Sweet Home Chicago, Robert Johnson (Robert Johnson), 1936

Original recording:  Robert Johnson (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded in 1936

Lyrics:

Ooh, baby don’t you want to go?
Ooh, baby don’t you want to go?
Back to the land of California1, to my sweet home Chicago

Ooh, baby don’t you want to go?
Ooh, baby don’t you want to go?
Back to the land of California1, to my sweet home Chicago

Now one and one is two, two and two is four
I’m heavy loaded baby, I’m booked, I gotta go
Cryin’ baby, honey don’t you want to go?
Back to the land of California1, to my sweet home Chicago

Now two and two is four, four and two is six
You gonna keep monkey’in ’round here friend-boy2,
you gonna get your business all in a trick
But I’m cryin’ baby, honey don’t you wanna go
Back to the land of California1, to my sweet home Chicago

Now six and two is eight, eight and two is ten
Friend-boy, she trick you one time, she sure gonna do it again
But I’m cryin’ hey, baby don’t you want to go
To the land of California1, to my sweet home Chicago

I’m goin’ to California, from there to Des Moines, Iowa’y3
Somebody will tell me that you, need my help someday,
cryin’, hey hey, baby don’t you want to go
Back to the land of California1, to my sweet home Chicago 

Alabama Blues, J.B. Lenoir (J.B. Lenoir), 1965

Original recording:  J.B. Lenoir (Guitar and Vocals) Fred Below (Drums

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Recording information:

Recorded for Evidence Records in 1965

Lyrics:

I never will go back to alabama, that is not the place for me (2x)
You know they killed my sister and my brother,
And the whole world let them peoples go down there free

I never will love alabama, alabama seem to never have loved poor me (2x)
Oh god i wish you would rise up one day,
Lead my peoples to the land of pea’

My brother was taken up for my mother, and a police officer shot him down (2x)
I can’t help but to sit down and cry sometime,
Think about how my poor brother lost his life

Alabama, alabama, why you wanna be so mean (2x)
You got my people behind a barbwire fence,
Now you tryin’ to take my freedom away from me 

Kissing In The Dark, Memphis Minnie (Ernest Lawlars), 1953

Original recording:  Memphis Minnie (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded in 1953. The song was written by her husband, Ernest Lawlars


 

Pony Blues, Charley Patton(Traditional, Charley Patton), 1929

Original recording:  Charley Patton (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Paramount in 1929

Lyrics:

Baby, saddle my pony, saddle up my black mare
Baby, saddle my pony, saddle up my black mare
I’m gonna find a rider, baby, in the world somewhere
“Hello central, the matter with your line?”
“Hello central, matter, Lord, with your line?”
“Come a storm last night an’ tore the wire down”
Got a brand new Shetland, man, already trained
Brand new Shetland, baby, already trained
Just get in the saddle, tighten up on your reins
And a brownskin woman like somethin’ fit to eat
Brownskin woman like somethin’ fit to eat
But a jet black woman, don’t put your hands on me
Took my baby, to meet the mornin’ train
Took baby, meet that mornin’ train
An’ the blues come down, baby, like showers of rain
I got somethin’ to tell you when I gets a chance
Somethin’ to tell you when I get a chance
I don’t wanna marry, just wanna be your man

Come On In My Kitchen, Keb’ Mo’ (Payne, Robert Johnson),1994

Original recording:  Keb’ Mo’ (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Released by OKeh Records in 1994

Lyrics:

you better come on
in my kitchen
well, it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors
a woman i know
took my best friend
some joker got lucky
stole her back again
he better come on
in my kitchen
it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors
well she’s gone
i know she won’t come back
i took the last nickel
out of her nation sack
you better come on
in my kitchen
well, it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors

yeah can’t you hear that wind how;?
you can hear it now

you better come on
in my kitchen
’cause it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors

oh when a woman gets in trouble
everybody throws her down
lookin’ for a good friend
but none cane be found

you better come on
in my kitchen
babe it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors 

This Bitter Earth, Dinah Washington (Clyde Otis)

Original recording:  Dinah Washington (Vocals)

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Other covers

Aretha Franklin and others 

Lyrics:

This bitter earth
What fruit it bears
What good is love
That no one shares
And if my life is like the dust
That hides the glow of a rose
What good am I
Heaven only knows

This bitter Earth
Can it be so cold
Today you’re young
Too soon your old
But while a voice
Within me cries
I’m sure someone
May answer my call
And this bitter earth
May not be so bitter after all 

Bring It On Home, Sonny Boy Williamson II (Willie Dixon), 1965

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

 

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Recording information:

Recorded for Chess Records in 1965

Lyrics:

Baby, baby,
I’m gonna bring it on home to you

I done bought my ticket, I got my load
Conductor done hollered, “All, aboard”
Take my seat and ride way back,
and watch this train move down the track

Baby, baby,
I’m gonna bring it on home to you

I think about the good times I once have had
Soul got happy now, my heart got glad
I think about the way you love me too
You can bet your life, I’m comin home to you

I’m goin home,
I’m gonna bring it on home, now
I’m gonna bring it on home, now
I’m gonna bring it on home, now
Gonna bring it on home,
bring it on home to you

Something to Talk About, Bonnie Raitt (Shirley Eikhard), 1991

Original recording:  Bonnie Raitt (Guitar and Vocals)

Recording information:

Recorded for Capitol Records

Lyrics:

verse 1
People are talkin, talking ’bout people
I hear them whisper, you won’t believe it
They think we’re lovers kept under covers
I just ignore it, but they keep saying
We laugh just a little too loud
We stand just a little too close
We stare just a little too long
Maybe they’re seeing, something we don’t, Darlin’

chorus
Let’s give them something to talk about
Let’s give them something to talk about
Let’s give them something to talk about
How about love?

verse 2
I feel so foolish, I never noticed
You’d act so nervous, could you be falling for me?
It took a rumor to make me wonder
Now I’m convinced I’m going under
Thinking ’bout you every day
Dreaming ’bout you every night
Hoping that you feel the same way
Now that we know it, let’s really show it, Darlin’

chorus

bridge
Let’s give them something to talk about
A little mystery to figure out
Let’s give them something to talk about
How about love, love, love, love?

chorus
Let’s give them something to talk about
Let’s give them something to talk about
Let’s give them something to talk about
How about love, love, love, love?

chorus

Gambler’s Blues, Lightnin’ Hopkins (Hopkins, Lewis), 1965

Original recording: Lightnin’ Hopkins (Guitar), Elmore Nixon (Piano)

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Recording information: 

Recorded for Jewel Records in 1965. Some fabulous music from this Texas great.

Covers:

There are a number of recordings of songs called Gambler’s Blues including one by B.B. King but we haven’t found any of this one. Never mind, Hopkins does a great job. 

Lyrics:

You know I once was a gambler, boy, but I lost my money soon
Yes, I once was a gambler, boy, but I lost my money soon
Yes, I lost all of my money some other, some other gambler can have my room

You know I lost all my money, in a no good gambling game
Yes, I lost all my money, boys, in a no good gambling game
I was on my bad luck, kept gambling just the same

When you lose that old no good money, you sit around with your head hung down
When you lose that old no good money, you sit around with your head hung down
Yeah, wake up next morning happy, I’m the best gambler in this town

Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie, Pine Top Smith (C. Smith), 1928

Original recording: Pine Top Smith (Piano)

Recording information: Recorded for Vocalion Records in 1928, it was one of the first recordings of the Boogie-Woogie style. 


Other covers

Pinetop PerkinsDr. JohnCripple Clarence Lofton and many more

Lyrics:

[All spoken]

Brand new number, folks, called Boogie Woogie!
It’s a funny little song.

Now, when I tell you to hold it, I don’t want you to move a thing.
And when I tell you to get it, I want you to Boogie Woogie!

Hold it!

Now, Boogie Woogie!

When I tell you to hold it this time, I don’t want you to move a peg.
And when I tell you to get it, I want you to mess around!
Or something!

Stop now!

Now, mess around!

I want that gal with the red dress on, any kind of dress will do, to come over here and stand by this piano.
Now, when I tell you to hold it, I don’t want you to move a muscle.
And when I tell you to get it, I want you to shake that thing!
Or something!

Hold it!

Now, shake that thing!

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