If trouble was money, Albert Collins (Albert Collins), 1993

Original recording:  Albert Collins (Guitar and Vocals)

 

Recording information:

Recorded in 1993 by Point Blank Records

Other covers

Charlie MusselwhiteEtta James and others

Lyrics:

If trouble was money, I’d swear I’d be a millionaire
If trouble was money, babe, I’d swear I’d be a millionaire
If worries was dollar bills
I’d buy the whole world and have money to spare

Worry, worry, baby, I’ve had worries on my mind
I said, “Worry, worry, worry, baby
I’ve had worries all my life”
You know times is hard, baby, yeah, I swear, I don’t tell you no lie

My mother used to tell me
She said, “Son, there gonna be days like this”
I said, “My mother used to tell me”
She said, “Son, there gonna be days like this”

She said, “I want you to always be a winner
I love you, son, I don’t want you to quit” 

The Little Red Rooster, Willie Dixon (Willie Dixon), 1970

Original recording:  Willie Dixon (Vocals), Johnny Shines (Guitar), Big Walter Horton (Harmonica), Sunnyland Slim (Piano), Clifton James (Drums) 

 

Recording information:

Released by Columbia/legacy in 1970. Willie Dixon is the greatest songwriter of the blues and this is one of his many classics.

Other covers

Howlin’ Wolf has a great version. The Rolling Stones covered it back when their goal was to be the best blues band in London

Lyrics:

I have a little red rooster, too lazy to crow for day
I have a little red rooster, too lazy to crow for day
Keep everything in the barnyard, upset in every way

Oh the dogs begin to bark,and the hound begin to howl

Oh the dogs begin to bark, hound begin to howl
Ooh watch out strange kind people,
Cause little red rooster is on the prowl

If you see my little red rooster, please drag him home
If you see my little red rooster, please drag him home
There ain’t no peace in the barnyard,
Since the little red rooster been gone 

I got the same old blues, JJ Cale (JJ Cale), 1974

Original recording:  J.J. Cale (Guitar and Vocals)

Recording information:

Recorded for mercury in 1974. 

Other covers

Freddy KingBobby “Blue” Bland and others

Lyrics:

Have you heard that rumour that’s going around
You got it made, way across town
It’s the same old story, tell me where does it end
Yes, I heard the news, it’s the same old blues again
When I wrote you a letter, you must have read it wrong
I stood at your doorway, but you was gone
I took a lot of courage and let the telephone ring
It’s the same old blues, same old blues again
When you give me the business, you know I get a mind
‘Cause I’ve got a lot of patience and I’ve got a lot of time
It’s the same old story, tell me where does it end
It’s the same old blues, same old blues again
I’m gonna find me a mountain, I’m gonna hide out
I ain’t talking to you and I ain’t coming out
Yeah, I heard that rumour, tell me where does it end
It’s the same old blues, same old blues again 

All my love in vain, Sonny Boy Williamson II (Sonny Boy Williamson II), 1955

Original recording:  Sonny Boy Williamson II  (Harmonica and Vocals), Muddy Waters (Guitar), Jimmy Rogers (Guitar),  Otis Spann (Piano), Willie Dixon (Bass), and Fred Below (Drums)

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Recorded for Chess Records in 1955

Lyrics:

My heart has been broken
And all of my love`s in vain
Heart have been broken
And all my love`s in vain
But the people`s always told me
That woman was the glory of a man

You whip her when she need it
The judge will not let you explain
Whip her when she need it
The judge will not let you explain
Because he believe in justice
and a woman is the glory of a man

I`d rather be tied out on the desert
Right out in the falling rain
Tied out on the desert
Right out in the falling rain
Than to lose my baby
She is the glory of a man

My Baby’s On Line, Pee Wee Crayton (P. Crayton), 1956

Original recording: Pee Wee Crayton (Guitar and vocals)



Recording information: Recorded for Vee-Jay Records in 1956. It is typical of the California blues sound around 1950. 

Other covers

None known

Before You Accuse Me , Bo Diddley (Ellas McDaniel), 1957

Original recording:  Bo Diddley

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Recording information:

Recorded for Chess Records, 1957

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Eric ClaptonMagic Slim, Creedence Clearwater Revival and others

Lyrics:

Before you accuse me
Take a look at yourself
Before you accuse me
Take a look at yourself
You say I been runnin’ with other women
But take a look at yourself

I called your mama
‘Bout three or four nights ago
I called your mama
‘Bout three or four nights ago
Well, your mother said
“Son don’t call my daughter no more”

Before you accuse me
Take a look at yourself
Before you accuse me
Take a look at yourself
Well now, you say I been runnin’ around
But you got somebody else

Come on back home, baby
Try my love one more time
Come on back home, baby
Try my love one more time
Well now you’ve been gone away so long
I’m about to lose my mind

Before you accuse me
Take a look at yourself
Well, before you accuse me
Take a look at yourself
Well now, you say I been buyin’ other women clothes
You been taken money from somebody else

Give Me One Reason, Tracy Chapman (Tracy Chapman), 1995

Original recording:  Tracy Chapman (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Elektra 1995

Other covers

Junior Wells and others

Lyrics:

Give me one reason to stay here – and I’ll turn right back around
Give me one reason to stay here – and I’ll turn right back around
Said I don’t want leave you lonely
You got to make me change my mind

Baby I got your number and I know that you got mine
But you know that I called you, I called too many times
You can call me baby, you can call me anytime
But you got to call me

Give me one reason to stay here – and I’ll turn right back around
Give me one reason to stay here – and I’ll turn right back around
Said I don’t want leave you lonely
You got to make me change my mind

I don’t want no one to squeeze me – they might take away my life
I don’t want no one to squeeze me – they might take away my life
I just want someone to hold me and rock me through the night

This youthful heart can love you yes and give you what you need
I said this youthful heart can love you and give you what you need
But I’m too old to go chasing you around
Wasting my precious energy

Give me one reason to stay here – and I’ll turn right back around
Give me one reason to stay here – and I’ll turn right back around
Said, I don’t want leave you lonely
You got to make me change my mind

Baby just give me one reason – Give me just one reason why
Baby just give me one reason – Give me just one reason why I should stay
Said I told you that I loved you
And there ain’t no more to say

Tramp, Lowell Fulson (Fulson, McCrakin), 1965

Original recording: Lowell Fulson (Guitar and Vocals)



Recording information: Recorded for P-Vine Records and released in 1967. A number that just rolls! 

Other covers

Otis Redding

Salt-N-Pepa

Buddy Guy

Lyrics:

Tramp
You can call me that
I don’t wear continental clothes stetson hats

But i’m a lover
Mama was papa too
I’m an only child
Loving is all i know how to do

Huh
Call me country right from the woods
I’ll answer when you call me
That is baby if it makes you feel good
But i’m just a lover
Mama was papa too
But i’m an only child
Loving’s all i know to do

Now whatever you call me
I’ll ever go with that
’cause i keep a fat bankroll in my pocket baby
You know i own three cadillacs
’cause i’m just a lover
Mama was papa too
I’m an only child
Loving’s all i know to do

Key To The Highway, Jazz Gillum (Bill Broonzy, Charles Segar), 1940

Original recording:  Jazz Gillum (Harmonica), Big Bill Broonzy (Guitar and Vocals)

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Recording information:

Recorded for Bluebird 1940

Other covers

Little WalterClifton ChenierDinah WashingtonJohn Hammond Jr. , Freddy KingBrownie McGheeMemphis SlimB.B. KingEric Clapton and others

Lyrics:

I got the key to the highway,
Billed out and bound to go
I’m gonna leave here running people
Because walking is most too slow

I’m going back, to the border
Before they put up the fence
Where I’m better known
Because you haven’t done nothing baby,
Except drove a good man away from home

When the moon peeks over the mountains
Baby I’m gonna be on my way
I’m gonna roam this mean old highway
Until the break of day

So give me one, give one more kiss baby
Before I go,
‘Cause when I leave this town
I won’t be back no more, no more

So give me one more kiss baby
Give me one more kiss baby before I go,
‘Cause when I leave this town
I won’t be back no more, no more

So goodbye, goodbye baby
Baby I must, I must, I must say goodbye
Cause I’m a roam this mean old highway
Until the day I die
I’m gonna do this til the day I die folks

T.B. Sheets, Van Morrison (Van Morrison), 1991

Original recording:  Van Morrison (Vocals)

Recording Information:

Released on Epic Records 1991

Lyrics:

Now listen, Julie baby,
it ain’t natural for you to cry in the midnight.
It ain’t natural for you to cry way into midnight through,
Until the wee small hours long ‘fore the break of dawn,
Oh Lord, huh uh ha. Ha.

Now Julie, an’ there ain’t nothin’ on my mind
More further ‘way than what you’re lookin’ for.
I see the way you jumped at me, Lord, from behind the door
And looked into my eyes.
Your a little star struck innuendos
Inadequacies an’ foreign bodies,
And the sunlight shining through the crack in the window pane
Numbs my brain,
And the sunlight shining through the crack in the window pane
Numbs my brain, oh Lord.

Ha, so open up the window and let me breathe.
I said open up the window, shh shh shh shh shh and let me breathe.
I’m looking down to the street below, Lord, I cried for you,
Ha ha, I cried, I cried for you, ha ha. Oh, Lord.

The cool room, Lord is a fool’s room.
The cool room, Lord is a fool’s room.
And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets
And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets

On your sick bed.

I gotta go, I gotta go
And you said, “Please stay, I wanna, I wanna,
I want a drink of water, I want a drink of water,
Go in the kitchen get me a drink of water.”
I said, “I gotta go, I gotta go, baby.”
I said, “I’ll send, I’ll send somebody around here later.
You know we got John comin’ around here later
With a bottle of wine for you, baby – but I gotta go.”

The cool room, Lord is a fool’s room,
The cool room, Lord, Lord is a fool’s room, a fool’s room.
And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets,
I can almost smell your T.B. sheets, T.B.

I gotta go, I gotta go.
I’ll send around, send around one that grumbles later on, babe.
We’ll see what I can pick up for you, you know.
Yeah, I got a few things gotta do.
Don’t worry about it, don’t worry about it, don’t worry.
Huh uh, go, go, go, I’ve gotta go, gotta go, gotta go, gotta go,
Gotta go, gotta go, huh uh, all right, all right, huh huh huh.

I turned on the radio,
If you wanna hear a few tunes, I’ll turn on the radio for you.
There you go, there you go, there you go, baby, there you go, huh.

You’ll be all right, too, huh huh, ha ha, yeah.
I know it ain’t funny, it ain’t runny at all, baby,
Always laying in the cool room, man, laying in the cool room,
In the cool room, in the cool room. 

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