Change My Way
Goin' Down Slow
Howlin' Blues
Howlin' For My Baby
I Better Go Now
I Didn't Know
I Have A Little Girl
I Love My Baby
I'll Be Around
I'm The Wolf
I've Been Abused
I've Got a Woman
Just My Kind
Mr. Airplane Man
Natchez Burning
Nature
Neighbors
Poor Boy
Rockin' Daddy
Shake For Me
Sittin' On Top of the World
Spoonful
The Red Rooster
Who Will Be The Next?
Work for Your Money
You Can't Be Beat
You Gonna Wreck My Life


Chester Burnett, the Howlin' Wolf, was a most impressive figure in the Chicago Blues,
both on account of his physical appearance and his powerful voice.


Change My Way
(1959 recording)
From Change My Way (MCA CHD 93001)

I'm got to change my way of livin', this life I'm livin' ain't no good.
I'm got to change my way of livin', this life I'm livin' ain't no good.
I leave home in the morning, don't come back 'til the break of dawn.
My baby said that ain't right, I'll admit that is true
My baby said that ain't right, I'll admit that is true
She said daddy, daddy, you got to change the way you do.
You know I leave in the mornin', and I don't come back 'til dawn
You know I leaves in the mornin', and I don't come back 'til dawn
My baby looked me in the eyes, and said daddy, you got to change your evil way.
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Goin' Down Slow
(James B. Oden)
Recorded in 1961 and included on the Chess CD "Howlin' Wolf" (re-issued on the MCA/Chess "Two On One" CD with another LP, "Moanin' In The Moonlight"). The spoken part was done by Willie Dixon. By the way, can anyone tell me who the Great Googlie Mooglie is? For another version of this song see Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham and the Sweet Baby Blues Band

(spoken:)
Man...
You know I've been enjoyin' things that kings and queens will never have!
In fact kings and queens can never get 'm.
And they don't even know about it!
And good times? Mmmmmmmmm-mmh!!
(sung:)
I have had my fun, if I never get well no more (x 2)
Oh my health is fadin' on me, oh yes I'm goin' down slow
(spoken:)
Now looka here...
I did not say I was a millionaire...
But I said I have spent more money than a millionaire!
Cause if I had kept all my money that I'd already spent,
I would've been a millionaire a looong time ago...
And women? Great Googlie-Mooglie!!
(sung:)
Please write my mother, tell her the shape I'm in (x 2)
Tell her to pray for me, forgive me for my sin
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Howlin' Blues
(1958 recording)
From Change My Way (MCA CHD 93001)

I'm gonna leave you, I'm goin' away
I'm gonna leave, I'll be back someday
Oh well I can't stay here, no need in me stayin'
Here's nothin' for me to lose.
Wooooo, woooooo,
Wooooo, I'm goin' away,
Well I can't stay, 'til you hurt my feelings
I'm goin' away.
I'm going to New Orleans, I'm worried about you
I be so broken hearted, I won't know what to do
So good bye babe, I hate to go
Here's nothin to lose.
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Howlin' For My Baby
(Chester Burnett)
Recorded in 1959 and released as a Chess single with the title "Howlin' For My Darlin'". It's included on the Chess CD "Howlin' Wolf" (re-issued on the MCA/Chess "Two On One" CD with another LP, "Moanin' In The Moonlight").

They call me the howlin' wolf now, and you found me howlin' at your door
They call me the howlin' wolf now, baby, and you know you found me howlin' at your door
You know I love you darling, don't drive the wolf from your door
(Lord have mercy, darling)
If God forgive me, I won't let you make me howl no more
If God forgive me, I won't let you make me howl no more
You want me to do like a wolf baby, drag my tracks out in the cold
Now Christmas eve is coming, and you want me down on my bended knees
Now Christmas eve is coming darling, and you want the wolf on his bended knees
You made me get your shoe, darling you wanna drive poor me
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I Better Go Now
(1959 recording)
From Change My Way (MCA CHD 93001)

I better go now 
I better go now baby
I better go now 'fore I get out my blade.
You done spend my money, throwed it all away
I had that money, to buy us a home
Yes I had that money, to buy us a home
When I come home, the money was gone.
I better go now,
'Fore I get out my blade.
So many people, dead and in the grave
Yes so many people, dead and in the grave
I better leave ya now darlin', 'fore I get out my blade.
I had that money, to buy you a diamond ring
I had that money, to buy you a diamond ring
I found out, you give it to your other man.
I better go now, I better go now.
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I Didn't Know
(1958 recording)
From Change My Way (MCA CHD 93001)

I didn't know, you was out last night baby
No I didn't know, baby you was out last night
Well I do know, you don't treat me right.
I didn't know, you was ridin' him in my car last night
No I didn't know, you was ridin' him in my car last night
Well I do know darling, you don't treat me right.
I didn't know, you was down in New Orleans last night
No I didn't know, you was in New Orleans last night
Well I do know sweetheart, you don't treat me nice.
I didn't know, you was lovin' somebody else
No I didn't know, babe you was lovin' somebody else
I didn't know, but I know now.
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I Have A Little Girl
(1955 recording)
From More Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9279)

Yes I got a little girl, only eighteen years old
Yes I got a little girl, only eighteen years old
Yes I love my baby, to my heart and soul.
I love the way she kiss, she loves me all the time
I love the way she kiss, she loves me all the time
You know I can't help it, I can't get her off my mind.
Yes I got a little girl, she's just only eighteen years old
Yes I got a little girl, just only eighteen years old
I love my baby, to her heart and soul.
She's got great big pretty legs, teeth that shine like pearls
She's got great big pretty legs, teeth just shine like pearls
Well if you see her shake, man it's out of this world.
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I Love My Baby
(1953 recording)
From More Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9279)

Lord I got a woman, she nice lovin' in every way.
Lord I got a woman, she nice lovin' in every way.
Now she wants to leave me, have me worried everyday.
Lord I hate to see you leave me darlin', well I hate to see you get away
Lord I hate to see you leave me darlin', well I hate to see you get away.
No matter where you go, you gonna come back home someday.
Well I love my baby, I can't stand to see her go
Lord I love my baby, well I can't stand to see her go
Well if you leave me darlin', I'll have to stand to see you go.
So long, so long, I'll cry when you're gone.
So long, I cry when you're gone
Lord everybody 'round here know, little girl I have treat you wrong.
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I'll Be Around
(1954 recording)
From More Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9279)

Well I'll be around to see ya baby
Well I'll be around no matter what you say
I'll be around, yes I'll be around
To see what you're puttin' down.
You know you told me that you loved me
You know you told me and I hope it's true
Well I'll be around, yes I'll be around
To see what you're puttin' down.
You know I called you in the morning
You know I called you darling to come back to the Wolf
But I'll be around, yes I'll be around
To see what you're puttin' down.
You know I loved you for myself
You know I love you, I don't love nobody else
Well, I'll be around, I'll be around
I dont want you runnin' around.
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I'm The Wolf
(1954 recording)
From More Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9279)

You know I'm the Wolf baby, you know I stays in the woods
You know I'm the Wolf babe, you know I stays in the woods.
Well when you get in trouble, you call the wolf out of the woods.
Well you want my money, well you want me to spend it on you
Well you want my money, babe you want the Wolf to spend it on you
Just as soon as you get my fortune, she said what in the world I want with you?
Well I spend my money, trying to make you satsified
Well, I have spent my money darlin', tryin' to make you satisfied
Well, the woman who took my money and took my home and, oh the Wolf gonna wreck her life.
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I've Been Abused
(1959 recording)
From Change My Way (MCA CHD 93001)

All my life, I've caught it hard
All of my life, I have caught it hard
I've been abused, and I've been scorned.
I feel so bad, it ain't gonna last
I feel so bad, this ain't gonna last
I've been scorned, and I've been kicked out.
I've been abused, I've been talked about
I've been abused, I've been talked about
I've been scorned, sure as you born.
I'm so mad, I can shout
I'm so mad, I can shout
I've been abused, and I've been kicked out.
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I've Got A Woman
(1953 recording)
From More Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9279)

Lord I've got a woman, she's nice lovin' to me every way
Lord I've got a woman, she's nice lovin' to me every way
You know it hurt me so bad, see my baby get away.
Lord fare thee well, I ain't got no more to say
Fare thee well, got no more to say
It hurt me so bad, see my baby get away.
Keep on havin' a good time now, just like the flowers that come in May
Keep on havin' a good time now, just like the flowers that come in May
Ahhh, it hurt me so bad to see my baby get away.
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Just My Kind
(1953 recording)
From More Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9279)

Just my color, oooh you're just my kind
Well you're just my color, ooh you're just my kind
Well you keep me worried darlin', bothered all the time.
Well I told my baby, cried all night long
I told my baby now, cried all night long
Well you just my color darlin', you just my kind.
Well I wrang my hands, cried all night long
I wrang my hands, cried all night long
Well you just my color darlin', you done me wrong.
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Mr. Airplane Man
(1959 recording)
From Change My Way (MCA CHD 93001)

Mr. Airplane man, will you fly down to Jackson for me
Mr. Airplane man, will you fly to Jackson for me
I want you fly to my baby, and give her this here message for me.
Ahhoooooo, ahhooooo, ahhhooooo, ahhhooooo.
My baby not at home, you didn't worry about knockin' on her door
My baby not at home, you didn't worry about knockin' on her door
Ahhoooooo, ahhooooo, ahhhooooo
She might be visitin', at the next door neighbor's you know.
If you don't find my baby, come on back to Chicago to me
If you don't find my baby, come on to Chicago to me
Ahhoooooo, ahhooooo, ahhhooooo, come on back to me.
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Natchez Burning
(1956 recording)
From The Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9273)

Did you ever hear about the burning,
That happened way down in Natchez Mississippi town.
Did you ever hear about the burning,
That happened way down in Natchez Mississippi town.
Those buildings got to burning, there's my baby layin'on the ground.
Charlotte Jones was there, Luiza was there
Rosie Mae was there, Louise was there
Did you ever hear about the burning,
That happened way down in Natchez Mississippi town.
I stood back, was lookin', and the old building come tumble down.
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Nature
(1957 recording)
From The Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9273)

Ah that is nature, won't let me treat you right
Ah that is nature, won't let me treat you right
I'm out lookin', on the other side.
You know I love you, want to stay with you day and night
You know I love you, I want to stay with you day and night
I'm just out lookin', I'm usin' my sight.
I'm workin', babe day and night
I'm workin', baby day and night
Ah, that's nature, won't let me come to your side.
I'm sorry baby, I'm sorry baby
I'm sorry baby, I'm sorry baby
I'm sorry baby, nature caused me to mess up my life.
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Neighbors
(1954 recording)
From More Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9279)

When I had a lots of money
I had friends to give a good time
I went out with my friends
We drunk beer and whiskey all night
The next time I take-a 'em out
They didn't have a dime to spend.
I told my neighbors, I ain't gonna spend no money no more
I love my neighbors, I can't spend no dime no more.
I works too hard for my money, to throw my money away
My mama keep my money, I ain't gonna spend no money these days.
I love my neighbors, I love my neighbors,
But I have no dime to spend.
Well every Monday morning, my neighbor knockin on my door
My neighbor done tell me, I want some ready dough
Well I told my neighbor, can't spend no money no more
Neighbor he got mad, and walked on away from my door.
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Poor Boy
(1957 recording)
From The Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9273)

I'm a poor boy, I'm a long way from home
I'm a poor boy, I'm a long way from home
What the others do, the world can't do me no harm,
I'm a poor boy, a long way from home.
Babe I can't stay here long, babe I can't stay here long
What the others do, the world can't do me no harm
I'm a poor boy, I'm a long way from home.
Well my, baby's dead and gone
Well my, baby's dead and gone
Well, well, well, well I'm a long way from home
I'm a poor boy, I'm a long way from home.
And the world, can't do me no harm
And the world, can't do me no harm
Oh , no no no no, I'm a long way from home
World can't do me no harm
World can't do me no harm
World can't do me no harm.
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Rockin' Daddy
(1954 recording)
From More Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9279)

Yes they call me the rocker, I can rock you all night long
Yes they call me the rocker, I can rock you all night long
I can let you down easy, when I think your money's gone.
I can rock you easy, don't want you to hesitate
I can rock you easy, don't want you to hesitate
I can let you down easy, like-a like jelly on a plate.
Some twistin' and shakin', don't mean a thing to me
Some twistin' and the shakes, don't mean a thing to me
I'm a hip shakin' daddy, I can shake like a willow tree.
They call me the rocker, I can really rock a while
They call me the rocker, I can really rock a while
With a real gone mama, don't let me fake your style.
I can rock you easy, you don't want to hesitate.
I can rock you easy, you don't want to hesitate.
I can let you down easy, like jelly on a plate.
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Shake For Me
(Willie Dixon)
Recorded in 1961. I'm not sure about the words "Every time she stop". The song was included on the Chess CD "Howlin' Wolf" (re-issued on the MCA/Chess "Two On One" CD with another LP, "Moanin' In The Moonlight").

Sho' look good but you don't mean a thing to me (2x)
I got a hip shakin' beauty, shake like a willow tree
You went away baby, you got back a little too late (2x)
I got a cool shakin' baby, shake like jello on a plate
What my baby want, you know she found in my arm (2x)
Every time she stop [??], her flush hips shake like jello
Oh shake it baby
Shake it for me
Oh shake little baby
Shake it for me
Oh shake little baby, do that
Shake like a willow tree
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Sittin' On Top of the World
(1957 recording)
From The Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9273)

One summer day, she went away
She gone and left me, she gone to stay
But now she's gone, and I can't worry
Because I'm sittin' on top of the world.
Worked all the summer, worked all the fall
Had to take Christmas, in my overalls
But now she's gone, and I don't worry
Sittin' on top of the world.
Goin' down to the freight yard, catch me a freight train
I'm gonna leave this town, work done got hard
But now she's gone, and I don't worry
Sittin' on top of the world.
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Spoonful
(Willie Dixon)
Recorded in 1960. It was included on the Chess CD "Howlin' Wolf" (re-issued on the MCA/Chess "Two On One" CD with another LP, "Moanin' In The Moonlight").

It could be a spoonful of diamonds
Could be a spoonful of gold
Just a little spoon of your precious love
Satisfy my soul
Men lied about a little ---
Some of them cried about a little ---
Some of them died about a little spoon---
Everything fightin' about a spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that ---
It could be a spoonful of coffee
Could be a spoonful of tea
But a little spoon of your precious love
Good enough for me
Men lied about  that ---
Some of them cried about that ---
Some of them died about that ---
But everything fightin' about a spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that ---
It could be a spoonful of water
Saved me from the desert sand
But one spoon of them forty-five
Saved you from another man
Men lied about that ---
Some of them cried about that ---
Some of them died about that ---
Everybody fightin' about a spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that ---
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The Red Rooster
(Willie Dixon)
Recorded 1961. It was included on the Chess CD "Howlin' Wolf" (re-issued on the MCA/Chess "Two On One" CD with another LP, "Moanin' In The Moonlight").

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
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Who Will Be The Next?
(1955 recording)
From More Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9279)

Who will you hurt next, how will you start
Who'd be the next one, baby you tear apart
Blessed be your heart, cursed be your name
Blessed be your heart, cursed be your name
Who'd be the next one darlin', that you'd put to shame?
Will it be the one, give you his gold
Or will it be the young one, take all you hope
Babe I'll forget my pride, just to keep you by my side.
Cheat if you want to darlin', treat me unkind
Cheat if you want to darlin', treat me unkind
Come back and love me, when you can find a little time.
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Work For Your Money
(1953 recording)
From More Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9279)

Get your hands on your money, mine all while you're gone
Get your hands on your money, mine all while you're gone
I'm gonna leave this town and I, ain't comin' back no more.
Well my Momma don't love me, Daddy don't love me no more
Well my Momma don't love me, Daddy don't love me no more
I might leave ya babe, I'm going down on the coast.
Well goodbye baby, if I don't see you no more.
Well goodbye baby, if I never see you no more.
I want to love you baby, but you keep driving me from your door.
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You Can't Be Beat
(1956 recording)
From More Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9279)

Now go to sleep, go to sleep
Go to sleep little darlin', go to sleep little darlin'
Go to sleep little darlin', you know you can't be beat.
I'm in love with you, I'm in love with you
I'm in love with you, I'm in love with you
I'm in love with you baby, you know you look so fine.
I know, I know
I know, yes I know
I know little girl, you the prettiest little girl in town.
Don't you worry, don't you worry.
Don't you worry little darlin', don't you worry little darlin'
Don't you worry little darlin', everything is alright.
Don't worry me, don't worry me
Don't worry me, don't worry me
Don't worry me boy I'm, talkin' to my baby now.
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You Gonna Wreck My Life
(1959 recording)
From More Real Folk Blues (MCA CHD 9279)

How many more years, are you gonna wreck my life
How many more years, are you gonna wreck my life
Well the way you done, you gonna wreck my life.
How many times, you gonna treat me like you do
How many more times, you gonna treat me like you do
You took all of my money, and all of my love too.
Now I'm old and gray, got no place to go
Now I'm old and gray, got no place to go
You got yourself a youngster, and you can't stand me no more.
I'm going to the stairs, I'm gonna beg ya for my clothes
I'm going to the stairs, I'm gonna beg ya for my clothes
For where I go nobody knows.
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