Feelin’ Bad Blues, Ry Cooder (Ry Cooder), year

Original recording:  Ry Cooder (Slide Guitar)

Crossroads (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Recording information:

Recorded for Warner in 1995


Poor Boy, Howlin’ Wolf (Howlin’ Wolf)

Original recording:  Howlin’ Wolf (Harmonica and Vocals)

(Amazon) Smokestack Lightning /The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960

Recording information:

Released by Chess Records in 1966 

Lyrics:

I’m a poor boy, I’m a long way from home
I’m a poor boy, I’m a long way from home
What the others do, the world can’t do me no harm
I’m a poor boy, a long way from home
Babe I can’t stay here long, babe I can’t stay here long
What the others do, the world can’t do me no harm
I’m a poor boy, I’m a long way from home
Well my, baby’s dead and gone
Well my, baby’s dead and gone
Well, well, well, well I’m a long way from home
I’m a poor boy, I’m a long way from home
And the world, can’t do me no harm
And the world, can’t do me no harm
Oh , no no no no, I’m a long way from home
World can’t do me no harm
World can’t do me no harm
World can’t do me no harm

Statesboro Blues, Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band (Blind Willie McTell), 1971

Original recording:  Duane Allman (Guitar and Vocals)

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Lyrics (Original from McTell):

Wake up mama, turn your lamp down low
Wake up mama, turn your lamp down low
Have you got the nerve to drive papa McTell from your door

My mother died and left me reckless, my daddy died and left me wild, wild, wild
Mother died and left me reckless, daddy died and left me wild, wild, wild
No, I’m not good lookin’, I’m some sweet woman’s angel child

You’re a mighty mean woman, to do me this a-way
You’re a mighty mean woman, to do me this a-way
Going to leave this town, pretty mama, going away to stay

I once loved a woman, better than I ever seen
I once loved a woman, better than I ever seen
Treat me like I was a king and she was a doggone queen

Sister, tell your Brother, Brother tell your Auntie, Auntie, tell your Uncle,
Uncle tell my Cousin, Cousin tell my friend
Goin’ up the country, Mama, don’t you want to go?
May take me a fair brown, may take me one or two more

Big Eighty left Savannah, Lord, and did not stop
You ought to saw that colored fireman when he got that boiler hot
Reach over in the corner, hand me my travelin’ shoes
You know by that, I got them Statesboro blues

Sister got ‘em, daddy got ‘em
Brother got ‘em, mama got ‘em
Woke up this morning, we had them Statesboro blues
I looked over in the corner,
Grandpa and grandma had ‘em too.

Walkin’ Blues, Eric Clapton (Robert Johnson), 1992

Original recording: Eric Clapton (Guitar and Vocals), Ray Cooper (Percussion), Nathan East (Bass), Steve Ferrone (Drums), Chuck Leavell (Keyboards) and Andy Fairweather Low (Guitar)

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Recording information:  

Recorded for his 1992 Unplugged Album for Reprise records

Other covers

Paul Butterfield, Grateful Dead, Muddy WatersRobert Lockwood Jr. and others

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. 

Going to Kansas City, Jimmy Witherspoon 

Original recording:  Jimmy Witherspoon (Vocals)

Lyrics:

I’m goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come
Yes, goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come
They got a crazy way a-lovin’ an’ a I wanna get me some

I was standing on the corner, of 12th Street and Vine
Yeah, standing on the corner, of 12th Street and Vine
With my Kansas City woman an a bottle of Kansas City wine

Well I might take a plane, I might take a train
If I have to walk, I’m going there just the same
I’m going to, Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come
They got a crazy way a-lovin’ an I wanna get me some

Oh yeah

Keep your hands off of her, don’t belong to you
Keep your hands off of her, don’t belong to you
She’s mine all mine, no matter what she do

Well I might take a plane, I might take a train
If I have to walk, I’m goin’ there just the same

I’m goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come
They got a crazy way a-lovin’ an I wanna get me some
They got a crazy way a-lovin’ an I wanna get me some
They got a crazy way a-lovïn’ an I wanna get me some!
Yeah! 

Devil Got My Woman, Skip James (Skip James), 1931

Original recording:  Skip James (Guitar and Vocals)

Recording information:  Recorded for Paramount in 1931. This recording is typical of his eerie singing style 

Other covers

Alvin Youngblood HartRory Block, Beck, Canned Heat, Gregg Allman and others

Lyrics:

You know, I’d rather be the Devil,
I’d rather be the Devil, then to be that woman’s man
Yes I’d rather be the Devil, then to be that woman’s man

You look so sorry,
You look so sorry, that I ever fell in love with you
Because you know you don’t treat me, baby like you used to do

You no lay down last night
You no lay down last night, and I tried to take me some rest
But my mind got to ramblin’, like the wild gease from the west

You know the woman that I love
The woman that i love, I stole her from my best friend
But you know, he done got lucky, and he done got her back again

You never used to cut your kindling,
You never used to cut your kindling, baby then I make you some fire,
Then I would turn all your water, way way way from these bogy bires

You know my baby she don’t drink whiskey
My baby she don’t drink no whiskey and I know she ain’t crazy bout wine
Now it was nothing but the Devil, he done changed my babies’ mind

You know I could be right
You know I could be right, then again I could be wrong
But it was nothing but the Devil, he done got my baby and he done gone

While my guitar gently weeps , Joe Louis Walker (George Harrison), 2002

Original recording:  Joe Louis Walker (Guitar and Vocals)

Recording information:  Recorded for Telarc in 2002. A nice slow rendition of this great song. 

Other Recordings George Harrison, Peter Frampton, Kenny Rankin, Jeff Healey and others

Lyrics:

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping

While my guitar gently weeps

I look at the floor and I see it need sweeping

Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you how to unfold you love

I don’t know how someone controlled you they bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning

While my guitar gently weeps With every mistake we must surely be learning

Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know how you were diverted you were perverted too

I don’t know how you were inverted no one alerted you

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping

While my guitar gently weeps I look at you all

Still my guitar gently weeps

Oh, oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh, oh oh Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah 

This Is Your Last Chance, Memphis Minnie 1941

Original recording:  Memphis Minnie (Guitar and Vocals)

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Down in Mississippi, Pinetop Perkins (Pinetop Perkins, Roy Rogers), 2005

Original recording:  Pinetop Perkins (Keyboards and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Deluge Records in 2005

Lyrics:

Down in Mississippi where cotton grow tall,
get arrested for trouble you got to call the hound dog
Oh uh, down in Mississippi, whoa yeah, where the cotton grow tall
Yes, and on the other hand, baby, boll weevil wearing overalls
Go to work in the morning, you know, ’bout 4 o’clock
Uh, if the mule don’t holler, yeah, I don’t know when to stop
Down in Mississippi, baby, uh whoa yeah, where the cotton grow tall
Well, and on the other hand, baby, boll weevil wearing overalls
I go to church in the morning, baby, you know, down the railroad track
Late over in the evening they bring, bring the preacher back
He eat up all the chicken now but uh right to the neck
Look over at my baby and he eat up all the rest ’cause he was uh down in Mississippi
Uh oh yeah, where the cotton grow tall
Well now, and on the other hand, baby, boll weevil wearing overalls 

Rowdy Blues, Kid Bailey (Kid Bailey), 1929

Original recording:  Kid Bailey (Guitar and Vocals)

When the Levee Breaks: Mississippi Blues Rare Cuts 1926-1941 (CD B) – Various Artists

Recording information:

Recorded by Brunswick Records in 1929

Lyrics:

Ain’t going to marry, neither settle down
I’m going to stay right here till they hear this barrelhouse down

And I love you babe and I tell the world I do
And I love you babe and I tell the world I do
I don’t love nobody whole in this round world but you

Ain’t no use of weeping, ain’t no need of crying
Ain’t no use of weeping, ain’t no need of crying
For you’ve got a home just as long as I got mine

Is you ever been lucky, now, woke up cold in hand
Is you ever been lucky, woke up cold in hand
I would call that now nothing but a monkey-man

And I love you baby, you so nice and brown
And I love you baby, you so nice and brown
Because you put it up solid, so it won’t come down

Did you get that letter, now, mailed in your back yard
Did you get that letter, now, mailed in your back yard
It’s a sad word to say, but the best of friend have to part

 

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