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Table Of Content (25 songs, 9 soundclips)

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All For Business
Back Street Blues
Blues And Soul
B Phur Real
Cross Road Blues
Down So Long
Down With The Blues
Driftin' Sand
Gotta Hold On

Hard Road To Travel
Highway Man
I Got Wise
Just A Baby Child
Kant Sheck Dees Blues
Lonely Guitar Man
Lonesome Blues
Me, My Guitar & The Blues
My Way

Peeper's Music
Right To Quit You
Rockin' D. Blues
Ruff Times
Welfare Line (1)
Welfare Line (2)
Who Done It

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Peeper's Music


by Jimmy Dawkins
recording of 1981

from How Wire '81 (Ecidence ECD-26043-2), copyright notice

You know, the blues ain't no music, that one man can sing alone
The blues was here when you got here, it will be around when you're gone
Blues ain't no ones music, that can thick one man
It's made for everybody, that can love and understand

You know, the blues ain't no music, that one man can sing alone

It's too much, baby
...

Sometimes it's up, and then, you know, it's loosing around
But the blues stays, same all the time
That's why I keep the blues, it's just on my mind
You know, the blues ain't no music, that one man can sing alone
...

I'm not stopping that music, I'm just switching the line
Everybody is talking, trouble all the time
But the blues is my thing, and I'm staying to play it
'Cause I've been having the blues, each and every day
The blues ain't no music, that one man can sing alone
You can eat in the streets, and you can sing the blues at home

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Right To Quit You


by Lucius Parr
recording of 1994

from Blues And Pain (Wild Dog 9108), copyright notice

Had a right to quit you, had a right to put you down
Had a right to quit you, had a right to put you down
Now you're feeling like you're on top, all you wanna is leave this town

Get out of my life woman, never should have done me wrong
Get out of my life woman, should never did me wrong
You got everybody talkin' about the way you put me down

Well I got myself together and I don't want you around
I got myself together baby, I don't need you around
If you keep on doggin' me baby, I'll find me another town, just to get away from you
Alright!

Tryin' to get me achin' baby, tryin' to fool me
You keep me achin' baby, tryin' to make a fool of me
Well when I known you woman, I didn't have more than misery

Had a right to quit you, got a right to put you down
I got a right to quit you, I had the right to put you down
Well, if you don't leave me baby, I'm gonna leave this town

 

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Rockin' D. Blues


by Jimmy Dawkins / Nora Jean Wallace
recording of 1991

from Kant Sheck Dees Bluze (Blind Pig 4920), copyright notice

Rockin' the blues, I have to rock 'em all night long
Just rockin' dees blues, got to rock 'em all night long
I just rock dees blues, you know that's all that's keep' me goin'

You got to help me, help me rock 'n' roll dees blues
You got to help me, help me rock 'n' roll dees blues
I don't wanna loose this feeling, all I want to loose is the blues

Just a little feeling, hey makin' lies all night long
A little more feeling, makin' lies all night long
I've been satisfied here baby, hey baby, don't let me alone
Let's rock dees blues

Take it easy, yeah, just roll me slow
Take it easy, you just roll me slow
I want to hold you baby, squeeze me tight, don't let me go
Rock dees blues again, oh, don't let me go
Rock me baby, if I ever love no more, don't let go

 

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Ruff Times

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by Jimmy Dawkins
recording of 1981

from How Wire '81 (Ecidence ECD-26043-2), copyright notice

Things ain't looking bad, sure it ain't looking sad
I said things ain't looking bad, sure it ain't looking sad
You know the dollar ain't what it used to be and my car don't run out of gas.

I'm gonna move, way away from the ghetto
I'm gonna move, way away from the ghetto
You know I can hardly eat, can't even buy a sack of potatoes

I got a job making good money and it just ain't enough to go around
My job paid good money, but it ain't enough to go around (not these days)
While I got things to do, I better move to another town

It ain't looking bad, sure it ain't looking real sad
It's looking bad, things sure ain't looking sad
May it is the worst old president that we've ever had

It's looking real bad, these are the worst times I've ever had
It's looking real sad, the worst things I've ever had
You know this thing we got for a president, I think he knows he's evil bad

He ain't for the poor man, sometime he's for the rich
We know he ain't for the poor man, maybe he is for the rich
But if we do right, he don't know which is which

He got it damn, worst things we've ever had
He got it bad, worst things we've ever had
Well, I don't know what to do, for the world it is real sad

Play my guitar before I sell it

You know the dollar ain't what it used to be, my car don't run out of gas
You know the dollar ain't what it used to be, and my car don't run out of gas
You know these are the worst old times that we've ever had

 

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Welfare Line (Version 1)

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by Jimmy Dawkins
recording of 1976

from Blisterstring (Delmark 641 ), copyright notice

I get up early in the morning, I'll be standin' at the welfare line
I get up early in the morning, Lord, I'll be standin' at that welfare line
I keep talkin' to my case worker, but the governor don't seem to pay me no mind,
Lord, tell me what can I do?

I see people ridin' in Cadillac's, my ... seems like they're doin' alright
I see people ridin' in big Cadillac's, my ... seems like they're doin' alright
But I wanna know, oh Lord, I need some food to make it through the night

Everybody says it's gonna be alright after a while, I can't see
I'm moaning the blues, Lord, they say it's gonna be alright after a while
I can't feed my own like a baby child

I see my caseworker, along the fourth time
But for the next three years and a half and forty-four
She don't pay no mind

It seems like politics, politics, politics in a world of sin
(That's why) early in the morning, I'll be standin' at that welfare line
Early in the morning, it don't have to be Monday, any day I do
I keep talkin' to my case worker, but the governor don't seem to pay me no mind
Oh, I don't know what I'm gonna do

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Welfare Line (Version 2)

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by Jimmy Dawkins
recording of 1981

from How Wire '81 (Ecidence ECD-26043-2), copyright notice

Early in the morning, I'll be standing in that welfare line
Early in the morning, I'll be standing in that welfare line
You know, my caseworker, and the old governor don't pay me crying no mind

I see people riding in Cadillac's, Lincoln Colonel, seems like they're doing alright
I see people riding in big Cadillac's, Lincoln Colonel, seems like they're doing alright
Well, I'm just trying to make it from day to day
Oh, ... things through the night

Little children is crying, but they don't pay them no mind
Little children is crying, yes, but they don't pay them no mind
So much suffering through the world, yeah, they cry through out the welfare line

(That's why) early in the morning, I'll be standing in that welfare line
Early in the morning, I'll be standing in that welfare line
My caseworker, and the governor don't wanna hear me crying

Dressed up in nice suites, table got everything you wanna eat
They're all dressed up in nice suites and clothes and things, table got everything on it you wanna eat
The poor little children out in the streets, oh, they ain't got shoes to put on their feets

Early in the morning, I'll be in that welfare line
Early in the morning, I'll be standing in that welfare line
I'm gonna keep riding on hiring and begging, somebody gonna pay me some mind

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Who Done It


by Jimmy Dawkins / R. Dobynes
recording of 1994

from Blues And Pain (Wild Dog 9108), copyright notice

Who done it baby, who done this to you
Who done it baby, who done this terrible thing to you
Who done broke your heart, ahw baby he’s made you blue

Who done it baby, who done this to you
Who done it, this terrible thing to you
You done told me he broke your heart, ahw now, he gone and left you blue

Whoa baby, have I got news for you
My, my baby, lord I got news for you
I’ll always be by your side, I’ll always wanta’ be true

I’ll always love you mama, I’ll always be true
I promise you baby, I’ll never miss you
Who done it, who done broke your heart in two
He just came and broke your heart, whoa, he left you with the blues
I got my pictures, I got em repaired
Whoa baby, my darling
Who done this terrible thing, baby, Lord, who done this to you

 

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Page last updated on:
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