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Table Of Content (65 songs, 56 soundclips)

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Baby, How Long
Back Door Man
** Bluebird Blues
Built For Comfort
** Cadillac Daddy (Mr. Highway Man)
Change My Way
** Color And Kind
** Come Back Home
Commit A Crime
** Decoration Day
** Dorothy Mae
Down In The Bottom
** Drinkin' C.V. Wine
** Everybody's In The Mood
Evil
Forty Four
Goin' Down Slow
Howlin' Blues
Howlin' For My Baby
How Many More Years
I'll Be Around

I'm Leavin' You
I'm The Wolf
I've Been Abused
I've Got A Woman
I Ain't Superstitious
I Asked For Water
I Better Go Now
I Didn't Know
** I Got A Woman (Sweet Woman)
I Have A Little Girl
I Love My Baby
I Walked From Dallas
Just My Kind
Killin Floor
Little Baby
* Louise
Moanin' At Midnight
Mr. Airplane Man
** My Baby Walked Off
** My Last Affair (Take 1)
Natchez Burning
Nature

Neighbors
** Oh Red! (Take 2)
* Ooh Baby (Hold Me)
Poor Boy
Rockin' Daddy
Shake For Me
Sittin' On Top Of The World
Smokestack Lightnin'
Spoonful
* (My Country) Sugar Mama
* Tail Dragger
Tell Me
* Tell Me What I've Done
The Red Rooster
Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy
Wang Dang Doodle
Who Will Be The Next?
Who's Been Talkin'
Work For Your Money
You'll Be Mine
You Can't Be Beat
You Gonna Wreck My Life


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Baby, How Long

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by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of 19

from Moanin' At Midnight (Blue City 2652292), copyright notice

When you left me this mornin',
you taken my heart away,
When you left me this mornin',
you taken my heart away,
That's allright baby,
you will come back home someday

How long, baby, how long, how long
How long, baby, how long, how long
You know I love you
you started doin' me wrong

Well when you leave home,
you can call me on your phone
Well when you leave home,
you can call me on your phone
I'll sent you you're money
darlin' you come back home
Oh come back

How long, have you gone do me wrong
How long, have you gone do me wrong
Ain't nobody never lived that,
gettin' do somebody wrong

 

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Back Door Man

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by Willie Dixon
recording of 1962

from The Rocking Chair (Vogue 600111), copyright notice

I am, a back door man
I am, a back door man
Well the, men don't know, but the little girls understand

When everybody's tryin' to sleep
I'm somewhere making my, midnight creep
Yes in the morning, when the rooster crow
Something tell me, I got to go

I am, a back door man
I am, a back door man
Well the, men don't know, but little girls understand

They, take me to the doctor, shot full o' holes
Nurse cried, please save the soul
Killed him for murder, first degree
Judge's wife cried, let the man go free

I am, a back door man
I am, a back door man
Well the, men don't know, but little girls understand

Stand out there, cop's wife cried
Don't take him down, rather be dead
Six feets in the ground
When you come home you can eat, pork and beans
I eats mo' chicken, any man seen

I am, a back door man
I am, a back door man

 

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Bluebird Blues

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by John Lee Williamson
recording of 1952

from Cadillac Daddy: Memphis Recordings 1952 (Rounder 28), copyright notice

Bluebird bluebird, I want you to take a message down south for me
Bluebird bluebird, I want you to take a message down south for me
I want ya to find Miss Liza Belle and tell her, I'm just as poor as a man can be

Bluebird, if she's not at home, you needn't worry yourself by knockin' on the door
Bluebird, if she's not at home, you needn't worry yourself by knockin' on the door
She may be right across the street, seein' the next door neighbor, you know

Bluebird, when ya come back to Chicago, I want you to fly 'tween the sun and cloud
When ya come back to Chicago, I want you to fly 'tween the sun and the cloud
If ya get a message from Liza Belle, don't let it hit the ground

 

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Built For Comfort

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by Willie Dixon, arranged by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of 1969

from The Howlin' Wolf Album (Chess 4543), copyright notice

Some folk built like this, some folk built like that
But the way I'm built, you shouldn't call me fat
Because I'm built for comfort, I ain't built for speed
But I got everything all the good girls need

I don't have no diamond, and I don't have no gold
But I've got a lot of lovin' and I want you to know
That I'm built for comfort, I ain't built for speed
But I got everything all the good girls need

Some folk built like this, some folk built like that
But the way I'm built, you shouldn't call me fat
Because I'm built for comfort, I ain't built for speed
But I got everything all the good girls need

Some folk rip and roar, some folk b'lieve in signs
But if you want me, you got to take your time
Because I'm built for comfort, I ain't built for speed
But I got everything all the good girls need

But I got everything all the good girls need
I, I love you baby
I, I love you baby
But I got everything all of the good girls need

And I don't got no diamonds, don't have no gold
Got a lot of lovin' to satisfy your soul
I'm built for comfort, I ain't built for speed
But I got everything all the good girls need

 

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Cadillac Daddy (Mr. Highway Man)

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by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of January 1952

from Cadillac Daddy: Memphis Recordings 1952 (Rounder 28), copyright notice

Be careful what you're drivin', man
That Cadillac may get away, you better be careful!

There standin' the highway man, standin' parked on the road
There standin' there highway man, parked on the road
You better watch out for the red light, just before you go

Green light says go, red light says stop
Look-a-here boy, you better be on your watch
There's standin' a highway man, parked on the side of the road
You better be careful, 'bout how you drive on the road
Stop!

I love the Cadillac, long wreckin' machine
I love a Cadillac, it's a long wreckin' machine
Me an my baby can ride it, ev'rything is nice 'til then
(Yeah!)

I'll make a cool hundred, I ain't got time to stop for gas
I'll make a cool hundred, I ain't got time to stop for gas
I'm gonna drive this automobile, just as long as the gas lasts
(Play it!)

Look-it-here man, please check this oil
Look-it here man, please check this oil
Just a long Cadillac, bound to try out your soil

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Note: previously unissued in North America.

 

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Change My Way

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by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of 1959

from Change My Way (MCA CHD 93001), copyright notice

I'm got to change my way of livin', this life I'm livin' ain't no good
I'm got to change my way of livin', this life I'm livin' ain't no good
I leave home in the morning, don't come back 'til the break of dawn

My baby said that ain't right, I'll admit that is true
My baby said that ain't right, I'll admit that is true
She said daddy, daddy, you got to change the way you do

You know I leave in the mornin', and I don't come back 'til dawn
You know I leaves in the mornin', and I don't come back 'til dawn
My baby looked me in the eyes, and said daddy, you got to change your evil way

 

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Color And Kind

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writer unknown
recording of 1952

from Cadillac Daddy: Memphis Recordings 1952 (Rounder 28), copyright notice

Oh you just my color, oh you just my kind
Oh you just my color, oh you just my kind
Lord, you keep me worried babe, oh, messed up in mind

Well, I got up last night, reachin' upside the wall
I got up last night (that he was), teachin' upside the wall
Lord, I love my baby, but I declare, ooo, she's the cause of it all

Don't know what to do, 'bout the trouble I have
Don't know what to do, 'bout the trouble I have
I might try to find me some rest, babe, in the world, somewhere

Well, my baby done left me, she don't know how I've cried
Well, my baby done left me, she don't know how I've cried
Lord, she's a pretty little girl, oh she's tryin'a wreck my life

 

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Come Back Home

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writer unknown
recording of 1952

from Cadillac Daddy: Memphis Recordings 1952 (Rounder 28), copyright notice

You're a mean mistreater, mama, you don't mean me no good
You just a mean-mistreater mama, you don't mean me no good
I can't blame you, baby, I'd be the same way if I could

You know in the mo'nin', baby, when I come 'n, knocked on your door
You had a nerve to tell me, that you don't want me no more

And then also baby, when I knocked upon your door
You had a nerve to tell me, don't want me no mo'

Didn't you say you was gonna leave me, did you say you was goin' away?
Did you say you was gonna leave me, didn't you say you was goin' away?
That's alright baby, you gonna come back home someday

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Note: previously unissued in North America.

 

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Commit A Crime

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by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of 19??

from Wolf (Blue Moon 1009), copyright notice

I'm gonna leave you woman, before I commit a crime
I'm gonna leave you woman, before I commit a crime
You tried so hard to kill me, woman it just was not my time

You put poison in my coffee, instead of milk or cream
You put poison in my coffee, instead of milk or cream
You bout the evilest woman, that I ever seen

You mixed my drinks, with a can of Red Devil lye
You mixed my drinks, with a can of Red Devil lye
Then you sit down, watch me, hopin' that I might die

 

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Decoration Day

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by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of 1952

from Cadillac Daddy: Memphis Recordings 1952 (Rounder 28), copyright notice

Lord, I've got a woman, she's nice lovin' in ev'ryway
Lord, I've got a woman, she's nice lovin' in ev'ryway
You know she done died an left me, I had a blues on every decoration day1

So sorry to see you to leave me, I hate to see my baby get away
So sorry to see you leave me, I hate to see my baby get away
I want ya to bring me some flowers, about ev'ry decoration day

Lord, I was walkin' 'round her bedside, these was the last the words my baby had to say
Lord, walkin' 'round the bedside, these was the last words my baby had to say
She said, "Bring me some flowers, be sure, honey on ev'ry decoration day"

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Note 1: decoration day, from the custom of decorating graves on this day. The last Monday in May observed as a legal holiday in most states of the U.S. in remembrance of war dead.

 

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Dorothy Mae

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by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of 1952

from Cadillac Daddy: Memphis Recordings 1952 (Rounder 28), copyright notice

Hurry up people, tell me 'bout Dorothy Mae
Hurry up people, tell me 'bout Dorothy Mae
She left me this mo'nin', believe she got runaway

Come back baby, try me one more time
Come back baby, try me one more time
You got me worried, well, worried mind

Feel like, baby, oh my time ain't long
(I wanna see God, yeah)
Feel like, babe, oh my time ain't long
(I wanna see God, yeah)
Beg you pardon, Lord, I treat you wrong

(Blow Wolf! Blow Wolf!)

Oh Miss Dorothy, baby don't cry no more
Oh Miss Dorothy, baby don't cry no more
Tired of you worried babe, won't you find you some place to go

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Note: previously unissued in North America.

 

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Down In The Bottom

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by Willie Dixon
recording of 1962

from The Rocking Chair (Vogue 600111), copyright notice

Well now, baby meet me in the bottom, bring me my running shoes
Well now, baby meet me in the bottom, bring me my running shoes
Well, I'll come out the window, I won't have time to lose.

When you see me streaking by, please don't be late
When you see me streaking by, please don't be late
Well, when you see me moving, though my life is at stake

Well, I hope you'll see me, when I come streaking by
Well, I hope you'll see me, when I come streaking by
She got a bad old man, you know I'm too young to die

I got to leave here. Get caught in there

 

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Drinkin' C.V. Wine


writer unknown
recording of 1952

from Cadillac Daddy: Memphis Recordings 1952 (Rounder 28), copyright notice

Oh baby baby, things are strictly on the line
Oh baby baby, things are strickly on the line
I'm gonna drink C.V.1, C.V.'s on my mind

I'll drink C.V., boy it's really straight
When ya drink C.V. see things really straight
If ya drink C.V. it never makes you late

Come here bartender, bring me a bottle of C.V.
Come here bartender, bring me a bottle of C.V.
If my baby lookin' for me, tell her to come an see me

Everybody, drinkin' C.V. now
Everybody, drinkin' C.V. now
C.V. be, strickly's on the line

I'm gonna give me a party
Order me a bottle of C.V.
Give me a party,
I'm gonna order me a bottle of C.V.
I like C.V. it drinks good to me
Ow!

Try C.V.

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Note 1: C.V., .

 

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Everybody's In The Mood

soundclip


writer unknown
recording of 1952

from Cadillac Daddy: Memphis Recordings 1952 (Rounder 28), copyright notice

Everybody's wants the mood
Everybody's in the mood
Everybody's in the mood
Everybody's in the mood
Everybody's in the groove
Groove, groove, groove

Drink your whiskey, drink your wine
Look at your baby in a single line
Everybody's in the groove
Everybody's in the mood
Everybody's in the mood
Everything is in the groove
Groove, groove, groove

Everybody's in the groove
Everybody's in the mood
Everybody's in the groove
Everybody's in the mood
Everybody's gettin' the mood
Groove, groove, groove, groove
Wow!

 

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Evil

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by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of 1969

from Evil (Chess 1540), copyright notice

If you're a long way from home, can't sleep at night
Grab your telephone, something just ain't right
That's evil, evil is goin' on wrong
I am warnin' ya brother, you better watch your happy home

Well, long way from home and, can't sleep at all
You know another mule is, kickin' in your stall
That's evil, evil is goin' on wrong
I am warnin' ya brother, you better watch your happy home

(spoken: You better catch him, 'cause somethin's wrong, in your home)

Well, if ya call her on the telephone, and she answers awful slow
Grab the first train smokin', if you have to hobo
That's evil, evil is goin' on wrong
I am warnin' ya brother, you better watch your happy home

If you make it to your house, knock on the front door
Run around to the back, you'll catch him, just before he go
That's evil, evil is goin' on
I am warnin' ya brother, you better watch your happy home

 

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Forty Four

soundclip


by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of 19??

from The Chess Box - Disc 2 1952-54 (Chess), copyright notice

I wore my .44 so long, I've made my shoulder sore
I wore my .44 so long, I done made my shoulder sore
Well, I'm wondrin' everybody, where'd my baby go

Well, I'm so mad this mornin', I don't know where in the world to go
Well, I'm so mad this mornin', I don't know where in the world to go
Well, I'm lookin' for me some money, pawned gun to have some gold

 

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Going Down Slow

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by James Burke Oden
recording of 1962

from The Rocking Chair (Vogue 600111), copyright notice

(spoken: Man, you know I've enjoyin' things that kings and queens will never have
In fact, things kings and queens can't never get
And they don't even know about it
And good times? mmmmmmmmm-mmmh)

I have had my fun, if I never get well no more
I have had my fun, if I never get well no more
Whoa, my health is fadin'
Oh yes, I'm goin' down slow

(spoken: Now looky here
I did not say I was a millionaire
But I said I have spent more money than a millionaire
'Cause if I had kept all of the money I had already spent,
I'd would have been a millionaire a long time ago
And women? Well, Googly Moogly)

Please write my mama
Tell her the shape I'm in
Please write my mama
Tell her the shape I'm in
Tell her pray for me
Forgive me for my sins

 

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Howlin' Blues

by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of 1958

from Change My Way (MCA 93001), copyright notice

I'm gonna leave you, I'm goin' away
I'm gonna leave, I'll be back someday
Oh well I can't stay here, no need in me stayin'
Here's nothin' for me to lose
Woooo, woooo,
Woooo, I'm goin' away,

Well I can't stay, 'til you hurt my feelings
I'm goin' away
I'm going to New Orleans, I'm worried about you
I be so broken hearted, I won't know what to do
So good bye babe, I hate to go
Here's nothin' to lose

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Howlin' For My Baby

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by Willie Dixon
Recording of 1962

From The Rocking Chair (Vogue 600111), copyright notice

Hmm-hmm, pretty baby, heeheeheehee
Heeheeheehee, come on home, I love you
If you hear me howlin', calling on my darlin'
Hoo hoo hoo whoe

She's hot like red pepper, sweet like cherry wine
I'm so glad she love me, love me all the time
She's my little baby, sweet as she can be
All this love she got, do belongs to me
If you hear me howlin', calling on my darlin'
Hoo hoo hoo whoe

Heeheeheehee, my baby, come on home
I love you, come on home
If you hear me howlin', calling on my darlin'
Hoo hoo hoo whoe

Every time she kiss me, she makes the lights go out
From early in the morning, she makes me jump and shout
This bad love she got, makes me laugh and cry
Makes me really know, that I'm too young to die
If you hear me howlin', calling on my darlin'
Hoo hoo hoo whoe

Heeheeheehee, come on, I love you
Pretty baby

 

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How Many More Years

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by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of 1969

from Evil (Chess 1540), copyright notice

How many more years, have I got to let you dog me around
How many more years, have I got to let you dog me around
I'd soon rather be dead, sleeping six feet in the ground

I'm gonna fall on my knees, I'm gonna raise up my right hand
I'm gonna fall on my knees, I'm gonna raise up my right hand
Say I'd feel much better darling, if you'd just only understand

I'm going upstairs, I'm gonna bring back down my clothes
I'm going upstairs, I'm gonna bring back down my clothes, do them all
If anybody ask about me, just tell'em I walked out on

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Note: Wolf's first phonograph recording, made in Memphis in 1950, and released on the Chess record label. The 78 RPM record "How Many More Years and Moanin' at Midnight" sold 60,000 copies, a major hit at that time.

 

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I'll Be Around

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by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of 1954

from More Real Folk Blues (MCA 9279), copyright notice

Well I'll be around to see ya baby
Well I'll be around no matter what you say
I'll be around, yes I'll be around
To see what you're puttin' down

You know you told me that you loved me
You know you told me and I hope it's true
Well I'll be around, yes I'll be around
To see what you're puttin' down

You know I called you in the morning
You know I called you darling to come back to the Wolf
But I'll be around, yes I'll be around
To see what you're puttin' down

You know I loved you for myself
You know I love you, I don't love nobody else
Well, I'll be around, I'll be around
I don't want you runnin' around

 

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