How Long, The Legendary Blues Band (Crudup, Ledbetter), 1983

Original recording:  The Legendary Blues Band

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Recording information:

Released by Rounder Records in 1983


 

Old Original Kokomo Blues, Kokomo Arnold (Kokomo Arnold), 1934

Original recording:  Kokomo Arnold (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Decca in 1934. It was based on a recording by Scrapper Blackwell called “Kokomo Blues and inspired Robert Johnson to record “Sweet Home Chicago” a blues classic. Arnold was one of the great slide players of all time.

Lyrics:

Now one and one is two mama : two and two is four
Mess around here pretty mama : you know we got to go

Crying oh : baby don’t you want to go
Back to the *living light* city : to sweet old Kokomo

Now four and one is five mama : five and one is six
You mess around here pretty mama : you going to get me tricked

Now six and one is seven mama : seven and one is eight
You mess around here pretty mama : you going to make me late

Says I told you mama : when you first fell across my bed
You been drinking your bad whiskey : and talking all out your head

I don’t drink because I’m dry mama : don’t drink because I’m blue
The reason I drink pretty mama : I can’t get along with you

Now eight and one is nine mama : nine and one is ten
You mess around here pretty mama : I’m going to take you in

Now ten and one is eleven mama : eleven and one is twelve
You mess around here pretty mama : you going to catch you a lot of hell 

Today I Started Loving You Again, Bobby “Blue” Bland (Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Bonnie Owens)

Original recording: Bobby “Blue” Bland (Harmonica and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for MCA in the 1970s.

Lyrics:

Today I Started Loving You Again
I’m right back where I’ve really always been;
I got over you just long enough to let my heartache mend,
then Today I Started Loving You Again.

What a fool I was to think I could get by
With only these few million tears I’ve cried.
I should have known the worst was yet to come.
And that crying time for me had just begun.

‘Cause Today I Started Loving You Again,
I’m right back where I’ve really always been;
I got over you just long enough to let my heartache mend,
then Today I Started Loving You Again. 

Roll and Tumble Blues, Hambone Willie Newbern  (Traditional),1929

Original recording:  Hambone Willie Newbern (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Okeh Records in 1929. This is the first recording of this blues standard.

Lyrics:

And I rolled and I tumbled : and I cried the whole night long
And I rosed this morning mama : and I didn’t know right from wrong

Did you ever wake up : and find your dough‑roller gone
And you wrings your hands : and you cry the whole day long

And I told my woman Lord : [just] before I left her town
Don’t she let nobody : tear her barrelhouse down

And I fold my arms Lord : and I [slowly] walked away
Says that’s all right sweet mama : your trouble going to come some day

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out, Bessie Smith 1929

Original recording:  Bessie Smith (Vocals)

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Lyrics:

Once I lived the life of a millionaire,
spending my money, I didn’t care
I carried my friends out for a good time,
buying bootleg liquor, champagne and wine

Then I began to fall so low,
I didn’t have a friend, and no place to go
So if I ever get my hand on a dollar again,
I’m gonna hold on to it till them eagle’s grin

Nobody knows you when you down and out
In my pocket not one penny,
and my friends I haven’t any
But If I ever get on my feet again,
then I’ll meet my long lost friend
It’s mighty strange, without a doubt
Nobody knows you when you down and out
I mean when you down and out

Mmmmm, when you’re down and out,
mmmmm, not one penny
And my friends I haven’t any,
mmmmm, well I felt so low
Nobody wants me round their door,
mmmmm, without a doubt,
No man can use you wen you down and out
I mean when you down and out 

Falling Back In Love With You, Lonnie Mack (Lonnie Mack), 1985

Original recording:  Lonnie Mack (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Alligator Records in 1985


Hesitation Blues, Rev. Gary Davis (Rev. Gary Davis), 1957

Original recording:  Reverend Gary Davis (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in 1957

Lyrics:

I woke up this morning just ’bout half past four
Hesitation blues was knocking on my door

Refrain:
Tell me, how long, do I baby, have to wait
Can I let you know? Why must I hesitate?

Ain’t no use in me working so hard
I got me two good women
working in the rich folks’ yard

I ain’t your good man,
ain’t your good man’s son
But I can get in the place of your good man,
’til your good man comes

Well, I ain’t no miller,
ain’t no miller’s son
But I can grind a little corn,
’til the miller comes

I ain’t no wine presser,
ain’t no wine presser’s son
But I can buy you a little groceries,
’til the grocery man cames

I ain’t no cradle rocker,
ain’t no cradle rocker’s son
But I can do a little rockin’ for you,
’til the rocker man comes

Well, I ain’t no doctor,
ain’t no doctor’s son
But I can cure a few cases,
’til the doctor comes

Eagle on the dollar say, “In God We Trust”
Woman flashy, wants a man but I declare
she want a dollar first

I ain’t no bookkeeper,
ain’t no bookkeeper’s son
But I can keep a few books,
’til the bookkeeper comes

I ain’t no milkman,
ain’t no milkman’s son
But I can keep you supplied,
’til your milkman comes

I ain’t no chauffeur,
ain’t no chauffeur’s son
But I can do a little driving,
’til your chauffeur comes

Well, I ain’t no back-breaker,
ain’t no back-breaker’s son
But I can stretch out my back,
’til your back-breaker comes

I ain’t got no woman and I ain’t got no kid
Ain’t got no daughter to be bothered with

I ain’t no rent payer,
ain’t no rent payer’s son
But I can scrape up a few rents,
’til the rent payer comes

Well, I ain’t been to heaven but I’ve been told
St. Peter learnt the angels how to do the Jelly Roll

Me and my buddy and two or three more
We get good women everywhere we go

Well, I hitched up the mule
and the mule wouldn’t pull
Took the hunches off the mule
and put the hunches on the bull

Blacker the berry the sweeter the juice
I’d be a fool if I quit the woman I got
because it ain’t no use

I got hesitating stockings,
hesitating shoes
I got a hesitating woman
singing me the hesitating blues

My good gal quit me,
I ain’t going to wear no black
I always got something to make her
come running back

Men in the country hollering, “Whoa, haw, gee!”
Women in the city flying around
asking the question, “Who wants me?

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust
Just show me a woman that a man can trust

You know, my mother told me
when I was just six years old
I’m going to be a good women getter,
God bless your soul 

44 Blues, Eric Burdon (Chester Burnett),2006

Original recording:  Eric Burdon (Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for SPV in 2006

Lyrics:

I wore my 44 so long it made my shoulder sore
I wore my 44 so long it made my shoulder sore
Well I’m wondering everybody where did my baby go
Take this weapon as a gift son
May it serve you all your life
You know my blood is running cold
And my trigger finger is turning white
Cold as ice

I hold those fat brass bullets
Each one feels as cold as ice
I hold those fat brass bullets
Each one feels as cold as ice
I keeps it under my pillow
Just to get me thru the night

Well I’m so mad this morning
I don’t know where in the world to go
Well I’m so mad this mornin’g
I don’t know where in the world to go
And now I’m lookin’ for mister money so I can get myself some dough
I’m lookin’ for mister money
So I can get myself some dough 

The Stumble, Freddy King (Freddie King and Sonny Thompson), 1961

Original recording:  Freddy King (Guitar), Sonny Thomson (Piano), Bill Willis (Bass) and Philip Paul (Drums)

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Recording information:  Recorded for King/Federal in 1961. The other musicians were session players for the label rather than Freddie’s Band. One of my favorites. It seems like it could just roll forever and I could listen that long! 

Other covers

Jeff Beck, Peter Green with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Gary MooreLuther Allison and others 

Lyrics:

Instrumental

 

You Don’t Love Me , Willie Cobbs (Willie Cobbs), 1960

Original recording:  Willie Cobbs (Harmonica and Vocals)

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Recording information:  

Recorded for Mojo Records in 1960. Willie Cobbs’ composition has become a blues standard. 

Other covers

Bo Diddley, Junior Wells, Magic Sam, Albert King, Otis Rush, Luther Allison, Smokey Wilson, Eddie Taylor and others

Lyrics:

Baby, You don’t love me
You don’t love me yes I know
Baby, You don’t love me
You don’t love me yes I know
But you keep me mistreated
Now I’ve got no place to go

I’m gonna tell your mother
I’m gonna tell your pappa too
I’m gonna tell your mother
I’m gonna tell your pappa too
I’m gonna tell everbody
What those young girls will do to you

Goodbye now, pretty baby,
If I don’t see you no more.
Goodbye now, pretty baby,
If I don’t see you no more.
Well if you think I’ll be your fool
Lord,you better be on your merry way.

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