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Table Of Content (22 songs, 13 soundclips)

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Ball And Chain
Black Mountain Blues
Blindman
Daddy, Daddy, Daddy
Ego Rock
Hey Baby
I Can't Turn You Loose
I Know You Rider
Kansas City Blues
Mississippi River
Moanin' At Midnight

No Reason For Livin'
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Oh My Soul
River Jordan
See See Rider
St. James Infirmary
Trouble In Mind
Turtle Blues
Walk Right In
What Good Can Drinkin' Do
Winin' Boy

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Ball And Chain

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by Willie Mae Thornton a.k.a. Big Mama Thornton
recording of July 28 1966, San Francisco
from
Cheaper Thrills (Edsel ED CD135), copyright notice

Sittin' down by my window, just lookin' out at the rain, at the rain
I said I'm sittin' down by my window, just lookin' out at the rain
You know somethin' came along, grabbed a hold of me, felt just like a ball and chain

And I say, oh, oh, oh, hon', why does every thing go wrong? It all goes wrong
And I say, oh, now tell me why, does every thing go wrong, all wrong
Say, here you gone today, an' I wanted to love you, for so long

Love's got a hold on me, baby, feels just like a ball and chain, hmm hmm hmm
Oh, love's got a hold on me, baby, feels just like a ball and chain
And I don't know why the man I'm lovin', wanna leave me in so much pain

And I say, oh oh oh, hon', tell me why, tell me why, tell me why, oh tell me why, why, why
And I say, oh, honey why, why, oh why, tell me why, I thought our love would last
Honey, gonna last, last, till the day I die

And I say oh, whoa, whoa, hon', it ain't fair, it ain't fair what you can do, what you can do, Lord
And I say oh whoa, Lord, it ain't fair, it ain't fair what you can do, Lord, you can do
Oh suddenly you broke my heart, oh when I was givin' my love to you

Sittin' down by my window, just lookin' out at the rain
I said I'm sittin' down by my window, just lookin' out at the rain
Somethin' came along, grabbed a hold of me, felt just like a ball and chain

And I say oh, hon this can't be, this can't be all in vain, no, no, no
And I say whoa, whoa, this can't be, honey, it can't be all in vain
Hope there is someone that could tell me, hon', tell me why love is like a ball and chain

 

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Black Mountain Blues

soundclip


by H. Cole
recording of 19

from From the Soundtrack of the Motion Picture "Janis" (Columbia 467 4D6-2), copyright notice

Out in Black Mountain a child will smack your face
I'm saying out on Black Mountain a child will smack your face
The babies cryin' for liquor, and all the birds sing bass

Well, those people in Black Mountain are mean as they can be
And those people in Black Mountain are mean as they can be
Now they uses gun powder just to sweeten up their tea

Well, out in Black Mountain you can't keep a good man in jail
Yeah, out in Black Mountain you can't keep a good man in jail
'Cause if the jury convicts him, the judge will pay his bail

I had a man in Black Mountain, the sweetest man in town
I had a man in Black Mountain, the sweetest man in the town
But then he met a city gal, that's when he throwed me down

Lord, I'm bound for Black Mountain, me and my razor and my gun
I'm going back to Black Mountain, me and my razor and my gun
I'm gonna fire him if he stands still, I'll just cut him if he runs

Lord, now you've heard my story, now you've heard my news
Lord, now you've heard my story, now you've heard my news
Now my man can clear off, I've got the Blackest Mountain blues

 

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Blindman


by Peter Albin / Sam Andrew / Dave Getz / James Gurley / Janis Joplin
recording of 1967

from Big Brother & the Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin (Sony 66425), copyright notice

Well, the blind man, he stood on the way and cried
Blind man, he stood on the way and cried
Blind man stood on the way and cried

Crying, "Oh, show me the way, show me the way
Show me the way, the way to go home"

My daddy stood on that-a way and cried
My daddy stood on that-a way and cried
Daddy stood on the way and cried

Crying, "Oh, show me the way, show me the way
Show me the way, the way to go home"

Now now now, the blind man, he stood on the way and cried
Blind man, he stood on the way and cried
Blind man stood on the way and cried

Crying, "Oh, show me the way, show me the way
Show me the way, the way to go home"

"Show me the way, show me the way,
Show me the way, the way to go home"

 

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Daddy, Daddy, Daddy

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by Janis Joplin
recording of 19

from From the Soundtrack of the Motion Picture "Janis" (Columbia 467 4D6-2), copyright notice

Oh, it's daddy, daddy, daddy, it's daddy, daddy, all the time
Lord, that's daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, all the time
If I'm awake or if I'm dreamin' Lord, my daddy daddy's on my mind

Well, I brag 'bout my daddy to all the women that I see
Yeah, I brag 'bout my daddy to all the women that I see
Never say those damn women Lord, they're tryin' to steal my daddy away from me

That's my daddy, daddy, daddy, Lord, it's daddy, daddy, all the time
That's my daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, all the time
If I'm awake or just dreamin' Lord, daddy daddy's on my mind

Well, if your daddy likes walkin', honey, walks five miles a day
Yeah, if your daddy likes walkin', walks five miles a day
No matter what he wants, child, he walks off far way

Oh, it's daddy, daddy, daddy, Lord, it's daddy, daddy, all the time
It's my daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, all the time
If I'm awake or if I'm dreamin' Lord, daddy daddy's on my mind

Well, I got a lovin' daddy, treats me like a daddy should
Yeah, I got a lovin' daddy, treats me like a daddy should
You know he kisses me at bed time, gives me candy when I'm good

Oh, it's daddy, daddy, daddy, Lord, it's daddy, daddy, all the time
Lord, it's daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, all the time
If I'm awake or if I'm dreamin' Lord, my daddy daddy's on my mind

 

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Ego Rock

soundclip


by Nick Gravenites / Janis Joplin
recording of April 4 1970, San Fransisco

from Joplin in Concert (Columbia CGK-31160), copyright notice

(Spoken: Let's go, let's go let's go let's go
Peter you start it
Richard, you start it
Somebody start it)

I just had to get out on the Texas plane, Lord, well it was bringing me down
Yeah, I had to get out of Texas, baby, Lord, it was bringing me down
I been all around the world, but Port Arthur is the worst place that I've ever found

I guess they couldn't understand it there, honey, they'd laugh me off the street!
Lord, I guess they couldn't understand me, baby, honey, they'd laugh, I said they'd laugh me right off the street, yeah
I said I want to keep on moving, baby, be the last person I ever wanna meet

Yeah, yeah, yeah, honey ain't it hard when you're all alone
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, honey ain't it hard, Lord, when you're all alone
I might die real old lady, but I'd never call Texas my home, no, no, no, oh!

You say you come from Texas, baby, she says she left Texas with just her name
(Spoken: That's what she told me)
Yes she's from Texas I tell you, she says she left Texas with just her name
Yes, well I swear when that girl came to the big city, Lord, she learned a brand new game
Well, yeah!

Honey, I hear you talkin' about sorrow, baby but you don't know my pain, that's right!
Mercy! Mercy!
I hear you talking about my sorrow, you don't know my pain
You know there's an inside kind of sorrow, Lord, the women are always singin' the blues
All right, all right mother fucker, you sing!

You know I, I dealt the Ace to the Queen, you know I played scrabble with L.B.J.
Yes, I dealt an Ace to the Queen, didn't I'll tell ya I's playin' scrabble with L.B.J.
Well, I don't care what the name of the game is, baby, I tell you I always seem to get my way

I used to be a doggone fool, fall for a woman's story every time
But no more, I swear
Well, I used to be a, be a doggone fool, fall for that old woman's story every time
Yes I, I'm a big boy now, yeah, they gotta come up with some kind of heavy line
Well, well, yeah!

Sounds like I found the man, who could take care of my time
It ain't me babe, it ain't me babe!
It appears to me that I found a man, that could take care of my time
Well, I got my own trouble, I got my own car, I got my own little lady, I got my hotel
Oh what are you talking about!
Don't try to take it!
Somebody talks as fine as he does, oughta be able to take care of
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine

Woman, woman, it just makes me mad
Ahh, ahh! Woman, yeah
Woman, yeah
Woman, yeah
Woman, yeah
Woman, yeah, yeah, it just makes me mad
Oh man, shit, man...
Yes, she played me for the fool I tell ya
Yes and I've got to love every man she's ever had, yeah

If I found a man who could put me down the way you do
I mean so handy-like, you know what I mean?
Yeah, I found a man, whoa, who could put me down the way you do
I mean so easy like it was second nature, y'know what I mean, man?
Ah maybe that man could help me, at least, honey I thought I would give you a chance
I said I, what I said I could try after the, after the show tonight maybe uh ...

I'm just a working man, you know
Ha ha ha ha, you don't work too hard, baby!
You know I ain't no Hollywood star
I'm not Joe Namath, you know, I read about that in the papers today
You know I'm just a working man, you don't work too hard, baby!
I never ran in a football game 200 yards
Ha ha ha ha ha, that's the kinda man I like, that's the kinda man I like
But you know I can take care of those country girls
Well I can mess around in that farmyard
Lord, Lord, whoaah!

Ha ha ha! ha. Whew! Whew! Wow! That's getting a little too close, too heavy here
That's Nick Gravenites, that was a tune called Ego Rock. No! ...

All right, rock, rock & roll song

 

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Hey Baby


by Peter Albin / Sam Andrew / Dave Getz / James Gurley / Janis Joplin
recording of July 28 1966, San Francisco

from Cheaper Thrills (Edsel ED CD135), copyright notice

Hey baby, baby
Hey, hey, hey hey, hey hey child
Child, child, oh

Hey, hey, baby
Hey, hey, hey, hey hey, child

Say come on baby and tell me one more time
Alright, honey, come on baby and tell about it one more time
I said 25 minutes is all I have at hand

Said go, go and take me in your arms
Say go and take me in your arms
You can buy me a house, you can buy me anything you want

I want a house in the country at the time that I think came on
I want a house in the country at the time that I think came on
So I'll call you baby once when I need any more, hey!

Hey, hey, baby hey
Hey, hey, baby hey
Hey, hey, baby hey

I said hey, hey, baby hey
Oh, hey, hey, baby hey
Hey, hey, baby hey

Hey, hey, hey, baby hey
Hey, hey, hey, baby hey
Hey, hey, hey, baby hey

I said hey, hey, hey, baby hey, hey!
Hey, hey, hey, baby hey
Hey, hey, hey, baby hey
Have a ham sandwich?

 

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I Can't Turn You Loose


by Otis Redding
recording of August 17 1969, Woodstock

from Janis Joplin At Woodstock (ITM 960007), copyright notice

I can't turn you loose, if I do I'm gonna lose my mind
I can't never turn you loose, if I do I'm gonna lose my mind
Whoa, I can't turn you loose for nobody, I love you, yes I do, huh!

Hip-shakin' mama, I love you, love no one but you
Hear me, baby, I call you, call you

I can't turn you loose, if I do I'm gonna lose my mind
I can never turn you loose, huh, if I do I'm gonna lose my mind
I can't turn you loose for nobody, I love you, yes I do, huh!

Hip-shakin' mama, I love you, love no one but you
Hear me, baby, I call you, call you

Ah, tell me mama, baby!
Hey, baby, baby, baby
Now, wooh, baby, huh!
Talkin' about my baby
Oh baby, huh, about my baby
Baby, baby I love you, I gotta do everything, ha!

Baby!
My!
My, my, my, baby!
Baby, baby, baby, baby yeah
Whoa!! Baby, baby, baby, huh!
Talkin' about you
Every, every day, baby, gotta keep on holdin'
Gotta keep on holdin' on you, baby
Holdin'
Oh baby, huh! Talkin' about you, ah!

Huh! Baby
Baby, baby, baby, baby
Huh! Baby I love you
Every, every day, baby
Huh! Love you
Baby, let me hear you say yeah!
Over here, yeah!
Yeah!!!! I feel good
Sam, I need a little help
Bring it down a little bit, Maury, bring it down a little bit
I need a little help
Fellas, get your hands from under your girl's dress for a minute
Young ladies, yeah we're about to get into this

Hold on a minute
Aah!!
Yeah!!
Every day, baby, every day, baby, aahh!!
Lord!!

Yeah, baby, every, every day, baby
Whoaa, whooo, ahh, aahhha
Every, every day, baby
Huh! Bring it on down, bring it down!
Mercy! Do you feel alright?
If you don't, fuck you, you oughta go home!
Mercy! Do you feel alright?
Get on in, daddy!
I feel good, woohh, mercy, I can dig it, aww!

Say you're lookin' good to me, say you're lookin' fine
Say you're lookin' good to me, hon you're lookin' fine
Hey you're lookin' good to me, hon you're lookin' fine
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah!!
Oh!! Oh!! Oh!! Oh!! Oh yeah!! Oh yeah!! Oh yeah!! oh yeah!!
Woh yeah!! Woh yeah!! Woh yeah!! Wo yeah!! — alright!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, baby
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I feel good because I love you
You know I love you
Huh! I love you
Every day
Huh!
Babe, aw!! wooh! Huh!
Say you're looking good! Mercy!
Let's get the horns in
Do you want to hear the horns blow?
Do you want to hear the horns blow?
Do you want to hear the horns blow?
Yeah!! Huh, talkin' about you
Say look-a here, here we go
One, two, three, four, ah!!

Hey!
Ooh!
Shit!
Wohh!

 

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I Know You Rider


Traditional arranged by Big Brother & the Holding Company
recording of July 28 1966

from Cheaper Thrills (Edsel ED CD135), copyright notice

I know you rider, you're gonna miss me when I'm gone
I know you rider, you're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss your lovin' baby runnin', I said runnin' in your arms

Don't the moon look lonesome, when it's shinin' down through the trees
Don't the moon look lonesome, when it's shinin' down through the trees
Don't my, don't my man looks fine, when he comes runnin', runnin' after me

I know you rider, you're gonna miss me when I'm gone, honey when I'm gone
Say now, I know you rider, you're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss your lovin' baby runnin', I said runnin' in your arms!

I know you rider. you're gonna miss me when I'm gone
I know you rider, you're gonna miss me when I'm gone
Yeah, you're gonna miss your lovin' baby runnin', oh, I said runnin' in your arms!

And I know my baby, says he's bound to love me so, love me so
Said I, I know my baby, and he's bound to love me so
You know he'll close his arms around me, like a circle, he thinks I'll understand

I know you rider
Said you're gonna miss me when I'm gone

 

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Kansas City Blues

soundclip


by C. Parker
recording of 19

from From the Soundtrack of the Motion Picture "Janis" (Columbia 467 4D6-2), copyright notice

I been rockin' and reelin', Lord as long as I can be
Lord, the man that I love tryin' to make a fool out of me
Babe, I'm leavin', yeah I'm a-leavin' this mornin'
Goin' to Kansas City to bring Jim Jackson home

Now well I used to drink and I'm gonna buy a gallon
I'm gonna find me my man I say, get a pair of overalls
I'm leavin', yeah I'm gonna go to Kansas City, ha ha ha
Goin' to Kansas City, yeah, to make my man my own

I'll walk on Beauty Street with an idea I might stay
If she wants my man I'll just change my ways
Lord I'm leavin', yeah I'm leavin' this mornin'
Goin' to Kansas City to bring Jim Jackson home
Go ahead, take it!

Yeah!

I been rockin' and reelin', lonesome as I can be
Lord the man that I love sure made a fool out of me
Babe I'm leavin', yeah I'm leavin' this mornin'
Goin' to Kansas City tryin' to find a man of my own, yeah

 

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Mississippi River

soundclip


Traditonal
recording of 19

from From the Soundtrack of the Motion Picture "Janis" (Columbia 467 4D6-2), copyright notice

(Spoken: Ready?)

Well, I'm going down that Mississippi River, yes, I am, yes I am
Well, I'm going down that Mississippi River, yes, I am, yes I am
Yes I am, boy, yes I am

Well, I'm goin' on that big Belle Louise, yes, I am, yes I am
Well, I'm going on that big Belle Louise, yes, I am, yes I am
Yes I am, boy, yes I am

Oh man, where are you gonna catch your river, catch me tryin', you catch me tryin'
Oh man, where are you gonna catch your river, you catch me tryin', you catch me tryin'
You catch me tryin', boys, you catch me tryin'

Man, will your daughter take on me?
Well, I don't know, I don't know
Oh man, will your daughter take on me?
I don't know, I don't know
I don't know, boy, I don't know

Well, I'm going down that Mississippi River, yes, I am, yes I am
Well, I'm going down that Mississippi River, yes, I am, yes I am
Yes I am, boy, yes I am

 

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Moanin' At Midnight


by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf
recording of July 28 1966, San Francisco
from
Cheaper Thrills (Edsel ED CD135), copyright notice

Moanin' at midnight
Moanin' at midnight, yeah
Moanin' at midnight, baby
Moanin' at midnight, baby
Moanin' at midnight, baby, yeah

Moanin' at midnight
Moanin' at midnight, baby
Moanin' at midnight
Moanin' at midnight, baby, whew-ew

Well, well, well, well, well, well
Somebody's knockin' on my door
Somebody's knockin'
Somebody's knockin'
Somebody's knockin' on my door
I don't want you to go and tell me to come on, hey come on right out

Well, well, well, well, well, well
Somebody told me I'm gonna fall
Somebody told me, somebody told me I'm gonna fall

Hey won't someone tell me now what's goin' on
Well, well, well, well
Somebody please
Well
Somebody please
Somebody please
Somebody please

Somebody please
Somebody please
Somebody please
Somebody please
Somebody, somebody please
Somebody, somebody please
Tell me please
Somebody please
Somebody please
Somebody please
Somebody please

Moanin' at midnight, baby
Moanin' at midnight, baby
Moanin' at midnight, baby
Moanin' at midnight, baby
Moanin' at midnight, baby
Moanin', I said moanin'
At midnight
I said moanin' at midnight
Moanin'
Midnight
Moanin'
Midnight
Moanin'
Midnight

 

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No Reason For Livin'

soundclip


by Janis Joplin
recording of 19

from From the Soundtrack of the Motion Picture "Janis" (Columbia 467 4D6-2), copyright notice

I ain't got no reason to livin', I can't find no cause to die
Lord, I ain't got no reason for livin', you give me no cause to die
Lord, I ain't got no reasons for stay here, give me no cause to try
I got these blues, I gotta find me that middle road

Well, I ain't got mother to love me, ain't got no father to care
Lord, I ain't got mother to love me, ain't got no father to care
Lord, I ain't got no reasons to go on, give me no cause to stay here
I got these blues, I gotta finally know why

Well, I ain't got no reason for walkin', I guess I'm gonna fall or standstill
Lord, I ain't got no reason for walkin', guess I'm gonna fall or standstill
Lord I ain't got no reason for goin', give me no cause to stay here
I got these blues, Lord I gotta finally know why

 

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Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out


by Jimmy Cox
recording of 19

from Janis1, copyright notice

Well, once I lived the life of a millionaire, spending my money, no, I didn't care
Takin' my friend John out for a mighty good time
Buyin' high-priced liquor, champagne and wine

Then I began to fall so low, didn't have a friend, nor no place to go
If I get my hands on a dollar again
I'm goin' to hold on to it until the eagle grins

Soon as I get back up on my feet again, everybody wants to be my long-lost friend
It's might strange, without a doubt
Nobody wants you when you're down and out

Lord, soon as I get up on my feet again, everybody wants to be my long-lost friend
It's mighty strange, without a doubt
Nobody wants you when you're down and out
That's what I mean, when you're down and out

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Note 1: Flexi included with "Janis", written and edited by David Dalton, a Stonehill Book, Simon and Schuster 1971, SBN 671-21088-2 Casebound edition, SBN 671-21089-0 Touchstone paperback edition.

 

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Oh My Soul


by Little Richard / Richard Penniman
recording of July 28 1966, San Francisco
from
Cheaper Thrills (Edsel ED CD135), copyright notice

(Spoken: This is an ol' Little Richard tune called "Oh My Soul")

Oh, my soul!
Oh, my soul!

Baby baby baby, give me all the love you've got
Don't you know you've got the best love in the house
I said love, I said love, oh, my soul!

Baby baby baby love your daddy all night long
Baby, baby, love you all night long
Love you, I'm gonna kiss you, oh, my soul!

Now baby baby, well you drive me crazy
Oh, baby baby, well you drive me crazy
I said love, I said love, oh, my soul!

Baby baby, you drive me crazy
Baby baby, ah you drive me crazy
I said love,I said love...

Baby baby, drive me crazy, love you all night long
Oh, baby, love you, love you all night long
I said baby, I said baby, oh, my soul!

(Spoken: Thank you very much)

 

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River Jordan

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Traditional
recording of 19

from From the Soundtrack of the Motion Picture Janis (Columbia 467 4D6-2), copyright notice

I'm goin' down to the river Jordan
I'm goin' down to the river Jordan
I'm goin' down to the river Jordan
I'm goin' down to the river Jordan
One of these days

I'm gonna sit at the welcome table
I'm gonna sit at the welcome table
I'm gonna sit at the welcome table
Gonna sit at the welcome table
One of these days

I'm gonna find that blessed salvation
I'm gonna find that blessed salvation
I'm gonna find that blessed salvation
Gonna find that blessed salvation
One of these days

I'm gonna walk and talk with Jesus
I'm gonna walk and talk with Jesus
I'm gonna walk and talk with Jesus
Gonna walk and talk with Jesus
One of these days

I'm gonna hold hands with my Master
I'm gonna hold hands with my Master
I'm gonna hold hands with my Master
I'm gonna hold hands with my Master
One of these days

Now I'm goin' down to the river Jordan
I'm goin' down to the river Jordan
I'm goin' down to the river Jordan
Goin' down to the river Jordan
One of these days

 

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See See Rider


by Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey
recording of 19

from From the Soundtrack of the Motion Picture "Janis" (Columbia 467 4D6-2), copyright notice

And it's hey, hey hey, she was standin' in the kitchen, honey, in her morning gown
Lord, she was standin' in the kitchen, babe, in her morning gown
She was standin' in the kitchen, honey, in her morning gown

But I say hey hey, hey hey, Lord, see see rider, see what you done done
Lord, now, see see rider, honey, see what you have done
Well, see see rider, see what you done done

Well hey, hey hey hey, hey hey

Well, the blues ain't nothin' but a good man feelin' bad
Lord, the blues ain't nothin' but a good man feelin' bad
Yeah, the blues ain't nothin' but a good man feelin' bad

Hey hey, hey, hey hey
Lord, see see rider, honey, see what you have done
Lord, well see see rider, see what you have done
Yeah, see see rider, gonna see what you have done
I say hey hey, hey hey

 

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St. James Infirmary


Traditional
recording of 19

from Janis Flexi1, copyright notice

I went down to old Joe's bar room, on the corner by the square
Well, the drinks were bein' served as usual, and this motley crowd was there

Well, on my left stood Joe McKennedy, and his eyes were bloodshot red
When he told me that sad story, these were the words he said:

I went down to the St. James infirmary, I saw my baby there
She was stretched out on a long white table, so cold, and fine, and fair
Go ahead!

Let her go, let her go, God bless her, wherever she may be
She can search this world over, never find another man like me

Yes, sixteen coal black horses, to pull that rubber tied hack
Well, it's seventeen miles to the graveyard, but my baby's never comin' back

Well, now you've heard my story, well, have another round of booze
And if anyone should ever, ever ask you, I've got the St. James infirmary blues!

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Note 1: Flexi included with "Janis", written and edited by David Dalton, a Stonehill Book, Simon and Schuster 1971, SBN 671-21088-2 Casebound edition, SBN 671-21089-0 Touchstone paperback edition.

 

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Trouble In Mind

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by Richard M. Jones
recording of 19

from From the Soundtrack of the Motion Picture "Janis" (Columbia 467 4D6-2), copyright notice

Trouble in mind, I'm blue
But I won't be blue always,
'Cause that sun is gonna shine in my back door someday

Now all you men's the same
But now I'm old enough to change my name
Lord, that sun's gonna shine in my back door someday

I'm gonna lay my head
On that lonesome railroad line
And let the 2:19 ease my troubled mind

Trouble in mind, I'm blue,
But I won't be blue always
Child, that wind's gonna come and blow my blues away!

 

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Turtle Blues

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by Janis Joplin
recording of 1968

from Cheap Thrills (Columbia 09700, Sony 65784), copyright notice

Ah, I'm a mean, mean woman, I don't mean no one man, no good, no
I'm a mean, mean woman, I don't mean no one man, no good
I just treats 'em like I wants to, I never treats 'em, honey like I should

Oh, Lord, I once had a daddy, he said he'd give me everything in sight
Once had a daddy, said he'd give me everything in sight, yes, he did
So I said, "Honey, I want the sunshine, you take the stars out of the night,
come on and give 'em to me, babe, 'cause I want 'em right now"

I ain't the kind of woman, who'd make your life a bed of ease, ha ha ha ha!
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
I'm not the kind of woman, no, to make your life a bed of ease
Yeah, but if you, if you just wanna go out drinkin', honey, won't you invite me along, please
Oh, I'll be so good to ya babe, yeah!
Whoa, go on!

I guess I'm just like a turtle, that's hidin' underneath its horny shell
Whoa, whoa, oh yeah, like a turtle, hidin' underneath its hard-ass shell
But you know I'm very well protected, I know this goddamn life too well

Oh! Now call me mean, you can call me evil, yeah, yeah, I've been called much worse things around, honey, don't ya know I have!
Whoa, call me mean or call me evil, I've been called much worse things, all things around,
yeah, but I'm gonna take good care of Janis, yeah,
Honey, ain't no one gonna dog me down
Alright, yeah

 

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Walk Right In

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by Gus Cannon / Hosea Woods / Erik Darling / Willard Hooker Svanoe
recording of 19

from From the Soundtrack of the Motion Picture "Janis" (Columbia 467 4D6-2), copyright notice

Walk right in and sit right down, daddy, let your mind roll on
You'd better walk right in and stay a little while, daddy, you can't stay too long
Now everybody's talkin' 'bout your new way of walkin', do you wanna lose your mind?
Lord, walk right in and sit right down, daddy, let your mind roll on

Walk right in and sit right down, and daddy, let your hair hang low
You'd better walk right in and stay a little while, daddy, you can stay too long
Now everybody's talkin' 'bout a new way of walkin', do you wanna lose your mind?
Lord, walk right in and sit right down, daddy, let your mind roll on

Walk right in and sit right down, daddy, let your mind roll on
You'd better walk right in and stay a little while, daddy, you can't stay too long
Now everybody's talkin' 'bout a two-way woman, do you wanna lose your mind?
You'd better walk right in, sit right down, daddy, let your mind roll on!

 

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What Good Can Drinkin' Do

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by Janis Joplin
recording of 19

from From the Soundtrack of the Motion Picture "Janis" (Columbia 467 4D6-2), copyright notice

What good can drinkin' do, what good can drinkin' do?
Lord, I drink all night but the next day I still feel blue

There's a glass on the table, they say it's gonna ease all my pain,
And there's a glass on the table, they say it's gonna ease all my pain
But I drink it down, an' the next day I feel the same

Gimme whiskey, gimme bourbon, give me gin
Oh, gimme whiskey, give me bourbon, gimme gin
'Cause it don't matter what I'm drinkin', Lord, as long as it drown this sorrow I'm in

I start drinking Friday, I start drinking Friday night
Lord, I start drinking Friday, start drinking Friday night
But then I wake up on Sunday, child, there ain't nothin' that's right

My man he left me, child, he left me here
Yeah, my good man left me, went away and left me here
Lord, I'm feelin' lowdown, just give me another glass of beer

What good can drinkin' do, what good can drinkin' do?
Well, I drink all night but the next day I still feel blue!

 

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Winin' Boy

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by Jelly Roll Morton
recording of 19

from From the Soundtrack of the Motion Picture "Janis" (Columbia 467 4D6-2), copyright notice

I'm the winin' boy, don't you deny my name
I'm the winin' boy, don't you deny my name
Now my name

Well, I'm the winin' boy, don't you deny my name
I pick it up and shake it like sweet Stavin' Chain
Mm, the winin' boy, don't deny now my name

Now mama mama, mama look at Sis
Oh, mama mama, take a look at little Sis
Look at Sis

Well now mama mama, mama take a look at Sis
Lord, she's out on the levee doin' the Double Twist
Mm, the winin' boy, don't you deny now my name

I'm the winin' boy, now don't you deny my name
I'm the winin' boy, don't you deny my name
Now my name

Lord, I'm the winin' boy, don't you deny my name
I'll pick it up and shake it, Lord, like sweet Stavin' Chain
Mm, the winin' boy, don't you deny now my name

 

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Bluesman Harry
Page last updated on:
September 16 2000


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