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* additions of June/July 2000 (Including the complete albums: Let The Good Times Roll (1999) , Makin' Love Is Good For You (2000) and Riding With The King (2000)
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Table Of Content for page 7 (33 songs, 22 soundclips)

Spirit In The Dark
Standing On The Edge
Stop Leadin' Me On
Stormy Monday
Strange Things
Street Life
Sugar Mama
Sundown
* Sure We Had A Wonderful Time Last Night
Sweet Little Angel (1)
Sweet Little Angel (2)
Sweet Sixteen (1)
Sweet Sixteen (2)
Sweet Thing
Take It Home
Take Off Your Shoes
Teardrops From My Eyes

Telephone Song
Tell Me Baby
Ten Long Years (1)
* Ten Long Years (2)
That Evil Child
That's How Much You Mean To Me
The Beginning Of The End
The Blues Come Over Me
The Fool
The Jungle
The Letter
The Lowdown
There Is Always One More Time
There's Something On Your Mind
The Road I Travel
The Thrill Is Gone

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Spirit In The Dark

soundclip


by Aretha Franklin
recording of 1994

from Heart to Heart (GRP 9767), copyright notice

Are you getting the spirit in the dark
Are you getting the spirit in the dark
People moving, ah, tell me we're grooving
Just getting the spirit in the dark

Tell me, sisters, how do you feel
Tell me, my brothers, my brothers
How do you feel
(Do you feel like dancing)
Get up there and let's start dancing
(Get up and let's start dancing)
Start getting in the spirit
Oh, getting in the dark
(Spirit in the dark)

Just like Sally Walker
Sitting in a saucer
That's how you do it
Just go on, get on up to it
Ride, Sally, ride
Put your hands on your hips
Cover your eyes, and move
(Come on get it)
Get in the spirit
(Move with the spirit)
Come on and move, get in the spirit
(Darling, move, move with the spirit)
Oh move, get in the spirit
Help me move
(Move)
With the spirit
(Spirit)

Are you getting the spirit
(Spirit in the dark)
I wanna know, are you getting the spirit
(Getting the spirit)
Getting it in the spirit
Are you getting the spirit
(Getting the spirit)
Keep moving
Oh hey, we're rocking and grooving
Just getting in the spirit
(Getting the spirit)
Oh in the dark

We're gonna do it one more time
It's just like Sally Walker
Sitting in that great big flying saucer
Hey, that's how you do it
Get down and get on up to it
(Come on and get it)
Ride, Sally, ride
Put your hands on your hips
Cover your eyes, and move
(Move, move on)
Move with the spirit
I'm telling you to groove
(Groove on)
Groove with the spirit
(On and on)
Go on and move
(Move)
With the spirit
(Spirit)
Come on and groove
(Move it)
Groove with the spirit
(Move on)

On and on
(Yeah)
Help me, help me, help me
Help me move, move, move, move
Move, move, move, move
Move, move, move, move
Move, move, move, move
Give it up, give it up
Give it up, give it up
Give it up, give it up
Give it up, give it up
(You got it, you got it)
(You got the spirit)

Spirit

Feel it

I feel it, baby
You know what I mean, baby?
Yes, I do
Oh baby. You gotta feel the motivation
I feel it, honey, I feel it

Feel the spirit
In the dark
Get ready

 

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Standing On The Edge

soundclip


by Jerry Williams
recording of 1988

from King of Blues: 1989 (MCA MCAD-42183), copyright notice

Late last night I was dreaming
I was dreaming of your charms
I was standing
On the edge of love, darling
With you in my arms

Well you whispered sweet things
And told me
That you loved me and always be true
And you'd stand
On the edge of love with me
If I'd stand with you

I'm standing on the edge of love
Just about to slip and fall
Standing on the edge of love, darling
Waiting on your call
You know I'm standing on the edge of love
Just about to lose my mind
Standing on the edge of love, darling
Waiting on you one more time

Now a young man's mind will wander
Wander to distant shores
If you'll just come here
And stand with me
I won't wander no more

I promise to stop all of my gambling
Even stop staying out late all night
Might even settle down and have babies
Treat ourselves right

'Cause a young man's dreams are many
Lord, so few come true
So if you'll just come here
And stand with me
I'll stand with you

That's why I say you know
I'm standing on the edge of love
Just about to slip and fall
Standing on the edge of love, darling
Waiting on your call, that's why I say
You know, I'm standing on the edge of love
Just about to lose my mind
Standing on the edge of love, darling
Waiting on you one more time

That's why I'm standing, standing
Standing, yes, I'm standing
Standing on the edge of love
Waiting on you one more time

That's why I'm standing, standing
Standing, yes, I'm standing
Standing on the edge of love
Waiting on you one more time

That's why I'm standing, standing
Standing, yes, I'm standing
Standing on the edge of love
One more time

 

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Stop Leadin' Me On

soundclip


by Hunt
recording of 1964

from King Of The Blues 4 CD Box Set (MCA MCAD4-10677), copyright notice

I know you don't love me no more
You're not the kind that would tell me so
Be a woman and talk to me
That's the way I'd rather it be
Feeling sorry for me in your own way
You've got to hurt me by telling me one day
So you get it over baby
Please, stop leadin' me on

You're miserable and I'm the cause
Feeling sorry won't help you at all
I hate to see you live this way
So you go on baby, I'll make it someday
Ah, yes, I know you don't love me no more
Yes, you're not the kind that would tell me so
Get it over baby
Please, stop leadin' me on

You are miserable and I'm the cause
Feeling sorry won't help you at all
I hate to see you living this way
So you go on baby, I'll make it someday
Yes, yes I know you don't love me no more
You're not the kind that would tell me so
So you go on baby
Please, stop leadin' me on
Please, stop leadin' me on
Can you hear me baby
Please, stop leadin' me on

 

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Stormy Monday


by T-Bone Walker
recording of 1993

from Blues Summit (MCA 10710), copyright notice

They called it stormy Monday,but Tuesday is as just as bad
Oh, they called it, they called it stormy Monday, but Tuesday, Tuesday is as just as bad
Oh, Wednesday is worst And Thursday oh so sad

The eagle flies on Friday now, Saturday I'll go out to play
Oh, the eagle, the eagle flies on Friday Saturday I'll go out and play
Sunday I'll go to church, and I fall on my knees and pray

I say, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on me
But Lord, Lord have mercy Lord have mercy on me
You know I'm crazy 'bout my baby
Lord, please send my baby back on to me

Help me out here man, help me out

Sun rise in the east, it set up in the west
Yes, the sun rise in the east baby, and it set up in the west
It's hard to tell, it's hard to tell, it's hard to tell
Which one, which one, which one a little bad

Yeah! Go ahead Do it one more time
Oh, the eagle flies on Friday Saturday I'll go out to play
Oh, the eagle flies on Friday You know Saturday I'll go out to play
Sunday I'll go out to the signify church Oh when I'll fall down on my knees and pray

I say, Lord have mercy Lord have mercy on me
Lord, Lord, Lord have mercy on me
Please, have mercy on me
You know I'm crazy, crazy 'bout my baby
Please, send her back, send her back on to me

Yeah!

 

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Strange Things


by
recording of probably 1962

from Blues in My Heart (Crown 5309) & Heart Full of Blues (United 7703),
copyright notice

Learn to love or leave me, either one you wanna do
Learn to love or leave me, either one you wanna do
Because strange things are happening and something may happen to you

Well, if you know you don't want me baby, why in the world would you let me be
Yes if you know you don't want me baby, tell me why would you let me be
Because it's better to live without you baby, than to live on in misery

Yeah, midnight finds me crying, oh daylight finds me crying too
Yes midnight finds me crying, daylight finds me crying too
You better straighten your mind pretty baby, because something may happen to you

 

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Street Life


by Will Jennings / Joe Sample
recording of 1981

from Royal Jam (MCA MCAD-8017), copyright notice

I play the street life
Because there's no place I can go
Street life
And it's the only life I know
Street life
And there's a thousand parts to play
Street life
Until you play your life away

You let the people see
Just who you want to be
And every night you shine just like a super star
That's how the life is played
A ten cent Masquerade
You dress, and walk, and talk you're who you think you are

Street life
You can run away from time
Street life
For a nickel and a dime
Street life
But you better not get old
Street life
Or you're gonna feel the cold

There's always love for sale
A grown-up fairy tale
Prince charming always smiles behind a silver spoon
And if you keep it young
Your song is always sung
Your love will pay your way beneath the silver moon

 

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Sugar Mama


by Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee)
recording of 1987

from The Best of B.B. King, Vol. 2 (ACE 199), copyright notice

Sugar mama sugar mama
Sugar mama please come on back to me
Sugar mama sugar mama
Sugar mama please come on back to me
Yes, bring me back my sugar, baby
Please ease my misery

Yes, I'm crazy about my sugar sugar mama
Ain't nobody else got but you
Yes, I'm crazy about my sugar sugar mama
Ain't no-one else got but you
Well, you got that granulate sugar sugar mama
You done made me love you too

Yes, they braggin' about your sugar sugar
Baby they been braggin' about it all over town
Yes, they braggin' about your sugar sugar
They been braggin' about it all over town
Well, the bootleggers want to buy it to make liquor baby
But you don't want to sell them about four or five pounds

Yes I'm crazy about my coffee sweet in the morning
Same thing with my tea at night
I love my coffee sweet in the morning baby
Same thing with my tea at night
Well, if I don't get my sugar three times a day
Oh yes, I don't feel right

 

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Sundown


by probably Eddie "Son" House
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

Long about sundown, I've gotta be on my way
Sad long about sundown, I've gotta be on my way
Goin' back to my woman and this time I'm gonna stay

Yes, I've been gone for a long time, wonder if I'm welcome home
Been gone for a long time, wonder if I'm welcome home
So many things can happen, when a man leaves his baby all alone

Yes, it took a long time, baby, to realize what a fool I've been
Well, I said it took a long, long time, baby, to realize what a fool I've been
When I knock on the door, I wonder will she let me in

 

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Sure We Had A Wonderful Time Last Night

soundclip


by Clause Demetrius / Fleecie Moore
recording of 1999

from Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan (MCA 12042), copyright notice

I sure had a wonderful time last night
Least wise they tell me I did

I sure had a wonderful time last night
Really blew my lid

Went to a party, I recollect that much
But after four or five, you know I lost my touch
I sure had a wonderful time last night
Least wise they tell me I did

I had a whale of good time last night
Really got myself some kicks
I sure had a wonderful time last night
Took me right back to the sticks

Between that hillbilly band and old Uncle Zeke
And that new atomic beverage that they called "Sneaky Pete"

I sure had a wonderful time last night
Least wise they tell me I did

Sure had a wonderful time last night
Don't know how I got to bed

Sure had a wonderful time last night
Come here, feel this lump on my head

They say I got kinda noisy
And started to shout
Four big bouncers grabbed me
But I threw them out
I sure had a wonderful time last night
Least wise they tell me I did

Sure had a wonderful time last night
Really had myself some fun

Sure had a wonderful time last night
Didn't get home until about half past one

You know I'd like to take you with me the next time I go
But where the heck was it?
Sure would like to know
But I sure had a wonderful time last night

 

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Sweet Little Angel (Version 1)

soundclip


by B.B. King / Jules Taub
recording of 1964

from King Of The Blues 4 CD Box Set (MCA MCAD4-10677), copyright notice

I got a sweet little angel, I love the way she spread her wings
Yes, I got a sweet little angel, I love the way she spread her wings
Yes, when she spread her wings around me, I get joy in everything

You know I asked my baby for a nickel, and she gave me a twenty dollar bill
Oh, yes, I asked my baby for a nickel, and she gave me a twenty dollar bill
Whoa, you know I asked her for a little drink of liquor, and she gave me a whiskey still'1

Ah yes, asked my baby to quit me, well, I do believe I will die
Yes, I asked my baby to quit me, well, I do believe I will die
'Cause, if you don't love me little angel, please, tell me the reason why

__________
Note 1: still', liquor distillery.

 

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Sweet Little Angel (Version 2)

soundclip


by B.B. King / Jules Taub
recording of 19

from Best Of B.B. King Vol. 1 (Flair V2-86230 or 2-91691 (CD) /
Virgin 86230 or 91691 / Capitol 86230), copyright notice

I've got a sweet li'l' angel, I love the way she spreads her wings
Yes, got a sweet little angel, I love the way she spreads her wings
Yes, when she spreads her wings around me, I gets joy 'n' ev'rything

Lord, if my baby should quit me, I do believe I would die
Yeah, if my baby should quit me, I do believe I would die
Yes, if you don't love me li'l' angel, please, tell me the reason why

Yes, asked my baby for a nickel, and she gave me a twenty dollar bill
Yeah, I asked my baby for a nickel, and she gave me a twenty dollar bill
Yes, you know I asked her to let's go out and have a good time,
and she bought me a Cadillac Seville

 

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Sweet Sixteen (Version 1)

soundclip


by B.B. King / Joe Josea
recording of 1990

from Live At San Quentin (MCA MCAD-6455), copyright notice

(spoken:
How about it?, how about it?, it takes a lot of people to make it possible,
so give 'em a big hand. Everybody is working to try to make it nicer.
Anyway! As I leave you... a little bit of Sweet Sixteen for the guys -
just a taste - give me C for Sweet Sixteen...)

When I first met you baby, baby you were just sweet sixteen
First met you baby, baby you was just sweet sixteen
Just left your home then baby, oh the sweetest thing I'd ever seen

But you wouldn't do nothing for me baby, you wouldn't do anything I asked you to
You wouldn't do nothing for me baby, oh you wouldn't do anything I asked you to
You know you ran away from your home baby, and now you wanna run away from old me too

My brother's in Korea baby, my sister's down in New Orleans
Brother's in Korea baby, oh sister sister down in New Orleans
You know I'm having so much troubles people,
baby I wonder what in the world is gonna happen to me

Oh yes sweet sixteen baby, sweet sixteen, oh yes
The sweetest thing baby, oh yes
The sweetest thing I ever seen
You know I'm having so much trouble people,
baby I wonder what in the world's gonna happen to me

Sweet sixteen, sweet sixteen oh yes
You know I'm having so much trouble people
Baby I wonder
Yes I wonder
Baby I wonder
I wonder what in the world's gonna happen to me

 

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Sweet Sixteen (Version 2)

soundclip


by B.B. King / Joe Josea
recording of 19

from Why I Sing The Blues (MCA MCAD-20256 ), copyright notice

When I first met you baby, oh, you were just sweet sixteen
When I first met you baby, oh, you were just sweet sixteen
You just left your home then baby, oh, the sweetest thing I'd ever seen

But you wouldn't do nothing baby, you wouldn't do anything I ask you to
Yes, you wouldn't do nothing baby, you wouldn't do anything I ask you to
You know you ran away from home baby, and now you want to run away from "old B" too

You know I love you, baby, Oh loved you before I could call your name
You know I love you, baby, Oh loved you before I could call your name
Well, it seems like everything I do, baby, everything I do is in vain

Well my brother's in Vietnam, sister's down in New Orleans
Well my brother's in Vietnam, sister's down in New Orleans
Well, you know I'm having so much trouble, sometimes I wonder what in the world is going to happen to me

You know I love you and I'll do anything you tell me to
You know I love you and I'll do anything you tell me to
Well, there ain't nothing in the world, woman, that I wouldn't do for you

You can treat me mean, baby, but I''ll keep loving you just the same
You can treat me mean, baby, but I''ll keep loving you just the same
But one of these days you're going to give a lot of money, just to hear someone call my name

 

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Sweet Thing


by
recording of 19

from B.B. King Anthology (ABC 5611)B.B. King Wails (Crown 147),
copyright notice

When I first met you baby, honey you were almost out of school
When I first met you baby, honey you were almost out of school
You were real wild then woman, honey, but you were nobody's fool

I was so in love with you baby and I tried to get you to love me too
I was so in love with you baby and I tried to get you to love me too
I thought you had no time for me then woman, wouldn't do anything you asked me to

Oh, sweet thing, you are all I want to see
Oh, sweet thing, you are all I want to see
I having so much trouble baby, I wonder what's gonna happen to me

 

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Take It Home

soundclip


by Wilton Felder / Will Jennings
recording of 1979

from Take It Home (MCA 11770), copyright notice

Way down South there's a clear stream running
In the night I feel my heart turning
I'm feeling some day I'd like to come
Back to the place I started from
Take it home

Country night with the stars above me
Way down there with the ones who love me
Mother, Sister, Father, Son
They mean more than anyone
Take it home

Fall winds blow and the red leaves falling
Don't know there's a voice keeps calling
Saying, you have found your song
You've been gone so long
Take it home

Seems my life is a long road winding
Gone so far but the ties are binding
I'll pack up my bags and fly away
To a far better day
Take it home

Don't know why I was made to wander
I've seen the light, lord I've felt the thunder
Someday I'll go home again
And I know they'll take me in
Take it home

 

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Take Off Your Shoes

soundclip


by Betty Crutcher / Frederick Knight
recording of 1988

from King of Blues: 1989 (MCA MCAD-42183), copyright notice

If you're gonna walk on my love, baby
The least you can do is take off your shoes
Yeah, if you're gonna walk on my love, baby
The least you can do is take off your shoes
Yes, how can you hurt me so bad, baby
After I've been so good to you

Coming home last night about half past ten
I saw you with another man, baby
Coming out of the Dewdrop Inn
You know I recognized the dress
I bought you, baby
To match your red shoes
But you said if I didn't touch you
Hey, I could have been used

If you're gonna walk on my love, baby
The least you can do is take off your shoes
I wanna know how can you hurt me so bad, baby
After I've been so good to you

Your love is so good, baby
You know it's hard to complain
But I've been out here knocking about fifteen minutes
In this cold pouring rain
I hear the music played inside
So you know I know you're at home
Who's in there with you, baby
I believe you are doing me wrong

If you're gonna walk on my love, baby
The least you can do is take off your shoes
I wanna know how can you hurt me so bad, baby
After I've been so good to you

Please walk beside me, baby
Why do you wanna treat me like a fool
Oh please, please, walk beside me, baby
Why do you treat me like a fool
If you're just gonna walk on my love, baby
Baby, please take off your shoes

Oh, baby, baby, baby
I know you hear me calling you
Oh, I know you know your name, baby
Why do you treat me just like a fool
Yeah, if you're just gonna
Gonna walk on my love, baby
Oh, do me a favor, please take off your shoes
Take 'em all, baby
Oh, yeah

 

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Teardrops From My Eyes

soundclip


by Rudolph Toombs
recording of 1983

from Blues 'n' Jazz (MCA MCAD-27119), copyright notice

Come back to me, baby
I feel so all alone
It rained last night
And things ain't right
Without my baby home

Every time it rains
I think of you
And that's the time
I feel so blue
When the rain starts falling
My love comes tumbling down
And it's raining
Teardrops from my eyes

If you see clouds
Here in my eyes
It's just because
You said good-bye
Although the sun is shining
There's no more summer skies
'Cause it's raining
Teardrops from my eyes

Remember the night you told me
Our love would always be
I wouldn't be blue and lonely
If you'd come back to me
Every single cloud
Would disappear
I'd wear a smile
If you were here
So baby, won't you hurry
Because I miss you so
And it's raining
Teardrops from my eyes

Remember the night you told me
Our love would always be
I wouldn't be blue and lonely
If you'd come back to me
Every single cloud
Would disappear
I'd wear a smile
If you were here
So baby, won't you hurry
Because I miss you so
And it's raining
Teardrops from my eyes

 

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Telephone Song


by B.B. King
recording of 1996

from Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan (Epic 67599), copyright notice

Woke up this morning I was all alone
Saw your picture by the telephone
I was missing you oh so bad
Wish I had you here to hold
All I've got is this touch-tone phone
So I guess I'll give you a call

Operator help me please
Get thru to my baby way overseas
Time's wastin' oh so fast
Hello baby tell me is that you
I don't know what we're gonna do
But for now I'm glad I got you on the line

Well it feels so fine
Knowing you're all right
But you're miles away
Lord it's not the same

Well I woke up this morning I was all alone
Saw your picture by the telephone
I've been missing you baby oh so bad
I love you baby with all my might
Come on home and squeeze me tight
Long distance lovin's
Gonna drive me out of my mind

 

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Tell Me Baby

soundclip


by B.B. King / Sam Ling
recording of 1998

from Blues on the Bayou (MCA 11879), copyright notice

Just tell me baby!
Just tell me baby!
What can I do to change your mind?
Hey, hey, hey baby
What can I do to change your mind
I've got the freight train blues
Baby, and the tracks are all out of line

You say you love me
I believe you do
But I think you're trying to quit me
And what more can I do?

Hey, hey, hey baby
What can I do to change your mind?
I've got the blues about you baby
You keep me worried all the time

You've got a man in the east
You've got a man in the west
I'm sitting here wondering
Which one you love the best

Hey, hey, hey baby
What can I do to change your mind?
Got the blues about you baby
Keep me worried all the time

 

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Ten Long Years (Version 1)

soundclip


by B.B. King / Jules Bihari
recording of 1951-1957

from RPM Hits 1951-1957 (ACE 712), copyright notice

Oh, I had a woman, she was nice and loving to me in every way
Oh, I had a woman, she was nice and loving to me in every way
Oh, she used to love me, bring my breakfast to the bed everyday

Oh, for ten long years, yes, she was my pride and joy
Oh, for ten long years, she was my pride and joy
Well, I used to call her my little girl and she used to call me her little boy

Well, it's all over, baby, baby, you know I'm all alone
Well, it's all over, baby, baby, you know I'm all alone
Well, the reason I sing these blues, yes, you know my baby's gone

 

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Ten Long Years (Version 2)

soundclip


by B.B. King / Jules Bihari
recording of 2000

from Riding With The King (Warner Brothers 47612), copyright notice

Well I had a woman, she was nice, kind and loving to me in every way
Oh I had a woman, she was nice, kind and loving to me in every way
Oh she used to love me and bring my breakfast to my bed every day

For ten long years, she was my pride and joy
Oh for ten long years, she was my pride and joy
And I used to call her my little girl, oh she used to call me,
she used to call me her little boy

Oh it's all over baby, you know I'm all alone
It's all over baby, damn you know I'm all alone
Well the reason you hear me singing the blues baby,
yeah you know my baby's gone, she's gone she's gone

 

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That Evil Child

by B.B. King / Joe Josea
recording of 19

from various albums listed here, copyright notice

Whenever I try to hold my baby,
she just stand there a while
No matter how I try to please that woman,
she won't even crack a smile
Lord, maybe you in heaven can help me,
'cause this is one evil child
Oh, I say maybe, maybe somebody can help me,
because this is one evil child

When I buy her flowers or candy she just looks at me and growls,
She say, "You must be guilty or have a guilty conscience buddy",
because I'm convicted without a trial
She just grunts when I call baby, hmm one evil child
I said, "Lord, maybe you can help me, because she's a strange and evil child"

Still, I'm tryin' to please my woman but she 'bout to drive me wild
I buy her hundred dollar dresses, people,
still she complains about the style
Won't somebody give me a suggestion?
Help me with this evil child
Oh, maybe the Lord in heaven above can help me

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That's How Much You Mean To Me


by
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

There ain't no road too rough to walk
There ain't no talk too sweet to talk
Wherever you are, it's where I'll be
'Cause that's how much you mean to me

All the money in the whole round world
Wouldn't be enough for you, little girl
Wish I could give you a money tree
'Cause that's how much you mean to me

A girl like you needs some loving
Teasin', squeezin' and huggin'
Step right up and take my hand
I wanna be your great big hunk of man

Baby, I wanna have your picture
To put it in my, my storybook
While it out big so the world can see
'Cause that's how much you mean to me

 

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The Beginning Of The End

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by B.B. King / Will Jennings
recording of 1979

from Take It Home (MCA 11770), copyright notice

When I first met you we burned like a flame
Now it's gettin' colder and you know that's a same
Love's out there somewhere but you know it won't come in
So let's remember baby how sweet all this has been
But when two real good lovers start bein' real good friends
You know that's the beginning of the end

I make you sparkle like strawberry wine
And when I felt bad you make me feel fine
Oh it's good when it's goin' and gone when it's gone
We both know enough to leave well enough alone
When two real good lovers start bein' real good friends
Baby can't you see that's the beginning of the end

The cool of the morning the heat of the night
The loving was good (but you know) it just wasn't right
Someday when you wake up and call out my name
Don't feel bad about it I'll probably do the same
But when two real good lovers start bein' real good friends
Baby don't ya know that's the beginning of the end

 

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The Blues Come Over Me

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by Will Jennings / Joe Sample
recording of 1992

from There Is Always One More Time (MCA MCAD-10295), copyright notice

My baby gives me love
As good as love can be
I just leave her crying
When the blues come over me

Up on a mountain
I'm drowning in the sea
All the clocks say midnight
When the blues come over me

The blues come over me
I pack it up and go
The blues come over me
I catch the wind and blow

And some will take the wine
And some will take the night
When everything's all wrong
Then anything is all right

Some put in a song
And some sing it for their dues
Some go to sleep and wake up
Tangled in the blues

The blues come over me
I pack it up and go
The blues come over me
I catch the wind and blow

The blues come in a whisper
And make you scream and shout
And you'll do most anything
Just to let them out

I may think I'm happy
I may think I'm free
Nothing don't mean nothing
When the blues come over me

The blues come up behind
The blues wait up ahead
The blues ask why you are born
If you just end up dead

The blues, talking about the blues
The blues, oh the blues, the blues
Talking about the blues
When the blues come over me
Talking about the blues
I have to go away
The blues, the blues
When the blues come over me
I have to pack it up and go

 

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The Fool


by
recording of 19

from B.B. King Wails (Crown 147), copyright notice

Gone are the days I'm holding you tight
Gone are the times I thrill with delight
Oh how I've missed you and your tender kiss, I've been a fool too long

I took your love then broke my heart
Can you forgive me, we'll make a new start
Guess life ain't worth living if you ain't giving, I've been a fool to long

I've played the field but could not conceal
The way I feel about you
Everyone guessed I had no happiness, loving you the way I do

You carried my heart around in your hand
Yes I still love you, please understand
Life ain't worth living if you ain't giving, I've been a fool to long

 

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The Jungle


by
recording of June 1967

from The Jungle (United 7742) & Rock Me Baby (Kent Klp-5012) & The Best of B.B. King, Vol. 2 (ACE 199), copyright notice

I may go and move to the jungle now
Way out in the woods
Yes, I think I'll move to the jungle people
Move way out in the woods
Yes, because the way things are here now
Well, I ain't doin' myself no good

I work hard everyday
From Monday to Friday night
The wages that they pay me
I swear that they're very light
The take out a little for the state
A little more for Uncle Sam
How can I ever catch up
And get myself out of this jam
Yes, I think I'll move to the jungle
Move way out in the woods
Yes, because the way things are here now
Well, I ain't doin' myself no good

I go to town on Saturday
Just to pay my bills
I better make it early
Or the collector will come where I live
I got to church on a Sunday
I get on my knees to pray
Preacher takes up collection
And say brother what will you pay
I think I'll move to the jungle
Move way out in the woods
Yes, because the way things are here now
Well, I ain't doin' myself no good

 

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The Letter

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by B.B. King / Adams
recording of 19

from B.B.'s Boogie (Mastertone 8342) & Paying the Cost to Be the Boss (Delta 17141), copyright notice

Yes, I want to write a letter, but I don't know just where I begin
Yes, I want to write a letter, people, but I don't know just where I begin
Well, I tell you, it's a sin, people, the way I've been treated by my so called friends

Yes, if I got a dollar, they want to borrow half a buck, whoa, and if I want to gamble
They wanna jinx me and give me bad luck, so, I tell you it's a sin, people
The way I've been treated by my so called friends

Yes, they say friends, they're the greatest thing in the world, yes, they say close, close friends
They're the greatest thing in the world, but I think that's all wrong people
Because my best friend have taken my girl

 

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The Lowdown

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by Will Jennings / Joe Sample
recording of 1992

from There Is Always One More Time (MCA MCAD-10295), copyright notice

I keep laughing
Through the tears I cry
No way life is getting to me
We're all out there
Gotta live and die
No one's above it
May as well love it

Face the music
This is your time to dance
Let your life roll on
When they hit you
Just get up
And go another round

Oh baby, don't you know
I know the lowdown
Everything that's going up
Must go down
Speed it up or slow down
Life's a merry-go-round
Ride it high
'Cause we all hit the ground

I had money
And it all slipped away
Guess I didn't really, really need it
I can make it
Living day to day
Don't look for answers
Follow the dancers

Face the music
'Cause they're playing your tune
Let the night roll on
Take it from me
'Cause I've been the long
Long way around

Oh baby, don't you know
I know the lowdown
Everything that's going up
Must go down
Speed it up or slow down
Life's a merry-go-round
Ride it high
'Cause we all hit the ground

 

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There Is Always One More Time

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by Hirsch / Doc Pomus
recording of 1992

from There Is Always One More Time (MCA MCAD-10295), copyright notice

If your whole life somehow
Wasn't much 'til now
And you've almost lost
Your will to live
No matter what you've been through
Long as there's breath in you
There is always one more time

And if your dreams go bad
Every one that you've had
That don't mean that some dreams
Can't come true
'Cause it's funny about dreams
As strange as it seems
There is always one more time

Oh turnin' corners
Is only a state of mind
Keeping your eyes closed
Is worse than being blind

If there's a heart out there
Looking for someone to share
I don't care if it's been
Turned down time and time again
And if we meet one day
Please don't walk away
'Cause there is always one more time
There is always one more time

 

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There's Something On Your Mind

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by Cecil James McNeely
recording of 1993

from Blues Summit (MCA 10710), copyright notice

There's something on your mind
By the way you look at me
There's something on your mind, baby
By the way you look at me
And what you're thinking brings happiness
Oh and it brings misery

Please, please, don't try to tell me
I think, I, I understand
No, no, don't try to tell me, baby
'Cause I think, I, I understand
You want me to try and forget you
Well, I'll do
Baby, I'll do the best I can

You know it hurts you when you're in love with someone and you know that someone don't love you. It carries a heavy burden on your heart to know that the someone that you're in love with is in love with your best friend. And I'll tell you, when someone else is rocking you, rocking your cradle, you know, better than you can rock your cradle yourself, then there's only one thing for you to do. You just pack your clothes, turn around, and slowly walk out of the door. Look over your left shoulder as you go out, then you hang your head and you say:

Oh please don't try to tell me
Uh huh, I think, I understand
No, no, no, no
Please don't try to tell me
Because you think, you think I understand
Oh you want me to try
To try to forget you, baby
And I'll tell you, I'll do the best I can

You know after you have done all you could do and you can't take no more, then you go downtown, you get your big baseball bat and you come back on the scene where they both are still together, and then you just go and kick down the door. Now as you kick down the door you just start beating the hell of everybody that you can see, everybody that comes through the door, and just as you make up your mind that you're gonna try to forgive her, then out comes another one of your friends, and that really blows your mind. So you go and think about, you say to yourself, baby, I realize I've done wrong but please forgive me. And with a smirky smile on her face then she look up at you and she say.

If you ever think about me
(Oh I think about you, baby)
If you ever charge your mind
(Oh you're staying on my mind, baby)
If you ever think about me
(Oh I think, I think about you all the time)
And if I ever cross your mind
(You stay on my mind)
Well, you know, you know
You know I'm yours
And I know, I know you got to be mine
(Yeah)

There's something on your mind, B.
I can tell by the way you look at me
(Oh there's something, on my mind, Miss James)
There's something on your mind
(Oh can you tell, there's something on my mind)
By the way you look at me
(Oh the way I look at you, you look good to me)
And what you're thinking brings happiness
(Yes, baby)
Oh and it can bring misery
(Yes, all right)

 

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The Road I Travel


by
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

Well, the rocks is my pillow
The cold ground is my bed
The highway is my home so I might as well be dead

I'm walkin' and walkin', seems I have no place to go
Yes, mama's dead and gone
And papa throw me from his door

I have one pair of shoes
Don't even have a change of clothes
And this road I've got to travel, yes, it's so chilly and cold

Yes, I'm going to have religion and learn how to pray
I need help, now people, seem that's the only way

I'm travelin' and travelin'
Seem like this road has got no end
I ain't got nobody, people
In this whole world to call my friend

I've got so much trouble, people, sometimes I could cry
I've got so much trouble, so much trouble
Sometimes I could cry
Yes, sometimes I could just break down
Seem like I could just break down and die

 

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The Thrill Is Gone

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by Roy Hawkins / Rick Darnell
recording of June 1969, New York City

from King Of The Blues 4 CD Box Set (MCA MCAD4-10677), copyright notice

The thrill is gone, the thrill is gone away
The thrill is gone baby, the thrill is gone away
You know you don't me wrong baby, but you will be sorry someday

The thrill is gone, it's gone away from me
The thrill is gone away from me
Although, I'll still live on, but so lonely I'll be

The thrill is gone, it's gone away for good
The thrill is gone baby, it's gone away for good
Someday I know I'll be over it all baby, just like I know a good man should

You know I'm free, free now baby, I'm free from your spell
Oh I'm free, free, free now, I'm free from your spell
And now that It's all over, all I can do is wish you well

 

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