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Table Of Content (60 songs, 15 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 2)
What's The Matter With The Mill
When The Levee Breaks
World Of Trouble
You Can't Give It Away

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My Strange Man


by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1935-1941) (Document BDCD-6009) & Hoodoo Lady (1933-1937) (Columbia CK-46775), copyright notice

I met a strange man last night, and I taken him home with me
I met a strange man last night, and I taken him home with me
Now he done gone and left me, wonder where could my strange man be?

Strange man, strange man, won't you please come back to me?
Strange man, strange man, won't you please come back to me?
You is my strange man, you've got something that I really need

Hmmm, wonder where is my strange man gone?
Hmmm, wonder where is my strange man gone?
He left me this morning 'n' I've been lonesome all day long

I woke up this morning, half past three, I found my strange man, was standin' over me
Strange man, strange man, tell me where you been
Well, I sure feel happy to see you back home again

Strange man, strange man, please don't leave me no more
Strange man, strange man, please don't leave me no more
Next time you leave me, I'm gonna walk out and lock my door

 

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New Bumble Bee

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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) & Hot Stuff (1930-1941) (Collector's Edition 1) & Blues Classics 13 - Memphis Minnie Vol. 2: Early Recordings with "Kansas" Joe McCoy (), copyright notice

I got a bumble bee1, don't sting nobody but me
I got a bumble bee, don't sting nobody but me
And I tell the world, he got all the stinger2 I need

And he makes better honey, any bumble bee I ever seen
And he makes better honey, any bumble bee I ever seen
And when he makes it, oh, how he makes me scream

He gets to flying and buzzing, stinging everybody he meets
He gets to flying and buzzing, stinging everybody he meets
Lord, I wonder why my bumble bee want to mistreat me

Hmmmm, where my bumble bee gone?
Hmmmm, wonder where's my bumble bee gone?
I been looking for him, my bumble bee, so long, so long

My bumble bee got ways, just like a natural man
My bumble bee got ways, just like a natural man
He's stinging somebody, everywhere he lands

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Note: Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe made their first record in the Columbia Studio in New York on Tuesday, June 18, 1929. One of the songs they recorded was this soon-to-be-famous Bumble Bee. Eight months later, on February 20 and 21, 1930, Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe recorded 12 sides for Vocalion. Although the Columbia version of Bumble Bee was the first version recorded, Columbia did not issue it until after Vocalion had already issued their versions of Bumble Bee, Bumble Bee No. 2 and New Bumble Bee. Memphis Minnie recorded for Vocalion until the label was phased out in 1940;
Note 1: bumble bee, an insect is is often seen, as in this case, as an image of a male lover in blues lyrics. The insect can also represent unwanted brothers and sisters;
Note 2: stinger, a metaphor for the male sexual organ. Stinging therefore meaning having sex.

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New Dirty Dozen

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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) & Bumble Bee (Indigo 2005), copyright notice

Come all you folks and start to walk, I'm fixing to start my dozen1 talk
What you're thinking about ain't on my mind, that stuff you got is the sorriest kind
Now you're a sorry mistreater, robber and a cheater
Slip you in the dozens, your papa and your cousin
Your mama do the lordy lord

Come all of you women's outta be in the can, out on the corner stopping every man,
Hollering "Soap is a nickel and the towel is free, I'm pigmeat, pappy, now who wants me?"
You's a old mistreater, robber and a cheater
Slip you in the dozens, your papa and your cousin
Your mama do the lordy lord

Now the funniest thing I ever seen, tom cat jumping on a sewing machine
Sewing machine run so fast, took 99 stitches in his yas, yas, yas
Now he's a cruel mistreater, robber and a cheater
Slip you in the dozens, your papa and your cousin
Your mama do the lordy lord

Now I'm gonna tell you all about old man Bell, he can't see but he sure can smell
Fish-man passed here the other day, hollering "Hey, pretty mama, I'm going your way"
I know all about your pappy and your mammy,
your big fat sister and your little brother Sammy,
your auntie and your uncle and your ma's and pa's,
they all got drunk and showed their Santa Claus
Now they're all drunken mistreaters, robbers and a cheaters
Slip you in the dozens, your papa and your cousin
Your mama do the lordy lord

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Note: dirty dozens, a very elaborate game traditionally played by black boys, in which the participants insult each other's relatives, especially their mothers. The object of the game is to test emotional strength. The first person to give in to anger is the loser.

 

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North Memphis Blues


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

I tell all you people, you can rest and eat1
You don't have to worry about cookin', go to North Memphis cafe and eat
I tell all you people, you can rest and eat
Because the North Memphis cafe got everything that you really need

I don't buy no wood, even buy no coal
I go to North Memphis cafe and eat and don't be a dope2
I tell all you people, you can rest and eat
You don't have to worry about cookin', go to North Memphis cafe and eat

I will tell y'all somethin', I don't change like the wind
If you go to North Memphis cafe eat you'll go back again
I tell all you people, you can rest and eat
Because the North Memphis cafe got everything that you really need

Now listen to me, good people, I don't aim to make you mad
You go to North Memphis cafe and get somethin' you never had
I tell all you people, you can rest and eat
Because the North Memphis cafe got everything that you really need

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Note 1: instead of "rest and eat" it could be "rest at ease";
Note 2: dope, a stupid person.

 

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Nothing In Rambling

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of June 27, 1941

from Bumble Bee (Indigo 2005), copyright notice

I was born in Louisiana, I was raised in Algiers
And everywhere I been, the peoples all say
Ain't nothing in rambling, either running around
Well, I believe I'll marry, oooo, wooo, Lord, and settle down

I first left home, I stopped in Tennessee
The peoples all begging, "Come and stay with me"
'Cause ain't nothing in rambling, either running around
Well, I believe I'll marry, oooo, wooo, Lord, and settle down

I was walking through the alley with my hand in my coat
The police start to shoot me, thought it was something I stole
You know it ain't nothing in rambling, either running around
Well, I believe I'll marry, oooo, wooo, Lord, and settle down

The peoples on the highway is walking and crying
Some is starving, some is dying
You know it ain't nothing in rambling, either running around
Well, I believe I'll marry, oooo, wooo, Lord, and settle down

You may go to Hollywood and try to get on the screen
But I'm gonna stay right here and eat these old charity beans
'Cause it ain't nothing in rambling, either running around
Well, I believe I'll marry, oooo, wooo, Lord, and settle down

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Outdoor Blues

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1931-1932) (Document BDCD-6010), copyright notice

One cold night, I was out in the frost and snow
One cold night, I was out in the frost and snow
I didn't have a penny, I couldn't find no place to go

Way, down the lane, I thought I see'd a fire
Way, down the lane, I thought I see'd a fire
'Fore I could make it there to warm my hands, the hobos had put it out

I was so cold my feets was near about froze
I was so cold my feets was near about froze
And I didn't have a penny, I couldn't find no place to go

I come to a house, I knocked up on the door
I come to a house, I knocked up on the door
They wouldn't accept my company because I didn't have on no clothes

Hmmm, my feets was near about froze
Hmmm, my feets was near about froze
I didn't have a penny, I couldn't find no place to go

I looked and saw old lady standing in the door
I looked and saw old lady standing in the door
She said, "Come in, daughter, how in the world that you trying to go?"

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Out In The Cold

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1935-1941) (Document BDCD-6009), copyright notice

I dreamt a dream last night I never dreamt before
I dreamt a dream last night I never dreamt before
And when I woke up this morning, my trunk was setting outdoors

I didn't have no money, I couldn't find me no place to go
I didn't have no money, I couldn't find me no place to go
So that left me and my trunk, (setting) out in the cold

That was me last night, hoo, hoo, you drove from your door
That was me last night, hoo, hoo, you drove from your door
Why you wouldn't let me in, the reason I sure don't know

So that left me out here wandering up and down this old lonesome road
So that left me out here wandering up and down this old lonesome road
I'm just wandering, wondering, which-away must I go

Hmmmmm, my feets are near about froze
Hmmmmm, my feets are near about froze
I've been to a many house this morning, and won't nobody open the door

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Plymouth Rock 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) & Bumble Bee (Indigo 2005), copyright notice

I got so many chickens, can't tell my roosters from my hens
I got so many chickens, can't tell my roosters from my hens
I got to go back now, and look 'em all over again

I found my rooster this morning by looking at his comb
I found my rooster this morning by looking at his comb
You can look out now, pullets1, it won't be long

My hens all cackling, I can't find no eggs
My hens all cackling, I can't find no eggs
You ain't got no excuse now, pullets, ain't nothing in your way

I'm gonna take this old hen, I'm go down to the doctor's shop
I'm gonna take this old hen, I'm go down to the doctor's shop
I don't see what's the matter with 'em, they won't bip a bop

I done told you one time, papa, I don't want my chicken meat
I done told you one time, papa, I don't want my chicken meat
I don't want them banty's2 mixed up with my dominiques3

Shoo, chickens, shoo, I don't want no banty's on my yard
Shoo, chickens, shoo, I don't want no banty's on my yard
I don't want them banty's mixed up with my Plymouth Rocks

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Note 1: pullets, a hen of the domestic chicken less than a year old;
Note 2: banty, a breed of domestic chicken;
Note 3: dominique, any of an American breed of domestic chicken with a rose comb, yellow legs, and barred plumage;
Note 4: Plymouth Rocks, any of an American breed of medium-sized single-combed dual-purpose domestic chicken.

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Reachin' Pete

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

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

Friend, you go to Helena, stop on Cherry Street
Friend, you go to Helena, stop on Cherry Street
And just ask anybody to show you Reachin' Pete

He's the tallest man, walks on Cherry Street
He's the tallest man, walks on Cherry Street
And the baddest copper ever walked that beat

(spoken: Eh, let's go to town now, that's what I'm talking about)

He met me one Sunday morning, just about the break of day
He met me one Sunday morning, just about the break of day
I was drinking my moonshine, he made me throw my knife away

Well, he taken my partner down to the jail
Well, he taken my partner down to the jail
After he locked her up, he turned and went her bail

Reachin' Pete's all right, but his buddy1
Reachin' Pete's all right, but his buddy
Every time he meet you, he ready for plenty hell

(spoken: Look out, now, here comes Reachin' Pete and Buzzell
Don't let 'em catch you, it'll be too bad, I'm telling you
Ahw, shake it, that's what I'm talking about
Boys, you tired?
Shucks, I'll go a long time)

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Note 1: by buddy probably old Buzzell is meant.

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Socket Blues

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1931-1932) (Document BDCD-6010), copyright notice

Down in my old home town, put the irons on the stove
But I'm got to have a socket everywhere I go
I need a socket, oohhh, I need a socket
Babe, I've got to have a socket, if you want me to iron your clothes

I got the clothes on the bed, all sprinkled down
I can't find no socket around, I need a socket
Babe, I've got to have a socket, if you want me to iron your clothes

Well, the last socket I had, you throwed it out of doors
How in the world you expect for me to iron your clothes
I need a socket, oohhh, I need a socket
Babe, I've got to have a socket, if you want me to iron your clothes

Well, the reason I love my baby and love him so
He carry me a socket everywhere he go
I need a socket, oohhh, I need a socket
Babe, I've got to have a socket, if you want me to iron your clothes

I got an electric iron, I got plenty of steam
But a socket, now, is all in the world I need
I need a socket, oohhh, I need a socket
Babe, I've got to have a socket, if you want me to iron your clothes

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Stinging Snake Blues

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by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

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

This house is full of stinging snakes, crawling all in my bed
This house is full of stinging snakes, crawling all in my bed
I can't rest at night from them crawling all under my head

I got up this morning, one stung me on my leg
I got up this morning, one stung me on my leg
I can't sleep at night because they keeps me awake

Hmmmmmm, wonder where my stinging snake gone?
Hmmmmmm, wonder where my stinging snake gone?
I can't see no peace since my stinging snake left me home

I got a stinging snake, I love sometimes better than I do myself
I got a stinging snake, I love sometimes better than I do myself
If the Lord has to take him, I won't be stung by nobody else

Hmmmmmm, where's my stinging snake now?
Hmmmmmm, where's my stinging snake now?
I believe to my soul, that my stinging snake's trying to put me down

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Sylvester And His Mule

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by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

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

Sylvester went out on his lot, he looked at his mule1
And he decided he send the President some news
Sylvester went out on his lot, and he looked at his mule
And he decided he send the President some news

Sylvester walked out across his field, begin to pray and moan
He cried, "Oh, lord, believe I'm gonna lose my home"
Sylvester walked out across his field, begin to pray and moan
He cried, "Oh, lord, believe I'm gonna lose my home"

(spoken: Play it, Dennis)

He thought about the President, he got on the wire
"If I lose my home, I believe I'll die"
He thought about the President, he got on the wire
"If I lose my home, I believe I'll die"

First time he called, he get him somebody else
"I don't want to talk to that man, I want to speak to Mr. President Roosevelt
First time he called, he get him somebody else
"I don't want to talk to that man, I want to speak to Mr. President Roosevelt

He said, "Now, Sylvester, you can rest at ease
catch that big, black jackass2 and go to the field
He said, "Now, Sylvester, you can rest at ease
catch that big, black jackass and go to the field

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Note 1: mule, a hybrid between a horse and a donkey;
Note 2: jackass, male donkey.

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Tricks Ain't Walking No More

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by Lucille Bogan
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1931-1932) (Document BDCD-6010), copyright notice

Times has done got hard, work done got scarce
Stealing and robbing is taking place
Because tricks1 ain't walking, tricks ain't walking no more
Tricks ain't walking, tricks ain't walking no more
And I'm going to grab somebody if I don't make me some dough

I'm going to do just like a blind man, stand and beg for change
Tell these tricking policemen change my second name
Because tricks ain't walking, tricks ain't walking no more
Tricks ain't walking, tricks ain't walking no more
And I've got to make no money, I don't care where I go

I'm going to learn these walking tricks what it's all about
I'm going to get them in my house and ain't going to let them out
Because tricks ain't walking, tricks ain't walking no more
Tricks ain't walking, tricks ain't walking no more
And I can't make no money, I don't care where I go

I got up this morning with the rising sun
Been walking all day and I haven't caught a one
Because tricks ain't walking, tricks ain't walking no more
Tricks ain't walking, tricks ain't walking no more
And I can't make a dime, I don't care where I go

I got up this morning, feeling tough
I got to calling my tricks and it's rough, rough, rough
Because tricks ain't walking, tricks ain't walking no more
Tricks ain't walking, tricks ain't walking no more
And I have to change my luck if I have to move next door

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Note: just like Hustlin' Woman Blues, and You Can't Give It Away this another song about prostitution;
Note 1: trick, a sexual act performed by a prostitute.

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Wants Cake When I'm Hungry

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1935-1941) (Document BDCD-6010), copyright notice

I wants cake when I'm hungry, "lightnin' " when I'm dry
I wants cake when I'm hungry, "lightnin' " when I'm dry
And some good man to love me, and heaven when I die

Don't nobody want you when you're stumbling all alone
Don't nobody want you when you're stumbling all alone
You can find anything that'll wreck your happy home

I was up this morning, going from door to door
I was up this morning, going from door to door
Just sitting down wondering which away did my good man go

How a man expects for a woman to do right when he won't do right himself?
How a man expects for a woman to do right when he won't do right himself?
Well, it ain't no woman don't get tired of staying home all the time by herself

Call me, baby, call me around about 3
Call me, baby, call me around about 3
I'm having chills and fever and the doggone jinx got me

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What Fault You Find Of Me? (Part 1)

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 1930

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

KJ:
Worked all summer and I worked all fall
Had take my Christmas in my overalls
Now I've got tired the way you treated me
And I believe I'll go now, back to my used to be

MM:
Well, you know I love you baby, I can't help myself
I'd rather be with you than anyone else
Lord, tell me baby, what fault you find of me?
Ah, that you want to quit me, baby, for your old time used to be

U:
When I had you, wouldn't treat me right
Stay out from me both day and night
Now I've got tired the way you treated me
And I believe I'll go now, back to my used to be

MM:
I been wondering, I been wondering, I can't see to save my life
How come we can't get along like man and wife
Now I've got tired the way you treated me
And I believe I'll go now, back to my used to be

KJ:
Went to your house about half past ten
Knocked on your door, you wouldn't let me in
I've got tired the way you treated me
And I believe I'll go now, back to my used to be

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Note: KJ is Kansas Joe and MM is Memphis Minnie.

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What Fault You Find Of Me? (Part 2)

 

by Memphis Minnie
recording of 1930

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

MM:
I wouldn't mind being your hopping frog
Drink muddy water, sleep in a hollow log
Now I've got tired the way you treated me
And I believe I'll go now, back to my used to be

KJ:
One thing certainly can't understand
Cornbread for me and biscuits for your man
Now I've got tired the way you treated me
And I believe I'll go now, back to my used to be

MM:
You know I been begging you so long. so long
Quit your foolishness, bring your clothes back home
Now I've got tired the way you treated me
And I believe I'll go now, back to my used to be

KJ:
Before I got you, I had my diamonds on
Now I got you, they all in pawn
Now I've got tired the way you treated me
And I believe I'll go now, back to my used to be

MM:
If I could holler like a mountain jack
Go up on the mountain, call them diamonds back
Now I've got tired the way you treated me
And I believe I'll go now, back to my used to be

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Note: KJ is Kansas Joe and MM is Memphis Minnie.

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What's The Matter With The Mill

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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) & Bumble Bee (Indigo 2005), copyright notice

KJ:
(spoken:
Say Minnie!
Where you going?

MM:
(spoken:
What you want, Kansas Joe?
I'm going to the mill; what do you think?
Have my corn ground

KJ:
For what?
Ahw, that old mill is done broke down
I'm just from down there

MM:
How do you know?
Ahw, and it broke you down

KJ:
Ahw, no, I went to get my corn ground
It done broke down
Yeah, it done broke down)

MM:
What's the matter with the mill?
Done broke down?)

MM:
Can't get no grinding, tell me what's the matter with the mill

Well, I had a little corn, I put it in a sack
Brought it to the mill and come right back
What's the matter with the mill?
What's the matter with the mill?
I can't get no grinding
Tell me what's the matter with the mill

KJ:
It done broke down
It done broke down

MM:
(spoken: Ahw, grind it)

Now listen here folks, I don't want no stuff
You can't bring me my meal, bring me the husks1
What's the matter with the mill?
What's the matter with the mill?
I can't get no grinding
Tell me what's the matter with the mill

KJ:
It done broke down
It done broke down

MM:
Well, my papa sat and cried, my brother did, too
They both been to the mill, they can't get nothing to do
What's the matter with the mill?
What's the matter with the mill?
I can't get no grinding
Tell me what's the matter with the mill

KJ:
It done broke down
It done broke down

Now listen here folks, I want you to bear this in mind
If you're going to the mill, you're just losing time
What's the matter with the mill?
What's the matter with the mill?
I can't get no grinding
Tell me what's the matter with the mill

KJ:
It done broke down
It done broke down

(spoken: Aww, grind it again)

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Note: in symbolic language the mill signifies the female sexual organs, the man is the miller, grinding a woman is having sex and the ground grain is the child, the meal;
Note 1: husks, a usually dry or membranous outer covering (as a pod or hull or one composed of bracts) of various seeds and fruits, in this case corn.

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When The Levee Breaks

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by Memphis Minnie
recording of 1929

from, copyright notice

If it keeps on rainin', levee's1 goin' to break
If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
And the water gonna come in, have no place to stay

Well all last night I sat on the levee and moan
Well all last night I sat on the levee and moan
Thinkin' 'bout my baby and my happy home

If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
And all these people have no place to stay

Now look here mama what am I to do
Now look here mama what am I to do
I ain't got nobody to tell my troubles to

I works on the levee mama both night and day
I works on the levee mama both night and day
I ain't got nobody, keep the water away

Oh cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do no good
Oh cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do no good
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to lose

I works on the levee, mama both night and day
I works on the levee, mama both night and day
I works so hard, to keep the water away

I had a woman, she wouldn't do for me
I had a woman, she wouldn't do for me
I'm goin' back to my used to be

I's a mean old levee, cause me to weep and moan
I's a mean old levee, cause me to weep and moan
Gonna leave my baby, and my happy home

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Note 1: origin: from the old French word levée, act of raising, from lever to raise. An embankment for preventing flooding, or a river landing place, also, a continuous dike or ridge (as of earth) for confining the irrigation areas of land to be flooded. A levee camp therefore is a work camp for building or improving dikes to prevent rivers from flooding the land, primarily in the Mississippi Delta area.

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World Of Trouble

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by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

from, copyright notice

It's a cold, cold morning, I was out in the rain and snow
It's a cold, cold morning, I was out in the rain and snow
Yes, in a world of trouble, I couldn't find no place to go

The wind was blowing and the rain began to freeze
The wind was blowing and the rain began to freeze
So much of trouble, Lord, have mercy on me

Standing on the corner, my friends all was passing by
Standing on the corner, my friends all was passing by
Well, I cried so much, Lord, I didn't have no tears to dry

My brother, he's in trouble, my dad he just broke jail
My man, he's in trouble, and the law is on his trail
It's a cold, cold morning, and I'm out in the rain and snow
Yes, in a world of trouble, I had no place to go

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You Can't Give It Away

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by Memphis Minnie
recording of 19

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

What is that you're going around here trying so sell?
It'ain't good to eat, you know, it ain't good to smell
Don't nobody want it
Don't nobody want it
Don't nobody want it
You can't even give it away

First time I met you had that meat in your hand
Going to give it to some woman's man
Ah, don't nobody want it
Don't nobody want it
Don't nobody want it
You can't even give it away

(spoken: Play it, Dennis, tell all about it)

You got something you can't sell and you can't give away
You just as well to take it on back where you stay
Ah, don't nobody want it
Don't nobody want it
Don't nobody want it
You can't even give it away

And don't let me catch you trying to give it to my man
If you do, I'm gonna raise a pain, I doggone can
Don't nobody want it
Don't nobody want it
Don't nobody want it
You can't even give it away

(spoken: Play it Dennis, tell all about it, boy)

Look-a here, black gal, why don't you get off the line?
What you trying to sell, it ain't nobody buying
Don't nobody want it
Don't nobody want it
Don't nobody want it
You can't even give it away

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Note: just like Hustlin' Woman Blues and Tricks Ain't Walking No More this another song about prostitution.

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Page last updated on:
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