Original Blues



1. Telephone Line

Call 457-4455
Call 457-4455
Come on give me a call
We'll have a real good time

I see you in the morning
In my neighborhood
I see you in the morning
In my neighborhood
Call for me baby
I'll make everything good

Call 457-4455
Call 457-4455
Give me a chance girl
Call me on the telephone line

Days are growin' darker
Growin' colder too
Days are growin' darker
Growin' colder too
Pick up your phone
Do what you know you should do

Call 457-4455
Call 457-4455
Come on little baby
Call me on the telephone line

2. Stuff Goin' On

The trashman did your dishes
The postman ironed your clothes
The deacon cooked your breakfast
Baby, what's been goin' on
With you
Please tell me the truth
Somethin' seems wrong
Feels like some stuff is goin' on

The milkman mowed your lawn today
The mechanic cleaned your pool
You tell me the man from UPS
Hung curtains in your family room
With you
Please tell me the truth
Somethin' seems wrong
Feels like some stuff is goin' on

You've always told me you love me
Always said you care
But when I call your number
Baby, you're never there

I've known you several years now
Heard a lot since then
You don't have a lot of girlfriends
But you do know a lot of men
Don't you
Please tell me the truth
Somethin' seems wrong
Feels like some stuff is goin' on

3. Down To The Bar BQ

Chorus:
I heard
I thought I heard the rooster crow
I heard
I thought I heard the rooster crow
Go on, get up outta here
Gotta get on up and go
Out that door

Abb's behind the bar
Blowin' Saxophone
Spoon is sittin in on drums
Hang your head down low
Mr. Blues on guitar
Jesse on the bass
Ms. Grace is servin Bar B Que
You know she runs the place

Chorus

Women bring their wiggle
Men, they bring their gin
When they get together
That's when the fun begins
Dancin' at the tables
Dancin' in the yard
Someone said "it's 5 A.M."
"When's the party start?"

Chorus

Rooster crow at daybreak
Dog barkin' at the sun
The garbage truck is comin'
Looks like the night is done
Neighbors start to wake up
While some go to sleep
Smells like bacon & biscuits
Someone's cookin' down the street

Chorus:
I heard
The dogs barkin' at the sun
I heard
The dogs barkin' at the sun
Gotta get on outta here
Stayed too long baby
Sho' was fun
Sho was fun

4. Wild Blues Child
 Instrumental


5. How Would I Know

I might love you if I liked you
And I might like you if I knew you

How would I know
How would I know
Tell me now, how would I know
If you won't say hello

I see you every morning
Once again each afternoon

What did I say
What did I do
Tell me now, what did I say
That makes you look the other way

I might love you if I liked you
And I might like you I knew you

How would I know
How would I know
Tell me now, how would I know
If you won't say hello  

6. To the Ground 

Evil's on my trail
Long been after me
If I live in your house
You will surely see
The building won't be standing
too much longer now
Once I've gone and moved out
Burn it to the ground
Burn it to the ground
Evil burn to the ground

Lived in several places
Metro city-wide
A different neighborhood
Every early year of my life
Even a church and school
Got caught in the way
Where a building used to stand
An empty lot today
Empty lot today
Evil stay away

Sun blazin' bright
Long through the day
Even if you're livin' right
Evil's here to stay
Everything seems quiet
Quiet for now
When the sun goes down
And the pavement cools
Evil comes to town

Do not heed temptation
Careful what you say
Plenty trouble in the world
None too far away
Hunger in all countries
Threatens all mankind
When you're gone
The hunger ends
But evil stays behind

7. Shiny Black

You can buy a steak dinner, a few gallons of gas
You can spend all your money on a life that's too fast
Drink until dawn until you're actin' a fool
But I'm savin' up my dollars for some patent leather shoes

Shiny Black, Size 10½
You know my clothes do the talkin'
Let my shoes do the walkin'
So baby you don't have to ask
'Cause it's a matter of fact

If the clothes make the man I'm fit to be made
A diamond earring and a cool pair of shades
You gave me your number but you're never at home
I take my shoes out the closet and I go out alone

Shiny Black, Size 10½
You know my clothes do the talkin'
Let my shoes do the walkin'
So baby you don't have to ask
'Cause it's a matter of fact

You bought yourself a dress you know it's oh-so-short
Gonna wind up in trouble, gonna end up in court
I stand right beside you I'm in awe of the view
Take a look at my feet, see a smile on my shoe

Shiny Black, Size 10½
You know my clothes do the talkin'
Let my shoes do the walkin'
So baby you don't have to ask
'Cause it's a matter of fact

8. Where's The Money Gone

Where has all the money gone
Can you tell me where I went wrong
Times were good but they didn't last long
Where's the money gone

A year ago all was doin' fine
Big stack of cash, no end in sight
When I get home there's gonna be a fight
Where's the money gone

I spent some on a pretty face
Moved into a nicer space
Then, they threw me outta that place
Where's the money gone

Where has all the money gone
Can you tell me where I went wrong
Times were good but they didn't last long
Where's the money gone

I spent it all on alcohol
Women, gamblin' & weed
No one on earth gonna live that long
So how much money
Do I need

Lost my job and I lost my friends
I hope my key still lets me in
Oh good Lord, the shape I'm in
Where's the money gone

Where has all the money gone
Can you tell me where I went wrong
Good times were good but they didn't last long
Where's the money gone

9. Anywhere

Anywhere
I wanna go
I can go
On this here train

Anywhere
I wanna be
You'll see me
On this here train

Anywhere
Anywhere at all y'all
I'll get there
On this here train

Anywhere
Anywhere the sun shines
I'll be just fine
On this here train

No need for money
No kind of ticket
Permission from no one
To ride that train
Take it to Dallas
All the way to Memphis
Go on to St. Louis
On this here train

Anywhere
There's no snow
Always happy to go
On this here train

Anywhere
Where the leaves might fall, y'all
I'll go through there
On this here train

No need for money
No kind of ticket
Permission from no one 
To ride that train
No line to wait in
No need to spiff up
Early in the morning
On this here Train

Anywhere
Far away fro near here
I'll visit soon
On this here Train

Anywhere
Anywhere at all, y'all
I'll get there
On this here train


10. Better Days

Everybody's tired of the same old same - Everybody
Everybody needs a little higher pay - Everybody
Everybody's heard about that so-called change - Everybody
Everybody's wishin' for some Better Days - Everybody

Everybody

Everybody want's a nicer place to live - Everybody
Family's grown too big nothin' left to give - Everybody
Hard times are here, seems they're here to stay - Everybody
Everybody's wishin' for some Better Days - Everybody

Everybody

Everybody's thankful just to keep a job - Everybody
Hold on tight 'cause there ain't a whole lot - Everybody
Before you know it you're old and gray - Everybody
Everybody's wishin' for some Better Days - Everybody

Everybody

Keep a job, house and car, that's all we're wishin' for
Hang a lucky horseshoe up above my door

Everybody!

11. Dance The Blues
A loaf of light bread and corn cob jelly
Poke Sallet in the skillet and smoked pork belly
Biscuits and butter and sweet corn cakes
People 'round here like to do their thing

A razor purse and high heel shoes
Wearin' two wigs she got somethin' to prove
The room's all smellin' like cheap perfume
We're all in this moment what we gonna do
Chorus:
We're gonna dance the Blues
In our Sunday shoes
We're gonna stay out late
Until they lock the gate
We're gonna dance the Blues

Table in the back is covered with food
All the best cookin' in the neighborhood
Help yourself, come on don't be shy
If you don't eat we'll all wonder why

Where people gather there's no kind of tellin'
Some are buyin' and some are sellin'
It doesn't matter where you're at in the game
We're glad you're here and you're glad you came
Chorus

Everyone's here and they wore their best
Some are old friends some are first time guests
The lights are dim and the music's down low
A joint like this has so much soul

A black cat bone and a mojo hand
That's the kind of music comin' from the bandstand
A down home crowd that's gonna stay late
If you wanna dance don't you hesitate
Chorus

People laughin', happy and jolly
Other's outside makin' deals in the alley
Leave your gun out in the car
Nobody in here gonna push you that far

A loaf of light bread and corn cob jelly
Poke Sallet in the skillet and smoked pork belly
Biscuits and butter and sweet corn cakes
People 'round here like to do their thing
Chorus









 

Nuthin' But A Thang!



1.  Don't Call Me Daddy


If it hadn't been for the rain 
I wouldn’t have walked in that door
I asked you if had the time of day
You asked me for a little more

The air was cold and the sun was down
People running everywhere
When I left you wanted to come along
I made the mistake and told you - I don’t care

I can't finance your life
And you know I ain't looking for a wife
You're beautiful and that’s apparent
Acting like you really might care

That’s all just fine but please
Don’t call me Daddy

New dress, new shoes, most would agree
You couldn’t look much finer than that
A compliment later, you ask a favor of me
You want me to buy you a purse and a hat

I saw you at the table in my favorite café
Sitting with another man
He rose to get the car like gentleman do
You waived and asked me to loan you a ten.

I can't finance your life
And you know I ain't looking for a wife
You're showing up all the time
Its true your staying on my mind
Baby - please don’t cry
And don't call me Daddy

A month ago we were still having fun
Looking forward to that evening fare
Now when I hear the telephone ring
I don’t pick it up 'cause I just don’t care.

I can't finance your life
You know I ain't looking for a wife
Things between us have really changed
You're acting so very strange
You've gotta good job so please
Don’t call me Daddy


2. Don'tcha Know



I wake up in the morning, peek under the covers
I spot your fine figure, in a moment we'll be lovers
Don'tcha know, oh baby don'tcha know?
Girl I love you so, tell me baby don'tcha know?

At the table having breakfast, when you claim you look your worst
I wanna take you back to bed girl, but eat your eggs and sausage first.
Don'tcha know, oh baby don'tcha know?
Girl I love you so, tell me baby don'tcha know?

After lunch I'm always sleepy, but I've got this job to do
About the time they blow that whistle, you know I wish I were with you
Don'tcha know, Oh baby don'tcha know?
Girl I love you so, tell me baby don'tcha know?

When the sun goes down, I always come around
I always try to find you, before I go out on the town
Don'tcha know, oh baby don'tcha know?
Girl I love you so, tell me baby don'tcha know?

When the evening is done, and you're looking for some love
You point your little finger, I know it's me your thinking of
Yes, I know, oh baby don'tcha know?
That girl you love me so, oh tell me baby don'tcha know?

  
 3. Kansas City

I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City here I come
I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City here I come
They've got a lot of crazy women there
And I'm gonna get another one
 
You'll see me standing on the corner
 of 10th and Central Avenue
You'll see me standing on the corner
of 10th and Central Avenue
With my Kansas City baby
And a bottle of Kansas City brew
 
I might take a train
I might take a plane
If I gotta walk
I'm gonna get there just the same
 
I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City here I come
They've got a lot of crazy women there
And I'm gonna get another one
 
I might take a train
I might take a plane
If I gotta walk
I'm gonna get there just the same
 
I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City here I come
They've got a lot of crazy women there
And I'm gonna get another one
 
 
You can see me in the morning on the Strawberry Hill
You can see me in the morning on the Strawberry Hill
Looking over toward Missouri
Trying to see how the other half lives
          ©2009  used with permission of Sony/ATV Music LLC


  4. The Bossman
       
We had ourselves a date
To have a little lunch
You called me on the telephone
Said something about you're in a rush
Said they're closing up your office
And you've got two hours to kill
Said you've gotta go or you'll be late
Cause the Bossman pays your bill.
 
Been running around with your Bossman
Should only ever be running with me
Been sneaking around with your Bossman
For the whole wide world to see
The whole wide world to see
 
You've only had that job
For less than a month
But it sure does seem like
You meet the boss an awful lot for lunch
I call you around the noon hour
I call at half past one
I call again at 2 o'clock
Operator says sorry - she's having lunch
 
Been running around with your Bossman
Should only ever be running with me
Sneaking around with your Bossman     
For the whole wide world to see
The whole wide world to see
 
I guess I should have known
By looking at your past
That this here ain't the first time
And it sure won't be your last
You're the kind of woman
That the men all talk about
You're the kind of girl that's out breaking hearts
In every bar in town
 
Been running around with your Bossman
Should only ever be running with me 
Been sneaking around with your Bossman
For the whole wide world to see
The whole wide world to see


 5. One More Day

Ain't gonna work
This hard no more
Never gonna put myself
In a hole, oh no
Make myself a promise
Find a better way
Only gonna work this hard
One more day

One more day
One more day
Sure enough the time will come
Something here gotta change   
The way that you talk to me
Not likely to stay
Only gonna work this hard
One more day

Ain't gonna work this hard
Ever again
Broke but happy
You know it's no kind of sin
The man coming down on me
Don't know what to say
Only gonna work this hard
One more day

One more day
One more day
Sure enough the time will come
Something here has gotta change
The way that you talk to me
Not likely to stay
Only gonna work this hard
One more day

One more day
One more day


 6. 4 P.M. Blues
 
Woman threw me out
So I guess it's time to go
Yes it's true we scream and shout
So I guess it's time to go
She's running with another man
So I guess it's time to go
Always do the best I can
So I guess it's time to go
So I guess it's time to go
 
Cannot cook a bowl of soup
But baby I ain't cold 
Cannot wash my hands or feet
But baby I ain't cold
Don't know what I am gonna do
But baby I ain't cold
Now I seldom think of you
Oh baby I ain't cold
No baby I ain't cold
 
Soon I'll get a better place
Oh baby I ain't cold
Up the street from what's her face
No baby I ain't cold
I think its gonna snow
But baby I ain't cold
Stay away from where I go
No baby I ain't cold


  7. Too Blessed To Be Depressed

Teeth are rotting away
Can't see so well today
Shoulder out of whack
Oh my aching back
Why I gotta hurt this way?
 
I'm too blessed
To be depressed
You know this world's full of problems
Everybody's got them

I'm too blessed to be depressed
 
My breakfast came burnt this morning
While I watched them tow my car away
Job is leaving town
Dog is in the pound
They say my check is on the way
 
I'm too blessed
To be depressed
You know this worlds full of problems
Everybody's got them

I'm too blessed to be depressed
 
No guarantee you're gonna be happy
No guarantee you'll ever find love
Too blessed to be depressed
 
I thought I was feeling fine  
Doctor says I'm really  dying
Several aching bones
Kidney full of stones
They say my liver's twice the size
 
I'm too blessed
To be depressed
I'm too blessed
To be depressed
You know this worlds full of problems
Everybody's got them
This worlds full of problems
Everybody's got one

I'm too blessed to be depressed
 
World's full of problems
Everyboby's got them


 8. Thang Thang

Thang thang
That thang thang
Thang thang
I'm talkin' about that thang thang
 
Baby you've got your thang
You know I've got mine
When we get together
Our thang is outta sight



   9. Friend Of Mine

Never had too much money
But I've got a lot of time
I've got a car a little gas
Need a ride call on me
 
You’re a friend of mine
 
I don't claim the greatest knowledge
But I keep an open mind
You've got a problem come to me
Let it out and you will feel better
 
You’re a friend of mine
 
Things will always seem the darkest
Just before the sun will shine
Keep a picture in your mind
Of a time when things felt right
 
You’re a friend of mine
 
Were not going to live forever
We're only given so much time
Lets not waste it make it count
I'm proud to know you and I love you
 
You’re a friend of mine


 10. Last Night - Instrumental


 11. Other Side of Town

Where did you go off to
Left me waiting in my car
Said you'd be five seconds
Wasn't going very far
Got worried about you
And I started to look around

For all I know
You're on the other side of town

I come straight home
After working like a fool
You're having a drink at the neighbor's pool
The house is all hot and the lights are down

For all I know
You're on the other side of town

I'm tired of trying
So tired of crying
What really hurts is all your lying
I call you on the phone
But you can't be found

For all I know
You're on the other side of town

  You know her hair was long and curly
  Her teeth as white as pearls
  And when I see her anywhere at all
  You know she satisfies my world
  And when I make love to her in the morning
  You know she always stays at home
  Now my baby's gone and left me
  She's gone and left me 
  Left me all alone

Where did you go off to
left me waiting in my car
Said you'd be right back
wasn't going very far
Became worried about you
And I started to look around

For all I know
You're on the other side of town





 
Mr. Blues Jr.



  1. Talkin' To Me

I didn't want to listen to you
Last time you talking to me
I didn't want to listen to you
Last time you talking to me
From the sound of your voice
Your mind's eye can hardly see
Didn't want to listen to you
Last time you raising your voice
Didn't want to listen to you
Last time you raising your voice
When you're in my face
You know you don't give me a choice

You're long, lean, young and always looking so fine
Standing by yourself
Standing in a line
I appreciate your special talents
You know what I mean
I will pay the maid service to cook and clean

I didn't think you meant it
When you told me you were leaving home
I didn't think you meant it
When you told me you was leaving home
Now I know its true
I wake up every morning alone
All alone


  2. (Goodbye) That's All

Too many goodbyes
You've said to me
I've got the message
Now let me be
Too many teardrops
On my shirt
Now, how much longer
Must I feel this hurt?

Oh, don't even try to call
Goodbye - That's all

Too may times
You left me alone
And then tomorrow
You're coming home
Too many late nights
We fight and cry
When the day breaks
We always wonder why?

Oh don't even try to call
Goodbye - That's all

Too many mornings
My eyes are red
Don't want to move
Just stay here in bed
Another glass
Of whisky please
Might give me the courage
That I seem to need

Oh, don't even try to call
Goodbye -  That's all


  3. Highway 62 Blues

If I walk right up beside you
Out on Highway 62
And I look you right between your eyes
Then I point my gun at you
Whatcha gonna do?

Whatcha gonna do now tell me true
If I walk up and point my gun at you?
Whatcha gonna do?

If you wake up in the morning time
The sky's a sunny blue
You look around your dog has left
And he took everything but you
Whatcha gonna do?

Whatcha gonna do now tell me true
If your dog takes off with everything but you?
Whatcha gonna do?

Now if Jesus walk up on you
Out on Highway 62
And he raises his hand to touch your face
And smack the devil out of you
Whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do now tell me true
if Jesus smacks the devil out of you?
Whatcha gonna do?

Whatcha gonna do now tell me true
If Jesus smacks the devil out of
Jesus whacks the devil out of
Jesus stomps the devil out of you
Whatcha gonna do?


4. Candystick
 Instrumental )



5.Lipstick

Lipstick
Fiery red
A different shade
For each and everyone of your different men
Oh your lipstick
On my cheek
Makes me so weak

You can touch me
With your hands
In such a way
Makes me feel like I'm your man
But all it take to turn my head
Is your sweet lips
Painted brightest red

You can whisper
In my ear
Say all of those things
That you know I love to hear
Oh your lipstick
On my cheek
Makes me so weak

Oh your lipstick
fiery red
a different shade
For each and everyone your different men
All it takes to turn my head
Is your sweet lips
Painted brightest red

6. 4 A.M. O'clock Reflection Blues

Woman put me out
But I did not want to go
Yes, we always scream and shout
Still I did not want to go
She's running with another man
Still I did  not want to go
Always do the best I can
No I did not want to go
No I did not want to go

Cannot wash my hands or feet
But baby I aint cold
I got nothing here to eat
But baby I aint cold
Cannot cook a bowl of soup
But baby I aint cold
Don't know where I'm gonna sleep
But baby I aint cold
No baby I aint cold

Soon I'll get a better place
But baby I aint cold
Everyday I see her face
But baby I aint cold
Don't know what I 'm gonna do
Burt baby I aint cold
Everyday I think of you
But baby I aint cold
Like you baby I aint cold


7. Room Eight-One-Eight


You move to close the curtains
Gonna show me something you don't show
You lean toward me to whisper
Gonna tell  me something few will know
Can't blame this night on whisky
Cold sober now for days
Deep feelings from within me
I couldn't help but act this way

Late into the night
I want to taste your love so sweet
My heart nearly explodes
The moment our bodies meet
Years of feeling lonely
Never thought I'd feel this way
You know I live my life so desperate
Always dreaming of this day

Never stopped to wonder
How others were gonna feel
Never had the chance girl
For my heart to make a deal
The way your smile affects me
I knew it was too late
I sealed my fate
In room Eight-One-Eight

I want to feel this way forever
And I've got to let you know
But our time together is short now
And I've got to let you go
I watch you walk away
Will I ever see you again?
It's not so hard to find a lover
But it's hard to find a friend

Never stopped to wonder
How others were gonna feel
Never had the chance girl
For my heart to make a deal
The way your smile affects me
I knew it was too late
I sealed my fate
In room Eight-One-Eight


8. Soon To Be Blues

With the knife you take a chance
The bullet so much kinder
A rope around your neck
That old cocaine sneak on up behind you

Tell  me why
Why you do yourself that way
You could get it by a city bus
Go down in a burning jet plane
Trip up on the stairs
Your next door neighbor goes insane
Choke on your own food
An extra bad shaving cut
Brother your time's coming
Why do you want it here so soon?
Tell me why
Why you do yourself that way

The bottle seemed so harmless
Though pills might help you sleep
Been sneaking around with his wife
When did you dig yourself so deep?
Tell me why
Tell me why you do yourself that way
You could get hit by a city bus
Fall down in the rain
Trip on your own stairs
Another post man goes insane
Choke on your own food
Get an extra bad shaving cut
Brother your time's sure coming
Why do you want it here so soon?
Tell me why
Why you do yourself that way
Well stop
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