Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (2011)

1. No banker was left behind
2. El Corrido de Jesse James
3. Quick Sand
4. Dirty Chateau
5. Humpty Dumpty World
6. Christmas Time This Year
7. Baby Joined the Army
8. Lord Tell me Why
9. I Want My Crown
10. John Lee Hooker for President
11. Dreamer
12. Simple Tools
13. If There's a God
14. No Hard Feelings
 

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