Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
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Table Of Content (46 songs, 21 soundclips)

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Ain't Gonna Study War
Airplane Blues
All Alone Blues
Baby I Knocked On Your Door
Baby Please Don't Go
Bad Bad Whiskey
C.C. Rider
Cindy Cindy
Cousin John
Crawdad Hole
Digging My Potatoes
Dirty Mistreater
Don't Mistreat Me
Easy Rider
First Meeting
Goin' Down Slow

Gonna Lay My Body Down
Hole In The Wall
I Got My Eyes On You
I'm A Stranger Here (1)
I'm A Stranger Here (2)
I'm Crazy About Pie
Jailhouse Blues
John Henry
Just Rode In Your Town
Keep On Walkin'
My Baby Done Chained
My Baby Leavin'
Po' Boy
Poor Man But A Good Man
Pretty Little Girl
Raise A Ruckus Tonight

Right Now
Sittin' On Top Of The World
Sporting Life Blues
Sun's Gonna Shine
Sweet Woman Blues
Take This Hammer (1)
Take This Hammer (2)
Telephone Blues
That Good Old Jelly
That's How I Feel
Trouble In Mind
Walk On
Worried Life Blues
You Hear Me Talkin'

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Right Now

 

by
recording of 19

from, copyright notice

Right now, right now, now, baby
Right now, right now's the time
Right now, right now, darlin'
I can change my mind

Right now, I'm realin' and rockin'
I'm spinnin' just like a queen
You'd better have me right now
I don't know how I'll feel

Right now, right now, right now
Right now, right now's the time
You right now, right now, darlin'
I can change my mind

Six month, six month same old sentence
Twelve month won't be long time
To get what you want to me
Have to do 1 to 99

Right now, right now, right now
Right now, right now's the time
Right now, right now, baby
Don't you know Brownie can change my mind

Right now, my card's on the table
I maybe playin' a loosin' hand
But I'd rather drink muddy water
T' see you with another man

Right now, right now, right now
Right now, darlin', here's the time
Right now, right now
Baby, I can change my mind

Right now, right now, my cup runs over
Well, the whole lotta love for you
Right now, if I was in your shoes
I'd do anything you want me to

Right now, right now, now, baby
Right now, right now's the time
Right now, you'd better have me
'Cause I can change my mind

Right now, let's go out together, right now

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Sittin' On Top Of The World

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by Chester Burnett a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf1
recording of 1969 resp. 19??

from Hometown Blues (ACE 182) & Sing the Blues (Sony 26430), copyright notice

No need 'a runnin', holdin' up your hand
I can get me a woman, quick as you can a man
But now she's gone, and I don't worry, 'cause I'm sittin' on top of the world

I'm on top of the world, with my leg hanging down
My baby done quit me, gone out 'a this town
But now she's gone, and I don't worry, 'cause I'm sittin' on top of the world

Work all the summer and all the fall
Now, they wanna take my Christmas, and my overalls
But now she's gone, and I don't worry, 'cause I'm sittin' on top of the world

Bye, bye, baby, honey if you call it gone
It may worry me some, baby, but it won't last long
But now she's gone, and I don't worry, 'cause I'm sittin' on top of the world

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Note 1: according to the All Music Guide this song was written by R. Ellen, I have my doubts about that.

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Sporting Life Blues

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by Sonny Terry
recording of 19?? resp. 1967

from California Blues (Fantasy FCD-24723-2) & Live at the New Penelope Cafe (Just A Memory 9131), copyright notice

I'm tired of runnin' around, think I will marry and settle down
This ole sportin' life, it is a mean life, and it's killin' me

I got a letter from my home, all of my schoolmates, they are dead an' gone
It'll make you worry, it'll make you wonder 'bout days to come

My mother used to talk to me, I was young and foolish, Brownie could not see
Now, I have no mother, my sisters and my brothers, they don't care for me

Mama used to fall on her knees an' pray, these are the words, mother, she used to say
She would say: "Brownie, wha-oh, my son, please change your way"

Now, I'm goin' to change my way, I'm growin' older each and every day
When I was young and foolish, I was so easy, easy to let ...

I was a gambler and a cheater, too, now, it's come my turn to lose
This ole sportin' life, got the best hand, what can I do?

There ain't but one thing Brownie done wrong, I liv'd that ole sportin' life too long
Friends, it's no good, please believe me, please leave it alone

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Sun's Gonna Shine

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by
recording of 19

from Blowin' the Fuses (Rykodisc 1013) & Blowin' the Fuses: Golden Classics (Collectables COL-5198), copyright notice

Trouble in mind, I'm blue, but I won't be blue always
Sun's gonna shine in my backdoor someday

I'm gonna lay my head, on some cold old railroad iron
Let the 2:19 train pacify my mind

Trouble in mind, I'm blue, won't be blue always
Sun's gonna shine in my backdoor someday.

Trouble in mind, trouble in mind, I'm blue, almost lost, lost my mind
Sometimes I feel like livin' then again I feel like dyin'

Trouble in mind, I'm blue, my poor heart is beatin' slow
I never had so much trouble, in my doggone life before

I'm goin' down to the river, gonna take me a rockin'-chair
If this trouble don't leave me, gonna rock away from here

My good girl, she's done quit with me, sure does grieve my mind
Sometimes I feel like livin', an' again I feel, feel like cryin'

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Sweet Woman Blues

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by Sonny Terry
recording of 1960

from m At Sugar Hill (Original Blues Classics 536) & The Folkways Years, 1944-1963 (Smithsonian/Folkways CD-SF-40033), copyright notice

I got a sweet woman, she's as sweet as she can be
I got a sweet little woman, she's just sweet as she can be
Well, she got what it takes and she alright with me

I call her my sugar, but sugar never was so sweet
I call her my sugar, but sugar never was so sweet
Every time I meet the little girl, she knocks old Sonny off his feet

Well, she's so sweet and lovin', I'm gonna tell it everywhere
Well, she's so sweet and lovin', I'm gonna tell it everywhere
Well, she knocks old Sonny out, the way she wears her hair

She's so sweet and lovin', I'm gonna tell it all over town
She's so sweet and lovin', I'm gonna tell it all over town
Well, I wanna let all you men know, she ain't no hand-me-down

She's so sweet and lovin', I'm gonna tell it everywhere I go
She's so sweet and lovin', I'm gonna tell it everywhere I go
Well, if she ever leave me, you know it going to hurt me so

I love that little woman

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Take This Hammer (Version 1)

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Traditional OR by either Leadbelly OR Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
recording of 19

from Wizard Of The Harmonica (Storyville 8018), copyright notice

Take this hammer, waoh, carry to the captain, waoh
Take this hammer, waoh, carry to the captain, waoh
Take this hammer, waoh, carry to the captain, waoh
Tell him I'm gone, boy, waoh, you can tell him I'm gone, waoh

If he ask you, waoh, was I runnin', waoh
If he ask you, waoh, was I runnin', waoh
If he ask you, waoh, was I runnin', waoh
You can tell him I were flyin', boy, waoh, you can tell him I were flyin', waoh

If he ask you, waoh, was I laughin', waoh
If he ask you, waoh, was I laughin', waoh
If he ask you, waoh, was I laughin', waoh
You can tell him I were cryin', boy, waoh, you can tell him I were cryin', waoh

Well, I don't want none, waoh, cornbread and molasses, waoh
Well, I don't want none, waoh, cornbread and molasses, waoh
Well, I don't want none, waoh, cornbread and molasses, waoh
It hurt me proud, boy, waoh, it hurt my proud, waoh

Well, that old captain, waoh, was a mean old captain, waoh
That old captain, waoh, was a mean old captain, waoh
That old captain, waoh, was a mean old captain, waoh
You can tell him I'm gone, boy, waoh, you can tell him I'm gone, waoh

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Take This Hammer (Version 2)

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Traditional OR by either Leadbelly OR Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
recording of 19

from probably California Blues (Fantasy FCD-24723-2), copyright notice

Take this hammer, carry it to the captain
Take this hammer, carry it to the captain
Take this hammer, carry it to the captain
Tell him I'm gone
Tell him I'm gone

If he ask you was I laughin'
If he ask you was I laughin'
If he ask you was I laughin'
Tell him I was cryin'
Tell him I was cryin'

If he ask you was I runnin'
If he ask you was I runnin'
If he ask you was I runnin'
Tell him I was flyin'
Tell him I was flyin'

That old captain was a mean old captain
That old captain was a mean old captain
That old captain was a mean old captain
Tell him I'm gone
Tell him I'm gone

I don't want no cornbread an' molasses
I don't want no cornbread an' molasses
I don't want no cornbread an' molasses
It hurts my proud
It hurts my proud

I don't want no cold iron shackles
I don't want no cold iron shackles
I don't want no cold iron shackles
Around my leg
Around my leg

Take this hammer, carry it to the captain
Take this hammer, carry it to the captain
Take this hammer, carry it to the captain
Tell him I'm gone
Tell him I'm gone

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Telephone Blues

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by Sonny Terry
recording of 1947-1950

from Whoopin' the Blues: the Capitol Recordings, 1947-1950 (Capitol 546) & Sonny's Story (Original Blues Classics OBCCD-503-2), copyright notice

Well, my home in Texas, here I am in Tennessee
Well, my home in Texas, Lord, here I am in Tennessee
Well, you know, I'm so worried and lonesome, because she won't write to me

Telephone me, telephone me, sweetheart, telephone me everyday
Telephone me, telephone me, sweetheart, telephone me everyday
Well, you know, I'm workin' in this town for you lil' woman,
a whoa, you know, I'm sendin' you all my pay

Well, my home in Texas, Tennessee's no place for me
Well, my home in Texas, Tennessee's no place for me
Well, you know, I'll soon be with you darlin', a whoa, please, honey, wait and see

My telephone won't ring, the mailman won't leave me no mail
My telephone won't ring, the mailman won't leave me no mail
Well, I say if I catch you cheatin' on me darlin', a whoa, you know, I'm goin' to the county jail

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That Good Old Jelly

 

by
recording of 19

from That Good Old Jelly (), copyright notice

Well, look at jelly roll baker, now, let me be your slave
Gambler blows his trumpet, I would rise from my grave
For some good old jelly, yes, that good old jelly roll
Well, it's good for the young, yes, an' it's good for the old

Well, she says: "Can I put in an order, three weeks ahead?
I'd rather have yo' jelly roll than my home cooked bread
'Cause I love good old jelly, yes, that good old jelly roll"
She says: "It does me so much good, well, deep down in my soul"

Well, you know a lady walked up and asked me:
"Talk me how to bake jelly roll"
Said: "Nobody missed just a gift from my soul"
Bake good old jelly, yes, that good old jelly roll
Well, it's just like Maxwell house coffee,
it does me good deep down in my soul

Well, you know I was sentenced for murder, murder in the first degree
Judge's wife called up, said: "Let that man, Brownie go free
'Cause he's a jelly roll baker, yes, bakes the best jelly roll in town
He's the only man that can bake jelly roll, hmmm, with his damper1 down"

Well, now's a soldier in hospital in a war, he was shot all full of holes
The nurse walked up and let the man to die, to get some good old jelly roll
'Cause she loves good old jelly, oh, that good old jelly roll
She said: "I'd rather let that man lose his life, yes, not to miss my good old jelly roll"

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Note 1: damper, a valve or plate (as in the flue of a furnace) for regulating the draft.

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That's How I Feel

 

by
recording of 19

from, copyright notice

If you ever, ever been down
Well, you know just how I feel,
oh, Lord, I say you, you know just how I feel

Oh, well, I feel just like an angel
Ain't got no drivin' wheel,
oh, Lord, I say, ain't got no drivin' wheel

You don't believe, don't believe I'm sinkin'
Look what a hole I'm in,
oh, Lord, I say, look what a hole I'm in

You don't believe, don't believe I love you
Look what a fool I've been,
oh, Lord, God knows what a fool I've been

That's the way, the way I feel
And I can't have a feel that way,
oh, Lord, God knows I can't have a feel that way

Well, it's your, your time now darlin'
It'll be my time some sweet day,
oh, Lord, God knows, be my time someday

Some people, they think I'm happy
But they sure don't know my mind,
oh, Lord, God knows it, sure don't know my mind

Well, when you see, you see me laughin'
Laughin' just to keep from cryin',
oh yes, well, I'm laughin' to keep from cryin'

Some people, they don't know
'Cause see a smile on my face,
oh, Lord, they see a smile on my face

Well, it's your, your time now
But it's gonna be mine someday,
oh yes, well, it's gonna be mine someday

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Trouble In Mind

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by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
recording of 1960's

from Blowin' the Fuses (Rykodisc 1013) & Blowin' the Fuses: Golden Classics (Collectables COL-5198) & Po' Boys (Drive Archive 41005) & Brownies Blues (Bluesville 1042), copyright notice

Trouble in mind, I'm blue
But I won't be blue always
Sun's gonna shine, in my back door some day

I'm gonna lay, my head
On some cold rolled railroad iron
Let that 2.19 train, passify my mind

Trouble in mind, I'm blue
But I won't be blue always
Sun's gonna shine, in my back door some day

Trouble in mind, I'm blue
I've almost lost my mind
Sometimes I feel like livin', and again I feel like dyin'

Trouble in mind, I'm blue
My poor heart it's beating slow, I ain't never had so much trouble
In my do gone, life before

I'm goin' down, to the river
Gonna take me a rockin' chair
If this trouble don't leave me, gonna rock on away somewhere

My good girl, she stuck with me
Sure don't leave my mind
Sometimes I feel like livin', and again I feel like dyin'

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Walk On

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by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
recording of 19

from Blowin' the Fuses (Rykodisc 1013) & Blowin' the Fuses: Golden Classics (Collectables COL-5198) & Giants Of Blues (Bescol CD-368 & Madacy 4964) & Po' Boys (Drive Archive 41005), copyright notice

Walk on, walk on, walk on, I walk on
I'm gonna keep on walkin', till I find my way back home

Well, you might gets worried, when your shoes get bend
You don't know where you goin', but you do know where you been

I see so many people happy, I can't get used to happiness
Maybe it is true, happiness is not for me, I guess

Well, the world is too high, highways are too long
No need of us bein' together, we can't get along

One more time, now, I'm gonna keep on walkin', till I find my way back home
Walk a little further, one more time, now,
I'm gonna keep on walkin', till I find my way back home
Let's walk together, now,
I'm gonna keep on walkin', till I find my way back home
Hey, walk on

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Worried Life Blues

 

by Major Merriweather a.k.a. Big Maceo
recording of 19

from, copyright notice

Oh, Lordy Lord, oh, Lordy Lord
Well, it hurts me so bad, for us to part
But someday, babe, I ain't gonna worry my life anymore

You are on my mind, baby, everyplace I go
How much I love you, nobody know
But someday, baby, I ain't gonna worry my life anymore

You told me you love me, I thought it was true
I mistreated my home, all on account of you
But someday, baby, I ain't gonna worry my life anymore

No matter how long you gone, baby, no matter how long you stay,
Yes, good kind treatment will bring you back someday
But someday, baby, I ain't gonna worry my life anymore

Now, boy, I'm gonna let you worry me a little bit

So, that's my story, all I gotta say to you:
"Goodbye baby, I don't care what you do
But someday, baby, I ain't gonna worry my life anymore"

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You Hear Me Talkin'

 

by
recording of 19

from, copyright notice

Got a girl in Atlanta, two in Alabama,
three in Mississippi, four in Memphis, Tennessee

You hear me talkin', you hear me talkin' to you,
well, don't let your right hand know what your left hand do

Got a girl in Atlanta, two in Alabama,
three in Mississippi, four in Memphis, Tennessee

You hear me talkin', you hear me talkin',
you hear me talkin' to you, you hear me talkin'

Well, my hook's in the water, my cock's on top,
how can I lose with the help I got

One is for the money, two is for the show,
three is to get ready, four you can go

Well, believe half you see, nothing that you hear,
your enemies can't harm you, don't let your friends come near

You hear me talkin', you hear me talkin',
you hear me talkin' to you, you hear me talkin'

Well, I got me three women livin' on the same old road,
one does my washing, one my ironing, one pays my room and board

You hear me talkin', you hear me talkin',
you hear me talkin' to you, you hear me talkin'

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Page last updated on:
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