Meet Me in the City, Junior Kimbrough (Junior Kimbrough),1966

Original recording:  David “Junior” Kimbrough (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded in 1966 for Goldwax Records but not released until Big Legal Mess Records purchased the master and released them in 1992. Very interesting and original.

Other covers

Not known

Lyrics:

Meet me over in the city
And I see everything is so fine

We’ll get together now, Darling
Oh yeah, we will
We’ll make everything all right

Oh Honey, don’t
Please, please don’t leave me right now
Right now

You got me, Baby
You got me, Girl
You got me where you want me, Baby
Now Girl, I know you are
Satisfied

You got me, Baby
You got me, Girl
You got me where you want me, Baby
Now Girl, I know you are
Satisfied

Yeah but there’s one more thing I wanna tell you right now, Baby
Don’t leave me, Girl
Please, please don’t leave me right now
Right now

Sometimes I think I will, Baby
And then again my my my my my my my mind’ll change

Yeah, sometimes I think I will, Baby
And then again my my my my my my my mind’ll change

Ah tell me don’t do it right now
Please, please don’t leave me right now, right now

Ah ha, I love you, Girl
Yeah a yeah yeah yeah yeah
I love you, Babe
Please, please don’t leave me right
Right now

Finger Lickin’ good, Charlie Musselwhite (Charlie Musselwhite),1971-4

Original recording:  Charlie Musselwhite (Harmonica and Vocals)




Recording information:

Recorded for Arhoolie Records in the early 1970s and released in 1989

Other covers

None known


 

The Titanic, Pink Anderson (Traditional), 1950

Original recording: Pink Anderson (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Riverside Records in 1950

Other covers

Leadbelly and others

Lyrics:

Not available

 

Wild Geese Blues, Gladys Bentley 1928

Original recording: Gladys Bentley (Vocals),  Eddie Lang (Guitar)


Recording information:

Recorded for JSB Records 1928

Other covers

Alberta Jones

Lyrics:

Not available

 

If you want to see the blues, Al Copley 

Original recording:  Al Copely (Vocals) Snooks Eaglin (Guitar)

Recording information:

Recorded by Black Top Records

 

 

Ball And Chain, Big Mama Thornton (Willie Mae Thornton), 1975

Original recording:  Big Mama Thorton (Vocals)

Recording information:  

Recorded for Arhoolie Records in 1975. This is a powerful performance. 

Other covers

Janis Joplin and others

Lyrics:

[Verse 1:]
S-sittin’ by my window,
Big Mama was sittin’ down lookin’ at da rain.
Hey, hey! S-sitting by my window, baby,
Oh-oh-oh, I was lookin’ out at da rain.
You know somethin’ struck me, honey.
Grabbed a-hol’ta me like a ball ‘n’ chain.

[Verse 2:]
I said, oh-oh-oh, baby,
Why-eye you wanna do dese ol’ mean things to me?
I said, oh-oh, hoh-oh-oh-ohoh, now honey, ha-ho, yeh,
Why, why did you wanna do dese ol’ mean thing’ t’me?
Because I know I love you, baby,
An’ I’m so sick ‘n’ tire’ of bein’ in misery.
Oh, Lord, play your soul, baby.

[Verse 3:]
Know my love for ya,
Hol’s on like a ball ‘n’ chain.
Oh-ooo-oo-ooo, baby, ha-ha,
My love hol’s on like a ball ‘n’ chain.
Ya know I don’ mean no harm, honey,
But Big Mama don’t wanna go insane.

Listen, listen, listen, listen, listen!

[Verse 4:]
I say, oh-oh, oh-oh, baby,
Why-eye-eye-eye, ever’thing ever happen to me?
I say, ahhhhh-ah, oh, ba-bay-ay-ayay,
Why-eye-eye, ever’thing ever happen to me-ee-ee?
I know my love gonna las’ forevah,
Listen! Woh-oh-oh-ohoh, wo-oh-oh-ohoh,
Oh-oh, yeah, a-for eternity.

[Outro:]
Ball ‘n’ chain, turn me loo-ooo-oose.

Just a Dream, Billy Boy Arnold (Bill Broonzy), 1977

Original recording: Billy Boy Arnold (Harmonica and Vocals)

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 Recording information: Released on Music Avenue in 1977 

Other covers

Big Bill BroonzyJimmy WitherspoonBrownie McGheeBig Joe WilliamsMemphis Slim and many others

Lyrics:

It was a dream, Lord, what a dream I had on my mind
It was a dream, Lord, what a dream I had on my mind
Now, and when I woke up, baby, not a thing there could I find
I dreamed I went out with an angel, and had a good time
I dreamed I was satisfied, and nothin’ to worry my mind
But that was just a dream, Lord, what a dream I had on my mind,
Now, and when I woke up, baby, not an angel could I find
I dreamed I caught the horses, and caught the number too
I dreamed I won so much money, I didn’t know what to do
But that was just a dream, Lord, what a dream I had on my mind,
Now, and when I woke up, baby, not a penny there could I find
Dreamed I was in the White House, sittin’ in the president’s chair
I dreamed he’s shaking my hand, and he said “Bill, I’m so glad you’re here”
But that was just a dream, Lord, what a dream I had on my mind
Now, and when I woke up, baby, not a chair there could I find
I dreamed I got married, and started me a family
I dreamed I had ten children, and they all looked just like me
But that was just a dream, Lord, what a dream I had on my mind
Now, and when I woke up, baby, not a child there looked like mine

The Sky Is Crying, Albert King (Clarence Lewis, Elmore James, Morgan Robinson)

Original recording:  Albert King (Guitar and Vocals)



Recording information:

Recorded for Stax 

Other covers

Elmore JamesEric ClaptonStevie Ray VaughanSonny Boy Williamson II Hound Dog TaylorEtta James and others

Lyrics:

The sky is cryin’, look at the tears roll down the street
The sky is cryin’, look at the tears roll down the street
I been lookin’ for my baby, yeah, an’ I wonder where can she be

I saw my baby early one mornin’, an’ she was walkin’ on down the street
I saw my baby early one mornin’, an’ she was walkin’ on down the street
You know it hurt me so bad, yeah, it made my poor heart skip a beat

I got a bad feelin’, my baby don’t love me no more
I got a real bad, bad feelin’, my baby don’t love me no more
You know the sky is cryin’, yeah, the tears rollin’ down my nose

The sky is cryin’, look at the tears roll down the street

Raining in my Heart, Slim Harpo (James Isaac Moore and Jerry West), 1961

Original recording: Slim Harpo (Harmonica and Vocals), Rudolph Richard (Guitar), James Johnson (Guitar), T.J. Kitchen (Bass), Sammy Brown (Drums)

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Recording information:
Recorded for Excello Records in 1961 

Other covers:

Tom Jones

Hank Williams Jr.

Lazy Lester

and others

Lyrics:

Rainin’ in my heart

Since we’ve been apart
I know I was wrong
Baby, please come home

You got me cryin’
‘Bout to lose my mind
Don’t let me cry in vain
Try my love just once, again

Honey, I need your love
Darlin’, you know why
If you would come back home
They’ll be no need for me to cry

Raining in my heart
Since we been apart
I know I was wrong
Baby, please come home.

In the Heat of the Night, Ray Charles 1987

Original recording:  Ray Charles (Piano and Vocals)

In the Heat of the Night (Soundtrack) – Quincy Jones

Recording information:

Recorded by DCC

Lyrics:

In the heat of the night
Seems like a cold sweat
Creeping cross my brow, oh yes
In the heat of the night
I’m a feelin’ motherless somehow
Stars with evil eyes stare from the skies
All mean and bright

(In the heat of the night)

Ain’t a woman YET BEEN BORN
Knows how to make the morning come
So hard to keep control
When I could sell my soul
For just a little light

(In the heat of the night)

In the heat of the night
I’ve got trouble wall to wall
Oh yes I have
An’ I repeat, oh, I repeat in the night
Must be an ending to it all
Oh Lord, it won’t be long
Yes, just you be strong
And it’ll be all right
(In the heat of the night)

 

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