Good Morning, Heartache Billie Holiday - 1946Good morning heartacheYou old gloomy sightGood morning heartacheThought we said goodbye last nightI turned and tosseduntil it seems you have goneBut here you are with the dawnWish I forget you, but youre here to stayIt seems I met youWhen my love went awayNow everyday I stop Im saying to youGood morning heartache whats newStop haunting me nowCant shake you no howJust leave me aloneIve got those Monday bluesStraight to Sunday bluesGood morning heartache
Paying the Cost to be the Boss B. B. King - 1967You act like you dont want to listenWhen Im talking to youYou think you outta do babyAnything you wanna doYou must be crazy babyYou just gotta be outta your mindAs long as Im payin the bills womanIm payin the cost to be the bossIll drink if I want to Now that you got meAnd play a little poker too You act like you ashamedDont you say nothing to me You dont act like my womanAs long as Im taking care of you You just usin my nameAs long as Im workin baby I tell you Im gonna have all the moneyAnd payin all the bills And I dont want no back-talkI dont want no mouth from you Cause if you dont like the way Im doin‘About the way Im supposed to live Just pick up your things and walkYou must be crazy woman You gotta be crazy babyJust gotta be outta your mind You must be outta your mindAs long as I foot the bills As long as Im payin the bills womanIm payin the cost to be the boss Im payin the cost to be the boss
Fattening Frogs for Snakes Sonny Boy Williamson - 1957It took me a long time, to find out my mistakesTook me a long time, to find out my mistakes (it sho did man)But I bet you my bottom dollar, Yeh it is nineteen and fifty-seven,Im not fattenin no more frogs for snakes Ive got to correct all of my mistakesI found out my downfall, back in nineteen and thirty (I started checkin) Whoa man, nineteen and fifty-seven,I found out my downfall, from nineteen and thirty Ive got to correct all of my mistakesIm tellin all of my friends,Im not fattenin no more frogs for snakes Im tellin my friends includin my wife and everybody else,All right now... not fattenin no more frogs for snakes
Key to the Highway Little Walter - 1958I got the key to the highway,and Im billed out and bound to goIm gonna leave here runnin,cause walkin is most too slow Give me one more kiss mama,Im goin down on the border, just before I gonow where Im better known Give me one more kiss mama,Cause woman you dont do nothin, just before I gobut drive a good man way from home Im gonna leave this town, aint comin back no more“Now when the moon creeps over the mountain,Ill be on my way So long baby, now I must say goodbye,Now Im gonna walk this old highway, So long baby, now I must say goodbye,until the break of day Im gonna walk this highway, till the day I die"
Sinner’s Prayer Lowell Fulsom (Eric Clapton) - 1994Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on me.Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on me.Well if Ive done somebody wrong, Lord, have mercy if you please.I used to have plenty of money, the finest clothes in town,But bad luck and trouble overtaken me, bound to get me down.Please have mercy, Lord have mercy on me.Well if Ive done somebody wrong, Lord, have mercy if you please.Keep on working now, child.Lord every morning.Well if Ive been a bad boy, baby, I declare Ill change my ways.I dont want bad luck and trouble to follow me all my days.Please have mercy, Lord have mercy on me.Well if Ive done somebody wrong, Lord, have mercy if you please.
It Serves You Right to Suffer John Lee Hooker - 1965It serve you right to sufferServe you right to be aloneServe you right to sufferServe you right to be alone Evry time you see a womanBecause youre still livin‘ She makes you think of yoursIn days done past and gone Evrytime you see a woman She make you think of your ownEvrytime you see a woman She treated you so badShe make you think of yours You just couldnt keep from cryin‘Yeah, evrytime you see a womanShe make you think of yours Your life never be the sameAnd thats why, thats why, thats why Youre still livin in the daysYou cant keep from cryin Done gone past and gone And memoriesYour doctor put you onMilk, cream and alcohol You cant live onYour doctor put you on In that wayMilk, cream and alcohol In the pastHe told you thats why Them daysYou cant sleep at night Is goneFrom nerves, so badYeah. Gone
Chain of Fools Aretha Franklin - 1967Chain, chain, chain, chain, chain, chainChain, chain, chainChain of foolsFive long years I thought you were my man You told me to leave you aloneBut I found out Im just a link in your chain My father said come on homeYou got me where you want me My doctor said take it easyI aint nothing but your fool Whole bunch of lovin is much too strongYou treated me meanOh, you treated me cruel Im added to your chain, chain, chain Chain, chain, chain, chainChain, chain, chain Your chain, chain of foolsYour chain of fools One of these mornings the chain is gonna breakEvery chain has got a weak link But up until then, yeah, Im gonna take all I can takeI might be weak, child, but Ill give you strength Chain, chain, chain, chain, chain, chain Your chain of fools...
We’re Gonna Make It Little Milton - 1965We may not have a cent to pay the rentBut were gonna make it, I know we willWe may have to eat beans every dayBut were gonna make it, I know we willAnd if a job is hard to findAnd we have to stand in the welfare line Our car may be old, our two rooms coldIve got your love and you know you got mine But were gonna make it, I know we willSo were gonna make it, I know we will We may not can spare a roach a crumb But were gonna make it, I know we willWe may not have a home to call our own And if I have to carry round a sign Sayin Help the deaf, the dumb, and the blindBut were gonna make it, I know we will I got your love and you know you got mineWe may have to fight hardships alone So were gonna make it, I know we willBut were gonna make it, I know we willCause togetherness brings peace of mind Were gonna make it Were gonna make it, babyWe cant stay down all the time It might seem hard sometimeIve got your love and you know you got mine But dont worry, darlin babySo were gonna make it, I know we will Were gonna keep on tryin
Mack the Knife Louis Armstrong - 1957Dig man, there goes Mack the KnifeOh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear...and he shows them a pearly whiteJust a jackknife has Mac Heath, dear...and he keeps it out of sightWhen that shark bites with his teeth, dear...scarlet billows start to spreadFancy gloves though wears Mac Heath, dear...so there’s not a trace of redOn the sidewalk...Sunday morning, baby...lies a body oozin lifeSomeones sneakin round the corner...is that someone Mack the Knife?From a tugboat...by the river...a cement bag’s droopin downYes, the cements just for weight, dear...bet you Mackys back in townLooky here, Louie Miller disappeared dear...after he drawing out his cashNow Mac Heath spends like a sailor...did our boy do somethin rash?Sukey Tawdry, Jenny Diver…Lotte Lenya, and sweet Lucy BrownOh, the line forms on the right, dear...now that Mackys back in townI said that line forms on the right, babe...now that Mackys back in town.
Ten Years Ago Buddy Guy - 1960If I could just call back ten years agoWhat I would do, no one would ever knowIf I could just go back ten years ago Yes and every old person I meet nowadaysWhat I would do, no one would ever know keep tellin’ me son, your life is just begunYes, cause the life I’m living now I guess I have to forget all about this issuejust don’t seem to be happy to me no more and try to live my life just like it is I guess I have to forget all about this issueYes, it’s been so many sad, sad years and try to live my life just like it ispeople since I really had my funIt been so many sad, sad, sad, sad, sad years But, I want everybody to remember me.since I really had my fun I would just like to call back ten years ago.
Why I Sing the BluesEverybody wants toB. King - B. know 1969 kids gonna grow up My Im singing the bluesWhy I sing the blues Gonna grow up to be a fool Mm, I just have to sing the bluesYes, I say everybody wanna know Cause they aint got no more room Ive been around a long timeWhy I sing the blues No more room for him in school Yes, yes, Ive really paid some duesWell, Ive been around a long time And everybody wanna knowI really have paid my dues Everybody wanna know Yeah, they told me everything Why Im singing the blues Would be better out in the countryWhen I first got the blues I say Ive been around a long time Everything was fineThey brought me over on a ship Yes, Ive really paid some dues I caught me a bus uptown, babyMen were standing over me And every people, all the peopleAnd a lot more with a whip Yeah, you know the company told me Got the same trouble as mineAnd everybody wanna know Guess youre born to lose I got the blues, huh huhWhy I sing the blues Everybody around me, people I say Ive been around a long timeWell, Ive been around a long time It seems like everybody got the blues Ive really paid some duesMm, Ive really paid my dues But I had em a long time Ive really, really paid my dues Blind man on the cornerIve laid in a ghetto flats You know I aint ashamed of it, people Begging for a dimeCold and numb I just love to sing my blues The rollers come and caught himI heard the rats tell the bedbugs And throw him in the jail for a crimeTo give the roaches some I walk through the cities, people I got the bluesEverybody wanna know On my bare feet Mm, Im singing my bluesWhy Im singing the blues I had a fill of catfish and chitterlings Ive been around a long timeYes, Ive been around a long time Up and down Beal Street Mm, Ive really paid some duesPeople, Ive paid my dues You know Im singing the blues Yes, I really Oh I thought Id go down to the welfareI stood in line I just have to sing my blues To get myself some grits and stuffDown at the County Hall Ive been around a long time But a lady stand up and she saidI heard a man say, "Were gonna build People, Ive really, really paid my dues "You havent been around long enough“Some new apartments for yall“ Thats why I got the bluesAnd everybody wanna know Now Father Time is catching up with me Mm, the bluesYes, they wanna know Gone is my youth I say, Ive been around a long timeWhy Im singing the blues Ive really, really paid my duesYes, Ive been around a long, long time I look in the mirror everydayYes, Ive really, really paid my dues And let it tell me the truth