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Table Of Content (88 songs, 52 soundclips)

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* Abilene
* Ain't It Crazy
* Another Fool In Town
Back Door Friend
Bad Luck And Trouble
Bald Headed Woman
Black Cat
Black Ghost Blues
Blues For My Cookie
Breakfast Time
* Burnin' In L.A.
California Mudslide
* California Showers
Candy Kitchen
Catfish Blues
Cemetery Blues
* Coffee Blues
Contrary Mary
Darling, Do You Remember Me?
Death Bells
Don't Keep My Baby Long
* Don't Think 'Cause you're Pretty
* Feel So Bad
Found My Baby Cryin'
Fugitive Blues
Gambler's Blues
* Give Me Back That Wig
* Goin' Back And Talk To Mama
Goin' Back Home
Goin' To Dallas To See My Pony Run
Grandma Told Grandpa

* Grievance Blues
* Grosebeck Blues
Happy Blues For John Glenn
* Highway Blues
Home In The Woods
I'm Coming Home
I'm Tired Of Trouble
* I Worked Down On The Chain Gang
* It's A Sin To Be Rich, It's A Low-down Shame To Be Poor
Jailhouse Blues
Jake Head Boogie
* Katie Mae
Last Affair
* Life I Used To Live
Little School Girl
Lonesome Dog Blues
Lonesome Graveyard
* Lonesome Home
Long Way From Home (1)
Long Way From Home (2)
* Long Way From Texas
Love Me This Mornin'
Lovin' Arms
Mama And Papa Hopkins
* Mama's Baby Child
* Miss Loretta
Mistreated Blues
Morning Blues
* Mr. Charlie
My Black Name
My Grandpa Is Old Too
My Suggestion
Never Miss Your Water

No Education
One Kind Favor I Ask Of You
* Picture On The Wall
Prison Blues Come Down On Me
Ride In Your New Automobile
Rock Me, Mama
Rosie Mae
Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On
Santa Fe Blues
Short Haired Woman
Smokes Like Lightnin'
Some Day Baby
Stool Pigeon Blues
Talkin' Some Sense
The Foot Race Is On
The Howling Wolf
* Tim Moore's Farm
Too Many Drivers
Trouble Blues
Vietnam War
* War News Blues
Wonder Why
You're Too Fast
Your Own Fault Baby, To Treat Me The Way You Do

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Abilene


by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1948 Houston

from Sings The Blues (Crown 5224, Alladin 3096, Pathe Marconi 83075), copyright notice

If you ever go out in west Texas, boy, I want you to stop by Abilene
If you ever go out in west Texas, boy, I want you to stop over in Abilene
Yes, you know it's some women there, man, they got a house all painted green

Well, I'm going out in west Texas, boys, just to run out on the range
Well, I'm going out in west Texas, boys. just to run out on the range
Yes, and that's so I can rope a streak of lightning, boys, head a shower of rain

Yes, you know 1 got a little woman, she lives up on the hill
She drinks her corn whiskey, man, it runs fast from the still
You know I got a little bitty woman, whoa, Lord, she lives up on the hill
Yes, you know she drinks her corn whiskey, boy, run right from the still1

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Note 1: still, distillery.

 

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Ain't It Crazy

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1967

from Lightnin'! (Arhoolie 390), copyright notice

Suzy got a rub board, mama got a tub
They goin' around doin' the rub-de-dub
Ain't it crazy
Ain't it crazy
You know it's crazy
To keep on rubbin' at that...

Was down and out with my head in my hand
Looked for a woman didn't have no man
Wasn't it crazy
Wasn't it crazy
You know it's crazy
To keep on rubbin' at that...

(Yeah, oh yeah)

Was down in town with my head in my hand
Looked for a woman didn't have no man
Wasn't I crazy
Wasn't I crazy
You know it's crazy
To keep on rubbin' at that - same old thing

(Play it one time)

(Now here's what cooked the goose)

Two old maids lyin' in the bed
One turned over this is what she said
Ain't we crazy
Ain't we crazy
You know it's crazy
To keep on rubbin' at that...

Have mercy!

 

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Another Fool In Town


by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1953

from , copyright notice

I ain't got no education, I'm just another fool in town
I ain't got no education, I'm just another fool in town
You know the first day I went to school man, the big schoolhouse burnt down

Can't write my name, can't even say my ABC's
Can't write my name, I can't even say my ABC's
Wonder can I get nobody educated, come try to teach po' me?

School in the mornin', tomorrow is school day
School in the mornin', tomorrow is school day
Yes I just want to get somebody to teach me and help me on my way

 

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Back Door Friend

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1963, Houston and 1968 resp.

from Lightnin' Hopkins - Morning Blues, Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 8 (CD BM 8) & Lightnin' Hopkins The Ultimate Texas Bluesman (Bluetab BTAB CD-1000), copyright notice

What you gonna do with a woman, yeah, when she got a back do' friend?
What are you gonna do with a woman, yes, when she got a back do' friend?
She just prayin' for you to move out, so her back do' friend can move in

Yes, it's hard to love a woman, yes, you know she got a back do' friend
Yes, it's hard to love a woman, oh Lord, yes, you know she got a back do' friend
Yes, when she prayin' for you to move out, so her back do' friend can move in

Yeah, you know I bought that woman a diamond ring, I thought that she would change
I went home one morn' and I caught her doin', whoa, that same old thing
Now what you gonna do with a mad woman, oh, when she got a back do' friend
When she prayin' all the time for you to move out, so her back do' friend, he can move in

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Note: this song is also known under the title "Letter To My (Back Door Friend)" on Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 8, recording of 1963, Houston

 

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Bad Luck And Trouble

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1959

from Lightnin' Hopkins [Smithsonian/Folkways] (Smithsonian/Folkways SF 40019), copyright notice

Trouble Lord, trouble, trouble's all I see
Trouble, I said trouble, trouble's all I see
Yes, you know I got nobody to work and care for me

Bad luck and trouble, two of my best friends
Bad luck and trouble, two of my best friends
You'll see me with no trouble organizing' bad luck, which I'm walkin' in

Bad luck and trouble, hangin' 'round my door
Bad luck and trouble, hangin' 'round my door
You believe it I'm a hopin', it won't come back no more

(spoken: goodbye trouble!)

 

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Bald Headed Woman

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by Robert Ellen
recording of early 1950's

from Sittin' In With (Mainstream 905), copyright notice

Give me - I'm gonna take it - back that wig I bought you woman,
oh Lord, let your doggone head go bald
Give me back that wig I bought you woman,
I'm mad at you as I can be,
let your doggone head go bald
You know the special del'vry brought me a letter this mornin',
cryin', woman you don't need no hair at all

Special delivery man said he seed you on the corner last night,
you was talking with another man
He said you was tagging all around with a,
whiskey bottle in your hand
I say give me back that wig I bought you,
oh Lord, let your doggone head go bald
Yes you know the news I got from downtown,
woman you don't need no hair at all

(what you want with a woman who ain't got no hair?
What's the matter with you girl?)

I'm just gonna tell you, po' Lightnin' is fair
I'm just gonna cut out one of these, little locks of my hair
'Cause don't be bothered with you no more,
yes I want you to have pretty hair here, hair every place we go

 

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Black Cat

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 19

from The Jazz Life (Candid CCD-79019), copyright notice

Well you're one black cat, some day you'll find your tree
Well you're one black cat, some day you'll find your tree
Then I'll hide my shoe somewhere near your sherry tree

Well I take you down in town, I paid your doctor bill
When I'm in some trouble, you're tryin' to get me killed
Well you're one black cat, some day you'll find your tree
Then I'll hide my shoe somewhere near your sherry tree

Well I took you in my home, you ate up all my bread
I left there this mornin', you tried to mess up in my bed
Well you're one black cat, some day you'll find your tree
Then I'll hide my shoe somewhere near your sherry tree

Well I woke up this mornin', the same thing on my mind
I was thinkin' 'bout you baby, you were walkin' down the line
Well you're one black cat, some day you'll find your tree
Then I'll hide my shoe somewhere near your sherry tree

 

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Black Ghost Blues

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1964

from Complete Prestige/Bluesville Recordings (Bluesville 7PCD-4406-2 and Prestige 4406-2), copyright notice

Black ghost, black ghost, please stay away from my door
Black ghost, black ghost, will you please stay away from my door
Yeah you know you worry po' Lightnin' so now, I just can't sleep no more

Yeah you know I go to dreaming first night, black ghost is all po' Lightnin' can see
I go to dreaming first night, black ghost is all po' Lightnin' can see
You know that's why I begin to wonder why you keeps on worryin' me

Black ghost is a picture, and the black ghost is a shadow too
Whoa, black ghost is a picture, and the black ghost is a shadow too
You just can see him, but you can't hear him talkin'
Ain't nothin' else that a black ghost can do

Black Ghost Blues!

 

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Blues For My Cookie

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins s
recording of 19??

from Mojo Hand: The Anthology (Rhino R2-71226), copyright notice

Mmmm, blues early in the mornin', whoa, Lord, ya know I have them late at night
Mmmm, early in the mornin', God knows I have 'em late at night
Yeah, you know I been wonderin' why my little baby, she just won't straighten up and fly right

Well, you take a man have the blues, whoa, he can't last very long
Mmmmmm, whoa, he can't last very long
Well, he wake up early and he moanin', "Om", in the woods, that poor child, God, he's gone

 

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Breakfast Time

by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 19

from Jewel Spotlights The Blues, Vol. 2 (Jewel 5016), copyright notice

Cook my breakfast, bring it to my bed
Cook my breakfast, bring it to my bed
When I eat this morning, my whole family been fed

Cook my biscuits, cook 'em good and brown
Cook my biscuits, cook 'em good and brown
If you see my bread burning, turn you pan around

I want my coffee, I want it hot, hot
I want my coffee, I want it hot, hot
I want you to turn up your stove, so it will burn my coffee hot

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Burnin' In L.A.

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of November 1961, Berkeley, California

from Lightnin' Sam Hopkins (Arhoolie F1011), copyright notice

Just look at the people, whoa, just look at the peoples I got over here
I said just look at the people, just look at the peoples I got over here
You know a little sixteen-year-old girl come to me talked and said, "Lightnin',
would you take me for your souvenir?"

You know they had a big fire down in L.A., all them buildings is burnin' down
Oh, they had a big fire down in L.A., (well in Beverly Hills or somewhere a little close)
all them buildings is burnin' down
You know they was lookin' for the fire trucks and in time none of 'em would come around

(Po' children were runnin' and cryin'
They couldn't help themselves, they was talkin' too)

You gotta get this lesson, children, you gotta get it from the book
Talkin' about the things you buy raw, them is things you gotta cook
Mama say she was hungry round about ten o'clock
That was the time the world was beginnin' to get on a rock

That was the burnin' down in L.A., all them buildings was burnin' down
Well you know they didn't have enough water to put out the fire
250-some home they got burnin' down

 

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California Mudslide

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1969

from Los Angeles Blues (Rhino 72173), copyright notice

Take me outta this bottom, take me outta this bottom, baby, little girl, fore this water rise
Take me outta this bottom, take me outta this bottom, little girl, fore this water rise
You know I must-a been born by the devil, po' Lightnin don't wanna be baptized

See, it's rainin' in ol' California's the reason I said it, the houses slidin' down off the hill
Many, many many friends have lost their home, just because the water was falling so hard,
And the mudslide had taken their home
And I said

Lettin' ya know how it's happenin' now

Take me outta this bottom, take me outta this bottom, baby, po' Lightnin can't feel satisfied
Take me outta this bottom, take me outta this bottom, po' Lightnin just can't feel satisfied
Just you know many friends of mine lost they home, by that old mudslide

Don't take me to be wrong people, forgive me for my mistake
You know, please, please, please, forgive me for my mistake
Well, after all that flood come in California, do you know, the good Lord old ground begin to shake?
That's that earthquake that was comin'

Have mercy

 

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California Showers

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of December 1961, Berkeley, California

from Lightnin' Sam Hopkins (Arhoolie F1011), copyright notice

Just take a look at the weather, it keep rainin' all the time
Just take a look at the weather, it keep rainin' all the time
You know it be rainin' this minute and the next minute, you look up and you'll see sunshine

Tell me why there's rain, why it storm in California all the time
Tell me why do it rain, why it storm in California all the time
I don't want the rain but you still have plenty sunshine

You know it keeps on rainin', you know this poor man can't make no time
You know if it keeps on rainin', you know this poor man can't make no time
You know if I can't go to my job, how I'm gonna feed this family of mine?

You know the poor children are runnin' "I'm hungry", when I don't have a lousy dime
Poor children runnin', cryin' "Daddy I'm hungry" and I don't have a lousy dime
That's the reason I was singin' when it started rainin' in California, why do it keep rainin' all the time?

You know it was dark and cloudy, raindrops settled on my window pane
You know it was dark it was cloudy, the raindrops settled on my window pane
You know my children didn't have nothin' to eat, now peoples ain't that a cryin' shame

My poor wife walkin', tellin' the children this is a cryin' shame
My poor wife walkin', tellin' the children this is a cryin' shame
Yeah we all goin' down starvation I do believe but your daddy ain't to blame

That's all right, that's all right, you don't have to worry no more
That's all right, that's all right, children you don't have to worry no more
You know the sun is shinin' now, cool breeze from the sweet wind how it blow

 

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Candy Kitchen

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording between 1961 and 1969

from Po' Lightnin' (Arhoolie 1087), copyright notice

Well I don't work in no candy kitchen, Lord knows I don't stay on no chewin' gum
Well I don't work in no candy kitchen, Lord knows I don't stay on no chewin' gum
Yes, but 'til I know how to grab no pick and shovel and roll from town to town

I woke up this morning, saw the rain fallin' on the ground
I woke up this morning, saw the rain fallin' on the ground
I had to go to work on another job, way over 'cross town

It's an awful thing, just to hear her black man sing
It's an awful thing, just to hear her black man sing
You I done threw myself away, 'cause I don't have to work on the W.P.A.

 

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Catfish Blues

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Traditional
recording of 1961

from probably Blues In My Bottle (Bluesville OBCCD-506-2), copyright notice

You know I wished I was a catfish, swimming in that deep blue sea
I'd have all the good looking women there boy, fishing after me
Fishing after me
Ooh ooh

I went down to my baby's house
She said, "Lightnin', come on in
Ain't nobody here with me good Lord
You know I'm your friend"

You know I went down to my baby's house, Lord, I sat down on them steps
She said, "Come on in this house Lightnin', husband just now left
My husband just now left, sho'h 'nough I'm by myself
He just now left"

You know I went down to the river, started jump overboard and drown
I thought about that little mama, turned around, I went walking back to town
Back to town
Back to town
Sho'h 'nough, back to town

You know I wish I was a catfish, swimming, Lord in that deep blue sea
I'd have all the good looking women's, fishing after me
Fishing after me
Sho'h 'nough
Ain't lying
Mmm mmmm

 

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Cemetery Blues

by Robert Ellen
recording of early 1950's

from Sittin' In With (Mainstream 905), copyright notice

Poor grandpa, he died but that's the debt we all got to pay
Yeah, we livin' now but every livin' people done, whoa Lord, he gotta died one day

Lord I followed the hearse down to the burial ground,
see four men when they let poor grandpa down
Yes I followed the hearse down to the burial ground,
see four men when they let poor grandpa down
Couldn't stand it, mercy, Lord
Yes you know it hurtin' me so bad, till I almost had a nervous breakdown

Yes she know it was sad when we got back home, po' grandma
That's who I felt sorry for, and myself too in a way
When we got back home, this is what grandma say
She "Son, where's my bonnet" and she had it on her head
You know it was sad time, sad time when grandpa died,
whoa, we didn't have no place to go
Grandma said "Your good times is over, grandpa is gone
You'll never have no good times no more"

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Coffee Blues

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1950, New York

from The Blues (Mainstream 311), copyright notice

Mama got mad at papa 'cause he didn't bring no coffee home
Mama got mad at papa 'cause he didn't bring no coffee home
She begin to wonder what is going on wrong

Papa said, "Mama, I ain't mad with you, now, don't you get mad with me
Baby, I ain't mad with you, now, don't you get mad with me"

Papa must have been teasing mama 'cause she said, "I ain't mad with you"
Papa must have been teasing mama 'cause she said, "I ain't mad with you"
She said, "Everything's all right; don't make no difference what you do"
(Spoken: You know papa got good with mama somehow)

And I was crying for bread, and yes, I,
baby, I was crying for bread; and these are the words I said
(Spoken: Now look at mama, just trying to shout)

It was early one evening but papa came home late at night
It was early one evening but papa came home late at night
That's when mama was mad and her and papa began to fight

 

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Contrary Mary

by Robert Ellen
recording of early 1950's

from Sittin' In With (Mainstream 905), copyright notice

Contrary, she contrary, she won't do nothing she say
She contrary, she contrary, she won't do nothing in the world she say
She done been married twice and her first husband, man he just let her have her way
But you know I won't do that!

You better change your way woman, little girl, Johnny tells you again, good advice!
You better change your way, little girl, Johnny tells you again
Then you'll have better times, little girl and you'll have much o'friend

One more, one more time'll do
One more, one more time'll do
Yes I'm gonna get me somebody else darling, then I'll be through with you

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Darling, Do You Remember Me?

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1964

from Complete Prestige/Bluesville Recordings (Bluesville 7PCD-4406-2 and Prestige 4406-2), copyright notice

Just to say hello, my little darling
Do you remember me?
Now it's been a great long time, I just wanna let you see

Hello, speak to me
I been wondering, where can my little darling be?
But it's been such a great long time, darling do you remember me?

I've been places, way over sea,
that's why I know you done forgotten all about poor me
But just to say hello, darling do you remember me?

Your face, somethin' I wanna see,
just to know darling, you used to enjoy with me
But hello, hello darling, baby, do you remember me?

 

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Death Bells

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1961

from Complete Prestige/Bluesville Recordings (Bluesville 7PCD-4406-2 and Prestige 4406-2), copyright notice

Sound like I'm hearing moaning, death bell ringing all in my head
Sound like I can hear moaning, death bell ringing all in my head
Yeah I know that I was gonna leave on a chariot but I didn't know,
what kind of chariot gonna take me away from here

I want you to remember every living people, every living people bound to die
I want you to remember every living people, every living people bound to die
Yeah you know when that chariot come at you, they'll break running, try to hide

You all know my mama told me, you know my papa told me too
You know my mama told me, oh papa told me too
He said you know one day son, that chariot, oh Lord, coming after you

Yeah you know the life I'm living, I've been living it for a many year
You know the life I'm living, I've been living it for a many year
I know the chariot was coming for me but I didn't know,
what kind of chariot gonna take me away from here

 

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Don't Keep My Baby Long

by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

Do you know I took that boy, I've taken him for my best friend
But he done took my little woman, you know he must be an enemy I don't trust
Yes if he don't care if my little girl waits, please don't keep my baby long

Maybe I may hear from her, maybe I may hear from her one day
Maybe I may hear from her, maybe I may hear from her one day
And if she don't find me, baby you don't do what you say

Well I woke up this mornin' just about the break of day
I went to get some milk, all gone away
Oh little woman, hope you'll come back some day,
and when you do, please change your low down ways

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Don't Think 'Cause You're Pretty

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1954

from The Herald Material 1954 (Collectables COL-5121) & Collectables Blues Collection, Vol. 1 (Collectables COL-5127), copyright notice

Don't think 'cause you're pretty, women, got every man in town
You know you ain't doin' nothin' but tearin' yo' own reputation down

You know the blues a bad feelin', when you have them 'bout the break of day
You know the blues a mighty bad feelin', when you have them long 'bout the break of day

Well, you look for her in the bed, where yo' baby used to lay
Mmm, what you want with a rooster, he won't crow 'fo day?
What you want with a woman, she won't do what she say?

 

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Feel So Bad

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1946-1948

from The Complete Aladdin Recordings (Aladdin/EMI 96843), copyright notice

Feel so bad, feel like a ball game on a rainy day
I tell you I feel so bad, feel like a ball game on a rainy day
Since I lost my baby, I shake my head and walk away (walk away)

Sometime I wanna stay here, then again I wanna leave
Sometime I wanna leave here, then again I wanna stay
I just can't make my mind up, I shake my head and walk away (walk away)

I'm trying to tell you people, tell you just how I feel
I'm trying to tell you people, trying to tell you just how I feel
I feel so bad (yes I do), my baby gave me a dirty deal
Oh I feel so bad

Sometime I wanna stay here, then again I wanna leave (yes I do)
Sometime I wanna leave here, then again I wanna stay (alright)
Well since I've got my clothes packed, I'll catch a train and ride away (gonna ride away)

I'm gonna ride away
I'm gonna leave her
I'm so lonely
I feel so bad
I'm gonna leave this town
Oh yeah
I can't stay no longer

 

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Found My Baby Cryin'

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1963 and 1967 resp.

from Lightnin' Hopkins - Morning Blues, Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 8 (CD BM 8) & Lightnin' Hopkins The Ultimate Texas Bluesman (Bluetab BTAB CD-1000), copyright notice

I come home this mornin', yes, I found my baby cryin'
I come home this mornin', yes, I found my baby cryin'
I said, "Lord, have mercy, what is wrong with that little baby of mine?"

Don't, don't cry, babe, you know things is bound to change
Don't cry, don't cry, don't cry, baby you know things is bound to change
Whoa, don't bring you bacon in the winter, bread, for sure, poor Lightnin' bring it in the spring
One more time

You know, it hurt me so bad, to see them tears roll down my baby's cheek
Yeah, you know it hurt me so bad, to see them tears rollin' down my baby's cheek
Whoa, you know I didn't have no money, poor Lightnin' didn't have a bite to eat

 

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Fugitive Blues

by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 19

from probably Nothin' But the Blues (Collectables 5146), copyright notice

Yeah, they named me Richard Kimble, 'cause I been runnin' so long
Yeah, they named me Richard Kimble, 'cause I been runnin' so long
Yeah, you know they got me accused of murder, when I ain't did no one wrong

Got me accused of killing my wife, I wouldn't harm a strand of hair in her head
Got me accused of killing my wife, wouldn't harm a strand of hair in her head
You know the set, I went home one evenin', and found my wife was dead
Yes, I did

I'm gonna keep on runnin' him, yes, until the sole of his shoe get thin
I'm gonna keep on runnin' him, yes, 'til the sole of his shoe get thin
Yes, but when I catch that one old man, I can go turn myself in

Yeah, you know a man can't help but feel bad, when he's always on the run
Man can't help but feel bad, when he's always on the run
You know it make him feel so bad, when it ain't anything he have done

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Gambler's Blues

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by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1967

from Lightnin' Hopkins - Morning Blues, Charly Blues Masterworks Vol. 8 (CD BM 8) & Lightnin' Hopkins The Ultimate Texas Bluesman (Bluetab BTAB CD-1000), copyright notice

You know I once was a gambler, boy, but I lost my money soon
Yes, I once was a gambler, boy, but I lost my money soon
Yes, I lost all of my money some other, some other gambler can have my room

You know I lost all my money, in a no good gambling game
Yes, I lost all my money, boys, in a no good gambling game
I was on my bad luck, kept gambling just the same

When you lose that old no good money, you sit around with your head hung down
When you lose that old no good money, you sit around with your head hung down
Yeah, wake up next morning happy, I'm the best gambler in this town

 

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Give Me Back That Wig

by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1951, Houston

from Original Folk Blues (Kent 523, Crown 5224), copyright notice

Give me back that wig I bought you, baby; darling, let your doggone head go bald
Give me back that wig I bought you, baby; darling, let your doggone head go bald
Yes, I come to find out this morning (God bless your heart), baby, you don't need no hair at all

Yeah, you know I bought you a wig
I say, "We're going out and have some fun"
I looked around for you baby and what did I face?
A great big gun

Give me back that wig I bought you, woman, please ma'am, let your doggone head go bald
Yes, you know I done come to find out you don't need no hair at all

Yeah, you know my mama she done told me, told me just what a woman'd do
Yeah, you know my mama she done told me, told me just what a woman'd do
Yes, "If she can't get a wig from the store, she'll come 'round and try to buy one of them things from you"

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Goin' Back And Talk To Mama

by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 1947, Houston

from Original Recordings, Vol. 1 (Arhoolie 2007), copyright notice

Yes, man, I was born March the 15th, you know the year of 1912
Yes, I was born March the 15th, boys, 1912
Yes, you know ever since that day, poor Lightnin' ain't been doing so well

Yes, I'm going back and talk to mama, just to see what mama say,
so she will make me think about my old home seat and the places that I used to play
You know, I'm going back and talk to mama just to see what will poor mama say,
yeah, so she can make me remember old places where I used to play

When I go talk to my mama, these is the words that I'm gon' say:
"Just show me the old places I used to be, mama, and the places I used to play"
You know I'm' talk to my mama, gon' ask her, whoa, 'bout the places I used to play
Yes, I'm often thinking about where I used to play

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Goin' Back Home

by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 19

from probably Prison Blues: Golden Classics, Pt. 2 (Collectables
COL-5144)
, copyright notice

Goin' back home, just as soon as God break day
Goin' back home, just as soon as the good Lord break a day
Whoa, you know this ain't no place for me, and I don't think po' Lightnin wanna stay

Married woman, she the sweetest thing, man, in this world
Married woman, she the sweetest thing, man, in this world
You know why I know it? I got one, every night she lays in po' Lightnin's arms

Sometimes, she calls me her little boy, listen at me, I calls her my little girl
Sometimes, she call me her little boy, listens at me, sometimes I call her my little girl
Yes, when that woman go to kiss me, po' Lightnin think he's out of this world

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Goin' To Dallas, See My Pony Run

soundclip


Traditional
recording of 1961

from Complete Prestige/Bluesville Recordings (Bluesville 7PCD-4406-2 and Prestige 4406-2), copyright notice

I'm goin' to Dallas, see my pony run
Goin' to Dallas, just to see my pony run
I'm goin' to Dallas, just to see my pony run, if I win any money, gonna bring my baby some

She's a cold black mare, put on a racetrack anywhere
She's a cold black mare, put on a racetrack anywhere
If I get to the place and it's crowded, I'll say have you got any room to spare?

I'm going to Dallas, see my pony run
Going to Dallas, see my pony run
I'm going to Dallas, just to see my pony run,
she wins every race and I can't see how it's done

She got a long life to live, cold black way remains
Long life to live, cold black way remains
When that horse wins that race she don't look like she's ashamed

I'm going to Dallas, see her run one more time
Going to Dallas, see her run one more time
If she wins this race for Lightnin', I'm gonna tell her she can retire

 

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Grandma Told Grandpa

by Sam "Lightnin' " Hopkins
recording of 19

from probably Drinkin' in the Blues: Golden Classics, Pt. 1 (Collectables
COL-5143)
, copyright notice

Grandma told grandpa, lovin' between us is sure true
Grandma told grandpa, lovin' between us is sure true
Whoa, grandpa said, "If you love me, little girl, I hope to die that I sure love you"

She woke up one mornin' and the sun was shinin', made her think way back
And daddy began to, he began to laugh, because that was the sun shinin' that he was laughin'
And boy, I tell ya, it made me feel pretty good.

The old man then got on his feet now, he said, "I don't have to pick no cotton,
I'm so glad I don't have to pull no corn
Whoa, Lord, have mercy
So glad I don't have to pull no corn"
He said, "If I see a mule run away with the world,
Lightnin, I'm just gonna tell him to go head on"

Whoa, yeah, one more time

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Page last updated on:
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