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Table Of Content (79 songs, 28 soundclips)

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Advice Blues
Baby, I done Got wise
Back Water Blues (1)
Back Water Blues (2)
Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home
Big Bill Blues (1)
Big Bill Blues (2)
Black, Brown And White (1)
Black, Brown And White (2)
C C Rider (1)
C C Rider (2)
Conversation With The Blues
Country Boy Blues
Crow Jane
Diggin' My Potatoes (1)
Diggin' My Potatoes (2)
Down In The Alley
Getting Older Every Day
Goin' Back To My Plow
Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down
Good Time Tonight
Hey Hey
Hollerin' And Cryin' The Blues
How Do You Want It Done
How Long Blues
I'm Goin' Down The Road

I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
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I Feel So Good
I Gets The Blues When It Rains
In The Evening
I Wonder When I'll Get To Be Called A Man
Jacqueline
Jimmy Crack Corn
Joe Turner Blues
Joe Turner No. 2 (Blues Of 1892)
John Henry
Just A Dream
Keep Your Hand On Your Heart
Key To The Highway (1)
Key To The Highway (2)
Little City Woman
Lonesome
Looking Up At Down
Louise, Louise
Louise, Louise Blues
Louisiana Blues
Makin' My Getaway
Mean Old World
Merry Go Round Blues
Mindin' My Own Business (1)
Mindin' My Own Business (2)
Mopper's Blues
My Last Goodbye To You
My Mellow Man

Night Time Is The Right Time
Partnership Woman
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Ramblin' Bill
Saturday Evening Blues
Sixteen Tons
Southbound Train (1)
Southbound Train (2)
Southbound Train (3)
Southern Flood Blues
Stuff They Call Money
Sun Gonna Shine In My Door
Sweet Honey Bee
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
The Crawdad Song (1)
The Crawdad Song (2)
This Train
Trouble In Mind (1)
Trouble In Mind (2)
When I Been Drinkin'
When Things Go Wrong (1)
When Things Go Wrong (2)
Whiskey And Good Times Blues
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I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town

by Casey Bill Weldon
recording of July 12-13 1957, Chicago
from House Rent Stomp (Blues Encore CD 52007),
copyright notice

I'm gonna move, way out on the outskirts of town
I'm gonna move, way out on the outskirts of town
Now that's why I don't want nobody, ooh Lord, baby always hangin' around

I'm gonna tell you baby, we gonna move away from here
I don't want no ice man, I'm gon' buy me a frigidaire,
when I move way out on the outskirts of town
Now that's why I don't want nobody, ooh Lord, baby always hangin' around

I'm gon' bring my own groceries, bring them every day
That's gonna stop that grocery boy, I mean it keep him away,
when I move way out on the outskirts of town
Now that's why I don't want nobody, ooh Lord, baby always hangin' around

It may seem funny, funny as it can be
But if my wife havin' a baby, I want 'em all to look just like me,
when I move way out on the outskirts of town
Now that's why I don't want nobody, ooh Lord, baby always hangin' around

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I Feel So Good

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 19
from various albums listed
here, copyright notice

I got a letter, it come to me by mail
My baby says she’s comin' home
And I hope that she don’t fail

You know I feel so good
Yes I feel so good
Now I feel so good
I feel like ballin' the jack

I feel so good, I hope I always will
I feel just like a jack out with a jenny
Well behind the hill

I feel so good
Yes I feel so good
I feel so good
I feel like ballin’ the jack

I’m goin' down to the station, just to meet a train
I'd like to see my baby
Know I’ve got dead aim

Because I feel so good
Yes I feel so good
I feel so good
I feel like ballin' the jack

I love my tea, crazy 'bout my Gordon gin
When I get high now baby
Feel like floatin’ ‘round in the wind

'Cause I feel so good
Yes I feel so good
I feel so good baby
I feel like ballin’ the jack

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Note: Muddy Waters did a studio recording of the song with similar lyrics in June/July 1959 as part of a tribute to Big Bill. It was recorded again live at Newport with Muddy singing the verses in a different order.
Memphis Slim recorded the song in January 1961 in NYC, adding a verse between Big Bill’s 2nd and 3rd:

When I’m with my baby, I mean all alone
I don’t even have to worry
'Cause notice what is goin' on

A few years later he recorded a shorter version titled "Ballin' The Jack".

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I Gets The Blues When It Rains

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 19
from Blues Roots Vol. 4,
copyright notice

I gets the blues now when it rains,
blues that I can't lose when it rains
Each little raindrop that falls on my window pane,
all they remind, baby, the tears I shed in vain
I'd sit and wait for the sun,
to shine down on me once again
Rained when I found you,
you know, it was rainin' when I lost you
I gets the blues baby when it rains

I gets the blues when it rains,
blues that I can't lose when it rains
Each little raindrop that falls on my window pane,
all they remind, baby, tears I shed in vain
I'd sit and wait for the sun,
to shine down on me once again
Rained when I found you,
you know, it was rainin' when I lost you
I gets the blues baby when it rains

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In The Evening

soundclip


by Leroy Carr
recording of 1951
from Big Bill Blues (Vogue),
copyright notice

In the evening
In the evening
Mama, when the sun go down
In the evening darling, I declare when the sun go down
Yeah, it's so lonesome, it's so lonesome,
I declare when the one you love is not around
When the sun go down

Last night I were layin' sleepin', and I declare I was sleepin' all by myself
Last night I were layin' sleepin' darling, and I declare I was sleepin' all by myself
Yeah, but the one, the one that I was really in love with,
I declare she was sleepin' someplace else
When the sun go down

Yeah, ooh ooh ooh wee
Yeah, ooh ooh ooh wee
Yes, the one that I was in love with,
I declare she was sleepin' someplace else
When the sun go down

The sun rises in the east, and I declare it sets way over in the west
Sun rises in the east darling, and I declare it sets way over in the west
Yes, it's so hard, it's so hard to tell, I declare which one that'll treat you the best
When the sun go down

Now goodbye, old sweethearts and pals, yes, I declare I'm goin' away
I may be back to see you again, little girl some old rainy day
Yes, in the evening in the evening, I declare when the sun go down
When the sun go down

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I Wonder When I'll Get To Be Called A Man

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

When I was born into this world, this is what happened to me
I was never called a man, and now I'm fifty-three
I wonder when,
I wonder when,
I wonder when will I get to be called a man
Do I have to wait till I get ninety-three?

When Uncle Sam called me, I know'ed I'd be called a real McCoy
But I got none of this, they just called me soldier boy
I wonder when,
I wonder when,
I wonder when will I get to be called a man
Do I have to wait till I get ninety-three?

When I got back from overseas, that night we had a ball
Next day I met the old boss, he said "Boy get you some overalls"
I wonder when,
I wonder when,
I wonder when will I get to be called a man
Do I have to wait till I get ninety-three?

I've worked on the levee1 camps, and axer gangs too
Black man's a boy, don't care what he can do
I wonder when,
I wonder when,
I wonder when will I get to be called a man
Do I have to wait till I get ninety-three?

They said I was uneducated, my clothes were dirty and torn
Now I've got a little education, but I'm still a boy right on
I wonder when,
I wonder when,
I wonder when will I get to be called a man
Do I have to wait till I get ninety-three?

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Note 1: origin: from the old French word levée, act of raising, from lever to raise. An embankment for preventing flooding, or a river landing place, also, a continuous dike or ridge (as of earth) for confining the irrigation areas of land to be flooded. A levee camp therefore is a work camp for building or improving dikes to prevent rivers from flooding the land, primarily in the Mississippi Delta area.

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Jacqueline

soundclip


by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 1953, Chicago
from House Rent Stomp (Blues Encore CD 52007),
copyright notice

Lord I've gotta beautiful baby, Jacqueline is here name
Lord I've gotta beautiful baby, Jacqueline is here name
Lord if I should lose that woman, Lord I never feel the same

Lord she has got my heart, someday she'll have my name
Lord she has got my heart, someday she'll have my name
Lord and we'll have pictures made together, Lord and put in the same frame

Lord I love her, love her so much, I can't sleep at night
Lord I love her, so much, poor me, I can't sleep at night
Lord I'm sick and I'm hungry, Lord that I just can't eat a bite

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Jimmy Crack Corn (The Blue Tail Fly)

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 19
from,
copyright notice

Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
The Master's gone away

When I was young I used to wait,
on my Master 'n bring him his plate,
and passed the bottle when he got dry
and brush away the blue tail fly
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
The Master's gone away

When he would ride around the farm,
so numerous the flies they all would swarm,
one chanced to bite him on the thigh,
oh, the devil take the blue tail fly
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
The Master's gone away

When he would ride in the afternoon,
I would follow with the hickory broom,
the pony began to run and shy,
when bitten by the blue tail fly
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
The Master's gone away

The pony run, he jumped, he pitched,
he threw my Master in the ditch,
and when he died the juries wondered why,
the verdict was the blue tail fly
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
The Master's gone away

They buried him under the 'simmon tree,
his epitaph was there to see:
"Upon this stone I'm forced to lie,
a victim of the blue tail fly"
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
Jimmy crack corn an' I don't care
The Master's gone away

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Joe Turner Blues

arranged by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of July 12-13 1957, Chicago
from House Rent Stomp (Blues Encore CD 52007),
copyright notice


(spoken:
This is a song was sung back in 18 and 92.
There was a terrible flood that year.
People lost everything they had.
Their crops, their live stock.
That means their horses, their mules, cows,
goats and everything they had on their farm.
And they would start cryin' and singin' this song)

They tell me Joe Turner been here and gone
Lord, they tell me, Joe Turner been here and gone
They tell me, Joe turner been here and gone

(spoken:
Then they would go out hunting rabbits, 'coons,
'possoms, anything they could catch.
Sometimes they would catch something, then again they didn't.
And when they would come home, they would find flour,
meat and molasses, in their homes,
and they would know that Joe Turner had been there and left food for them.
And they would start cryin' and singin' this song)

They tell me Joe Turner been here and gone
Lord, they tell me, that Joe turner been here and gone
They tell me, Joe Turner been here and gone

(spoken:
Then they would start out lookin' for wood and stuff to make a fire.
And they would look in their yards, and they would find axes, wood,
that Joe Turner had brought there for them.
Then they would get happy, and start singin' and cryin' this song.
And they would get happy and do a little boogie-woogie too)

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Note: This is a story about a legendary character, Joe Turner, who "was two men - the white man who gave - the Negro who rode on a mule to deliver - the sack of cornmeal, the cut of meat, to the have-nots down in the slave quarters"

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Joe Turner No. 2 (Blues Of 1892)

arranged by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 1957
from Big Bill Broonzy Sings Country Blues (Folkways LP FS2326 ),
copyright notice

(spoken:
This song was written back in 1892. There was a terrible flood that year.
People lost all their crops and everything. They lost their homes and everything they had.
And the only man they know that could help them was a guy by the name of Joe Turner.
And Joe Turner was a man who's known to help all poor people, the white and the black.
And they would start cryin' and singin' this song)

They tell me Joe Turner been here and gone
Lord, they tell me, Joe Turner been here and gone
They tell me, Joe turner been here and gone

(spoken:
Then they would go out hunting rabbits, 'coons, 'possoms, anything they could catch to eat.
Sometimes they would catch something - then most of the time they didn't. And when they
would come home, they would find flour, meat and molasses, and everything in their house to eat; and they would know that Joe Turner had been there and left food for them. And they would
start cryin' and singin' this song)

They tell me Joe Turner been here and gone
Lord, they tell me, Joe turner been here and gone
They tell me, Joe Turner been here and gone

(spoken:
Then they would go out looking for things; then they would come home and they would find wood, clothes, everything in their homes when they would come back. Then they would get happy,
'cause they had food, clothes, wood to make their fires and everything. And they would get happy and start a-doing a little dance. Then they would do a little boogie-woogie too)

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Note: This is a story about a legendary character, Joe Turner, who (quoting from the LP's booklet) "was two men - the white man who gave - the Negro who rode on a mule to deliver - the sack of cornmeal, the cut of meat, to the have-nots down in the slave quarters"

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John Henry

soundclip


by
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

When John Henry was a little baby boy, sitting on his papa's knee
Well, he picked up his hammer and a little piece of steel, said
"Hammers gonna be the death of me, Lord, Lord" (repeat 4 times)

The captain said to John Henry, "I'm gonna bring that steam drill around
I'm gonna bring that steam drill out on the job
I'm gonna whip that steel on down, Lord, Lord" (repeat 4 times)

John Henry told his captain, "Lord, a man ain't nothing but a man
But before I'd let your steam drill beat me down,
I'd die with a hammer in my hand, Lord, Lord" (repeat 4 times)

John Henry said to his shaker, "Shaker, why don't you sing?
Because I'm swinging thirty pounds from my hips on down,
just to listen to that cold steel ring, Lord, Lord" (repeat 4 times)

Now the captain said to John Henry, "I believe that mountain's caving in"
John Henry said right back to the captain,
"Ain't nothing but my hammer sucking wind, Lord, Lord" (repeat 4 times)

Now the man that invented the steam drill, he thought he was mighty fine
But John Henry drove fifteen feet,
the steam drill only made nine, Lord, Lord (repeat 4 times)

John Henry hammered in the mountains, his hammer was striking fire
But he worked so hard, it broke his poor, poor heart,
and he laid down his hammer and he died, Lord, Lord (repeat 4 times)

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Just A Dream

soundclip


by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

It was a dream, Lord, what a dream I had on my mind
It was a dream, Lord, what a dream I had on my mind
Now, and when I woke up, baby, not a thing there could I find

I dreamed I went out with an angel, and had a good time
I dreamed I was satisfied, and nothin' to worry my mind
But that was just a dream, Lord, what a dream I had on my mind,
Now, and when I woke up, baby, not an angel could I find

I dreamed I caught the horses, and caught the number too
I dreamed I won so much money, I didn't know what to do
But that was just a dream, Lord, what a dream I had on my mind,
Now, and when I woke up, baby, not a penny there could I find

Dreamed I was in the White House, sittin' in the president's chair
I dreamed he's shaking my hand, and he said "Bill, I'm so glad you're here"
But that was just a dream, Lord, what a dream I had on my mind
Now, and when I woke up, baby, not a chair there could I find

I dreamed I got married, and started me a family
I dreamed I had ten children, and they all looked just like me
But that was just a dream, Lord, what a dream I had on my mind
Now, and when I woke up, baby, not a child there looked like mine

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Keep Your Hand On Your Heart

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

Keep your hand right on your heart, keep your mind right on me
You know I love you baby and I don't care where you might be

When I first met you, it wasn't but us two, now gal, you're trying to make it three
Well you know baby, you can't do that to me

You know that I love you right from my heart, and you know I've always loved you darling
And I hope that we will never part

Keep your hand right on your heart, keep your mind baby, on me,
You know I love you baby, and I don't care where you might be

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Key To The Highway (Version 1)

by Big Bill Broonzy / Charles Segar
recording of May 2 1941, Chicago
from Big Bill Broonzy 1935-41 (Best of Blues BoB-2),
copyright notice

I got the key to the highway, and I'm billed out and bound to go
I'm gonna leave here runnin', 'cause walkin' is most too slow

I'm goin' down on the border, now where I'm better known
'Cause woman you don't do nothin', but drive a good man 'way from home

Now when the moon creeps over the mountain, I'll be on my way
Now I'm gonna walk this old highway, until the break of day

Come here, sweet mama, now and help me with this heavy load
I am due in West Texas, and I've got to get on the road

I'm goin' to West Texas, I'm goin' down behind the farm
I'm gonna ask the good Lord what evil have I done

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Key To The Highway (Version 2)

by Big Bill Broonzy / Charles Segar
recording of July 12-13 1957, Chicago
from House Rent Stomp (Blues Encore CD 52007),
copyright notice


I got the key to the highway,
yes, I'm billed out and bound to go
I'm gonna leave, leave here runnin',
because walkin' is most too slow

I'm goin' down on the border,
yes baby, you know where I'm better known
'Cause you haven't done nothin' here little woman,
but drive a good man away from home

Now when the moon peeps over the mountain,
yeah, you know I'll be on my way
I'm gonna walk, walk this old highway,
babe, until the break of day

Now give me one more kiss baby,
yes, just before I go
'cause when I leave you this time now baby,
I declare I won't be back no more

Now when the moon peeps over the mountain,
yeah, you know I'll be on my way
I'm gonna walk, walk this old highway,
until the break of day

So long, goodbye,
yes, I had to say goodbye
'Cause I'm gonna walk, walk this old highway,
babe, until the day I die

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Little City Woman

soundclip


by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 1953, Chicago
from House Rent Stomp (Blues Encore CD 52007),
copyright notice


I've got a little city woman,
I believe I change my mind
Lord, I've got a little city woman,
I believe I change my mind
Lord, as long as I'm around that woman,
Lord, I'm worried all the time

Lord, I'm-a goin' to the big city,
baby and I can't carry you
Yes, I'm goin' to the big city,
baby and I can't carry you
Lord, there ain't nothin' in the big city,
that a country woman can do

'Cause she was born, born in the country,
never been to town
Yes, she was born, born in the country,
yeah, you never been to town
Lord, I don't wanna take you to the big city,
'cause you may start runnin' around

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Lonesome

soundclip


by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 1953, Chicago
from House Rent Stomp (Blues Encore CD 52007),
copyright notice


I got a letter this morning,
made me sad and blue
Said my woman's in trouble,
you know I'm in trouble too
That's why I'm so lonesome,
Lord and I stay blue all the time
Ah, but that's all right,
I will overcome some day

I couldn't do nothin',
'cause I was sad and blue
I know there's some' wrong with my baby,
and it hurts me too
That's why I'm so lonesome,
and I stay blue all the time
Yeah, but that's all right,
I will overcome some day

Nights are so lonesome,
days are so blue
Just sittin' here rubbin' my hands baby,
wonderin' what happened to you
That's why I'm so lonesome,
Lord and I stay blue all the time
Yeah, but that's all right,
I will overcome some day

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Looking Up At Down

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of June 10 1940, Chicago
from Big Bill's Blues (CBS),
copyright notice

I'm just like an old rooster, out way out here on a hill
I'm just like an old rooster, out way out here on a hill
People I'm done scratchin', ooh Lord Big Bill is just tryin' to live

I'm just like Joe's turkey, I can't do nothing but bauble(?)
I'm so poor baby, I have to lean up against the fence to garble(?)
Yeah, now baby, gal, I believe I change town
Yeah I'm down so low baby, ooh Lord girl,
I declare I'm lookin' up at down

The men in the mine baby, they all lookin' down at me
Gal I'm down so low baby, I'm low as I can be
Yeah, now baby
Girl I'm down as I can be
Gal I'm down so low baby
Oh Lord, everybody's lookin' down on poor me

Everything I get a hold of baby, it goes away like snow in June
If I get a chance now baby again, I'm goin' up to the moon
Yeah, now baby
Yeah, I believe I change town
Yeah, poor me down so low baby,
Big Bill is lookin' up at down

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Louise, Louise

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 1957
from Big Bill Broonzy Sings Country Blues (Folkways LP FS2326),
copyright notice

Louise, you the sweetest gal I know
Louise, you the sweetest gal I know
Yeah, you made me walk from Chicago, baby,
down to the Gulf of Mexico

Now, look-a here, Louise
Now, what you tryin' to do?
You tryin' to make me love you,
and you love some other man too

Whoa Louise, baby that will never do
Yeah, you know you can't love Big Bill, baby,
and love some other man too

Louise, I believe
Somebody been fishin' in my pond
They been catchin' all my perches,
grinding up the bone

Whoa Louise, baby why don't you hurry home?
Yeah you know, you know, Louise,
I ain't had no lovin', not since you been gone

Louise, you know you got ways,
like a rattlesnake and a squirrel
Now, when you start the lovin',
I declare, it's out of this world

Whoa Louise, baby, why don't you hurry home?
Yes, I ain't had no lovin' baby,
not since my Louise been gone

Louise, the big boat's up the river,
now she's on a bag of sand
Now she don't strike deep water,
I declare she'll never land

Whoa Louise, baby why don't you hurry home?
Yeah you know, you know Louise,
I ain't had no lovin', not since you been gone

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Louise, Louise Blues

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of March 19 1952
from House Rent Stomp (Blues Encore CD 52007),
copyright notice


Louise, you the sweetest gal I know
Louise, you the sweetest gal I know
Yeah, you made me walk, walk from Chicago, baby,
down to the Gulf of Mexico

Now, look-a here, Louise,
what you tryin' to do?
You tryin' to give 'way my lovin',
say you love me too
Whoa Louise, baby that will never do
Yeah, you know, you know you can't love Big Bill, baby,
not and love some other man too

Louise, I believe,
somebody been fishin' in my pond
They been catchin' all my perches,
grinding up the bone
Whoa Louise, baby that will never do
Yeah, you know, you know, Louise,
I ain't had no lovin' since you been gone

Louise, you know you got ways,
like a rattlesnake and a squirrel
Every time you start the lovin',
I declare, it's out of this world
Whoa Louise, baby why don't bring your clothes back home?
Yeah, you know, you know, Louise,
I ain't had no lovin' since you been gone

Louise, the big boat's up the river,
she's on a bank of sand
Now if she don't strike deep water,
I declare she'll never land
Whoa Louise, baby why don't you hurry home?
Yeah, you know, you know Louise,
I ain't had no lovin' since you been gone

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Louisiana Blues

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 19
from Blues Roots Vol. 4 (),
copyright notice

I wonder why that southbound train don't run
I wonder why that southbound train don't run
Oh, you don't need no tellin', little girl, you know what you've done

You made me love you, now your man done come
You made me love you, now your man done come
I right know you're happy, little girl, but Bill's just a lonely boy

Someday baby, your trouble may be like mine
Someday baby, your trouble may be like mine
I'd you have the blues made me worry, sometimes baby you might write

Standin' at the station, Lord, I'll waitin' for a train
Standin' at the station, Lord, I'll waitin' for a train
Oh, deep down in my poor heart, baby, that a lie don't ache in pain

I got no ticket, Mr. conductor man, please let me ride
I ain't got no ticket, Mr. conductor man, please let me ride
Lord, I wanna make it back to the lowland, man, where I'll be satisfied

So, goodbye baby, I'm gonna leave you here
So, goodbye baby, I've got to leave you here
Lord, I'm on my way to the lowland, I don't even care

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Makin' My Getaway

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of July 12-13 1957, Chicago
from House Rent Stomp (Blues Encore CD 52007),
copyright notice


Cryin' in the mornin', I cry at night,
I cry all the time, baby
I know you don't treat me right, girl,
but if I could, feel tomorrow,
yeah baby, like I feel today
Yes, I'm gonna pack up, pack up in the mornin',
and I declare I've gotta make my getaway

'S no need of weepin', 's no need to mourn,
no need to cry now baby
Because tomorrow I'm gone
Girl if I can wake up early Tuesday mornin',
baby, between midnight and day
Yes, I'm gonna pack up, pack up my suitcase,
yes, I'm gonna make my getaway

Come here baby, put your little hands in mine,
I've got something to tell you baby,
I know will change your mind
Girl, if I could just feel tomorrow,
baby, like I feel today
Yes, I'm gonna pack up, pack up in the mornin'
I declare I've gotta to make my getaway

Right by Arkansas, hello Missouri,
I'm on my way up North my baby,
I declare it ain't no foolin'
Girl if I can wake up early Tuesday mornin',
baby, between midnight and day
Yes I'm gonna pack up, pack up my suitcase,
and I declare I've gotta make my getaway

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Mean Old World

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

Sometime I get disgusted, yeah, my mind goes up and down
Yes, sometime I get disgusted, yeah, and my mind goes up and down
Yeah, my woman has quit me, now my buddies hangin' around

This is a mean old world to live in, I'm just travelin' through
It's a mean old world to live in, I'm just travelin' through
Yes, sometime I get so blue, that I don't know what to do

I been up North, all over the Southern states
Yes, I've been in the North, all over the Southern states
Yes, people, it ain't the world, 'cause the good Lord made it straight, yeah

What's for poor me to do?
Yeah, what's for poor me to do?
Yeah, it sets my mother praying, I hope she prays for me not you

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Merry Go Round Blues

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 1940
from ,
copyright notice

I've got a merry go round, little girl don't you want to ride?
I've got a merry go round, now little girl, now don't you want to ride?
Now don't be scared woman, oh Lord, Big Bill is by your side

Ain't you tired of seesawing?, baby jump on my merry go round
Ain't you tired of seesawing?, baby jump on my merry go round
Now you ride with me one time, oh Lord and I declare you'll say you're heaven bound

Play it, boy!

Catch a good hold with your hand, baby, set your feet just right
Catch a good hold with your hand, darling, set your feet just right
I'm gonna give you a good ride baby, ooh Lord, I'm gonna try to dog my mind

You want to ride easy, baby jump on my merry go round
You want to ride easy, now jump on my merry go round
Lord I declare it's made out of hickory wood woman, ooh Lord, you sure can't break her down

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Mindin' My Own Business (Version 1)

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arranged by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 19
from The Bluesman (),
copyright notice

I'm just mindin' my own business, Lord, and I'm leavin' other peoples alone,
Yes, I'm mindin' my own business, I declare, I'm leavin' other peoples alone,
Lord, because in my home, whoa, Lord, I got a plenty trouble there of my own

Good Bill tryin' to tell you, you sure gotta reap just what you sow,
Good Bill tryin' to tell you, you sure gotta reap just what you sow,
Yes, you sure gotta repay, hoo, Lord, I don't care where you go

Good Bill tryin' to tell you, you sure gotta reap just what you sow
Good Bill tryin' to tell you, you sure gotta reap just what you sow
Yes, you sure gotta repay, hoo, Lord, I don't care where you go

Some man's spendin' money on drinkin' and gamblin', Lord, and havin' a good time
Some man's spendin' money on drinkin' and gamblin', Lord, and havin' a good time
Oh, why should I worry, hoo, Lord, when I do what I wanna do with mine

It take me six month attend to my business, six month to leave other peoples alone
Six month attend to my business, six month to leave other peoples alone
Now by the time I do that, ho, Lord, I declare the whole twelve months is gone

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Mindin' My Own Business (Version 2)

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arranged by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of July 12-13 1957, Chicago
from House Rent Stomp (Blues Encore CD 52007),
copyright notice


I'm just mindin' my own business,
Lord, and I'm leavin' other peoples alone
Yeah, I'm just mindin' my own business,
Lord, and I'm leavin' other peoples alone
Now, because I got plenty of trouble,
Lord, right in my home

Good book proudly tell you, you gotta reap just what you sow
Good book proudly tell you, you gotta reap just what you sow
I declare, you gotta repay, hoo, Lord, I don't care why you go

Some man spend all their money on gamblin',
Lord, and good times
Yes, some man spend all their money on gamblin',
baby, and good times
Oh, but why should I worry,
when I do what I wanna do with mine

It take me six month attend to my business,
six month to leave other peoples alone
Six month attend to my business,
six month to leave other peoples alone
Yeah, by the time I do that,
I declare the whole twelve months is gone

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Mopper's Blues

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 19
from Black, Brown And White,
copyright notice

I've got the mopper's1 blues, I've got the mopper's blues
I've got the mopper's blues, I've got the mopper's blues
Yes, I got the mopper's blues, but I'm the happiest man in town

Baby, I ain't got no gal, you know I ain't got no gal
Lord, I ain't got no gal, I ain't got no gal
I ain't got no gal, but I'm the happiest man in town

I ain't got no money, I ain't got no money,
Lord, I ain't got no money, I ain't got no money
Lord, I ain't got no money, but I'm the happiest man in town.

I've got to screw, I've got to roll,
I've got to sweep, 'n I've got to dust
Yes, I've got to mop, but I'm the happiest man in town

I ain't got no home, I ain't got no home
Lord, I ain't got no home, baby, I ain't got no home
I ain't got no home, but I'm the happiest man in town

Baby, I'm all alone, you know I'm all alone
Baby, I'm all alone, yes, I'm all alone
Yes, I'm all alone, but I'm the happiest man in town

I know I can't loose, baby, I can't loose
Baby, I know I can't loose, I know I can't loose
I know I can't loose, not with this moppin' blues on you

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Note 1: mopper, .

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My Last Goodbye To You

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

This is my last goodbye I declare, I done quit tryin' to be good
This is my last goodbye, baby, I declare, I done quit tryin' to be good
Now I declare you're alright with me, baby, ooh Lord, too many know you in this neighborhood

I believe, I'm my mother's bad luck child
I believe, darlin', I'm my mother's bad luck child
I declare, I have so much trouble here, baby, ooh Lord, I believe I may go out of style

There's a day comin', baby, I declare you're goin' to sing your song
There's a day comin', baby, I declare you're goin' to sing your song
And I declare you're gonna be blue and worried, ooh, ooh, and have plenty troubles of your own

Bye-bye-bye, bye-bye baby, this is my last goodbye to you
Bye-bye baby, I declare this is my last goodbye to you
Now, this is my last goodbye, baby, Ooh, Lord, I don't care what you do

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My Mellow Man

by Big Bill Broonzy
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

Hmm, oh my mellow man,
can't nobody thrill me like my mellow man can
He don't stand on no corner, he don't rob or steal
Comes home to me each day and gets his meals
Cryin', "Ho, oh", my mellow man
Can't nobody thrill me like my mellow man can

He ain't no organ grinder, he's just nice and sweet
I love that man from his head down to his feet
Cryin' "Ho, Oh" my mellow man
Can't nobody thrill me like my mellow man can

My man is so mellow, they call him spongy boy
That ain't his name, his name is plain Lee Roy,
Cryin', "Ho, oh" my mellow man
Can't nobody thrill me like my mellow man can

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Page last updated on:
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