Gamblin’ Man, David “Honeyboy” Edwards 2004

Original recording:  David “Honeyboy” Edwards (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Columbia 2004

 

 

Feel so good, J.B. Hutto (Big Bill Broonzy and Richard Thompson), 1982

Original recording:  J.B. Hutto (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Evidence Records in 1982

 

 

Champagne & Reefer, Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield), 2003

Original recording:  Muddy Waters (Vocals), Johnny Winter (Guitar), Bob Margolin (Guitar), Pinetop Perkins (Piano), James Cotton (Harmonica)

Recording information:  A live recording for the Beat Goes on Label. As usual Muddy has a great backup band. 

Other covers

Buddy Guy with the Rolling Stones, George “Mojo” Buford, Terry Garland, Big Al Carson and others

Lyrics:

Yeah bring me champagne when I’m thirsty.
Bring me reefer when I want to get high.
Yeah bring me champagne when I’m thirsty.
Bring me reefer when I want to get high.
Well you know when I’m lonely
Bring my woman set her right down here by my side.
Well you know there should be no law
on people that want to smoke a little dope.
Well you know there should be no law
on people that want to smoke a little dope.
Well you know it’s good for your head
And it relax your body don’t you know.

Everytime I get high
I lay my head down on my baby’s breast.
Well you know I lay down be quiet
Tryin’ to take my rest.
Well you know she done hug and kiss me
Says Muddy your one man that I love the best.

I’m gonna get high
Gonna get high just as sure as you know my name.
Y’know I’m gonna get so high this morning
It’s going to be a cryin’ shame.
Well you know I’m gonna stick with my reefer
Ain’t gonna be messin’ round with no cocaine.

Ain’t Nobody’s Business, Freddie King, (Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins), 1969

Original recording: Freddie King (Guitar and vocals), Tommy Castro (Guitar) 

Recording information: Recorded for Friday Music and released in 1969. There are a lot of versions of this classic but this may be the best!! 

Other covers

Bessie SmithBillie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Ardis, Diana Ross, Hank Williams Jr., Frank Stokes, Mississippi John Hurt, Eric Clapton, Otis Spann, Susan Tedeschi, Taj Mahal,  Jimmy Witherspoon, Wingnut Dishwasher’s Union, Willie Nelson, and John Mayer .

Lyrics (One Version):

There ain’t nothing I can do, or nothing I can say,
Some folks will criticize me.
So I’m gonna do just what I want to anyway,
And don’t care if you all despise me.

If I should take a notion
To jump into the ocean,
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

If I go to church on Sunday
And I shimmy down on Monday,
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

And if my friend ain’t got no money
And I say, “All right, take all of mine honey,”
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

If I lend her my last nickel
And it leaves me in a pickle,
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

I would rather my gal would hit me
Than to haul right up and quit me.
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

I know that she won’t call no copper
If she gets beat up by her poppa.
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do, Lord no.
Well, it ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

Alberta, John Lee Hooker (John Lee Hooker, Bernard Besman), 1949

Original recording:  John Lee Hooker (Guitar and Vocals)

 

 

Recording information:  

Recorded for Specialty Records in 1949. Just Hooker and his guitar in his unique style. 

Other covers

None known

Lyrics:

Yes I love, love that girl.
Lord I tell her, what I’d do.
Lord I love, love that girl.
Tell the world I do.
Tell the world I do.
Tell the world I do.
Tell the world.
Tell the world.

(Guitar solo)

Yes I went down to the river.
Started to jump overboard an drown.
Got to thinkin’, now-now.
‘Bout Alberta, God knows I turned.
I turned sho’ ’round.
I turned sho’ ’round.
I turned sho’.
I turned sho’ around.
I turned sho’.

(Guitar solo)

Yes I know, know Alberta.
Lord, I know ’bout her, way she walk.
She got three-ee-ee, three gold teeth, oh Lord.
Dimples in her jaw.
Dimples in her jaw.
Dimples in.
Dimples in her.
Dimples in.

Oh Lord, her dimples in her jaw.

Shake Your Money Maker, Elmore James (Elmore James), 1959

Original recording:  Elmore James (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Fire Label 1959

Lyrics:

Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
and then
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
and then
I got a girl who lives up on the hill
I got a girl who lives up on the hill
Says she gonna love me but I don’t believe she will
You gotta shake your moneymaker
You gotta shake your moneymaker
You gotta shake your moneymaker
You gotta shake your moneymaker
You gotta shake your moneymaker
And then
I got a girl and she just won’t be true
I got a girl and she just won’t be true
She’s locked to the bridge, she won’t do a thing I tell her to do
She won’t shake her moneymaker,
won’t shake her moneymaker,
She wanna roll her activator,
She won’t shake her moneymaker,
She won’t shake her moneymaker,
She won’t


Earl’s Blues, Earl Hooker (Earl Hooker), 1975

Original recording:  Earl Hooker (Guitar)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Arhoolie Records 1975


Mean Ol’ Frisco Blues, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup (Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup), 1942

Original recording:  Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Jazz Tribune in 1942. Snooks Eaglin has a great version of this song

Lyrics:

Well that mean old old Frisco : and that lowdown Santa Fe
Done took my babe away : Lord and blowed back at me

Yes my mama told me : papa told me too
Son every woman scream in your face : Lord she ain’t no friend to you

Lord I wonder : do she ever think of me
Well I wonder I wonder : will my babe come back to me

Yes I’m standing and looking : watching that Southern whistle blow
Well she didn’t catch that Southern : Lord now where did the woman go

Lord I ain’t got no : special rider here
I might leave : because I don’t feel welcome here


The Creeper, James Cotton (James Cotton), 1995

Original recording:  James Cotton (Harmonica)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Verve Records 1995


 

Matchbox Blues, Blind Lemon Jefferson (Blind Lemon Jefferson), 1927

Original recording:  Blind Lemon Jefferson (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for paramount Records in 1927

Lyrics:

I’m settin’ here wonderin’ would a matchbox hold my clothes
I’m settin’ here wonderin’ would a matchbox hold my clothes
I ain’t got so many matches but I got so far to go

Girl ‘cross town wanna be my teddy bear
Girl ‘cross town wanna be my teddy bear
Put a string on me and I’ll follow you everywhere

[Got] a peg leg woman man she can’t hardly get outdoors
I say a peg leg woman just can’t hardly get outdoors
I [left] … [eight o'clock] last night … [I'm sellin'] jellyroll

I don’t see why these women treats me so mean
I don’t see why these gals treat me so mean
Sometime I think I’m some man these women ain’t never seen

Lord I got up this morning with my sho’ ’nuff  on my mind
Got up this mornin’ same thing on my mind
The woman I love she keep a good man workin’ all the time

Now tell me mama who may your manager be
Now tell me who may your manager be
Reason I ask so many questions can’t you make ‘rangements for me 

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