SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON I
(John Lee)

Bad Luck Blues
Collector Man Blues
Groundhog Blues
My Little Machine
Until My Love Come Down
Win The War Blues

Bad Luck Blues
With Walter Davis, piano, and Big Bill Broonzy, guitar. Chicago, July 1939.
From the LP Blues Classics 3.

Baby did you hear about the bad luck, the bad luck that happened just about six months ago?
Now did you hear about the bad luck, the bad luck that happened just about six months ago?
Now my cousin Marvin got shot down, just as he was walkin' out the do'

Now and he said please mister, said please don't shoot me no mo'
Now and he said please mister, said please don't shoot me no mo'
He said because my breath is gettin' short, and my heart is beatin' awful slow

And Marvin say I know I got some friends, I want somebody to go and get my mother for me
Marvin say I know I got some friends, I want somebody to go and get my mother for me
Say maybe she can help me with my trouble, people I'm in so much misery

And he say I hate to go leave my mother and father, I hate to go leave my cousin Sonny Boy insane
He say I hate to go leave my mother and father, say I hate to go leave my cousin Sonny Boy insane
Now go tell 'em if they be good they'll come to see me, people on Resurrection Day
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Collector Man Blues
Recorded in November 1937 in Chicago.
From the LP: Blues Classics 3.

[spoken:]
Who is that knockin' on that door? I believe that's that collector man.
Man, go tell him I ain't got a dime today. Tell him I ain't made
a penny all this week. Tell him I'm just as broke as I can be, oh
just knock him down... Tell him I'll have the money sometime

Now open the door, here come that collector man
Go open the door, here come that collector man
Why you can tell him I say come back tomorrow, because Sonny Boy ain't got a doggone thing

Tell him that I ain't got no money, now he knows how times is today
Tell him that I ain't got no money, then he know how times is today
Why it's Saturday man ain't got no money, can hardly find a place to stay

Tell him that someday I'll have some money, now I want everybody to watch and see
Tell him someday I'll have some money, I want everybody to watch and see
Why tell him that it's hard to keep down, you know a real good man like me

Tell him I know I'm down now, now but I won't be down always
Tell him that I'm down now, but I won't be down always
Why now you can tell him to watch and see if don't Sonny Boy get some money, oh Lord knows some of these days
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Groundhog Blues
With Blind John Davis (piano), Charlie McCoy (guitar), and Alfred Elkins (bass). Chicago, December 1941.
From LP "Blues Classics 3".

Now I'm a walkin' groundhog, mama and I walks around in my den
Now I'm a walkin' groundhog, mama and I walks around in my den
Now if I come out and see my shadow, John I believe I'll go back in

Now I want some feedin' mama, so I can hear a high sound
If you don't feed me baby I believe I'll go back in the ground
Because I'm that walkin' groundhog, mama and I walks around in my den
Now if I come out and see my shadow you say you don't love me, I believe I'll go back in

Now I wanna hear some swingin' music, I wanna hear a Fats Waller song
Now if I start to jitterbuggin' I'm forgettin' my hole down in the ground
Because I'm that walkin' groundhog, man and I walks around in my den
Now if I come out and see my shadow my woman don't love me, I believe I'll go back in

Yes John, you know what I mean...
Oh you know I'm a-walkin' wild...

Now I need some pettin' baby, baby you know what I mean
Now if you don't pet me baby, I believe I'll go back down in New Orleans
Because I'm that walkin' groundhog, at night I walks around in my den
Now if I come out and see my shadow my woman don't love me, yeah an' I believe I'll go back in
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My Little Machine
Recorded May 1940 in Chicago, with Joshua Altheimer (piano) and Fred Williams (drums).
From LP "Blues Classics 3".

Oh yes, somethin's gettin' wrong with my little machine
Oh yes, somethin's gettin' wrong with my little machine
Now she got a standard carburator, my baby been burnin' bad gasoline

Now I'm gonna do like the eagle, I'm gonna fly on the mountain top
Lord and if I don't find my baby, it ain't no tellin' where I'll stop
Because oh yes, somethin's gettin' wrong with my little machine
Now she got a standard carburator, oh but my baby burnin' bad gasoline

Well I don't know baby, I don't know what to do
You know I don't wanna hurt your feelings, baby I'm even gettin' mad with you
But I tell you oh yes, some's gettin' wrong with my little machine
Now you got a standard carburator, oh but you been burnin' bad gasoline

Well I don't know baby, I don't know what to do
Baby you is so sweet, but you just won't be true
But oh yes, somethin's gettin' wrong with my little machine
Now she's got a standard carburator, oh but my baby been burnin' bad gasoline
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Until My Love Come Down
Recorded in March 1938. With Yank Rachell, mandolin; and probably Big Joe Williams, guitar.
From the LP Blues Classics 3.

Now you got the fruit on your tree, lemons on your shelf
You know lovin' mama that you can't squeeze them all yourself
Now I say please let me be your lemon squeezer
Now while's I'm in your lonesome town
Now if you let me be your lemon squeezer
Lord until my love come down

Now it make no difference baby, what your mama don't allow
Come on let me squeeze your lemons baby, I mean anyhow
Now I say please let me be your lemon squeezer
Now while's I'm in your lonesome town
Now if you let me be your lemon squeezer
Lord until my love come down

I like your apple on your tree, I'm crazy about your peaches too
I'm crazy about your fruit baby, 'cause you know just how to do
Now please let me be your lemon squeezer (yes my Lord!)
Now while's I'm in your lonesome town
Now you let me be your lemon squeezer
Lord until my love come down

Now and it ain't but the one thing baby, now that'll really make me cry (what, man?)
I asked you about your lemons baby, and you upped and tell me a lie
Now please let me be your lemon squeezer
Now while's I'm in your lonesome town
Now I want you let me be your lemon squeezer
Lord until my love come down
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Win The War Blues
Recorded in 1944. From the LP Blues Classics 3.
Uncle Sam is gonna give me a Thunderbolt, he want me to fly away up above the clouds
Uncle Sam is gonna give me a Thunderbolt, he want me to fly away up above the clouds
He wants to drop the bombs on the Japanese, I really got to make my baby proud

I wants a machine gun, and I wants to be hid out in the wood
I wants a machine gun, and I wants to be hid out in the wood
I wants to show old man Hitler, that Sonny Boy don't mean him no good

I wants to drop a bomb and set the Japanese city on fire
I wants to drop a bomb and set the Japanese city on fire
Now because they are so rotten, I just love to see them die

I've got the victory blues, because I know I've got to go
I've got the victory blues, because I know I have got to go
Now to keep the dirty Japanese from slippin' into my baby's back door.
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