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Ruler

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 More Doggin'
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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I'm Leaving Baby

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1963
from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 3310,
copyright notice

Leaving, going back down the line
Leaving, going back down the line
You don't treat me right, baby
Going to Tennessee
Tennessee, here I come
Tennessee, that's my home, going back
Tennessee
I'm cutting out, cutting out, baby, cutting out
This morning, baby, oh yeah
Going home, cutting out, oh yeah

Now, baby, you give me a normal line of jive
You told me you'll always be my friend
I brought you here, now baby, you done me wrong
I'm leaving, leaving
I'm going back down the line, down the line
Oh yes, hmmm, hmmm, hmmm, hmmm
When you say, goodbye
When you say, goodbye
Oh baby

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I'm Mad Again

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1961
from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 1720,
copyright notice

I had a friend one time, at least I thought I did
Taken that man in my house, give him my food,
over my table, that I couldn't afford

He come to me, he said "Johnny, ain't got no place to stay"
I said "Yes man, come to my house"
I get you a place to stay, and a bed to sleep in,
that I couldn't afford

When I found out, you with my wife,
now I'm mad, like Al Capone
Well I warned you one time,
next time I warn you,
I'm gonna use my gun on you
'Cause I'm mad with you, hahaha
I'm mad with you, like Al Capone

Look man, I told you one time before
But this time, I'm gonna teach you,
a little lesson, you won't forget
Take this man, right down by, the riverside
I might drown you,
I might shoot you,
I don't know
gonna tie your hands, gonna tie your feet
gag you so you can't talk to nobody
I'm mad, rrrrr, I'm mad with you
you're sinkin', I'm mad

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I'm Wanderin'

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of February 1960

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

I been driftin', like a ship out on the foam
I been driftin', like a ship out on the foam
Well, I ain't got nobody, in the world to care for me

If my baby would only take me back again
Oh, take me back again
'Cause I ain't got nobody to speak a word for me

Hmm, won't you give me one more chance?
Hmm, won't you give me one more chance?
'Cause I ain't got nobody, baby, to speak a word for me
No, but I ain't

I declare I ain't got nobody, babe
Honey chile, to speak a word for me
I, I, babe, I'm a big world for myself
Oh, yeah, honey chile, I'm by myself
I'm way down here, babe
Way, way down here, babe, honey chile, by myself
Hmm, hmm, you know I feel so bad
Honey give me one more chance
I ain't got nobody, babe, speak a word for me, babe
Honey give me one more chance
I ain't got nobody, babe, speak a word for me, babe
I, babe, I, gimme one more chance, gimme one more chance
Hmm, hmm, gimme babe, honey, one more chance
I'm wanderin' babe, just like a ship lost on the foam

Hmm, hmm, you know I'm lost, pretty baby
just like a ship lost out on the foam

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I Don't Wanna Go To Vietnam

by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1968, New York
from
Tantalizing The Blues (MCA 1686), copyright notice

Sittin' down here thinkin', I don't wanna go to Vietnam
I'm sittin' down here thinkin', I don't wanna go to Vietnam
I have all these troubles at home, I don't wanna go to Vietnam

I read the news every day, I read about Vietnam
I read the news every day, I read about Vietnam
I got so much friends in Vietnam, I might not never see them no more

Sittin' here thinkin', I don't wanna go to Vietnam
Sittin' here thinkin' thinkin', thinkin', I don't wanna go to Vietnam
You men in the street have so much trouble of their own, why they wanna fight in Vietnam
Have mercy

Lord have mercy, don't let me go to Vietnam
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, don't let me go to Vietnam
I have my wife and my family, I don't wanna go to Vietnam

We got so much trouble at home, we don't need to go to Vietnam
Yeah yeah, there's a whole lot of trouble right here at home, don't need to go to Vietnam
We outta stay at home, stay out of trouble
I don't wanna go
I don't wanna go
Vietnam

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I Got The Key (Key To The Highway)

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker / Bernard Besman
recording of February 19

from 40th Anniversary Album (DCC CZS 042), copyright notice

I got the key to the highway,
dear Lord, I'm bound to go
I'm gonna roam this highway, untill the day I die

Yes, when the moon peep o'er the mountain,
honey, I'll be on my way
I'm gonna roam this higway until the day I die

Just give me one, one more kiss, babe,
baby, just before I go
Because I'm leavin' this mornin', I won't be back no more

So I said, "So long, so long baby",
honey, I must say goodbye
'Cause when I leave this time, I won't be back no mo'

Give me the key, key to the highway,
I'm movin' on down the line
'Cause when I leave this time, I won't be back no more

Just give me one, one last kiss, baby,
hold me in your lovin' arms
Because when I leave this time, I won't be back no more

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I Need Some Money

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of February 1960

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

The best thing in life is free,
but you can give it to the birds an' bees
I need some money, need some money
Oh, yeah, what I want

Your love gimme such a thrill,
but your lovin' don' t pay my bills
I need some money, need some money
Oh, yeah, what I want

I need some money, honey
I need some money right away
I need some money bad
I need some money
Oh, yeah, what I want

Money don't get ever'thing it's true
But what it don't buy, daddy, I can't use
I need money, I need money, yeah
What I want

(spoken:
I need some money, honey
I need some money so bad
All o' my bills behind
I need some money right now
I know your love is good, baby)

I need some money, oh yeah
What I want
What I want

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In The Mood

soundclip


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

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

I said yes, my mother told me,
to leave that girl alone
But my mother didn't know what that little,
girl was puttin' down

I'm in the mood
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

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I Put My Trust On You

soundclip


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

I couldn't believe, I couldn't believe you'd let me down
I just couldn't believe, I couldn't believe, you would let me down
I've been too good to you baby, you hurt me with what you did

My friend tried to tell me, you didn't mean me no good
I didn't believe a word he said, I couldn't believe it, whoo
I couldn't believe, you would let me down
I done lost everything that I had baby,
I can't believe you would let me down

You goes downtown, to the judge
You tell the judge, everything you got, give it to me
You looked up at me
Hit the road Jack,
and don't come back no more
I couldn't believe, you let me down, baby
I'm leavin' now baby, done lost my home
My brand new car baby
I know, I know another man,
gonna move in
But I can't believe, treatin' me the way you did

Now baby, look-a here baby
How could you treat me the way you did baby
I just couldn't believe, I couldn't believe you would let me down,
good as I been to you baby
I'm goin' now baby
All I, all I got, all I got, is on my back
I've gotta go now baby
I better go now baby, baby
I just couldn't believe, hmmmm
Ooh, aah yeah, yeah, aye baby

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It Hurts Me So


by John Lee Hooker / Bernard Besman
recording of February 19

from 40th Anniversary Album (DCC CZS 042), copyright notice

That man don't love you, he told me so
He's only doin' that, baby, to break up your home

When things go wrong, so wrong with you,
it hurts me so, it hurts me so

That man don't love you, no he don't
He's only jivin' you little girl, lovin' the girl next door

When things go wrong, so wrong with you,
it hurts me so, it hurts me so Yeah!.

You know you don't love him, you know you don't
Go ahead and leave me baby, don't make me cry

When things go wrong, so wrong with you,
it hurts me so, it hurts me so

That man don't love you, he told me so
Only jivin' you, baby, breaking up your home

When things go wrong, so wrong with you,
it hurts me so, it hurts me so

When things go wrong, so wrong with you,
it hurts me so, it hurts me so

So long, baby, I've got to go
Because you don't love me now, darlin', I know you don't

When things go wrong, so wrong with you,
it hurts me so, it hurts me so

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It's My Own Fault Darlin'

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of probably 1954, Detroit
from
House Of The Blues (Vogue VG 651 500115), copyright notice

It's my own fault darlin', that you treat me the way you do
It's my own fault darlin', caused you treat me the way you do
When you left me darlin', I was callin' from town to town

Ooh, won't you give me one more chance
Ooh baby, won't you give me one more chance
Baby, I'll prove that I'm in love with you, you know I'll be travelin' no more

It's my own fault darlin', I made you treat me the way you do
It's my own fault darlin', I made you treat me the way you do
Baby I go alone, I just realized, all I did

Oh goodbye baby, I know we may never meet again
Oh goodbye baby, I know we may never meet again
But it's my own fault darlin', I made you treat me the way you did

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It's You I Love Baby


by John Lee Hooker
recording of November 1962

from John Lee Hooker: Boogie Chillun (), copyright notice

Don't'cha know,
don't'cha know,
I love you ev'ry night
Don't'cha know, baby,
don't'cha know babe
I love you, no matter what they say
I still love you,
I still care,
I don't care what the world say,
but I still love you
I still, I still,
I still love you

I still, I still
Care for my baby
No matter what they say
What they do
I still love you

I still, I still
Care for your baby
No matter what you do, what they say
You still my baby
You still my baby
Little baby
Little baby
Little baby
Hmm, hmm

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John L's House Rent Boogie


by John Lee Hooker / Bernard Besman
recording of 19
from
The Ultimate Collection (1948-1990) (Rhino R2-70572), copyright notice

(Spoken:
Hey!
It's the house rent boogie)

I come home last Friday, talk to the woman that I lost my job
She says don't confront me an' so I have my rent next Friday
An' next Friday come, I didn't have the rent an' out the door I went
Yes, yes!

Hmm, hmm
Yes, yes!

Come here now y'all, right 'cross the street here
Help me get this rent together
Some give me a nickel and some give me a dime

I'm tired of keepin' this movin' every night
I can't hold out much longer
Now I got this rent, now let's get together, y'all
Let's have a ball

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey!

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Kick Hit 4 Hit Kix U (Blues For Jimi And Janis)

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1970, San Francisco
from
Tantalizing The Blues (MCA 1686), copyright notice

Look-a here, I'm gon' tell you a story
About two friends, whom I known
And the whole world know'd 'em
The one and only, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin
Who passed on, from the needle
They o.d.'d
Ah what a big loss,
to this wonderful world
's sad

Dope addicts, dope addicts
You better watch yourself
Dope addicts, dope addicts
You got to watch yourself
You one of these days, one of these days
You might pass on
Stop shootin' no needle,
and stop swallowin' that LSD
Stop shootin' no needles,
and stop swallowin' in those pills
That needle's too heavy,
your heart can't take it none
Hey hey
I know, so many young folks,
they're hooked, they're doomed to die
So many young folks,
they're hooked, they're doomed to die
You better try and kick it,
but you can't last long this way
Yeah

Drug addict, drug addict
You better wake up and get wise
Drug addict, drug addict
You better wake up and get wise
Your days are numbered, your days are numbered
Your day you just don't know
You better try and kick it
You better try and kick it
That needle is too heavy for ya
It's too heavy
Hey, it's too heavy
It's too heavy for your heart, for your heart
Hey hey
It's too heavy
It's too heavy
You better kick it right now
I know you better kick it
I know it's hard
You better suffer and kick it
You better suffer and kick it
You got to suffer some
To kick
Hey, it's too heavy for you

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Let's Make It

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1961
from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 2210,
copyright notice

Let's make it, let's make it baby
Let's make it, oh right now, oh yeah
Let's make it, oh baby, me and you

I don't care, what the world may say
Let's make it, let's make it
Let's make it, oh babe, oho
Oh yeah, not your mother, or you,
not your sister, or me and you
Let's make it, right now
Let's get it, while gettin' it, it's good, ooh

Let's make it, let's make it baby
We ain't sayin' nothin', we ain't sayin' a thing
Let's make it, me and you
Let's make it, let's make it, let's make it

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Let's Talk It Over


by John Lee Hooker / Bernard Besman
recording of February 19

from 40th Anniversary Album (DCC CZS 042), copyright notice

Come back, baby, please don't leave me
You know the way I love you, baby, you'll never know
Come back, baby, let's talk it over one more time

I cried last night, all the night before
You were gonna leave me, baby, leave me all alone
Come back, baby, let's talk it over one more time

You know, baby, this world wasn't made in one day
Can't we talk it over, baby, before you go away?
Come back, baby, let's talk it over one more time

Well, you know my heart is weak, beatin' like a clock
If you don't come back to me, babe, I'm afraid it's gonna stop
Come back, baby, let's talk it over one more time

My heart is beatin' like a hammer, I really can tell
You've been gone for twenty-four hours baby, seems like a thousand years
Come back, baby, let's talk it over one more time

You know baby, this world wasn't made in one day
Don't pay no attention, to what the people say
Come back, baby, let's talk it over one more time

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Little Wheel

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1957
from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 717,
copyright notice

Let me be your little wheel babe, 'til your big wheel come
Let me be your little wheel babe, 'til your big wheel come
Lord, I'd do more rollin' then your, big wheel ever done

I wanna roll you baby, roll you all over town
Wanna roll with you baby, roll you all over town
Well I'll roll you so easy, baby, that you never know

Let me roll with you baby, roll you all over town
Let me roll with you baby, roll you all over town
Well I'll roll you so easy, that you never know

Let me be your little wheel babe, 'til your big wheel come
Let me be your little wheel babe, 'til your big wheel come
Well I'd do more rollin' then your, big wheel ever done
Let me roll with you baby
Let me roll with you baby
Let me roll with you baby

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Mama, You Got A Daughter

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1998
from
City Of Angels Soundtrack (Warner Brothers 46867), copyright notice

Well mama, mama, talk to your daughter for me
Well mama, mama, talk to your daughter for me
Tell your daughter that I love her now, do anything I can

Tell your daughter I love her, love her until the day I die
Tell your daughter I love her, love her till the day I die
I want you to talk to your daughter, talk to your daughter for me

I love that woman
I’m crazy bout your daughter
I’m waiting for your daughter
I love your daughter
I love your daughter
Tell me what do I do

I said look here mama
Every since mama
Your daughter was 5 years old I was 6 years old
We were going to school together now mama
I was a natural born fool for your daughter mama
Mama please talk to your daughter
Tell your daughter I love her now mama
I love your daughter
I’ll do anything she said

Mama talk to your daughter
Mama talk to your daughter
Tell your daughter I love her
Mama talk to your daughter
Tell your daughter I love her
Mama talk to your daughter
Talk to your daughter for me

I’m crazy bout your daughter, mama I’m crazy bout your daughter
Mama talk to your daughter, you know that’s your daughter mama
Tell your daughter I love her
Well talk to your daughter
Talk to your daughter for me
Mama talk to your daughter
Mama talk to your daughter
Tell your daughter I love her
Mama
Mama

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Maudie (Version 1)

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1959
from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 1067,
copyright notice

Now Maudie, baby, I love you
Aoh Maudie, baby, I love you
You been gone so long, 'cause I miss you so

Now Maudie, why did you hurt me
Ooh Maudie, why did you hurt me
I love you baby, you been gone so long

Now Maudie, baby, I love you
Aoh Maudie, baby, I love you
You been gone so long

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Maudie (Version 2)

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording
from ,
copyright notice

Now Maudie, baby, I love you
Aoh Maudie, baby, I love you
You've been gone so long, 'cause I miss you so

Now Maudie, why did you hurt me
Ooh Maudie, why did you hurt me
I love you baby, you've been gone so long

Now Maudie, baby, I love you
Aoh Maudie, baby, I love you
You've been gone so long, 'cause I miss you so

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Mean Mean Woman

by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1968, New York
from
Tantalizing The Blues (MCA 1686), copyright notice

Mean woman, mean woman
Mean woman, wonder why you're so mean
Mean woman, mean woman
Mean woman, why you're so mean
And that's why I'm gonna leave you mean woman
Mean woman, you're so mean

Look-a here now mean woman
I'm afraid to lay down at night mean woman
You sleep with a ice pick in your hand mean woman
I'm afraid to lay down at night with you mean woman
You sleep with a ice pick in your hand all night long
That's why I'm gonna leave you mean woman
Because you fights all in your sleep mean woman
You know you do mean woman
Look-a here now
I work hard every day mean woman
Until the evenin' sun go down
I work for you mean woman every day
Until the evenin' sun go down
I come home in the evenin' time
My supper is never done mean woman
Talkin' 'bout you mean woman

I'm gonna leave you mean woman
I'm even afraid to lay down with you at night mean woman
I'm gonna leave you mean woman
I'm even afraid to lay down with you at night
Because when you go to bed at night mean woman
You got a ice pick in your hand
Look-a here now
Gonna leave you mean woman
Goodbye mean woman
Goodbye mean woman
Goodbye now mean woman
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye mean woman
Goodbye mean woman
I'm so afraid of you mean woman
Goodbye mean woman

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Mini Skirts

by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1968, New York
from
Tantalizing The Blues (MCA 1686), copyright notice

(spoken:
Mini skirts and tight dresses,
you know they're so tight they can hardly wiggle
Ha, and big legs too you know)

Everywhere I go, there's a mini skirt there
Everywhere I go, there's a mini skirt there
Tight skirts, tight skirts, everywhere
Oh yeah

I go walkin' in the park, there's a mini skirt there
I go walkin' in the park, there's a mini skirt there
Mini skirt, tight skirts, everywhere

Yeah yeah, mini skirt, mini skirt, way up above the knee
Way up, above the knee, yeah yeah, yeah yeah, above

I go to strollin' in the park, I see mini skirts out there
I go out in the park, I see mini skirts out there
Mini skirts, mini skirts, everywhere

Yeah, look-a here now
I go walking down the avenue, I see out there, mini skirts
Way up 'bove the knee
Mini skirts, mini skirts, everywhere
Yeah, I'm talkin' 'bout, mini skirt
And tight, skirt,
and big legs
Strollin' down the avenue
I can't stand it

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My Dream

soundclip


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

Dreamin', of the day, in the past
I had a dream, last night
Dream, of you, in the past, me and you
I dream, we're back together again
Me and you, me and you, in the past

My dream. my dream
I wished, I wished,
it was true, was true
My dream, dream, of you
In the past, were back together, again
Had a dream, had a dream,
'bout me, an' me an' you, me an' you,
together, again

When I opened my eyes,
and looked over in my bed
Ha, ha, you, you was not there
You were only a dream, in the past, in the past
Woo
Dream a dream, in the past
I had a dream
We were together, again
Hmmm

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My First Wife Left Me

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of 1961
from The Vee Jay Years 1955-1964 (Charly 82333-1754-2) &
Vee Jay No. 1776,
copyright notice

When my first wife left me, she left my heart in misery
When my first wife left me, she left my heart in misery
Ever since that day boy, I don't think I'll ever love again

If I can get her back again, I'll never roam no more
If I get her back again, boys, I never roam no more
I had a good wife, but I did not treat her right

It's my fault, only have myself to blame
It's my fault, it's my fault boys, I only have myself to blame
She would have been home right now, if I hadn't wanted every woman that I seen

I found out one thing, these women don't mean you no good
I found out one thing people, these women don't mean you no good
You mistreated a good girl for some woman, that she'd turn around and turn her back on you
Yes, yeah

I'm having bad luck, having bad luck ever since she been gone
I'm having bad luck, bad luck, bad luck, ever since my baby been gone
When she was at home, Lord, I did not treat her right

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No More Doggin'

soundclip


by John Lee Hooker
recording of February 1960

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

Honey, no more doggin', foolin' 'round with you
Honey, no more doggin', foolin' 'round with you
I'm gonna let'cha out baby, and that's what I've got to do

Well, told you all the straights and I made you fine
You spend my money on whiskey, beer and wine
No more doggin', foolin' 'round with you,
I'm gonna let'cha out baby, and that's what I've got to do

Well, ya told me that'cha love me and you told me a lie
Yes, I'll love you until the day I die
No more doggin', foolin' 'round with you
I gotta let'cha out, baby, and that's what I've got, oh yes

Well, ya know I love ya baby and I can't help myself
Yes, I'll love you until the day I die
No more doggin', foolin' 'round with you
I gotta let'cha out, baby, and that's what I've got to do
I gotta let'cha out, baby, and that's what I've got to do
I gotta let'cha out, baby, and that's what I've got to do

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No Substitute

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

I wanna tell you a true story
the facts of life
'Cause I know all about it,
'cause I been through it a many times
Ain't no substitute, there's no substitute,
substitute for love

When your woman gone,
there's nothin' else can,
can take her place
But there's no substitute, substitute for love
No, no

Love will make you gamble
Love will make you drink
Make you stay out all night long,
lookin' for love
But there's no, no substitute,
substitute, substitute for love

I wanna tell you a story,
true, true, true story about love
Many times, many times, over 'n over, over in life,
so many people have tried, tried, to get a substitute
An' it just don't work, work on love

You may not be good looking,
you may not be so fine
But love, love, love love, love, love,
is a burning thing
It's a burning thing
I know, I know, I know, I know,
I been down, down, in a ring of fire
Lookin' for a love,
I couldn't find, I couldn't find a substitute,
uh, for love, for love, I cried, cried
I cried, cried but it just wasn't there,
just wasn't there

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One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

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by Amos Milburn
recording of 1966, Chicago
from
House Of The Blues (Vogue VG 651 500115), copyright notice

One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer
One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer
Hey mister bartender come here
I want another drink and I want it now

My baby she gone, she been gone two night
I ain't seen my baby since night before last
One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer

(spoken:
And then I sit there
Gettin' high
Mellow
Knocked out
Feeling good
And by the time
I looked on the wall
At the old clock on the wall
By that time
It was ten thirty daddy
I looked down the bar
At the bartender
He said, "Now what do you want Johnny?")
One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer

Well my baby she gone, she been gone two night
I ain't seen my baby since night before last
I wanna get drunk till I'm off of my mind
One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer

(spoken:
And I sat there
Gettin' high
Stoned
Knocked out
And by the time
I looked on the wall
At the old clock again
And by that time
'T was a quarter to two
Last call
For alcohol
I said "Hey mister bartender!"
"Well what do you want?")
One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer
One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer
One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer

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Pea Vine Special

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by Charley Patton, arranged 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, I thought I heard that Pea Vine1 when she blow
Well, I thought I heard that Pea Vine when she blow
You know it blow just like it ain't gonna blow no more

I, hmm
I, I, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm
Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm
Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm

I'm gonna catch my pony boys, saddle up my black mare
I'm gonna catch my little pony boys, gonna saddle up my black mare
I'm gonna find my baby, she's in the world somewhere

I ain't got no money boys, I can't ride the train
I ain't got no money boys, I can't ride that train
But I thought I heard this mornin', that Pea Vine when she blow

Carryin' my baby 'way
Carryin' my baby 'way
You know it blow just like, ain't gonna bring my baby back no more

I'm gonna catch my pony boys,
gonna saddle up my black mare
I'm gonna leave ya joggin',
joggin' on away from here

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Note: this song is based on a mix of the Charley Patton's songs Pea Vine Blues and (Stoney) Pony Blues;
Note 1: the Pea Vine was the name of a Mississippi Delta train on the famous "Dog" (Y&MV) railroad line.

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Page last updated on:
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