Albert King
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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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Don't Burn Down The Bridge

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by Jones / Wells
recording of July 1 1973, Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland

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

(Spoken:
Now this tune is all about a girl that's got a good man
But she gonna leave him, to another, for another slick talkin' dude
But I advised her not to burn down the bridge
She might wanna come back)

One, two, three, four!

Your mind's set on leavin'
To a house down a one way street
Say you're gonna lock up all the doors
And throw away the key

Oh, but don't burn down the bridge, darlin'
You just might wanna come back
'Cause the grass ain't no greener
On the other side of the track

Oh, you counted me out, before I could get to bat
All the things are out-ta the Chevrolet
Tomorrow night be drivin' a Cadillac

But don't burn down the bridge, darlin'
You just might wanna come back
'Cause the grass ain't no greener
On the other side of the track

Hey!

All your so called friends
Taught you how to cheat an' lie
Now it seem like you gonna jump
From the fryin' pan to the fire

Oh, but don't burn down your bridge, darlin'
You just might wanna come back
'Cause the grass ain't no greener
On the other side of the track

Hey! Ha!

Thank you! Woo!
Thank you very much!

__________
Note: the subtitle of the song is " 'Cause You Might Wanna Come Back Across".

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Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven

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by Don Nix
recording of 19

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

Ev'rybody wants to laugh
Ah, but nobody wants to cry
I say ev'rybody wants to laugh
But nobody wants to cry

Ev'rybody wants to go to heaven
But nobody wants to die

Ev'rybody wanna hear the truth
But yet, ev'rybody wants to tell a lie
I say ev'rybody wants to hear the truth
But still they all wanna tell a lie

Oh ev'rybody wants to go to heaven
But nobody wants to die

Ev'rybody wanna know the reason
Without even askin' why
Oh, ev'rybody wanna know the reason
Oh, without even askin' why

You know ev'rybody wanna go to heaven
But nobody wants to die

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For The Love Of A Woman

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by Don Nix
recording of July 1 1973, Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland

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

One, two, three, four!

For the love of a woman
A man will do most anything
For a love of a woman
A man will do most anything
Make him steal from his mother
Just to buy her a diamond ring

Well I love you, baby
Like a schoolboy love his pie
Well I love you, baby
Like a schoolboy love his pie
Well I love you so much, darlin'
You make me wanna cheat an' lie

I've been lovin' you, baby
Ever since I don't know when
I've been lovin' you, baby
Ever since I don't know when
Oh, I love ya so much, darlin', yeah
That I'm comin' right back again
Come on!

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Get Out Of My Life Woman

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by Albert King OR Toussaint
recording of 1978

from New Orleans Heat (Rhino R2-70699) & Tomato Years (Rhino/Tomato R2 71623), copyright notice

Get out of my life woman, you don't no love me no more
I said, "Get out of my life woman, you don't no love me no more
Get out of my life woman, you don't no love me no more"

Get out my eyes teardrops, I got to see my way around
Won't you get out my eyes teardrops, I got to see my way around
Get out my life heartaches, nothing but heartaches by the pound

Get off my ladder woman, I got to climb up to the top
I said, "Get off my ladder woman, I got to climb up to the top
Get off my ladder woman, ladder's nothing to make you stop"

Get out the way woman, I got to be movin' on
I said, "Get out the way woman, I got to be movin' on
Get out the way woman, I got to be movin' on"

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Guitar Man

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by Bert de Coteaux / Cherry
recording of 1976

from Albert (Rhino 70398), copyright notice

(Let's get it on, let's get it on, guitar man, guitar man)
(Let's get it on, let's get it on, guitar man, guitar man)

I can do it slow, I can do it fast
I can play the blues, I can play some jazz

(Let's get it on, let's get it on, guitar man, guitar man)

I play for the rich, I play for the po'
When they hear my music, they yell for more

If you're by yourself, or have a friend alone
You can dig my funk, all night long

When I do my thing, it'll make ya move
You'll party hardy, an' get in the groove

(Let's get it on, let's get it on, guitar man, guitar man)
(Play the blu-ues)

If you're by yourself, have a friend alone
You'll dig my funk, all night long

When I do my thing, it'll make ya move
You can party hardy, an'get in the groove

(Let's get it on, let's get it on, guitar man, guitar man)
(Let's get it on, let's get it on, guitar man, guitar man)
(Let's get it on, let's get it on, guitar man, guitar man)
(Let's get it on, let's get it on, guitar man)

(Guitar ma-an)
(Guitar ma-an)
(Guitar ma-an)
(Guitar ma-an)

(Let's get it on, let's get it on, guitar man)
(Guitar ma-an)
(Guitar ma-an)
(Guitar ma-an)
(Guitar ma-an)

(Let's get it on, let's get it on, guitar man)
(Guitar ma-an)

(Guitar ma-an)
Ah!
(Guitar ma-an, yeah)
Woo!
(Guitar ma-an)

(Let's get it on, let's get it on, guitar man)
(Guitar ma-an)
(Guitar ma-an)
(Guitar ma-an)
(Guitar ma-an)
Fading:
(Let's get it on, let's get it on, guitar man)

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Honky Tonk Woman

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by Mick Jagger / Keith Richards
recording of 19

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

I met a gypsy barroom queen in Memphis
An' on the street the summer sun did shine
The sweetest rose that ever grow in Memphis
I just can't seem to drink her off-a my mind

She's a honky tonk woman (yeah)
Give me, give me, give me the honky tonk blues (yeah!)
She's a honky tonk woman (woo-hoo)
Gimme, gimme, gimme, the honky tonk blues

I laid a divorce in New York City
An' had to pick myself out of a fight
Ladies they all covered me with roses
She blew my nose an'then she blew my mind

Well, she's a honky tonk woman (yeah woo, Lord, hey hey)
Give me, give me, give me, the honky tonk blues
She's a honky tonk woman (woo-ooo-hoo)
Gimme, gimme, gimme, the honky tonk blues

She's a honky tonk woman (woo-ah)
Gimme, gimme, gimme, the honky tonk blues

She's a honky tonk woman (wooooo)
Gimme, gimme, gimme, the honky tonk blues

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Hound Dog

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by Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller
recording of 1969

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

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog, keep cryin' all the time
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog, you keep cryin' all the time
You ain't never caught a rabbit, ya ain't no friend of mine

They say you was-a high class, but I could see through that
You said you was-a high class, but I could see through that
Ya ain't never caught a rabbit, ya ain't no friend of mine

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog, keep cryin' all the time
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog, you keep cryin' all the time
You ain't never caught a rabbit, ya ain't no friend of mine

You said you was high class, but I could see through that
You told me you was high class, but I could see through that
You ain't never caught a rabbit, you ain't no friend of mine

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog, keep cryin' all the time
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog, you keep cryin' all the time
You ain't never caught a rabbit, you ain't no friend of mine

Now look out there!

Yeah..Ooo-haha

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I Believe To My Soul

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by Ray Charles
recording of July 1 1973, Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland

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

One of these days an' it won't be long, yeah
You gonna look for me an' I'll be gone

I believe, I say I believe right now
Hey, hey, hey, baby
You tryin' to make a fool of me, now

You goin' 'round here with your head so hard, yeah
I think I'm gonna have to use my rod

I believe, I say I believe right now
Hey, hey, hey, baby
You tryin' to make a fool of me, now

Now last night you were dreamin' when I heard you say, yeah
"Ho Johnny", when you know my name is Ray

I believe, I say I believe right now, yeah
Woah-oh-oh, baby
You're tryin' to make a fool of me, now

Oh!

You're gonna 'round here with your head so hard, yeah
I think I'm gonna have to use my rod

I believe, I say I believe right now, yeah
Hey, hey, hey baby
You're tryin' to make a fool of me now, hey

Yeah!

Thank you!
Thank you very much!

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I Don't Care What My Baby Do

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by Lewis
recording of 1976

from Albert (Rhino 70398), copyright notice

I don't care what my baby do
Long as I'm doin' what she's doin'
I don't care where my baby go
Long as I'm goin' where she's goin'

I don't care if my baby play
Long as it's me that she's playin'
I don't care where my baby stay
Long as I stay where she's stayin'

A man an' a dog, they tell me
Have a lot in common
The dog chases cars
And the man chases woman

(I don't care what my baby do)
Long as I'm doin' what she's doin'
(I don't care where my baby go)
Yes, long as I'm goin' where she's goin'

(I don't care if my baby plays)
(Whoa-ooh no, no, no, no, no, no)
Long as it's me she's playin' with
(I don't care where my baby stay)
Long as I stay where she's stayin'

Ya can't trust a bear
Alone with your honey
Ya can't trust a thief
Alone with your money

I don't trust my cat
Alone with my canary
To leave a man alone with my woman
Is unnecessary

(I don't care what my baby do)
No, long as I'm doin' what she's doin'
(I don't care where my baby go)
Long as I'm goin' where she's goin'

Ya can't trust a bear
Alone with your honey
Ya can't trust a thief
Alone with your money

I don't trust my cat
Alone with my canary
To leave a man alone with my woman
Is unnecessary

(I don't care what my baby do)
Long as I'm doin' what she's doin'
(I don't care where my baby go)
Long as I go where she's goin'

(I don't care if my baby play)
(oooooh, baby)
Long as it's me she's playin'
(I don't care where my baby stay)
Long as I stay where she's stayin'

(I don't care)

(I don't care)

(Woo-hoo-hoo)

(I don't care)
(Woo-woo-hoo-hoo)

(I don't care)

(I don't care, no I don't care)

(Whoa! I just don't care!)

(I don't care) No!

(I don't care)
(Oh no-whoa-ooh!)

(I don't care)

(I don't care)

Fading:
(I don't care)

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I Get Evil

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by Albert King
recording of 1978

from New Orleans Heat (Rhino R2-70699) & Travelin' to California (Polydor 2343026) & Big Blues (King 852) & Wednesday Night in San Francisco: Recorded Live at the Fillmore Auditorium (Stax SCD-8556-2) & Live on Memory Lane (Monad 502), copyright notice

Two kind of people I just can't stand
That's an evil-hearted woman and a lyin' man
Don't you lie to me
No don't you lie to me
Because it make me mad
I get evil as a man can be

You told me that you loved me a long time ago
The fellow that you got you don't want him no more
Don't you lie to me, ha ha
No don't you lie to me
Because it makes me mad girl
I get evil as a man can be
Whoo

You know you been thinking when you sat down on my knee
You were fooling that moonshine tryin' to jive poor me
Don't you lie to me
No babe don't you lie to me
Because it make me mad girl
I get evil as a man can be

Now don't you lie to me, yeah
Babe don't lie to me, no
Aw don't you lie to me, girl
I said don't lie to me, no
Because it make me mad
I get evil as a man can be
Whoo, come on, well all right

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I Got The Blues


by Leo Nocentelli
recording of 1978

from New Orleans Heat (Rhino R2-70699), copyright notice

I got the blues 'cause my woman has gone
Oh, I got the blues 'cause my woman has left
She took all of my hard earned money, yeah, she left with someone else

Listen, she wrecked my brand new car, she even pawned my diamond ring
Whoow, she wrecked my brand new car, she pawned my diamond ring
She poured the salt out of the shaker, she didn't leave me with a doggone thing

Cold hearted woman!
Hmm!
Well all right!

The blues can come to you in any shape or form
It can come to you in the shape of a woman, just like the one that left me alone
Now I got the blues and I'm not ashamed to say
I been tryin' to shake them, each and every day

I got the blues 'cause my woman has left
Well she took all of my money
The little girl left with someone else

I gotta find her

I got the blues 'cause my baby has left
Whoo, I got the blues 'cause my baby has left
She took all of my heard earned money, she left me for someone else

She wrecked my brand new car, she even pawned my diamond ring
Oh, she wrecked my brand new car, she girl even pawned my diamond ring
She poured the salt out of the shaker, Lord, she didn't leave me with a doggone thing

Come on Lucy let's find 'r, whoo
Whoo, is hot out here on this country road

Now the blues can come to you in any shape or form
It can come to you in the shape of a woman, just like the one that left me alone
Now I got the blues and I'm not ashamed to say
Oh I been tryin' to shake them each and every day

I got the blues 'cause my woman has left
Oh, she taken all of my woman, she left me for someone else

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I'll Play The Blues For You

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by Jerry Beach
recording of 19

from Live (Rhino 71622) & Albert Live (Charly 35) & Travelin' to California (Polydor 2343026) & Tomato Years (Rhino/Tomato R2 71623) & Chicago 1978 (Charly 754) & Blues at Sunset (Stax SCD-8581-2), copyright notice

If you're down and out and you feel real hurt
Come on over to the place where I live
And all your loneliness I'll try to soothe
I'll play the blues for you

Don't be afraid come on in
You might run across some of your old friends
All your loneliness I gotta soothe
I'll play the blues for you

I got no big name and I ain't no big star
I play the blues for you on my guitar
All your loneliness I'll try to soothe
I 'll play the blues for you

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I'll Play The Blues For You (Part 1 and 2)

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by Jerry Beach
recording of 1972

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

If you're down an' out, an' you feel real hurt
Come on over, to the place where I work
An' all your loneliness, I'll try to soothe
I'll play the blues for you

Don't be afraid, come on in
You might run across, yeah, some of your old friends
All your loneliness, I've got to soothe

I'll play the blues for you

(Spoken:
Come on in, sit right here
Let's rap awhile
Ya see I'm kinda lonely too, yeah
An' loneliness is a very bad thing
If ya let it get the best of ya

An' loneliness can get ya down, you know
Yeah, yeah, are you comfortable now?
Yeah, yeah, that's outta sight

Yeah, as I was sayin' before
Loneliness can get you down, an'I have heard of, ah
Loneliness blowin' some good people's mind, ya know?
But ya can't do that
This is a big world, this is a big world
An' there's too many nice things happenin' in this world

You're a very pretty girl
Where you live?
No, no, no, disregard that, that's okay, that's okay
Most important thing
I wanna know YOU
I say, I wanna know YOU

Uh-huh, ooo-wee, that's groovy, ain't it?)

I'll play the blues for you

I ain't got no big name
Oh Lord, an' I ain't no big star
I'll play the blues for you, on my guitar
All your loneliness, I'll try to soothe

I'll play the blues for you, um!

'Cuse me

Um! woo! um! Woo! Uh-huh, yeah!
Uh-huh! um! Oh!

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I'm Ready

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by Willie Dixon
recording of probably 1976

from Albert (Rhino/Tomato 70398), copyright notice

I'm ready, ready as anybody can be
I'm ready, ready as anybody can be
Now I'm ready for you, I hope you're ready for me

I got an axe handle pistol built on a graveyard frame
Shootin' tombstone bullets, wearin' ball and chain
I'm drinkin' TNT, smokin' dynamite, I hope some screwball start a fight

I'm ready, ready as anybody can be
Now I'm ready for you, I hope you're ready for me

All you pretty little chicks with your pretty little hair,
I know you think that I ain't nowhere
But stop what your doin' an' look over here,
I'll prove to ya, baby, that I ain't no square

I'm ready, ready as anybody can be
Now I'm ready for you, I hope you're ready for me

I been drinkin' gin like never before
I feel so good, babe, I want you to know
One more drink, and I wish you would
I takes a whole lotta lovin' to make me feel good, 'cause

I'm ready, ready as anybody can be
Now I'm ready for you, I hope you're ready for me

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