All The King's Horses
Big City
Cherry Red Wine
Down South
Freedom
Just My Guitar And Me
Should I Wait
Watching You


All The King's Horses
by Luther Allison / James Solberg, recording of 1995
from Blue Streak (Alligator 4834)


All the king's horses
All the farmer's mules
They can't even stop you
From givin' me the blues

That's wrong
Little girl you are wrong
You got my mind messed up darlin'
You're gonna make me leave our happy home

All the truck drivers you know
All the taxi drivers that take you to the town
All the men you meet in the streets
I'm the only one that didn't let you down

That's wrong baby
Little girl that's wrong
You got my mind messed up darlin'
You gonna miss me when I'm gone

Don't you know that's wrong
One morning you'll come home
And I'll be gone
Goin' back home
Way down in Arkansas
You know we got troubles baby
But I ain't gonna get in trouble with the law
I won't get in this trouble with the law baby

I'm in trouble with you baby
I guess it's because of what you do
Whoah baby I feel I'm in trouble with you
Goin' back home
Way back down in Arkansas
Said I got in trouble with you darlin'
But I swear I won't get in trouble with the law
(spoken: I'm gonna get outa here)

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Big City
by Luther Allison / James Solberg, recording of 1995
from Blue Streak (Alligator 4834)


Sun sinking deep, fires burning down
Hard to see the moon, when the smoke is all around
I live in a big city
And they tell me we are free
I hear babies cryin'
There'll be killing in these streets

How many heartaches, how many years of pain
Just how many funerals, before the streets be safe again
I live in a big city
And they tell me we are free
I hear babies cryin'
There'll be killing in these streets

Evening sun going down, police using his billy stick
When the blood start to flowin', and it'll be flowin' till the mornin' come again
I live in a big city
And they tell me that we are free
Now I hear these babies cryin'
Do you know what that's doin' to me?
Lord it's tearin' my heart apart

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Cherry Red Wine
by Luther Allison, recording of 1995
from Blue Streak (Alligator 4834) & Alligator Records -- 25th Anniversary Collection (Alligator 110/111)


Watching you baby, watching you all the time
Watching you baby, just watching you all the time
Watching you destroy yourself woman, all you do is sitting around drinking wine

You worry me baby
I'm sitting here wondering what in the world can I do
We got so much to live for, darling
But I just can't sit here doing nothing and watching that wine destroy you

I'm taking you to the doctor, darling
The doctor knows what's going on in your head
I'm taking you to the doctor, darling
Maybe he knows what's going on in your head

You gonna keep on drinking that bad wine, baby
Even the grass on your grave will be cherry red

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Down South
by Luther Allison / Larry Martin,
from Time (Buda 82470)


I came home this morning, feeling down and out
I came home this morning, feeling down and out
I was lonely woman, when I got home found my woman was out

I says baby why do you want to leave me, why do you want to treat me this way
Why do you want to leave me, and why do you want to treat me this way
You're gonna wake up now woman, you gonna need my love someday

Come on now
Come on now we ain't do it

I'm gonna take you back down south this morning, put you back out there in the fields
Love make you pick me two hundreds pounds a day, gettin' used to that ol' cotton field
Love or leave me but don't never never question my words no more

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Freedom
by Luther Allison / Brown / Michael Carras, recording of 1994
from Soul Fixin' Man (Alligator ALCD-4820)


We talk about South Africa and we say it's a shame
Apartheid is wrong and we all share the blame
But people let me tell you, everywhere you go it's the same,
people are being mistreated, when will it change?
Let's talk about the future and learn from the past
We must love one another if this world is going to last
We fought for self-respect, we fought for equal rights
We've known a long, long time that discrimination ain't right

Talking about freedom, freedom, freedom
Talking about freedom, freedom, freedom

A ghetto is no place for children to grow
But you can find a ghetto everywhere you go
I heard Dr. King say: "I have a dream"
All he wanted was to let the freedom ring
Why do we have to fight in wars to save our land
If we get back alive, there's still no dignity
Do I have to die before I can be free?
I want freedom in my life, that's the way it's got to be

Talking about freedom, freedom, freedom
Talking about freedom, freedom, freedom

I'm tired of discrimination, this has to stop
We must learn to live together before the bombs drop
So if you love your children too this is what you should do
Teach them to love one another, live by the Golden Rule
Freedom of choice, freedom of speech, my freedom is up to you
We were promised this freedom, but we have a long way to go
The love of freedom, can't you tell, is the same for you and me
All I need is someone to help me ring the Freedom Bell

Talking about freedom, freedom, freedom
Talking about freedom, freedom, freedom

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Just My Guitar And Me
by Luther Allison,
from Time (Buda 82470)


I'm-a sitting here and thinking, drinking too
I got no real feeling but I got my blues
If you don't want to treat me right, the hell with you

I got my guitar squeezing' my strains
Ain't got me no woman, don't mean a thing
Listen to the music, join into my game

(spoken: can't you see what I mean)

All my friends, they've been havin' another ball
All my friends, they've been havin' another ball
If I can't get a pretty woman, I don't want no woman at all

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Should I Wait
by Luther Allison,
from Blue Streak (Alligator 4834) & Life Is a Bitch (Encore 131) & Serious (Blind Pig 2287) & Blind Pig Artists: 20th Anniversary Collection (Blind Pig 2001)


Standing at the station, waiting on you
Could you tell me, baby, why you are overdue?
You see, I've been standing 3 hours or more
I got to go to work, honey, you don't even wanna know

Should I wait, should I wait on you?
You better get yourself together
Hey, I don't wanna wait on you

I told you late last night, worries on my worried mind
You took my heart and money, you wasted my time
I gave you my best loving, better than you need
You took my poor heart apart, I even got down on my knees

Should I wait, should I wait on you?
You better get yourself together
I had told ya I ain't got time to wait on you
I got no more time, I got to get out of here, better work

One last question, baby: what's on your mind?
You can make no love, you've been drunk all the time
You see I gave up a good job, make pretty pay mine
But I get fired, if you make me loose one more day

Little girl, should I wait?
You better get yourself together
I had told ya I ain't got enough time to wait
Listen to me, you better get yourself together
Hey baby, I told you I can wait
I just can wait no longer, you better get yourself together

Damn' it all, I told you I won't wait on you

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Watching You
by Luther Allison

Watching you baby, watching you all the time
Watching you baby, just watching you all the time
Watching you destroy yourself woman, all you do is sit around drinkin' wine

You're worryin' me baby, I'm sittin' here wonderin' what in the world can I do
You're worryin' me baby, I'm sittin' here wonderin' what in the world can I do
We got so much to live for darling, but I just can't sit here doin' nothin' and watchin' that wine destroy you

I'm takin' you to the doctor darlin', maybe the doctor knows what's goin' on in your head
Yeah I'm takin' you to the doctor darlin', maybe he knows what's goin' on in your head
You gonna keep on drinkin' that bad wine baby, even the grass that grows on your grave will be cherry red

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