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Album: Chicken Skin Music

 

 

 

BOURGEOIS BLUES

(Huddie Ledbetter/Alan Lomax)

(G7) - (C7) - (G) - (D7)

 

(G7) Me and my wife went all over town

And everywhere we went people turned us down

Lord, in a (C7) bourgeois town

It's a (G) bourgeois town

I got the (D7) bourgeois blues

Gonna spread the news all a- (G) round

 

Home of the brave, land of the free

I don't wanna be mistreated by no bourgeoisie

Lord, in a bourgeois town

Uhm, the bourgeois town

I got the bourgeois blues

Gonna spread the news all around

 

Well, me and my wife we were standing upstairs

We heard the white man say "I don't want no niggers up there"

Lord, in a bourgeois town

Uhm, bourgeois town

I got the bourgeois blues

Gonna spread the news all around

 

Well, them white folks in Washington they know how

To call a colored man a nigger just to see him bow

Lord, it's a bourgeois town

Uhm, the bourgeois town

I got the bourgeois blues

Gonna spread the news all around

 

I tell all the colored folks to listen to me

Don't try to find you no home in Washington, DC

'Cause it's a bourgeois town

Uhm, the bourgeois town

I got the bourgeois blues

Gonna spread the news all around

 

I GOT MINE

(Traditional)

(C) - (F) - (G) - (Am)

 

(C) And I went down to a big crap game,

'Twas (F) certainly against my (C) will.

I lost every doggone nickel I had

But a (G) greenback dollar bill.

(C) Forty dollar that laid on the floor

My (F) buddy's point was (C) nine

Well, the (F) police they come in there

And (Am) caught all of  'em

But (C) I (G) got (C) mine.

 

I got mine, let me tell ya

(F) I got (C) mine.

I grabbed that money

Out the back door (G) I went flying

Well, (C) ever since the big crap game

I've been (F) livin' on chicken and (C) wine.

I'm the (F) leader of so (Am) ciety

Since (C) I (G) got (C) mine.

 

I know a barber shop

It's a way cross town

Down on Norfolk street

It's the only place on a Saturday night

That us gamblers gets to meet

Some comes for a haircut

And others come for a scrap

And when you see me and my buddies up there, man

We means to shoot some crap

Hollering: "Seven, eleven, won't you come, come, come!!!

If you don't seven, eleven them

You're done, done, done"

If I see the police before he sees me

I'm gonna run, run, run

I'm the leader of society

Since I got mine

 

Well, I went down to my best girl's house

The hour was just about nine

I wasn't dressed up like Henry Ford

But I was feeling just as fine

I caught her sitting on another man's knee

And I didn't like that sign

Well, I told them what I thought about it, boys

And I got mine

 

I got mine, I got mine

I grabbed my hat and through the window

I went flying

I ran as fast as I could run

But I didn't get there in time

Because the rascal grabbed a shotgun, Lord

And I got mine

 

ALWAYS LIFT HIM UP/KANAKA WAI WAI

(Alfred Reed)/(Traditional)

(G) - (C) - (D)

 

(G) When a fellow has the blues and feels discouraged

And there's (C) nothing else but trouble all his (G) life

When he's always grumbled at and never happy

Living with a scolding, aggravating (D) wife

If he's (G) sick and tired of life and takes to drinking

Do not pass him by,  don't greet him with a (C) frown

Do not fail to lend a hand and try to (G) help him

Always lift him up and (D) never knock him (C) down (G)

 

If he stays out late at night because he's worried

And because his home is not what it should be

Have a smile for him whenever you should meet him

It would help him just the right way, don't you see

If he gambles when he's in the town or city

Tell him what he ought to do to gain the crown

Lend a hand and do not fail to show him pity

Always lift him up and never knock him down

 

If he cannot pay his debts and feels disgusted

If he's blue and doesn't have a word to say

Let him know you are his friend who can be trusted

It would cheer this lonely fellow on his way

If he finds it hard for him to keep his family

Let a kind word greet his ear when he's around

Don't say anything at all to make against him

Always lift him up and never knock him down

 

If he has no friends and everyone's against him

If he's failed at everything that he has tried

Try to lift his load, to help to bear his burden

Let him know that you are walking by his side

And if he feels that all is lost, and he is falling

Try to place that poor man's feet on solid ground

Just remember he's some mother's precious darling

Always lift him up and never knock him down

Always lift him up and never knock him down

 

HE'LL HAVE TO GO

(Allison/Allison)

(F) - (Bþ) - (Dm) - (C7) - (F7)

 

Put your (F) sweet lips a little (Bþ) closer to the (F) phone

And let's pretend that we're to (Dm) gether all a (C7) lone

I'll tell the (F) man to turn the (F7) jukebox way down (Bþ) low

And you can (F) tell your friend there (C7) with you

He'll have to (F) go

 

Whisper to me, tell me do you love me too ?

Or is he holding you the way I do ?

Though love is blind, make up your mind

I've got to know

Should I hang up or will you tell him

He'll have to go ?

 

(F7) You can (Bþ) say the words I wanna hear

When you're (F) with some other man

(F7) Do you (Bþ) want to answer yes or no

Darling, (F) I will under (C7) stand

 

SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE

(Charles E. Calhoun)

(G) - (G7) - (C) - (D7) - (F)

 

Well, (G) pick me a town in any clime

People like a rockin' time

Stay awake both day and night

And everybody's feeling good and right

Then (G7) throw me

(C) Smack dab in the middle

Smack dab in the middle

(D7) Smack dab in the middle

Well, let me rock and roll to satisfy my (F) soul (G)

 

I want ten Cadillacs and a diamond mill

Ten suits of clothes all dressed to kill

Ten room house and-a some barbecue

And-a fifty chicks none over twenty-two

Then throw me

Smack dab in the middle

Smack dab in the middle

Smack dab in the middle

Well, let me rock and roll to satisfy my soul

 

I want a lotta bread and gangs of meat

Oodles of butter and something sweet

Gallons of coffee to wash it down

And bi-carbonated soda by the pound

Smack dab in the middle

Smack dab in the middle

Smack dab in the middle

Well, let me rock and roll to satisfy my soul

 

Well, I want a big jazz band, a lotta dancing girls

A street that's paved with natural pearl

Bring me a wagonload of bonds and stocks

And then open up the doors to Fort Knox

Then throw me

Smack dab in the middle

Smack dab in the middle

Smack dab in the middle

Well, let me rock and roll to satisfy my soul

Soul, soul, soul

Smack dab, smack dab, smack dab...

 

STAND BY ME

(Ben E. King/Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)

(G) - (Em) - (C) - (D7) - (Am)

 

(G) When the night is come and the (Em) land is dark

And the (C) moon is the (D7) only light we'll (G) see

I won't be afraid, (Em) I won't be afraid

Just as (C) long as you (D7) stand by (G) me

(G) Stand by me, (Em) stand by me, (Am)sta (D7) nd by (G) me

Won't you (G) stand by me

Oh woo oh, (Em) stand by me, (Am) stand by (D7) me (G)

 

And when the sky that we look upon

Should crumble and fall

And the mountain should crumble to the sea

I won't be afraid, I won't shed a tear

Just as long as you stand, stand by me

Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Stand by me

Oh woo oh, you oughta stand by me, stand by me

Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Oh woo oh, stand by me

 

YELLOW ROSES

(K. Devine/S. Nichols)

(C) - (F) - (G) - (Am)

 

(C) I just received, sweetheart, your yellow (F) roses

You tell me (C) that they mean that we're all (G) through

You tell me (C) that tonight your heart is (F) broken

But you should (C) know (G) I was never un (C) true

 

I'll (F) place them near your photograph and (C) as the petals fall

They'll (G) hide from you my lonely tears that (F) shouldn't fall at (G) all

(C) Then they will slowly fade away and (F) die

But I still love (C) you though yellow (G) roses say good (C) bye

 

GOODNIGHT IRENE

(Huddie Ledbetter/John Lomax)

(E) - (E7) - (A) - (B7)

 

(E) I asked your mother for (B7) you

She told me that you was too (E) young

I wish dear (E7) Lord never have (A) seen your face

And I'm (B7) sorry that you ever been (E) born.

 

(E) Irene good (B7) night, Irene good (E) night

Goodnight I (E7) rene, good (A) night Irene

I'll (B7) get you in my (E) dreams

 

Sometimes I lives in the country

Sometimes I lives in town

Sometimes I have a great notion

To jump into the river and drown

 

I loves Irene, God knows I do

Loves her till the sea runs dry

If Irene turns her back on me

I'm gonna take morphine and die

 

Stop ramblin' and stop gamblin'

Quit staying out late at night

Come home into your wife and your family

Sit down by the fireside bright

 

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight

Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene

I'll get you in my dreams