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Table Of Content (79 songs, 61 soundclips)

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Baby, How Can You Do It?
Baby Lee (1)
Baby Lee (2)
* Bluebird
Blues Before Sunrise(1)
Blues Before Sunrise(2)
Boogie Chillun
Boom Boom
Bundle Up And Go
Church Bell Tone
* Cold Chills All Over Me
Crawling Black Spider
Crawling King Snake
Cuttin' Out
Democrat Man
Dimples
Down At The Landing
Five Long Years
Frisco Blues
Good Mornin' Lil' School Girl
Groundhog Blues
* Hello Baby
Hobo Blues
How Can You Do It?
How Long Blues
I'll Never Trust Your Love Again
I'm Going Upstairs
* I'm Gonna Git Me A Woman
I'm In The Mood(1)
I'm In The Mood(2)

I'm Leaving Baby
I'm Mad Again
I'm Wanderin'
I Don't Wanna Go To Vietnam
* I Got The Key
I Need Some Money
In The Mood
I Put My Trust On You
* It Hurts Me So
It's My Own Fault Darlin'
It's You I Love Baby
* John L's House Rent Boogie
Kick Hit 4 Hit Kix U (Blues For Jimi And Janis)
Let's Make It
* Let's Talk It Over
Little Wheel
** Mama You Got A Daughter
Maudie(1)
Maudie(2)
Mean Mean Woman
Mini Skirts
My Dream
My First Wife Left Me
No Substitute
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
Pea Vine Special

Please Don't Go
Process
* Queen Bee
Redhouse
Rockin' Chair
* Rock Me, Mama
Sally Mae
Send Me Your Pillow
She's Mine
That's Alright
The Healer
The Waterfront
Think Twice Before You Go
This Is Hip
Tupelo
Wandering Blues
Want Ad Blues
* Weepin' Willow Boogie
Wobblin' Baby
You Don't Move Me Baby
You're Looking Good Tonight
You're So Nice And Kind To Me Lou Della

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Baby, How Can You Do It

soundclip


by
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

Well, a nickel is a nickel, dime is a dime,
house full-a chillun an' now one's mine
I gotta bundle up an' go I gotta bundle up an' go
Well, ya high pile a' women sho gotta bundle up an' go

Doo-doo, doo-doo doo-dop bah
Doo-doo, doo-doo doo-dop dah
Doo-doo, doo-doo doo-dop dah

May be old, may be gray, ya ain't too old just to shift them gears,
Ya gotta bundle up an' go
Ya gotta bundle up an' go
Ya gotta bundle up an' go
Sho' gotta bundle up an' go
Yeah!

Well, mama killed a chicken,
thought it was a duck
Put him on the table with his legs stickin' up
Ya gotta bundle up an' go, yeah
Ya gotta bundle up an' go
Well, ya high pile a' women
Sho' gotta bundle up an' go

Well, mama tol' papa, night afo' las',
"Look-a here, papa, you ain't doin' me right"
I gotta bundle up an' go
I gotta bundle up an' go
Well, ya high pile a' women
Sho' gotta bundle up an' go

Doo-doo, doo-doo doo-dop bah
Doo-doo, doo-doo doo-dop dah
Doo-doo, doo-doo doo-dop dah

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Baby Lee (Version 1)

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker / James Bracken
recording of 1955

from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 55-444,
copyright notice

Baby Lee, don't do me like you do
Baby Lee, don't do me like you do
I love you baby, you never treat me right

Takin' you downtown, you carried me through the mill
Takin' you downtown baby, you carried me through the mill
Now you wanna treat me, and treat me like a child

Baby Lee, please don't do me wrong
Baby Lee, please don't do me wrong
I love you gal, I just can't stand your way

Baby Lee, you know you ain't treat me right
Baby Lee, you know you ain't treat me right
You take all my money, wanna treat me like a child

Baby Lee, please don't do me wrong
Baby Lee, you know I love you
Please don't do me wrong honey
I love you Baby Lee
You won't treat me right

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Baby Lee (Version 2)

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker / James Bracken
recording of 1989

from The Healer (Silvertone ZD74307), copyright notice

Hmm
Baby Lee, please don't do me wrong
Baby Lee, please don't do me wrong
I love you gal,
always treat me wrong,
always treat me mean

Baby Lee, please don't do me wrong
Baby Lee, please don't do me wrong
I Love you baby,
always treat me mean

Takin' me downtown baby, carried me through the mill
Takin' me downtown baby, carried me through the mill
Get back home, treat me like a child, Baby Lee

Baby Lee, please don't do me wrong
Baby Lee, please don't do me wrong
I love you gal, hmmm

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Bluebird

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1951-1952

from The Complete 50's Chess Recordings (MCA 9391) & His Best Chess Sides (MCA 9383) & John Lee Hooker Plays and Sings the Blues (MCA/Chess CHD-9199), copyright notice

Bluebird, please take this letter down south for me
Oh, bluebird take this letter down south for me
Don't you two start flyin', 'til you find little Liza Belle for me

Lord, she way down, she's way down in Jackson, Tennessee
Bluebird, she's way down south in Jackson, Tennessee
She may not be home but please knock upon her door

Bluebird, bluebird, please do this for me
Ooh, bluebird, please do this for me
If you see my baby, tell her I want her to come back home to me

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Blues Before Sunrise (Version 1)

soundclip


by Leroy Carr
recording

from , copyright notice

I have the blues before sunrise, tears standing in my eyes
I have the blues before sunrise, tears standing in my eyes
It was a miserable feeling, now babe, a feeling I do despise

I have to leave, leave you baby, because you know you done me wrong
I have to leave you baby, because you know you done me wrong
I'm gonna pack up and leave you darling and break up my happy home

I have to leave, leave you baby, I'm gonna leave you all alone
I'm gonna leave you baby, I'm gonna leave you all alone
I'm gonna pack up and leav you darling, because you know you done me wrong

Well now goodbye, goodbye baby, I'll see you on some rainy day
Well now goodbye baby, I'll see you on some rainy day
You can go ahead now little darling, 'cause I want you to have your way

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Blues Before Sunrise (Version 2)

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1961

from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 2205,
copyright notice

Blues before sunrise, tears standing in my eyes
Blues before sunrise, with tears standing in my eyes
Such a harbored feeling, boys, I do despise

I have to leave, leave you baby, because you know you done me wrong
I have to leave you baby, because you know you done me wrong
I'm gonna pack up and leave you darling and break up my happy home

I have to leave, leave you baby, I'm gonna leave you all alone
I'm gonna leave you baby, I'm gonna leave you all alone
I'm gonna pack up and leave you darling, because you know you done me wrong

Well now goodbye, goodbye baby, I'll see you on some rainy day
Well now goodbye baby, I'll see you on some rainy day
You can go ahead now little darling, 'cause I want you to have your way

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* I'm not sure about the underlined part in the first verse
Hear the
soundclip, please mail me if you think you know the words

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Boogie Chillun

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1959

from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 1070,
copyright notice

Well my mama she didn't 'low me, just to stay out all night long, oh Lord
Well my mama didn't 'low me, just to stay out all night long
I didn't care what she didn't 'low, I would boogie-woogie anyhow

When I first came to town people, I was walkin' down Hastings Street
Everybody was talkin' about, the Henry Swing Club
I decided I drop in there that night
When I got there, I say, "Yes, people"
They was really havin' a ball!
Yes, I know
Boogie Chillun!

One night I was layin' down,
I heard mama 'n papa talkin'
I heard papa tell mama, let that boy boogie-woogie,
it's in him, and it got to come out
And I felt so good,
went on boogie'n just the same

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In 1948, John Lee Hooker recorded "Boogie Chillen," an enormously influential single that was picked up for national distribution by Modern Records and rose to number one on the R&B chart in 1949. The song is also known under the title "Walkin' The Boogie" (thanks to Fred Boehm for this info).

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Boom Boom

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1961

from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 2204,
copyright notice

Boom boom boom boom
I'm gonna shoot you right down,
right offa your feet
Take you home with me,
put you in my house
Boom boom boom boom
A-haw haw haw haw
Hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm
Hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm

I love to see you strut,
up and down the floor
When you talking to me,
that baby talk
I like it like that
Whoa, yeah!
Talk that talk, walk that walk

When she walk that walk,
and talk that talk,
and whisper in my ear,
tell me that you love me
I love that talk
When you talk like that,
you knocks me out,
right off of my feet
Hoo hoo hoo
Talk that talk, and walk that walk
Oh, yeah!

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Bundle Up And Go

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of April 1959, Detroit

from The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker (Original Blues Classics 542 or Riverside OBCCD-542-2), copyright notice

Well, a nickel is a nickel, dime is a dime,
house full-a chillun and now one's mine
I gotta bundle up and go I gotta bundle up and go
Well, you high pile o' women sho gotta bundle up and go

Doodoo, doodoo doodop bah
Doodoo, doodoo doodop dah
Doodoo, doodoo doodop dah

May be old, may be grey, you ain't too old just to shift them gears,
You gotta bundle up and go
You gotta bundle up and go
You gotta bundle up and go
Sho' gotta bundle up and go
Yeah!

Well, mama killed a chicken,
thought it was a duck
Put him on the table with his legs stickin' up
You gotta bundle up and go, yeah
You gotta bundle up and go
Well, ya high pile o' women
Sho' gotta bundle up and go

Well, mama tol' papa, night afor' las',
"Look-a here, papa, you ain't doin' me right"
I gotta bundle up and go
I gotta bundle up and go
Well, you high pile o' women
Sho' gotta bundle up and go

Doodoo, doodoo doodop bah
Doodoo, doodoo doodop dah
Doodoo, doodoo doodop dah

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Church Bell Tone

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of April 1959

from The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker (Original Blues Classics 542 or Riverside OBCCD-542-2), copyright notice

People I thought I heard, I thought I heard, heard them church bell tone
Well, I thought I heard , I heard, thought I heard this mornin', thought I heard the church bell tone
It might be tonin' for my baby, my baby she been mighty low

Way down, way down in shady land, way down, way down, way down in shady land
There's two great white horses, they gonna drive my baby away
Well, two, two great white horses, comin' to drive my baby to the buryin' ground

Hmmm, gonna take her down to a buryin' ground
I hate to see the two great white horses comin'
That ol' hearse gonna back up to the door
I know I heard, I know I heard, I know I heard, a church bell tone this mornin'
Hmm, I know I heard, heard the church bell tone
I said, "Bye bye, baby, bye bye, baby, I know we'll never meet again
Hmmm, we'll never meet no more; goodbye, baby, goodbye darlin' "

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Cold Chills All Over Me

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker / Bernard Besman
recording of 1952(?)

from Cold Chills (), copyright notice

Cold chills, my baby makes cold chills go all over me
Cold chills, cold chills goes all over me
Ev'rytime I lay my hand on her brown body, cold chills goes all over me

Baby, I say please don't run around, baby, please don't stay out all night long
Baby, please don't run around, baby, please don't stay out all night long
When you come home drunk and you know that's what you've done

My baby went out last night, my baby got drunk
That's one thing, God knows, I just can't stand
She makes cold chills, she make cold chills go out all over me
Ev'rytime you go out and get drunk, it makes cold chills go all over me

I got drunk last night, baby, I got drunk to keep from cryin'
Lord, I got drunk last night, baby, I got drunk to keep from cryin'
You didn't come home last night, baby and that lasted four days

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Crawlin' Black Spider


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1957

from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 57-636,
copyright notice

Crawlin' black spider baby, and I rules my den
I'm a crawlin' black spider baby, and I rules my den
Don't want you around my mate, want you'self for myself1

You know you caught me crawlin' baby when the, when the grass was very high
I'm just gonna keep on crawlin' baby, until the day I die,
because I'm a crawlin' black spider baby, and I rules my den
Don't want you around my mate, wanna use her for myself1
Yeah, play the blues now!
Hmm, ahw-ahw, ahw-ahw, ahw-ahw
Shu' now baby, shu' now darlin'

You know I'm gon' crawl up to your window baby,
wanna crawl up on your floor, you got anything I want baby,
wanna crawl up on your floor
Because I'm a crawlin' black spider baby, and I rules my den
Don't want you hangin' around my mate, wanna use her for myself1

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Note 1: alternate text, wanna use her for myself instead of want you'self for myself

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Crawlin' Kingsnake

soundclip


by Bernard Bessman / John Lee Hooker
recording of 1959

from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 1072,
copyright notice

You know I'm a crawlin' kingsnake baby, and I rules my den
You know I'm a crawlin' kingsnake baby, and I rules my den
I don't want you hangin' around my mate, wanna use her for myself

You know you caught me crawlin' baby when the, when the grass was very high
I'm just gonna keep on crawlin' now baby until the day I die,
because I'm a crawlin' kingsnake baby, and I rules my den
Don't you hangin' around my mate, wanna use her for myself

You know I'm gon' crawl up to your window baby,
wanna crawl up to your door, you got anything I want baby,
wanna crawl up on your floor
Because I'm a crawlin' king snake baby, and I rules my den

You know you caught me crawlin' baby when the, when the grass was very high
I'm just gonna keep on crawlin' now baby until the day I die,
because I'm a crawlin' kingsnake baby, and I rules my den
I don't want you hangin' around my mate, wanna use her for myself

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Cuttin' Out

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1989
from
The Healer (Silvertone ZD74307), copyright notice

Hey, hey, hey!
I'm leavin', leavin', leavin',
won't be back no more
Lord, Lord
Lord, Lord
Cuttin' out this morning,
won't be back no more
Hey!
Hey!
Won't be back no more

My woman told me, "Hit the road Johnny,
don't come back no more"
Packed my suitcase,
went on down the line
I got down, to the station
with suitcase in my hand

The train was leaving
Oh, the train would leave, the train was leaving
I said, "Hold the train conductor, I ain't got the time,
get a ticket, I got money in my hand"
Paid my fare, the train started movin'
Paid my fare, when the train got movin'
Oh, don't stop rollin' 'til the whole state's outta sight
Whole state!
Outta sight
Lord, Lord, Lord
I feel so bad

Hey!

I was sittin' way down inside
I was sittin' there cryin', cryin'
The train was movin', the train was movin'
Conductor told me, said, "Johnny stop cryin', stop cryin'"
Gon' take you 'way from here
Down the line,
down the line,
down the line,
down the line
Woo!
Stop crying, stop crying, stop cryin', stop crying
Takin' you away from here, down the line
Ooh

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Democrat Man

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of February 1960

from That's My Story (Original Blues Classics 538), copyright notice

Democrat put us on our feet, these crazy women they vote them out
Democrat put us on our feet, these crazy women they voted them out
I don't think they make the same mistake, they won't make the same mistake no more
They told them, "Ah, send your sons home",
they did just that, they send them home to stay without a job
They won't make that same mistake no more

Democrat put us on our feet, these crazy women they vote them out
I ain't goin' down, I ain't goin' down, no I ain't, I ain't goin' down to the welfare store,
It won't be long, 'fore the democrats be back in again,
I know the girls, I know the girls, I know the girls
You girls ain't gon' make that same mistake again no more, I know you ain't,
the men vote them in and the women , the women vote them out

I ain't got no shoes, no shoes
(spoken: But I ain't goin' to that welfare store.
You know why?
It won't be long 'fore election time,
democrats be in)

I know I get shoes, I get clothes, when the democrats get back in again
Vote them, they vote them in, I'm a democrat man, I'm a democrat man
Please, please don't be no fool no more
Hmm, hmm I ain't goin' down to that welfare store
It won't be long, whoa yeah
I'm a democrat , I'm a democrat man
And I'll be until the day I die

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Dimples

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker / Jimmy Bracken
recording of 1956
from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 445,
copyright notice

I love the way you walk
I love the way you walk
I'm crazy 'bout your walk
I love the way you walk
You my babe, I got my eyes on you

I like the way you switch
I like the way you switch
I like the way you switch
I like the way you switch
You my babe, I got my eyes on you

You got dimples in your jaw
You got dimples in your jaw
You got dimples in your jaw
You got dimples in your jaw
You my babe, I got my eyes on you

Well I see you every day
Well I see you every day
If you need to look
Well I see you every day
Well I see you every day
You my babe, I got my eyes on you

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Down At The Landing

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of mid 1952
from
House Of The Blues (Vogue VG 651 500115), copyright notice

When I was down at the landing people, Lord, waiting with my head hung down
Lord, I was down at the landing, with my head hung down
I could see everybody's baby gettin' on board, Lord, but I couldn't see mine, Lord, I couldn't

I said "Lord have mercy, where could my baby be"
I said "Lord have mercy, people, where could my baby be"
I could see everybody's ba, ba, ba, ba, baby, Lord, but I can't see mine

This big boat kept on rollin', big boat kept on rollin' along
Lord, but it did, Lord, the big boat, the big boat people. big boat kept on rollin' along
I was standin' there wonderin', with my head hung down

I believe I'll call to the cargo, yes, yes, yeah, I'm gonna see if my baby's down
Oh, call to the cargo, see if my baby's down
My baby she might have got hung up people, Lord, if she could make it down

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Everybody Rockin'

by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1957
from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 57-633,
copyright notice

People will start the rockin', even ... broke the law
People will start rockin', even ... broke the law
I say everybody rockin', I'm gonna rock some too

The whole world rockin', I'm gonna rock some too
The whole world rockin', baby let's rock some too
Baby let's get together, baby rock all night long

Well the old folks rockin', the young folks too
Let's get together, we will rock 'em too
The whole world a rockin', whole wordl a rockin'
Well the whole world a rockin', I'm gonna rock some too, yes

Baby let's get together, baby let's rock the night
Baby let's get together, baby we will rock the night
Baby don't be late, 'cause everybody's rockin' too

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Five Long Years

soundclip


by Eddie Boyd
recording of 1961
from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 1772,
copyright notice

If you've ever been mistreated, you know just what I'm talkin' about
If you've ever been mistreated, you know just what I'm talkin' about
I worked five long years for one woman, she had the nerve to put me out

I got a job in a steel mill, truckin' steel like a slave
Five years of fright runnin' straight home with all my pay
I been mistreated, you know just what I'm talkin' about
I worked five long years for one woman, she had the nerve to put me out
Yes, yes, yeah

I fin'ly learned to listen, I should a long, long time ago
Next woman I marry, she got to work and bring me some gold, oh yeah
You know just what I'm talkin' about
I worked five long years for one woman, she had the nerve to put me out, oh yeah
It's too bad, too bad

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Frisco Blues

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1962
from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 2799,
copyright notice

I left my heart in San Francisco
I left my heart, people, in San Francisco
High on the hill, at the Golden Gate, 'cross the bay,
in San Francisco, on the hill, the mornin' fog,
and the cool, cool night
That's where, I wanna be, San Francisco
That's where my heart
Up in New York City,
I've been to Chicago,
but found no place, like San Francisco,
with the cable car, high, high, on the hill
In the mornin' fog,
the evening breeze,
the cool, cool night,
is where I wanna be
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
Work, work people, tell me about it,
work out, work out
I got the blues for San Francisco
Yes, yes, yes, yes

My heart is there, high, on the hill,
right down by, the Golden Gate, 'cross the bay,
that's where I wanna be
I left my heart right there, in San Francisco
with the mornin' fog and the cool, cool night, the cable cars, on the hill
That's where I wanna be people,
my heart is there, my heart is there, in San Francisco

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Good Mornin' Lil' School Girl

soundclip


by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller), arranged by John Lee Hooker
recording of April 1959

from The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker (Original Blues Classics 542 or Riverside OBCCD-542-2), copyright notice

Good mornin' 'lil school girl,
can I go home, can I go home with you?
Tell your mother and your father,
I'm a little school boy too

Woke up this mornin',
woke up this mornin',
I didn't know what to,
I didn't know what to do
I didn't have no blues,
baby, bit I couldn't be satisfied

I'm gettin' me an airplane,
I'm gettin' me an airplane,
get in my airplane
Gon' fly all oh-oh, gon' fly all over this land
I'm gonna find my little school girl,
find her in the world somewhere

Good mornin' 'lil school girl,
good mornin' 'lil school girl
Can I go home with, can I go home with,
can I go home with you?
Tell your mother and your father,
Johnny little school boy too

Come be my baby, come be my baby,
I buy you a diamond, I buy you a diamond ring
You don't be my little baby,
I ain't gonna buy you a doggone ring

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Groundhog Blues

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of
from ,
copyright notice

Now I'm a walkin' groundhog, mama and I walks around in my den
Now I'm a walkin' groundhog, mama and I walks around in my den
Now if I come out and see my shadow, John I believe I'll go back in

Now I want some feedin' mama, so I can hear a high sound
If you don't feed me baby, I believe I'll go back in the ground
Because I'm that walkin' groundhog, mama and I walks around in my den
Now if I come out and see my shadow you say you don't love me,
I believe I'll go back in

Now I wanna hear some swingin' music, I wanna hear a Fats Waller song
Now if I start to jitter-buggin', I'm forgettin' my hole down in the ground
Because I'm that walkin' groundhog, man and I walks around in my den
Now if I come out and see my shadow my woman don't love me,
I believe I'll go back in

Yes John, you know what I mean
Oh you know I'm a-walkin' wild

Now I need some pettin' baby, baby you know what I mean
Now if you don't pet me baby, I believe I'll go back down in New Orleans
Because I'm that walkin' groundhog, at night I walks around in my den
Now if I come out and see my shadow my woman don't love me,
yeah an' I believe I'll go back in

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Hello Baby (Do You Remember Me?)


by John Lee Hooker / Bernard Besman
recording of 19
from
40th Anniversary Album (DCC CZS 042), copyright notice

Hello, baby and baby don't you remember me?
Hello, baby and baby don't you remember me?
Yes, I'm the guy, Lord that travel both land and sea

Lord, I come to see you, baby, Lord 'bout our love affair
Lord, I come to see you, Lord 'bout our love affair
Lord, what a path you weave and Lord your love ain't been nowhere

Yes, you got another man, baby, and Lord, please don't tell me no lie
Yes, you got another man, Lord, please don't tell me no lies
"Cause if I had to find out, baby, then Lord, somebody's bound to die

Lord, straighten up, baby, 'cause your daddy's comin' home
Lord, straighten up, baby, 'cause your daddy's comin' home to stay
Lord, straighten up, baby, and see things 'lil' Johnny's way

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Hobo Blues

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by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1959
from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 1071,
copyright notice

When I first thought to hobo'in, hobo'in,
I took a freight train to be my friend, oh Lord
You know I hobo'd, hobo'd, hobo'd, hobo'd,
hobo'd a long, long way from home, oh Lord

Yes, my mother followed me that mornin', me that mornin'
She followed me down to the yard, oh yeah
She said my son he'd gone, he'd gone, he'd gone
Yes he's gone in a, poorsome wear*, oh yeah

Yes I left my dear old mother, dear old mother
I left my honor, need* a crime, oh Lord
Take care of my child,
take care, take care of my child

_________
* I'm not sure about the underlined parts in the 2nd and 3rd verses
Hear the
soundclip 1 and soundclip 2, please mail me if you think you know the words

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How Can You Do It?

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by John Lee Hooker
recording of April 1959

from Burning Hell (Original Blues Classics 555), copyright notice

Well, you take my money, you call it chicken feed
take my money and you throw it around
Baby, how can you do it?
Baby, how can you do it?
Baby, how can you do it,
throw my money around?

Well I work hard ever'day,
as a man s'pose to do
take my money, bring it home to you
Baby, how can you do it?
Baby, how can you do it?
Baby, how can you do it,
throw my money around?

I done 'round? Yes, yes
I done told you once,
I ain't gon' tell you no more
Next time I tell you,
I got to let you down
Baby, how can you do it?
Baby, how can you do it?
Baby, how can you do it,
throw my money around?

Well, my mama told her papa,
told me too
If you weren't no good for me,
why don't'cha' let you go
Baby, how can you do it?
Baby, how can you do it?
Baby, how can you do it,
throw my money around?

Hmm
Baby, how can you do it?
Baby, how can you do it?
Baby, how can you do it,
throw my money around?

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How Long Blues

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by Leroy Carr, arranged by John Lee Hooker
recording of April 1959

from The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker (Original Blues Classics 542 or Riverside OBCCD-542-2), copyright notice

Standin' at the station when the train come by
deep down in my heart, baby, feel an achin' pain
How long, oh, baby how long?
Baby how long, baby how long,
has that evenin' train been gone,
how long, oh, baby how long?

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

I could see the green grass,
growin' up on the hill
But you can't see a green-black drawin' on a,
on a dollar bill
Baby, how long?
Baby how long?

How long, baby how long,
has that evenin' train been gone?
Baby how long, oh baby how long?
Baby how long, oh baby how long?

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I'll Never Trust Your Love Again

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by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1966, Chicago
from
House Of The Blues (Vogue VG 651 500115), copyright notice

I'll never, trust your love again
I'll never, never, trust your love again
You broke my heart in two baby
I'll never trust your love again

Seven days a week I worked for you baby, I gave you all I could afford
Seven days a week I worked for you, I gave you all I could afford
I'd come home in the evening time, all you did was fuss and fight

Baby

I know I'll never, I'll never be the same no more
Never never, be the same no more
You keep me worried and bothered baby, and troubled all the time
I'm gonna leave

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I'm Going Upstairs

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by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1961
from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 1717,
copyright notice

I'm goin' upstairs, and bring down all of my clothes
I'm goin' upstairs, and bring down all of my clothes
Where I go baby, you will never know

My mother dead and gone, my father don't want me around
My mother dead and gone, my father don't want me around
Don't you know baby, I ain't got no place to go

You know, you know, you don't want me no more
(spoken: no you don't)
You know, you know, baby you don't want me no more
You can love babe, with your younger stud, baby
Ho-ho-ho-ho-ho

Got a house on the water, you know I don't need no land
(spoken: Have mercy on me)
Got a house on the water, you know I don't need no land,
When I'm dead and gone, bury me in the deep blue sea
Hmm-mmm, ho-ho-ho-ho-ho

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I'm Gonna Gonna Git Me A Woman


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 19
from
40th Anniversary Album (DCC CZS 042), copyright notice

Hmm, how long, how long, baby must I live on babe and be your slave?
Hmm, how long, how long, must I live on and be your slave?
Yes, I bring home my paycheck, baby, and you throws it all away

I'm gonna git me a woman to help me reach my goal, yes, yes
I'm gonna find me a woman just to help me reach my goal, hm, mm, mm, mm, mm
'Cause you don't do nothin', baby, but throw my money away

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I'm In The Mood (Version 1)

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by John Lee Hooker / Bernard Bessman
recording of 1959
from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 1069,
copyright notice

I'm in the mood baby, I'm in the mood for love
I'm in the mood baby, I'm in the mood for love
I'm in the mood, I'm in the mood, baby, I'm in the mood for love

I said night time is the right time, to be with the one you love
You know when night come baby, God know, you're so far away
I'm in the mood, I'm in the mood baby, I'm in the mood for love
I'm in the mood, in the mood, baby, in the mood for love

I said yes, my mama told me, to leave that girl alone
But my mama didn't know, God know, girl was puttin' down
I'm in the mood, I'm in the mood baby, in the mood for love
I'm in the mood, I'm in the mood, baby, in the mood for love

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I'm In The Mood (Version 2)

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by John Lee Hooker / Bernard Bessman
recording of 1989
from
The Healer (Silvertone ZD74307), copyright notice

I'm in the mood, I'm in the mood for love, yes I am
I'm in the mood, I'm in the mood for love
I'm in the mood, in the mood, I'm in the mood for love, Lord, Lord

Hooked on you, I say, hey!, night time is the right time, be with the one you love
But night 'n, night come baby you're so far away, away, 'way
I'm in the mood for love, Lord, Lord I'm in the mood, in the mood, mood,
I'm in the mood for love
I'm in the mood, I'm in the mood, oh Lord, I'm in the mood for love

Bonnie Raitt!
Yeah, yes, my daddy told me,
(I know he did)
leave that man alone
Yes he did
But my daddy didn't tell me, Lord, what that man was puttin' down
(Hmmm, puttin' down, down, down down,down)
In the mood, baby,
(No he didn't)
I'm in the mood for some of your love
(Baby)
I'm in the mood, I'm in the mood for love
(Oh, love, ah!)
All right John Lee, play it, play it, play it baby!
(Yeah)
Lord love you, Bonnie Raitt

I don't want be with no, no, no, one else
I can't get my thrill, babe, hon', unless I be with you, you, you
'Cause night, night time is right time
Oh Lord, oh Lord, to be with the one you love
I'm in the mood, in the mood baby
Oh Lord, I'm in a mood for love
Lord have mercy on me
Have mercy on me, on me, on me
Ha!, have mercy on me, on me, on me,. on me
Lord, Lord, I'm in the mood for you babe, the mood for you babe
An' now, now, Bonnie, now Bonnie, now Bonnie
What can I do, what can I do baby?
(Hmm, hmm)
I, I love you, I love you, I love you, you
(Hmm, hmm, I hear you knock)
I love you, I love you, Bonnie
What can I do, what can I do?
(Hmm, hmm, hmm, I hear you call)
I'm in the mood
Some of your love, some of your love, ha!
(I'm in the mood)
Some of your love, some 'o your love
(I'm comin' on)
I'm in the mood, hmmm
I'm in the mood, baby, yeah
(ha, ha, ha!)
I'm in a mood for some love
(No, no)

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Page last updated on:
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