Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out, Bessie Smith 1929

Original recording:  Bessie Smith (Vocals)

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Lyrics:

Once I lived the life of a millionaire,
spending my money, I didn’t care
I carried my friends out for a good time,
buying bootleg liquor, champagne and wine

Then I began to fall so low,
I didn’t have a friend, and no place to go
So if I ever get my hand on a dollar again,
I’m gonna hold on to it till them eagle’s grin

Nobody knows you when you down and out
In my pocket not one penny,
and my friends I haven’t any
But If I ever get on my feet again,
then I’ll meet my long lost friend
It’s mighty strange, without a doubt
Nobody knows you when you down and out
I mean when you down and out

Mmmmm, when you’re down and out,
mmmmm, not one penny
And my friends I haven’t any,
mmmmm, well I felt so low
Nobody wants me round their door,
mmmmm, without a doubt,
No man can use you wen you down and out
I mean when you down and out 

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