ROBERT JOHNNSON
LYRICS
Kindhearted Woman Blues | I Believe I'll Dust My Broom|Sweet Home Chicago|Ramblin On
My Mind|When You Got A Good Friend|Come On in My Kitchen |Terraplane Blues|
Phonograph Blues|32-20 Blues|Dead Shrimp Blues|Cross Road Blues (take 1) |Cross Road
Blues (take2)| Walking Blues|Stones In My Passway|I'm a Steady Rollin Man|From Four Till
Late| Hellhound On My Trail | Me And The Devil Blues |
 
 
 
 

Kindhearted Woman Blues
 
I got a kindhearted woman do anything in this world for me

I got a kindhearted woman  do anything in this world for me

But these evil hearted women,  man they will not let me be

I love my baby,  my baby don't love me

I love my baby, oooohhh  my baby don't love me

But I really love that woman, can't stand to leave her be

Ain't but one thing   makes Mr Johnson drink

Its worried bout how you treat me baby  I begin to think

Oh my babe, my life don't feel the same You breaks my heart,

When you call me Mr So and So's name
 
She's a kindhearted woman  she studies evil all the time

She's a kindhearted woman  she studies evil all the time

You wells to kill me, as to have it on your mind
 
 
 

I Believe I'll dust My Broom
 
I'm gointa get up in the mornin

I believe I'll dust my broom

I'm gointa get up in the mornin

I believe I'll dust my broom

Girlfriend the black man you've been lovin

girlfriend can get my room
 
 I'm gonna write a letter

telephone everytown I know

I'm gonna write a letter

telephone every town I know

If I can't find her in West Helena

she must be in East Monroe I know
 
 I don't want no woman

wants every downtown man she meets

I don't want no woman

wants every downtown man she meets

She's a no good dooney

they shouldn't allow her on the street
 
I believe, I believe I'll go back home

I believe, I believe I'll go back home

You can mistreat me here babe,

but you can't when I'm back home
 
And I'm gettin up in the mornin

I believe I'll dust my broom

I'm gettin up in the mornin

I believe I'll dust my broom

Girlfriend the black man you been lovin

girlfriend can get my room
 
 I'm gonna call up Chiney

see is my good girl over there

I'm gonna call up China

see is my good girl over there

I can't find her on Phillipine's island

she must be in Ethiopia somewhere
 
 
 

Sweet Home Chicago
 
Oh baby don't you want to go

Oh baby don't you want to go

Back to the land of california

to my sweet home chicago
 
 Oh baby don't you want to go

Oh baby don't you want to go

Back to the land of california

to my sweet home chicago
 
 Now one and one is two

two and two is four

I'm heavy loaded baby

I'm booked I gotta go
 
 Cryin baby

honey don't you want to go

back to the land of california

to my sweet home chicago
 
 Now two and two is four

four and two is six

You gonna keep monkeyin round here friend-boy

you gonna get your business all in a trick
 
But I'm cryin baby

honey don't you wanna go

Back to the land of California

to my sweet home chicago
 
 Now six and two is eight

eight and two is ten

Friend-boy she trick you one time

she sure gonna do it again
 
 But I'm cryin hey hey

baby don't you want to go

back to the land of california

to my sweet home chicago
 
 I'm goin to california

from there to Des Moines Iowa

Somebody will tell me that you

need my help someday
 
 cryin hey hey

baby don't you want to go

back to the land of california

to my sweet home chicago
 
 
 

Ramblin On My Mind
 

I got ramblin  I got ramblin on my mind

I got ramblin  I got ramblin all on my mind

Hate to leave you my baby  but you treats me so unkind

I got mean things  I got mean things all on my mind

Little girl, Little girl  I got mean things all on my mind

Hate to leave you here babe  but you treats me so unkind.

Runnin down to the station catch the first mail train I see

Runnin down to the station catch that old first mail train I see

I got the blues bout Miss So and So  and the child got the blues bout me

And I'm leavin this morning with my arm fold up and cryin

And I'm leaving this morning  with my arm fold up and cryin

I ahte to leave my baby  but she treats me so unkind

I got mean things I got mean things on my mind

I got mean things  I got mean things all on my mind

I got to leave my baby  cause she treats me so unkind
 
 
 

When You got a Good Friend
 

When you got a good friend  that will stay right by your side

When you got a good friend  that will stay right by your side

Give her all of your spare time  love and treat her right

I mistreated my baby  and I can't see no reason why

I mistreated my baby  and I can't see no reason why

Everytime I think about it  I just wring my hands and cry

Wonder could I bear appologize or would she sympathize with me

Mmmmmmmmmmm mmmmm mmmmmmmm

 would she sympathize with me

She's a brownskin woman  just as sweet as a girlfriend can be

Mmmmm mmmmm  babe, I may be right ay wrong

Babe its your opinion oh I may be right ay wrong

Watch your close friend baby  then your enimies can do you no harm

When you got a good friend  that will stay right by your side

When you got a good friend  that will stay right by your side

Give her all of your spare time  love and treat her right
 
 
 

Come On In My Kitchen
 
Mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm  mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm

Mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm  mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm

You'd better come on in my kitchen  babe it going to be rainin outdoors

Ah the woman I love  took from my best friend

Some joker got lucky  stiole her back again

You'd better come on in my kitchen

 babe it going to be rainin outdoors

Oh-ah she's gone

 I know she won't come back again I've taken the last nickel

 out of her nation sack

You'd better come on in my kitchen  babe it going to be rainin outdoors

When a woman gets in trouble everybody throws her down

Lookin for her good friend  none can be found

You'd better come on in my kitchen  babe it going to be rainin outdoors

Winter time's comin  its gonna be slow

You can't make the winter babe  thats dry long so

You'd better come on in my kitchen  babe it going to be rainin outdoors
 
 
 

Terraplane Blues
 
And I feel so lonesome  you hear me when I moan

When I feel so lonesome you hear me when I moan

Who been drivin my terraplane  for you since I've been gone

I'd said I flashed your lights mama  your horn won't even blow

I even flash my lights mama  this horn won't even blow

Got a short in this connection  hoo-well, babe, its way down below

I'm on hist your hood momma  I'm bound to check your oil

I'm on hist your hood momma mmmm

 I'm bound to check your oil I got a woman that I'm lovin

 way down in Arkansas

Now you know the coils ain't even buzzin

little generator won't get the spark

Motors in a bad condition you gotta have these batteries charged

But I'm cryin please  please don't do me wrong

Who been drivin my terraplane now for you-hoo since I've been gone

Mr Highwayman  please don't block the road

Puh hee hee  ple-hease don't block the road

Casue she's restrin (?) a cold one hindred

and I'm booked I gotta go
Mmm mmm  mmmm mmmm mmm

You ooo oooo oooo  you hear me weep and moan

Who been drivin my terraplane  for you since I've been gone

I'm on get deep down in this connection  keep on tanglin with your wires

I'm on get deep down in this connection  hoo-well keep on tanglin with your wires

And when I mash down your little starter  then your spark plug will give me a fire.
 
 
 

Phonograph Blues
 
 
Beatrice, she got a phonograph and it won't say a lonesome word

Beatrice, she got a phonograph  and it won't say a lonesome word

What evil have I done what evil has the poor girl heard

Beatrice I love my phonograph but you have broke my windin chain

Beatrice I love my phonogra-ooo  honey you have broke my windin chain

And you've taken my lovin  and give it to your other man

Now we played it on the sofa now  we played it side the wall

My needles have got rusty babe  they will not play at all

Now we played it on the sofa we played it side the wall

My needles have got rusty  and it will not play at all

Beatrice I go crazy baby I will lose my mind

And I go crazeeeee  honey I will lose my mind

Why dont-ya bring your clothes back home  and try me one more time

She got a phonograph  and it won't say a lonesome word

She got a phonograph  ooo-won't say a lonesome word

What evil have I done  or what evil have the poor girl heard
 
 
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32-20 Blues

If I send for my baby  and she don't come

If I send for my baby  man, and she don't come

All the doctors in Hot Springs  sure can't help her none
 
And if she gets unruly  thinks she don't wan do

If she gets unruly  thinks she don't wan do

Take my 32-20 now and cut her half in two
 
 She got a 38 special but I believe its much too light

She got a 38 special but I believe its much too light

I got a 32-20, got to make the camps alright
 
If I send for my baby  and she don't come

If I send for my baby  man, and she don't come

All the doctors in Hot Springs sure can't help her none
 
 I'm gonna shoot my pistol, gonna shoot my Gatlin gun

I'm gonna shoot my pistol, gotta shoot my Gatlin gun

You made me love you now your man has come

Ah-oh  baby  where you stay last night

Ah-ah  baby  where you stayed last night

You got your hair all tangled  and you ain't talkin right

Got a 38 special boys, it do very well
 
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Dead Shrimp Blues
 

I woke up this mornin and all my shrimp was dead and gone

I woke up this mornin  ooh  and all my shrimp was dead and gone

I was thinin about you baby,  why you hear me weep and moan
 
 I got dead shrimp here someone is fishin in my pond

I got dead shrimp here, ooh  someone fishin in my pond

I served my best bait baby  and I can't do that no harm
 
 Everything I do babe you got your mouth stuck up

Hole where I used to fish, you got me posted up

Everything I do, You got your mouth stuck up

And the hole where I used to fish baby  you've got me posted out
 
 I got dead shrimp here  someone fishin in my pond

I got dead shrimp here  someone fishin in my pond

Catchin my goggle eyed perches and they barbequein the bone
 
Now you take my shrimp babe  you know you turned me down

I couldn't do nothin, till I got myself unwound
 
You taken my shrimp  oohh know you turned me down

Babe, I couldn't do nothin, untill I got myself unwound
 
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Cross Road Blues
 
 
I went down to the crossroad  fell down on my knees

I went down to the crossroad  fell down on my knees

Asked the lord above "Have mercy now  save poor Bob if you please"

Yeeooo, standin at the crossroad  tried to flag a ride

ooo ooo eee  I tried to flag a ride

Didn't nobody seem to know me babe  everybody pass me by

Standin at the crossroad babe risin sun goin down

Standin at the crossroad babe  eee eee eee, risin sun goin down

I believe to my soul now,  Poor Bob is sinkin down

You can run, you can run tell my friend Willie Brown

You can run, you can run tell my friend Willie Brown

(th)'at I got the croosraod blues this mornin Lord

 babe, I'm sinkin down

And I went to the crossraod momma I looked east and west

I went to the crossraod baby I looked east and west

Lord, I didn't have no sweet woman  ooh-well babe, in my distress
 
 
 

Cross Road Blues (take 2)
 
I went down to the crossroad  fell down on my knees

I went down to the crossroad  fell down on my knees

Asked the lord above "Have mercy now save poor Bob if you please"

mmmmmmmm standin at the crossroad  tried to flag a ride

Standin at the crossraopd  I tried to flag a ride

Didn't nobody seem to know me  everybody pass me by

MMM, the sun goin down boy  dark gonna catch me here

ooo ooee eee  boy, dark gonna catch me here

I haven't got  no lovin sweet woman that  love and feel my care

You can run, you can run  tell my friend Willie Brown

You can run, you can run  tell my friend Willie Brown

Lord, that i'm standin at the croosroad babe,

 I believe I'm sinkin down
 

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Walking Blues
 

I woke up this mornin   feelin round for my shoes

Know bout at I got these old walkin blues

woke up this mornin  feelin round  oh for my shoes

but you know bout at I got these  old walkin blues

Lord I feel like blowin my  woh-old lonesome home

Got up this mornin, my little  Bernice was gone , Lord

I feel like blowoon my  lonesome home

Well, I got up this mornin  woh-all I had was gone

Well-ah leave this mornin if I have to  woh ride the blind ah

I've feel mistreated and I don't mind dyin

Levin this mornin ah  I have to ride a blind

babe, I been mistreated  baby, I don't mind dyin

Well, some people tell em that the worried blues ain't bad

Worst old feelin I most ever had

some people tell me that these

 old worried, old blues ain't bad

Its the worst old feelin,  I most ever had

She got a Elgin movement from her head down

to her toes Break in on a dollar most any-

 where she goes, ooo oooooooooo

To her head down to her toes  spoken: oh honey

Lord, she break in on a dollar most anywhere she goes
 
 
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Stones in My  Passway
 
I got stones in my passway and all my roads seem dark at night

I got stones in my passway and all my roads seem dark at night

I have pains in my heart they have taken my appetite

I have a bird to whistle I have a bird to sing

Have a bird to whistle  and I have a bird to sing

I have a woman that I'm lovin boy, but she don't mean a thing

My enemies have betrayed me have overtaken poor Bob at last

My enemies have betrayed me have overtaken poor Bob at last

And 'eres one thing certainly  they have stones all in my pass

Now you tryin to take my life and all my lovin too

You laid a passway for me now what are you tryin to do

I'm cryin please please let us be friends

And when you hear me howlin in my passway rider

 please open your door and let me in

I've got three legs to truck home  boys please don't block my road

I've got three legs to truck home  boys please don't block my road

I've been fellin ashamed about my rider babe, I'm booked and I got to go
 
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I'm a Steady Rollin Man
I'm a steady rollin man I roll both night and day

I'm a steady rollin man I roll both night and day

But I haven't got no sweet woman boys to be rollin this way

I'm the man that rolls when icicles hangin on the tree

I'm the man that rolls  when icicles hangin on the tree

And now you hear me howlin, baby down on my bended knee

I'm a hard workin man have been for many years I know

I'm a hard workin man have been for many long years I know

And some cream puffs usin my money ooh well babe, that'll never be no more

You can't give your sweet woman everything she wants in one time

You can't give your sweet woman everything she wants in one time

Well boys, she get ramblin in her brain some other man on her mind

I'm a steady rollin man I roll both night and day

I'm a steady rollin man I roll both night and day

But I haven't got no sweet woman boys to be rollin this way
 
 
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From Four Till Late
From four till late  I was wringin my hands and cryin

From four till late I was wringin my hands and cryin

I believe to my soul  that your daddy's Gulfport bound

From Memphis to Norfolk is a thirty six hour ride

From Memphis to Norfolk  is a thirty six hour ride

A mans like a prisoner and he's never satisfied

A woman is like a dresser some man is always ramblin through its drawers

A woman is like a dresser  some man is always ramblin through its drawers

It cause so many men  wear an apron overhaul

From four until late she get with a no good bunch and clown

Now, she won't do nothin  but tear a good mans reputation down

When I leave this town,  I'm 'onna bid you fare...farewell

When I leave this town, I'm 'onna bid you fare...farewell

And when I return again you'll have a great long story to tell
 
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Hellhound On My Trail
I gotta keep movin I gotta keep movin

Blues fallin down like hail Blues fallin down like hail

Umm mmmm mmm mmmmmm

Blues fallin down like hail  Blues fallin down like hail

And the days keeps on worryin me there's a hellhound on my trail

hellhound on my trail  hellhound on my trail
 
If today was Christmas Eve If today was Christmas Eve

and tommorow was Christmas Day spoken

Aow wouldn't we have a time baby
 
All I would need my little sweet rider just  to pass the time away huh huh

 to pass the time away

You sprinkled hot foot powder mmmm  mmm around my door

 all around my door

You sprinkled hot foot powder  all around your daddy's door hmm hmm hmm

It keep me with ramblin mind rider  every old place I go  every old place I go

I can tell the wind is risin  the leaves tremblin on the tree tremblin on the tree

 hmmm hmmm hmm mmm

All I needs is my sweet woman and to keep my company  my company
 
 
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 Me And The Devil Blues
 

     Early this morning when you knocked upon my door
     Early this morning when you knocked upon my door
     And I said "Hello Satan I believe it's time to go"

     Me and the Devil was walking side by side
     Me and the Devil was walking side by side
     I'm goin' to beat my woman until I get satisfied

     She say you don't see why that I will dog her 'round
     She say you don't see why that I will dog her 'round
     It must be that ol' evil spirit so deep down in the ground

     You may bury my body down by the highway side
     You may bury my body down by the highway side
     So my old evil spirit can get a Greyhound bus and ride