Black Spider Blues, Robert Lockwood Jr (Robert Lockwood Jr), 1941

Original recording: Robert Lockwood Jr. (Guitar and Vocals)

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 Recording information:

Recorded for Wolf Records in 1941

Other covers

None known

Lyrics:

Not available

 

Give Me Back My Wig, Hound Dog Taylor (Hound Dog Taylor), 1971

Original recording:  Hound Dog Taylor (Guitar and Vocals) and the Houserockers

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 Recording information:

Recorded for Alligator Records in 1971

Other covers

Stevie Ray VaughanLuther AllisonMagic SlimGeorge Thorogood and others

Lyrics:

Give me back my wig
Honey now let your head go bald.
Give me back my wig
Honey now let your head go bald.
Really didn’t have no business
Honey buyin’ you no wig at all.

Takin’ me downtown
Say four forty nine,
When I get down there
I swear, nine ninety nine.

You just give me back my wig
Honey now let your head go bald.
Really didn’t have no business
Honey buyin’ you no wig at all.

Yeah my Mama told me
And your good friend too,
When you get that wig
That’s the way you gonna do.

You just give me back my wig
Honey now let your head go bald.
Really didn’t have no business
Honey buyin’ you no wig at all.

Goodbye little one
All I got to say.
Give me back my wig and be
On your merry way.

You just give me back my wig
Honey, now let your head go bald.
Really didn’t have no business
Honey buyin’ you no wig at all

Sinners Prayer, Ray Charles and BB King (Fulson, Glenn), 2004

Original recording:  B.B. King (Guitar and Vocals), Ray Charles (Piano and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for EMI Records in 2004

Other covers

Lowell FulsonEric ClaptonJohn Lee Hooker and others

Lyrics:

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on me.
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on me.
Well if I’ve done somebody wrong, Lord, have mercy if you please.

I used to have plenty of money, the finest clothes in town,
But bad luck and trouble overtaken me, bound to get me down.
Please have mercy, Lord have mercy on me.
Well if I’ve done somebody wrong, Lord, have mercy if you please.

Keep on working now, child.
Lord every morning.

Well if I’ve been a bad boy, baby, I declare I’ll change my ways.
I don’t want bad luck and trouble to follow me all my days.
Please have mercy, Lord have mercy on me.
Well if I’ve done somebody wrong, Lord, have mercy if you 

Blues in the morning, Jimmy Witherspoon (Kenny Burrell), 1964

Original recording: Jimmy Witherspoon (Vocals), Gildo Mahones (Piano), Kenny Burrell (Guitar), Eddie Kahn (Bass) and Roy Haynes (Drums)

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Recording information:

Recorded for Ace Records in 1964. Smooth

Other covers

None known

Lyrics:

Not available

 

Little Wing, Jimi Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix), 1970

Original recording:  Jimi Hendrix (Guitar and Vocals)

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 Recording information:

Released by Sony Music in 1970 

Other covers

Stevie Ray VaughanEric Clapton and others

Lyrics:

Well she’s walking through the clouds
With a circus mind that’s running round
Butterflies and zebras
And moonbeams and fairy tales
That’s all she ever thinks about
Riding with the wind.

When I’m sad, she comes to me
With a thousand smiles, she gives to me free
It’s alright she says it’s alright
Take anything you want from me,
Anything.

Fly on little wing,
Yeah yeah, yeah, little wing 

22-20 Blues, Skip James (Skip James), 1931

Original recording:  Skip James (Piano, Vocals and Foot Stomping)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Paramount Records in 1931. 

Other covers

Robert Johnson‘s 32-20 Blues is an obvious cover of this. James patterned this song after on by Kokomo Arnold

Lyrics: 

(Notice that the calibre changes, James was apparently making the lyrics on the fly after being asked to produce a “gun” themed song)

If I send for my baby and she don’t come

If I send for my baby and she don’t come
All the doctors in Wisconsin, they won’t help her none

And if she gets unruly and gets so she don’t wanna do
My baby gets unruly and she don’t wanna do
I’ll take my .32-20, I’ll cut her half in two

You’re talkin’ about your .44-40, buddy, it’ll do very well
Talkin’ about your .44-40, it’ll do very well
But my .22-20, Lord, it’s a burnin’ hell

I had a .38 Special, buddy, it’s most too light
Aw, that .38 Special, buddy, it’s most too light
But my .22-20 make the caps3 alright

Aw, if she gets unruly, thinks she don’t wanna do
She gets unruly and she don’t wanna do
I’ll take my .22-20, I’ll cut her half in two

I, I, I can’t take my rest
I, I, I can’t take my rest
And my .44 layin’ up and down my breast

Watchin’ The River Flow, All Star Cast (Bob Dylan), 1971

Original recording:  Ben Waters (Piano), Mick Jagger (Vocals and Harmonica), Keith Richards (Guitar), Ronnie Wood (Guitar), Bill Wyman (Bass), Charlie Watts (Drums), Tom Waters (Alto Saxaphone), Willy Garnet (Saxaphone), Don Wellor (Saxaphone), Alex Garnet (Baritone Sax), and Dave Swift (Tambourine)

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Recording information:

Released through Eagle Rock Entertainment in 2011. A project initiated by Ben Walters for Boogie 4 Stu, a tribute to Ian Stewart, 25 years after his death. 

Lyrics:

What’s the matter with me,
I don’t have much to say,
Daylight sneakin’ through the window
And I’m still in this all-night cafe.
Walkin’ to and fro beneath the moon
Out to where the trucks are rollin’ slow,
To sit down on this bank of sand
And watch the river flow.

Wish I was back in the city
Instead of this old bank of sand,
With the sun beating down over the chimney tops
And the one I love so close at hand.
If I had wings and I could fly,
I know where I would go.
But right now I’ll just sit here so contentedly
And watch the river flow.

People disagreeing on all just about everything, yeah,
Makes you stop and all wonder why.
Why only yesterday I saw somebody on the street
Who just couldn’t help but cry.
Oh, this ol’ river keeps on rollin’, though,
No matter what gets in the way and which way the wind does blow,
And as long as it does I’ll just sit here
And watch the river flow.

People disagreeing everywhere you look,
Makes you wanna stop and read a book.
Why only yesterday I saw somebody on the street
That was really shook.
But this ol’ river keeps on rollin’, though,
No matter what gets in the way and which way the wind does blow,
And as long as it does I’ll just sit here
And watch the river flow.

Watch the river flow,
Watchin’ the river flow,
Watchin’ the river flow,
But I’ll sit down on this bank of sand
And watch the river flow.

Dealing With The Devil, James Cotton (Sonny Boy Williamson),1984

Original recording:  James Cotton (Harmonica and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Aim Records in 1984

Lyrics:

I used to live with the whiskey
And the good time and the ladies of the night
Then the whiskey took control
Left me waltzing with the witches in my mind

But imaginary bottles won’t be everywhere
To haunt me like before
‘Cos I’m not dancing with those demons
I’m not dealing with that devil anymore

So, go to sleep, my weary lady
Heaven knows you’ve done your chore
You were sent here just to save me
I’m not dancing with those demons
I’m not dealing with that devil anymore

It don’t matter where you came from
All I know is that you gave me back my pride
You reached out your hand and saved a man
Who strayed about as far as he could slide

And you probably came from heaven
Who else could’ve sent you but the Lord
I’m not dancing with those demons
I’m not dealing with that devil anymore

So, go to sleep, my weary lady
Heaven knows you’ve done your chore
You were sent here just to save me
I’m not dancing with those demons
I’m not dealing with that devil anymore

Yeah, go to sleep, my weary lady
Heaven knows you’ve done your chore
You were sent here just to save me
I’m not dancing with those demons
I’m not dealing with that devil anymore, yeah

Yeah, go to sleep, my weary lady
Heaven knows you’ve done your chore
You were sent here just to save me
And I’m not dancing with those demons
I’m not dealing with that devil anymore 

It’s My Own Fault, B.B. King (Riley King, Jules Taub, John Lee Hooker), 1968

Original recording:  B.B. King (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Chess Records in 1968. This album is one of the great Live recordings

Lyrics:

It’s my own fault, baby
Treat me the way you wanna do
It’s my own fault, baby
Treat me the way you wanna do
Yes when you were loving me, baby (woman)
At that time, little girl, I didn’t love you
She used to make her own pay checks
And bring them all home to me
I would go out on the hillside, you know
And make every woman look I see
It’s my own fault, baby
Treat me the way you wanna do
Yes when you were loving me, baby (woman)
At that time, little girl, I didn’t love you
She said she was gonna leave me
She’d been running around with the boys
She said she was gonna leave me
Gonna be over in Illinois
It’s my own fault, baby
Treat me the way you wanna do
Yes when you were loving me, baby (woman)
At that time, little girl, I didn’t love you

Careless Love, Blind Boy Fuller (Martha E. Koenig, Spencer Williams, W.C. Handy), 1937

Original recording:  Blind Boy Fuller (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Columbia Records 1937

Lyrics:

Love, oh love, oh careless love
You’ve fly through my head like wine
You’ve wrecked the life of a many poor girl
And you nearly spoiled this life of mine

Love, oh love, oh careless love
In your clutches of desire
You’ve made me break a many true vow
Then you set my very soul on fire

Love, oh love, oh careless love 

All my happiness bereft
You’ve filled my heart with weary old blues
Now I’m walkin’, talkin’ to myself

Love, oh love, oh careless love
Trusted you now, it’s too late
You’ve made me throw my old friend down
That’s why I sing this song of hate

Love, oh love, oh careless love
Night and day, I weep and moan
You brought the wrong man into this life of mine
For my sins, till judgment I’ll atone 

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