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Table Of Content (60 songs, 23 soundclips)

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Biting Bug Blues
Black Cat Blues
Bumble Bee (Columbia)
Bumble Bee (Vocalion)
Bumble Bee (No. 2)
Call The Fire Wagon
Can I Do It For You (p.2)
Chickasaw Train Blues
Crazy Crying Blues
Daybreak Blues
Dirt Dauber Blues
Dirty Mother For You
Doctor, Doctor Blues
Down In New Orleans
Down In the Alley
Frankie Jean
Frisco Town
Garage Fire Blues
Georgia Skin
Good Biscuits

Good Girl Blues
Hole In The Wall
Hoodoo Lady
Hustlin' Woman Blues
I'm Going Don't You Know
I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuits
I'm Talking 'Bout You No. 2
If You See My Rooster
I Hate To See The Sun Go Down
In My Girlish Days
Jockey Man Blues
Keep On Eating
Keep On Sailing
Ma Rainey
Me And My Chauffeur Blues
Mean Mistreater Blues
Memphis Minnie-Jitis Blues
Moaning The Blues
Moonshine
My Butcher Man

My Strange Man
New Bumble Bee
New Dirty Dozen
North Memphis Blues
Nothing In Rambling
Outdoor Blues
Out In The Cold
Plymouth Rock Blues
Reachin' Pete
Socket Blues
Stinging Snake Blues
Sylvester And His Mule
Tricks Ain't Walking No More
Wants Cake When I'm Hungry
What Fault You Find Of Me? (Part 1)
What Fault You Find Of Me? (Part 1)
What's The Matter With The Mill
When The Levee Breaks
World Of Trouble
You Can't Give It Away

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Good Girl Blues

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by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1930-1931) (Document DOCD-5029), copyright notice

I have been a good girl, going to church all of my days
I have been a good girl, going to church all of my days
But I'm going to learn to gamble so I can stay out late

Crying dice, oh dice, please don't fail on me
Crying dice, oh dice, please don't fail on me
If you don't seven/eleven, don't you crap and three

Hmmmm, hmmmmm, hmmmmm
Hmmmm, hmmmmm, hmmmmm
Hmmmm, hmmmmm

When your home get unhappy, just as well to pack up and move
When your home get unhappy, just as well to pack up and move
Ain't no use trying to live in confusement, just like you was a fool

Oh Lord, oh Lord, Lord, what shall I do?
Oh Lord, oh Lord, Lord, what shall I do?
I done did everything, baby, to get along with you

Hmmmm, hmmmmm, hmmmmm
Hmmmm, hmmmmm, hmmmmm
Hmmmm, hmmmmm

 

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Hole In The Wall


by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 (1933-1934) Document DOCD-5031), copyright notice

KJ:
There is something wonderful, we can't understand
A rat1 come in here, cutting like a natural man
KJ & MM:
He got a hole in the wall
He got a hole in the wall
And when he get to cutting, you might have heard the poor girl squall

MM:
Boys, that rat is a cutter, you ought to understand
He's cutting somebody, everywhere he lands
KJ & MM:
He got a hole in the wall
He got a hole in the wall
And when he get to cutting, you might have heard the poor girl squall

KJ:
I was over to old man Jones', the other day
He had cut his wife, and 'bout to do his baby, the same old way
KJ & MM:
He got a hole in the wall
He got a hole in the wall
And when he get to cutting, you might have heard the poor girl squall

MM:
The cat jumped at him, and he got away
Boys, if you don't watch that rat, he's gonna steal all your meat away
KJ & MM:
He got a hole in the wall
He got a hole in the wall
And when he get to cutting, you might have heard the poor girl squall

KJ:
I saw old man Collins, might have heard him crying
Boys, the way that woman cut him, he's about to lose his mind
KJ & MM:
He got a hole in the wall
He got a hole in the wall
And when he get to cutting, you might have heard the poor girl squall

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Note: KJ is Kansas Joe and MM is Memphis Minnie;
Note 1: rat, as in many other blues songs, the rat symbolizes the male, as in this song, or male genitals;
Note 2: cat, again as in many other blues songs, the cat symbolizes the female or female genitals (pussy). In this song it is a powerful symbolic weapon in the fight against male supremacy. Needless to say that the male/the rat is not victorious in this song.

 

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Hoodoo Lady

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by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Hoodoo Lady (1933-1937) (Columbia CK-46775) & Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1930-1931) (Document DOCD-5029) & Me & My Chauffeur 1935-1946 (EPM Musique 158822), copyright notice

Hoodoo lady, how do you do?
They tell me you take a boot and turn it to a brand new shoe
But don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
'Cause I'm going back to Tennessee

Hoodoo lady, you can turn water to wine
I been wondering where have you been all this time
I'm setting here, broke, and I ain't got a dime
You ought to put something in these dukes of mine
But don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
'Cause I'm going back to Tennessee

(spoken: Boy, you better watch it 'cause she's tricky)

Hoodoo lady, I want you to unlock my door
So I can get in and get all my clothes
But don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
'Cause I'm going back to Tennessee

Now look-a here, hoodoo lady, I want you to treat me right
Bring my man back home but don't let him stay all night
And don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
'Cause I'm going back to Tennessee

(spoken: Boy, she's tricky as she can be. Better watch her, too

Why look-a here, hoodoo lady, I'm your friend
When you leave this time, come back again
But don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
Don't put that thing on me
'Cause I'm going back to Tennessee

(spoken: Boys, I'm scared of her!)

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Hustlin' Woman Blues

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1935-1941) (Document BDCD-6008) & Me & My Chauffeur 1935-1946 (EPM Musique 158822) & Four Women Blues: Victor/Bluebird Recordings (RCA 66719), copyright notice

I stood on the corner all night long, counting the stars one by one
I stood on the corner all night long, counting the stars one by one
I didn't make me no money, Bob, and I can't go back home

(spoken: I've got a bad man)

My man sits in the window with his .45 in his hand
My man sits in the window with his .45 in his hand
Every now and then he gets to hollering at me and tells me, "You better not miss that man"

(spoken: I've got him, baby)

My daddy ain't got no shoes, Bob, now it done got cold
My daddy ain't got no shoes, Bob, now it done got cold
I'm gonna grab me somebody if I don't make myself some dough

(spoken:
I'm going to the Quarter Bowl
Bob, can you gamble?
No, it's rough when you can't do nothin'
I just want to know can you shoot dice?
No?
Can't shoot no dice?
I can't gamble myself
Well, I can't do nothin' but I bet a man I can)

I'm going to the Quarter Bowl, see what I can Find
I'm going to the Quarter Bowl, see what I can Find
And if I make a hundred dollars, I'm gonna bring my daddy ninety-nine

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Note: just like Tricks Ain't Walking No More and You Can't Give It Away this another song about prostitution.

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I'm Going Don't You Know

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1935-1941) (Document BDCD-6010) & Hoodoo Lady (1933-1937) (Columbia CK-46775), copyright notice

Train's at the station, don't you know
Who all goin'? Let me hear you blow
Hey, hey
Hey, hey
Everybody going
Yes, I'm going, don't you know

Everybody's got their ticket, where is mine?
Look like to me I'm gonna be left behind
Hey, hey
Hey, hey
Everybody going
Yes, I'm going, don't you know

(spoken: Now, play it for me this time

Now, go home and pack up everything you got
Please don't bring that old run down clock
Hey, hey
Hey, hey
Everybody going
Yes, I'm going, don't you know

Now don't keep me waiting on the corner so long
Train's at the station and she soon be gone
Hey, hey
Hey, hey
Everybody going
Yes, I'm going, don't you know

(spoken: Now, swing you cats)

You done fooled around here and made me miss that train
Now I got to catch me an aeroplane
Hey, hey
Hey, hey
Everybody going
Yes, I'm going, don't you know

Well, everybody going, baby, and I wants to go, too
Don't you hear me talking that sweet talk to you
Hey, hey
Hey, hey
Everybody going
Yes, I'm going, don't you know

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I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuits

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1929-1930) (Document 5028), copyright notice

I got a brand new skillet1 and a brand new lid2
I ain't got no stove but I bake my bread
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
Ain't gonna give nobody none

I'm gonna lock my door, nail my windows all down
You know by that, I don't want no bums around
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
Ain't gonna give nobody none

I ain't got no flour and ain't got no meal
If you got no man you got to rob and steal
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
Ain't gonna give nobody none

I'm-a tell you something I don't know if I'm wrong or right
But if you want my bread, you got to stay all night
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
Ain't gonna give nobody none

Ain't no need of you getting mad now, and poking out your mouth
You ain't gonna give me no bread when my bread runs out
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
Ain't gonna give nobody none

Come here, come here, I want you to come here now
I ain't got tight for my bread ain't brown
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
I'm gonna bake my biscuits
Ain't gonna give nobody none

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Note 1: skillet, a small kettle or pot usually having three or four often long feet and used for cooking on the hearth OR a metal pan with a handle that is used for frying foods, called also fry pan;
Note 2: lid, could be lead instead of lid.

 

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I'm Talking 'Bout You No. 2

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1930-1931) (Document DOCD-5029), copyright notice

You can quit me, do anything you want to do
Someday you'll want me and I won't want you
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I don't care what you do

You's a man running from hand to hand
You can get you a woman, I got another man
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I don't care what you do

You will mistreat me, and you won't do right
You can take it on back where you had it last night
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I don't care what you do

Well, you can't be mine, somebody else's, too
I ain't gonna stand that way you do
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I don't care what you do

Sho' as you's a married man and you got a wife
You keep running around here, you'll lose your life
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I don't care what you do

That you had for me the other night
You can turn it around, bring it home tonight
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I don't care what you do

When I was at home, I was with my man
Now you got me here, from hand to hand
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I don't care what you do

Ain't no need of you walking around with your mouth poked out
That is something just as well cut it out
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I don't care what you do

You know when I met you from house to house
I know some of your women's had put you out
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I don't care what you do

It wouldn't have been so bad, but you didn't have a dime
That I wouldn't mind helping you, no man of mine
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I don't care what you do

Well, look-a here, what you expect for me to do?
Want me to be your mammy and your doctor, too
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I'm talking about you
I don't care what you do

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If You See My Rooster (Please Run Him Home)

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1935-1941) (Document BDCD-6009) & Me & My Chauffeur 1935-1946 (EPM Musique 158822) & Bumble Bee (Indigo 2005) & Hoodoo Lady (1933-1937) (Columbia CK-46775), copyright notice

If you see my rooster1, please run him on back home
If you see my rooster, please run him on back home
I haven't found no eggs in my basket2, eehhee, since my rooster been gone

I heard my rooster crowing, this morning just about the break of day
I heard my rooster crowing, this morning just about the break of day
I guess that was the time he was making his getaway

I just found out how come my hens won't lay
I just found out how come my hens won't lay
Every time I look around my rooster have done gone away

(spoken: Now play it, Bob
Tell me 'bout my rooster)

I've got too many hens for not to have no roosters on my yard
I've got too many hens for not to have no roosters on my yard
And I don't know what's the matter, eeeooo, something have done got 'em barred3

Now, Bob, if you see my rooster, please run him on back home
Now, Bob, if you see my rooster, please run him on back home
I haven't found no eggs in my basket, eeeheee, since my rooster been gone

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Note 1: like the blues in general, this song song speaks through many layers of meaning. The missing rooster is the missing man/lover who presides over his stable of women the way a rooster guards his flock of hens;
Note 2: no eggs in my basket, possibly refers to no money, food or sex;
Note 3: barred, having alternate bands of feathers of different color.

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I Hate To See The Sun Go Down

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by Memphis Minnie
recording of 1938

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 (1938-1939) (Document BDCD-6011) & Hoodoo Lady (1933-1937) (Columbia CK-46775) & Hot Stuff (1930-1941) (Collector's Edition 1), copyright notice

I hate to see evenin' sun go down
I hate to see evenin' sun go down
Cause it makes me think, I'm on my last go-round

Some people take the blues, go jump overboard and drown
Some people take the blues, go jump overboard and drown
But when they gets on me, I'd rather stay 'n go sit down

I been to the river, looked it up and down
I been to the river, looked it up and down
But when my mind never let me, to jump overboard and drown

Oh, take it away now
Yes, I know
Play it mister Charlie
While I'm lookin' at you

Every time I go, across that old muddy pond
Every time I go, across that old muddy pond
I think about my baby, and come easin' on back home

Everybody try to show me, how to ease my troublin' mind
Everybody try to show me, how to ease my troublin' mind
When the big boat come along, to just jump on in behind

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In My Girlish Days

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Bumble Bee (Indigo 2005), copyright notice

Late hours at night, trying to play my hand
Through my window, out stepped a man
I didn't know no better
Oh boys
In my girlish days

My mama cried, papa did, too
Oh, daughter, look what a shame on you
I didn't know no better
Oh boys
In my girlish days

I flagged a train, didn't have a dime
Trying to run away from that home of mine
I didn't know no better
Oh boys
In my girlish days

I hit the highway, caught me a truck
Nineteen and seventeen, when the winter was tough
I didn't know no better
Oh boys
In my girlish days

(spoken: Lord, play it for me now)

All of my playmates is not surprised,
I had to travel 'fore I got wise
I found out better
And I still got my girlish ways

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Jockey Man Blues

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1935-1941) (Document BDCD-6008), copyright notice

Good morning, blues, please shake hands with me
Good morning, blues, please shake hands with me
I've got the blues this morning, just as low as I can be

How can I sleep nights, baby, when you turn your back on me
How can I sleep nights, baby, when you turn your back on me
I'm gonna take my troubles, go down by the sea

You can eat 'n my kitchen, sleep in my bed
Fall down in my arms, pretty papa, rest your worried head
'Cause I need, need some loving now
I ain't got no one to love me, weeooo, like you know how

I woke up this morning with the rising sun
I woke up this morning with the rising sun
My pretty papa's a jockey, and he sure don't ride for fun

If you see my jockey, I said please tell him hurry home
If you see my jockey, I said please tell him hurry home
I ain't had no loving, Lord, since my jockey been gone

My jockey rode this morning, and my love come falling down
My jockey rode this morning, and my love come falling down
Said, "I'll be your monkey woman, but please don't lead me around"

Take a race horse to run, a jockey to ride around
Take a pretty sealskin papa, make my love come down
'Cause I don't feel welcome, sleeping by myself
Lord, since you went away and left me, I don't want nobody else

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Keep On Eating

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 (1938-1939) (Document BDCD-6011) & Hoodoo Lady (1933-1937) (Columbia CK-46775), copyright notice

Every time I cook, look like you can't get enough
Fix you a pot of soup and make you drink it up
So keep on a-eating
Oh, keep on a-eating
Keep on eating, baby, till you get enough

You don't like nobody's cooking but mine
Get up in the morning and fix you a tenderloin
So keep on a-eating
Oh, keep on a-eating
Keep on eating, baby, till you get enough

Don't tell nobody that I tried to be tough
I just got a man so hard to fill up
So keep on a-eating
Oh, keep on a-eating
Keep on eating, baby, till you get enough

(spoken:
Oh, play it now, Mr. Charlie1
Yes, man! Just keep on eating
You'll get through it someday)

I know you're crazy about your oysters and your shrimp and crab
Take you around the corner and give you a chance to grab
So keep on a-eating
Oh, keep on a-eating
Keep on eating, baby, till you get enough

I've cooked and cooked till I done got tired
Can't fill you up off of my fried apple pie
So keep on a-eating
Oh, keep on a-eating
Keep on eating, baby, till you get enough

I know you got a bad cold and you can't smell
I ain't gonna give you something that I can't sell
So keep on a-eating
Oh, keep on a-eating
Keep on eating, baby, till you get enough

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Note 1: Charlie, Charlie McCoy, Minnie's cousin.

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Keep On Sailing

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1935-1941) (Document BDCD-6010) & Hot Stuff (1930-1941) (Collector's Edition 1), copyright notice

Sail on, sail on, ahw baby, sail on
Sail on, sail on, ahw baby, sail on
I don't mind you sailing, but please don't sail so long

Oh boys, now don't you want to ride with me
Oh boys, now don't you want to ride with me
I've got the best sailor in this world you ever seen

Going away, going away but I ain't gonna stay
Going away, going away but I ain't gonna stay
'Cause that sailor you got, I sees it each and every day

Sail on, sail on, ahw baby, sail on
Sail on, sail on, ahw baby, sail on
You gonna keep a-sailing, till you find your mama gone

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Note: Memphis Minnie's version of the Bumble Bee Slim blues standard Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On. The little girl became a sailor in her version, the first and last verse were present in the original version.

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Ma Rainey

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of June 27, 1941

from Blues & the News: Telling It Like It Is (Columbia CK-46217) &
Mean Old World: The Blues from 1940 to 1994 Smithsonian Blues Box (Smithsonian Institution Press 0003/0004), copyright notice

I was thinking about Ma Rainey, wonder where could Ma Rainey be1
I was thinking about Ma Rainey, wonder where could Ma Rainey be
I been looking for her, even been 'n old Tennessee

She was born in Georgia, traveled all over this world
She was born in Georgia, traveled all over this world
And she's the best blues singer, peoples, I ever heard

When she made Bo Weavil Blues2, I was living way down the line
When she made Bo Weavil Blues, I was living way down the line
Every time I hear that record, I just couldn't keep from crying

Hmmmm, hmmmmm
Hmmmm, hmmmmm
Hmmmm, hmmmmmmmm

People it sure look lonesome since Ma Rainey been gone
People it sure look lonesome since Ma Rainey been gone
But she left little Minnie to carry the good works on

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Note 1: Minnie's tribute to Ma Rainey was recorded about six months after Ma Rainey's death;
Note 2: Bo Weavil Blues, recorded in December 1923, was Ma Rainey's first record and it was also her first hit.

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Me And My Chauffeur Blues

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 1941

from Me & My Chauffeur 1935-1946 (EPM Musique 158822) & Hot Stuff (1930-1941) (Collector's Edition 1) & Bumble Bee (Indigo 2005) & I Ain't No Bad Gal (Portrait RK-44072), copyright notice

Won't you be my chauffeur
Won't you be my chauffeur
I wants him to drive me
I wants him to drive me downtown
Yes he drives so easy, I can't turn him down

But I don't want him
But I don't want him
To be ridin' these girls
To be ridin' these girls around
So I'm gonna steal me a pistol, shoot my chauffeur down

Well I must buy him
Well I must buy him
A brand new V8
A brand new V8 Ford
Then he won't need no passengers, I will be his load

(spoken: Yeah, take it away)

Going to let my chauffeur
Going to let my chauffeur
Drive me around the
Drive me around the world
Then he can be my little boy, yes, I'll be his girl

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Mean Mistreater

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from, copyright notice

I have the blues at all times, they worry me night and day
I have the blues at all times, they worry me night and day
They fall so hard at times, till they send my mind away

Once I had a mistreater, kept accusing me of someone else
Once I had a mistreater, kept accusing me of someone else
When it come to a showdown, he was stepping out himself

I give him all of my money, my love, my everything
I give him all of my money, my love, my everything
He stays sweet all the winter, jumps salty in the spring

(spoken: Low down dog
That's a nasty man)

I give up all of my pleasure, forsaken all of my friends
I give up all of my pleasure, forsaken all of my friends
But now the way he been doing, I declare it's a crying sin

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Memphis Minnie-Jitis Blues

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by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1930-1931) (Document DOCD-5029) & With Kansas Joe (Blues Classics 13) & Blues Classics 13 - Memphis Minnie Vol. 2: Early Recordings with "Kansas" Joe McCoy (), copyright notice

Hmmmm, the meningitis1 killin' me
Hmmmm, the meningitis killin' me
I'm bending, I'm bending, baby, my head is nearly down to my knees

I comin' home one Saturday night, pull off my clothes and I lie down
I comin' home one Saturday night, pull off my clothes and I lie down
And next morning just about day, the meningitis began to creep around

My head and neck was paining me, feel like my back was break in two
My head and neck was paining me, feel like my back was break in two
Lord, I had such a mood that morning, I didn't know what in the world to do

My companion take me to the doctor, "Doctor please tell me my wife's complaint"
My companion take me to the doctor, "Doctor please tell me my wife's complaint"
The doctor looked down on me, shook his head, "I wouldn't mind telling you, son, but I can't"

"You take her 'round to the city hospital, jus' as quick, quick as you possibly can
You take her 'round to the city hospital, jus' as quick, quick as you possibly can
Because the condition she's in now, you will never go home live again"

He rode me 'round to the city hospital, the clock was strikin' ten
He rode me 'round to the city hospital, the clock was strikin' ten
I hear my companion say, "I won't see your smiling face again"

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Note 1: meningitis, a usually bacterial disease in which inflammation of the meninges (any of the three membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord) occurs. Bacterial meningitis was usually fatal in the 1920's and 1930's, it had an epidemic tendency (there had been an outbreak of one type of meningitis in Detroit in 1929, a year before Minnie recorder her song), and the lower classes in ghettos were especially vulnerable. This song of Minnie is a moving blues about the dangerous meningitis, which she "personalized" into "Minnie-Jitis".

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Moaning The Blues

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 (1933-1934) Document DOCD-5031), copyright notice

Oh, the blues got ways sometimes just like a natural man
Oh, the blues got ways sometimes just like a natural man
I don't care which away you turn, they always is on your hands

Won't you tell me, baby, how come you don't come back home?
Won't you tell me, baby, how come you don't come back home?
I lay down last night with my back door open all night long

Here come the blues this morning, just 'fore day they shut my door
Here come the blues this morning, just 'fore day they shut my door
But the lord forgive me, I won't have them things no more

This morning, setting on the side of my bed
This morning, setting on the side of my bed
(They done come) brought you a letter (for) your plumb good man fell dead

(spoken: Blues, what must I do?)

Hmmmmm, hmmmmm
Hmmmmm, hmmmmm
Hmmmmm, hmmmmm

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Moonshine

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1935-1941) (Document BDCD-6009) & Hot Stuff (1930-1941) (Collector's Edition 1), copyright notice

I've got to leave this town, I've got to go before the sun goes down
I've got to leave this town, I've got to go before the sun goes down
'Cause I done got tired of these coppers running me around

I stayed in jail last night and all last night before
I stayed in jail last night and all last night before
I would have been there now if my daddy hadn't sprung the do'

I stay in so much trouble, that's why I've got to go
I stay in so much trouble, that's why I've got to go
But when I get out this time, I won't sell moonshine1 no more

I done packed my trunk and done shipped it on down the road
I done packed my trunk and done shipped it on down the road
Now I won't be bothered with these big bad bulls no more

Just keep me a-moving going from door to door
Just keep me a-moving going from door to door
I done made up in my mind not to sell moonshine no more

(spoken: Yeah!)

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Note 1: moonshine, illegally distilled corn whiskey.

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My Butcher Man

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by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Hoodoo Lady (1933-1937) (Columbia CK-46775), copyright notice

(spoken: Wonder where is my butcher man now?
I've been looking for him all day long!)

Butcher man, butcher man, where have you been so long?
Butcher man, butcher man, where have you been so long?
I can't catch you at the butcher shop and you're so hard to find at home

I'm going to tell everybody I've got the best butcher man in town
I'm going to tell everybody I've got the best butcher man in town
He can slice your ham, he can cut it from the fat on down

He slice my pork chops and he grinds my sausage, too
He slice my pork chops and he grinds my sausage, too
Ain't nothing in the line of butcherin' that my butcher man can't do

Butcher man, in the morning, won't you please stop by my house
Butcher man, in the morning, won't you please stop by my house
I've got enough butcherin' for you to do if you promise me you just only hush your mouth?

Butcher man, butcher man, I got a ham I cannot slice
Butcher man, butcher man, I got a ham I cannot slice
If you can't stop in the morning, please stop by tomorrow night

If anybody asks you, "Butcher man, where have you been?"
If anybody asks you, "Butcher man, where have you been?"
Show 'em that long-bladed knife, tell 'em you been butchering out in the slaughter pens

(spoken: Let's go, butcher man, for me)

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Bluesman Harry
Page last updated on:
June 8 2000


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