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24 Hours
32-20 Blues
Baby Please Don't Go
Blow Wind Blow
Blues Before Sunrise
Burr Clover Blues
Burr Clover Farm Blues
Caldonia
Canary Bird
Cold Up North
Corrina, Corrina
Country Blues
Crosseyed Cat
Deep Down In Florida
Diamonds At Her Feet
Elevate Me Mama
Five Long Years
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Got My Mojo Working
Gypsy Woman
Honey Bee
(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man Hoochie Coochie Man
Howlin' Wolf
I Be's Troubled
I Can't Be Satisfied
I Got A Rich Man's Woman
I Got My Brand On You
I Just Want To Make Love To You

I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love
Interview With Alan Lomax
I Want To Be Loved
I Want You To Love Me
Little Anna Mae
Lonesome Road Blues
Long Distance Call
Louisiana Blues
Mamie
Mannish Boy
Mean Mistreater
Mean Red Spider
Meanest Woman
Messin' With The Man
My Dog Can't Bark
My Fault
My Love Strikes Like Lightnin'
My Pencil Won't Write No More
Nine Below Zero
One More Mile
Ramblin' Kid Blues (1)
Ramblin' Kid Blues (2)
Rock Me

Rollin' And Tumblin'
Rollin' Stone
She Moves Me
She's Nineteen Years Old
So Glad I'm Living
Soon Forgotten
Standing Around Crying
Still A Fool
Streamline Woman
Take A Walk With Me
That's Why I Don't Mind
The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll
They Call Me Muddy Waters
Thirteen Highway
Trouble In Mind
Trouble No More
Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone
You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had
Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You
You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had
You Don't Have To Go
You Got To Take Sick And Die Some Of These Days
You Need Love
You Shook Me


24 Hours
by Eddie Boyd, from The Chess Box (MCA 80002)

Oh I mistreated my baby last night, woman from holding you here in my arms
Oh I mistreated my baby last night, woman from holding you here in my arms
Now you know she been gone 24 hours and that's 23 hours too long

You know if I had a million dollars I would give every dime to bring her back home
Oh, how my poor heart bleeds peoples, it's so sad to be alone
Now you know she been gone just about 24 hours and that's 23 hours too long

Oh, my baby's so pretty, this little girl she looks just like a charm
I love this woman, this woman, she looks just like a charm
Now you know she been gone 24 hours and that's 23 hours too long

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32-20 Blues
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of July 20-24th 1942, probably Clarksdale, Mississippi
from The Complete Plantation Recordings (Chess/MCA CHD-9344)


I'm gonna get my 32-20, my baby she ridin' around in a V8 Ford
Lord, I'm gonna get my 32-20, my little girl ridin' around in a V8 Ford
Well, you know it musta been a while ago, man, somebody went out my backdoor

That's the reason I carry my 32-20, that the reason I carries it ev'ryday
Lord, that's the reason I carry my 32-20, that's the reason I carries it ev'ryday
Well now, you know how she been runnin' around here, hmm,
I'd a-swear somebody gonna fade away

Lord, I got a lil' into trouble, down on Mr. Stovall's place
Lord, I have got in a little trouble, way down on Mr. Stovall's place
Well now, you know my baby she been runnin' around here ridin',
and I had to sit down and change my ways

I got a pretty little thing, livin' down by Frairs Point
I got a pretty little thing, she's livin' down on Friars Fairs town
Now you know the reason I carry that 32-20, man, I don't want my little baby ridin' around

Play that thing boy!

Well that's why I tote my 32-20, little gal, ev'rywhere I go
Yeah, that's why I tote my 32-20, baby, most ev'rywhere I go
Well now, you know I'm tired of my baby runnin' around here ridin', man, down in a V8 Ford
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Notes: previously unissued. Charles Berry on second guitar. See also lyrics
of the Skip James original 20-20 Blues and Robert Johnson's cover version 32-20 Blues.


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Baby Please Don't Go
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of May 4, 1953 from Chess Box (Chess 9340)


Baby, please don't go
Baby, please don't go
Baby, please don't go, down to New Orleans
You know I love you so

Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
I get you way'd out here, and let you walk alone

Turn your lamp down low
Turn your lamp down low
Turn your lamp down low
I beg you all night long, baby, please don't go

You brought me way down here
You brought me way down here
You brought me way down here
'bout to Rolling Forks, you treat me like a dog

Baby, please don't go
Baby, please don't go
Baby, please don't go, back the New Orleans
I beg you all night long

Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
Before I be your dog
I get you way'd out here, and let you walk alone

You know your man down gone
You know your man down gone
You know your man down gone
To the country farm1, with all the shackles on
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Note 1: country farm, Charlie Hardin suggests that this should be county farm. Charlie further says: "A county farm was (and maybe still is in some county's) a place were people could go to work off their fines for misdemeanor charges. Thanks Charlie for this contribution.

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Blow Wind Blow
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
from probably The Chess Box (MCA 80002)


Yeah when the sun rose this mornin', I didn't have my baby by my side
Well when the sun rose this mornin', I didn't have my woman by my side
Well I didn't know where she was, she's out with another guy

And don't the sun look lonesome? She headed down the highway
Ya know the sun looks so lonesome, settin' down behind the trees
Well don't the heart look lonesome? When your baby find someone else

Well blow wind, blow wind, blow my baby back to me
Yeah, blow wind, blow wind, blow my baby back to me
Well you know if I don't soon find my pine top, my heart's gonna be in misery

Well goodbye bab-ay, I ain't got no more to say
Yeah, goodbye, goodbye, I ain't got no more to say
Well you know, I know you don't love me, go ahead and have your way

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Blues Before Sunrise
by Leroy Carr
from probably The Chess Box (MCA 80002)


I have the blues before sunrise, tears standing in my eyes
I have the blues before sunrise, tears standing in my eyes
It was a miserable feeling, now babe,
A feeling I do despise

I have to leave, leave you baby, because you know you done me wrong
I have to leave you baby, because you know you done me wrong
I'm gonna pack up and leave you darling
And break up my happy home

I'm gonna leave you baby, I'm gonna leave you all alone
I'm gonna leave you baby, I'm gonna leave you all alone
I'm gonna pack up and leave you darling,
Because you know you done me wrong

Well now goodbye, goodbye baby, I'll see you on some rainy day
Well now goodbye baby, I'll see you on some rainy day
You can go ahead now little darling,
'Cause I want you to have your way

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Burr Clover Blues
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of August 24-31, 1941, Stovall Plantation, Stovall, Mississippi
from The Complete Plantation Recordings (Chess/MCA CHD-9344)


Well now, that clover man way up in Dundee
Well now, that clover man way up in Dundee
Well now, you go down to Mr. Howard Stovall's place, he's got all the burr clover you need

Well now, the reason that I love that old burr clover farm so well
Well now, the reason that I love that old burr clover farm so well
Well now, we always have money and we never raise no hell

Well now, I'm leaving this morning, and I sure do hate to go
Well now, I'm leaving this morning, and I sure do hate to go
Well now, I've got to leave this burr clover farm, I ain't coming back no more

Now, good bye everybody and I may not coming back again
Now, good bye everybody and I may not coming back again
Well now, I've got to leave this burr clover farm, my baby don't want me around

Well, so long, so long, you gonna need my help, I say
Well, so long, so long, you gonna need my help, I say
Well now, I here do wanna sell you some burr clover, honey, just before I go away

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Burr Clover Farm Blues
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of August 24-31, 1941, Stovall Plantation, Stovall, Mississippi
from The Complete Plantation Recordings (Chess/MCA CHD-9344)


Well now, I told my man, way up in Dundee
Lord, I told my man, way up in Dundee
Well now, you go down to Mr. Howard Stovall's place, he got all the burr clover you need

Well now, the reason I love, that old Burr Clover Farm, so well
Yeah now .the reason I love, that old Burr Clover Farm, so well
Well now, we always have money and we never raise no hell

Well now I'm leavin' this mo'nin', sho do hate to go, yeah babe
Lord, I'm leavin' this mo'nin' , an I sho' do hate to go
Well now, I've got to leave that Burr Clover Farm, I ain't comin' back here no mo'

Play that boy! Yeah told you I was leavin' at 4 o'clock this mo'nin'

Now goodbye ev'rybody, an I may not come back down
I said goodbye ev'rybody, an I may not come back down
Well now I gotta leave that Burr Clover Farm, my baby don't want me around

Well so long, so long, you gonna need my help, I say
So long, so long, you gonna need my help, I say
Well now I'm gonna sell ya some Burr Clover honey, just before I go away

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Caldonia
by Fleecie Moore

Walk with my baby
She got great big feet
She long, lean, lanky
An had nothin' to eat

She's my baby
I love her just the same
Yeah an I'm crazy 'bout this woman cause
Caldonia..., your name

Caldonia!
Caldonia!
Don't take your big head so hard?
I love ya
I love ya just the same
You know I'm crazy 'bout this woman because
Caldonia..., your name

Spoken:
You know what?
(What's that?)
My mother told me to leave that girl alone
(I thought that was a good woman, ain't nothin' wrong with you)
I don't doubt it boy, but my mother can't
Understand the girl and she doesn't like her
So I'm gonna go right now to her house, find her
Call her just one more time
I hope she hear me?
(Oh she gonna hear you alright!)
Caldonia, Caldonia!
What makes your big head so hard?
What!

I love ya
I love you just the same
You know I'm crazy 'bout this woman
Pine Top
Caldonia ..., your name
I love that girl, boy!

Spoken:
Now you know!
(What?)
My mother keep on tellin' me
That you're the one, no kiddin' buddy
I heard what you said
(Your mother jivin', boy)
Now, she said son, she will bale you around if the moment is good
Puttin' down what I did...
So now I've gotta go back out and call her, one more, once
I need one more, ya hear?
Caldonia, 'donia
{What make your big head so hard?}

(I loose her
Loves her just the same)

And I dreams about ya baby
'Cause Caldonia is your name

{All-right}

Spoken:
Now you know
(What?)
My mother keep on tellin' me, to leave that girl alone!
(No kiddin' that's what you said)
No, she said son
(Say what?)
She still would bat me around, but mama wouldn't hear
It wasn't cool, so I'm gonna have to go
Back to the house you know
And call her, one more time

'Donia! Donia! (Donia...(Donia)
What makes your big head so hard?
{I loves her, loves her just the same
Now I'm crazy 'bout ya baby, 'cause Caldonia is your name}

(Yeah I'm crazy 'bout ya baby)
(Wild about ya baby)
I mean crazy 'bout ya baby
(Wild about ya baby)
Crazy 'bout ya baby
(Wild about ya baby)
(Crazy 'bout ya baby)
(Wild about ya baby)
(And I'm crazy 'bout ya baby
'Cause Caldonia is your name)
(Wild about ya baby)
Crazy 'bout ya baby
(Wild about ya baby)
Crazy 'bout ya baby
(Wild about ya darlin')
I love your style little girl
(Wild about ya baby)
Crazy 'bout ya baby)
(Wild about ya baby
'Cause downtown you here tonight

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Canary Bird

by probably McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of 1949 from Muddy Waters on Chess 1948-1951, Vol. 1 (Vogue 600052)


Hello canary bird, this is a letter home
Hello canary bird, this is a letter home
Well you know I want you to fly the whole world over
And find how my baby been gettin' along

Well canary bird, when you get to Clarksdale
Please fly down on Second Street
Yes canary bird when you get to Clarksdale
Please fly down on Second Street
Well you know I don't want you to stop flyin'
Until you take the letter out to Stovall for me

Fly on, canary bird, fly on!

On your way back home, please stop by Memphis a while
Yes on your way back home, please stop by Memphis a while
Well canary bird I want you to stroll down Beale Street
And see can you see my little old angel child

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Cold Up North

by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of June 13 1972, from One More Mile (MCA/Chess CHD2-9348)


It's so cold up north, that a bird can hardly fly
Well it's so cold up north, that a bird can hardly fly
Now you know I'm goin' back down south, let this winter pass on by

Well I know my baby, don't know what a shape I'm in
Yeah I know my baby, she don't know what a shape I'm in
Now you know I ain't had me no lovin', people you know I ain't got no friend

Hmmm mmmm
Hmmm mmmm
Now you know I ain't had me no lovin', people you know ain't got no friend

Well I believe I go, further down the road
Yeah I believe I go, further down the road
Now you know I done stayed over here in Switzerland, people you know I done almost froze

Well if I could hold, hold my heart in my hand
Yeah if I could hold, hold my heart in my hand
You know I would show you pretty girls, just how to treat your man

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Corrina, Corrina
by Chatman / Williams / Parish
from probably In Concert (Prestige Jazz 150)


Corrina, Corrina, where ya been so long?
Tell me Corrina, where ya been so long?
I haven't had no lovin', since you been gone

I love Corrina, I tell the world I do
Well I love Corrina, I tell the world I do
Well I hope some day she will, come to love me too

Corrina, Corrina, where you stay last night?
Tell me Corrina, where you stayed last night?
You came home this mornin', the sun was shinin' bright

I met Corrina, a-way across the sea
Yeah I met Corrina, way across the sea
She wouldn't write me no letter, she didn't care for me

Bye-bye Corrina, I got to leave ya now
Bye-bye Corrina, I got to leave ya now
Well I know you didn't mean it, no good, no how!

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Country Blues
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of August 24-31, 1941, Stovall Plantation, Stovall, Mississippi
from The Complete Plantation Recordings (Chess/MCA CHD-9344)


I get later on in the evenin' time, I feel like, like blowin' my horn
I woke up this mo'nin, find my, my little baby gone, hmm
Later on in the evenin', main man, I feel like, like blowin' my horn
Well I, woke up this mo'nin' baby, find my little baby gone

A well now, some folks say they worry, worry blues ain't bad
That's a misery feelin' child, I most, most ever had
Some folks tell me, man I did worry, the blues ain't bad
Well that's a misery ole feelin', honey now, well gal, I most ever had

Well, brooks run into the ocean, ocean run in, into the sea
If I don't find my baby somebody gonna, gonna bury me, um-hm
Brook run into the ocean, child, ocean run into the sea
Well, if I don't find my baby now, well gal, you gonna have to bury me

Yes, minutes seem like hours an hours seem like days
Seems like my baby would stop her, her lowdown ways, hey
Minutes seem like hours child, an hours seem like days
Yes, seem like my woman now, well gal, she might stop her lowdown ways

Well now I'm, I'm leavin' this mo'nin' if I had-a, whoa ride the blind
I feel mistreated girl you know now, I don't mind dyin'
Leavin' this mo'nin, tell ya I had-a now ride the blind
Yeah, been mistreated baby now, baby an I don't mind dyin'

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Note: track no. 1.

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Crosseyed Cat
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of 1977, from Hard Again (Blue Sky ZK-34449, Columbia 34449)


Yeah I'm so sorry,
I got to leave my woman alone
Yeah I'm so sorry,
I got to leave my woman alone
Well you know she got a crosseyed cat,
livin' without that man in her home

Every time I start to see this woman,
he's in the corner growlin' or layin' down
Every time I start to see this woman,
he's in the corner growlin' or layin' down
Yeah, you know he's too big to be a house cat,
and he's too small to be a lion
There's somethin' wrong

Yeah, I stop by my baby's house,
he start jumpin' from wall to wall
Yeah, I stop by my baby's house,
he start jumpin' from wall to wall
Then he's lookin' crosseyed at me,
sit back in the corner and licked his paw

Yeah, my woman got a crosseyed cat,
livin' there with her in her home
Yeah, my woman got a crosseyed cat,
livin' there with her in her home
You know I try so hard to do her right,
but it seem like everything I do is wrong

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Deep Down In Florida
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of 1977, from Hard Again (Blue Sky ZK-34449, Columbia 34449)


Yes, I'm goin' down in Florida,
where the sun shines damn near every day
Well, well I'm goin' down in Florida,
where the sun shines damn near every day
Yeah, I'll take my woman out on the beach fellas 'n,
and sit down on the sand and play

Yeah, well I think I'll go down in Gainesville,
just to see an old friend of mine
Well, I believe I'll cut down in Gainesville,
oh, just to see an' old buddy of mine
Well, you know if we're not too busy,
I believe that I'm gonna drop over in Uberry sometime

(spoken:
Let's go back to Florida
Let's go back down to Florida,
where the sun shines)

Yeah, I believe I'm gonna leave tomorrow,
well, I'm gonna be on my way
Yes, I'm gonna have a plenty of time,
well, I don't wanna make myself late
Well, you know I believe I'll go back down in Gainesville,
and this time I'm goin' to stay
Let's rise, let's rise

Yeah, deep down in Florida,
well, well that's the place I long to be
Well, oh deep down in Florida,
well that's the place I long to be
Well, oh let me take my baby out in the backyard in the, backyard people,
and sit down under the old orange tree

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Diamonds At Her Feet
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
from Chess Box (MCA/Chess CHD3-80002)


She got to take sick and die one of these days
She got to take sick and die oh! one of these days
All the medicine I can buy, and all the doctors she can hire
She got to take sick and die one of these days

When she's dead I'm gonna bury her very deep
When she's dead I'm gonna bury her very deep
I'm gonna bury her very deep, rubies and diamonds round her feet
She got to take sick and die one of these days

I got to take sick and die one of these days
She got to take sick and die oh! one of these days
All the medicine she can buy, and all the doctors she can hire
She got to take sick and die one of these days

She got to take sick and die one of these days
She got to take sick and die one of these days
All the medicine she can buy, and all the doctors she can hire
She got to take sick and die one of these days

If it was me and all the powers in my hands
If it was me and all the powers in my hands
If it was me and all the powers laying there child in my hands
She would have to go down to the promised land

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Note: also known as Diamonds At Your Feet.

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Double Trouble
by Melka
from The Chess Box (MCA 80002)


Sitting in my window,
I'm looking out at the rain I got troubles,
nothing to ease my worried mind I got double troubles,
I just can't *********

My first woman she love me,
and I love her too
When she was living,
I could tell she was so true I got troubles,
nothing to ease my worried mind I got double troubles,
I just can't *********

(Well, allright)
My woman she fooled me,
and she made me blue When she left me,
I thought that she was so true I got troubles,
nothing to ease my worried mind I got double troubles,
I just can't *********

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Elevate Me Mama
by probably Sonny Boy Williamson II ( Rice Miller)
recording of June 5 1963, from One More Mile (MCA/Chess CHD2-9348)


Elevate me mama, mama five or six floors all down
Elevate me mama, mama five or six floors all down
Ah you know everybody tell me, you must be the elevatin' woman in town

Well you know when you start to elevate me
You almost scared me to death
You elevate me so fast
I've to stop and catch my breath
Elevate me mama, mama five or six floors all down
Ah you know everybody tells me, you 'bout the elevatin' woman in town

Well you know I went to your apartment last night
You had your elevator runnin' slow
You know I gave you a buzz
I went to take you up on the fourteenth floor
Elevate me mama, mama five or six floors on down
Well you know everybody tells me, you must be the elevatin' woman in town

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Evil
by Waters
from The Chess Box (MCA 80002)


I went through the jungle I met a king snake
He said excuse me mister I think I made a mistake
I looked at the lion He bowed his head
I looked at the tiger And he fell dead
Oh so evil Evil, as anybody can be
You know I'm the hoochie coochie man
Don't nobody mess with me

I met an elephant It was big as a house
I made him reduce So he looked like a mouse
I met a ****** bear And he was so big
I made him lose his hair And now he needs a wig
Oh so evil Evil, as anybody can be
I'm so darn gone evil
Don't nobody mess with me

I met a rattlesnake He thought he was smart
He was double dealing ******** ace card
He sneaked up and bit me Stretched out and died
So when you see me coming You better run in high
Oh so evil Evil, as anybody can be
I'm a nature born lover
Don't nobody mess with me

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Five Long Years
by Eddie Boyd
recording May 2 1963, from One More Mile (MCA/Chess CHD2-9348)


Have you ever been mistreated, and you know what I'm talkin' about
Have you ever been mistreated, and you know what I'm talkin' about
Now you know I work five long years for one woman,
she had the nerve to put me out

I finally learned a lesson, you know a long long time ago
I finally learned a lesson, you know a long long time ago
The next woman that I marry, she got to work and bring me some dough

Yes I been mistreated, you know what I'm talkin' about
Yes I been mistreated, you know what I'm talkin' about
Now you know I work five long years for one woman,
she had the nerve to put me out
She had the nerve
She had the nerve
She had the nerve to put me out

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Forty Days And Forty Nights
by Bernie Roth
from probably The Chess Box (MCA 80002) & Legends Of Blues Collectors Edition,


Forty days and forty nights
Since my baby left this town
Sunshinin' all day long
But the rain keep comin' down
She's my life I need her so
Why she left I just don't know

Forty days and forty nights
Since I set right down and cried
Keep rainin' all the time
But the river is runnin' dry
Lord help me it just ain't right
I love that girl with all-a my might

Forty days and forty nights
Since my baby broke my heart
Searchin' for her in a while
Like a blind man in the dark
Love can make a poor man rich
Or break his heart I don't know which

Forty days and forty nights
Like a ship out on the sea
Prayin' for her each night
That she would come back-a home to me
Life is love and love is right
I hope she come back home tonight

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Good Morning Little School Girl
by Williamson
from The Chess Box (MCA 80002)


Good morning little school girl (x2)
Can I go home with you (x2)
Tell your mother and your father
I once was a schoolboy too

Sometimes I don't know what (x2)
Woman what in this world do you do (x2)
I don't wanna hurt your feelings
Or even get mad with you

I'm gonna buy me an airplane (x2)
I'm gonna fly over ******* (x2)
If I don't find my baby
Ain't gonna let my airplane down

Now who's that coming, yonder(x2)
she's all dressed up and pretty (x2) to me
If she don't be my baby
I've soon to see her ********

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Good News
by Waters
from The Chess Box (MCA 80002)


I got a letter this mornig my wife had a brand new baby girl
When I got the news I was half way round the world
That's good news Oh boy that's good news Oh boy
that's good news, what my baby says

You know I'm leaving in the morning, I'm on my way home
When I get there I'm gonna rock that woman in my arms
That's good news Oh boy that's good news Oh boy
that's good news, what my baby says

You know I'm gonna give away candy, I'm gonna a have cigars (for sale)
I know she love me and boy she wouldn't fail
That's good news Oh boy that's good news
Oh boy that's good news, what my baby says

Well you know as soon as I get home I'm gonna rock that baby on my knees
Reach out to kiss her mother and say girl you can't be beat
That's good news Oh boy that's good news
Oh boy that's good news, what my baby says

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Got My Mojo Working
by Preston Foster / McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording 1960, from probably The Chess Box (MCA 80002)


Got my mojo working, but it just won't work on you
Got my mojo working, but it just won't work on you
I wanna love you so bad till I don't know what to do

I'm going down to Louisiana to get me a mojo hand
I'm going down to Louisiana to get me a mojo hand
I'm gonna have all you women right here at my command

Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working, but it just won't work on you

Play on!

Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working
Got my mojo working, but it - uh uh - just won't work on you

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Note: the original version of Got My Mojo Working was sung in a jump blues style by Ann Cole. She performed the song on stage in 1956, which was how Muddy Waters found the song. Muddy Waters adapted it to his style but the bassline is still the same. The song can be found on the 1999 Rhino Records anthology album Jump, Jive & Swing. These are the lyrics to the original version as sung by Ann Cole and written by Preston Foster:

I got my black cat bone, all pure and dry
I got a four-leaf clover, all hangin' high

Got my hoodoo ashes all around your bead
Got my black snake roots underneath your head

I got my mojo workin', but it just won't work on you
I want to love you so, till I don't know what to do

I got a gypsy woman givin' me advice
I got some red hot tips I got to keep on ice

I got a rabbit foot, I know it's workin' right
I got a strand of hair I'm keepin' day and night

Many thanks to Anthony Albert Nassar for contributing this information and the lyrics.


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Gypsy Woman
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording 1947, Chicago, from The Chess Box (MCA 80002) & (Chess CHD 9274) & The Beginnings Of Rock (Aristocrat 1302)


You know the gypsy woman told me that you your mother's bad-luck child
You know the gypsy woman told me that you your mother's bad-luck child
Well, you're having a good time now, but that'll be trouble after while

Well, you know I went to a gypsy woman to have my fortune told
She say, "You better go back home son and peep through your, your key hole"
You know the gypsy woman told me that you your mother's bad-luck child
Well, you're having a good time now, but that'll be trouble after while

Well, now, you know I went back home, I took the gypsy woman as she said
I peeped through my key hole and there was another man laying in my bed
You know the gypsy woman told me that you your mother's bad-luck child

Well, you're having a good time now, but that'll be trouble after while

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Note: this song was cut at the first recording session of Muddy Waters for the Aristrocat label, the forerunner of the famous Chess label. It was cut together with one more song, "Little Anna Mae", and released in the spring of 1947. It wasn't a big seller so Muddy couldn't quit his day job yet, driving a truck for the Western Graves Company and delivering venetian blinds. Muddy would have to wait until April 1948 before Aristocrat asked him to record again.

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Honey Bee
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording 1954, from probably The Chess Box (MCA 80002)


Sail on, sail on my little honey bee, sail on
Sail on, sail on my little honey bee, sail on
You gonna keep on sailing till you lose your happy home

Sail on, sail on my little honey bee, sail on
Sail on, sail on my little honey bee, sail on
I don't mind you sailing, but please don't sail so long

All right little honey bee

I hear a lotta buzzing, sound like my little honey bee
I hear a lotta buzzing, sound like my little honey bee
She been all around the world making honey
But now she is coming back home to me

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(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
by Willie Dixon
recording 1954, from Muddy Waters on Chess 1951-1959, Vol. 2 (Vogue 600059)


The gypsy woman told my mother
Before I was born
I got a boy child's comin'
He's gonna be a son of a gun
He gonna make pretty women's
Jump and shout
Then the world wanna know
What this all about
But you know I'm him
Everybody knows I'm him
Well you know I'm the hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows I'm him

I got a black cat bone
I got a mojo too
I got the Johnny Concheroo
I'm gonna mess with you
I'm gonna make you girls
Lead me by my hand
Then the world will know
The hoochie coochie man
But you know I'm him
Everybody knows I'm him
Oh you know I'm the hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows I'm him

On the seventh hours
On the seventh day
On the seventh month
The seven doctors say
He was born for good luck
And that you'll see
I got seven hundred dollars
Don't you mess with me
But you know I'm him
Everybody knows I'm him
Well you know I'm the hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows I'm him

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Howlin' Wolf
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
from probably Sail on (Chess LPS-1539, Wolf 120893)


You know I'm a howlin' wolf, and I been howlin' all around your door
Well you know I'm a howlin' wolf, and I been howlin' all around your door
If you give me what I want little girl, and you won't hear me howl no more

You know when I get-ta howlin', I dig me a hole down in the ground
Well when I get-ta howlin', I dig me a hole down in the ground
Some people call me a black panther, but my baby, she knows the way I sound

I'll howl so long, ya know it make my time go slow
I'll howl so long, if you give me what I want little girl
And you won't hear me howl no more

Well when I get-ta howlin', they call me "Too Bad Jim"
Yeah when I get-ta howlin', ya know they call me "Too Bad Jim"
You know I get so bad sometime
I get real bad..., and I be jumpin' from limb to limb!

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I Be's Troubled
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording of 1941(?), from probably The Complete Plantation Recordings (Chess/MCA CHD-9344)


I Be's Troubled
Well if I feel tomorrow, like I feel today
I'm gonna pack my suitcase, and make my getaway
Lord I'm troubled, I'm all worried in mind
And I'm never bein' satisfied, and I just can't keep from cryin'

Yeah, I know my little ol' baby, she gonna jump and shout
That ol' train be late girl, and I come walkin' out
Lord I'm troubled, I'm all worried in mind
Yeah and I'm never bein' satisfied, and I just can't keep from cryin'

Yeah, I know somebody, who' been talkin' to you
I don't need no telling, girl, I can watch the way you do
And I be troubled, I be all worried in mind
Yeah and I'm never bein' satisfied, and I just can't keep from cryin'
Yeah, now goodbye baby
Got no more to say

Just like I been tellin' you, girl, you're gonna have to leave my way
Lord I'm troubled, I'm all worried in mind
Yeah and I'm never bein' satisfied, and I just can't keep from cryin'
Yeah my baby she quit me, seem like mama was dead
I got real worried gal, and she drove it to my head
I be's troubled, I be all worried in mind
Yeah and I'm never bein' satisfied, and I just can't keep from cryin'

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I Can't Be Satisfied
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording 1948, from Muddy Waters on Chess 1948-1951, Vol. 1 (Vogue 600052)


Well I'm goin' away to leave
Won't be back no more
Goin' back down south, child
Don't you want to go?
Woman I'm troubled, I be all worried in mind
Well baby I just can't be satisfied
And I just can't keep from cryin'

Well I feel like snappin'
Pistol in your face
I'm gonna let some graveyard
Lord be your resting place
Woman I'm troubled, I be all worried in mind
Well baby I can never be satisfied
And I just can't keep from cryin'

Well now all in my sleep
Hear my doorbell ring
Looking for my baby
I couldn't see not a doggone thing
Woman I was troubled, I was all worried in mind
Well honey I could never be satisfied
And I just couldn't keep from cryin'

Well I know my little old baby
She gonna jump and shout
That old train be late man, Lord
And I come walking out
I be troubled, I be all worried in mind
Well honey ain't no way in the world could we be satisfied
And I just can't keep from crying

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Note: Muddy recorded this song for the Aristocrat label, the forerunner of the famous Chess label, for the first time in April 1948. The song was created from two other songs Muddy recorded with Alan Lomax in 1941/1942 on the Stovall plantation for the Library of Congress, "I Be's Troubled" and "I Be Bound To Write To You". The record, with "I Feel Like Going Home" on the flip side, was in instant hit and the 3,000 78's sold out in little over a day. The record rose tot the no. 11 position on both the "Juke Box" and "Best Seller R&B" charts. Muddy was 33 when he finally broke through.

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I Feel So Good
by Broonzy
from The Chess Box (MCA 80002)


Hey, hey I got a letter It come to me by mail
My baby's coming home I hope that she don't fail
I feel so good Well, I feel so good
You know I feel so good
I feel like *****

I'm going down to the station Just to meet her train
My baby's coming home You know I got ******
I feel so good Well, I feel so good
You know I feel so good
I feel like *****
I feel so good, I hope I always will
I feel like a jack out of a *****,
behind the *****
I feel so good Well, I feel so good
You know I feel so good
I feel like ***** (x2)

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I Got A Rich Man's Woman
by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters
recording from Rollin' & Tumblin' & Other Classics (Masters 1123) & Top Of The Boogaloo (Signal 88112)


Oh yeah, the woman she's livin' on a poor man's pay,
I bought my babe a mink coat,
with fur just to match her hair
When I asked her out for dinner,
she said, "Oh this is just common wear"
I work hard on two jobs,
and I make overtime every day
Oh, you know I got a, I got a rich man's woman,
but she's livin' on a poor man's pay

I bought my babe a Cadillac,
she said, "That's just a common gift"
When she passes me walkin' on the streets,
she refuse to give me a lift
I told you I work hard on two jobs,
and I make overtime every day
Oh, you know I got a, I got a rich man's woman,
but she's living on a poor man's pay

There ain't no use for you to argue,
just go ahead and let the girl have her way
Even if she's a rich man's woman,
and I know she's livin' on a poor man's pay
I told you I work hard on two jobs,
and I make overtime every day
Oh, you know I know I got myself a rich mans woman,
but the woman she's livin' on a poor man's pay

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I Got My Brand On You
by Willie Dixon
recording June 7 1960, from One More Mile (MCA/Chess CHD2-9348)

I got my brand on you
I got my brand on you
I got my brand on you
I got my brand on you
There ain't nothin' you can do honey
I got my brand on you

Oh you may go away and leave me girl, I declare you can't stay
You gonna come runnin' back to me some lonesome day
I got my brand on you
I got my brand on you
There ain't nothin' you can do darlin'
I got my brand on you

Oh I'm puttin' my brand you know baby on no certain part
But whenever I kiss you I stab it in your heart
I got my brand on you
I got my brand on you
There ain't nothin' you can do baby
I got my brand on you

Oh I got you like a fish baby, you know hangin' on my line
I can reel you in, most any time
I got my brand on you
I got my brand on you
There ain't nothin' you can do baby
I got my brand on you

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I Just Want To Make Love To You
by Willie Dixon
recording 1954, from Muddy Waters on Chess 1951-1959, Vol. 2 (Vogue 600059)


I don't want you to
Be no slave
I don't want you
To wake all day
I don't want you
To be true
I just want to make
Love to you

I don't want you to
Wash my clothes
I don't want you
To keep our home
I don't want your
Money too
I just want to make
Love to you
Love to you
Love to you
Love to you

They tell about the way you
Switch and walk
Now I can see by the way you
Baby talk
Now I can know by the way you
Treat your man
That I could love you baby until the
Cryin' shame
I don't want you to
Cook my bread
I don't want you
To make my bed
I don't want to
Because I'm sad and blue
I just want to make
Love to you
Love to you
Love to you
Love to you
Love to you

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