Albert King
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* additions of June 2000
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Table Of Content (39 songs, 32 soundclips)

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* (Ain't It) A Real Good Sign
* Ain't Nothing You Can Do
Almost Lost My Mind
* Angel Of Mercy
* Answer To The Laundromat Blues
As The Years Go Passing By
* Blues At Sunrise
* Blues Power
Born Under A Bad Sign
Call My Job
Callin' On My Darlin'
* Can't You See What You're Doing To Me
* Change Of Pace
Crosscut Saw

* Don't Burn Down The Bridge
* Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven
* For The Love Of A Woman
Get Out Of My Life Woman
* Guitar Man
* Honky Tonk Woman
* Hound Dog
* I Believe To My Soul
* I Don't Care What My Baby Do
I Get Evil
I Got The Blues
I'll Play The Blues For You
* I'll Play The Blues For You (Part 1 And 2)
I'm Ready

* I Wanna Get Funky
* Killing Floor
* Little Brother (Make A Way)
* My Babe
Oh Pretty Woman
* Roadhouse Blues
* Rub My Back
* Running Out Of Steam
* Sky Is Crying
* That's What The Blues Is All About
The Hunter

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(Ain't It) A Real Good Sign


by Ross
recording of 1976

from Albert (Rhino 70398), copyright notice

Man, when ya woman kiss ya
An' hold ya real tight
Catch you back tonight
With all-a her might

She whisper words
She never said befo'
You should know by then, mister
Why you got to go

Ain't that a real good sign?
I believe in it now
Ain't that a real good sign? oh yes it is
Ain't that a real good sign? oh yeah

Gonna make-a little love
(Make a little love)
Gonna make-a little love
(Make a little love)

Girl, when your man come home
Ev'ryday from work
He jump in the bath tub
A-wash away the dirt

Oh an' it seems the same man
That come right straight to you
You should know by then, girl
What you got to do

Ain't that a real good sign? oh yeah
Ain't that a real good sign? I believe in it now
Ain't that a real good sign? yeah-hey

Wanna make a little love
(Make a little love)
Wanna make a little love
(Make a little love)

(I wanna make a little love)
(I wanna make a little love)

(I wanna make a little love)
(I wanna make a little love)

Back in my bed
An' I get the urge to roam
I go out in the streets
But I always come back home

Late at night
I knocked upon your door
Should know right then
I'd come right back for more

Ain't that a real good sign? oh yes it is
Ain't that a real good sign?
I believe in it now
Ain't that a real good sign?
Hey-hey

Babe, I wanna make love
(Make a little love)
Oh yeah
(Make a little love)
I wanna make love
Woo!

(I wanna make a little love)
(I wanna make a little love)

(I wanna make a little love)
(I wanna make a little love)

Fading:
(I wanna make a little love)
(I wanna make a little love)

 

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Ain't Nothing You Can Do

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by Brooks
recording of 1976

from Albert (Rhino 70398), copyright notice

Throw me away
You can treat me like trash
But still I turn around babe
An' give ya all-a my cash

You can send me far away
Somewhere down on the track, now
But just like a boomerang baby you know
I'll come right back

There ain't nothin' you can do, darlin'
To stop me from lovin' you
Oh, there's nothin' you can say, darlin'
Little girl, to drive me away

You can call me names
In the presence of my friend
That wouldn't hurt my feelin's
You know that wouldn't mean a thing

It's gonna take a miracle
To drive me away
I'll be around babe, until I'm old an' gray

There is nothin' you can do babe
To stop me from lovin' you
Oh, there's nothin' you can say, little girl
Darlin', to drive me away

Oh, hahaha, come on, ya'all
Well, alright

You can play with my heart
Like kids play with toys
I wouldn't give a damn
If ya tore it apart

You can walk all over me
Then treat me like dirt
So much in love wit' cha darlin'
I wouldn't even feel the hurt

There is nothin' you can do, babe
To stop me from lovin' you
No, there's nothin' you can say, little girl
Honey, to drive me away

'Cause I'm satisfied, with the love ya give
I love ya baby, an' I know it's for real
It's gonna take a miracle to drive me away
But I'll be lovin' ya darlin' until I'm old an' gray

There is nothin' you can do babe
To stop me from lovin' you
Hey, there is nothin' you can say, little girl
Honey to drive me away

Woo! hoo-hoo!

Well, alright!
Um!
Oh!
Woo!
Woo!
Well, alright!

 

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Almost Lost My Mind

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by Hunter
recording of probably 1984

from Laundromat Blues (Edsel 130), copyright notice

When I lost my baby, I almost lost my mind
When I lost my baby, I almost lost my mind
My eyes was full of tears since she left me behind

I pass a million people; I can't tell who I meet
I pass a million people; I can't tell who I meet
My eyes are full of tears, where can my baby be?

I went to see a gypsy to get my fortune read
I went to see a gypsy to have my fortune read
My head hung in sorrow when she said what she said

When I lost my baby, I almost lost my mind
When I lost my baby, I almost lost my mind
When I lost my baby, I almost lost my mind

 

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Angel Of Mercy

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by Homer Banks / Raymond Jackson
recording of 1971

from The Best Of Albert King (Stax 60-005 or Fantasy 60005), copyright notice

I went to work this mo'nin'
My foreman looked me in the eye
He said, "Fella I don't know what's wrong with ya,
But you look sick enough to die"

He sent me to the company doctor
And he examined from head to toe
"Whatever's wrong with ya, young man,
My x-rays just won't show"

I say, angel of mercy
Won't you please look down on me?
Angel of mercy
A little mercy is all I need

The finance company
They just don't receive my check
They say they want a payment by Friday
Or they want all-a the furniture back

I went to the credit union
To try to get myself a loan
They said, "I would let ya have it young man,
But we hear that you won't be workin' here much longer

Angel of mercy
Won't you please look down on me?
Oh, angel of mercy
A little mercy is all I need

Lord have mercy! Oh angel! Oh!

Oh!

Cut my lights off this mo'nin'
They set my furniture out doors
I was listenin' to the weatherman 'while ago
An' he's says it's gonna rain an'snow

My daughter's got pneumonia
An' my son is down with the flu
My whole family's sufferin' from malnutrition
And I can't even 'fford them soup

I say, angel of mercy
Won't you please look down on me?
Oh, angel of mercy
A little mercy is all I need

 

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Answer To The Laundromat Blues

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by Albert King
recording of 1972

from The Best Of Albert King (Stax 60-005 or Fantasy 60005), copyright notice

(Spoken:
This number's bein' especially played
And dedicated to all of the women
From all of the men)

You see you women have a good thing goin'
But we hip to ya now

You take two or three pieces
And go down to the laundromat
An' take ya eight hours to wash 'em
No good!

We gonna buy ya washers and dryers
And we're gonna put ya at home in the basement
And we gonna kick the door down that goes to the basement
While we can hear the washer when it stop

And baby, baby, baby, when that washer stop
You better be though
Or you better have a darn good explanation!

Don't you go get whupped all on the toenails
We're gonna raise your eye lashes and whup ya some
And if ya run fast enough
We're gonna whup ya on the bottom of the feet
Ain't that right men?
Speak up for yourself! (yeah, yeah)

There will be no more goin' to the laundromat
Puttin' your clothes in there
And gettin' your girlfriend keep her eye on it
While you step out the back door

You better take my advise
You might need it on your vacation this summer
I'd hate to see ya come up with a leg screwed off
Or a eye punched out
Yeah!

Whoa! yeah, yeah!

I know you don't know it babe (yeah, yeah, yeah)
But things look bad for you
Hey, I know you don't know it babe
But I'm gonna keep a close eye on you

Well, ev'ry time you go to the laundromat, baby
I want you to know, I want you to know
That I'll be there too!

 

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As The Years Go Passing By

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by Deadric Malone
recording of 19

from Laundromat Blues (Edsel 130) & Born Under a Bad Sign (Mobile Fidelity UDCD01-00577) & King of the Blues Guitar (Atlantic 8213) & Live (Rhino 71622) & Albert Live (Charly 35), copyright notice

There is nothing I can do, if you leave me, with a cry
There is nothing I can do, if you leave me, with a cry
Baby my love will follow you, as the years go passing by

I give you all but a home, that's one thing you get the night
I give you all but a home, that's one thing you get the night
You know my love will follow you, as the years go passing by

I'm gonna leave it up to you, so long, baby good bye
I'm gonna leave it up to you, so long, baby good bye
Baby my love will follow you, yes, as the years go passing by

 

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Blues At Sunrise

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by Albert King
recording of July 1 1973, Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland

from Live at Montreux Blues at Sunrise (Stax or Fantasy 8546), copyright notice

We're gonna take ya way back, ha ha
I said we're gonna take ya way back [Yeah!]
Ha, ha
(Let's start!)

When the sunrise in the east, lover
It set deeply in the west

(Spoken:
Oh, turn my organ down a-lil' bit so I can croon a lil' bit on ya)

Oh, the sunrise in the east
It set deeply in the west
I've been lookin' for my lover
An' I haven't found her yet

I'm gonna call up China
An' see if my woman's over there
Well, I'm gonna call up China
An' see if my woman's over there
You know, I've searched the whole world over, Lord
I can't find my lover, nowhere (hey-ya)

She won't write me no letter
She won't even call me on the telephone
No, she won't write me no letter
She won't even call me on the telephone
You know I haven't had no real good lovin'
Since that gal-a mine been gone

(Spoken:
I can't see my, engineer
Hey, somebody! (hey, hey)
Where's Mister ... <name of engineer, inaudible>
Well, Ooh!)

Someday baby, hahahaha
You're gonna want me, like I want you
Oh, someday baby, you're gonna want me, like I want you
But when you call me long distance, darlin'
I'll say I have nothing for you to do

Someday baby, you're gonna want me, like I want you
Hey, someday baby, you're gonna want me, like I want you
Oh, but when ya call me on the phone, angel
I'll say I have nothin' for you to do

Woo, thank you!

 

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Blues Power

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by Albert King
recording of 19

from The Best Of Albert King (Stax 60-005 or Fantasy 60005), copyright notice

(Spoken:
This is blues power!

Well

Play it now)

Ev'rybody understands the blues
Are you listening?
YEAH! [audience replies]

I say ev'rybody understands the blues
Ev'rybody from one day to another has the blues

You take the little baby that's layin' in the cradle
He can't get that milk bottle fast enough
He go to kickin' an'cryin'
An' goin' on, tearin' up the little baby bed
He got the blues
Can ya dig it?
YEAH! [audience replies]
Ha, ha, ha

You take this girl that's got this main squeeze
That's her boyfriend, that is, you know

An' he just bought a brand new GTO
You know she wanna be wit' him ev'rytime he cranks it up
An' go around the corner to the soda fountain
This is where she wanna go an'show it off
Where all the girls and guys be
You know what I mean?

An' she get ready to go out this particular night
An' her mother say, "Daughter you was just out last night
You can't go out tonight, that's too many nights in a row"

She go in the room an'fasten the door
An' won't answer the phone, won't eat
Won't talk to nobody
She got the blues
That's what's wrong wit' her

Some people call them the reds, the pinks
When ya get through
It's the old-fashioned country blues
That's right

I haven't seen my main squeeze
In ten long weeks, today
You know I got the blues
Can you dig it? ha, ha, ha
YEAH! [Audience replies]

Woo! Alright!

Ah but wait, I don't think you're with me
Let's ev'rybody get a thing goin' right here
Yes, yes, yes

Can you feel it?
YEAH!
I can't hear you, can you feel it?
YEAH!
Yes, yes
Sounds awful good, keep it, keep it, right there chilin'
Keep it right there, ha ha ha ha

The blues!
An' when you're doin' the blues
They so strong, that's the reason there named
They call 'em blues power, yeah

An' would you believe I invented blues power?
YEAH!
Ha, ha
Can you dig the blues power?
YEAH!
Let ev'rybody say "yeah"
YEAH!
Say it again, say "yeah"
YEAH!

Alright! Alright! Hey! Hey! Hey! Oh! Alright
Ha, ha, ha! Well! Woo! Ha, ha, ha! Oh man! Hey!
Ooh-oh!
Woo!

Thank you!
Thank you very much!
Thank you very kindly!
Woo!

 

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Born Under A Bad Sign

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by Booker T. Jones / William Bell
recording of 1978

from Laundromat Blues (Edsel 130) & New Orleans Heat (Rhino R2-70699) & Born Under a Bad Sign (Mobile Fidelity UDCD01-00577) & King of the Blues Guitar (Atlantic 8213) & Chicago 1978 (Charly 754) & The Ultimate Collection (Rhino 71268), copyright notice

One, two
Born under a bad sign
I been down since I begin to crawl
If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

Hard luck and trouble is my only friend
I been on my own ever since I was ten
Born under a bad sign
I been down since I begin to crawl
If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

I can't read, haven't learned how to write
My whole life has been one big fight
Born under a bad sign
I been down since I begin to crawl
If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

I ain't lyin'
If it wasn't for bad luck I wouldn't have no kind-a luck
If it wasn't for real bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

Wine and women is all I crave
A big legged woman is gonna carry me to my grave
Born under a bad sign
I been down since I begin to crawl
If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

Yeah, my bad luck boy
Been havin' bad luck all of my days, yes

 

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Call My Job


by Detroit Junior / Al Perkins
recording of 1976 resp. 1977

from Tomato Years (Rhino/Tomato R2 71623) & King Albert (Rhino 70395), copyright notice

Call my job, tell the boss I won't be in
Call my job, tell the boss I won't be in
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, I must've had too much weekend

Call my job, have someone operate my machine
Call my job, have someone operate my machine
You look so good to me this morning, I must've had too much weekend

Hang the hat off the hook, lock the door too, spend my time, making love to you
Call my job, tell the boss I won't be in Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
I must've had too much weekend

 

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Callin' On My Darlin'


by Willie Dixon / Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of 1961

from Chess Blues (MCA 9340), copyright notice

Well she hot as red pepper, sweeter than cherry pie
I'm so glad she love me, love me all the time
Cutest little baby, sweet as she can be
All that love she got, it belongs to me

If you hear me howlin'
Callin' on my darlin'
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm

Well she kiss me in the mornin', make the lights go out
Early in the mornin' she makes me jump and shout
That bad left she's got makes me really try
Makes me really know I'm too young to die

When you hear me howlin'
Callin' on my darlin'
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm

Well she kiss me in the mornin', make the lights go out
Early in the mornin' she makes me jump and shout
That bad left she's got makes me really try
Makes me really know I'm too young to die

When you hear me howlin'
Callin' on my darlin'
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm

Well she hot as red pepper, sweeter than cherry pie
I'm so glad she love me, love me all the time
Cutest little baby, sweet as she can be
All that love she got, it belongs to me

If you hear me howlin'
Callin' on my darlin'
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm

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Note: also known as Howlin' On My Darlin'

 

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Can't You See What You're Doing To Me

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by Albert King
recording of 1970

from The Best Of Albert King (Stax 60-005 or Fantasy 60005), copyright notice

(Spoken:
I wonder where, I wonder where, this Sears Roebuck drummer come from?
(laughter))

Hey baby, can't you see what you're doin' to me
Hey baby, baby, baby, can't you see what you're doin' to me
Well you say you're gonna leave me, darlin'
You're goin' back to your old time, used to be

I work two jobs, I bring home all-a the pay
If you tell me you love me, then try to do some things my way
Hey baby, can't you see what you're doin' to me
Well you say you're gonna leave me,
You're goin' back to your old time, used to be

Hey now! woo! yeah! yeah! come on band! sounds alright!

I work two jobs, I bring ya all-a the pay
If you tell me you love me, then try to do some things my way
Hey baby, can't you see what you're doin' to me
Yeah, you say you're gonna leave me darlin'
You're goin' back to your old time, used to be

Hey baby, can't you see what you're doin' to me
Hey, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
Can't you see what you're doin' to me
Now you say you're gonna leave me darlin'
You're goin' back to your old time, used to be

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Note: Stax single release 0069.

 

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Change Of Pace

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by Ross
recording of 1976

from Albert (Rhino 70398), copyright notice

Hey, I went 'cross town to see my woman
I knocked upon her door
She said, "Baby I'm glad ya stopped by,
I just can't see ya no more"

Honey you've been replaced
(Honey you've been replaced)
I need a change of pace
(I need a change of pace)

Well I found a new face, so
Baby stay away, I need a change of pace

I never thought that she was cheating
I was the last one to know
I found out, yesterday
When I knocked upon her door

Honey you've been replaced
(Honey you've been replaced)
I need a change of pace
(I need a change of pace)

Honey, I found a new face
Baby stay away
(I need a change of pace)

Um!

I passed her on the sidewalk
Ya almost didn't even speak
People, I felt so doggone bad
Yes and my knees got weak

She said, you've been replaced
(Honey you've been replaced)
I need a change of pace
(I need a change of pace)
Honey I've found a new face
So baby stay away
(I need a change of pace)

I need a change of pace
(I need a change of pace)
I need a change of pace
(I need a change of pace)
Well I found a new face
So baby stay away, I need a change of pace

(Change of pace)
(I need a change of pace)
(Change of pace)
(I need a change of pace)

(I found a brand new face)
(Honey, you've been replaced)
(I need a change of pace)

(Change of pace)
Woo!
(I need a change of pace)
(Change of pace)
(I need a change of pace)

(I found a brand new face)
(Honey, you've been replaced)
(I need a change of pace)

(Change of pace)
(I need a change of pace)
(Change of pace)
(I need a change of pace)

(Honey, you've been replaced)

(I need a change of pace)
(I found a brand new face)
(Honey, you've been replaced)
(I need a change of pace)

(I need a change of pace)
(I need a change of pace)

Fading:
(Change of pace)
(I need a change of pace)
(I got a brand new face...)

 

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Crosscut Saw

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by Ford
recording of 19

from Laundromat Blues (Edsel 130) & The Ultimate Collection (Rhino 71268) & Born Under a Bad Sign (Mobile Fidelity UDCD01-00577) & King of the Blues Guitar (Atlantic 8213) & I Wanna Get Funky (Stax SCD-8536-2), copyright notice

I'm a cross cut saw, just drag me 'cross your log
I'm a cross cut saw, just drag me across your log
I cut your wood so easy for you, you can't help but say 'Hot dog!'

I've got a double-bladed axe, that really cuts good
I'm a cross cut saw, just bury me in the wood

I'm a cross cut saw, just drag me 'cross your log
I cut your wood so easy for you, you can't help but say 'Hot dog!'

Some call me wood-choppin' Sam
Some call me wood-cuttin' Ben
Last girl I cut the wood for, want me back again

I'm a cross cut saw, just drag me 'cross your log
I cut your wood so easy for you, you can't help but say 'Hot dog!'

 

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