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Album: Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down

 

 

No banker was left behind

 

(C) My telephone rang one evening, my buddy called for me

Said the (F) bankers (C) are all leavin', you better (G) come round and see

It (C) started revelation, they robbed the nation blind,

They're (F) all down at the (C) station, (F) no (C) banker (G) left (C) behind.

No banker, no banker, no (G) banker could I find.

They were all down at the (G) station, (F) no (C) banker (G) left (C) behind

 

Well the bankers called a meetin', to the whitehouse they went one day

They was going to call one the president, in a quiet and a sociable way

The afternoon was sunny and the weather it was fine

They counted all our money and no banker was left behind

 

No banker, no banker, no banker could I find.

They were all down at the white house, no banker was left behind

 

Well I hear the whistle blowin, it plays a happy tune

The conductor is calling "all abort", we'll be leavin soon

With champagne and shrimp cocktails and that's not all you'll find

There's a billion dollar bonus and no banker left behind

 

No banker, no banker, no banker could I find.

When the train pulled out next mornin', no banker was left behind

No banker, no banker, no banker could I find.

When the train pulled out next mornin', no banker was left behind

 

No banker, no banker, no banker could I find.

They were all down at the station, no banker left behind

No banker, no banker, no banker could I find.

When the train pulled out next mornin', no banker was left behind

 

 

 

El Corrido de Jesse James

 

The outlaw Jesse James was up in heaven

With old friends around the kingdom throne

Boys I was branded as a bandit and bank robber

But I never tumed a family from their home

 

We're sworn to pass no judgments here in heaven

But there's goings on a man can't stand no more

There's no open carry up in heaven

But please give me back my trusty .44

 

Con permiso yo me voy to dear old Wall Street

My .44 will do the talking from now on

I'll cut you down to size my banking brothers

Put that bonus money back where it belongs

 

You picked the pockets of los pobrecitos

Spreading hardship and trouble through the land

Sus sirvientes pago bien para sus faIsas

That's what Jesse James could never understand

 

Un minuto a rezar y un segundo para morir

That's all you birds will ever get from me

You lined your pockets weil but ril see you all in heli

Quemando como dinero for all eternity

 

 

Quick Sand

 

I left my home in Tamaulipas

In Sonoyta I came across

Just six of us when we started

Walking behind thc coyote boss

The old man said let me go there with you

Yes I'm old but I'm mighty tough

I know the fOad maybe I can help you

[ got good shoes I won't hold you up

 

But up on Tinajas Altas he stumbled and he feil

He begged and pleaded we had to leave him

Lying on Camino Diablo Trail

 

Quick sand I tbink we lost direct ion

Quick sand now we're losing ground

Quick sand nobody 'round to help us

Quick sand now we're sinking down

 

Thought we was getting close to Yuma

I heard it's an unfriendly town

We just need a cool drink of water

Even Yuma can't turn a poor boy down

Then a Dodge Ram truck drove down on us

Saying I'm your Arizona vigilante man

I'm here to say you ain't welcome in Yuma

l'm taking you out just as hard as I can

 

I saw mi madre crying in her rocking chair alone

I saw La Llorona flying please take a message back home

 

Quick sand I think we lost direction

Quick sand now we're losing ground

Quick sand nobody 'round to help us

Quick sand now we're sinking down

 

 

Dirty Chateau

 

I had a maid she used to come in days

Made the bed and mopped the fIoor

She didn't Iike my rowdy ways

And she ain't coming back na more

You waste all your precious time

ltalian movies and Portuguese wine

Little round bottles all in a row

You're an undean man in a dirty chateau

 

Dirty chateau it's long and it's tall

Stick around we'll have a ball

You'lI get stuck and before you know

You'll be dancing around you're feeling all right

In my dirty chateau

 

She started Iife in the lettuce fields

Up in Salinas where the farm work is done

You go streaking by in your automobiles

You don't even know where your lettuce comes from

The short handled hoe it scarred my hands

Tell me why do they love it so

It broke mama down daddy too

Now I work for you in your dirty chateau

 

My friends are coming and they'd like to hear

A real sad Mexican song or two

They been drinking and they don't care

just what you been goin' through

How bout Paloma Sin Nido

Pa Que Me Sirve la Vida

What about Pobre del Pobre

Also Lamento de un Prisionero

She used to call me borracho y perdido

Said I was loco y jodido

Buena para nada

Nunca quiero ver tu cara

But she's gone in the world somewhere

Turlock somewhere, Stockton somewhere,

Salinas somewhere, Los Angeles somewhere, I just don't know ..

 

 

Humpty Dumpty World

 

Our God looked down what did He see

The work of His mighty hand

Saying if this world should end it wouldn't hinder me

As I contemplate the works of man

 

I made man and woman I gave them simple tools

And all the channing creatures to keep their company

But they desired of things that was against the mIes

And television was the worst of all

Television was the worst of all

 

lt's a humpty dumpty world a humpty dumpty wodd

A ball of confusion spinning around and around

I thought I had built upon a solid rock but it's just a humpty dumpty world

 

Rabble rousing politicians on the TV screen

Sowing the seeds of hate and fear

I 've heard it said you sow and you shall reap

Don't come crying to me when you fall

Craven minions sent from down below

Occupy the highest portals of the land

As swift is their dimb as sure is their decline

Straight back to heU from whence they came

 

!'m leaving heaven in the morning go ye and do likewise

Get your Coke jug boys bottle up and go

Teil the saints and angels wc're bound for Mexico

And laissez le bons temps rouler

 

lt's a humpty dumpty world a humpty dumpty wodd

A ball of confusion spinning around and around

I thought I had built upon a solid rock but it's just a humpty dumpty world

 

 

Christmas Time This Year

 

Our boys and girls will be here soon coming home from war

I'm so glad it's Christmas time this year

But they'lI be going back to war again I fear

Can't they stay for Christmas time this year

Now Johnny ain't got no legs and Billy ain't got no face

Do they know it's Christmas time this year?

Tommy looks about the same but his mind is gone

Does he know it's Christmas time this year?

 

When is Santa corming 'round 'cause I got some requests

I bet he knows it's Christmas time this year

Military personnel might not be on his list

Don't he know it's Christmas time this year

All I want is two good arms so I can hold my kids

Then they'lI know it's Christmas time this year

I'd like a mouth so I can kiss my honey on her lips

Then she'll koow it's Christmas time this year

 

Because it's Christmas time, Christmas time,

yes it's merry Christmas time

Everybody stand up tall and cheer

Our children will be coming home in plastic bags I fear

Then we'll know it's Christmas time this year

Thank you Mr. President for your kind words and deeds

There's just one thing I'd like for you to hear

Take this war and shove it up your Crawford, Texas ass

And then you'll know it's Christmas time this year

 

 

Baby Joined the Army

 

lt was on a Friday evening wasn't nobody 'round

I was sitting by my window watching tbe sun go down

My baby came up to me saying daddy I got news for you

I have been recruited and there ain't nothing you can do

 

Cause I can 't stand sitting , round this crazy town no more

Not since the little baby shot dead down on the second floor

And what about that poor old lady crippled in a police raid

They told me if I get killed in battle I still get paid

 

When the train pulled out next morning I just stood and waived bye bye

My baby joined the army wasn 't nothing I could do but cry

 

There was a time there was a dance that I used to do

There was a dream that was working I had other plans for you

His family and his pride is all a man Iike me has left

Better watch your back better take care of yourself

 

When the train pulled out next morning no precious child was left behind

My baby joined the army, wasn't nothing I could do but cry

 

Some day people williook back and say

That was a time when peace didn't declare

But I won't be around watching the evening sun go down

 

 

Lord Tell me Why

 

Lord tell me why a white man ain't worth nothing in this world no more

Lord tell me how you 'spect me to stand up tall and proud

I did just what you told I done everything you said

But the way I'm doing lately I could have stood in bed

So Lord tell me why a white man ain't worth nothing in this world no more

 

Lord tell me when a white man's gonna be all right again

Please fix it Lord they took back everything we been working for

When the riots tore our city I stood watch outside our home

My kids crying daddy why can't they leave us alone

Split level in Valencia where the cops reside

We had to walk away and leave old memories inside

Lord tell me why a white man ain't worth nothing in this world no more

 

You can walk across the silvery moon and get back home all right

But it ain't safe to walk the streets of your home town at night

I'm a Lord man from the Lord land

But a Lord man ain 't worth nothing in this world no more

 

 

I Want My Crown

 

In the dark of night the secret vote was cast

We drove the union down at last

My evil deeds have ruined the land

A house divided cannot stand

 

I want my crown, I want my crown

The working man has been cast down

I want my crown, I want my crown

 

Then the day dawned bright and hard

When I stole away the court of nine

The Judas men served the cause

And the sacred church of law is mine

 

I want my crown, I want my crown

Justice has been cast down

I want my crown, I want my crown

 

You love the gleaming war machine

Your hearts beat fast, your eyes on the prize

War without end, riches untold

Oil and God and your righteous pride

 

I want my crown, I want my crown

Peace on earth has been cast down

I want my crown, I want my crown

I'm going to sit here and watch your little world come tumbling down

I want my'crown, I want my crown

 

 

John Lee Hooker for President

 

When I first came to town people I was walkin ' down Pennsylvania Avenue.

I heard a lot people talking 'bout the White House. I decided I'd drop in there that night. And when I got there I said man what's shakin'. They said look man you can't come in here this where the President hang out. What you want. I said look man, I'm John Lee Hooker, I sing the blues. They said the President don't have time for the blues. I said look man everybody got to have the blues sometime don't matter where you from or where you at.

I decided to make a run for President. I know everyone got the blues cause I'm in touch wilt 'em when I sing the blues it's my life.

I got the number one record in Detroit. He's called Boom Boom. It tells a tremendous story these lyrics are something else. Every time you hear Boom Boom, that's a dollar change. I don't need yo money cause I finance my own campaign. I ain't for sale. I keep a fat bankroll in my pocket baby, big as a hay bale.

I want everybody to know I'm strictly copastatic, I ain't Republican or Democratic. I got a new program for the nation. It's gonna be groove time, a big sensation. Every man and woman gets one scotch, one bourbon and one beer, three times a day if they stay cool. Little chillens gets milk, cream and alcohol, two times a day if they stay involved in school. Now boogie chillen.

Now I want nine fine lookin' womens sittin' on the Supreme Court. Their big legs, their tight skirts drive me out of my mind. And when I need a judgment they gonna give it to me right on time.

They call me on the phone sayin' , Johnny, we disagree on which one of us you like best.

I said honey, you all equally fine under the law.

I'm sharp and up to date. Jimmy Reed, Vice President, Little Johnny Taylor, Secretary of State. I got the foreign policy numbers 444, domestic spending goin' up, continental clothes, Stetson hats, everybody's on the dance floor

All you backbilers and syndicators, hear what I say. I ain't gonna stand for

no trash talking and double dealin' . IfI catch you messin' 'round the White House I might cut you, I might shoot you, I just don't know. And there's one point

I really want to prove.If you vote for John Lee Hooker you know you gonna groove. Don't be fooled by the Republican, don't pity the Democratie, vote John Lee Hooker and everything gone be mellow, knocked out, copastatic.

 

 

Dreamer

 

I wonder would you like to meet a dreamer

Would you share a glass or two

Of red red wine and you might find

I'm a simple one like you

 

What do you drive I like Chevrolet

They don't make them like they used to do

If it's Japanese please don't feel ashamed

Come sit here with me there's just room for two

 

Can you remember trolleys passing by

Quiet streets leafy trees at twilight time

Vemon Green used to sing The Letter

He lived down on the corner he was a friend of mine

 

My brother passed it's been two years

He's resting now in Glendale town

We're aH together in this picture here

Trenta y Ocho boys in his '39

 

Yes I've lapsed I must confess

Missed communion since he's gone

I'm drinldng more here's another glass

Please don't go when the night is young

 

I wonder would you like to meet a dreamer

Would you share a thought or two

Of a vanished time and you might find

That you' re a dreamer too

 

 

Simple Tools

 

My wife used to say she couldn't understand

Why I make my living working with my hands

She met a junk bond daddy and he broke up my home

He made his living on the telephone

 

Daddy spied my darling and he dialed her number then

They took off next morning and she won 't he back again

Now I may not be good looking and I never been to school

But I patched up my broken home using simple tools

 

Simple tools simple tools I like simple tools

I' m just a common ordinary workaday fooi

I might not be the brightest bulb or the straightest mIe

But I can mend my broken heart using simple tools

 

I can talk to girls in bars mayhe a few

We'B drink a Iittle glass of wine or maybe two

I might wake up in gay Paree or good old San Berdoo

The gals appreciate a man that uses simple tools

 

I won't be walking 'round all night wondel'in' what to do

I won't be calling up the morgue askin' for you

Or beating down these memories with one of your old shoes

I can do the job in half the time' cause I use simple tools

 

Simple tools simple tools I like simple tools

I'm just a common ordinary workaday fooI

I might not be the brightest bulb or the straightest rule ,

But I can do the job in half the time and it stays done when I use slmple tools

 

 

If There's a God

 

(E) Republicans changed the lock on heaven's door

(E) Keys to the kingdom don't fit no more

(E) The poor working man like me and you

(E) If we ain't got money we won't get through

If there's a (ADA) God (E) I think He's got to (A) bottle up and (E) go

If there's a (A) God (D) in (A) heaven (E) He's got to hit that (A) lonesome (E) road

 

(E) No more Jesus, Mary and Joe

(E) They done passed Heaven Bill 1070

(E) Restricted signs everywhere you go

(E) I think they want to bring back old Jim Crow

If there's a (ADA) God (E) I think He's got to (A) bottle up and (E) go

If there's a (A) God (D) in (A) heaven (E) He's got to hit that (A) lonesome (E) road

 

(B) (Single note or chord) Angel Gabriel said it won't be long

(B) Republiklan is getting strong

(B) Heaven folks are feeling bad

(B) Lose everything we ever had

(B) If you brown you can't hang around If you black better step way back

(B) If you' re red you're better off dead

(B) If you poor and white you just ain't right

(E) If there's a (A) God (E) I think He's got to (A) bottle up and (E) go

If there's a (A) God (D) in (A) heaven (E) He's got to hit that (A) lonesome (E) road

 

(Chords transcribed by Christopher Johnson)

 

 

No Hard Feelings

 

This land should have been om land

You took it for your land

You got a use for every stream and tree

When I go up the highway old trees are dying up that way

You pump out the water and sell it back to me

You build mansions in the city prisons in Mojave

Bet you're quite a pillar of high society

You call it law and order I call it dirty money

You lock the young ones down or send 'em off to war

 

No hard feelings no offense taken

You're just a ripple in the shifting sands of time

No bad karma no curses on ya

You go your way I'll go mine

You remind me of a fellow I heard of in the city

Nervous kind of fellow he loved money like you do

He derived no satisfaction so he jumped clear out the window

They tell me that he bounced a time or two

So take in mind the credo of a jackass prospector

Take what you need but please leave the rest alone

Try and live harmonie with old Mother Nature

You'll remain in grace after you have gone

Don't get many callers that little road leads nowhere

Been here 40 years seems like yesterday

There's an aId screech owl living in my chimney

I don 't build no fires he keeps the mice away

 

No hard feelings na offense taken

You're just a murmur in the whispering sands of time

No bad karma na curses on ya

You go your way I'll go mine