Big Maceo Merriweather
Eternal thanks to blues gal
Anita Cantor for transcribing and contributing all lyrics!
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Table Of Content (13 songs, 11 soundclips)

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Anytime For You
Bye Bye, Baby Blues
Can't You Read
County Jail Blues
I Got The Blues
It's All Up To You
My Last Go Around

Poor Kelly Blues
Since You Been Gone
So Long Baby
Some Sweet Day
Why Should I Hang Around
Worried Life Blues

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Anytime For You

soundclip


by Dan Howell
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

I trusted in you, right from the start
You messed around until you broke my heart
Anytime for you, and all the time for me
Someday you're gonna be sorry, the way you treated me

You leave me in the mornin', come home late at night
Well, have a nerve to tell 'em, that you treated me right
Anytime for you and all the time for me
Babe, you're gonna be sorry, the way you treated me

You is a liar and a cheater, too
The things you do to me, is coming home to you
Anytime for you, and all the time for me
You gonna be sorry, the way you treated me

Pick 'em boy, pick 'em!

Pack up your clothes an' get out of my flat
And let my doorknob hit you in your back
Anytime for you, and all the time for me
You gonna be sorry, the way you treated me

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Bye Bye, Baby Blues

soundclip


by Big Maceo Merriweather
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

My baby treat me so mean, I don't know right from wrong
My baby treat me so mean, I don't know right from wrong
I'm here today, but tomorrow I might be gone

I have so much trouble, until I don't know what to do
I have so much trouble, until I don't know what to do
The way you treat me baby, it's coming home to you

Because I'm dogged around, baby, an' driven from door to door
Yeah-eay, baby driven from door to door
But I raise my hand, I won't be dogged no more

(Now boy, let's get the thing!)

So goodbye baby, yes I'm leavin' now
So bye-bye baby, babe I'm leavin' now
Because you you don't mean, me no good, no how

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Can't You Read

soundclip


by Big Maceo Merriweather
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

Way back in the nineteen hundred and ten
The monkey and the baboon, they came walkin' in
The monkey told the baboon, "Let's shoot a game a pool"
The monkey could shoot, but the baboon wasn't no fool

Next thing came along was a little mule
He said, "You know I'm so mad, I even can't wear no shoe"
Next thing came along, there was Mr. Cat
"We ain't gonna have no such a-stuff goin' on here like that"
Next thing came, was a little mouse,
"Let's all get drunk an' break up this doggone house"

Can't you read, now can't you read
If you keep on readin' I'm bound to put you out

Well, the monkey an' the elephant, they went out for a little drive
The elephant hit the monkey right square in his eye
The monkey looked up with a tear an' a sigh
Said, "Look at here big boy, you oughta get someone your size,
One of these days I'm gonna climb your tree,
Remember big boy you gotta march right under me"
"When you march under me, you better march careful 'n fast,
I'll get me a limb an' break it 'cross your...1

Now can't you read, now can't you read
If you keep on readin', I'm bound to put you out

If anybody just happen to ask you
Where the weddin' gonna be?
Come right down there on Hazen street
Cold down there just about the end of the week
You can get most anything that you care to eat
If you don't like shrimp, just name your dish
They'll even serve you some a that ol' fillet fish

Now can't you read, now can't you read
If you keep on reading, mama, I'm bound to put you out

Yeah, play it Mr. Maceo! (piano)

Well, fifteen cents you know that's the regular price
If you got two fifteen, we'll even serve you twice
Can't you read, now can't you read
If you keep on reading, I'm bound to put you out

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Note: vocals by Big Maceo and Tampa Red;
Note 1: "The last line in the 3rd verse is missing a word at the end on purpose. The word is "ass" but he doesn't sing it (rhymes with fast) and I guess the listener is suppose to fill in the blank. Can you imagine they didn't sing "bad words" back then?", Anita Cantor a.k.a. Ooohwebaby.

 

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County Jail Blues

soundclip


by Alfred Fields
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

They picked me up an' put me in the county jail
They picked me up an' put me in the county jail
They wouldn't even let my woman, come an' call my bail

Now I'm in prison, but I've almost did my time
Now I'm in prison, but I've almost did my time
They give me six months, but I had to work off nine

'Cause I know my baby, she's gonna jump an' shout
I know my baby, she's gonna jump an' shout
When that train roll up, an' I come up walkin' out

Now play it Mr. Tampa!

So take these stripes from around me
Chain away from around my leg
These stripes from around me
An' these chain from around my leg
Well, these stripes don't hurt me
But these chains gonna kill me dead

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Note: vocals by Big Maceo and Tampa Red.

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I Got The Blues

soundclip


by Big Maceo Merriweather
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

Just tell me baby, just tell me baby
What can I do to change your mind?
Hey hey, baby can I change your mind?
I got the freight train blues, the tracks is out-a line

You got a man in the east, an' a man in the west
Just sittin' here wonderin' who you love the best
Hey hey, what can I do to change your mind?
I got the blues for you baby, you keep me worried all the time

You say you love me, I believe in you
You tryin' to quit me, what more can I do?
Hey hey, baby can I change your mind?
I got the blues for you baby, you keep me worried all the time

(Now boy, you know I got the blues, now play 'em for me now!)

Yes, yes, yes, yes

My mama got 'em, my papa got 'em
My sister told me that she had them, too
Hey hey, mama what can I do?
Some old day you will want me
And I won't care a thing about you

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It's All Up To You


by Big Maceo Merriweather
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

I'm so disgusted and broken hearted, too
I'm so disgusted and broken hearted, too
Though I'm disappointed in your love, baby that's alright for you

There's no need of you lyin', babe you know I've been good to you
Yeah-eay, babe I've been good to you
But if I leave you now, baby, go ahead and do what you wanna do

You know I had a good woman and she was so kind and true
Yeah, good woman, and she was so kind and true
I even let her go, baby, on account of you, yes, I know

Get offa my back, woman!

But she's willin' to forgive me, so I'll leave it all up to you
Hey, umm, leave it all up to you
She told me when I was leavin', that your love wasn't really true

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My Last Go Around

soundclip


by Dan Howell
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

Babe, I'm on my last go 'round and I hate to say goodbye
Babe, I'm on my last go 'round but it's time to say goodbye
Since you did what you wanna do, babe, and I guess you satisfied

Since you've got me grievin', babe, an' I'm scared to say, goodbye
You got me grievin', baby, an' I'm scared to say, goodbye
Well I've got to leave you baby and it ain't no use to crying

You started me to drinkin', baby, drinkin' both night and day
An' you started me to drinkin', baby, an' runnin' from town to town
You know I had a good woman but you made her throw me down
Yeah

Yeah, you make me drunk on Sunday, just to play me for your clown
Baby, you make me drunk on Sunday, just to play me for your clown
Babe, you know I meant you all the good but you tried to tear me down

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Poor Kelly Blues

soundclip


by Big Maceo Merriweather
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

I went up on the mountain, to see what Poor Kelly done
He killed his woman, an' didn't even attempt to run
Up on the mountain, just to see what Poor Kelly done
Well, he killed his woman, an' he didn't even attempt to run

When I found Poor Kelly, he was standing in the door
With a thirty-two twenty and a forty-four
When I found Poor Kelly, he was standing in the door
With a thirty-two twenty and a hard-hitting, forty-four

I asked him was he was sorry, he said,
"Nobody know, just can't stand the way she was treatin' me, anymore,
Just couldn't stand, the way she was doin' me, anymore,
She's a dirty-mistreater, she won't jive me no more"

He said, "I know I loved her, better than I did myself,
She misused me, for somebody else,
She know I loved her, better than I did myself,
Still she tried to misuse me, for somebody else"

"I know they gonna get me", he said, "But I know I don't care,
They may even send me, to the 'lectric chair,
I know they gonna get me, but babe, I don't care,
There's one consolation, they won't leave my woman, here"

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Since You Been Gone

soundclip


by Big Maceo Merriweather
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

I lost a good woman, and I grieve both night and day
I lost a good woman, and I grieve both night and day
I get the blues for my baby, ever since she been gone away

I'm so unhappy, mama, when I used to be so gay
I'm so unhappy, baby, when I used to be so gay
I get the blues for my baby, ever since she been gone away

I watches the sun when it rises, until it fade away
I watch the sun when it rises, until it fade away
I get the blues for my baby, ever since she been gone away

Yeah, boy!

Just as long as I live, babe you will always hear me say
Just as long as I live, mama, you will always hear me say
I get the blues for my baby, ever since she been gone away

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So Long Baby

soundclip


by Big Maceo Merriweather
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

I'm worried in mind, stay worried all the time
Someday I'll be satisfied
It's your time now, but it's my time after a while
Oh say, if things don't get no better
I'm gonna move on down the line

'Cause when you was my baby
I treated you nice an' kind
But baby, I have changed my mind
I was crazy 'bout you, baby
Crazy as a man could be
So now when I leave ya now baby, don't try an' follow me

You gonna wake up one-a these mornin's, and it won't be long
And look for me an' I will be gone
So bye-bye baby, babe you know you've done me wrong
So try your best to forget, that I ever held you in my arms

Yes, yes, yes

You gonna worry 'bout me, one a-these old lonesome days
An' your daddy be far away
So long peoples an' sweetheart, I'll soon be on my way
You're goin' to be sorry, that you let me go 'round still

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Note: vocals by Big Maceo and Tampa Red.

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Some Sweet Day

soundclip


by Sara Martin / Richard M. Jones
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

Well the blues is on me now
I'll feel better, when I leave your town
But some sweet day, you're gonna be sorry
That you throwed me down

I got my suitcase already packed
Yes my trunk is on the road
Don't worry baby, you won't see my smilin' face no more

You're so mean and you're so evil
You got me runnin', runnin' from door to door
But some sweet day, you gonna be sorry
Babe, that you let me go

Now get it together, boys!

Yeah-hey-yeah

I'm blue and I'm disgusted
And I don't know just what to do
Some sweet day, your luck will change
Baby, you will be blue too

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Why Should I Hang Around


by Big Maceo Merriweather
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

I just don't know, what's this all about?
What is it all about, boys?
I just don't know, what's this all, all about?
The woman I love, is tryin' to put me out

She said she didn't want me, why should I hang around?
Hey, why should I hang around?
And that if I hang around, I would be jail house bound

I love that woman, more than she will ever know
Yes, I love her
Hey baby, more than you will ever know
But if you drive me away, I won't be back no more

I just stole that woman, stole her from my best friend
Yeah- hee, from my best friend
But that old fool's so darn lucky,
He's 'bout to get her back again

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Worried Life Blues

soundclip


by Big Maceo Merriweather
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

Oh Lordy, Lord, oh Lordy, Lord
It hurts me so bad, for us to part
But someday baby, I ain't gonna worry my life anymore

So many night, since you've been gone
I've been worried an' griev'in, my life alone
But someday baby, I ain't gonna worry my life any more

So many day, since you went away
I had to worry, both night an' day
But someday baby, I ain't gonna worry my life any more

(Spoken:
No boy, I ain't gonna worry my life no more, yeah yeah)

You on my mind, ev'ry place I go
How much I love you, nobody know
But someday baby, I ain't gonna worry my life, anymore

So that's my story
This is all I got to say to you
Goodbye baby, an' I don't care what you do
But someday baby, I ain't gonna worry my life any more

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Note: vocals by Big Maceo and Tampa Red.

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Created by:
Bluesman Harry
Page last updated on:
June 12 2000


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