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Table Of Content (41 songs, 22 soundclips)

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Ain't Nothing You Can Do
A Touch Of The Blues
Blind Man
* Bobby's Blues
Call On Me
Cry, Cry, Cry
Don't Want No Woman
Further Up The Road
Helping Hand
* Honey Bee
I Can't Put You Down Baby
I Don't Believe
If I Hadn't Called You Back
If You Could Read My Mind
I'll Take Care Of You

* I Learned My Lesson
* I Lost Sight Of The World
I Pity The Fool
I Smell, Trouble
It's My Life, Baby
* Little Boy Blue
* Loan A Helping Hand
* Lost Lover Blues
* Members Only
* Million Miles From Nowhere
* No Blow, No Show
Poverty
Queen For A Day
Share Your Love With Me
Someday

Teach Me How To Love You
* Time Out
Turn On Your Love Light
Two Steps From The Blues
* Wise Man's Blues
* Wishing Well
* Woke Up Screaming
You're Worth It All
You've Got Bad Intentions
* You Did Me Wrong
* You Got Me (Where You Want Me)

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Ain't Nothing You can Do

soundclip


by Deadric Malone / Joe Scott
recording of 19
from
The Best Of Bobby "Blue" Bland (MCA 31219), copyright notice

When you got a headache, a headache powder soothes the pain
When you try to rest, Lord, you feel alright again
When you got a backache, a little rubbing will see you through
But when you got a heartache, there ain't nothing you can do

A man can't break a stone, so he tries another lick
An ice man can't cut his ice, so he buys another pick
Electric lights go out but a candle light will see you through
But when you got a heartache, there ain't nothing you can do
There ain't nothing you can do
I say there ain't nothing you can do
When you got a heartache, there ain't nothing you can do

When you meet a friend, you smile because you're glad
When a friend deceives you, it makes you feel so bad
When you lose your loved one, it make you feel so blue
And then you got a heartache, and there ain't nothing you can do
I said there ain't nothing you can do
Every time, I think about it
Every time, I think about it
There ain't nothing you can do

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A Touch Of The Blues


by Deadric Malone
recording of 19
from,
copyright notice

I said it wasn't long ago, I was doing real good
Don't you know my baby was acting, like a sweet girl should
But she found another, whoa Lord, and I got the news
And now I'm here suffering, from a touch of the blues

My friends say I look bad, and I guess they are right
I can't eat or sleep, no no baby
I toss and turn all night, my eyes are al red
Whoa Lord, and I'm dragging my shoes
But I'm not really worried, no, no, baby
It's just a touch of the blues

I went to see my doctor, but he said I was alright
I didn't get a prescription, just some good advice
He said to forget you, whoa Lord, and stop being your fool
If you wanted to lose this touch of the blues

Oh, I guess time will ease this pain in my heart
Then I'll find a new lover baby, oh Lord, and make a brand new start
Then I'll hope that she'll love me, oh Lord, and always be true
And don't leave me here suffering, with a touch of the blues

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Blind Man

soundclip


by
recording of 19
from
Blues in the Night (Ace 132), copyright notice

Blind man standing on the corner, crying out the blues
Said, "I don't need a dollar, and don't you give me a dime,
until you bring back that little girl of mine"
I can't let her go, I'm hooked, I can't let her go
People try to tell me, "Stop crying, and find you someone new,
'cause when that good Lord made one woman,
hallelujah, don't you know he made two"
But I can't let her go, I'm hooked, I can't let her go
I can't let her go, Lord, I can't let her go

He lifted up his head toward heaven and said,
"Lord, I'd rather die than let a no-good woman
make me stand on the corner an' cry"
Lord knows, I'm living in a world of darkness,
but that don't bother me
And until I find that sweet little girl of mine,
Lord knows, I just don't want to see
I can't let her go, I'm hooked
I can't let her go, won't somebody please help the blind
I can't let her go, I'm hooked, I can't let her go
I can't let her go, Lord, I can't let her go

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Bobby's Blues

soundclip


by Don Robey / Joe Scott
recording of 19
from
The "3B" Blues Boy - The Blues Years: 1952-1959 (ACE CDCHD 302), copyright notice

I was tendin' to my own business
And livin' my own life
When I made a bad mistake baby
When I asked you to be my wife

I smelled trouble at my weddin'
As I held your hand
I knew you had barely just a moment
You were runnin' from another man

Sometime tomorrow
You're gonna regret the things you do
Yes but further on up the road baby
You gonna get what's coming too

Well I said along time ago
I don't believe you would let me down
But now that I need you woman
You don't want me around

You told my own dog to bite me
If I come in my front yard
Sometimes I wonder why
You want to make my life so hard

But sometime tomorrow
You're gonna regret the things you do
Yes but further on up the road baby
You're gonna get what's coming too

Whoa baby

I said a long time ago
I don't believe you'd a-let me down
But now that I need you woman
You don't want me around

But sometime tomorrow
You're gonna regret the things you do
Yes but further on up the road baby
You're gonna get what's coming too

Umm, ummm baby
Further on up the road baby
You gonna get yours baby

Fading:
Umm-ummmm

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Call On Me

soundclip


by Deadric Malone
recording of 19
from
The Best Of Bobby "Blue" Bland (MCA 31219), copyright notice

Love and affection, a heart so true,
a'yours for the asking,
I've got it alright a'here for you
You needn't be lonely,
you shouldn't be blue

I'll design a life of love for you
and here's all you've got to do
When you need a good loving,
when you need a good kissing,
when you need a good hugging,
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,
won't you call on me

You can't live alone dear,
your whole life through
Everybody has a future,
and I can see my future in you

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Cry, Cry, Cry

soundclip


by Deadric Malone
recording of 19
from
The Best Of Bobby "Blue" Bland (MCA 31219), copyright notice

Cry, cry, cry, cry
That's what I want you to do
Then think about the lonely nights,
I sat alone and cried for you
Cry, cry, cry years

You said you didn't want me to go,
it's hard to say goodbye,
But I won't believe a word you say,
until you hang your head and cry, cry, cry, cry, cry
Let your tears fall like rain,
and then I'll know my love for you wasn't in vain

Come on and cry me an ocean,
then I want you to cry me a sea
Somebody's hurt you, just like you hurt me,
cry me a river, cry me a sea

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Don't Want No Woman


by Don Robey
recording of 19
from
The 3b Blues Boy - The Blues Years: 1952-59 (Ace 302), copyright notice

I don't want no woman, telling me what to do
I don't want no woman, telling me what to do
Well, I'm grown now darling, just as grown as you

I don't want no woman, telling me this and that
I don't want no woman, telling me this and that
Yes, it makes me mad darling, and I don't go for that

You drink your whiskey, I drink my wine
You tend to your business, and I tend to mine

I don't want no woman, telling me how to live my life
Yes, I'm gonna leave you darling, 'cause I don't want no wife
I don't want no woman, telling me how to live my life
Yes, I'm gonna leave you darling, 'cause I don't want no wife

You used to boss your man, that I can't deny
Before I let you boss me, I lay down and die

I don't want no woman, telling me how to live my life
Yes, I'm gonna leave you darling, 'cause I don't want no wife

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Further Up The Road

soundclip


by Joe Medwic / Don Robey
recording of 1957
from
The "3B" Blues Boy - The Blues Years: 1952-1959 (ACE CDCHD 302), copyright notice

Further on up the road, someone gonna hurt you like you hurt me
Further on up the road, someone gonna hurt you like you hurt me
Further on up the road, baby you just wait and see

You got to reap just what you sow, that old saying is true
You got to reap just what you sow, that old saying is true
Like you mistreat someone, someone's gonna mistreat you

Now you're laughing pretty baby, someday you're gonna be crying
Now you're laughing pretty baby, some, someday you're gonna be crying
Further on up the road, you'll find out I wasn't lying

Yeah, baby, further on up the road, baby, hmmm, you'll find out I wasn't lying

Further on up the road, when you're all alone and blue
Further on up the road, when you're all alone and blue
You're gonna ask me to take you back baby, but I'll have somebody new

Hmmm, baby, further on up the road
Hmmm, baby, further on up the road
Hmmm, you'll get yours

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Note; also known under the title Farther Up The Road

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Helping Hand

soundclip


by
recording of 19
from,
copyright notice

Well, somebody
Yeah, somebody
Please somebody before I go insane,
oh, somebody, please lent me a helping hand

I got money and I got a place to stay
I got money and I got a place to stay
But everybody needs a friend both night and day
Well, I walk, talk, but all by myself
I'm so afraid, it's gonna worry me to death
Well, somebody, yeah, please somebody, oh baby,
please somebody, would you lent a helping hand
Yeah, someone
Well alright

Well, I walk, talk, but all by myself
Well, I walk, talk, but all by myself
I'm so afraid,
it's gonna worry me to death
Yeah, somebody
Yeah, somebody
Please somebody
Oh, somebody,
would you lent a helping hand

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Honey Bee

soundclip


by Don Robey
recording of 19
from
The "3B" Blues Boy - The Blues Years: 1952-1959 (ACE CDCHD 302), copyright notice

Gotta whole lotta honey, all I need is a bee
Yes, gotta whole lotta honey, all I need is a bee
To look in her direction, come live in this colony

Don't do no packin', I'll buy everything you need
Yeah, do no packin', I'll buy everything you need
Just bring your love and that's enough for me

Got a whole lotta honey, no stinging will be done
Yes, got a whole lotta honey, no stinging will be done
I wanna make you my queen bee, you'll be the only one

Don't do no packin', I'll buy everything you need
Yes don't do no packin', I'll buy everything you need
Just bring your love and that's enough for me

Got plenty honey waiting, no stinging will be done
Well I got plenty a honey waiting, no stinging will be done
I wanna make you my queen bee, you'll be the only one

Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz away with me
Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz away with me
I've got a fine comb, just need a honey bee!

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I Can't Put You Down Baby

by Don Robey / Wayne
recording of 1956
from
The "3B" Blues Boy - The Blues Years: 1952-1959 (ACE CDCHD 302), copyright notice

Well, I can't put you down, baby, 'cause I'm so in love with you
Well, I can't put you down, baby, 'cause I'm so in love with you
Well, I'll always love you, no matter what you do

Well, I can't put you down, baby, and I would be a fool to try
Yeah, baby, and I would be a fool to try
Well, I know in my heart darlin', that I'll love you 'til the day I die

Well, I can't put you down, baby, 'cause you're all I'm livin' for
Yeah, baby, 'cause you're all I'm livin' for
Well, with you by my side baby, I could face the future with a smile

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I Don't Believe

by Don Robey / M. Charles
recording of 1956
from
The "3B" Blues Boy - The Blues Years: 1952-1959 (ACE CDCHD 302), copyright notice

I don't believe, I don't believe you'd let me down
I don't believe, I don't believe you'd let me down
Yes, when I needed you baby, honey, you're always around

I don't believe, I don't believe you got somebody else
I don't believe, I don't believe you got somebody else
Well, if you didn't want me, baby, honey, you would have left me on the shelf
Oh yeah

When I was hungry, you gave me food,
treated me like a king, you never was rude
You bought me clothes, the best in town
No matter what happened, baby, I was always around
Baby, I don't believe you'd wouldn't let me down,
yes, when I needed you baby, honey, you always around

I don't believe, I don't believe you'd let me down
I don't believe, I don't believe you'd let me down
Yeah, when I wanted you baby, honey, you was always around

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If I Hadn't Called You Back

soundclip


by Deadric Malone
recording of 19
from
Blues in the Night (Ace 132), copyright notice

Well-uh, where would you be, if you'd kept on walking,
oh, where would you be, if I'd stopped talking
If I hadn't said those words, and if you hadn't heard,
when I said, "I'm sorry, please forgive me"
Would you be happy, would you be crying, Lord, or would you be sad
Where would you be, I say right now Lord, if I hadn't called her back

Well-uh, where would you be, if you'd kept on walking,
where would you be, if I's stopped talking
I only know I need you so
I wonder why do you want to go, after I've said, "I'm sorry, please, please forgive me"
I want to know, I want to know, would you be crying , Lord, or would you be sad
Where would you be, I say right now Lord, if I hadn't called her back

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If You Could Read My Mind

soundclip


by Deadric Malone
recording of 19
from
The Best Of Bobby "Blue" Bland (MCA 31219), copyright notice

If you could read my mind,
then you'd know what I'm gonna do
Oh, if you could look into the future,
you'd see me bein' you,
You'd see me movin', oh, down the line
If you could just read my mind
If you could just read my mind
Why don't you come on and read my mind
You don't need a book to read my mind, no,
just read my mind


If you could just read my mind, then you'd know just how I feel
Oh, it ain't easy lovin' you so much, when I Know your love is not real
You'd see me movin', oh, down the line
If you could just read my mind

You think that everything is alright, just because you see me smile
Oh, you think you're lookin' to the future, and seein' me count every lie
You'd see me movin', oh, down the line
If you could just read my mind

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I'll Take Care Of You

soundclip


by Brook Benton
recording of 19
from
The Best Of Bobby "Blue" Bland (MCA 31219), copyright notice

I know you've been hurt by someone else
I can tell by the way you carry yourself
But if you let me, here's what I'll do,
I'll take care of you

I, I've loved and lost, the same as you,
so you see I know, just what you've been through
But if you'll let me, here's what I'll do
I just got to take care of you

You won't ever have to worry,
you won't ever have to cry
For I'll be there beside you,
to dry your weepin' eyes

So darling tell me that you'll be true
For there is no doubt in my mind,
I know what I want to do
And just as sure as one and one is two,
you know I'll take care of you

__________
Note: his first of a series of eleven R&B hits that made the Top Ten list in the U.S., this one in early 1960.

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