Blues Lyrics:
(traditional) - st james infirmary
(traditional) - whiskey in the jar
albert king - as the years go passing by
albert king - ask me no questions
albert king - the sky is crying
b.b.king - sweet little angel
b.b.king - the thrill is gone
big bill broonzy - key to the highway
big bill broonzy - sixteen tons
bob dylan - born in time
bob dylan - don't think twice, it's all right
bruce springsteen - the river
buddy guy - first time i met the blues
cecil mack - that's why they call me shine
chuck berry - johnny b.goode
creedence - i put a spell on you
creedence - proud mary
creedence - the night time is the right time
creedence - travelin' band
creedence - who'll stop the rain
delbert mcclinton - before you accuse me
elvis presley - hound dog
elvis presley - jailhouse rock
eric clapton - blues power
eric clapton - have you ever loved a woman?
freddie king - i'd rather be blind
freddie king - me and my guitar
freddie king - nobody's businness
freddie king - the things i used to do
freddie king - woman across the river
otis redding - sitting on the dock of the bay
otis rush - all your love
peter green / fleetwood mac - black magic woman
peter green / fleetwood mac - shake your moneymaker
peter green / fleetwood mac - worried dream
ray charles - shake your tailfeather
ry cooder - the very thing that makes you rich
the band - the weight
tom waits - hold on
zz top - blue jeans blues

Blues Lyrics

collected by Marco Hazlehurst


(TRADITIONAL) - ST JAMES INFIRMARY

It was down in old Joe's bar room On the corner by the square the drinks they were served as usual And the usual crowd was there Now, on my left stood big Joe McKennedy, And his eyes were bloodshot red And he looked at the gang around him And these are the very words he said I went down to the St. James Infirmary I saw my baby there She was stretched out on a long white table So cold, so pale, and fair Let her go, let her go God bless her, wherever she may be She can ramble this wide world over And never find another man like me Now when I die please bury me In my high top Stetson hat Just put a $20 gold piece on my watch chain So the gang will know I'm standing pat I want six crap-shooters for my pall bearers And a chorus girl to sing me a song Put a jazz band on my hearse wagon Just to raise hell as we roll along And now that you have heard my story I'll take another shot of booze If anyone should happen to ask you Well I've got the gambler's blues

ELVIS PRESLEY - HOUND DOG

You ainít nothiní but a hound dog Cryiní all the time. You ainít nothiní but a hound dog Cryiní all the time. Well, you ainít never caught a rabbit And you ainít no friend of mine. When they said you was high classed, Well, that was just a lie. When they said you was high classed, Well, that was just a lie. You ainít never caught a rabbit And you ainít no friend of mine.

ELVIS PRESLEY - JAILHOUSE ROCK

The warden threw a party in the county jail. The prison band was there and they began to wail. The band was jumpiní and the joint began to swing. You shouldíve heard those knocked out jailbirds sing. Letís rock, everybody, letís rock. Everybody in the whole cell block Was danciní to the jailhouse rock. Spider murphy played the tenor saxophone, Little joe was blowiní on the slide trombone. The drummer boy from illinois went crash, boom, bang, The whole rhythm section was the purple gang. Letís rock, everybody, letís rock. Everybody in the whole cell block Was danciní to the jailhouse rock. Number forty-seven said to number three: Youíre the cutest jailbird I ever did see. I sure would be delighted with your company, Come on and do the jailhouse rock with me. Letís rock, everybody, letís rock. Everybody in the whole cell block Was danciní to the jailhouse rock. The sad sack was a sittiní on a block of stone Way over in the corner weepiní all alone. The warden said, hey, buddy, donít you be no square. If you canít find a partner use a wooden chair. Letís rock, everybody, letís rock. Everybody in the whole cell block Was danciní to the jailhouse rock. Shifty henry said to bugs, for heavenís sake, No oneís lookiní, nowís our chance to make a break. Bugsy turned to shifty and he said, nix nix, I wanna stick around a while and get my kicks. Letís rock, everybody, letís rock. Everybody in the whole cell block Was danciní to the jailhouse rock.

FREDDIE KING - NOBODY'S BUSINNESS

One day we have ham and bacon And the next day ain't nothing shaking But it ain't nobody's business if we do If me and my baby fuzz and fight Yes and the next minute let me tell you were alright Ain't nobody's business if we do I'm three three times seven Lord, lord, lord let me tell you it makes twenty one And it ain't nobody's business what I'll do Lord, lord, lord,lord, lord, lord, lord, Lord, lord, lord,lord, lord, lord, lord, Ain't nobody's business what I'll do I said lord, lord, lord,lord, lord, lord, lord, Mmm, lord, lord And it ain't nobody's business what I'll do

FREDDIE KING - ME AND MY GUITAR

When my baby leaves me there is nothing I can do I pick up my guitar and then I play a little blues or two now, a man needs some loving I ain't different from the rest my baby, when she leaves me ah my whole lofe is in a mess just me and my guitar I play the blues for you babe no matter where you are I like to start out easy just to get that feel when I fell me strange you know I make it for real then I put some hots on it and I play a time or two and love you baby and I don't care what you do babe ah me and my guitar I play the blues for you babe no matter where you are alright listen to me: satisfaction don't come easy you got to get in to make it good the way I make my guitar singing just let my woman should she never talk right to me like some woman do I feel so sad and lonesome when I play this lowdown blues hey hey me and my guitar I play the blues for you babe no matter where you are alright hey baby, hey baby, just me and my guitar I play the blues for me baby no matter where you are

FREDDIE KING - THE THINGS I USED TO DO

The things that I used to do, - Lord, I won't do no more. The things that I used to do, - Lord, I won't do no more. I used to sit and hold your hand baby, - crying, baby yet not go. I would search all night for you baby, - Lordy, my search would always end in vain. I would search all night for you baby, - Lordy, my search would always be in vain. But I knew all along darlin' - that you was out with your other man. I'm gonna send you back to your mother, - Lordy and I'm goin' back to my family too. I'm gonna send you back to your mama, - Lordy and I'm goin' back to my family too. 'Cos nothin' I do that please you baby, - Lord, I just can't get along with you.

FREDDIE KING - I'D RATHER BE BLIND

Well I travel the higway I make many scenes. Being lost in darkness, I've been out on the streets. I feel so unhappy, sometimes I wanted to die, Lord But if I have your sweet sweet love, I know I get right. This old world is turning, like wheels on a train, I hold on to each moment, that it won't come again. (let me tell you) I'm not educated, but there's one thing I know, That I'd rather be blind, than to see you go. (all right now) I feel that for strong woman, who knows how to be week, And it makes me feel so good, every time she speaks. Oh the revelation, the revelation in her smile, It feels so much like in heaven, when I ......... ??? So don't leave me darling, no, whatever you do, When I'm standing beside you, I know we'll get trough and there is only one thing, babe, that I want you to know, that I'd rather be blind, than to see you go. SOLO So don't leave me babe, ah, whatever you do, When you're standing beside me, I know we'll get trough and there is only one thing, babe, that I want you to know, that I'd rather be blind, than to see you go. (let me tell you now ) I'd rather be blind, than to see you go. (let me tell you again) I'd rather be blind, than to see you go.

FREDDIE KING - WOMAN ACROSS THE RIVER

across the river, a good woman cried, all because a foolish man had lied. she gave up all she had, to show how much she cared, but the man told so many lies, now another man is over there. that woman across the river, sweet woman across the river, she was mine. word got around, that he had jilted her and men came running, came running from near and far how could i be such a fool, i'll never never never know that the man, he's got to know, he's a lucky so and so, that woman across the river... i met her one day, about a week ago she said "i don't even want to talk to you, cause i don't love you any more", that woman across the river...

ERIC CLAPTON - HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN?

Have you ever loved a woman so much you tremble in pain? Have you ever loved a woman so much you tremble in pain? And all the time you know she bears another manís name. But you just love that woman so much itís a shame and a sin. You just love that woman so much itís a shame and a sin. But all the time you know she belongs to your very best friend. Have you ever loved a woman and you know you canít leave her alone? Have you ever loved a woman and you know you canít leave her alone? Something deep inside of you wonít let you wreck your best friendís home.

ERIC CLAPTON - BLUES POWER

Bet you didn't think I knew how to rock 'n' roll. Oh, I got the boogie-woogie right down in my very soul. There ain't no need for me to be a wallflower, 'Cause now I'm living on blues power. I knew all the time but now I'm gonna let you know: I'm gonna keep on rocking, no matter if it's fast or slow. Ain't gonna stop until the twenty-fifth hour, 'Cause now I'm living on blues power.

CREEDENCE - TRAVELIN' BAND

Seven Thirty Seven comin' out of the sky. Oh! Won't you take me down to Memphis on a midnight ride, I wanna move. Playin' in a Travelin' Band. Yeah! Well, I'm flyin' 'cross the land, try'in' to get a hand, Playin' in a Travelin' Band. Take me to the hotel, Baggage gone, oh, well. Come on, come on, won't you get me to my room, I wanna move. Listen to the radio, Talkin' 'bout the last show. Someone got excited, Had to call the State Militia, Wanna move. Here we come again on a Saturday night Oh with your fussin' and a fightin' Won't you get me to the rhyme, I wanna move. Oh! I'm playin' in a Travelin' Band; Playin' in a Travelin' Band. Won't you get me, take me hand Well, I'm playin' in a Travelin' Band, Well, I'm flyin' 'cross the land. Tryin' to get a hand, Playin' in a Travelin' Band, OH! WOW!

RAY CHARLES - SHAKE YOUR TAILFEATHER

Well I heard about the fella you've been dancing with All over the neighbourhood So why didn't you ask me baba Or didn't you think I could Well I know that the Boogiloo is out of sight but the shingaling she's paying tonight but if that were you and me hotta baba I would have shown you how to do right Do it right, ( ah ha ), do it right Do it right, ( do it right ), (( do it right )) { C } (( Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! )) (( Twisting, shake-it shake-it shake-it shake-it baba )) (( Heaven go loop-dee-loop )), shake it up baba (( Heaven go loop-dee-li )) { low } Bend over and let me see you shake your tail feather { mid joins } Bend over and let me see you shake your tail feather { All } Come on and let me see you shake your tail feather Come on and let me see you shake your tail feather Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Come on! Come on baba! Come on-on, yeah come on babe Alright, do the twist Do the fly, oh! Do the swim, ha ha ha and do the bird Wo do the jerk and do the monkey Hey hey watoosie and uh what about the fool Do the mash potato! What about the boogiloo Or the phoney moroney Come on and do the twist (( Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! )) Twisting, shake-it shake-it shake-it shake-it baba Twisting, skake-it shake-it shake-it shake-it baba

PETER GREEN - BLACK MAGIC WOMAN

Got a black magic woman I got a black magic woman Yes, I got a black magic woman Got me so blind I can't see But she's a black magic woman And she's tryin' to make a devil out of me Don't turn your back on me baby Don't turn your back on me baby Yes, don't turn your back on me baby You're messin' around with your tricks Don't turn your back on me baby 'Cause you might just break up my magic stick You got your spell on me baby You got your spell on me baby Yes, you got your spell on me baby You're turning my heart into stone I need you so bad, magic woman, I can't leave you alone Yes, I need you so bad Well, I need you darling Yeah, I need you darling Yes, I want you love me I want you love me Whoa, I want you love me, ah Whoh, yeah Oh, whoa, baby Yes, I need your love Oh, I need your love so bad I want you love me

PETER GREEN - SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER

Shake your moneymaker shake your moneymaker Shake your moneymaker shake your moneymaker Shake your moneymaker you better I got a girl who lives up on the hill I got a girl who lives up on the hill She says she's gonna love me but I don't believe she will She won't shake her moneymaker won't shake her moneymaker I keep moaning I keep beggin' She won't shake her moneymaker won't shake her moneymaker She won't I got a girl but she just want be true I got a girl but she just want be true She's locked to the bridge, she won't do one thing I tell her to do She won't shake her moneymaker won't shake her moneymaker Won't shake her moneymaker She won't shake her moneymaker won't shake her moneymaker she won't

PETER GREEN - WORRIED DREAM

Well, I feel so bad - I wonder what's wrong with me Well, I feel so bad - I wonder what's wrong with me I think I'll call my baby, find out just what the matter can be Last night I dreamed about my baby I woke up and the tears were runnin' all down my face Now, when I woke up - early this morning The tears were runnin' all down my face You know I was dreamin', that some other man was takin' my place I said, I dreamed about you baby I dreamed you didn't want me 'round no more I said, I dreamed about you baby You know I dreamed you didn't want me round no more Now, That's the reason I'm callin' you this evening Baby, tell me, 'cause I've just got to know I've been worried all day long I just don't know what to do I've been worried all day long You know, I just don't know what to do You know it may sound silly to you woman But tell me that dream was not true

CHUCK BERRY - JOHNNY B. GOODE

Deep down in Louisiana, close to New Orleans, Way back up in the woods among the evergreens, There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode Who never ever learned to read or write so well But he could play the guitar just like a ringin' a bell. Go! Go! Go, Johnny, go! go! Go, Johnny, go! go! Go, Johnny, go! go! Go, Johnny, go! go! Johnny B. Goode He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack, Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track. Old engineers would see him sittin' in the shade, Strummin' with the rhythm that the drivers made. When people passed him by they would stop and say, 'Oh, my but that little country boy could play' His mother told him, 'someday you will be a man, And you will be the leader of a big ol' band. So many people comin' from miles around Will hear you play your music when the sun go down. Maybe someday your name'll be in lights, Sayin' 'Johnny B. Goode tonight''

ALBERT KING - THE SKY IS CRYING

The sky is cryin', look at the tears roll down the street The sky is cryin', look at the tears roll down the street I been lookin' for my baby, yeah, an' I wonder where can she be I saw my baby early one mornin', an' she was walkin' on down the street I saw my baby early one mornin', an' she was walkin' on down the street You know it hurt me so bad, yeah, it made my poor heart skip a beat I got a bad feelin', my baby don't love me no more I got a real bad, bad feelin', my baby don't love me no more You know the sky is cryin', yeah, the tears rollin' down my nose The sky is cryin', look at the tears roll down the street

BUDDY GUY - FIRST TIME I MET THE BLUES

The first time I met the blues, I was walking down through the woods. The first time I met the blues, I was walking down through the woods. He knocked at my house, and done me all the harm he could. The blues got after me, and he run me from tree to tree. The blues got after me, Blues you know you run me from tree to tree. You should have heard me begging, Blues, Ohh, Blues don't murder me. Ohhh good morning Blues, Blues I wonder, what are you doing here so soon? Ohhh, good moring, good morning mr Blues, Blues I wonder, what are you doing here so soon? Yes, you be with me in the morning, Blues, and every night and every soon.

ALBERT KING - ASK ME NO QUESTIONS

You go out when you get ready....you come home when you please You don't ever want to love me....you think it ought to be allright with me Well I try to talk to you woman....and let you know just how I feel You tell me if I don't like it....there is someone else, out there will Listen, I'm wise to you woman....your not the only bird that flys in the sky If you don't ask me no questions darlin'....you know I, I won't tell you no lies Because I love for your arms to be 'round me....and your lips to be close to mine Oh I want love you woman and be with you all the time....I ain't lyin' That's why I'm wise to you woman....your not the only bird that flys in the sky If you don't ask me no questions darlin'....you know I, I won't tell you no lies Because I love for your arms to be 'round me....and your lips to be close to mine Hey I love to love you woman and be with you all the time....now that's the truth

ZZ TOP - BLUE JEANS BLUES

I done ran into my baby and fin'lly found my old blue jean. I done ran into my baby and fin'lly found my old blue jean. Well, I could tell that they was mine from the oil and the gasoline. If I ever get back my blue jean, Lord, how happy could one man be. If I ever get back my blue jean, Lord, how happy could one man be. 'Cause if I get back those blue jean you know, my baby be bringin' 'em home to me.

CREEDENCE - WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN

Long as I remember The rain been coming down. Clouds of myst'ry pouring Confusion on the ground. Good men through the ages, Trying to find the sun; And I wonder, Still I wonder, Who'll stop the rain. I went down Virginia, Seeking shelter from the storm. Caught up in the fable, I watched the tower grow. Five year plans and new deals, Wrapped in golden chains. And I wonder, Still I wonder Who'll stop the rain. Heard the singers playing, How we cheered for more. The crowd had rushed together, Trying to keep warm. Still the rain kept pouring, Falling on my ears. And I wonder, Still I wonder Who'll stop the rain.

DELBERT MCCLINTON - BEFORE YOU ACCUSE ME

Before you accuse me Take a look at yourself Before you accuse me Take a look at yourself Yes - I been runnin with other women But I don't love nobody else I called your Momma three or four hours ago I called your Momma three or four hours ago Your Momma said ďSon don't call my daughter no moreĒ So come on back home baby - try my lovin one more time (I wish ya would) Yeah come on back home baby - try my lovin one more time Yes - I been runnin with other women But I ain't guilty of no crime Alright Ė guitar, baby, you got it I called your Momma three or four hours ago (mm Ė mm) I called your Momma three or four hours ago (Yes I did) Your Momma said ďSon don't call my daughter no moreĒ Before you accuse me Take a look at yourself Before you accuse me Take a look at yourself Yes - I been runnin with other women But I don't love nobody else mmm

RY COODER - THE VERY THING THAT MAKES YOU RICH

My father told me, lying on his bed of death, "Boy," he says, "woman she's gonna make it, don't fool yourself 'Cause she's got something to make a man lay that money, uh, right in her hand And the very thing that makes her rich will make you poor The very thing that makes her rich will make you poor" That's right! Well, I put you behind the wheel of a deuce and a quarter, yes I did Had you living like a rich man's daughter, yes I did, I sure did While you were living high on the hog You had me down here scuffling like a dog Well, the very thing that makes you rich makes me poor The very thing that makes you rich makes me poor Don't you never ever make such a bad mistake You know I'd rather climb into the bed with a rattlesnake Then to work hard every day bringing that woman all my pay The very thing that makes you rich makes me poor, Makes me so damn poor The thing that makes her rich makes me poor The very thing that makes you rich make me poor Very thing that makes you rich makes me poor Makes me so damned poor no no... Money won't change it, no no... Money won't change it, no no... Money won't change it, no no...

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - THE RIVER

I come from down in the valley where mister when youíre young They bring you up to do like your daddy done Me and mary we met in high school when she was just seventeen Weíd ride out of that valley down to where the fields were green Weíd go down to the river And into the river weíd dive Oh down to the river weíd ride Then I got mary pregnant and man that was all she wrote And for my nineteen birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat We went down to the courthouse and the judge put it all to rest No wedding day smiles no walk down the aisle No flowers no wedding dress That night we went down to the river And into the river weíd dive On down to the river we did ride I got a job working construction for the johnstown company But lately there ainít been much work on account of the economy Now all them things that seemed so important Well mister they vanished right into the air Now I just act like I donít remember, Mary acts like she donít care But I remember us riding in my brotherís car Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir At night on them banks Iíd lie awake And pull her close just to feel each breath sheíd take Now those memories come back to haunt me, they haunt me like a curse Is a dream a lie if it donít come true Or is it something worse that sends me Down to the river though I know the river is dry Down to the river, my baby and I Oh down to the river we ride

BOB DYLAN - BORN IN TIME

In the lonely night in the blinking stardust of a pale blue light You're coming through to me in black and white when we were made of dreams You're blowin' down a shaky street you're hearing my heart beat In the record breaking heat where we were born in time. Not one more night not one more kiss Not this time babe no more of this Takes too much skill takes too much will It's too reavealing. You came you saw just like the law You married young just like you ma You tried and tried you made me slide You left me reeling with this feeling On the rising curve where the ways of nature will test every nerve You don't get anything you don't deserve where we were born in time. You pressed me once you pressed me twice You hung the flame you'll pay the price Oh babe that fire is still smoking. You were snow you were rain You were striped you were plain Oh babe truer words have not been spoken Or broken. If there's a mystery in the foggy way of destiny You can have what's left of me where we were born in time.

BOB DYLAN - DON'T THINK TWICE, IT'S ALL RIGHT

It ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe It don't matter, anyhow An' it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe If you don't know by now When your rooster crows at the break of dawn Look out your window and I'll be gone You're the reason I'm trav'lin' on Don't think twice, it's all right It ain't no use in turnin' on your light, babe That light I never knowed An' it ain't no use in turnin' on your light, babe I'm on the dark side of the road Still I wish there was somethin' you would do or say To try and make me change my mind and stay We never did too much talkin' anyway So don't think twice, it's all right It ain't no use in callin' out my name, gal Like you never did before It ain't no use in callin' out my name, gal I can't hear you any more I'm a-thinkin' and a-wond'rin' all the way down the road I once loved a woman, a child I'm told I give her my heart but she wanted my soul But don't think twice, it's all right I'm walkin' down that long, lonesome road, babe Where I'm bound, I can't tell But goodbye's too good a word, gal So I'll just say fare thee well I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind You could have done better but I don't mind You just kinda wasted my precious time But don't think twice, it's all right

TOM WAITS - HOLD ON

They hung a sign up in our town "If you live it up, you wonít live it down" So she left Monte Rio, son Just like a bullet leaves a gun With her charcoal eyes and Monroe hips She went and took that California trip Oh, the moon was gold, her hair like wind Said, ĎDonít look back, just come on, Jimí Oh, you got to hold on, hold on You gotta hold on Take my hand, Iím standing right here You gotta hold on Well, he gave her a dimestore watch And a ring made from a spoon Everyoneís looking for someone to blame When you share my bed, you share my name Well, go ahead and call the cops You donít meet nice girls in coffee shops She said, ĎBaby, I still love youí Sometimes thereís nothiní left to do Oh, but you got to hold on, hold on Babe, you gotta hold on And take my hand, Iím standing right here You gotta hold on Well, God bless your crooked little heart St. Louis got the best of me I miss your broken China voice How I wish you were still here with me Oh, you build it up, you wreck it down Then you burn your mansion to the ground Oh, thereís nothing left to keep you here But when youíre falling behind in this big blue world Oh, youíve got to hold on, hold on Babe, you gotta hold on Take my hand, Iím standing right here You gotta hold on Down by the Riverside motel Itís 10 below and falling By a 99 cent store She closed her eyes and started swaying But itís so hard to dance that way When itís cold and thereís no music Oh, your old hometownís so far away But inside your head thereís a record thatís playing A song called ĎHold Oní, hold on Babe, you gotta hold on Take my hand, Iím standing right there You gotta hold on You gotta hold on, hold on Babe, you gotta hold on Take my hand, Iím standing right there You gotta hold on You gotta hold on, hold on Babe, you gotta hold on And take my hand, Iím standing right here You gotta hold on You gotta hold on, hold on Babe, you gotta hold on And take my hand, Iím standing right here You gotta hold on You gotta hold on You gotta hold on You gotta hold on You gotta hold on You gotta hold on, baby You gotta hold on, girl You gotta hold on You gotta hold on

OTIS RUSH - ALL YOUR LOVE

All your love I miss loving, all your kiss I miss kissing All your love I miss loving, all your kiss I miss kissing Before I met you, baby, I didn't know what I was missing All my love, pretty baby, I have in store for you All my love, pretty baby, I have in store for you Well I love you, baby, I know you love me too Oh, oh, oh, baby, you know I love you Yeah, yeah, yeah, baby, you know I love you baby I love you baby, oh I love you so

B.B.KING - SWEET LITTLE ANGEL

I got a sweet little angel, I love the way she spread her wings Yes, I got a sweet little angel, I love the way she spread her wings Yes, when she spread her wings around me, I get joy in everything You know I asked my baby for a nickel, and she gave me a twenty dollar bill Oh, yes, I asked my baby for a nickel, and she gave me a twenty dollar bill Whoa, you know I asked her for a little drink of liquor, and she gave me a whiskey still Ah yes, asked my baby to quit me, well, I do believe I will die Yes, I asked my baby to quit me, well, I do believe I will die 'Cause, if you don't love me little angel, please, tell me the reason why

B.B.KING - THE THRILL IS GONE

The thrill is gone, the thrill is gone away The thrill is gone baby, the thrill is gone away You know you don't me wrong baby, but you will be sorry someday The thrill is gone, it's gone away from me The thrill is gone away from me Although, I'll still live on, but so lonely I'll be The thrill is gone, it's gone away for good The thrill is gone baby, it's gone away for good Someday I know I'll be over it all baby, just like I know a good man should You know I'm free, free now baby, I'm free from your spell Oh I'm free, free, free now, I'm free from your spell And now that It's all over, all I can do is wish you well

BIG BILL BROONZY - KEY TO THE HIGHWAY

I got the key to the highway, and I'm billed out and bound to go I'm gonna leave here runnin', cause walkin' is most too slow I'm goin' down on the border, now where I'm better known Cause woman you don't do nothin', but drive a good man 'way from home Now when the moon creeps over the mountain, I'll be on my way Now I'm gonna walk this old highway, until the break of day Give me one more kiss mama, just before I go Give me one more kiss mama, just before I go I'm gonna leave this town, ain't comin' back no more" So long baby, now I must say goodbye, So long baby, now I must say goodbye, I'm gonna walk this highway, 'till the day I die

BIG BILL BROONZY - SIXTEEN TONS

Some people says the man's made out of mud, some people says of muscle and blood Muscle and blood and skin and bone, a mind that's week and a back that's strong You load sixteen tons, so what do you get, another day older and deeper in debt So, St. Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store I was born one morning when the sun didn't shine, picked up my shovel and I went to the mine I loaded sixteen ton of number nine coal, the straw-boss said, "God-dog your soul" You load sixteen tons and, now, what do you get, another day older and deeper in debt So, St. Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store I was born one mornin' when it was drizzle in rain, fightin' and shootin' is my middle name Born in a canebreak by an ol' mama hound, no high-tone mama can make me walk the line I load sixteen tons, so what do you get, another day older and deeper in debt So, St. Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store You see me comin' you better step aside, a lot of men didn't and a whole lot of them died One fist of iron and one of steal, the right one don't get you, boy, the left one will So, load sixteen ton, what do you get, another day older and deeper in debt So, St. Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store

CECIL MACK - THAT'S WHY THEY CALL ME SHINE

When I was born they christened me plain Samuel Johnson Brown But I hadn't grown so very big, 'fore some folks in this town Had changed it 'round to "Sambo"; I was "Rastus" to a few Then "Chocolate Drop" was added by some others that I knew And then to cap the climax, I was strolling down the line When someone shouted, "Fellas, hey! Come on and pipe the shine!" But I don't care a bit. Here's how I figure it: Well, just because my hair is curly And just because my teeth are pearly Just because I always wear a smile Likes to dress up in the latest style* Just because I'm glad I'm livin' Takes trouble smilin', never whine Just because my color's shady Slightly different maybe That's why they call me shine.

THE BAND - THE WEIGHT

I pulled into Nazareth, I was feelin' about half past dead; I just need some place where I can lay my head. "Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?" He just grinned and shook my hand, and "No!", was all he said. (Chorus:) Take a load off Fannie, take a load for free; Take a load off Fannie, And (and) (and) you can put the load right on me. I picked up my bag, I went lookin' for a place to hide; When I saw Carmen and the Devil walkin' side by side. I said, "Hey, Carmen, come on, let's go downtown." She said, "I gotta go, but m'friend can stick around." (Chorus) Go down, Miss Moses, there's nothin' you can say It's just ol' Luke, and Luke's waitin' on the Judgement Day. "Well, Luke, my friend, what about young Anna Lee?" He said, "Do me a favor, son, woncha stay an' keep Anna Lee company?" (Chorus) Crazy Chester followed me, and he caught me in the fog. He said, "I will fix your rags, if you'll take Jack, my dog." I said, "Wait a minute, Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man." He said, "That's okay, boy, won't you feed him when you can." (Chorus) Catch a Cannonball, now, t'take me down the line My bag is sinkin' low and I do believe it's time. To get back to Miss Annie, you know she's the only one. Who sent me here with her regards for everyone. (Chorus)

OTIS REDDING - SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY

Sittin' in the mornin' sun I'll be sittin' when the evenin' come Watching the ships roll in And then I watch 'em roll away again, yeah I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay Watching the tide roll away Ooo, I'm just sittin' on the dock of the bay Wastin' time I left my home in Georgia Headed for the 'Frisco bay 'Cause I've had nothing to live for And look like nothin's gonna come my way So I'm just gonna sit on the dock of the bay Watching the tide roll away Ooo, I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay Wastin' time Look like nothing's gonna change Everything still remains the same I can't do what ten people tell me to do So I guess I'll remain the same, yes Sittin' here resting my bones And this loneliness won't leave me alone It's two thousand miles I roamed Just to make this dock my home Now, I'm just gonna sit at the dock of the bay Watching the tide roll away Oooo-wee, sittin' on the dock of the bay Wastin' time (whistle)

(TRADITIONAL) - WHISKEY IN THE JAR

As I was a goin' over the far famed Kerry mountains I met with captain Farrell and his money he was counting I first produced my pistol and I then produced my rapier Saying "Stand and deliver" for he were a bold deceiver Chorus: Mush-a ring dum-a do dum-a da Wack fall the daddy-o, wack fall the daddy-o There's whiskey in the jar I counted out his money and it made a pretty penny I put it in me pocket and I took it home to Jenny She sighed and she swore that she never would deceive me But the devil take the women for they never can be easy (Chorus) I went up to my chamber, all for to take a slumber I dreamt of gold and jewels and for sure 't was no wonder But Jenny blew me charges and she filled them up with water Then sent for captain Farrell to be ready for the slaughter (Chorus) 't was early in the morning, just before I rose to travel Up comes a band of footmen and likewise captain Farrell I first produced me pistol for she stole away me rapier I couldn't shoot the water, so a prisoner I was taken (Chorus) Now there's some take delight in the carriages a rolling and others take delight in the hurling and the bowling but I take delight in the juice of the barley and courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early (Chorus) If anyone can aid me 't is my brother in the army If I can find his station in Cork or in Killarney And if he'll go with me, we'll go rovin' through Killkenny And I'm sure he'll treat me better than my own a-sporting Jenny (Chorus)

CREEDENCE - PROUD MARY

Left a good job in the city, Workin for the man evry night and day, And I never lost one minute of sleepin, Worryin bout the way things might have been. Chorus: Big wheel keep on turnin, Proud mary keep on burnin, Rollin, rollin, rollin on the river. Cleaned a lot of plates in memphis, Pumped a lot of pain down in new orleans, But I never saw the good side of the city, til I hitched a ride on a river boat queen. Chorus Rollin, rollin, rollin on the river. If you come down to the river, Bet you gonna find some people who live. You dont have to worry cause you have no money, People on the river are happy to give. Chorus Rollin, rollin, rollin on the river. Rollin, rollin, rollin on the river. Rollin, rollin, rollin on the river.

CREEDENCE - THE NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME

You know the night time, oh, is the right time To be with the one you love. I said the night time, ooh, is the right time To be with the one you love. I said the night time, ooh, is the right time To be with the one you love. Baby, I said a baby, baby, come on and drive me crazy, lord, You know I love you; always thinkin of you. Hey, baby; oh, I said a baby. You know the night time is the right time To be with the one you love. Aaaah! I said the night time oh, is the right time To be with the one you love. I said the night time, ooh, is the right time To be with the one you love. I said the night time oh, is the right time To be with the one you love.

ALBERT KING - AS THE YEARS GO PASSING BY

There is nothing I can do, if you leave me, with a cry There is nothing I can do, if you leave me, with a cry Baby my love will follow you, as the years go passing by I give you all but a home, that's one thing you get the night I give you all but a home, that's one thing you get the night You know my love will follow you, as the years go passing by I'm gonna leave it up to you, so long, baby good bye I'm gonna leave it up to you, so long, baby good bye Baby my love will follow you, yes, as the years go passing by

CREEDENCE - I PUT A SPELL ON YOU

I put a spell on you Because youre mine. You better stop The things that youre doin. I said watch out! I aint lyin, yeah! I aint gonna take none of your Foolin around; I aint gonna take none of your Puttin me down; I put a spell on you Because youre mine. All right!