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Table Of Content (13 songs, 9 soundclips)

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Annie's Lover
Betty And Dupree
Cakewalk Into Town
Come On In My Kitchen
Corrina
Fishin' Blues
John The Revelator
Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes
* Gonna Move Up The Country (Paint My Mailbox Blues)
Queen Bee
Senor Blues
She Caught The Katy
Statesboro Blues
Take A Giant Step
You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond

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Annie's Lover

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by
recording of 1969
from
Giant Step (Columbia CKG 18), copyright notice

Annie's lover was a big ol' man, he was a farming man
Never spent much time worrying ‘bout the people
In the big big city

'Cause all he did know ‘bout was the cows and the chickens
And the pigs and the horses and the sheep and the goats
And the ducks, they fly
Sat on the hill side, playing his guitar
Watching the whole thing come down in a harmony

Annie's lover was a big ol' man, he was an African man
He walked a lot and looked around and saw everything
That his eyes could see

'Cause all he did know ‘bout was the cows and the chickens
And the pigs and the horses and the sheep and the goats
And the trees and the waters and the fields and the mountains
And the blue sky and the big clouds
And the dogs they fly
Sat on the hill side, playing his guitar
Watching the whole thing come down in a harmony

 

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Betty And Dupree

soundclip


by Chuck Willis
recording of 1998
from
Sacred Island (Private Music 82165), copyright notice

Betty told Dupree she wanna diamond ring
Betty told Dupree she wanna diamond ring
Dupree told Betty: Baby, I'll buy you anything

Dupree told Betty: Baby, won't you be my wife
Dupree told Betty: Baby, won't you be my wife
She said, "I'm yours, I'm yours, I'm yours, for the rest of my life"

Put your arms around me, baby, honey, like a circle around the sun
Put your arms around me, baby, like a circle around the sun
Put your big strong arms around my waist, let it slide down on the one

Love me, baby, love me to the bone
Won't you love me, baby, honey, love me deep down in my bones
I will love you so good, that you can't stand to leave me alone

Kiss me, baby, right on my ruby lips
Kiss me, baby, honey, on my ruby lips
Put your big strong arms around my waist, and let it slide down on my hips

Yeah, yeah, Betty told Dupree, she wanna diamond ring
Betty told Dupree, she wanna diamond ring
And Dupree said: Betty, I'm gonna buy you anything

 

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Cakewalk Into Town

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by Taj Mahal
recording of probably 1972
from various albums listed
here, copyright notice

I had the blues, so bad one time it put my face in a permanent frown
You know I'm feeling so much better, I could cakewalk1 into town

Honey, I woke up this mornin' feelin' so good, you know I laid back down again
Throw your big leg over me mama, I might not feel this good again

My baby, my baby, I do love the way she walks
And when my woman gets sleepy, I love the way she baby-talks

My work is getting scarce, oh baby, my work it done got hard,
I spend my whole day stealin' chickens Honey from the rich folks yard

I would love to take a picnic in the country and stay all day
I wouldn't do nothing but while my blues away

I had the blues so bad one time it put my face in a permanent frown
You know I'm feelin' so much better I could cakewalk into town

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Note: special thanks to, once again, Tweedbullet and Shell over at Taj-mo-roots and her sister who worked the lyrics out on the phone way out west (Hawaii);
Note 1: cakewalk, a black American entertainment having a cake as prize for the most accomplished steps and figures in walking. Also, a stage dance developed from walking steps and figures typically involving a high prance with backward tilt. It is also used to indicate a one-sided contest or an easy task.

 

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Come On In My Kitchen


by Robert Johnson
recording of 1995
from
An Evening of Acoustic Music (Traditional & Moderne/Topic 004 or A&M 161344), copyright notice

The woman I love, I took from my best friend
Some joker got lucky, stole her back again
You better come on in my kitchen, it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors

When a woman gets in trouble, everybody throws her down
Looking for a good friend, none can be found

And the time's comin', it's goin' to be so
You can't make the winter, babe, just try long so

 

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Corrina

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by Jesse Ed Davis / Taj Mahal
recording of 19
from
Taj Mahal 1980 (Just A Memory Record 3) & In Progress & In Motion (1965-1998) (Columbia/Legacy 64919), copyright notice

I got a bird what whistles, baby got a bird
Honey got a bird ... it would sing, baby got a bird
Honey got a bird ... it would sing
Without my Corrina, sure don't mean ..., sure don't mean a natural thing

I learned to love you baby, honey for I call
Baby for I call your name, baby for I call
Honey for I call your name, I love you Corrina
It sure don't mean, it sure don't mean a natural thing

Have mercy, have mercy, baby on my hard luck
Honey on my hard luck soul, baby on my hard luck
Honey on my hard luck soul

I got a rainbow round my shoulder
Looks like silver, shines like Klondike1 gold

Well I love you honey, honey tell the world, baby tell the world I do
Honey tell the world I do, baby tell the world I do
Ain't no woman in fourteen counties, love me baby like the way I do

I got a bird what whistles, baby got a bird
Honey got a bird ... it would sing, baby got a bird
Honey got a bird ... it would sing
Without Corrina, sure don't mean, sure don't mean a natural thing

Corrina, Corrina, Corrina

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Note: ... , missing parts. If you can fill in these parts please let me know;
Note 1: Klondike, river in Alaska. Late in the 1890's gold was discovered in the Klondike river which started the Alaskan gold rush, the second great U.S. gold rush after the California gold rush of the 1840's.

 

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Fishin' Blues

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by Henry Thomas
recording of 1992
from
Taj's Blues (Columbia/Legacy CK-52465), copyright notice

Betcha goin' fishin' all of your time, baby's goin' fishing too
Bet your life, your sweet life, catch more fish than you
Many fish bites if ya got good bait
Here's a little tip I would like to relate

Big fish bites if ya got a good bait
I 'a goin' fishin'
Yes, I'm goin' fishin'
And my baby's goin' fishin' too

I went down to my favorite fishin' hole
Baby grabbed me a pole and line
Throw my pole on in
Caught a nine pound catfish
now I brought him on home for supper time

Big fish bites if ya got a good bait
I'a goin' fishin'
Yes, I'm goin' fishin'
And my baby's goin' fishin' too

Baby brother 'bout to run me outta my mind
Say can I go fishin' wit' you?
I took him on down to the fishin' hole
now what do you think he did do?
Pulled a great big fish outta the bottom of the pond
And he laughed and jumped 'cause he was real gone

Big fish bites if ya got a good bait
I'a goin' fishin'
Yes, I'm goin' fishin'
And my baby's goin' fishin' too

Put 'em in the pot baby, put 'em in the pan
Honey cook 'em till' they're nice and brown
Make a batch of buttermilk coal cakes mama
And you chew them things
And you chomp 'em on down

Big fish bites if ya got a good bait
I'a goin' fishin'
Yes, I'm goin' fishin'
And my baby's goin' fishin' too

Betcha goin' fishin' all of your time, baby's goin' fishing too
Bet your life, your sweet life, catch more fish than you
Many fish bites if ya got good bait
Here's a little tip I would like to relate

Big fish bites if ya got a good bait
I'a goin' fishin'
Yes, I'm goin' fishin'
And my baby's goin' fishin' too

 

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John The Revelator


traditional / Blind Willie Johnson
recording of 19
from
Blue Light Boogie (Private Music 82173), copyright notice

Who's that a-writin'? John the Revelator!
Who's that a-writin'? John the Revelator!
Who's that a-writin'? John the Revelator!
Hey, the book of the seven seals
What's John a-writin'? About the revelation?
Hey, book of the seven seals

Well, I who or who would I be, thousands cried of holy
Found the fountain, son of our bible God
Daughter of Zion, Judah the lion
He redeemeth and he bought us with blood

John the Revelator, great advocator
Gets'em on the battle of Zion
Lord, tellin' the story, risin' in glory
Cried, "Lord, don't you love"

Well, Moses to Moses, watchin' the flock
Saw the bush, well, he had to stop
God told Moses, "Pull off your shoes"
I let the flock go, well, you I choose

 

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Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes

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by Taj Mahal
recording of 1996

from Phantom Blues (Private Music 82139), copyright notice

Look here baby now you know I can, be the one to be your man
Baby now you know I'd do, anything in the world for you

To have lovin' from my baby's eyes, oh lovin' from my baby's eyes
See the lovin' in my baby's eyes, lovin' from my baby's eyes

Look here baby now you know darn well, love you better than another man could tell
Love you baby now you know I'd do, anything in the world for you

To have lovin' from my baby's eyes, oh lovin' from my baby's eyes
See the lovin' in my baby's eyes, lovin' from my baby's eyes

Late at night when I take my rest, oh I hold your picture to my breast
Love you baby now you know I'd do, anything in the world for you

To have lovin' from my baby's eyes, oh lovin' from my baby's eyes
See the lovin' in my baby's eyes, lovin' from my baby's eyes

Love ya baby. love ya baby, mama now you know I do
Love ya baby, love ya baby, do anything for you

Late at night when I take my rest, oh I hold you picture to my breast
Love you Mama now you know I'd do, anything in the world for you

To have lovin' from my baby's eyes, oh lovin' from my baby's eyes
See that lovin in my baby's eyes, lovin' from my baby's eyes

Give me that magic in my baby's eyes, lovin' in my baby's eyes
Give me that lovin' from my baby's eyes, lovin' from my baby's eyes

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Gonna Move Up The Country (Paint My Mailbox Blues)

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by Taj Mahal
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

Gonna move up to the country, paint my mailbox blue
Gonna move up to the country, paint my mailbox blue
Gonna put some flowers on it, paint some trailin' vines and do

I'm leavin' L.A. mama, you know that smog has got me down
I'm leavin' LA mama, you know that smog has got me down
I'm movin' to 'Virginia, where there ain't nobody else around

Come here baby, let daddy take you by your hand
Come here baby, let daddy take you by your hand
You'll be my woman, I'll be your city boy country man

Gonna move up to the country, paint my mailbox blue
Gonna move up to the country, paint my mailbox blue
Gonna put some flowers on it, paint some trailin' vines and do

Gonna move up to the country.....

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Queen Bee

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by Taj Mahal
recording of 1997

from Señor Blues (Private Music 82151), copyright notice

Sweeter than a honey bee, yeah, baby been sweet on me
Sweeter than a honey bee, yeah, my queen bee
Oh she rock to my soul, mama love me to my soul
Love me to my soul, oh she rock me to my soul

She's a strutter, she can shake it some yeah, oh watch her now look at her run
A strutter, she can shake it some, oh dancing having fun
She love me to my soul, oh she love me to my soul
Oh love me to my soul oh rock me to my soul

Honey in the honey pot and, your pot is hot
Honey in the honey pot and the pot is what you got
To lova rocka rocka me to my soul
Oh love me to my soul, rock me to my soul
Oh love me to my soul, rock me to my soul

Baby won't you come by me yeah, spare me this misery
Sugar won't you come by me, oh I know you'll agree, 'gree, 'gree, 'gree
To love me to my soul, oh to rock me to my soul
Ooh rock me to my soul, oh rock me to my soul

Sweeter than a honey bee oh, baby been sweet on me
Sweeter than a honey bee oh, my queen bee
Oh she rock me to my soul, oh rock me to my soul
Oh she rock me to my soul, oh rock me to my soul
These songs were made for lovers
Lovers and lovers and lovers and lovers and lovers
And lovers and lovers and lovers, And lovers and lovers
My soul, my soul
Queen bee
Queen

 

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Senor Blues

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by Horace Silver
recording of 1997

from Señor Blues (Private Music 82151), copyright notice

Senor Blues is what they call him, way down Mexicali way
Senoritas fallin' for him, with the hope that he will stay
By the time that they love him, Senor Blues done gone away

Well he's tall and good lookin' and he always knows just what to say
Yes he's tall and good lookin' and he always knows just what to say
By the time that they love him, Senor Blues done gone away

 

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She Caught The Katy


by Taj Mahal / Rachel
recording of 1992
from
In Progress & In Motion (1965-1998) (Columbia/Legacy 64919), copyright notice

She caught the Katy1, and left me a mule2 to ride
She caught the Katy, and left me a mule to ride
My baby caught the Katy, left me a mule to ride
The train pulled out, and I swung on behind
I'm crazy 'bout her, that hardheaded woman of mine

Man my baby's long, great god she's mighty, she's tall
You know my baby's long, great god she's mighty, my baby she's tall
Well my baby she's long, my baby she's tall
She sleeps with her head in the kitchen and her big feet out in the hall
And I'm still crazy 'bout her, that hardheaded woman of mine

Well I love my baby, she's so fine
I wish she'd come and see me some time
If you don't believe I love her, look what a hole I'm in
If you don't believe I'm sinking, look what a shape I'm in

She caught the Katy, and left me a mule to ride
She caught the Katy, and left me a mule to ride
Well my baby caught the Katy, left me a mule to ride
The train pulled out, and I swung on behind
I'm crazy 'bout her, that hardheaded woman, hardheaded woman of mine

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Note 1: Katy, or KT, which stands for Kansan and Texas Railroad (K&T);
Note 2: mule, refers to a slower moving, local train. Actual meaning of mule: a hybrid between a horse and a donkey, in particular the offspring of a male donkey and a mare. In this case it's metaphor for a slow transport.

 

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Statesboro Blues

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by Blind Willie McTell
recording of 1992
from
Taj's Blues (Columbia/Legacy CK-52465), copyright notice

(Here we go, Statesboro Blues, take one:)
One, two, three, four!

Wake up, mama, turn your lamp down low
Wake up, mama, now, turn your lamp down low
Have you got the nerve to hide (drive) Willie McTell from your door?

You know I woke up in the mornin', now, I had them Statesboro Blues
I woke up this morning now, I had them Statesboro Blues
I looked over in the corner, grandma and grandpa had 'em too

Mama got 'em, papa got 'em, sister got 'em, everybody got 'em
I'm goin' to the country, mama do you wanna go?
If I can't take you, I believe I'll take three or four more

Mama died and left me reckless, papa died and left me wild, wild, wild
Mama died and left me reckless, papa died and left me wild
Ya know I ain't good lookin', but I'll stumble on a sweet angel-child
(Alt. lyric : "I'm gonna find me a sweet angel-child")

Mama got 'em, (doncha know ?), papa got 'em, sister got 'em, everybody got 'em
I'm goin' to the country, mama do you wanna go ?
If I can't take you, I believe I'll take three or four more

Wake up, mama, turn your lamp down low
Wake up, mama, now, turn your lamp down low
Have you got the nerve to hide (drive) Willie McTell from your door ?

 

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Take A Giant Step

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by Carole King / Gerry Goffin
recording of 1969

from Giant Step (Columbia CGK-18) & Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home (Columbia 18) & Live & Direct (Thunderbolt 121), copyright notice

Though you failed at love and lost
And sorrow's turned your heart to frost
I will mend your heart again
Remember the feeling as a child
When you woke up and morning smiled
Its time its time its time you felt like that again

There is just no percentage in remembering the past
Its time you learned to live again and love at last
Come with me leave your yesterday your yesterday behind
And take a giant step outside your mind

You stare at me with disbelief
You say for you there's no relief
But girl I swear it won't do you no harm
Don't sit there in your lonely room
Just looking back inside that gloom
Mama that's not were you belong

Come with me I'll take you where the taste of life is green
N' Everyday everyday hold on woman just got to be seen
Come with me leave your yesterday your yesterday behind
And take a giant step outside your mind

Though you failed at love and lost
And sorrow's turned your heart to frost
I will mend your heart again
Remember the feeling as a child
When you woke up and morning smiled
Its time its time its time you felt like that again

There is just no percentage in remembering the past
Its time you learned to live again and love at last
Come with me leave your yesterday your yesterday behind
And take a giant step outside your mind

 

 

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You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond

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by Greene / C. Montgomery
recording of 1969

from Giant Step (Columbia CGK-18) & Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home (Columbia 18), copyright notice

You're gonna need somebody on your bond child
You're gonna need somebody on your bond
When it's late 'round midnight and old man death comes slippin' into the room
You're gonna need somebody on your bond

You take Mary and Martha standin' up in the hillside
Mary explainin' to Martha, "Darlin', look at the river deep and the water wide"
Here comes ole Moses, faithful Moses carryin' big ole stones up the hill
Tellin' everybody they're gonna need somebody on their bond

Whoa, you take Maivus Staples and ole Corn Cheevers(?),
they got the good side on their bond
Oh I been listen to the music people ever since the day I was born
My momma raised me in a room across from the church by the tree,
and that sweet gospel music, oh how it used to comfort me
Tellin' everybody they're gonna need somebody on their bond

 

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Page last updated on:
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