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* additons of December 2000
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Table Of Content (92 songs, 63 soundclips)

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Ain't No Time For Fussin'
Ain't That Lovin' You Baby (1)
Ain't That Lovin' You Baby (2)
A String To Your Heart
Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth (1)
Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth (2)
Baby, What's On Your Mind
Baby What's Wrong
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Big Boss Man
* Big Legged Woman
Bright Lights, Big City (1)
Bright Lights, Big City (2)
* Can't Stand To Leave
Can't Stand To See You Go
Caress Me Baby (1)
Caress Me Baby (2)
* C.C. Rider
* Cherry Red
* Christmas Present Blues
Come On Baby
Crazy About Oklahoma
* Cry Before I Go
* Crying Blind
* Don't Light My Fire
Down In Mississippi
Down In Virginia
* Five Long Years
Found Love
Goin' Fishin'
Goin' Upside Your Head

Going To New York
* Good Is Catching Up With Me
Go On To School (1)
Go On To School (2)
* Hard Working Hanna
High And Lonesome
Honest I Do (1)
Honest I Do (2)
Honey Don't Let Me Go
Honey Where You Going?
* How Long, How Long Blues
I'm Goin' Upside Your Head
I'm Leaving
I Ain't Got You (1)
I Ain't Got You (2)
I Don't Go For That
I Got To Keep Rollin'
I Know It's A Sin
I Wanna Be Loved (But Only By You)
I Was So Wrong
Just A Poor Country Boy
Keep The Faith
Knocking On Your Door
Little Rain
My Baby Told Me
My Bitter Seed
My First Plea
* Outskirts Of Town
* Over The Hump
* Roll 'Em Pete

Shame Shame Shame (1)
Shame Shame Shame (2)
She Don't Want Me No More
Shoot Me Baby
* Slow Walking Mama
* St. Louis Blues
* Sugar Sugar Woman
Take Out Some Insurance
Tell The World I Do
* The Comeback
The End
The Moon Is Rising
Tribute To A Friend
* Trouble In Mind
Turn Me On Like A TV
Wake Up At Daybreak
Wanna Be Loved
Wear Something Green
* Wee Baby Blues
When I Woke Up This Morning
When You Left Me
When You're Doing Alright
Where Can You Be
* Worried Life Blues
You Don't Have To go (1)
You Don't Have To Go (2)
You Got Me Crying
You Got Me Dizzy
You Got Me Runnin'
You're Something Else
You Upset My Mind

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Going To New York

soundclip


by Jimmy Reed / Mary Lee Reed
recording of 1958

from Rockin' with Reed (Charly 285), copyright notice

Goin' to New York, get on the New York quiz show
Gotta win myself some all o' that dough

I'm goin' to New York
I'm goin' to New York
I'm goin' to New York
I'm goin' if I have to walk

I been down South
You know I been out East
I been out West, but I'm not gonna rest

'Til I get to New York
I'm goin' to New York
I'm goin to New York
I'm goin' if I have to walk

I've been here, I've been there
Honey, I been some a-everywhere

But I'm goin' to New York
I'm goin' to New York
I'm goin' to New York
I'm goin' if I have to walk

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Good Is Catching Up With Me

soundclip


by Al Smith
recording of 19

from Cry Before I Go (Drive Archive 41072), copyright notice

Aaaaah

I've got a feelin' baby, good's catchin' up with me
I've got a feelin' baby, that good's catchin' up with me
I lost twenty-five long years, I still have my family

I worked so hard all of these years
Tryin' to bring us happiness, take away these tears
I got a feelin' baby, good is catchin' up with me
I lost twenty-five long years, I still have my family

(I hear ya man)

I'm gonna take it easy, somethin' I can't see
Got to get some money, satisfy me
I got a feelin' baby, good's catchin' up with me
I lost twenty-five long years, still have my family

(I hear ya boss)

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Go On To School (version 1)

soundclip

by Jimmy Reed / Ewart Abner
recording of 1958
from
I'm Jimmy Reed (Collectables 7108 or Charly 282), copyright notice

I met a little girl, was on her way to school
I met a little girl, she ain't nobody's fool
Well go on baby, don't be nobody's fool

They got ya readin' an' writin', workin' 'rithmetic
I know those teacher's 'bout ta, make ya sick
But go on baby, don't be nobody's fool
I'll see ya in the mornin' on your way to school

Well you know they got ya standin' at the, head of your class
And the kids don't like it, tryin'-a make ya feel bad
Go on baby, don't be nobody's fool
I'll see ya in the mornin', on your ways to school

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Go On To School (version 2)

soundclip

by Jimmy Reed
recording of May 12 1958, Chicago, Illinois
from The Vee-Jay Years (Charly CD Red Box 9),
copyright notice

I met a little girl who was on her way to school
I met a little girl, she ain‘t nobody‘s fool
Well, go on, baby, don‘t be nobody‘s fool

They got you reading and writing, working arithmetic's
I know those teachers‘ve got to make you sick
But go on, baby, don‘t be nobody‘s fool
I see you in the morning on your way to school

Well, you know they got you standing at the head of your class,
and the kids don‘t like it, trying to make you feel bad
Go on, baby, don‘t be nobody‘s fool
I see you in the morning on your way to school

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Note: first issued as Vee-Jay 275.

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Hard Working Hanna

soundclip


by Al Smith
recording of 19

from Cry Before I Go (Drive Archive 41072), copyright notice

Hard workin' Hanna, honey, I heard about yo' game
Hard workin' Hanna, honey, I've heard about yo' game
You know I still need ya', pretty baby, honey, to help me do my thang

Hard workin' Hanna, honey, please don't be so strong
Hard workin' Hanna, ooh, honey, please don't be so strong
Honey, let Jimmy down easy, 'cause I know you're gonna do me wrong

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High And Lonesome

soundclip


by Jimmy Reed / James Bracken
recording of 19

from The Best of Jimmy Reed (GNP GNPD-2-10006), copyright notice

High and lonesome, be on your merry way
High and lonesome, be on your merry way
Well now, you're back a-wanting me and I'm not gonna let you stay

Well now, ya went 'round the corner, now
Come back soon
Still gonna meet me you just, waitin' 'til noon

I'm high and lonesome
Be on your merry way
Well now, you packed up, want to leave me
And I'm not gonna let you stay

Well now, tell me, tell me baby, now now
What's wrong with you?
Don't treat me darlin', like you, like you used to do

I'm high and lonesome
Be on your merry way
Well now, you're packed up want to leave me
And I'm not gonna let you stay

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Honest I Do (version 1)

soundclip


by Jimmy Reed / Ewart Abner
recording of 1957

from The Best of Jimmy Reed (GNP GNPD-2-10006), copyright notice

Don't cha know that I love you?
Honest I do
I'd never placed, no one above you

Please tell me you love me
Stop drivin' me mad
You the sweetest little woman
That I ever had

I told ya I love you
Stop drivin' me mad
When I woke up this mo'nin'
I never felt so bad

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Honest I Do (version 2)

soundclip


by Jimmy Reed
recording of 1961 resp. 1985

from Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall (Suite Beat 3001) & Upside Your Head (Charly 1003), copyright notice

Don't you know that I love you?
Don't you know that I love you?
Honest I do, I'd never place no one above you

Please tell me you love me, quit driving me mad
Please tell me you love me, quit driving me mad
You the best little woman, that I ever had

I told you I love you, stop driving me mad
I told you I love you, stop driving me mad
When I woke up this morning, I never felt so bad

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Honey Don't Let Me Go


by Jimmy Reed
recording of 1956

from I'm Jimmy Reed (Collectables 7108 or Charly 282), copyright notice

You look like your high and lonesome
I believe ya wanna rollin' drummer
A'fore ya do somethin' smart
A let's go boogyin' in the dark
You got me you know
A honey don't cha let me go

Told you once before
You don't know how to go
Before you do somethin' smart
Let's go boogyin' in the dark
You got me you know
A honey don't you let me go

Said it and I don't mean maybe
Ain't that lovin' you baby?
Honey, 'fore you get in a speed
Let's go rockin' with Reed
You got me you know
A honey don't cha let me go

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Honey Where You Going?


by Jimmy Reed
recording of 1957

from Rockin' with Reed (Charly 285), copyright notice

See the woman walkin' down the street?
Upsettin' everybody she meet
Then she stopped up on the corner
Talk with everybody she wanna

She fine, woo-hoo-hoo, she fine
You fine pretty baby
Girl, you the one for me

I said, "Baby, honey, where you goin'?"
She said, "Darlin' I wouldn't be knowin' "
She had a long evenin' fox
Stopped in the street n' did the Castle Rock1

She fine, woo-hoo-hoo, she fine
You fine pretty baby
Girl, you the one for me

Gonna tell ya what I'm thinkin' of
There isn't anything that's greater than love
She looked at me than she gave me a smile
She shooked her head, man, she winked her eye

But you fine, woo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo
You fine
You fine pretty baby
Girl, you the one for me

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Note 1: Castle Rock, may be referring to Jake Hanna's recording of Castle Rock written by E. Drake, J. Shirl and A. Sears.

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How Long, How Long Blues

soundclip


by Leroy Carr
recording of 19

from The Best Of The Blues (Collectables 7118), copyright notice

How long, how long
Has that ev'nin train been gone?
How long, how long baby, how long?

If I could holler like a mountain jack
I'd go up on a mountain and call my baby back
Ah, how long, how long baby, how long?

If I could holler like a mountain jack
I'd go up on a mountain and call my baby back
Ah, how long, how long baby, how long?

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I'm Goin' Upside Your Head

soundclip


by Jimmy Reed
recording of 1962

from The Best of Jimmy Reed (GNP GNPD-2-10006), copyright notice

Yeah, yeah, yeah, better believe what I said
Yeah, yeah, yeah, better believe what I said
If you don't straighten' up baby, honey, I'm goin' upside your head

Yeah, you went out last night, baby
And the night before
Tellin' you right now, baby
I ain't gonna take it no more

You better hear me baby
You better believe what I said
If you don't straighten' up, baby
Honey, I'm goin' upside your head

Think you so smart, baby
Mens all call you fine
You better have them to know, baby
You're mine all mine

You better hear me, baby
Now, believe what I said
Hear me, believe me, baby
'Cause I'm goin' upside your head

I bought you a Coupe baby,
Cost ninety-nine, ninety-nine
Now ya wanna mistreat me, baby
And stay gone all the time

You better hear me, baby
Better believe what I said
If you don't straighten' up baby
Goin' upside your head

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I'm Leaving

soundclip


by Jimmy Reed
recording of 19

from Jimmy Reed Is Back (Collectables 5436), copyright notice

I'm leavin', mama cryin' won't make me stay
I'm leavin', your cryin' won't make me stay
You should have thought when you were doin' these things, one day you would had-a pay

I'm sittin' around cryin', honey, cryin' my heart out
I'm sittin' around here, baby, woman, cryin' my heart out
Though I'm just a country boy, woman, I don't know what it's all about

That's why I'm leavin', the cryin' won't make me stay
That's why I'm leavin', woman, the cryin' won't make me stay
You should have thought when you were doin' these thing, one day you would had-a pay

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I Ain't Got You (version 1)

soundclip

by Clarence Carter
recording of 1955
from
The Best of Jimmy Reed (GNP GNPD-2-10006), copyright notice

I got a Eldorado Cadillac
Wit's a spare tire on the back
I got the charge account at Goldblatt
But I ain't got you

I got a tavern and a package store
Don't matter where I go
You keep the ring in my nose
But I ain't got you

I got a tavern an'a package store
I hit the numbers, four-forty four
I got a mojo and don't you know?
I'm all dressed up, no place to go

I got a-women to the right of me
I got a-women to the left of me
I got a-womens all around me
But I ain't got you

I got a-women on the right of me
I got a-women to the left of me
I got a-women all around me
But I ain't got you
But I ain't got you
But I ain't got you
But I ain't got you

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I Ain't Got You (version 2)

soundclip

by Clarence Carter
recording of 1985
from
Upside Your Head (Charly 1003), copyright notice

I got a Eldorado Cadillac,
with a spare tire on the back
I got a charge account at Goldblatt
But I ain't got you

I got a closet full of clothes
And no matter where I goes,
you keep a ring in my nose
But I ain't got you

I got a tavern, and a liquor store,
I hit the numbers, 444
I got a mojo, and don't you know
I'm all dressed up and no place to go

I got women to the left o' me,
I got women to the right o' me
I got women all around me
But I ain't got you

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I Don't Go For That

soundclip


by Jimmy Reed
recording of 1955

from Rockin' with Reed (Charly 285), copyright notice

Whoa you know baby, I don't go for that
Whoa you know baby, I don't go for that
I'm gonna pack up girl, an'I'm gone leave you flat

Well, ya leave in the mornin', stay out all day long
Oh, ya leave in the mornin', stay out all day long
Well, tellin' you baby, why don't you come on home

You oughta tell me baby, tell me what ya gonna do
You oughta tell me baby, tell me what ya gonna do
You better take it easy girl, if you don't I'm, through wit' you

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I Got To Keep Rollin'

soundclip


by Jimmy Reed
recording of 19

from Jimmy Reed Is Back (Collectables 5436), copyright notice

I gotta keep on rollin', like a country wagon wheel
I gotta keep on rollin', just like a country wagon wheel
I gotta find me somebody, that'll help me pay these bills

You know city life ain't so easy, I'll take country life, every time
You know city life ain't so easy, I'll take country life every time
You train your woman like you train your mule1, all you'll do is take your life

City life ain't so easy, you gotta keep your business straight
You know city life ain't so easy, honey, got ta keep your business straight
I'll leave home at seven, baby, then surely come in at eight

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Note 1: mule, a hybrid between a horse and a donkey, the offspring of a male donkey and a mare.

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I Know It's A Sin


by Jimmy Reed / Ewart Abner
recording of 1958

from Rockin' with Reed (Charly 285), copyright notice

I know it's wrong, things I do
The way that I, mistreated you
But I know oh-ho, it's a sin
It's a sin

She's stood and watched me
From the side
Oh, she hung her head and cried
But I know whoa-oh, it's a sin
It's a sin

My baby told me
Yes, from the start
She said, "Darlin' you breakin' my heart"
But I know oh oh, it's a sin
It's a sin

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I Wanna Be Loved (But Only By You)

by Jimmy Reed
recording of 19
from
Classic Recordings (Tomato 71660), copyright notice

I wanna be loved, but by only you
I wanna be loved, but by only you
Because I never had a love as true

Your kiss is so sweet, honey your love is light
Your kiss is so sweet, honey your love is light
Come on and love me, honey love me tonight

I wanna be loved, but by only you
I wanna be loved, but by only you
Because I know, I know your love is true

I wanna be loved, but by only you
I wanna be loved, but by only you
Because I never had a love as true

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I Was So Wrong


by Jimmy Reed
recording of 19

from Classic Recordings (Tomato 71660), copyright notice

It's hard to be lonely, feel ev'ryone is down on you
It's hard to be lonely, feel ev'ryone is down on you
And you find out later on, that they care so much for you

There's no need to worry, one day things'll come your way
There's no need to worry, one day things'll come your way
I heard my baby say it so often, where there's a will, there is a way

I know I was wrong, baby, honey, the way I doubted you
Well, I know I was wrong, honey, girl, the way I doubted you
Well, if you forgive me, 'give me baby, from now on I'll listen to you

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Just A Poor Country Boy


by
recording of 19

from Jimmy Reed Is Back (Collectables 5436), copyright notice

They call me a country preacher
Jimmy Reed, is my name
Sometime they think I'm the Boss Man
It all mean the same

I'm just a poor country boy
Lookin' for a home to call my own
Sometime the load get so heavy
Just like a dog ain't got no bone

A barman with no sticks
A junkie with no fix
A rat ain't got no hole
A poor man lost his soul

I'm just a poor country boy
Tryin' to find myself a home
Well now, I may look like I'm happy
Ev'rything I do is wrong

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Keep The Faith

soundclip


by
recording of 19

from Jimmy Reed Is Back (Collectables 5436), copyright notice

Just keep your faith, baby, I'll be home one day
Just keep your faith, baby, honey, Jimmy'll be home one day
I'm not gonna let ya down, baby, don't matter what the people say

I been ringin' your phone, baby, honey, I can't get you on the line
I been ringin' your phone, baby, I can't get you on the line
If ya picked up your receiver, baby, you can hear my cold heart cryin'

Just keep your faith, baby, honey, I'll be home one day
Just keep your faith, baby, honey, I'll be home one day
And when I do come, baby, you can bet your life I'll come to stay

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Knocking On Your Door

soundclip


by
recording of 19

from Jimmy Reed Is Back (Collectables 5436), copyright notice

I'm a-knockin' at your door, baby, wonderin' why I can't get in?
I'm knockin' at your door, baby, wonderin' why I can't get in?
I been knockin' at your door, baby, ever since I don't know when

Well, I ain't gonna leave, baby, I'm gonna knock, you have no doubt
Well, I ain't gonna leave, baby, honey, don't you have no doubt
Honey if, Jimmy Reed, can't get in, ain't nobody comin' out

The door's unlocked, the chains are down
Real quiet inside, can't hear a sound
If you asleep, everybody would know
You wake up er'ybody, by the way you snore
I know you're listenin', ev'ry word I say
If I can't get in, ain't nobody goin' away

I've been knockin' on the door, baby
Honey, how come I can't get in?
I've been knockin' on your door, baby
Ever since I don't know when

I hear ya man!

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Little Rain

soundclip


by Jimmy Reed / Ewart Abner
recording of 1957

from I'm Jimmy Reed (Collectables 7108 or Charly 282), copyright notice

A little rain fallin', a little clock keep away the time
A little rain fallin', the little clock keep away the time
Well now, a little rain keep a-fallin', on this little love of mine

Little flowers bloomin', the little birds keep a-singin' tune
The little flowers bloomin', little birds keep-a singin' tune
I would like to love ya baby, underneath the shinin' moon

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My Baby Told Me


by Jimmy Reed
recording of 19

from Jimmy Reed Is Back (Collectables 5436), copyright notice

My baby told me, says, "You don't want me no mo' "
My baby told me, says, "You don't want me no mo' "
Well, I'm tellin' you baby and I can't stand to see you go

But you woke up this mornin',
packed ev'thing an' leave
I'm standin' there shaken,
like a leaf upon a tree

My baby told me,
says, "Ya don't want me no mo' "
Well I'm tellin' you baby
But I can't stand to see you go

You better get a hold to yourself, baby,
hide an'close the door
Before you make your daddy pull,
out his .44

You know you told me,
says you don't want me no mo'
Well I'm tellin' you baby,
that I can't stand to see you go

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My Bitter Seed


by Jimmy Reed / Ewart Abner
recording of 1960

from Rockin' with Reed (Charly 285), copyright notice

My mother told me, use my bitter seed
My mother told me, you the one I need
And that's why baby, honey, you misery

You've gone from rags to riches, silver to gold
When they made you they throw away the mold

She told me, use my bitter seed
And that's why baby, honey you misery

Baby, baby you the one I need
Baby, baby you just wait an'see
For you pretty baby, I'll swim the deep blue sea

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My First Plea


by Jimmy Reed / Ewart Abner
recording of 1956

from I'm Jimmy Reed (Collectables 7108 or Charly 282), copyright notice

Baby plea, first time I plea to you
Baby plea, first time I plea to you
Darlin', now ya got me so upset, baby, because I don't know what-a-do

Don't pull no subway, I rather see you pull a train
Don't pull no subway, I rather see you pull a train
You know I love you, love ya baby, girl, ya know it's a cryin' shame

Feel so bad, baby, feel like my heart's skippin' a beat
Feel so bad, baby, feel like my heart skip a beat
Well now, I'm tellin' you pretty baby, don't you know what you're doin' to me?

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Outskirts Of Town

soundclip


by Casey Bill Weldon
recording of 19

from The Best Of The Blues (Collectables 7118), copyright notice

I'm gonna move, way out on the outskirts of town
I'm gonna move, way out on the outskirts of town
Baby, no I don't want nobody, woooo, always hangin' 'round

You know I'm gonna buy my groceries
And bring 'em home ev'ryday
I'll never stop that grocery boy
And keep him away

That's why I'm gonna move, way out on the outskirts of town
Well then I won't have nobody
Always hangin' 'round

May seem funny, honey
Funny, funny can be
If we have any children
I want 'em to look all like me

That's why I'm gonna move, way out on the outskirts of town
Well then I won't have nobody
Always hangin' 'round

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Over The Hump

soundclip


by Al Smith
recording of 19

from Cry Before I Go (Drive Archive 41072), copyright notice

Mother had a welfare rent
We lived in a freezin' up house
The only time we saw some meat
Was when we chopped 'em out

Hand me down clothes
Had holes in and out
Now I am a rich man
So happy I could shout

Over the hump, no more bump
Over the hump, no more bump
Now I am a rich man
No more bump for me

I once saw a woman, I thought that I could date
She backed to look at me and asked about my gig
I bought her a sweater, not knowin' what she think
She threw it back at me, now, now I can buy a mink

Over the hump, no more bump
Over the hump, no more bump
Now I am a rich man, no more bump for me

(I hear ya Jimmy)

I was twenty-one, went to buy a beer
The bartender looked at me, an' said "tramp get out-a here"
I took back my money, wiped the sweat from my face
Now I am so angry, I think I'll buy the place

Over the hump, no more bump
Over the hump, no more bump
Now I am a rich man, there's no more bump for me

(I hear ya fine)

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Roll 'Em Pete

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by Pete Johnson / Big Joe Turner
recording of 19

from The Best Of The Blues (Collectables 7118), copyright notice

Well, I've got a gal who lives upon the hill
Well, I've got a gal who lives upon a hill
Well, the woman tryin' a-quit me but, but baby I love you still

You got eyes like a diamond, shine like Klondike gold1
She got eyes like diamond, shine like Klondike gold
Ev'ry time she loves me, she thrills my mellow soul

You so beautiful you got to die someday
Honey, you so beautiful you got to die someday
All I want, a little lovin' just 'fore you pass away

Honey, you so beautiful but you got to die someday
Honey, you so beautiful you got to die someday
Honey, give me little lovin' just 'fore you pass away

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Note 1: Kondike gold, after the 1st goldrush of the 1840's in California the 2nd goldrush was in the late 1890's in Alaska. The Klondike was the name of the Alaskan river where the gold was found.

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