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Table Of Content (51 songs, 42 soundclips)

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Baby Please Set A Date
Can't Stop Lovin' My Baby
Coming Home
Dark And Dreary
(I) Done Somebody Wrong
Dust My Blues
Dust My Broom
Early In the Morning
Early One Morning
Every Day I Have The Blues
Fine Little Mama
Goodbye Baby
Gotta Move
Hand In Hand (1)
Hand In Hand (2)
Held My Baby Last Night
I'm Worried

I Believe
I Can't Hold Out
I Can't Stop Lovin' You
I Need You (Baby)
It Hurts Me Too
I Was A Fool
Late Hours At Midnight
Look On Yonder Wall
Madison Blues
Make A Little Love
Make My Dreams Come True
Mean And Evil
My Bleeding Heart
No Love In My Heart
One More Drink
One Way Out
Person To Person

Please Find My Baby
Quarter Past Nine
Rock My Baby Right
Rollin' And Tumblin'
Rolling And Tumbling
Shake Your Moneymaker
Sho Nuf I Do
Sinfull Woman
Something Inside Of Me
Standing At The Crossroads
Strange Angels
Strange Kind-a Feeling
Sunnyland (Train)
The Sky Is Crying
The Sun Is Shining
(The) Twelve Year Old Boy
Who's Muddy Shoes

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Baby Please Set A Date

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by Elmore James
recording of November 1959, Chicago

from Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 12 - Elmore James,
The Sky Is Crying (Charly Records CD BM 12)
, copyright notice

Baby please, baby please set a date
Baby please, baby please set a date
Please don't set tomorrow,
tomorrow is too far away

When I put you in my arms,
my heart gets full of frowns
When I get you in my arms,
my face gets full of frowns
When you whisper "Daddy, daddy, daddy",
you know my love come tumblin' down

Now, baby please, baby please set a date
Baby please, baby please set a date
Don't wait until tomorrow,
because tomorrow may be too late, oh yeah

I love you so much baby,
I love you better then I do myself
I love you so much baby,
I love you better then I do myself
If you ever leave me honey,
I couldn't love nobody else

 

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Can't Stop Loving My baby

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by Elmore James / Jules Taub
recording of late 1962, New York City

from Elmore James King Of The Slide Guitar - The Fire/Fury/Enjoy Recordings (Capricorn 9 42006 2), copyright notice

I can't stop lovin', my baby tonight
I can't stop lovin', my baby tonight
No matter what I do, she don't treat me right

I left my baby, this mornin' soon
I left my baby, this mornin' soon
I didn't come back home, till in the afternoon

Ooh baby, you know I'm all alone
Yes baby, you know I'm all alone
I ain't had no lovin', now my baby's gone

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Note: this song is another, shorter version of I Can't Stop Lovin' You. It has only 3 instead of 5 verses.

 

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Coming Home

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by Elmore James
recording of 19

from The Immortal Elmore James (), copyright notice

Well now, look for me baby, you know I'm comin' home
Well now, look for me baby, because you know I'm comin' home
Well now, the reason why I left you down,
you know you'd done me wrong

Well now, I'm comin' home to you baby and I ain't gonna leave no more
Yes, I'm comin' home to you baby and I ain't gonna leave no more
Yes, you know I done you wrong, darlin',
the last time I'm walkin' out your door

Well now, I'll tell you, baby, just before I leave this town
Yes, I'm gonna tell you, baby, just before I leave this town
Well, I'm comin' home to you, baby,
and won't stand no pushin' around

 

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Dark And Dreary

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by Elmore James / Joe Josea
recording of 19

from, copyright notice

I have lost my baby, almost lost my mind
I have lost my baby, almost lost my mind
Way she treat me, gonna drive a man stone blind

Well, the road seems dark and dreary, while I traveled down that way
Well, the road seems dark and dreary, while I traveled down that way
Well, my baby left me, she just come back home today

Oh, I love my baby, tell the world I do
Oh, I love my baby, tell the world I do
Well, I need a little lovin', darlin', gonna make my dream come true

Oh, I love you darlin', like a schoolboy loves his pie
Oh, I love you darlin', like a schoolboy loves his pie
Now ain't that the way to treat me, darlin', my hurt's so long that I will die

 

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(I) Done Somebody Wrong

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by Elmore James / Bobby Robinson / Clarence Lewis
recording of early 1960, New York City

from Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 12 - Elmore James,
The Sky Is Crying (Charly Records CD BM 12)
& Elmore James King Of The Slide Guitar - The Fire/Fury/Enjoy Recordings (Capricorn 9 42006 2), copyright notice

The bell just toned, my baby done caught that train and gone
Yes, the bell just toned, my baby done caught that train and gone
It's all my fault, I must have done somebody wrong, oh yeah

Everything that happened, you know I am to blame
Everything that's happened, you know I am to blame
I'm gonna find me a doctor, maybe my luck will change, oh yeah

My mother told me these days would surely come,
but I, wouldn't listen to her, said, "I gotta have some fun"
Aah, I must-a did somebody wrong,
uuh, it's all my fault, I must-a did somebody wrong

 

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Dust My Blues

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by Elmore James / Joe Josea
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

I'm gonna get up in the morning, I believe I'll dust my blues
Gonna get up in the morning, I believe I'll dust my blues
I gotta leave my baby, I ain't got no time to lose

I don't want no woman, that'll treat me wrong all the time
I don't want no woman, that'll treat me wrong all the time
Well I'm tired of the way she treats me, 'cause I'm about to lose my mind

I'm gonna write a letter, I better send her a telegram
I'm gonna write a letter, I better send her a telegram
She left me soon this morning, and she's got me in an awfull jam

I believe, I believe my time ain't long
I believe, I believe my time ain't long
I gotta leave my baby, I gotta leave my hapy home

 

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Dust My Broom

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by Elmore James,
(based on Robert Johnson's "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom")
recording of November 1959, Chicago

from Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 12 - Elmore James,
The Sky Is Crying (Charly Records CD BM 12)
, copyright notice

I'm gettin' up soon in the mornin'
I believe I'll dust my broom
I'm gettin' up soon in the mornin'
I believe I'll dust my broom
I quit the best girl I'm lovin',
now my friends can get in my room

I'm gonna write a letter, telephone every town I know
I'm gonna write a letter, telephone every town I know
If I don't find her in Mississippi,
she be in East Monroe I know

And I don't want no woman,
wants every downtown man she meets
No I don't want no woman,
wants every downtown man she meets
Man, she's a no good doney,
they shouldn't allow her on the street, yeah

I believe, I believe my time ain't long
I believe, I believe my time ain't long
I ain't gonna leave my baby,
and break up my happy home

 

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Early In The Morning

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by Elmore James / Joe Josea
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

Well it's early in the morning, and my baby can't be found
Well it's early in the morning, and my baby can't be found
I'm gonna pack up and leave her, if she don't stop runnin' around

Well I got to leave my baby, 'cause she gives me such a thrill
Well I got to leave my baby, 'cause she gives me such a thrill
Well she takes me back in the mornin', and I hope she will

She can get so sentimental, when the lights are way down low
She can get so sentimental, when the lights are way down low
The way that gal can thrill me, make any man come back for more

 

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Early One Morning

soundclip


by Elmore James / Marshall E. Sehorn
recording of 1960, New York City

from Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 12 - Elmore James,
The Sky Is Crying (Charly Records CD BM 12)
& Elmore James King Of The Slide Guitar - The Fire/Fury/Enjoy Recordings (Capricorn 9 42006 2),
copyright notice

Oh yeah

It was early one morning, I was, on my way to school
Early one morning, I was, on my way to school
I met a magic1 woman, and she broke my teacher's rule

I'm in love with that woman, before I learn to call her name
I'm in love with that woman, before I learn to call her name
The way you treat me, is doggone2 insane, oh yeah

Now why don't you tell me baby, honey where you stayed last night
Yes, tell me baby, honey where you stayed last night
You didn't come home, darling un-till3 the sun was shinin' bright, ohh no

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Notes 1,2 and 3 are suggestions by Robert Walpole from Hastings, England, many thanks to him.

Note 1: magic, instead of magic, "married";
Note 2: doggone, instead of doggone, "gonna drive poor me";
I'm not sure about the underlined part in the second verse
Hear the
soundclip, please mail me if you think you know the word(s)

Note 3:, darling un-till, instaed of just "un-till".

 

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Everyday I Have The Blues

soundclip


by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of late 1962, New York City

from Elmore James King Of The Slide Guitar - The Fire/Fury/Enjoy Recordings (Capricorn 9 42006 2), copyright notice

Everyday, everyday I have the blues
Everyday, everyday, everyday I have the blues
Speaking of bad luck and trouble, now, it's you I hate to lose

Nobody love me, nobody seem to care
Baby, nobody love me, nobody seem to care
Speaking of bad luck and trouble, now, you know I've had my share

Everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday,
everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday I have the blues

I'm gonna pack my suitcase and, move on down the line
I'm gonna pack my suitcase and, move on down the line
Because there ain't nobody worried, and ain't nobody crying

Everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday,
everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday I have the blues
Everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday,
everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday I have the blues

(spoken by recording engineer over loudspeaker from his booth: "That was sensational, perfect, perfect!")

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Note: this is Elmore's flavour of the song, there are three B.B. King flavours of this song available.

 

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Fine Little Mama

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by Elmore James / Bobby Robinson
recording of 1960, New York City

from Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 12 - Elmore James,
The Sky Is Crying (Charly Records CD BM 12)
, copyright notice

I got a fine little mama,
she really's on the ball
I got a fine little mama,
and she really's on the ball
She is a red hot mama,
and she ain't but five feet tall

Oh yeah, she's got perfect hip and long black waivy hair
She's got perfect hip and long black waivy hair
Aah, that was not a joke, aah
and in town she ain't no square, oh yeah

She is a red hot mama,
but she sure can put me down
She is a red hot mama,
and she sure can put me down
And when she start the lovin',
my love come tumblin' down

Ohh yes, she's my red hot mama, my red hot mama
She's my red hot mama, she's my red hot mama
Well, when she start the lovin',
my love come tumblin' down

 

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Goodbye Baby

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by Jules Taub / Joe Josea / Sam Ling
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

Now, goodbye, baby, gotta leave you now
Oh, you told me darlin', you love me no how
Oh, yeah, I gotta leave you, baby goodbye

Aw baby, here's my right hand
I love you, baby, I can't get you to understand
Oh, bye, goodbye, baby, baby goodbye

Aw yes, here's all of me
I'll take you, baby, to some place you ought to be
Oh, bye now, goodbye, baby goodbye

 

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Gotta Move

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by Elmore James / Marshall E. Sehorn
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

You gotta move, you can't stay here no more
You gotta move, you can't stay here no more
You're my baby and I love you so, but,
still you gotta go, away from here
You gotta move away from here
You gotta move away from here

You're my baby and I love you so, but
still you gotta go, away from here
Well I rather be dead and in my grave,
than to have another man here and take my place
Ooh, you gotta move, yeah

You's my baby and I love you so, but,
still you gotta go, away from here
You gotta go, away from here
You gotta go, away from here

You wanna work no more
You won't cook, you won't sew
Ooh no, ooh no baby
You won't even scrub the floor
You's my baby and I love you so,
but still you gotta go, away from here

 

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Hand In Hand (Version 1)


by Elmore James / Joe Josea / Jules Taub / Sam Ling
recording of late 1962, New York City

from Elmore James King Of The Slide Guitar - The Fire/Fury/Enjoy Recordings (Capricorn 9 42006 2), copyright notice

Well, I lost my baby, I can't get her to understand
Yes, I lost my baby, I can't get her to understand
She leaves home early in the mornin', and goes out with some other man

Well, everytime I see my baby, walkin' down the street with some other man
Well, everytime I see my baby, walkin' down the street with some other man
Well now, it used to be your cousin but nowadays they're runnin' hand in hand, oh yeah

Yes, I love my baby, I can't get her to understand
Yes, I love my baby, I can't get her to understand
She leaves home early in the mornin', and she goes out with some other man

 

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Hand In Hand (Version 2)


by Elmore James / Joe Josea
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

Well I lost my baby, she just wouldn't treat me right
Well I lost my baby, she just wouldn't treat me right
She has spent all my money and she didn't come home 'til night

I love my baby, I can't get her to understand
I love my baby, I can't get her to understand
She leaves me early in the mornin', she goes out with some other man

Everytime I see my baby, walkin' down the street with some other man
Everytime I see my baby, walkin' down the street with some other man
It used to be your cousin but now you're runnin' hand in hand

 

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Held My Baby Last Night

soundclip


by Elmore James
recording of November 1959, Chicago

from Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 12 - Elmore James,
The Sky Is Crying (Charly Records CD BM 12)
, copyright notice

I held my baby last, until everything was allright
I held my baby last, until everything was allright
She woke up early in the morning, baby,
all she gonna do was fuss and fight

She said baby, baby, baby, baby please come back to me
Yes, now baby please come back to me
You know I love you baby,
and you know all your love is free

Now it's past ten in the morning, babe
and everyting is goin' on wrong
Yes, you know everything is goin' on wrong
You know I been with you so long baby, ah,
but now you thinkin' to* drive me away from home

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* I'm not sure about the underlined part in the last verse
Hear the
soundclip, please mail me if you think you know the word(s)

 

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I'm Worried

soundclip


by Elmore James
recording of 1960, New York City

from Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 12 - Elmore James,
The Sky Is Crying (Charly Records CD BM 12)
, copyright notice

I'm worried, worried as a man can be
I'm worried, worried as a man can be
Worried 'bout my baby, she gone away from me

I'm worried about my baby, I wonder where she gone
Worried about my baby, and I wonder where she gone
I hope some day, my baby will come back home, oh yes

I hope someday, my baby love is gonna return
Hope someday, my baby love will return
If she don't come back to me,
my whole live will go to ruins

 

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Page last updated on:
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