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Table Of Content (73 songs, 61 soundclips)

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** 32-20 Blues
Baby Please Don't Go
* Blow Wind Blow
Blues Before Sunrise
Burr Clover Blues
** Burr Clover Farm Blues
* Caldonia
Canary Bird
Cold Up North
* Corrina, Corrina
** Country Blues
Crosseyed Cat
Deep Down In Florida
** Diamonds At Her Feet
Elevate Me Mama
Five Long Years
* Forty Days And Forty Nights
Got My Mojo Working
Gypsy Woman
Honey Bee
(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
* Howlin' Wolf
I Be's Troubled
I Can't Be Satisfied
I Got A Rich Man's Woman
I Got My Brand On You
I Just Want To Make Love To You

* I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love
** Interview With Alan Lomax
I Want To Be Loved
* I Want You To Love Me
Little Anna Mae
Lonesome Road Blues
Long Distance Call
Louisiana Blues
Mamie
Mannish Boy
Mean Mistreater
Mean Red Spider
Meanest Woman
Messin' With The Man
My Dog Can't Bark
My Fault
* My Love Strikes Like Lightnin'
My Pencil Won't Write No More
* Nine Below Zero
One More Mile
Ramblin' Kid Blues (1)
** Ramblin' Kid Blues (2)
Rock Me

Rollin' And Tumblin'
Rollin' Stone
* She Moves Me
* She's Nineteen Years Old
So Glad I'm Living
* Soon Forgotten
Standing Around Crying
Still A Fool
** Streamline Woman
** Take A Walk With Me
That's Why I Don't Mind
* The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll They Call Me Muddy Waters
Thirteen Highway
Trouble In Mind
Trouble No More
Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone
You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had
** Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You
You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had
You Don't Have To Go
** You Got To Take Sick And Die Some Of These Days
You Need Love
You Shook Me

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I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love

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by Willie Dixon
recording of 19

from Chess Box (MCA/Chess CHD3-80002), copyright notice

See you watching me like a hawk
I don't mind the way you talk
But if you touch me somethin's got to give
I life the life I love and I love the life I live

So if you see me and think I'm wrong
Don't worry 'bout me just let me go
My sweet life ain't nothing but a thrill
I life the life I love and I love the life I live

My diamond ring and my money too
Tomorrow night could belong to you
The girls move me at their will
I life the life I love and I love the life I live

I may bet a thousand on a bet this time
One minute later I can't cover your dime
Tomorrow night I might be over the hill
I just want you to know baby the way I feel

You see me walkin' as I pass you by
Don't talk about me 'cause I could be high
Just forgive me if you will
I life the life I love and I love the life I live

 

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Interview With Alan Lomax

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of August 24-31, 1941, Stovall Plantation, Stovall, Mississippi

from The Complete Plantation Recordings (Chess/MCA CHD-9344), copyright notice

Interview after recording the song, "Country Blues"

Question: I wonder if you'd tell me, if you can remember, ah when it was that you made that blues, Muddy Water?
Answer: I made that Blue up in '38.

Question: Remember the time, the year, the..?
Answer: I made it up 'bout the 8th of October in '38.

Question: Do you remember where you were when you were doin' your singin'? No, I mean, how it happened? No, I mean, where you were sittin', what you were thinkin' about?
Answer: Thinkin' a punchin' on my car. And I'd been mistreated by a girl and it just looked like it run in my mind to sing that song.

Question: Tell me the, tell me a little of the story of it, if you don't mind? I mean if it's not too personal, I mean I wanna know the facts on how you felt and why you felt the way you did, that's a very beautiful song.
Answer: Well, I just felt blue, an the song came into my mind an come to me just like that song and I start to singin' an went on.

Question: Well, when you ah, do you, do you, know is that tune, the tune from any other blues that you know?
Answer: Well, yes, it's been some blues played like that.

Question: What, what tune, other blues do you remember, are like that same tune?
Answer: Well, this song come from the cottonfield and the boy went, put the record out, Robert Young, he put it out, Walking Blues.

Question: What was the title he put it out under?
Answer: He put it out, on as "Man Walking Blues"

Question: Uh-huh, did you know the tune before you heard it on the record?
Answer: Yes, sir, I knew the tune before I heard it on the record.

Question: Uh-huh, who'd you learn it from?
Answer: I learn it from Son House.

Question: Son House, who's that?
Answer: That's a boy, pick a guitar and I don't ...(inaudible)

Question: Oh, and how old, how old is Son House?
Answer: Ah, I'm not even sure his age, he's about forty-two

Question: Did you know Johnson, yourself?
Answer: Robert Johnson? No, I didn't know him, personally

Question: Is a, is a, House a better player than Johnson is, you think?
Answer: I think they both 'bout equal.

Question: Uh-huh, well ah, how did it come to first that you wanted to play the guitar? Why did you decide that you gonna?
Answer: I just loved the music and saw Son singin' an playin' and I just wanted to do it an I took after it.

Question: Well, about how much have you practiced? How many hours when you were first pickin' it up, how long did you have to play everyday to learn how to play?
Answer: An hour and a half to two hours.

Question: Uh-huh, everyday?
Answer: Everyday.

Question: Uh-huh, you remember what the first piece you ever tried to learn was?
Answer: First piece I ever tried to learn was, How Long (Blues) whatever you wanna call it.

Question: Uh-huh, did you learn that from a record or from seein' it?
Answer: I learned that from the record.

Question: How would you do? How would you learn that song?
Answer: We just heard the song, ya know, put out, ah, Leroy Carr (?) put it out.

Question: Would you sit down with the record and play a little of it and then try and play it?
Answer: I just got the song in my ear and then went on and just tried to play it.

Question: Well, how did you learn how to play with this bottle?
Answer: Picked that up from Son House.

Question: Uh-huh, what do you call that?
Answer: Just a bottle-neck. I call it a slide.

Question: You call it a slide?
Answer: Yes.

Question: Wear on your little finger?
Answer: Yes.

Question: And how do you have that guitar tuned? What's the name of that tuning?
Answer: Spanish (strums guitar)

Question: Spanish?
Question: Do you know any other ways to tune the guitar than that?
Answer: Well, I know the natural. Show you the natural.

Question: Do you have another tuning, ah besides that?
Answer: Yes sir, I have another tuning.

Question: What's the name of that other tuning?
Answer: That's just straight E, yes sir.

Question: Straight E? Do you have another name for a straight E?
Answer: Another song for a straight E?

Question: No, I mean no is there any other name for that tuning than straight E?
Answer: Well, we call it, we call it, a "cross noting"

Question: Uh-huh, well can you play that other Country Blues that you played there then while ago that fast one?
Answer: Yes.

Question: In this same tune here?
Answer: Yes.

Question: Well, just a minute, I'll tell you when I'm ready

 

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I Want To Be Loved

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of 1977

from Hard Again (Blue Sky ZK-34449, Columbia 34449), copyright notice

The spark in your eye sets my, soul on fire,
your voice is like a, angel above
The touch of your hand woman, drives me insane,
but baby, I want's to be loved

I'm crazy 'bout every little, thing you do,
I even, cherish your hug
Your kisses so sweet honey they, can't be beat,
but baby I want's to be loved

Every time I ask ya, for a date,
you don't come at all or your, oh so late
I ask you to dance a, little spin,
you said wait a minute daddy, here come my friend

I love the way you walk when you, pass me by,
even when you, tryin' to snub
The touch of your hand honey, drives me insane,
but baby I want's to be loved

 

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I Want You To Love Me

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording 19

from His Best: 1947-1955 (Chess 9370), copyright notice

I want you to love me, love your baby slow
I want you to love me, love you baby slow
I want you to love me baby, till I drop dead from your love

I want you to love me, love with your own free will
I want you to love me, love with your own free will
I want you to love me baby, love me and don't give killed

I want you to love me, till the hair stand on my head
I want you to love me, till the hair stand on my head
I want you to love me baby, till you know I wish that I was dead

 

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Little Anna Mae

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording July 19

from Chess Box (Chess 9340) & (Chess CHD 91080) & The Beginnings Of Rock (Aristocrat 1302), copyright notice

Hush, ya'll hush, I heard little Anna Mae callin' my name
Hush, ya'll hush, I heard little Anna Mae callin' my name
Well, you know that girl kind-a lisp-tongued, she can't speak so doggone plain

Anna Mae, she's a good little girl, but, she loves to run around at night
Anna Mae, she's a good little girl, but, she loves to run around at night
Well, you know if I can get her mind on me, she'd be so fit to treat me right.

Bye-bye, Anna Mae, I hope we'll meet again someday
Bye-bye, Anna Mae, I hope we'll meet again someday
Well, now you won't be so doggone evil, baby, you better change your low down ways

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Note: The song is about the breakup with his real-life lover Anna Mae which Muddy attributes to her "running around at night" i.e. outside love affairs. The song was cut at the first recording session of Muddy Waters for the Aristocrat label, the forerunner of the famous Chess label. It was cut together with one more song, "Gypsy Woman", and released as that songs flip side in the spring of 1947. The record wasn't a big seller so Muddy couldn't quit his day job yet, driving a truck for the Western Graves Company and delivering venetian blinds. Muddy would have to wait until April 1948 before Aristocrat asked him to record again.

 

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Lonesome Road Blues

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by Big Bill Broonzy
recording July 1959

from Muddy Waters on Chess 1951-1959, Vol. 2 (Vogue 600059), copyright notice

Have you ever been walking, walking down that old lonesome road?
Have you ever been walking, walking down that old lonesome road?
No place to go, whee well brown no place to room and board

Things look so lonesome, down that road ahead
Things look so dark, down that road ahead
Been thinkin' of the way you livin', whee well boy and what your mother said

Things look so lonesome, when you ain't got a shelter over your head
Things look so lonesome, when you ain't got a shelter over your head
When you could have been at home, whee well boy sleepin' in a feather bed

 

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Long Distance Call

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of 19

from probably Chess Box (Chess 9340), copyright notice

You say you love me darlin',
please, call me on the phone sometime
You say you love me darlin',
please, call me on the phone sometime
When I hear your voice,
ease my worried mind

One of these days,
I'm gonna show you how nice a man can be
One of these days,
I'm gonna show you just how nice a man can be
I'm gonna buy you a brand, new Cadillac,
if you only speak some good words about me

Hear my phone ringin',
sound like a long distance call
Hear my phone keep ringin',
sound like a long distance call
When I picked up my receiver,
the party said another mule kickin' in your stall

 

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Louisiana Blues

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of October 23, 1950

from probably Chess Box (Chess 9340), copyright notice

I'm goin' down in Louisiana
Be, be, behind the sun
I'm goin' down in Louisiana
Honey, behind the sun
Well, you know I just found out

My troubles just begun
I'm goin' down in New Orleans, hmm
Get me a mojo hand
I'm goin' down in New Orleans
Get me a mojo hand

(spoken: oh take me with you, man, when you goin')
I'm 'on show all you good lookin' women
Yes, how to treat your love
(spoken: let's go back to New Orleans)

 

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Mamie

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording 1977

from Blues Sky (Columbia ZK-46172), copyright notice

Mamie, don't you hear me call your name
Oh Mamie, don't you hear me calling your name
Well Mamie I wanna see you so bad little girl,
Till I don't know what to do

Mamie, won't you please shake my hand
Oh Mamie, Mamie, won't you please shake my hand
Well I love you so hard Mamie,
and you know I just can't explain

Mamie, won't you come and kiss me goodbye
Oh Mamie, Mamie, why don't you come and kiss me goodbye
Well you know I hate to see you leave me little girl,
You know you gonna make me cry

Mamie, you got me down on my bended knees
Mamie, you got me down on my bended knees
Well little girl I hate to see you leave me, you hear me?
That's why I'm beggin you please, please

 

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Mannish Boy

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by Elias McDaniel a.k.a. Bo Diddley / adapted by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of 19

from probably Chess Box (Chess 9340), copyright notice

Ooooooh, yeah, ooh, yeah

Everythin', everythin', everythin's gonna be alright this mornin'
Ooh yeah, whoaw
Now when I was a young boy, at the age of five
My mother said I was, gonna be the greatest man alive
But now I'm a man, way past 21
Want you to believe me baby,
I had lot's of fun
I'm a man
I spell mmm, aaa child, nnn
That represents man
No B, O child, Y1
That mean mannish boy
I'm a man
I'm a full grown man
I'm a man
I'm a natural born lovers man
I'm a man
I'm a rollin' stone
I'm a man
I'm a hoochie coochie man

Sittin' on the outside, just me and my mate
You know I'm made to move you honey,
come up two hours late
Wasn't that a man
I spell mmm, aaa child, nnn
That represents man
No B, O child, Y1
That mean mannish boy
I'm a man
I'm a full grown man
Man
I'm a natural born lovers man
Man
I'm a rollin' stone
Man-child
I'm a hoochie coochie man

 

The line I shoot will never miss
When I make love to a woman,
she can't resist
I think I go down,
to old Kansas Stew
I'm gonna bring back my second cousin,
that little Johnny Cocheroo
All you little girls,
sittin'out at that line
I can make love to you woman,
in five minutes time
Ain't that a man
I spell mmm, aaa child, nnn
That represents man
No B, O child, Y1
That mean mannish boy
Man
I'm a full grown man
Man
I'm a natural born lovers man
Man
I'm a rollin' stone
I'm a man-child
I'm a hoochie coochie man
well, well, well, well
hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry
Don't hurt me, don't hurt me child
don't hurt me, don't hurt, don't hurt me child
well, well, well, well

Yeah

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Note 1: alternate previously used text for this line, Lord be oooh child, why. The line No B, O child, Y was suggested to me by Mike O'Keefe on March 18, 1999 and I think Mike is right here, it perfectly fits the preceding lines of the lyrics so I substituted the old text with his suggestion. Thanks to Mike O'Keefe for this contribution!.

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Mean Mistreater

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording 1955-1959

from Trouble No More/Singles (1955-1959) (MCA/Chess CHD-9291),
copyright notice

She's a mean mistreater
and she don't mean me no good
She's a mean mistreater,
and the woman she don't mean me no good
Well you know I don't blame you baby,
I'd be the same way if I could

She's a mean mistreater,
and the girl mistreats me all the time
She's a mean mistreater,
and the little girl mistreats me all the time
Well you know you just wants to quit me darlin',
because you got that on your mind

Well you remember that Monday mornin' that I knocked up, up on your door
You had the nerve to tell me that you didn't love, me no more
Can't you remember baby,
when I knocked up on your door
Well you know you had the nerve to tell me that you,
didn't love me no more

Well you know it's lonesome you know it's lonesome,
when you sleepin', all by yourself
The little girl that you lovin',
she lovin' someone else
And it's lonesome,
sleepin' by yourself
Well you know the little woman that you involved with now,
she is loving someone else

 

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Mean Red Spider

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording November 30 1948, Chicago

from Chess Box (MCA/Chess CHD3-80002) & Aristocrat of the Blues (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection) (MCA/Chess 9387), copyright notice

I got a mean red spider, and she been webbin' all over town
I got a mean red spider, and she been webbin' all over town
I'm gonna get me a mean black spider, so I can tear her cobweb down

I got a break comin', no need for me to moan
I got a break is sho' comin', no need for me to moan
That's jus' a mean red spider, she's breakin' up my happy home

All right stop this stuff man
Go ahead man

If I don't go crazy, I will surely lose my mind
Well you know if I don't go crazy, I will surely lose my mind
That's jus' a mean red spider, and she jus' bother me all the time

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Note: Muddy's first Chicago recording. He reocrded the song in 1946 for the 20th Century label. The lyrics are based on Robert "Junior" Lockwood's song "Black Spider Blues". Muddy changed the spider to red and female. This is the 1948 version for the Aristocrat label.

 

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Meanest Woman

by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording June 7 1960

from One More Mile (MCA/Chess CHD2-9348), copyright notice

Who's that young girl come walkin' down the road
She's walkin' like Maggie but I declare she's walkin' too slow, oh oh
Who's that young girl walkin' down the road
She walk like Maggie boy but I 'clare the girl walkin' too slow

The woman I love got great long curly hair
Her mother and father sho' don't 'low me there, oh oh
The girl I love - great long curly hair
Her mother and father, oh no boy they don't 'low me there

The meanest woman I most ever seen
I asked for water she brought me gasoline, oh
The meanest woman boy I most ever seen
I asked her for water and she come runnin' with gasoline

I'm goin' away to leave and I won't be back no mo'
The next time you see me my head'll be white as snow, oh
Goin' away to leave you, I won't be back no mo'
Next time you see me, my head'll be white as snow

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Messin' With The Man

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording 1961

from One More Mile (MCA/Chess CHD2-9348), copyright notice

What did I hear goin' on 'round town
You tell everybody you're gonna put the kid down
Whoa Lawd baby you drivin' me insane
You been messin' with the kid, you better not be messin' with the man

You know the kid didn't jive, you know the kid didn't play
He said what he mean and he meant what he said
Whoa Lord now baby you drivin' me insane
You been messin' with the kid, you better not be messin' with the man

You spendin' my money as it come as a gift
I work for my money upon a eight-hour shift
Whoa, Lord now, baby you drivin' me insane
You been messin' with the kid, you better not be messin' with the man

Now anything you want it, when you just say it
Didn't the kid buy, the time he got paid
Whoa, Lord, baby you drivin' me insane
You been messin' with the kid, you better not be messin' with the man

You taken the kid's car and you drove it all 'round town
You told everybody you're gonna put him down
Whoa, Lord, baby you drivin' me insane
You been messin' with my kid, you better not be messin' with the man

 

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My Dog Can't Bark

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by Otis Smothers
recording 1965

from One More Mile (MCA/Chess CHD2-9348), copyright notice

People they're talkin' about you and I
What they sayin' I know is a lie
The people they're talkin' about me and you
I done got tired, I'm gonna talk some too

They talk about my dog, they talk about my cat
Sayin' my dog can't bark and my cat can't scratch
The people they're talkin' about me and you
I done got tired, I'm gonna talk some too

My dog can bark and my cat can scratch
Who started the fire'll have to go out and stop the match
The people they're talkin' about me and you
I done got tired, I'm gonna talk some too

Ain't nobody's business if I bark like a dog
Chasin' rats all up and down the hall
The people they're talkin' about me and you
I done got tired, I'm gonna talk some too

 

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My Fault

by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording 1951, Chicago

from Back In The Early days, Vol. 1 (Chess 1480), copyright notice

It's my own fault, I don't blame you for treating me the way you do
It's my own fault, I don't blame you for treating me the way you do
When you was deep in love with me, at that time, little girl, I didn't love you

You used to make your paycheck and then bring it all home to me
You know I would go up on the corner, make every woman drunk I see
That's my own fault. honey, I don't blame you for treating me the way you do
When you was deep in love with me, at that time, little girl, I didn't love you

You know I used to take you out, little girl, and keep you weeks after weeks
You were so scared to quit me, little darling, I may make a 'fore day creep
That's my own fault, girl, honey, I don't blame you for treating me the way you do
When you was deep in love with me, at that time, little girl, I wouldn't be true
(Tell her everything, man)

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My Love Strikes Lightnin'

by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording 19

from Chess Box (Chess 9340)

My love strikes like lightnin'
And it will hit you just like a falling tree
My love strikes like lightnin'
And it will hit you just like a falling tree
Oh, you know it's not a pain that'll hurt you
But it will leave you in such a misery

My love strikes like lightnin'
And it'll get all in your bloodstream
Oh, you know my love strikes like lightnin'
And it'll et all into your bloodstream
Oh, look at my baby laughing at me...hah hah hah hah
Sayin' "Muddy I know just what you mean"
(Well alright baby!)

My love strikes like lightnin'
It will shake the teeth up in your mouth
Oh you know my love strikes like lightnin'
Will shake the teeth up in you mouth
Oh, you know my baby she ???
And this little girl she know what I'm talkin' about

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My Pencil Won't Write No More

by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording 1972

from One More Mile (MCA/Chess CHD2-9348), copyright notice

Well I wonder, I wonder, every place I go
Yeah you know I just wonder, I wonder, every place I go
My letter's gone dead, and my pencil it won't write no more

Sometime I wonder why she put me out of doors (I don't like that one)
Yeah sometime I wonder why she put me out of doors
Well you know my letter's gone dead, and my pencil it won't write no more

Anybody ask you, why did I punch you in your nose
Yeah you know if anybody ask you, why did I punch you in your nose
Well you know my letter's gone dead, and my pencil it won't write no more

I went to buy some ink, but they don't keep it no more in the stores
Yeah you know I went to buy myself some ink, but they don't keep it no more in the stores
Well you know my letter's gone dead, and my pencil it won't write no more

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Nine Below Zero

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by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
recording 1972

from , copyright notice

Ain't this a pity, people ain't this a cryin' shame
Ain't this a pity, people ain't this a cryin' shame
Well you know it's nine below zero, she put me down for another man

Gave her all of my money, all of my love and everything
I gave her all of my money, all of my love and everything
Nine below zero, she put me down for another man

She lied to me, she didn't tell me everything
She lied to me, the woman didn't tell me everything
Well you know its nine below zero cousin, she put me down for another man

Ain't this a pity, people ain't this a cryin' shame
Ain't this a pity, people ain't this a cryin' shame
It's nine below zero, she put me down for another man
(Well alright!)

I'm gonna retire on the delta, layin' out there in the fallin' rain
I'm gonna retire on the delta, layin' out there in the fallin' rain
You know it's nine below zero people, and my love don't mean a thing

 

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One More Mile

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording 1963

from One More Mile (MCA/Chess CHD2-9348), copyright notice

Oh you know it has been such a hard hard journey, I don't have to cry no more
Keep your light up burnin', so I can know the score
I got one more mile, oh you know I only got one more mile to go
Oh you know my journey was so hard,
but I don't have to worry 'bout you no more

Oh you know they tell me that thousands of school kids, every one have a mate
The little girl that I love, she the richest in the state
I got one more mile, oh you know I only got one more mile to go
Oh you know my journey has been so hard,
but I don't have to worry 'bout you no more

Oh you know I made a mistake for gamblin', I betted my money wrong
I was bettin' on my baby, but she weren't even at home
I got one more mile, oh you know I got one more mile to go
Oh you know it has been such a long journey,
but I don't have to cry 'bout you no more

 

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Ramblin' Kid Blues (version 1)

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of 1941

from The Complete Plantation Recordings (Chess/MCA CHD-9344), copyright notice

Well I am a rambling kid, I've been rambling all of my days
Yes, I am a rambling kid, I've been rambling all of my days
Well, you know my baby she want me to stop rambling, so she says she'll change her ways

Well, now it ain't no use to you rambling, when your baby don't want you to ramble around
Yes, now it ain't no use to you rambling, when your baby don't want you to ramble around
Well keep on rambling, she be done drove on out of this town

Now I ain't gonna ramble, babe, I ain't gonna ramble no more
Yes, I ain't gonna ramble, babe, I ain't gonna ramble no more
Well, you know if I keep on a-rambling, I be drifting from door to door

Well, now, I'm leaving, I'm leaving baby, no I ain't gonna ramble no more
Lord, I'm leaving, I'm leaving baby, no I ain't gonna ramble no more
Well, you know I have been rambling around here, lose a woman everywhere I go

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Note: This song is an Alan Lomax field recording of the Son Sims Four. Before moving on to Chicago, Muddy Waters was a member of this Mississippi Delta group.

 

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Ramblin' Kid Blues (version 2)

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters / Henry "Son" Simms / Percy Thomas / Louis Ford
recording of July 24, 1942, Stovall, Mississippi

from The Complete Plantation Recordings (Chess/MCA CHD-9344), copyright notice

Well I am a ramblin' kid, I been ramblin' all of my days
Yes, I am a ramblin' kid, an' I been ramblin' all of my days
Well you know my baby, she want me to stop ramblin', so she says she'll change her ways

Well now, ain't no use in you ramblin', when your baby don't want you ramblin' 'round
Yeah, an ain't no use in you ramblin', when your baby don't want you ramblin' around
Well now you know if you keep on ramblin', she be done drove on outta this town

No, I ain't gonna ramble, babe, an I ain't gonna ramble no more
Yes, I ain't gonna ramble, tried it an I ain't gonna ramble no more
Well you know if I keep on a-ramblin', I be driftin' from door to door

Blow that thing boy!
Play a long time!
I feel lowdown this mornin'
?
Lord have mercy!

(What was she gonna do?)
Girl, I'm leavin', I'm leavin' babe
No I ain't gonna ramble no more
(Later I feel lowdown)
Sonny!

Girl now I'm leavin', I'm leavin' babe, now I ain't gonna ramble no more
Lord, I'm leavin' I'm leavin' (Lord have mercy), child, I ain't gonna ramble no more
Well you know I have been ramblin' 'round here, lose a woman ev'rywhere I go

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Note: track no. 8. This song is an Alan Lomax field recording of the Son Sims Four. Before moving on to Chicago, Muddy Waters was a member of this Mississippi Delta group.

 

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Rock Me

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by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording 19

from Chess Box (Chess 9340), copyright notice

Want you to rock me baby, rock me all night long
Want you to rock me baby, rock me all night long
Well I want you to rock me baby, like my back ain't got no bones

Sun goin' down, the moon begin to rise
Sun goin' down, the moon begin to rise
Well I want you to rock me baby, till you make me satisfied

See me comin', run get your rockin' chair
See me comin', run get your rockin' chair
Well you know I ain't no stranger, you know I used to live right here

Want you to roll me, like I roll a wagon wheel
Want you to roll me, like I roll a wagon wheel
You know I want you to roll me over, you know how good that makes me feel

Rock me easy, rock your baby slow
Rock me easy, rock your baby slow
Well you know I want you to rock me so easy, till I don't wanna rock no more

Put your arms around me, like a circle around the sun
Put your arms around me, like a circle around the sun
I want you to call, call me daddy, let me lay down in your arms

 

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