Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
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Table Of Content (29 songs, 22 soundclips)

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Born Blind
Bring It On Home
Christmas Blues
Cool Disposition
Don't Lose Your Eye
Don't Start Me To Talkin'
Eyesight To The Blind
Fattening Frogs For Snakes
Good Evening Everybody
Have You Ever Been In Love

Help Me
** I Don't Care No More
In My Younger Days
Keep It To Yourself
Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
Lonesome Cabin
Nine Below Zero
Ninety Nine
No Nights By Myself
One Way Out

Santa Claus
So Sad To Be Lonesome
Take Your Hand Out Of My Pocket
Temperature 110
The Goat
The Key (To Your Door)
This Old Life
* Work With Me
Your Funeral And My Trial

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Born Blind

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by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
recording of 19
from
The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson (Chess/MCA 9343), copyright notice

You talk about your woman, I wish you could see mine
You talk about your woman, I wish you could see mine
Every time she starts her lovin', she brings eyesight to the blind

You know her daddy gave her magic, I can tell by the way she walks
Her daddy gave her magic, I can tell by the way she walks
Every time she starts to shakin', the dumb begin to talk

She's got the power to heal you, never fear
She's got the power to heal you, never fear
Just a word from her lips, and the deaf begin to hear

 

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Bring It On Home

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by Willie Dixon
recording of 19
from
The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson (Chess/MCA 9343), copyright notice

Baby, baby,
I'm gonna bring it on home to you

I done bought my ticket, I got my load
Conductor done hollered, "All, aboard"
Take my seat and ride way back,
and watch this train move down the track

Baby, baby,
I'm gonna bring it on home to you

I think about the good times I once have had
Soul got happy now, my heart got glad
I think about the way you love me too
You can bet your life, I'm comin home to you

I'm goin home,
I'm gonna bring it on home, now
I'm gonna bring it on home, now
I'm gonna bring it on home, now
Gonna bring it on home,
bring it on home to you

 

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Christmas Blues


by
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

Got some mighty sad news and I ain't got nothin' to say
I heard some mighty sad news and I don't have nothin' to say
My baby left me, started me drinkin' on Christmas day

Lord, I tried to fetch religion but the devil would not let me pray
Lord, I tried to fetch religion boys, but the devil he will not let me pray
That's why I gotta stay drunk all day Christmas Day

(spoken: Ooh, on a Christmas Day, You know that's one day I hate to have the blues; you know when she walked out and left me she give 'em to me, so I have to drink 'em all. I don't even have a Christmas tree in my house unless she comes home, but if she do happen to come home I will enjoy this Christmas)

Yes, run here baby and let me tell you what I got to say
Please, please run here darlin' and let daddy tell you what he got to say
Unless'n you come back to me, I'll be drunk all day Christmas Day

 

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Cool Disposition

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by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
recording of 19
from
The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson (Chess/MCA 9343), copyright notice

My baby a kind hearted woman, so lovely and so sweet she's so kind
Yeah, she's a kind hearted woman, so lovely and so sweet she's so kind
She's got such a cool disposition, she just makes me love her all the time

She got me doin' things, peoples I just can't sleep at night
She got me doin' things, you know boys I just can't sleep at night
I don't eat my breakfast in the mornin', and my teeth and tongue begin to fight

Yes, she's 41 through the shoulders, 29 in the waist,
I'll never find another woman, to take my baby's place
She's so lovin', she's so sweet she's so kind
She's got such a cool disposition, makes me love her all the time

 

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Don't Lose Your Eye

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by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
recording of 19
from
The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson (Chess/MCA 9343), copyright notice

Don't lose your eye, man to spite your face,
Don't lose your eye, man to spite your face,
Because if people started snitchin' on ya, can't hide at no place

If you do wrong, the world gonna find you out
If you do wrong, the world gonna find you out
You know you can't do wrong and get by, ain't no use in tryin', the dogs that doubt

If I was you, I'd play fair in anything I do
If I was you, I'd play fair in anything I do
Any time that the people find out that you're crooked man their not goin', do nothin' in the world for you

My daddy taught me, ever since I was a child
My daddy taught me, ever since I was a child
Always treat your neighbors right, be fair with your friends like wild

 

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Don't Start Me To Talkin'

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by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
recording of 19
from
The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson (Chess/MCA 9343), copyright notice

Well, I'm goin' down to Rosie's, stop at Fannie Mae's
Gonna tell Fannie what I heard, her boyfriend say

Don't start me to talkin', I'll tell her everything I know
I'm gonna break up this signifyin', 'cause somebody's got to go

Jack give his wife two dollars, go downtown and get some margarine1
Gets out on the streets, ol' George stopped her
He knocked her down, and blackened her eye
She gets back home, tell her husband a lie

Don't start me to talkin, I'll tell everything I know
I'm gonna break up this signifyin', somebody's got to go

She borrowed some money, go to the beauty shop
Jim honked his horn, she begin to stop
She said, "Take me, baby," around the block,
I'm goin to the beauty shop, where I can get my hair sock2"

Don't start me to talkin', I'll tell everything I know
Well, to break up this signifyin', somebody's got to go

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Note 1: John W. Harrelson suggest that instead of "margarine" it should read "market". He says it's southern dialect, "go down to the store and get my market(ing) done". Thanks John;
Note 2: sock, when black men (usta)get their hair "processed" (see also John Lee Hooker's song Process) it required a tight wrapping (every night for protection in sleep). A hair sock did the job... Thanks to John W. Harrelson again.

 

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Eyesight To The Blind

soundclip


by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

You've talking about your woman, I wish to God, man, that you could see mine
You're talking about your woman, I wish to God that you could see mine
Every time the little girl start to loving, she bring eyesight to the blind

Lord, her daddy must been a millionaire, 'cause I can tell by the way she walk
Her daddy must been a millionaire, because I can tell by the way she walk
Every time she start to loving, the deaf and dumb begin to talk

I remember one Friday morning, we was lying down across the bed
Man in the next room a-dying, stopped dying and lift up his head, and said,
"Lord, ain't she pretty, and the whole state know she fine!"

Every time she start to loving, she bring eyesight to the blind
(Spoken: All right and all right, now. Lay it on me, lay it on me, lay it on me
Oh lordy, what a woman, what a woman!)

Yes, I declare she's pretty and the whole state knows she's fine
Man, I declare she's pretty, God knows I declare she's fine
Every time she starts to loving, whoo, she brings eyesight to the blind
(I've got to get out of here, now, let's go, let's go, let's go now)

 

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Fattening Frogs For Snakes

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by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
recording of 19
from
The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson (Chess/MCA 9343), copyright notice

It took me a long time, to find out my mistakes
Took me a long time, to find out my mistakes,
it sho'h did man
But I bet you my bottom dollar, I'm not fattenin' no more frogs for snakes

I found out my downfall, back in nineteen and thirty,
I started checkin'
I found out my downfall, from nineteen and thirty
I'm tellin' all of my friends, I'm not fattenin' no more frogs for snakes

All right now

Yeah it is nineteen and fifty-seven, I've got to correct all of my mistakes
Whoa man, nineteen and fifty-seven, I've got to correct all of my mistakes
I'm tellin' my friends includin' my wife and everybody else,
not fattenin' no more frogs for snakes

 

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Good Evening Everybody

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by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

Good evening, everybody, tell me how do you do
Good evening, everybody, tell me how do you do
I'm one of the artists of Chess, come out to work a little

Goodbye, hello, goodbye
Goodbye, hello, goodbye
I didn't come here to stay, I just come here to work awhile

This morning I just dropped in your town
This morning I just dropped in your town
I'm in the studio over in Chicago, trying to knock these blues around

 

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Have You Ever Been In Love

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by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
recording of 19
from
The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson (Chess/MCA 9343), copyright notice

Have you ever been in love with a woman, like I am in love today
Have you ever been in love with a woman, like I am in love today
I wonder to myself, why she broke my heart this way

Oh baby, I know you don't understand
Oh baby, oh baby, I know you don't understand
It's so tough, that you drive a man insane

The woman I'm talkin' about, she's specially built
A heavied hipted woman, her shoulders are full filled
She got knee action body, hydraulic hips
Air conditioned stomach makes her, back bone slip
Have you ever been in love, like I am in love today
I'm cryin' and beggin' the little girl, why she treat me this a way

Said she would meet me, a quarter to nine
Better believe it dear 'cause, wasn't on time but
Have you been in love, like I'm in love today
She broke my heart, I wonder why she treat me this a way

 

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Page last updated on:
June 8 2000


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