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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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I Wanna Get Funky

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by Carl Smith
recording of 1973

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

Yeah,
I wanna get down

I wanna get funky
I wanna get down, yeah

I wanna get funky, yeah
You know, I wanna get down

Now listen to this:

When I leave work
My trouble is gone
I rush to my baby
Who's waiting at home

I wanna get funky, yeah yeah
I wanna get down
You know, I wanna get funky
I wanna get down

When I plays my music
From town to town
I can hear the people talkin'
Sayin' they wanna get down

I wanna get funky, yeah
You know, I wanna get down

I'm gonna get on down now

I wanna get funky
I wanna get down yeah

I want to get funky, yeah
Well, you know, I wanna get down

When I leave work
My trouble is gone
I run to my baby
Who's waiting at home

I wanna get funky
I said, you know, I wanna get down

Listen:

I wanna get funky, yeah baby, oh baby
I wanna get down
Oh

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Killing Floor

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by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of 19

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

I should-a quit you, along time ago
I should-a quit you, baby, along time ago
I should-a quit you baby, an' went on to Mexico

If I had-a followed, my first mind
If I had-a followed, my first mind
I would-a been gone, yeah, my second time

Yeah!

I should-a went on, when my friend come from Mexico an' me
I should-a went on baby, when my friend come from Mexico an' me
No foolin' 'round 'wit cha' darling, you got me on the killin' floor

God knows, I should-a been gone
God knows, I should-a been gone
No foolin' 'round wit' cha baby
I let you put me on the killin' floor

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Little Brother (Make A Way)

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

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

(Spoken:
Now all a-you young folks, ravin'
An' hollerin' about how bad you wanna be free

But let me tell ya what it was like in my day
For an' old man like me
Are you ready? (yeah))

Take it on, little brother, an'make a way
I said, take it on little brother, take it further

Now I had to work, ev'ryday
On my job, I didn't get much pay
Had to say 'yes sir' to the other man
I was too confused, to understand

I had to things, yeah, against my will
If I hadn't looked further
You wouldn't have made it

Take it on, little brother, take it further
I said take it on, little brother an' make a way

Now you've got the future, in your hand
Now don't you be, no lazy man
We laid the ground, an' made the way for you
Come on an'show us, that you're proud of us

You have a hard, time to get through
But keep on pushin', we're right behind you

Take it on, little brother, take it further
I said take it on, little brother an' make a way

Take it on, little brother, an'make a way
I said, take it on, little brother, an'take it further

Uh, now I had to work, ev'ryday
On my job, I didn't get much pay
Had to say 'yes sir', to other man
I was too confused, to understand
I had to do things, yeah against my will
If I hadn't of moved further, you wouldn't have made it

Take it on, little brother, take it further, yeah, um!
I said take it on, little brother, an' make a way

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My Babe

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by Willie Dixon
recording of 1976

from Albert (Rhino 70398), copyright notice

My baby don't stand no cheating, my babe
No, my baby don't stand no cheating, my baby
My baby don't stand no cheatin'
She don't stand none a-that midnight creepin'
My babe, is a true little baby, my baby

My baby, I know she loves me, my baby
My baby, I know she loves me, my baby
My baby, I know she loves me,
All she wanna do is kiss an' hug me
My baby, a true little baby, my baby

(My babe, my baby)
(My babe, my baby)
(My babe, my baby)
(My babe, my baby)

My baby don't stand no foolin', my baby
(My babe)
No, my baby don't stand no foolin', my baby
(My babe)
My baby don't stand no foolin'
Once she get mad, there ain't no coolin'
My babe is a true little baby, my babe

(My babe, my baby)
(My babe, my baby)
(My babe, my baby)
(My babe, my baby)

(My babe, my baby)
(My babe, my baby)
(My babe, my baby)
(My babe, my baby)

(My babe, my baby)
(My babe, my baby)
Fading:
(My babe, my baby)
(My babe, my baby)
(My babe, my baby)

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Oh Pretty Woman

soundclip


by Williams
recording of 19

from Laundromat Blues (Edsel 130) & The Blues Don't Change (Stax SCD-8570-2) & Born Under a Bad Sign (Mobile Fidelity UDCD01-00577) & King of the Blues Guitar (Atlantic 8213) & The Pinch (Stax 4101), copyright notice

Oh pretty woman she's the rising sun
Says all your cheap paint and powder ain't gonna help you none
She's a pretty woman right down to the bone
So you just might as well still leave your skin alone

Pretty woman
What's the matter with you
Can't make you love me, no matter what I do

Oh pretty woman what you trying to do
You kept on foolin' around till I got stuck on you
So you just drop that mess and come down off your throne
Stop using my poor heart as a stepping stone

Pretty woman
What's the matter with you
Can't make you love me, no matter what I do

Oh pretty woman that's all right for you
Now you just go on doing what you want to do
But someday when you thing you've got it made
You get in water deep enough so you can't wade

Pretty woman
What's the matter with you
Can't make you love me, no matter what I do

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Roadhouse Blues


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

Two, three

(Lord!)

The moon is risin', an' it done got lonesome here
I said, the moon is risin', baby, an' it done got lonesome, here
Although you're a long ways from me
But baby, I wish you were near

If I ever get lucky yeah, an' win my train fare home
Well, if I ever get lucky buddy, an' win my train fare home
Oh, the moment that I do, darlin'
You can say your man is comin' home, yeah

It's so hard, tryin' to make it all by yourself, yeah
I say, it's so hard, yeah yeah, tryin' to make it all by yourself, yeah
Oh an' the woman that you're really lovin'
She done gone off with someone else, um!

There's no use ta cryin', oh
'Cause your cryin' won't help you none, woo!
Hey, I said it's no use ta cryin', buddy
Because your cryin' won't help you none
You'll fall in love again
An' she'll keep you always on the run, yeah

I say, if I ever get lucky (yeah, that's my son!)
An' win my train fare home, ooo Lordy
Have you ever felt like that?
Oh, if I ever get lucky, buddy yeah
An' win my train fare home, yeah yeah
Oh, the day that I do, angel
You can bet your life, old Albert is gone, yeah

Oh when ya see me comin', baby yeah
I want ya to raise your window high, woo!
Hey, when ya see me comin' home, babe
I want ya to raise your window high, yeah yeah
But when I turn an' leave little girl
I want you to hang your head an' cry
Woo, Lord have mercy!

Lord have mercy!

Woo!
Thank you!
Thank you, for comin'

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Rub My Back


by Lewis
recording of 1976

from Albert (Rhino 70398), copyright notice

I worked hard today
An' I'm tired as a man can be
I'm not too tired for some a-your lovin'
The love you give straight to me

I never get tired of what ya got, darlin'
You know where it's at
I love the way ya rub my back

I work on a construction job
I work long hours ev'ryday
Oh, my head is achin' when I get home
But I want your lovin' anyway

Oh you know how to ease the pain
An' that's a fact
An' I love the way you rub my back

Your love kills my pain
It kills my pain, ev'ry night
Oh you're ninety-six pounds, baby
You're ninety-six pounds a-dynamite

After I play with the kids
I'm ready to relax
You can put the kids to bed
An' come an' rub my back

(Rub my back)
(Rub my back)
(Rub my back)
(Rub my back)

(Rub my back)
(Rub my back)
(Rub my back)
(Rub my back)

(Rub my back)
(Rub my back)
(Rub my back)

(Rub my back)
(Rub my back)
Fading:
(Rub my back)
(Rub my back)
(Rub my back)

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Running Out Of Steam


by Thomas
recording of 1976

from Albert (Rhino 70398), copyright notice

I've been chasin' after you babe
It seem like a mighty long time
Oh, I think I'm about to reach
Reach the end of my line

Oh, the more I think of you baby
The further from me you get, it seems
Oh, I guess I'm never gonna catch you, baby
'Cause I'm 'bout runnin' out a-steam

Aww,
The first time I saw you girl
It marked the beginnin' of my chase
I've been runnin' after you ever since
And I haven't got any place

Oh, the more I chase you baby
The further from me you get it seems
Oh, I guess I ain't never gonna catch you girl
'Cause I'm 'bout runnin' out a-steam

Even though I really love you girl
Chasin' you is just like chasin' the devil
The harder I run, the more ya have fun
Now I know you wouldn't care if it lasts forever

'Cause the more I chase ya baby
The further from me you get it seems
I guess I ain't never gonna catch you girl
'Cause I'm 'bout runnin' out a-steam

Oh!

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Sky Is Crying

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by Elmore James / James Robinson
recording of 1968

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

The sky is cryin', look at the tears roll down the street
The sky is cryin', look at the tears roll down the street
I been lookin' for my baby, yeah, an' I wonder where can she be

I saw my baby early one mornin', an' she was walkin' on down the street
I saw my baby early one mornin', an' she was walkin' on down the street
You know it hurt me so bad, yeah, it made my poor heart skip a beat

I got a bad feelin', my baby don't love me no more
I got a real bad, bad feelin', my baby don't love me no more
You know the sky is cryin', yeah, the tears rollin' down my nose

Fading:
The sky is cryin', look at the tears roll down the street

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That's What The Blues Is All About

soundclip


by Strickland / Patterson
recording of 1973

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

Oh you come home one eve'nin'
To nothin' but the four walls
And then ya find your phone been disconnected
You can't even make no call
Ya hung out for your baby, oh, an'she's not there
You look in the closet, buddy, an'you find it's all bare

Oh, that's what the blues is people
That's what the blues is all about
Well that's a hard pill to have to swallow, um!
When you find what the blues is all about

Now listen to this:

I went out to my backyard
Ya know I whistled for my dog [3 whistle sounds]
He ran up under the house, people
Like he didn't even know me at all
Now I hadn't fed him in two or three days
An' he was lookin' kinda thin
Oh, when your dog turn his back on ya, buddy
You know ya haven't even got a friend

That's the blues, people
That's what the blues is all about
Oh it's a hard pill to swallow, um!
When ya find out what the blues is all about

Oh, look out!
Uh!
Oh no!
I think I got 'em!

I went out to my mail box
I got a bunch-a bills that I can't pay
I guess my wife been out shoppin' again
While I been at work all day

I see the man comin' with his tools
Now is he gonna cut off my water?
You know they got my gas yesterday
An' they comin' right back for the lines tomorrow

Ah, that's what the blues is people
That's what the blues is all about
Well that's a hard pill to swallow, buddy
Oh, when you find out what the blues is all about

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The Hunter

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by Steve Cropper / Donald "Duck" Dunn
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), copyright notice

They call me the hunter, that's my name
A pretty woman like you, is my only game
I bought me a love gun, just the other day
And I aim to aim it your way
Ain't no use to hide, ain't no use to run
'Cause I've got you in the sights of my love gun

The first time I saw you, standing on the street
I says to myself, "Woo, ain't she sweet"
I've got my love gun loaded, with hugs and kisses
And when I pull the trigger, there will be no misses
Ain't no need to hide, ain't no use to run
'Cause I've got you in the sights of my love gun

Ain't no use to hide, ain't no use to run
'Cause I've got you in the sights of my love gun

I'm the big bad hunter baby
How can I miss when I've got dead aim

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