Memphis Slim
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* additions of July 2000
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Table Of Content (14 + 18 songs, 6 soundclips)

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* Backwater Blues
Beer Drinkin' Woman
Caught The Old Coon At Last
* Chicago Rent Party
Don't Think That You're Smart
Empty Room Blues
* Everyday I Have The Blues
Grinder Man Blues
I Believe I'll Settle Down
* If The Rabbit Had A Gun
* I Left That Town - Harlem Bound
I See My Great Mistake
Jaspar's Gal
* Just A Dream
* Key To The Highway
Lend Me Your Love (Take #2)

* M&O Blues
* Maybe I'll Loan You A Dime
* Me, Myself And I
* Midnight Special
Old Taylor
* Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
* Prison Bound
* San Juan Blues
* Stewball
* The Dirty Dozen
This Life I'm Livin'
Two Of A Kind
* Walking Blues
Whiskey Store Blues
* You Didn't Mean Me No Good
You Got To Help Me Some

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Beer Drinkin' Woman

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by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

Now I walked into a beer tavern
To give a girl a nice time
When I entered I had forty-five dollars
When I left I had one dime

Wasn't that a beer drinkin' woman
Don't you know, man don't you know
She was a beer drinkin' woman
I don't want to see her no more

Now when I spent down to my last dime
She says, "Daddy I know you're not through"
I told her, "Yes, baby doll and the diploma belongs to you"

Wasn't that a beer drinkin' woman
Don't you know, man don't you know
She was a beer drinkin' woman
And I don't want to see her no more

She would often say, "Excuse me a minute,
I've got to step around here"
And every time she'd come back
She'd say, "I want another quart of beer"

Wasn't that a beer drinkin' woman
Don't you know, man don't you know
Boy, she was the toughest I met
Lord, she was a beer drinkin' woman
I don't want to see her no more

I say, "I've got to step off baby,
anything else you would like?"
She said, "Daddy I'll keep this table,
If you promise me you'll be back"

You know that was a beer drinkin' woman
Don't you know, man don't you know?
She was a beer drinkin' woman
I don't wanna see her no more

I says, "I'm sorry baby, but I only have one more dime"
She said, "Daddy buy me a small bottle of beer,
so I can concentrate my mind"

Wasn't that a beer drinkin' woman?
Don't you know, man don't you know
Lord, she was a beer drinkin' woman
I don't wanna see her no more

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Caught The Old Coon At Last

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by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

Here I am, head over heel in love again
Here I am, head over heel in love again
Besides you, woman it was my mother and that's where love begins

I used to be a playboy, I played hard both night and day
I used to be a playboy and I played hard both night and day
But since I met Miss Lemon, she has made me change my ways

Oh yes woman, you've caught the old coon1 at last
Oh yes woman, you have caught the old coon at last
But I just hope I be happy with my future, as I am with my present and past

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes
They caught the old coon at last

Now I love the life I'm livin', and I'm livin' the life I love
Now I love the life I'm livin', and I'm livin' the life I love
Woman I don't believe I could be any happier, if I was livin' in heaven above

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Note 1: coon, usually an offensive word for black person.

 

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Don't Think That You're Smart

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by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

Don't think you're smart, because you've got every man in town
Don't think you're smart, woman, because you've got every man in town
Well, well, woman you ain't doin' nothin', woo, well, well, would tear your reputation down

There's no man that wants a woman, that comes stagglin' down the street
No man wants a woman, that comes stagglin' down the street
Well because you ain't no good woman,
woo, well, well, you'll get drunk with every man you meet

I can get drunk, roll in the gutter, get up and brush myself off
I can roll in the gutter, get up and brush myself off
Now, well, but if you should happen to do so woman,
woo, well, well, woman your reputation is gone

Now don't think I'm scoldin', I'm just tryin' to get you to learn
Don't think I'm scoldin', I'm just tryin' to get you to learn
Well, well, that a woman reputation, woo, well, well, it's somethin' that money can't earn

 

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Empty Room Blues

soundclip


by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

My room was empty, and my woman was gone
My room was empty, and my woman was gone
I didn't have a nickel, and all my clothes in pawn

I asked my next door neighbor, which-a-way did my baby go?
Asked my next door neighbor, which-a-way did my baby go?
She says she left for the border, down in old Mexico

I found a note on the floor, it almost sent me off in a trance
I found a note on the floor, it almost sent me off in a trance
She said it's nothin' that you done, I'm just leavin' in advance

Yes, yes, yes

It's so hard when a woman leave you, and she leave you on a zoom
It's so hard when a woman leave you, and leave you on a zoom
You come home feelin' very happy, and find only a empty room

 

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Grinder Man Blues

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by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

My name is Memphis Slim, they call me the Grinder Man
My name is Memphis Slim, they call me the Grinder Man
If you be my customer, I'll let you have it on a easy plan

I do my ramblin' at midnight, and I don't be seen in the day
I do my ramblin' at midnight, I don't be seen in the day
While everything is quiet and easy, Mr. Grinder can have his way

I got so many customers, it takes me a week to get around
I got so many customers, it takes me a week to get around
But you need not be uneasy baby, Mr. Grinder won't let you down

If you wanna see me baby, you better see me while you can
You wanna see me baby, you had better see me while you can
Because I'm a very busy fella, you know they call me the Grinder Man

 

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I Believe I'll Settle Down

soundclip


by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

I believe I'll marry, I believe I'll settle down
I believe I'll marry, I believe I'll settle down
Lord, I'm tired of bein' a rambler, my last trip for runnin' around

Lord, I wonder, will she ever call my name?
Lord, I wonder, will she ever call my name?
Now she don't love me no mo', peoples ain't that a cryin' shame?

They tell me marriage is a sweet life, I believe I'll try myself
They tell me marriage is a sweet life, I believe I'll try myself
If I can't get the one I love, I won't take a chance with no one else

Lord, I wonder, will she ever think of me?
Lord, I wonder, will she ever think of me?
I'm sittin' with my head bendin' down, and tears fallin' on my knees

 

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I See My Great Mistake


by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

I've got somethin' to tell you baby, don't let it break your heart
So long together, now we've got to part,
because I'm tired, of findin' frogs for snakes
After these long many years, babe I just see my great mistake

You told me that you loved me, said you loved me all your life
I caught you 'round the corner, tellin' that same lie twice
You know I'm tired, of findin' frogs for snakes
After these long many years, babe I just see my great mistake

Once I used to love you, I couldn't help myself
Found out you'd given your love baby, to somebody else
You know I'm tired, of findin' frogs for snakes
After these long many years, babe I just see my great mistake

Ain't gonna be your dog no more, little girl!

Because now I see my great mistake

Now listen little girl, you don't worry my mind any mo'
Find out you're actin' funny, I'm sure gonna let you go
Because I'm tired, of findin' frogs for snakes
After these long many years, I just see my great mistake

 

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Jaspar's Gal


by Leroy Batchelor
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

(Spoken:
Memphis Slim: Say, look-a-her man, do you know Jaspar's got a new gal in town?
Man replies: Sho' nuf man?
Memphis Slim: Yeah man!
Other man: Well, tell me about her)

Now he's got a girl, she's shaped like a hog
Her voice reminds me of an old bull dog
Her hair looks just like, a chinchilla coat
You get close up on her, she smells just like a goat

You know she's smellin'
Got b.o.1 all the time
And she thinks soap and water
Is a doggone crime

Now her ears are so long, her nose is flat
Her head's so big she can't wear no hat
Now her jaws are swollen and she's got one eye
She looks like a wreck that happened, last July

She's a ugly
Got b.o. all the time
And she thinks soap and water
Is a doggone crime

Now she must-a been her mother, only child
She should be a gorilla because she sure is wild
Got ways like a monkey, and sly as a fox
She should be in a chain gang, breakin' up rocks

Because she's ugly
Got b.o. all the time
And she thinks soap and water
Is a doggone crime

Now she got legs like a needle
She ain't got no chin
She's a beautiful woman for the shape she's in
Her feet look like swings way out on a limb
That's why her mother put her off on him

Because she bo-gish
She's got b.o. all the time
And she thinks soap and water
Is a doggone crime

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Note 1: b.o., body odor.

 

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Lend Me Your Love (Take # 2)


by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

Now lend me your love, little girl, please lend me your love
Lend me your love, baby, please lend me your love
I know you hear me keep moanin', moanin' just like Noah's dove

You got a mortgage on my love, girl, there really is no doubt
You got a mortgage on my love, girl, there really is no doggone doubt
But someday I be lucky enough to find another woman,
gonna buy your love mortgage out

 

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Old Taylor


by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

Now I love to sing that good Old Taylor blues
(Ba-da-da-da, ba-da-da-da)

I love to sing that good Old Taylor blues
(Ba-da-da-da, ba-da-da-da)

When we want a little drink
I swear we just can't lose
(Ba-da-da, ba-da-da, ba-da-da)

Now you see, Mr. Melrose, standin' in the floor
(Ba-da-da, da-da-da-da)
Oh, I see that man that's standin' in the floor
(Ba-da-da-da, ta-ba-da-da-da)
He gonna give us a little drink
Now, just before he goes
(Ba-da-da, ba-da-da, ba-da-da)

[sung together]

Now we want Old Taylor, Lord
We want, Old Taylor now
We want, Old Taylor now
We want, Old Taylor now
We want, Old Taylor
Bring it on, bring it on, bring it on

Now, you'll say what's fine an' mellow
You'll say what's fine an' mellow
Oh, you'll say what's fine an' mellow
You'll say, what's fine an' mellow
Now, you'll say what's fine an' mellow
Bring it on, bring it on, bring it on

You'll say, was twenty years old
You'll say, was twenty years old
Now you'll say, was twenty years old
You'll say, was twenty years old
Now, you'll say was twenty years old
Bring it on, bring it on, bring it on

Now, is he poppin'?
(Yeah, man)
Now, is he poppin'?
(Yeah, man)
I believe he's poppin'
(Yeah, man)
I believe he's poppin'
(Yeah, man)
I believe he's poppin'
(Yeah, man)
Pop on, pop on, pop on

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Notes: This song was a tribute to Lester Melrose (Melrose Music Co. 1922). Big Bill Broonzy background vocal.

 

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This Life I'm Livin'


by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

I remember way back, in nineteen and twenty-nine
I had plenty woman then money
But I very much short in mind

But if I could just go back
And start my life brand new
Well, well, I would control myself more better
Woo, well, well, I would know just what to do

Used to spend a hundred dollars, just to have a big name
I used to spend a hundred dollars, just to have a big name
Well, well, if my woman asked me for ten dollars
Woo, well, well, I'd give her twenty, and say, "Keep the change"

Now people used to be so nice to me
I often wondered why
But now it's just, "Hello Slim"
As they keep walkin' by

But If I could just go back
And start my life brand new
Well, well, I would control myself more better
Woo, well, well, because I know just what to do

Yes, yes, yes, yes

In those days I had plenty, to loan or either give
Now in those days I had plenty, to loan or either give
Well, well, but now things are a lot different,
woo, well, well, from the life that I used to live

 

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Two Of A Kind


by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

Woman you've been havin' your way, and you don't want to see me have mine
Woman you've been havin' your way, and you don't want to see me have mine
So there's no getting along, we're just two of the same old kind

I tried to make things happy, and your life I tried to let you enjoy
I tried to make things happy, and your life I tried to let you enjoy
But you tell me you you're your mother's baby girl,
do you realize I'm my mama's baby boy?

Around home you were just a spoiled one, and what you said, it had to be
Around home you were just a spoiled one, and what you said, it had to be
But do you know that the same old story, little girl, really goes for me

Since we are just two babies, darlin' why can't we agree?
Since we are just two babies, darlin' why can't we agree?
I'll talk baby talk to you, if you'll talk baby talk to me

 

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Whiskey Store Blues


by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

I worked all day long
Out in the cold and snow
I come home lookin' for my supper
You're around some whiskey store

You're just a whiskey drinkin' woman
We never will get very far
Because every time I wanna find you
I just go around some whiskey bar

I leave house written grocery bill
At home every week
And every Monday mornin'
The landlord puts my clothes out in the street

Because you're the whiskey drinkin' woman
We never will get very far
Well then every time I wanna find you
You're layin' around some whiskey bar

You know our friends came around
To give us a nice time
You say, "Hurry let's go to the liquor store,
Before they change their mind"

Just a whiskey drinkin' woman
We never will get very far
Well then every time I wanna find you
You're layin' around some whiskey bar

Now so you can pack up baby
Out for yourself you must go
I never see you nowhere
Unless I stop at some whiskey store

Just a whiskey drinkin' woman
We never will get very far
Well then every time I wanna find you
You're layin' around some whiskey bar

 

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You Got To Help Me Some


by Peter Chatman a.k.a. Memphis Slim
recording of 1940-1941

from The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941 (RCA 66720), copyright notice

Now you may be sweet little woman
As the apple on a tree
Don't want no woman to lay up
And depend on me

You got to help me some
Yes, you've got to help me some
Don't care what I do
Babe you've got to help me some

Now if I'm the Pullman porter, girl
You've got to be the maid
So when every Saturday come
We both can get paid

So you can help me some
Yes, I want you to help me some
I don't care what I do
Babe, you've got to help me some

Now when I go to bed little girl
And lay up beside-a you
Now if I shake the cover
Please try to shake it too

So you can help me some
Yes, I want you to help me some
And I don't care what I do
Babe you've got to help me some

Help me some little girl, help me some!
Now don't stand there and look at me like that,
C'mon and help me some!
Now that's better, yes, yes, yes, yes

Now there's no such thing as man and wife
Now-a-day
We're just called partners
So you can knock yourself a slave

So you can help me some
Yes, I want you to help me some
I don't care what I do
Babe, you've got to help me some

 

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