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Table Of Content (15 songs, 9 soundclips)

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* Big House Bound
Cat Man Blues
Flyin' Airplane Blues
Hungry Calf Blues
I Crave My Pigmeat
It Doesn't Matter Baby
I Want Some Of Your Pie
Little Woman You're So Sweet

Lost Lover Blues
* Meat Shakin' Woman
Stingy Mama
Thousand Woman Blues
Walking My Troubles Away
Weeping Willow Blues
You Never Can Tell

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Big House Bound

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by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of 1938-1940
from
Get Your Yas Yas Out: Essential Recordings (Indigo 2027) & Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 5 (1938-1940) (Document 5095), copyright notice

Then I sent for my friends, "Please spare the rod"
Then I sent for my friends, "Please spare the rod"
Then my friends sent me word, "Lord the times was too dog-gone hard"

I got friends 'as got money, "Please tell 'em to go my bail"
I got friends 'as got money, "Please tell 'em to go my bail"
And my friends sent me word, "Had no business in the county jail"

Then I felt so right till the judge turned around and frowned
Then I felt so right till the judge turned around and frowned
Says, "I'm sorry for you buddy, but you're on your last-go-round"

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Cat Man Blues

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by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of April 29 1936, New York
from Death Valley (Oldie Blues OL 2809) &
East Coast Piedmont Style (Columbia/Legacy CK-46777) & Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1935-1936) (Document DOCD5091) & Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1936-1937) (Document DOCD-5092), copyright notice

Went home last night, heard a noise, I asked my wife what was that
Went home last night, heard a noise, I asked my wife what was that
Said man don't be so suspicious, that ain't nothin' but a cat

Lord I traveled this world all over mama, takin' all kinds of chance
Travelin' this world all over mama, takin' all kinds of chance
But I never come home before, seein' a cat wearin' a pair of pants

Lord I wouldn't call him cat man, if he'd come around in the day
Wouldn't call him cat man, if he'd come around in the day
But he waits till late at night woman, when he can steal my cream away

Lord I want that cat man to stay away from my house, Lordy when I'm out
Lord I want that cat man to stay away from my house, oh Lord when I'm out
'Cause I believe he's the cause of my woman, wearin' the mattress down

Said I went home last night, actin' just quiet as a lamb
Said I went home last night, actin' quiet as a lamb
I never raised no stuff man, till I heard my backdoor slam

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Flyin' Airplane Blues

soundclip


by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of October 29 1939
from Death Valley (Oldie Blues OL 2809) &
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 5 (1938-1940) (Document 5095), copyright notice

Wanna get in my airplane
Wanna get in my airplane
Wanna ride all over
Wanna ride all over your town
And if I spy the gal I'm lovin'
Old fool gonna let this airplane
Old fool gonna let this airplane down

Now here's my hand
Now here's my hand
You can leave me where you want me
You can leave me where you want me to go
And if you leave me wrong this time
And you won't leave me no
And you won't leave me no more

And I feel like walkin' (Yes I do!)
I feel like walkin' (Yes!)
I feel like lyin'
I feel like lyin' down
And you know I feel just like lovin'
My gal ain't nowhere
My gal ain't nowhere around

Now you're three times seven
Now you're three times seven
Ought to know what you want to
Ought to know what you want to do
Mama and the day that you quit me
I won't be mad with
Said I won't be mad with you

Said I know my little woman
Said I know my little woman
She's bound to jump
She's bound to jump and shout
And whenever she gets hold of this here letter
I done loved my long time
I done loved my long time out

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Hungry Calf Blues

soundclip


by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of December 15 1937, New York
from Death Valley (Oldie Blues OL 2809) &
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 (1937-1938) (Document DOCD-5094), copyright notice

Your calf is hungry mama, I believe he needs a suck
I say your calf is hungry mama, and I believe he needs a suck
Yes your milk is turnin' blue, I believe he's out of luck

Says I found out now mama, the reason why I can't satisfy you, save my soul
I said hey hey, can't satisfy you, save my soul
Yes you've got a new cat, he's sixteen years old

But I'm gonna save my jelly mama, gonna bring it right home to you
I said hey hey, gonna bring it right home to you
You can't find no young cat, roll jelly like this old one do

Says I got a new way of rollin' mama, I think it must be best
I said hey hey, yes I think it must be best
Said these here North Carolina women. just won't let Blind Boy Fuller rest

Hmmmmm, just won't let me rest
Hmmmmm, just won't let me rest
Said I got the kind of lovin', yes Lord, I think it must be best

Said I roll jelly in the mornin' and I also roll at night
I said hey hey, I also roll at night
And I don't stop rollin', till I know I rolled that jelly just right

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I Crave My Pigmeat

soundclip


by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of 1938-1940
from
Truckin' My Blues Away (Yazoo 1060) & Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 5 (1938-1940) (Document 5095), copyright notice

Now, pigmeat is taken today, today, something I do crave
Now, pigmeat is taken today, today, something I do crave
Ash to ashes and dust to dust
Show me a woman that a man can trust
Pigmeat taken today, today, something I do crave, I mean it
Something I do crave

Now, pigmeat is kicking today, today, something I do crave
Now, pigmeat is kicking today, today, something I do crave
Had a little gal, she was little and low
She used to shake it but she won't no more
Now pigmeat is kicking today, today, something I do crave, I mean it
Something I do crave

Now, pigmeat is kicking today, today, something I do crave
Now, pigmeat is kicking today, today, something I do crave
Looked down the road as far as I could see
The boy's had my woman and the blues had me
Now pigmeat is kicking today, today, something I do crave, I mean it
Something I do crave

Now, pigmeat is kicking today, today, something I do crave
Now, pigmeat is kicking today, today, something I do crave
Ashes to ashes and sand to sand
Show me a woman ain't got a back door man
Now, pigmeat is kicking today, today, something I do crave, I mean it
Something I do crave

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It Doesn't Matter Baby

by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of July 12 1939, Memphis
from
Blue And Worried Man (Travelin' Man TM 801) & Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 5 (1938-1940) (Document 5095), copyright notice

Oo-oo-ooh, oh Lordy Lord
Oo-oo-ooh, oh Lordy Lord
It doesn't matter baby how it feels
I'll get along somehow

You needn't come runnin', screamin' and cryin'
You mistreats me woman, now you's off of my mind
It doesn't matter baby how it happened
I'll get along somehow

When I tried to love you, you wouldn't pay me no mind
You could spend my dollar like you did my dime
It doesn't matter child how it happened
I'll get along somehow

Get away from my window, don't knock at my door
I got me another woman, can't use you no more
It doesn't matter child how it happened
I'll get along somehow

Oo-ooh well, well Lordy Lord
Oo-oo-oh, oh Lordy Lord
It doesn't matter child how it happened
I'll get along somehow

Now you know I told you, a long time ago
You will have to reap just what you sow
It doesn't matter baby how it happened
I'll get along somehow

I'm doin' better than I did before
I ain't gonna let you worry my mind no more
It doesn't matter baby how it happened
I'll get along somehow

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I Want Some Of Your Pie

by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of 1938-1940
from
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 5 (1938-1940) (Document 5095), copyright notice

Says, I'm not jokin' an' I'm gonna tell you no lie,
I want to eat your custy pie
You gotta give me some of it,
You gotta give me some of it,
You gotta give me some of it,
'Fore you give it all away

I'm not breakin' but you understood,
everything I do, I try to do it good
You gotta give me some of it,
You gotta give me some of it,
You gotta give me some of it,
'Fore you give it all away

Now, your custy pie is good an' nice,
when you cut it, please save me a smart
You gotta give me some of it,
You gotta give me some of it,
You gotta give me some of it,
'Fore you give it all away

Says, I don't care if you little right cross that street,
you cut that pie please save me a piece
You gotta give me some of it,
You gotta give me some of it,
You gotta give me some of it,
'Fore you give it all away

Oh, it's good for a man 83,
you know good well it good enough for me
You gotta give me some of it,
You gotta give me some of it,
You gotta give me some of it,
'Fore you give it all away 

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Little Woman You're So Sweet

by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of 1940
from Folkways 3585 &
Get Your Yas Yas Out: Essential Recordings (Indigo 2027) & Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 6 (1940) (Document 5096), copyright notice

Hey mama, hey gal, don't you hear me callin' you?
You're so sweet, so sweet, my baby, so sweet

Says, I love my baby, love her to her bone
I hate to see my sweet sugar go home
She's so sweet, so sweet, my little woman, so sweet

See my baby comin', don't get so smart
I'll cut your liver, then I will plug your heart
You're so sweet, so sweet, so sweet, my little baby, so sweet

(spoken: Call again, boy!)

Hey mama, yeah gal, don't you hear Blind Boy Fuller callin' you?
She's so sweet, yeah sweet, yeah sweet, my little woman, so sweet

(spoken: Play it now)

Hey mama, yeah gal, don't you hear me callin' you?
She's so sweet, so sweet, my little woman, so sweet

Woman I love, she done gone back home
When I think I'm treatin' her right I must be doin' wrong
She's so sweet, so sweet, my little woman, so sweet

I'll make a million trips where I would rather to be
But the woman I love is sweeter than anything in this world to me
She's so sweet, so sweet, my little woman, so sweet

Hey mama, hey gal, don't you hear Blind Boy Fuller callin' you?
You're so sweet, so sweet, yeah sweet, my little woman, so sweet

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Lost Lover Blues

by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of June 19 1940, Chicago
from Death Valley (Oldie Blues OL 2809) &
Get Your Yas Yas Out: Essential Recordings (Indigo 2027) & Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 6 (1940) (Document 5096), copyright notice

Said I went down by that freight depot
And that freight train he come rollin' by
Lord and I sure ain't got no lovin' baby now
And I sure ain't got no lovin' baby now

And I went off in that far distant land
I wasn't there long before I got a telegram
(What did it say?)
Sayin' now man won't you please come home
Now man won't you please come home

Then I went back home, I looked on the bed
And that best old friend I had was dead
Lord, and I ain't got no lovin' baby now
And I ain't got no lovin' baby now

And I'm sorry, sorry, sorry to my heart
But that best old friend someday must part
Lord I ain't got no lovin' baby now
And I ain't got no lovin' baby now
(Play it for me now)

Now as sure as the birds wings in the sky above
Life ain't worth livin' if you ain't with the one you love
Lord and I ain't got no lovin' baby now
Lord I ain't got no lover now

If I'd knowed you didn't love me and didn't want me to
I would've taken morphine and died
Lord I ain't got no lovin' baby now
And I ain't got no lovin' baby now

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Meat Shakin' Woman

soundclip


by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of 1937 or 1938
from
Truckin' My Blues Away (Yazoo 1060) & Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 (1937-1938) (Document DOCD-5094), copyright notice

I got a big fat woman, grease shakin' on her bone
I say, hey, hey, meat shakin' on her bone
An' every time she shakes some man done left his home

If when you boys see my woman you can't keep her long
I say hey, hey, you can't keep her long
I got a new way to keep her down, you "monkey men" can't catch on

Baby, for my dinner, I want ham and eggs
I say hey, hey, I want ham and eggs
And for my supper, mama, 1 want to feel your legs

Now you let me feel your legs, and they felt so strong
I say hey, hey, and they felt so strong
Baby, if you know what it's gonna be, baby, please don't let me know

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Stingy Mama

by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of 19
from Philips Records &
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1936-1937) (Document DOCD-5092), copyright notice

Stingy mama, don't be so stingy with me
I say, stingy mama, don't be so stingy with me
Says, you's a good little girl, Lord, you so stingy with me

Throw your water out your pitcher1, mama, let your bowl go dry
Throw your water out your pitcher, let your bowl go dry
Said, I want some of your lovin', mama, just before you die

Said, my babe got a mojo and she won't let me see
Said, my babe got a mojo, she won't let me see
One mornin' about four o'clock she eased that old thing on me

Now mama, mama, you can't keep that mojo hid
I say, hey-hey, mama, can't keep that mojo hid
'Cause I got something, mama, just to find that mojo with

Now my mama left me something called that old stingaree
Hey, mama left me something called that stingaree
Says, I done stung my little woman and she can't stay away from me

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Note 1: pitcher, a container for holding and pouring liquids that usually has a lip or spout and a handle.

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Thousand Woman Blues

by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of 19
from Folkways RF202 &
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 6 (1940) (Document 5096), copyright notice

I ain't never loved but a thousand women in my life
Oh Lord, but a thousand women's in my life

Now, the love I have for you, woman, God knows it sure is strong
Oh Lord, I say, God knows it sure is strong

Then if you love me now, woman, then you won't do nothin' wrong
Hey Lord, and you won't do nothin' wrong

Now my woman, please don't worry, baby, while I'm outta your town
Hey Lord, I say, while I'm outta your town

Now the love I have for you, mama, God knows it can't be turned around
Hey, hey Lord, and it can't be turned around

Now, my little women, I said she's sweet as she can be
Hey Lord, yes she's just as sweet as she can be

An' every time I kiss her, then the cold chill run all over me
Hey Lord, the the cold chill run all over me

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Walking My Troubles Away

soundclip


by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of 19
from
Truckin' My Blues Away (Yazoo 1060) & East Coast Piedmont Style (Columbia/Legacy CK-46777) & Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1935-1936) (Document DOCD5091), copyright notice

Paper boy hollerin', "Extra, have you read the news?"
Shot the brown I love, I got them walking blues
I keep on walking, trying to walk my troubles away
I'm so glad, trouble don't last always

You used to be my sweet hip, you soured on me
We won't be together like we used to be
I keep on walking, trying to walk my troubles away
I'm so glad, trouble don't last always

I got the bad luck blues, my bad luck time done come
They said bad luck follow everybody, seem like I'm the only one
I keep on walking, trying to walk my troubles away
I'm so glad, trouble don't last always

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Weepin' Willow Blues

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by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of 19
from Saydisc 143,
copyright notice

Lord, that weepin' willow and that mournin' dove
That weepin' willow and that mournin' dove
I got a gal up the country, Lord, you know I sure do love

Now, if you see my woman, tell her I says hurry home
(spoken: Aw, sho')
You see my woman, tell her I says hurry home
I ain't had no lovin' since my gal been gone

Where it 'tain't no love, ain't no gettin' along
Where it ain't no love, mama, ain't no gettin' along
My gal treat me so mean and dirty, sometime I don't know right from wrong

Lord, I lied down last night, tried to take my rest
I lied down last night, tried to take my rest
(spoken: What happened, boy?)
You know, my mind got to ramblin' just like wild geese in the west

Gonna buy me a bulldog1, watch whilst I sleep
Gonna buy me a bulldog, watch whilst I sleep
Just to keep these men from makin' this early mornin' creep

Now, if you see my woman, tell her I says hurry home
You see my woman, tell her I says hurry home
I ain't had no lovin' since my gal been gone

You gonna want my love, baby, some lonesome day
(spoken: Yeah!)
You gonna want my love, mama, some old lonesome day
Then it be too late, I'll be gone too far away

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Note 1: bulldog, a handgun with a thick usually short barrel.

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You Never Can Tell

soundclip


by Blind Boy Fuller
recording of July 12 1937, New York
from Death Valley (Oldie Blues OL 2809) &
Truckin' My Blues Away (Yazoo 1060) & Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1936-1937) (Document DOCD-5092) & Down Home (Collector's Edition 9), copyright notice

Say you can't never tell, what's on these women's mind
Say you can't never tell, what's on these women's mind
Hey, she may be huggin' and kissin' you, and quittin' you all the time

Say I went home this mornin', twixt 9.30 and 10
Hey, hey, twixt 9.30 and 10
Hey I met that woman's second man, right, right back in my den

So she's a dirty mistreater, and she drove me from her door
She's a dirty mistreater, she drove me from her door
Hey the good book says mama, you gotta reap just what you sow

Say some women is just like a dollar, dollar go from hand to hand
Say some women is just like a dollar, dollar go from hand to hand
Hey some of these lowdown women, they just run from man to man

Now you know my woman says she loves me, she been lovin' me all her life
Say my woman says she loves me, she been lovin' me all her life
Hey she met a second man on that corner, she told him that same lie twice

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Page last updated on:
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