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Table Of Content (21 songs, 16 soundclips)

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All Your Love
Another Man
* Crying
* Deep Blue Sea
Double Crossing Time
Have You Heard
It Ain't Right
Key To Love
Little Girl
* My Pretty Girl
* Nature's Disappearing

* Night Flyer
* Off The Road
Parchman Farm
* Possessive Emotions
Ramblin' On My Mind
* Ridin' On The L&N
* Took The Car
What'd I Say
* Where Did My Legs Go?
* You Must Be Crazy

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All Your Love

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by Otis Rush / Willie Dixon
recording of 1966

from Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (Deram 800086 or Mobile Fidelity 616), copyright notice

All the love I miss loving, all the kiss I miss kissing
All the love I miss loving, all the kiss I miss kissing
Before I met you baby, never knew what I was missing

All your love, pretty baby, that I got in store for you
All your love, pretty baby, that I got in store for you
I love you pretty baby, well I say you love me too

All your loving, pretty baby, all your loving, pretty baby
All your loving, pretty baby, all your loving, pretty baby
Since I first met you baby, I never knew what I was missing

Hey, hey baby, hey, hey baby
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, baby, oh, oh, baby
Since I first met you baby, never knew what I was missing

 

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Another Man

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traditional
recording of 1966

from Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (Deram 800086 or Mobile Fidelity 616), copyright notice

Another man done gone
Another man done gone
Another man done gone, another man done gone, another man done gone

On the country farm
He's on the country farm, on the country farm, he's on the country farm

Another man done gone
Another man done gone, another man done gone, another man done gone

I don't know his name
Didn't know his name, I didn't know his name, I didn't know his name

 

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Crying


by John Mayall
recording of 1970

from U.S.A. Union (Polygram 527458), copyright notice

I’m crying
Yes, I’m crying
And I just don’t know
How it’s all going to end
I’m thinking back a long time
When I hit my woman down
It was a bad bad evil night
When I realized what I’d done
It was way too late, too late
Too late for words and I’m crying

In torment sometimes
We hurt each other so bad
Nobody to turn to, no going back
No such thing as God for us
No more to touch her body
No more to stroke her hair
All I can do is break down in tears
I’m crying and wondering
Where am I now because of what I did
I just don’t know and I’m crying

It was a long time ago
The pain is over now
But I still think back sometimes
And remember how I cried
I was crying

 

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Deep Blues Sea


by John Mayall
recording of 1970

from U.S.A. Union (Polygram 527458), copyright notice

My loving woman and me lying in the sand
We’re on a holiday out in a foreign land
Sunny day
We can play
Lazing by the deep blue sea
Happy now that we are free
This is how it ought to be
We are on our own

Go underwater and see another world of green
Fishes go by and I get to wondering where they’ve been
Sunny day
We can play
Lazing by the deep blue sea
Happy now that we are free
This is how it ought to be
We are on our own

Take out a boat and paddle it around the bay
Pressures from the world seem to fade away
Sunny day
We can play
Sailing on the deep blue sea
Happy now that we are free
This is how it ought to be
We are on our own

 

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Double Crossing Time

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by John Mayall / Eric Clapton
recording of 1966

from Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (Deram 800086 or Mobile Fidelity 616), copyright notice

It's a mean old scene when it comes to double crossing time
It's a mean old scene when it comes to double crossing time
When you think you got good buddies, they will spin around and cheat you blind

Double crossing man is mean, he will try to make it so you lose
Double crossing man, he will try to make it so you lose
You'll fill your mind with worry, you know he hurt me with the blues

 

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Have You Heard

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by John Mayall
recording of 1966

from Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (Deram 800086 or Mobile Fidelity 616), copyright notice

Have you heard about my baby?
Yes, how I love her you don't know
Have you heard about my baby?
How I love, how I love her you don't know
I declare it hurt me so bad,
Yes, when I heard she'd got to go

Have you heard about my baby?
Yes I tried, yes I tried, but I let her down
Heard about my baby?
Ooh yes, I tried and I let her down
Ooh, she burned me with her love
Yes, no other, no other will wear her crown

Yes, indeed

Have you heard about my baby?
Where she gone, where she gone, I just don't know
Yes, have you heard about my baby?
Ooh, where she gone, where she gone, I just don't know
Well, if you should see my baby
Yes, please tell her that I love her so

Yes, no more next time

 

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It Ain't Right

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by Walter Jacobs a.k.a. Little Walter
recording of 1966

from Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (Deram 800086 or Mobile Fidelity 616), copyright notice

You know it ain't right just to treat me this a way
Well, you know it ain't right just to treat me this a way
Well, you know, my baby, have you home one day

You know it ain't right just to treat me like you do
Well, you know it ain't right just to treat me like you do
Well, you know, my baby, coming home to you

You know it ain't right, baby, stay out all night long
Well, you know it ain't right, baby, stay out all night long
Well, you know, my baby, you done something wrong

 

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Key To Love

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by John Mayall
recording of 1966

from Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (Deram 800086 or Mobile Fidelity 616), copyright notice

I never realized that you were in pain
I wanna help you honey, let me see you again
Hurts my soul, babe, when I find you feeling rough
Life is so bad, baby, when I find the key to love

Put a smile on your face and dry away your tears
Life is bound to get better as you live your years
Hurts my soul, babe, when I find you feeling rough
Life is so bad, baby, when I find the key to love

Somewhere in this world, the one you waited for
Come along and find you, turn the key your door
Hurts my soul, babe, when I find you feeling rough
Life is so bad, baby, when you find the key to love

 

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Little Girl

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by John Mayall
recording of 1966

from Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (Deram 800086 or Mobile Fidelity 616), copyright notice

You're gonna be mine, little girl, you've been through 18 years of pain
You're gonna be mine, little girl, you've been through 18 years of pain
I'm gonna give you a love, child, you won't feel bad again

You've been mistreated, little girl, but I swear, I swear it'll be outgrown
You've been mistreated, little girl, but I swear, I swear it'll be outgrown
I'm gonna give you a love, child, something you've never known

You're gonna be mine, little girl, even if I can't have you by my side
You're gonna be mine, little girl, even if I can't have you by my side
You're gonna remember the love, child, that made you satisfied

 

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My Pretty Girl


by John Mayall
recording of 1970

from U.S.A. Union (Polygram 527458), copyright notice

My pretty girl is sitting in her room of red
My pretty girl lying on her furry bed
Pretty as the moonlight
I only want to treat her right

My pretty girl doing something to her hair
My pretty girl dressing up with special care
Pretty as the moonlight
I only want to treat her right

My pretty girl making me feel her man
My pretty girl hugging me when she can
Pretty as the moonlight
I only want to treat her right

My pretty girl sleeping in the still of night
My pretty girl glowing in the candlelight
Pretty as the moonlight
I only want to treat her right

 

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Nature's Disappearing

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by John Mayall
recording of 1970

from U.S.A. Union (Polygram 527458), copyright notice

Man’s a filthy creature
Raping the land and water and the air
Tomorrow may be too late?
Now’s the time that you must be aware
Nature’s disappearing
Polluted death is coming, do you care?

Garbage going nowhere
Soon the dumps will spread to your front door
Lakes and rivers stagnant
Nothing lives or grows like years before
Nature’s disappearing
The world you take for granted ... soon no more

Read about pollution
Make manufacturers uncomfortable
Boycott at the market
Containers that are non-returnable
Aluminum, glass or plastic
Eternal waste that’s not destructible

We’re of a generation
That may live out our natural time
But as for all our children?
Born to suffocate in human slime
Nature’s disappearing
And we are guilty of this massive crime

 

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Night Flyer

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by John Mayall
recording of 1970

from U.S.A. Union (Polygram 527458), copyright notice

Lying awake in the darkness
Your voice is sad in my ear
Now that I’ve just put the phone down
How do you expect me to sleep with you so far away?

I’m calling the desk for a taxi
The night is so black with the rain
All of my friends are still sleeping
They would never know I was planning to be gone again

I’m the night flyer, I’m waiting
Somebody get me a plane
Airports at night always empty
I smoke too much sitting here

I’m coming home to you darling
Out of the darkness till day
Though you will tell me I’m crazy
How do you expect me to sleep with you so far away?

 

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Off The Road

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by John Mayall
recording of 1970

from U.S.A. Union (Polygram 527458), copyright notice

I’ve traveled the world and had no time to rest
I’ve played for people every day
Living from a suitcase from town to town
Till my nerves began to fray
Dreaming of the day I’d stay at home

I feel like I’ve been on the move too long
Eight years of on the road
Got me a place in the burning sun
Found me the way to go
I’m building up a house to make a home

Found a great love I was looking for
Two people now are one
Her clothes in the closet and her with me
Everything is always fun
Once we had a house but now it’s home

Build up your rooms and decorate your walls
That’s all you have to do
Work in your way till you find your peace
And life can be made for you
It’s good to fell the peace and quiet of home

 

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Parchman Farm

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by Mose Allison
recording of 1966

from Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (Deram 800086 or Mobile Fidelity 616), copyright notice

I'm sitting over here on Parchman farm1
I'm sitting over here on Parchman farm
I'm sitting over here on Parchman farm
Ain't never done no man no harm

Well, I'm putting that cotton in a never-full sack
Well, I'm putting that cotton in a never-full sack
Well, I'm putting that cotton in a never-full sack
A twelve-gauge shotgun at my back

I'm sitting over here on Parchman farm
I'm sitting over here on Parchman farm
I'm sitting over here on Parchman farm
Ain't never done no man no harm

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Note 1: Parchman Farm, the state prison in Parchman, Mississippi. Parchman was a complex of 15 labor camps covering a large area in Mississippi, a closed society of black men who were offered as "contract" labor to farms, railroads and industries of many sorts, passed around to do labor for the financial benefit of both the contractor and the state who sold them.

 

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Possessive Emotions

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by John Mayall
recording of 1970

from U.S.A. Union (Polygram 527458), copyright notice

Possessive emotions creeping up on me
I wish my emotions had less jealousy
Don’t want you to be with nobody else but me
Wherever you are that’s where I want to be

Is it wrong to feel this way?
Jealousy go away

When you are out shopping and I’m home alone
Possessive emotions make me wish I’d gone
I look for your car lights coming up the hill
Want to tell you I miss you ... just can’t get my fill

Possessive emotions make me feel so low
Don’t want to be lonesome ‘cause it hurts me so
I’ve got to be with you everywhere you go
If you talk to somebody I just got to know

Is it wrong to feel this way?
Jealousy go away

If I didn’t feel this way about my girl
That she was the only one in all the world
I wouldn’t be caring for her quite so strong
Maybe it’s why my love has been going so long

 

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Ramblin' On My Mind

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by Robert Johnson
recording of 1966

from Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (Deram 800086 or Mobile Fidelity 616), copyright notice

I got rambling, I got rambling all on my mind
I got rambling, I got rambling all on my mind
Is to leave my baby, 'cause she treat me so unkind

I'm going down to the station, catch that old first mail train I see
I'm going down to the station, catch that old first mail train I see
I got the blues 'bout miss so-and-so, and her son's got the blues about me

I got mean things, I got mean things all on my mind
Lil girl, lil girl, I got mean things all on my mind
Is to leave my baby, 'cause she treat me so unkind

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Note see also Robert Johnson's original versions of Rambling On My Mind.

 

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Ridin' On The L&N

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by Burley / Hampton
recording of April 19-21 1987, Frankfurt, Germany
from
Life in the Jungle: Charly Blues Masterworks 4 (Charly BM4), copyright notice

Around the bend in the L&N1
They loaded it down with a lot of men
The whistle blow and threw the switch2
Nobody knew just-a which one switch
I'm ridin', ridin on the L&N
I ain't jivin', ridin' on the L&N

Well a man named Quin on3 the L&N
Runnin'3 around on how she's been
Train slowed down and the men jumped off
I wasn't dead 'cause I heard him callin'
I'm ridin', ridin' on the L&N
I ain't jivin', ridin' on the L&N

(Adrian Day offers this alternate transcription for the 2nd verse:
Well a man named Glen got the L & N
Heading round all Harsh ? and then
Train slowed down and Glen jumped out
He wasn't dead cos I heard him shout)

A man named Mose with a great big nose
Sleepin' on that pile of toes
The doctor came and he rang the bell
The palla alla4 get well, well, well
I'm ridin', ridin' on the L&N
I ain't jivin', ridin' on the L&N

(Adrian Day offers this alternate transcription for the 3rd verse:
Well a man named Mose with a greta big nose
He was sleeping on a pile of clothes
Conductor came and ran the bell
The porter hollered - well well well

(Spoken: Walter Trout on guitar!)

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Note 1: L&N, the Louisville (Kentucky) & Nashville (Tennessee) Railroad (L&N) was chartered March 5 1850 and a 186 mile line was opened between its namesake cities on October 27, 1859. Pictures of the L&N are available at the site of the The Louisville & Nashville Railroad Historical Society;
Note 2: switch, a device made usually of two movable rails and necessary connections and designed to turn a locomotive or train from one track to another. Also, a railroad siding (a short railroad track connected with the main track);
Notes 3 and 4: Runnin' and "palla alla" these parts of the transcript are still very questionable, suggestions are welcome.
Thanks to John W. Harrelson for the correction. Thanks to Adrian Day for his alternate transcriptions.

 

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Took The Car


by John Mayall
recording of 1970

from U.S.A. Union (Polygram 527458), copyright notice

Took the car and drove off the hills
Saw the flashing lights and saw them die
Left behind society that kills
Me and Nancy waved them all goodbye

Took the car, the sun was going down
Saw the changing colors of the sky
An old Apache canyon out campground
Secure and safe together made us sigh

Took the car and filled the trunk with wood
Took it back and made of it a fire
To be a child again would be so good
Me and Nancy warm in our desire

Took the car and drove it everywhere
Through the land where all the West began
Desert wind was blowing in our hair
Me and Nancy running hand in hand

 

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What'd I Say

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by Ray Charles
recording of 1966

from Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (Deram 800086 or Mobile Fidelity 616), copyright notice

Tell your momma, tell your pa,
gonna move you back to Arkansas
All right, baby what'd I say?
Whoa, all right, baby what'd I say?

Oh baby, oh baby
All right, baby, what'd I say?
Baby, what'd I say?
Oh, all right, yeah

Baby, what'd I say?
Yeah, what'd I say?
Baby, what'd I say?
Baby, what'd I say?
Oh, what'd I say?
Baby, what'd I say?

Ah well, ah hey, yeah, yeah, yeah
Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
All right, baby

 

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Where Did My Legs Go To


by John Mayall
recording of 1970

from U.S.A. Union (Polygram 527458), copyright notice

Get my lips to a bottle every once in a while
Now everything’s crazy, I got a great big smile
But the question I’m asking
Where did my legs go?

Vision doubling and trembling, I’m getting dizzy with light
I got the laziest feeling, I’m feeling all right
But the question I’m asking
Where did my legs go?

Will you pour me another, 'cause I feel like a king
If I tried to go walking it would be a good thing
But the question I’m asking
Where did my legs go?

I’m a lunatic whino, I’m a talking machine
I’m wide awake sleeping, is it really a dream?
But if it isn’t a dream then
Where did my legs go?

 

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You Must Be Crazy

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by John Mayall
recording of 1970

from U.S.A. Union (Polygram 527458), copyright notice

You must be crazy woman
If you don’t believe that I love you
When you cry and get unhappy
You don’t know how it hurts me too

With a little understanding
We’ll get to know each other’s ways
With a little bit of patience
We’d never have unhappy days

I love your lovemaking
Never knew it could be such a game
If you ever left me lonely
I know I’d never be the same

You must be going crazy
If you don’t believe that I’m with you
If I had to live without you
I don’t know what I’d ever do

 

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Page last updated on:
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