Bear Cat Blues, John Jackson (writer?), 1966

Original recording: John Jackson (Guitar and vocals)




Recorded for Rounder records in Fairfax, Virginia in the 1960s 

Other Covers: Lonnie Johnson

Eyesight To The Blind, Sonny Boy Williamson II (Sonny Boy Williamson),1959

Original recording: Sonny Boy Williamson II  (Harmonica and Vocals)

 

 

Recording information:

Recorded for Chess Records in 1959. That version is a bit smoother than this.

 

 

 

Other covers

B.B. KingMose Allison, Aerosmith, The Who, James Cotton and others 

Lyrics:

You’re talking about your woman,
I wish to God, man, that you could see mine
You’re talking about your woman,
I wish to God that you could see mine
Every time the little girl start to loving,
She bring eyesight to the blind

Lord, her daddy must been a millionaire,
‘Cause I can tell by the way she walk
Her daddy must been a millionaire,
Because I can tell by the way she walk
Every time she start to loving,
The deaf and dumb begin to talk

I remember one Friday morning,
We was lying down across the bed
Man in the next room a-dying, stopped dying
And lift up his head, and said,
“Lord, ain’t she pretty,
And the whole state know she fine!”

Every time she start to loving,
She bring eyesight to the blind
(Spoken: All right and all right, now.
Lay it on me, lay it on me, lay it on me
Oh lordy, what a woman, what a woman!)

Yes, I declare she’s pretty
And the whole state knows she’s fine
Man, I declare she’s pretty,
God knows I declare she’s fine
Every time she starts to loving,
Whoo, she brings eyesight to the blind
(I’ve got to get out of here, now,
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go now)

A Quitter Never Wins, Johnny Lang (Margaret Sampson, Tinsley Ellis), 1997

Original recording:  Jonny Lang (Guitar and Vocals), Ted Larsen (Guitar),Steve Potts (Drums), David Smith (Bass), Bruce McCabe (Keyboards), Marcia Langseth and Heidi Jo (Backup Vocals)

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Recording information:

From his astonishing 1997 album “Lie to Me” recorded for A&M Records  

Other covers

Tinsley Ellis and others

Lyrics:

Seems like now days ain’t nothin’ meant to last
One day you’ve got it all and then it disappears so fast
And you know our love is on and off again
Well, I know you wanna quit me baby
But a quitter never wins

Well, you’ve walked out on our lovin’
But I’ve stayed through thick and thin
After all we’ve been through, baby
You’re gonna tell me it’s the end
And you know our love is on and off again
I know you want to quit me, baby
But a quitter never wins

Seems like now days love is a word that no one means
Ya’ said you’d never leave me
Then ya’ upped and walked right out on me
And now our love is on and off again
Well, I know you wanna quit me
But a quitter never wins

Well, I know you wanna quit me baby
but a quitter never wins
a quitter never wins

Walkin’ Blues, Rory Gallagher (Robert Johnson), 2003

Original recording:  Rory Gallagher (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Buddha Records 2003

Lyrics:

Woke up this morning, feel ’round for my shoes,
You know ’bout that babe, had them old walkin’ blues.
Woke up this morning, I feel ’round for my shoes,
You know ’bout that babe, Lord, I had them old walkin’ blues.

Leavin’ this morning, I had to go ride the blinds.
I’ve been mistreated, don’t mind dying.
This morning, I had to go ride the blinds,
I’ve been mistreated, Lord, I don’t mind dying.

People tell me walkin’ blues ain’t bad;
Worst old feeling I most ever had.
People tell me the old walkin’ blues ain’t bad.
Well it’s the worst old feeling, Lord, I most ever had.

 

Need your love so bad, Peter Green (Little Willie John), 1969

Original recording:  Peter Green (Guitar and Vocals) and Fleetwood Mac


Recording information:

Recorded for Sony Records in 1969

Other covers

Sting, Little Willie John and others

Lyrics:

Need someone’s hand to lead me through the night
I need someone’s arms to hold and squeeze me tight
Now, when the night begins, whoa, I’m at an end
Because I need your love so bad
I need some lips to feel next to mine
Need someone to stand up – to stand up and tell me when I’m lyin’
And when the lights are low – and it’s time to go
That’s when I need your love so bad
So why don’t you give it up, baby and bring it home to me
or write it on a piece of paper, woman – so it can be read to me
Tell me that you love me – and stop drivin’ me mad
whoa, because I – I need your love so bad
Need a soft voice – just to talk to me at night
Don’t want you to worry, baby
I know we can make everything alright
Listen to my plea, baby, come on bring it to me
‘Cause I need – your love so bad
Baby, I need, I need – woman, I need your love so bad

Downtown Blues, Frank Stokes (Frank Stoke, Dan Sane), 1928

Original recording: Frank Stokes (Guitar and Vocals) and Dan Sane (Guitar)




Recording information:

Recorded for Victor Records in 1928. The abrupt ending may be due to the limited time available to record on early 78s, about three minutes.

Other covers

Steve Howell and others

Lyrics:

Hey listen mama : the world is done gone away
I’m got a bad‑luck deal : give me trouble every day

And I’m going I’m going : pin up black tape on your door
Tell your man ain’t dead : just ain’t coming to your house no more

And I’m going downtown : going to stay around there till dark
I don’t want no trouble : don’t want you to drive off

Now when you lay down at night : lit out early try to take your rest
You’ll get a couple phone calls : wake up and try to do your best

I’m got a gal in the country : I’m got two that stays in town
Reason I can fill it so careful : because nar’ of them don’t throw me down

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

 

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