Jimmy Witherspoon
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Anita Cantor for transcribing and contributing most of the lyrics!
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* addition of July 2000
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Table Of Content (12 songs, 9 soundclips)

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Cane River
Don't Let Go
Drinking Beer
Evenin'
Grab Me A Freight
How Long Blues

I've Been Treated Wrong
Kansas City
Key To The Highway
Money's Gettin' Cheaper
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
* Sooner Or Later

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Cane River

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by Jimmy Witherspoon
recording of 1963
from
Evenin' Blues (Original Blues Classics 511), copyright notice

I'm goin' back to Cane River, down Lou'siana way
I'm goin' back to Cane River, down Lou'siana way
Back to Cane River, that's where I'm gonna stay

I've got a Creole beauty, cute as she can be
She gives me plenty lovin', ev'rything belong to me
I'm goin' back to Cane River, down Lou'siana way
Back to Cane River, that' where I'm gonna stay

She's got chicken in the yard, hogs in the pen
Cows in the pasture, an' corn in the bin
I'm goin' back to Cane River, down Lou'siana way
Back to Cane River, that's where I'm gonna stay

 

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Don't Let Go

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by Jesse Stone
recording of 1963
from
Evenin' Blues (Original Blues Classics 511), copyright notice

Hear that whistle it's ten o'clock
(Don't let go, don't let go)
C'mon baby it's time to rock
(Don't let go, don't let go)
I'm so happy I got you here
(Don't let go, don't let go)
Keeps me grinnin' from ear to ear
(Don't let go, don't let go)

Ooo-wee, um-um, this feelin's killin' me
Aw shucks
I wouldn't stop for a million bucks
I love you so

Just hold me tight an' don't let go
Thunder an' lightnin', wind an' rain
(Don't let go, don't let go)
Love is storming inside my brain
(Don't let go, don't let go)
I'm so eager I'm nearly dying
(Don't let go, don't let go)
You've been keepin' your lips from mine
(Don't let go, don't let go)

Ooo-wee, um-um, this feelin's killin' me
Aw shucks
I wouldn't stop for a million bucks
I love you so

Just hold me tight an' don't let go
Hound dog barkin' upside the hill
(Don't let go, don't let go)
Love is draggin' him through the mill
(Don't let go, don't let go)
If it wasn't for havin' you
(Don't let go, don't let go)
I'd be barkin' an' howling too
(Don't let go, don't let go)

Ooo-wee, um-um, this feelin's killin' me
Aw shucks, ha
I wouldn't stop for a million bucks
I love you so

Just hold me tight an' don't let go
One day baby you'll quit me yet
(Don't let go, don't let go)
An' I'll be cryin' soakin' wet
(Don't let go, don't let go)
One thing babe, I'll never stand
(Don't let go, don't let go)
Your lips kissin' some other man
(Don't let go, don't let go)

Ooo-wee, um-um, this feelin's killin' me
Aw shucks
I wouldn't stop for a million bucks
I love you so

Just hold me tight an' don't let go
A hold me tight an' don't let go
Hold me tight an' don't let go
Fading:
Just hold me, 'n don't let go
Please hold me, don't let go

 

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Drinking Beer

soundclip


by Jimmy Witherspoon
recording of 1963
from
Evenin' Blues (Original Blues Classics 511), copyright notice

Let's have a party an' drink up a lot of beer
Let's have a party an' drink up a lot of beer
Well, wine is fine but, give me lots of beer

Wanna drink some beer, talk some trash this mornin'
Let's drink some beer 'til the rooster crows at dawnin'
Well, wine is fine but, give me lots of beer

(Drinkin' beer)
Well, early in the mornin'
(Drinkin' beer)
Yes, in the afternoon
(Drinkin' beer)
Yes, in the evenin'
(Drinkin' beer)
Ah, in spring
Wine is fine but give me lots of beer

Now lite beer is real beer
Dark beer's real gone, too
You drink too much ale, you get put in jail
So I think I'll stick to home brew

Drinkin' in the mornin', had a little stout
A little stout'll make you poke way out
Drink it by the case an' order some more
Call all the neighbors, they're right next door!

Well, in the evenin'
Well, in the afternoon, drink beer
Well, in the evenin', drink beer
Yes, it's spring
Wine is fine but give me lots of beer!

 

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Evenin'

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by Royce Swain
recording of 1963
from
Evenin' Blues (Original Blues Classics 511), copyright notice

Evenin'
Every night you come and you find me
And you always come and remind me
That my gal has gone

Evenin'
Can't you see I'm deeply in your power?
Every minute seems like an' hour
Since my gal has gone

Shadows fall, on the wall
That's the time I miss you, most of all
Even though I try, how can I go on?

Evenin'
Let me sleep, 'til gray dawn is breaking
I don't care if I don't awaken
Since my gal has gone

Since my gal has gone

 

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Grab Me A Freight

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by Larraine Walton
recording of 1963
from
Evenin' Blues (Original Blues Classics 511), copyright notice

On the wall and on the ceiling, I see your face all night long
On the wall and on the ceiling, I see your face all night long
Well, I've got the blues so bad, I wanna leave my happy home, happy home

I'd rather be on a freight train, than layin' here in my bed
I'd rather be travelin', than layin' here in my bed
'Cause I've got you on my mind and freight trains in my head

I'm gonna grab me a freight train and ride all night long
Yes, I'm gonna catch me a freight train and ride all night long
And tomorrow mornin', I'll be a long ways from home

 

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How Long Blues

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by Leroy Carr
recording of 1963
from
Evenin' Blues (Original Blues Classics 511), copyright notice

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

Well if I could holler, like a mountain jack
I'd calls from my mountain
Call my baby back
How long, how long, baby how long?

The brook runs in the river
The river runs into the sea
If I don't run into my baby
A train is gonna run into me

How long, how long, baby how long?
Baby, baby, baby, how long?

 

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I've Been Treated Wrong

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by Robert Brown
recording of 1963
from
Evenin' Blues (Original Blues Classics 511), copyright notice

I don't know my name, I don't know when I was born
I don't know my real name, don't know when I was born
The trouble I've been havin', seem like I was raised in a orphan home

My mother died an' left me, when I was only two years old
My mother died an' left me, when I was two years old
An' the trouble I've been havin', the Good Lord, only knows

I've been treated like an orphan, an' been workin' like a slave
I've been treated like an orphan, an' I've been workin' like a slave
An' if I never get my revenge, evilness will carry me to my grave

Now I've been havin' trouble, ever since I've been grown
Lord knows, I've been havin' trouble, trouble, trouble, ever since I was grown
Well I'm too old for the orphans, an' too young for the old folks home

 

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Kansas City

soundclip


by Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller
recording of 1963
from
Evenin' Blues (Original Blues Classics 511), copyright notice

I'm goin' to Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come
Yes, goin' to Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come
They got a crazy way a-lovin' an' a I wanna get me some

I was standing on the corner, of 12th Street and Vine
Yeah, standing on the corner, of 12th Street and Vine
With my Kansas City woman an' a bottle of Kansas City wine

Well I might take a plane, I might take a train
If I have to walk, I'm going there just the same
I'm going to, Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come
They got a crazy way a-lovin' an' I wanna get me some
Oh yeah

Keep your hands off of her, don't belong to you
Keep your hands off of her, don't belong to you
She's mine all mine, no matter what she do

Well I might take a plane, I might take a train
If I have to walk, I'm goin' there just the same

I'm goin' to Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come
They got a crazy way a-lovin' an' I wanna get me some
They got a crazy way a-lovin' an' I wanna get me some
They got a crazy way a-lovin' an' I wanna get me some!
Yeah!

 

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Key To The Highway


by Big Bill Broonzy / Chuck Segar
recording of 1962
from
Roots (Reprise 6057 ), copyright notice

I've got the key to the highway
Yes I'm billed out and bound to go
I'm gonna leave here runnin'
'Cause walking's just too slow

I'm going back to the border
Where I'm better known
'Cause you haven't done nothin'
But broke up our happy home

Now give me one more kiss baby
Yes before I go
'Cause when I leave here this time baby
I 'clare I won't be back no more

So long, goodbye
Yes I have to say goodbye
'Cause I'm gonna walk, walk this old highway
Until the day I die

 

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Money's Gettin' Cheaper

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by Jimmy Witherspoon
recording of 1963
from
Evenin' Blues (Original Blues Classics 511), copyright notice

Well, money's gettin' cheaper, prices gettin' steeper
Found myself a woman but I just couldn't keep her
Times gettin' tougher than tough
Things gettin' rougher than rough
I make a lot of money, I just keep spendin' the stuff

Well, pork chops on the market, ask the butcher for a pound
Couldn't buy a pork chop when I laid my money down
Times gettin' tougher than tough
Things gettin' rougher than rough
I make a lot of money, just keep spendin' the stuff

Well, politicians are tellin' folks to cut out on their meat
Why don't they cut the price an' let the people eat?
Times gettin' tougher than tough
Things gettin' rougher than rough
I make a lot of money, I just keep spendin' the stuff

Well, I can't afford to live, I guess I'll have to try
Undertaker's got a union, and it costs to much to die
Times gettin' tougher than tough
Things gettin' rougher than rough
I make a lot of money, I just keep spendin' the stuff

 

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Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out


by Ida Cox
recording of 1962
from
Roots (Reprise 6057 ), copyright notice

Once I lived the life of a millionaire
Spendin' my money, I didn't even care
I took all my friends out for good times
I rode 'em in my Cadillac, bought 'em whiskey, champagne, and wine

But in '54 I began to fall down low
Not a friend, no place to go
And if I ever get my hands on a dollar again
I'm gonna squeeze it, squeeze it till the eagle grins

Nobody knows you when you're down and out
In your pockets not one penny
And your friends, you don't have any
But if I ever get on my feet again
I hope I don't need my lost long friend
It's mighty strange, without a doubt
Nobody knows you when you're down and out
Nobody knows you when you're down and out
Nobody wants to know you when you're, huh, broke

 

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Sooner Or Later

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by Mike Vernon / Bob Ross / Gary Shaw
recording of 1992
from
Blues, the Whole Blues & Nothing But the Blues (Indigo 2001), copyright notice

Sooner or later the good thing's gonna end
Sooner or later the good thing is gonna end
But who knows the answer to where, how or when?

Women and whiskey have brought me to my knees
Women and whiskey have brought me to my knees
Did I live my life too fast, never thought it's so deep

But it ain't nobody's business what Whiterspoon has done
Took too many chances, but sure had lots of fun
Right to have of the asking, what else could I do?
Always lookin' for a winner, never, never thinkin' I could lose

Sooner or later, it could even be today (Yes, it could)
Aaah, sooner or later, could even be today
You'd better look before you leave, don't let the devil have its way

It ain't nobody's business what Whiterspoon has done
Took too many chances, but sure had lots of fun
Right to have of the asking, what else could I do?
Always lookin' for a winner, never, never thinkin' I could lose

I'm always lookin' for a winner, never thinkin' I could lose

(Like lookin' as a racetrack sheep, you keep lookin' for a winner. The end of the evening they ask you "Did you do the day, man?" All you can say L-O-S-E. Oh, lose. I think I'm spellin' right "to lose" To lose. Every-, everybody wants to win)

 

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Page last updated on:
June 12 2000


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