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Table Of Content (21 songs, 19 soundclips)

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Back Door Love Affair
Backdoor Medley
Bar-B-Q
Blue Jean Blues
Brown Sugar
Certified Blues
Dust My Broom
Groovy Little Hippie Pad
Hi Fi Mama
I Got The Message
Just Got Back From Baby's

Just Got Paid
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Move Me On Down The Line
My Head's In Mississippi
Neighbor, Neighbor
Pan Am Highway Blues
(Somebody Else Been) Shakin' Your Tree
She Loves My Automobile
Stop Breaking Down Blues
Waitin' For The Bus

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Back Door Love Affair

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by Billy Gibbons / Bill Ham
recording of 1970
from
ZZ Top's First Album (Warner brothers 2-3268), copyright notice

Got to have you baby, don't you say that you don't care
Got to have you baby, don't you say that you don't care
Any way you want it baby, I'll settle for a back door love affair

I call you on the telephone, the party says that you ain't there
I call you on the telephone, the party says that you ain't there
When a man asked who's callin', I said, "Just tell 'em it's a back door love affair"

 

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Backdoor Medley

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I by Billy Gibbons / Bill Ham, II by Willie Dixon, III by Billy Gibbons
recording of 1975

from Fandango (Warner Brothers 2-3271), copyright notice

I - Backdoor Love Affair

Got to have you, baby, even though you say that you don't care
Got to have you, baby, even though you say that you don't care
Any way you want it, settle for a backdoor love affair

II - Mellow Down Easy

Jump, jump here, jump, jump there, jump, jump, baby, everywhere
Don't you mellow down easy, babe, you got to mellow down easy
Don't you mellow down easy, got to mellow down easy
Don't you mellow down easy, got to mellow down easy, babe
Don't you mellow down easy, got to mellow down easy
Don't you mellow down easy
Mellow down easy when you really wanna blow your top

Shake, shake here, shake, shake there, shake, shake, baby, everywhere
Don't you mellow down easy, babe, you got to mellow down easy
Don't you mellow down easy, got to mellow down easy
Don't you mellow down easy, got to mellow down easy, babe
Don't you mellow down easy, got to mellow down easy
Don't you mellow down easy
Mellow down easy when you really wanna blow your top

Shake, shake here, shake, shake there, shake, shake, baby, everywhere
Don't you mellow down easy, babe, you got to mellow down easy
Don't you mellow down easy, got to mellow down easy
Don't you mellow down easy, got to mellow down easy, babe
Don't you mellow down easy, got to mellow down easy
Don't you mellow down easy
Mellow down easy when you really wanna blow your top

III - Backdoor Love Affair No. 2

Baby baby baby baby, don't you want a man like me?
Uh-huh uh-huh, yes I do, yes I do
Oh, baby baby baby baby, don't you want a man like me?
Uh-huh uh-huh, uh-huh uh-huh, uh-huh uh-huh
Oh, I give you lovin' by the daytime, night time you could take good care of me

Baby baby baby baby, don't you want a man like me?
Uh-huh uh-huh, yes I do, yes I do
Oh, baby baby baby baby, don't you want a man like me?
Uh-huh uh-huh, uh-huh uh-huh, uh-huh uh-huh
Oh, I give you lovin' by the daytime, night time you could take good care of me

Baby baby baby baby, don't you want a man like me?
Uh-huh uh-huh, yes I do, yes I do
Oh, baby baby baby baby, don't you want a man like me?
Uh-huh uh-huh, uh-huh uh-huh, uh-huh uh-huh
Oh, I give you lovin' by the daytime, night time she could take good care of me

IV - Long Distance Boogie

Is everybody feelin' good? You makin' us feel good, too!
Now, early this morning I got on that long distance telephone and I called my mama
I said, "Mama, this is your boy, and I'm way down here in New Orleans, Louisiana"
And she said, "That's all right, boy"
And she turned to my papa and she said, "Papa, our boy's way down there in New Orleans
We cannot let him stay out all night long"
She did!
Long about that time, I heard my papa lean toward my mama
I heard papa tell mama, "Let that boy boogie-woogie"
He said, "It's in him and it's got to come out"

So I went downtown
There's a lot of people there
They was-a really havin' a ball
And I felt so good
Yes, I felt so good
Yes, I felt so good
Yes, I felt so good
Yes, I felt so good
Yes, I felt so good
Yes, I felt so good

Boogie, children!

Boogie, children!

 

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Bar-B-Q

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by Billy Gibbons / Bill Ham
recording of 1972

from Rio Grande Mud (Warner Brothers 2-3269), copyright notice

No, baby, tell me why don't you?
Well, now, baby, tell me why don't you?
Aw, baby, tell me why don't you?

No, baby, now want to make me some?
Oh, now, baby, now want to make me some?
Aw, baby, now want to make me some?

No, baby, tell me why don't you?
Oh, now, baby, tell me why don't you
Aw, make me some of your fine famous bar-B-Q?

 

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Blue Jean Blues

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by Frank Beard / Billy Gibbons / Dusty Hill
recording of 1975

from Fandango (Warner Brothers 2-3271), copyright notice

I done ran into my baby and finally found my old blue jean
I done ran into my baby and finally found my old blue jean
Well, I could tell that they was mine from the oil and the gasoline

If I ever get back my blue jean, Lord, how happy could one man be
If I ever get back my blue jean, Lord, how happy could one man be
'Cause if I get back those blue jean you know, my baby be bringin' 'em home to me

 

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Brown Sugar

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by Billy Gibbons
recording of 1970
from
ZZ Top's First Album (Warner brothers 2-3268), copyright notice

My friends, they all told me, man, there's something gonna change your life
My friends, they all told me, man, there's something gonna change your life
Gotta have that brown sugar, man it's just gonna change my life
Man, I gotta have that brown sugar, man, it's just gonna make me feel so right

There's something make me feel good, and it's gonna change my life
There's something make me feel good, and it's gonna change my life
I gotta have some of that brown sugar, gotta try it before I die

Man it sure do save me when there's no place left for me
Man it sure do save me when there's no place left for me
Gotta have some of that brown sugar as long as that's gonna set me free

Man, there's somethin' make me feel good and it's gonna change my life
Man, there's somethin' make me feel good and it's gonna change my life
I gotta have some of that brown sugar, gotta try it before I die

 

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Certified Blues

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by Frank Beard / Billy Gibbons / Bill Ham
recording of 1970
from
ZZ Top's First Album (Warner brothers 2-3268), copyright notice

I woke up this mornin' with these certified blues, they sure been stalkin' me 'round
So down tonight I couldn't tie my shoes
They about to drop me in the ground

If I could shake loose I would feel so fine
There's one thing for sure and it's on my mind
These certified blues are gonna take their time

I've been livin' here, way down South, a place that I wanna stay
Been workin' hard just to feed my mouth
Just can keep them blues away

There's one thing for sure and it's on my mind
These certified blues are gonna take their time
If I could shake loose I would feel so fine

You say you're feelin' bad and you don't know why
You're broke and your woman been ly'n'
And just one thing before I'm fired, the blues have just been certified

If I could shake loose I would feel so fine
There's one thing for sure and it's on my mind
These certified blues are gonna take their time

 

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Dust My Broom

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by Elmore James
recording of 1979

from Deguello (Warner Brothers 2-3361), copyright notice

I'm gonna get up in the morning, I believe I'll dust my broom
I'm gonna get up in the morning, I believe I'll dust my broom
Well my best gal I'll be leaving, so my friend, get out my room

I'm gonna write a letter to China, see if my baby's over there
I'm gonna write a letter to China, see if my baby's over there
If she ain't up in the Hawaiian Islands, must be in Ethiopia somewhere

I believe believe my time alone
I believe believe my time alone
I've had to quit my baby and give up my happy home

 

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Groovy Little Hippie Pad

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by Frank Beard / Billy Gibbons / Dusty Hill
recording of 1981

from El Loco (Warner Brothers 2-3593), copyright notice

I'm gonna find me a groovy little hippie pad
I'm gonna find me a groovy little hippie pad
I work a hundred grand scam from a border town
Well, I'll be feeling glad

I'm gonna find me a blonde-haired mama, in a Jeep with a German shepherd by her side
I'm gonna find me a blonde-haired mama, with boots and a .44 on her side
And if I ain't too high or used up, I'll have her take me for a groovy little hippie ride

I'm gonna fix brown rice every day, and drink down a bottle of Midnight Red
I'm gonna fix brown rice every day, and drink down a bottle of Midnight Red
That's all I need to get groovy, that's what all the little hippie said

 

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Hi Fi Mama

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by Frank Beard / Billy Gibbons / Dusty Hill
recording of 1979

from Deguello (Warner Brothers 2-3361), copyright notice

I want your hi fi mama, won't you let me play it tonight
I want your hi fi mama, won't you let me play it tonight
I put the needle in the groove, baby while you douse the lights

I play it on your dresser, play it upside your wall
I play it in your kitchen, even play it in your hall
I play it anywhere you want it, any old time at all

Hi fi lo fi no fi's just fine with me
Hi fi lo fi no fi's just fine with me
And if you want to give me stereo first give me vitamin E
I got your name and your number

 

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I Got The Message


by Frank Beard / Billy Gibbons / Dusty Hill
recording of 1985

from Afterburner (Warner Brothers 2-25342), copyright notice

I'm picking up on a signal, that's in the air tonight
It's sparkin' my receiver, it feels like dynamite
I got the message but I wanna get it straight from you

My mind is electric, I'm about to blow a fuse
The cockpit is empty so shoot it down the tube
I got the message but I wanna get it straight from you

I've got to make a connection, I'm on needles and pins
Workin' up a printout and I'm gonna zero in
I got the message but I wanna get it straight from you

 

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Jesus Just Left Chicago

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by Frank Beard / Billy Gibbons / Dusty Hill
recording of 1973

from Tres Hombres (Warner Brothers 2-3270), copyright notice

Jesus just left Chicago and he's bound for New Orleans
Well now, Jesus just left Chicago and he's bound for New Orleans, yeah, yeah
Workin' from one end to the other and all points in between

Took a jump through Mississippi, well, muddy water turned to wine
Took a jump through Mississippi, muddy water turned to wine, yeah, yeah
Then out to California through the forests and the pines, ah, take me with you, Jesus

You might not see him in person but he'll see you just the same
You might not see him in person but he'll see you just the same, yeah, yeah
You don't have to worry 'cause takin' care of business is his name

 

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Just Got Back From Baby's

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by Billy Gibbons / Bill Ham
recording of 1970
from
ZZ Top's First Album (Warner brothers 2-3268), copyright notice

(Spoken: Douse that light...)

Now I just got back from baby's, we been rollin' all night long
I said I just got back from baby's, we been rollin' all night long
She come on likes and loves me, but I feel like somethin' wrong

Now, sometimes I go see baby, and sometimes she come see me
I said, sometimes I go see baby, and sometimes baby come see me
I got a funny, funny feelin', I'm not the only man she sees

Now, I just got back from baby's, big white house on the hill
I said, I just got back from baby's, big white house on the hill
If her lovin' don't get me, I know her husband will

 

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Just Got Paid

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by Billy Gibbons / Bill Ham
recording of 1972

from Rio Grande Mud (Warner Brothers 2-3269), copyright notice

I just got paid today, got me a pocket full of change
Said, I just got paid today, got me a pocket full of change
If you believe like workin' hard all day, just step in my shoes and take my pay

I was born my papa's son, when I hit the ground I was on the run
I had one glad hand and the other behind, you can have yours, just give me mine
When the hound dog barkin' in the black of the night, stick my hand in my pocket, everything's all right

I just got paid today, got me a pocket full of change
Said, black sheep, black, do you got some wool?
Yes, I do, man, my bag is full
It's the root of evil and you know the rest but it's way ahead of what's second best

 

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Move Me On Down The Line

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by Billy Gibbons / Dusty Hill
recording of 1973

from Tres Hombres (Warner Brothers 2-3270), copyright notice

When I hear that Santa Fe start blowin'
I wonder where it's been and where it's goin'

I tell you, boy, every time the feelin' sure is fine
Just move me on down the line, just move me on down the line

Then I heard red rooster start his crowin'
around the curve that cloud of smoke was blowin'

I tell you, boy, every time the feelin' sure is fine
Just move me on down the line, just move me on down the line

I'll be where the big wheels keep on turnin'
and the diesel drivers keep them engines burnin'

I tell you, boy, every time the feelin' sure is fine
Just move me on down the line, just move me on down the line

Move me on down the line, move me on down
Move me on down the line, move me on down
Move me on down the line, move me ...

 

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My Head's In Mississippi

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by Frank Beard / Billy Gibbons / Dusty Hill
recording of 1990

from Recycler (Warner Brothers 2-26265), copyright notice

I'm shufflin' thru the Texas sand, but my head's in Mississippi
I'm shufflin' thru the Texas sand, but my head's in Mississippi
The blues has got a hold of me, I believe I'm gettin' dizzy
(Spoken: Help me now!)

I keep thinkin' 'bout that night in Memphis, Lord, I thought I was in heaven
I keep thinkin' 'bout that night in Memphis, I thought I was in heaven
But I was stumblin' thru the parking lot of an invisible seven eleven
(Spoken: What was I doin' out there?)

Where's my head baby?
Somewhere in Mississippi

Last night I saw a cowgirl, she was floatin' across the ceiling
And last night I saw a naked cowgirl, she was floatin' across the ceiling
She was mumblin' to some howlin' wolf about some voodoo healin'
(Spoken: Hmm Baby)

 

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Neighbor, Neighbor

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by Billy Gibbons
recording of 1970
from
ZZ Top's First Album (Warner brothers 2-3268), copyright notice

Neighbor, neighbor, why you messin' in my life?
Neighbor, neighbor, you've been talkin' to my wife
Tellin' her you seen me, runnin' wild the other night, runnin' wild the other night

A neighbor, neighbor, there's always one in every crowd
A neighbor, neighbor, tellin' lies and talkin' loud
You better watch your step now, you might fall off your cloud, you might fall off your cloud

Now I was walking down a dusty road when along came a neighbor of mine
He saw me walkin' with my head hung down, he just had to stop and pass the time
Neighbor, neighbor, floatin' in the salty brine1, floatin' in the salty brine

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Note 1: brine,

 

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Pan Am Highway Blues

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by Frank Beard / Billy Gibbons / Dusty Hill
recording of 1976

from Tejas (Warner Brothers 2-3272), copyright notice

I've gotten good at missin' her, I practice all the time
While I drive the Pan Am highway thru, with that cactus friend of mine
It's gettin' hard to see the white line rollin' by, I can't forget her memory deep inside

I dropped a bundle down in Panama, but the loss didn't do me no good
Spendin' cash and talkin' trash, don't do it like it should
I realized I just couldn't buy her smile, I'll keep tryin' on that Pan Am mile by mile

If she'd meet me in San Salvador, I'd buy her a drink or two
We'd talk about our used to be, and ride on to Peru
The time to get it right is here and now, if she won't I'll move on anyhow

 

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(Somebody Else Been) Shakin' Your Tree

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by Billy Gibbons
recording of 1970
from
ZZ Top's First Album (Warner brothers 2-3268), copyright notice

Well, I'm tryin', yes I'm tryin just to get a line on you, where you been?
But I'm havin' trouble puttin' a find on you, I'm wearin' thin
Somebody else been shaking your tree, supposed to saving all that stuff for me

You been hidin', yes you're hidin', you been stayin' out on me, sneakin' 'round
Me and you ain't workin' out just like we oughta be, you've got me down
Somebody else been shaking your tree, supposed to be saving all that stuff for me

I'm tired of foolin' around with you, and sittin' here alone, it's on my mind
I think it's time for me to find a new tree of my own, it's plantin' time
Anything you wanna do is cool with me, I don't care who shakes your tree

 

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She Loves My Automobile

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by Frank Beard / Billy Gibbons / Dusty Hill
recording of 1979

from Deguello (Warner Brothers 2-3361), copyright notice

She don't love me, she love my automobile
She don't love me, she love my automobile
Well she would do anything just to slide behind the wheel

She said, "What's it gonna take for you to lay your top on down?"
She said, "What's it gonna take for you to lay your top on down?"
I said, "Honey why don't you ask me when we get to the outskirts of town"

Well now she don't care if I'm stoned or sloppy drunk
Well she don't care if I'm stoned or sloppy drunk
Long as she got the keys and there's a spare wheel in her trunk

 

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Stop Breaking Down Blues


by Robert Johnson
recording of 19

from , copyright notice

Every time I'm walking down the street, some pretty mama start breakin' down on me
Stop breaking down, baby please stop breakin' down
The stuff I got'll bust your brains out baby, ooh, it make you lose your mind

I got my baby ninety nine degree, she took my baby throwed a pistol down on me
Stop breaking down, baby please stop breaking down
The stuff I got'll bust your brains out baby, ooh, make you lose your mind

I can't stop walkin' down the street, but some pretty mama breakin' down on me
Stop breakin' down, baby please stop breakin' down
Yes, you know the stuff I got'll bust your brains out baby, make you lose your mind
Stuff'll bust your brains out baby, make you lose your mind
Oh yeah

 

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Waitin' For The Bus

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by Billy Gibbons / Dusty Hill
recording of 1973

from Tres Hombres (Warner Brothers 2-3270), copyright notice

Have mercy, been waitin' for the bus all day
Have mercy, been waitin' for the bus all day
I got my brown paper bag and my take-home pay

Have mercy, old bus be packed up tight
Have mercy, old bus be packed up tight
Well, I'm glad just to get on and home tonight

Right on, that bus done got me back
Right on, that bus done got me back
Well, I'll be ridin' on the bus till I Cadillac

 

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