,
seen other people experience in life
Well, I'm gonna tell you some of the things
I experienced in life)

The old lady got mad with me the other night
Packed that overnight grip
Got the house by myself, just me and the dog. Ha, ha
Sometime ya know that your animal layin' in the floor, lookin'
at you like, say, "Uh, you done messed up buddy"
It's that same old thang

(Sings)
Same old thang, baby where ya been?
Said, same old thing, woman where ya been?

Been gone two days, today
I'm sittin' here all alone
I been waitin' babe
Waitin' by my telephone

Said, same old thing
Woman where ya been?
It's that same old thing
Baby, where ya been?

I been up all night, waitin' in vain
Without you baby, it just ain't the same
Everytime I go through this baby
We play that same old game

Now if I ever catch ya messin' around
Then there's no need to plead
Just send your soul on to heaven
'Cause the rest is home to me

Same old thing, baby where ya been?
It's the same old thing, woman where ya been?
It's the same old thing

Hey!

My patience done run out
My love gone bad
I really started to leave ya woman, but
But you're the best thing I ever had

Same old thing, woman where ya been?
Same old thing, baby where ya been?

I been up all night, waitin' in vain
Without you baby, it just ain't the same
Every time I go through this thing with you
You play that same old game

Now if I ever catch you messin' around
There's no need to plead
Just send your soul on to heaven, haha
'Cause the rest belong to me

Said same old thing, baby where ya been?
Said same old thing, baby
Woman, where ya been?

Spoken:
("I was at Carol's house last night")
No you wouldn't
Carol was over here, her and the baby last night
Where ya gonna be?
Ya gotta find somethin' else baby 'cause you know
I started to leave you, but you the best thing I've ever had
("Then I went by Mollie's house")
No, hell no, Mollie called here lookin' for ya
You've got to come right with me, baby
No wigglin' of the hip
See the same old thing baby

I done told you, no, don't do that to me, no mo'
'Cause I, I love you baby
I'm really in love wit' cha baby

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Snatchin' It Back

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by Clarence Carter / George Jackson
recording of 1986

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

How can I get your love,
when you keep on snatchin' in back?
I want ya to tell me baby
How can I get your love,
when you keep on snatchin' it back?
Cha' tell me, tell me baby

How do you 'spect for me to get it,
When you keep on doin' like that?

Hey, you want me an' I want you
But you're afraid that I won't be true
I've got your love in the palm of my hand
You change your mind, snatch it back again

How can I get your love,
when you keep on snatchin' it back?
C'mon tell me, tell me baby
How can I get your love,
when ya keep on snatchin' it back?

Hey, how can you 'spect for me to get it,
when you keep on doin' like that, um hm?
Some other man before my time
Must have loved you, left you behind
You're afraid that I'll hurt you
But I won't do anything, you don't want me to

How can I get your love,
when you keep on snatchin' it back?
How can I get your love,
when you keep on snatchin' it back?

Look out ya'all, come on through!

Some other man before my time
Must have loved you, left you behind
Now you're afraid that I'll hurt you
But I won't do anything, woman
You don't want me to

How can I get your love,
when you keep on snatchin' it back?
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon baby
How can I get your love,
when you keep on snatchin' it back?
Tell me, tell me baby

How, how can I get your love,
when you keep on snatchin' it back?
How can I get your love,
when you keep on snatchin' it back?
Um, hm, hm

Fading:
Get your love
Ya keep snatchin' it back
Um, hey baby, uh, ow ow

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Snowed In

soundclip


by Albert Collins
recording of 1980

from Frostbite (Alligator ALCD-4719), copyright notice

Last winter I was in Chicago and the weather was awfully bad
Last winter I was in Chicago, and the weather was awfully bad
They say I was stuck in China Town, for the worst winter they ever had

"I'm gonna go on right here
And see if I can get this truck started right quick"

"These old shoes ain't ready for the winter"

"Oh, I'm 'bout to fall an' break my neck here in a minute, buddy

"See if I can get this key in this door here"
"I know it don't lock it, lock, it done froze up on me an'"
"Lock it won't act right, it already half-tore up anyhow"

"Yeah, I got it now, I'm gon get here an' try to crank this old thing"
"An' pat the accelerator a little bit"

"Yeah, I almost got it"
"Pat the accelerator a little bit more"
"It's cold, that wind just whistlin' out there"

"Oh it sure cold weather out here"
"You get frostbite out here"

"Try it one more time"

"Ya'all, it ain't gonna start"

Yeah, I don't mind a little snow, an' I can handle rain
I say, I don't mind a little snow, an' I can handle a little rain
Now I don't mind bein' cold but this winter, man it's sure insane

"If I go now hit this old gas station,
I think I can get me somebody to"
"Walk on down the street here, 'bout a block"
"See if I can, get somebody to give me a boost off here an' get my battery charged"

"Oh man, this stuff is in a mess here!"

"I'm gonna fall, break my neck"

"Oh get on by man, I'm gonna get out your way, I'm in the street"
"I'm tryin' to walk here, ya'all runnin' these damn trucks an' cars an' goin' on"

"Come on by man"

"Oh man, the station is done closed!"

Now the gas station was closed, and the snow was eight feet tall
Now the gas station had closed, hm, and the snow was eight feet tall
The telephone cable was down, an' you couldn't even make a call

You couldn't go out for groceries, hm, nobody would deliver to you
I said, you couldn't go out for groceries, nobody would deliver to you
In a bad situation like that, what in the hell, ya'all, what-a I'm suppose to do?

"Yeah, it's a tough winter, I tell ya"

"I go back out here one more time an' see if I get this, thing started right here"

"Old battery might be done be at the level, I might get it started now"

"Besides, I'm about to fall"

"Man, I'm gonna tell ya, I'm a, whew!"

"Rough, rough here in Chicago!"

"Wanna get on back across that desert in Los Angeles, somewhere"
"Florida somewhere"
"If I can get outta here, I know I'm snowed in"

"Try to crank this damn thing one more time"
"I think I can get it to crank, I hope so"

"Let me see if I can get it cranked"

"Pat the accelerator a little bit"

"Might get it started, now"

"Oh yes, I got that thing together now, boy"
"She's kickin' now!"

"Yeah"
"Yeah, will let her get warmed up"

"Hey!"

"Hey!"

"Hey!"

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Soul Food


by Albert Collins
recording of 1968-1970

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

C'mon children, we got soul food in the house
We got cornbread, mash potato, a-candied yam an' turnip greens
We got a little chitlin', it's soul food

I see the preacher comin', we're fixin' a plate
"Will ya pass the biscuit please?"
Shut-up boy, an' eat them greens!

It's soul food, ya get your stomach full
Want ya to eat, ya'all
I'm gonna play for ya

Ow! Woo!

I see a man headed 'cross the track
Food was so good, I see he's comin' back

It's soul food
It's soul food
It's soul food
It's soul food
It's soul food
It's soul food
It's soul food
It's soul food

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Stormy Monday

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by T-Bone Walker
recording of December 21 1982, Kudan Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan

from Live In Japan (Alligator ALCD-4733), copyright notice

[Intro]
A young man that inspired me on a guitar,
Mr. T-Bone Walker, I'm gonna do one of his tunes
for you ladies and gentlemen
Called Stormy Monday, if ya don't mind

Hello!
We used to do a lot of the shows together...

They call it stormy Monday (thank you!)
Tuesday's just as bad
(Look out Les, this goin' out to you, Les)
And they call it stormy Monday
Tuesday's just as bad
Wednesday's worse
Thursday, oh so sad, yeah

Yeah, that eagle flies on Friday, an' Saturday I go out to play
Yes, that eagle flies on Friday, an' Saturday I go out to play
Sunday I go to church, I do get on my knees an' pray

[We got Larry Burton on guitar, how 'bout givin' him a hand, ladies and gentlemen?]
(Yeah!)

The sun rise in the East, and it sets up in the West
Yeah, the sun rise in the East, baby, and it sets up in the West, yeah
It's hard to tell, it's hard to tell, which one of my love, that I love best

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T-Bone Shuffle

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by T-Bone Walker
recording of 1985

from Showdown (Alligator ALCD-4743), copyright notice

Let your hair down, baby, let's have a nat'ural ball
Let your hair down, baby, let's have a nat'ural ball
If you don't let your hair down, woman, we can't have no fun at all

Oh, and you can't take it wit' you, that's one thing for sure
Oh, and you can't take it wit' you, that's one thing for sure
There ain't nothin' in the world, that a T-Bone shuffle won't cure

Come here baby, sit down on your daddy's knee
Come here baby, sit down on your daddy's knee
I've got somethin' pretty baby, somethin' that's ailin' me

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The Hawk

soundclip


by Gwendolyn Collins / J.B. Richardson
recording of 1991

from Iceman (Capitol or Virgin 86197), copyright notice

(Spoken:
I remember when I was snowed in and up at old Shire town.
I'm sure the next tour take me right back through that town.
Snow was up to your shoulders man and that ain't no lie.
Chicago wasn't so cold, it would make a polar bear cry.)

Now when you hear the people talk about their bird called the hawk
Now I'm gonna tell ya somethin' that'll make you, let out a squawk

(Spoken:
Now where I live the weather's mostly warm.
We don't have to worry about no snow or if we have a storm.
But Shire town sits on the shores of a lake,
and when that hawk flaps his wings it make you shiver an' shake.)

Now when you hear the people talk about their bird called the hawk
Man, I'm tellin' ya one thing, they just let out a squawk

(Spoken:
But man, you should a been there in the winter of '78.
You couldn't catch a cab down on State and Lake.
Now, you know that's bad 'cause, that's right in the heart of town.
And it was so bad the mayor had to close the whole town down.)

Now when you hear the people talk about their bird called the hawk
Oh man, I tell you, tell you, let out a squawk

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The Highway Is Like A Woman

soundclip


by Albert Collins
recording of 1980

from Frostbite (Alligator ALCD-4719), copyright notice

The time has come, I got to hit the road again
I said the time has come, I've got to hit the road again
'Cause I travel with a passion, and the highway is my lady friend

You see the highway's like a woman, soft shoulders an' dangerous curves
You see the highway is like a woman, like a woman, soft shoulders an' dangerous curve
If you don't know her when you start travelin', boy she can really upset your nerves

But if you respect her when she warns you, I swear the highway treat you fine
But if you respect her when she warn you, I swear the highway'll treat you fine
When she's wet an' she's slippery, then watch out for the detour sign

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The Moon Is Full

soundclip


by Gwendolyn Collins
recording of 1985 resp. 1993

from Showdown (Alligator ALCD-4743) & Collins Mix (Virgin 39097 or Pointblank V2-39097), copyright notice

I said the moon is full, I feel my love comin' down
I said the moon is full, I feel my love comin' down
You see I met this little girl, I don't think I'm gonna wanna, wanna, leave this town

All my friends call me crazy, you just don't know how I feel inside
All my friends call me crazy, you just don't know how I feel inside
You know I love this little girl, 'cause she's got the little pretty, pretty brown eyes

Gonna take that train in the mornin', I think I'm gonna go back home
Gonna catch that train in the mornin' ya'all, I think I'm gonna go back home
And I know that my little girl know, oh that I won't be gone, I won't be gone 'till dawn

If I miss that train, I think I'm gonna to have to hitch-hike
If I miss that train in the mornin' ya'all, I guess I'm gonna have to hitch-hike
And I'll let my little girl know, I'll just be gone, I'll be gone overnight

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The Things That I Used To Do

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by Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones
recording of 1968-1970

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

The things that I used to do, Lord, I won't do, no more
The things that I used to do, Lord, I won't do, no more
Well, I used to sit an' hold your hand, baby, cry for you not to go

I would search all night for ya baby, Lord, an' my search, would always be in vain
I would search all night for ya baby, Lord, an' my search, would always been in vain
Well, I knew all along darlin', that you're bein' out wit'ch your other man

I'm gonna send you back to your mother, baby, Lord, an' I'm goin' back to my family, too
I'm gonna send you back to your mother, baby, Lord, an' I'm goin' back to my family, too
Well, if there's nothin' I can do to please ya baby, Lord, I just can't get along with you

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Note: originally titled, "Talking Slim Blues" by Albert Collins.

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Tired Man

soundclip


by Albert Collins
recording of December 21 1982, Kudan Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan resp. 1993

from Live In Japan (Alligator ALCD-4733) & Collins Mix (Virgin 39097 or Pointblank V2-39097), copyright notice

I'm a tired man
I ain't got time to play
Yeah ya know, I'm a tired man, tired man
You know I ain't got time to play
You know I'll always love ya baby
You know I'll love you ev'ry night and ev'ry night and ev'ry day

I have to fix my breakfast and dinner, baby
I have to do it ev'ry day
Yes, I'm gonna fix my breakfast and dinner, woman
I have to do it ev'ry day
When I come home from work
You know I got to watch your, watch your T.V. play

I'm a tired man
You know I ain't got time to play
Yeah, you know I'm a tired man, tired man, tired man
I ain't got time to play
I want you to know I'm still lovin' you baby
Ev'ry night and ev'ry day

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Too Many Dirty Dishes

soundclip


by Newton
recording of 1986

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

Too many dirty dishes in the sink for just us two
I said, too many dirty dishes in the sink for just us two
You got me wonderin' baby
Who's makin' dirty dishes with you?

I get up an' go to work in the mo'nin'
I come right home at night
When I leave the sink is empty
When I come back home
She got 'em stacked up out of sight

Too many dirty dishes in the sink just for us two
Well you got me wonderin' baby,
Who's makin' dirty dishes with you?

(Spoken:
Look at this kitchen!
Pots an' pans, ev'rywhere, it's pitiful!
Look at all these glasses layin' all up on the sink!
Looks like she even had a party up in here, too
You wait 'til I see this woman, when she get home

That glass over there, got a cigar in it or sump'in
I don't smoke no cigar
Um, servin' caviar
I don't eat no caviar
What's wrong with this woman?
All these pots in here, gonna run me some water right here

Yeah now, you wait 'til I see this woman when she get home
Pots 'n pans all stacked up here
There's a pot, let me scrap this pot out

Oh it's pitiful an' I don't know why this woman come an' have a party
When I'm at work

Gettin' all this stuff under my fingernails,
Run some more water in here
Yeah, now I can wash these glasses out, wash them up first

Yeah, that's pretty clean now, though
Now I got all this, now I gotta work on these pots a little bit more
Makes me so mad, I don't know what to do

Thought I was her husband, 'stead a maid!

Like ol red chili or somethin' all done got dried up on all these pots

She never fix me none of this good food!

You wait 'til that woman get home, I'm scrappin' all these pots for her)

Sings:
I've done your dirty dishes
How much am I suppose to take?
When I left I had corn flakes for breakfast
Now there's a bone from a T-bone steak

Too many dirty dishes in the sink for just us two
You've got me wonderin' baby
Who in the hell is makin' dirty dishes with you?

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Too Tired

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by Bihari / Davis / Watson
recording of 1978

from Ice Pickin (Alligator ALCD-4713), copyright notice

I layed down last night, too tired to wait
I had a chill this mornin', too tired to shake
I got a good poker hand, too tired to win
I could hear my baby knockin', too tired to let her in

I'm tired, yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm tired
Too tired, too tired for anything

Too tired to walk, too tired to run
I can hear my baby callin', too tired, too tired

Too tired, yes I'm tired
I'm tired, too tired for anything

I'm tired of prosperity, tired of luck
Sittin' on a pin, I'm too tired to get up

I'm tired, I declare, I declare, I'm tired
Too tired, tired, too tired for anything

I'm tired, baby!

Hey!

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Trash Talkin'


by Albert Collins
recording of 1968-1970

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

(All spoken)

Went down to Albert's Alley
Pick up on me a Collins mix
Went to the bar an' ordered me a drink
Tried to relax myself

Looked around and saw two soul sisters
They were sippin' sodas
And the other look caught their companions
On the dance floor
They were doin' the Collin's shuffle

Pretty soon a cute little number
Came and asked me to do the stomp polka
I told her I couldn't do the stomp polka
I could show her how to do the Sissy1

We were on the dance floor
And I was doin' my thing
After a while out of nowhere
Up walks her boyfriend
While she's standin' there doin' the shivers and shake

He gave me a look that was very icy blue
And believe me, he made me thaw out!
I said to myself, "Albert, don't lose your cool"

By that time I'd gotten hungry
'Cause I smelled someone cookin' catfish
Oughta be something along, with some greens
Told him definitely, I didn't want no leftovers!

The cook took so long about fixin' my grub
I had to go see what was takin' him so long
He was back there jivin'
I had to tell him to get it together

He asked me, "Can't you wait?"
Made me mad, I said, "No man, I ain't got time,
I've got to keep on pushin',
I got to make it down the soul road,
Got to go, do some turnin' on"

Don't want person, give me no dyin' food
So I'm leavin' town, goin' home
I've got homesick anyway
I'm leavin' this place before I freeze
Goin' home to defrost
Ain't gonna have me lookin' like a snow cone

I don't know, he's gettin' rough!

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Note 1: may be referring to his song "Do The Sissy".

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Travelin' South

soundclip


by Gwendolyn Collins
recording of 1991

from Iceman (Capitol or Virgin 86197), copyright notice

Travelin' south, tryin' to work my way back home
I said I'm headed south, tryin' to work my way back home
I'm so broken an' hungry, ain't no money for the telephone

Feet so tired, I think I'm gonna lay down
I say my feets is so tired, ya'all, I think I'm gonna lay down
I got another hundred miles, before I make the next town

I'll be glad to leave this town, I ain't comin' back no more
I'll be glad to leave this town, ya'all, I ain't comin' back no more
I'm gonna head back down to Texas, that's the only place I know

Travelin' south, tryin' to work my way back home
Travelin' south, tryin' to work my way back home
I'm so broke an' hungry, ain't got no money for the telephone

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When A Guitar Plays The Blues

soundclip


by Albert Collins
recording of 1983

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

You get the strangest kinda feelin', that's when the guitar plays the blues
I say, you get the strangest kinda feelin', that's when a guitar plays the blues
Your body gets the message, and you know, you know, your soul has just got to move

You might even bat your eye
You might even snap or cry
The feelin' you're feelin' within you babe
You know you just can't hide

You're kinda strokin' like that
You're kinda bendin' like this
And it reaches down inside you
And your soul just can't resist
You get the same kinda feelin'
When the guitar plays the blues
Your body sure gets the message
Yes, you know, you know, your soul has just got to move

And when the music is over
And it's time to turn out the lights
You know the blues goes home with ya
Soothes you through the night

You get the strange kinda feelin'
When the guitar plays the blues
Your body gets the message
And you know, you know, you know
Your soul has just got to move

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When The Welfare Turns Its Back On You

soundclip


by Weaver / Thompson
recording of 1978

from Ice Pickin (Alligator ALCD-4713), copyright notice

Now what you gonna do, when the welfare turn it's back on you?
Now what you gonna do-hoo-hoo-hoo, when the welfare turn it's back on you
Now, you be standin' there stranded, there's ain't a thing that you can do

Now you look all through your house, yes, you can't, find a piece of bread
Now you look all through your hou-hou-house, yeah, you can't find a piece of bread
Sometime you begin to wonder, if you be better off, better off, dead

You go down to the welfare
Give 'em one, two report
Something they sellin' you
Will surely get your goat

If you tell 'em you sick
You better have a bad cough
'Cause if you don't
They be ready to throw you off

What you gonna do, when the welfare turns it's back on you?
You be standin' there stranded,
There ain't a thing, there ain't a thing you
There ain't a thing-hing-hing-hing-hing,
that you can do

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Page last updated on:
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