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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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Help Me

soundclip


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

You got to help me
I can't do it all by myself
You got to help me, baby
I can't do it all by myself
You know if you don't help me darling
I'll have to find myself somebody else

I may have to wash
I may have to sew
I may have to cook
I might mop the floor
But you help me babe
You know if you don't help me darling
I'll find myself somebody else

When I walk, walk with me
When I talk, you talk to me
Oh baby, I can't do it all by myself
You know if you don't help me darling
I'll have to find myself somebody else
Help me, help me darlin'

Bring my nightshirt
Put on your morning gown
Bring my nightshirt
Put on your morning gown
Darlin I know we stripped bare
But I don't feel like lying down

 

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I Don't Care No More


by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
recording of December 7 and 8 1963, at the Crawdaddy Club, London, U.K.
from
Sonny Boy Williamson in Europe (Evidence ECD 26071-2), copyright notice

When we first met, I know what it was
A stranger told me not to, trust your love
I was so carried away, I payed no mind
But I thank God, I saw the light in time

Little girl now, I don't care no more
I don't care what you do, I don't care no more

You had your way from time the time
Women, you spoke your piece, now I'm going to speek mine
The words you would send, they were not true
I picked up a loosing battle like all fouls do

But now, I don't care no more
I don't care what you do, I don't care no more

I finally found out just what it was
The women wanted convenience, but I want love
Ain't but one drink that I did wrong
Take the bottle of life and not my own

But now, I don't care no more
I don't care what you do, I don't care no more

 

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In My Younger Days


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

In my younger days, I wished I knowed then like I know now
In my younger days, I wished I knowed then like I know now
I wouldn't be standing around here, begging for this little woman to let me in her house

Back in those days, I wished I'd knowed then like I know now
Back in those days, I wished I'd knowed then like I know now
The money I was throwing away, I could have saved it and bought my own house
(And I'd've had a home)

In my younger days, I wish I knowed then like I know now
Well, in my younger days, I wished I knowed then like I knowed now
I wouldn't be standing 'round, begging this woman to let me in her house

 

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Keep It To Yourself

soundclip


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

Baby, do me a favor, keep our business to yourself
Please, darling, do me a favor, keep our business to yourself
I don't want you to tell nobody in your family,
and don't mention it to nobody else

Don't tell your mother
Don't tell your father
Don't tell your sister
Don't mention it to your brother
Please, darling, keep our business to yourself
Don't you tell nobody,
and don't mention it to nobody else

You have a husband,
I have a wife
If you start to talkin',
that's gonna mess up our life
Please, please baby, keep our business to yourself
Don't you tell nobody,
and don't mention it to nobody else
Goodbye darlin'

 

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Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide

soundclip


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

Hold up your head, and don't let your conscience get you down
Hold up your head darlin', don't let your conscience get you down
If you never lie to me, I'll always be around

You are the same little woman, was so nice and kind to me in every way
You are the same little woman, was so nice and kind to me in every way
But if you never lie to me, I'll be by your side both night and day

You have a strong constitution, and I'm not gonna let you down
You have a strong constitution, and I'm not gonna let you down
And if you never lie to me darlin', I'll always be around and I won't let you down

Yeah man

 

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Lonesome Cabin

soundclip


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

In my one room little cabin, just me and my little girl alone
In my one room little cabin, just me and my little girl alone
It makes a man feel so good when she wrap way back in your arms

The little room is so small, I can't even put up no cookin' stove
The little room is so small, till I can't put up no cookin' stove
But you can tell from the weather, it's so cold, so cold outdoors

I could hear it rainin', and see the lightnin' flashin' on my window pane
Could hear it rainin', could hear it rainin',
and I could see the lightnin' flashin' on my window pane
But the little girl lay her head up in my chest and said "I love you, and I'm not ashamed"

 

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Nine Below Zero

soundclip


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

Yeah, ain't that a pity, people ain't that a cryin' shame
Ain't that a pity, I declare it's a cryin' shame
She wait till it got nine below zero, and put me down for another man

I give her all my money, all of my lovin' and everything
All of my money, all of my lovin' and everything
It done got nine below zero and she done put me down for another man

Nine below zero, the little girl she done put me down
Nine below zero, the little girl she done put me down
She know I don't have nowhere to stay, and I don't have not one dime

 

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Ninety Nine

soundclip


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

Darling you know exactly what happened, last year just about this time
Yes you know exactly what happened, last year just about this time
You asked me for one hundred dollars, and I didn't have but ninety nine

Yes I'm in love with the little girl, just because she's so nice and kind
I'm in love, I'm in love with the little girl, just because she's so nice and kind
I was so sorry when she asked me for one hundred dollars,
I couldn't give her but ninety nine

Yes my baby taken sick on July twenty-nine
Yes the one I love she taken sick on July twenty-nine
Her doctor billed her four hundred dollars,
and I didn't have but three hundred and ninety nine

 

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No Nights By Myself

soundclip


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

Hmm
I'm not going to spend another night by myself
Lord, I'm not going to spend any night by myself
If I don't find my baby, I'll have to carry somebody else

I set up all last night, haven't slept a wink today
All night last night, haven't slept a wink today
I couldn't find my baby, she's gone too far away

Hmm mmm mmm mmm :mmm mmm mmm mmm
Whoa whoa whoa, she must have left town
She left town
(She had to leave, left town)

 

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One Way Out

soundclip


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

Raise your window,
I ain't goin' out that door
Raise your window,
I ain't goin' out that door
'Cause the man out there might,
be your man I don't know

If you raise your window,
I can ease out soft and low
If you raise your window,
I can ease out soft and low
Your neighbors gonna be talkin',
that stuff me don't know

Ain't but one way out,
I ain't goin' out that door
Ain't but one way out,
I ain't goin' out that door
If I get away this time,
I won't be caught no more

Ain't but one way out,
I ain't goin' out that door
Ain't but one way out,
I ain't goin' out that door
If I get away this time,
I won't be caught no more

 

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