Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum

 

Tweedle-dee Dum and Tweedle-dee Dee

They're throwing knives into the tree

Two big bags of dead man's bones

Got their noses to the grindstones

 

Living in the Land of Nod

Trustin' their fate to the Hands of God

They pass by so silently

Tweedle-dee Dum and Tweedle-dee Dee

Well, they're going to the country, they're gonna retire

They're taking a streetcar named Desire

Looking in the window at the pecan pie

Lot of things they'd like they would never buy

Neither one gonna turn and run

They're making a voyage to the sun

"His Master's voice is calling me,"

Says Tweedle-dee Dum to Tweedle-dee Dee

 

Tweedle-dee Dee and Tweedle-dee Dum

All that and more and then some

They walk among the stately trees

They know the secrets of the breeze

Tweedle-dee Dum said to Tweedle-dee Dee

"Your presence is obnoxious to me."

They're like babies sittin' on a woman's knee

Tweedle-dee Dum and Tweedle-dee Dee

Well, the rain beating down on my windowpane

I got love for you and it's all in vain

Brains in the pot, they're beginning to boil

They're dripping with garlic and olive oil

Tweedle-dee Dee - he's on his hands and his knees

Saying, "Throw me somethin', Mister, please."

"What's good for you is good for me,"

Says Tweedle-dee Dum to Tweedle-dee Dee

Well, they're living in a happy harmony

 

Tweedle-dee Dum and Tweedle-dee Dee

They're one day older and a dollar short

They've got a parade permit and a police escort

They're lying low and they're makin' hay

They seem determined to go all the way

They run a brick and tile company

Tweedle-dee Dum and Tweedle-dee Dee

Well a childish dream is a deathless need

And a noble truth is a sacred creed

My pretty baby, she's lookin' around

She's wearin' a multi-thousand dollar gown

Tweedle-dee Dee is a lowdown, sorry old man

Tweedle-dee Dum, he'll stab you where you stand

"I've had too much of your company,"

Says, Tweedle-dee Dum to Tweedle-dee Dee

 

 

Mississippi

Every step of the way we walk the line

Your days are numbered, so are mine

Time is pilin' up, we struggle and we scrape

We're all boxed in, nowhere to escape

City's just a jungle, more games to play

Trapped in the heart of it, trying to get away

I was raised in the country, I been workin' in the town

I been in trouble ever since I set my suitcase down

Got nothing for you, I had nothing before

Don't even have anything for myself anymore

Sky full of fire, pain pourin' down

Nothing you can sell me, I'll see you around

All my powers of expression and thoughts so sublime

Could never do you justice in reason or rhyme

Only one thing I did wrong

Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

 

Well, the devil's in the alley, mule's in the stall

Say anything you wanna, I have heard it all

I was thinkin' about the things that Rosie said

I was dreaming I was sleeping in Rosie's bed

Walking through the leaves, falling from the trees

Feeling like a stranger nobody sees

So many things that we never will undo

I know you're sorry, I'm sorry too

Some people will offer you their hand and some won't

Last night I knew you, tonight I don't

I need somethin' strong to distract my mind

I'm gonna look at you 'til my eyes go blind

Well I got here following the southern star

I crossed that river just to be where you are

Only one thing I did wrong

Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

 

Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast

I'm drownin' in the poison, got no future, got no past

But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free

I've got nothin' but affection for all those who've sailed with me

Everybody movin' if they ain't already there

Everybody got to move somewhere

Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow

Things should start to get interesting right about now

My clothes are wet, tight on my skin

Not as tight as the corner that I painted myself in

I know that fortune is waitin' to be kind

So give me your hand and say you'll be mine

Well, the emptiness is endless, cold as the clay

You can always come back, but you can't come back all the way

Only one thing I did wrong

Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

 

 

Summer Days

Summer days, summer nights are gone

Summer days and the summer nights are gone

I know a place where there's still somethin' going on

I got a house on a hill, I got hogs all out on in the mud

I got a house on a hill, I got hogs out lying in the mud

Got a long haired woman, she got royal Indian blood

 

Everybody get ready - lift up your glasses and sing

Everybody get ready to lift up your glasses and sing

Well, I'm standin' on the table, I'm proposing a toast to the King

Well I'm drivin' in the flats in a Cadillac car

The girls all say, "You're a worn out star"

My pockets are loaded and I'm spending every dime

How can you say you love someone else when you know it's me all the time?

 

Well, the fog's so thick you can't spy the land

The fog is so thick that you can't even spy the land

What good are you anyway, if you can't stand up to some old businessman?

Wedding bells ringin', the choir is beginning to sing

Yes, the wedding bells are ringing and the choir is beginning to sing

What looks good in the day, at night is another thing

 

She's looking into my eyes, she's holding my hand

She's looking into my eyes, she's holding my hand

She says, "You can't repeat the past." I say, "You can't? What do you mean, you can't? Of course you can."

 

Where do you come from? Where do you go?

Sorry that's nothin' you would need to know

Well, my back has been to the wall for so long, it seems like it's stuck

Why don't you break my heart one more time just for good luck

 

I got eight carburetors, boys I'm using 'em all

Well, I got eight carburetors and boys, I'm using 'em all

I'm short on gas, my motor's starting to stall

My dogs are barking, there must be someone around

My dogs are barking, there must be someone around

I got my hammer ringin', pretty baby, but the nails ain't goin' down

 

You got something to say, speak or hold your peace

Well, you got something to say, speak now or hold your peace

If it's information you want you can go get it from the police

Politician got on his jogging shoes

He must be running for office, got no time to lose

He been suckin' the blood out of the genius of generosity

You been rolling your eyes - you been teasing me

 

Standing by God's river, my soul is beginnin' to shake

Standing by God's river, my soul is beginnin' to shake

I'm countin' on you love, to give me a break

Well, I'm leaving in the morning as soon as the dark clouds lift

Yes, I'm leaving in the morning just as soon as the dark clouds lift

Gonna break the roof in - set fire to the place as a parting gift

Summer days, summer nights are gone

Summer days, summer nights are gone

I know a place where there's still somethin' going on

 

 

Bye And Bye

Bye and bye, I'm breathin' a lover's sigh

I'm sittin' on my watch so I can be on time

I'm singin' love's praises with sugar-coated rhyme

Bye and bye, on you I'm casting my eye

I'm paintin' the town - swinging my partner around

I know who I can depend on, I know who to trust

I'm watchin' the roads, I'm studying the dust

I'm paintin' the town, making my last go-round

 

Well, I'm scufflin' and I'm shufflin' and I'm walkin' on briars

I'm not even acquainted with my own desires

 

I'm rollin' slow - I'm doing all I know

I'm tellin' myself I found true happiness

That I've still got a dream that hasn't been repossessed

I'm rollin' slow, goin' where the wild roses grow

 

Well the future for me is already a thing of the past

You were my first love and you will be my last

Papa gone mad, mamma, she's feeling sad

I'm gonna baptize you in fire so you can sin no more

I'm gonna establish my rule through civil war

Gonna make you see just how loyal and true a man can be

 

 

 

Lonesome Day Blues

Well, today has been a sad ol' lonesome day

Yeah, today has been a sad ol' lonesome day

I'm just sittin' here thinking

With my mind a million miles away

Well, they're doing the double shuffle, throwin' sand on the floor

They're doing the double shuffle, they're throwin' sand on the floor

When I left my long-time darlin'

She was standing in the door

 

Well, my pa he died and left me, my brother got killed in the war

Well, my pa he died and left me, my brother got killed in the war

My sister, she ran off and got married

Never was heard of any more

 

Samantha Brown lived in my house for about four or five months

Samantha Brown lived in my house for about four or five months

Don't know how it looked to other people

I never slept with her even once

 

Well, the road's washed out - weather not fit for man or beast

Yeah the road's washed out - weather not fit for man or beast

Funny, how the things you have the hardest time parting with

Are the things you need the least

 

I'm forty miles from the mill - I'm droppin' it into overdrive

I'm forty miles from the mill - I'm droppin' it into overdrive

Settin' my dial on the radio

I wish my mother was still alive

 

I see your lover-man comin' - comin' 'cross the barren field

I see your lover-man comin' - comin' 'cross the barren field

He's not a gentleman at all - he's rotten to the core

He's a coward and he steals

 

Well my captain he's decorated - he's well schooled and he's skilled

My captain, he's decorated - he's well schooled and he's skilled

He's not sentimental - don't bother him at all

How many of his pals have been killed

 

Last night the wind was whisperin', I was trying to make out what it was

Last night the wind was whisperin' somethin' - I was trying to make out what it was

I tell myself something's comin'

But it never does

 

I'm gonna spare the defeated - I'm gonna speak to the crowd

I'm gonna spare the defeated, boys, I'm going to speak to the crowd

I am goin' to teach peace to the conquered

I'm gonna tame the proud

 

Well the leaves are rustlin' in the wood - things are fallin' off of the shelf

Leaves are rustlin' in the wood - things are fallin' off the shelf

You gonna need my help, sweetheart

You can't make love all by yourself

 

 

Floater (Too Much To Ask)

Down over the window

Comes the dazzling sunlit rays

Through the back alleys - through the blinds

Another one of them endless days

Honeybees are buzzin'

Leaves begin to stir

I'm in love with my second cousin

I tell myself I could be happy forever with her

 

I keep listenin' for footsteps

But I ain't hearing any

From the boat I fish for bullheads

I catch a lot, sometimes too many

A summer breeze is blowing

A squall is settin' in

Sometimes it's just plain stupid

To get into any kind of wind

 

The old men 'round here, sometimes they get

On bad terms with the younger men

But old, young, age don't carry weight

It doesn't matter in the end

 

One of the boss' hangers-on

Comes to call at times you least expect

Try to bully ya - strong arm you - inspire you with fear

It has the opposite effect

There's a new grove of trees on the outskirts of town

The old one is long gone

Timber two-foot six across

Burns with the bark still on

 

They say times are hard, if you don't believe it

You can just follow your nose

It don't bother me - times are hard everywhere

We'll just have to see how it goes

 

My old man, he's like some feudal lord

Got more lives than a cat

Never seen him quarrel with my mother even once

Things come alive or they fall flat

 

You can smell the pine wood burnin'

You can hear the school bell ring

Gotta get up near the teacher if you can

If you wanna learn anything

 

Romeo, he said to Juliet, "You got a poor complexion.

It doesn't give your appearance a very youthful touch!"

Juliet said back to Romeo, "Why don't you just shove off

If it bothers you so much."

 

They all got out of here any way they could

The cold rain can give you the shivers

They went down the Ohio, the Cumberland, the Tennessee

All the rest of them rebel rivers

 

If you ever try to interfere with me or cross my path again

You do so at the peril of your own life

I'm not quite as cool or forgiving as I sound

I've seen enough heartaches and strife

 

My grandfather was a duck trapper

He could do it with just dragnets and ropes

My grandmother could sew new dresses out of old cloth

I don't know if they had any dreams or hopes

I had 'em once though, I suppose, to go along

With all the ring dancin' Christmas carols on all of the Christmas Eves

I left all my dreams and hopes

Buried under tobacco leaves

 

It's not always easy kicking someone out

Gotta wait a while - it can be an unpleasant task

Sometimes somebody wants you to give something up

And tears or not, it's too much to ask

 

 

High Water (for Charlie Patton)

High water risin' - risin' night and day

All the gold and silver are being stolen away

 

Big Joe Turner lookin' East and West

From the dark room of his mind

He made it to Kansas City

Twelfth Street and Vine

Nothing standing there

High water everywhere

 

High water risin', the shacks are slidin' down

Folks lose their possessions - folks are leaving town

Bertha Mason shook it - broke it

Then she hung it on a wall

Says, "You're dancin' with whom they tell you to

Or you don't dance at all."

It's tough out there

High water everywhere

 

I got a cravin' love for blazing speed

Got a hopped up Mustang Ford

Jump into the wagon, love, throw your panties overboard

I can write you poems, make a strong man lose his mind

I'm no pig without a wig

I hope you treat me kind

Things are breakin' up out there

High water everywhere

 

High water risin', six inches 'bove my head

Coffins droppin' in the street

Like balloons made out of lead

Water pourin' into Vicksburg, don't know what I'm going to do

"Don't reach out for me," she said

"Can't you see I'm drownin' too?"

It's rough out there

High water everywhere

 

Well, George Lewis told the Englishman, the Italian and the Jew

"You can't open your mind, boys

To every conceivable point of view."

They got Charles Darwin trapped out there on Highway Five

Judge says to the High Sheriff,

"I want him dead or alive

Either one, I don't care."

High Water everywhere

 

The Cuckoo is a pretty bird, she warbles as she flies

I'm preachin' the Word of God

I'm puttin' out your eyes

I asked Fat Nancy for something to eat, she said, "Take it off the shelf -

As great as you are a man,

You'll never be greater than yourself."

I told her I didn't really care

High water everywhere

 

I'm getting' up in the morning - I believe I'll dust my broom

Keeping away from the women

I'm givin' 'em lots of room

Thunder rolling over Clarksdale, everything is looking blue

I just can't be happy, love

Unless you're happy too

It's bad out there

High water everywhere

 

 

 

Moonlight

The seasons they are turnin' and my sad heart is yearnin'

To hear again the songbird's sweet melodious tone

Won't you meet me out in the moonlight alone?

The dusky light, the day is losing

Orchids, poppies, black-eyed Susan

The earth and sky that melts with flesh and bone

Won't you meet me out in the moonlight alone?

 

The air is thick and heavy

All along the levee

Where the geese into the countryside have flown

Won't you meet me out in the moonlight alone?

Well, I'm preachin' peace and harmony

The blessings of tranquility

Yet I know when the time is right to strike

I'll take you 'cross the river dear

You've no need to linger here

I know the kinds of things you like

The clouds are turnin' crimson

The leaves fall from the limbs an'

The branches cast their shadows over stone

Won't you meet me out in the moonlight alone?

 

The boulevards of cypress trees

The masquerades of birds and bees

The petals, pink and white, the wind has blown

Won't you meet me out in the moonlight alone?

The trailing moss and mystic glow

Purple blossoms soft as snow

My tears keep flowing to the sea

 

Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief

It takes a thief to catch a thief

For whom does the bell toll for, love? It tolls for you and me

My pulse is runnin' through my palm

The sharp hills are rising from

The yellow fields with twisted oaks that groan

Won't you meet me out in the moonlight alone?

 

 

 

Honest With Me

Well, I'm stranded in the city that never sleeps

Some of these women they just give me the creeps

I'm avoidin' the Southside the best I can

These memories I got, they can strangle a man

Well I came ashore in the dead of the night

Lot of things can get in the way when you're tryin' to do what's right

You don't understand it - my feelings for you

You'd be honest with me if only you knew

 

I'm not sorry for nothin' I've done

I'm glad I fought - I only wish we'd won

The Siamese twins are comin' to town

People can't wait - they're gathered around

When I left my home the sky split open wide

I never wanted to go back there - I'd rather have died

You don't understand it - my feelings for you

You'd be honest with me if only you knew

 

My woman got a face like a teddy bear

She's tossin' a baseball bat in the air

The meat is so tough you can't cut it with a sword

I'm crashin' my car, trunk first into the boards

You say my eyes are pretty and my smile is nice

Well, I'll sell it to ya at a reduced price

You don't understand it - my feelings for you

You'd be honest with me, if only you knew

 

Some things are too terrible to be true

I won't come here no more if it bothers you

The Southern Pacific leaving at nine forty-five

I'm having a hard time believin' some people were ever alive

I'm stark naked, but I don't care

I'm going off into the woods, I'm huntin' bare

You don't understand it - my feelings for you

Well, you'd be honest with me if only you knew

 

I'm here to create the new imperial empire

I'm going to do whatever circumstances require

I care so much for you - didn't think that I could

I can't tell my heart that you're no good

Well, my parents they warned me not to waste my years

And I still got their advice oozing out of my ears

You don't understand it - my feelings for you

Well, you'd be honest with me if only you knew

 

 

Po' Boy

Man comes to the door - I say, "For whom are you looking?"

He says, "Your wife," I say, "She's busy in the kitchen cookin'."

Poor boy - where you been?

I already tol' you - won't tell you again

I say, "How much you want for that?" I go into the store

The man says, "Three dollars," "All right," I say, "Will you take four?"

Poor boy - never say die.

Things will be all right by and by

 

Been workin' on the mainline - workin' like the devil

The game is the same - it's just up on a different level

Poor boy - dressed in black

Police at your back

Poor boy in a red hot town

Out beyond the twinklin' stars

Ridin' first class trains - making the rounds

Tryin' to keep from fallin' between the cars

Othello told Desdemona, "I'm cold, cover me with a blanket.

By the way, what happened to that poison wine?"

She says, "I gave it to you, you drank it."

Poor boy, layin' 'em straight - pickin' up the cherries fallin' off the plate

 

Time and love has branded me with its claws

Had to go to Florida, dodgin' them Georgia laws

Poor boy, in the hotel called the Palace of Gloom

Calls down to room service, says, "Send up a room"

My mother was a daughter of a wealthy farmer

My father was a traveling salesman, I never met him

When my mother died, my uncle took me in - he ran a funeral parlor

He did a lot of nice things for me and I won't forget him

All I know is that I'm thrilled by your kiss

I don't know any more than this

Poor boy, pickin' up sticks

Build ya a house out of mortar and bricks

Knockin' on the door, I say, "Who is it and where are you from?"

Man says, "Freddy!" I say, "Freddy who?" He says, "Freddy or not here I come."

Poor boy 'neath the stars that shine

Washin' them dishes, feedin' them swine

 

 

Cry A While

Well, I had to go down and see a guy named Mr. Goldsmith

A nasty, dirty, double-crossin', back-stabbin' phony I didn't wanna have to be dealin' with

But I did it for you and all you gave me was a smile

Well, I cried for you - now it's your turn to cry awhile

 

I don't carry dead weight - I'm no flash in the pan

All right, I'll set you straight, can't you see I'm a union man?

I'm lettin' the cat out of the cage, I'm keeping a low profile

Well, I cried for you - now it's your turn, you can cry awhile

 

Feel like a fighting rooster - feel better than I ever felt

But the Pennsylvania line's in an awful mess and the Denver road is about to melt

I went to the church house, every day I go an extra mile

Well, I cried for you - now it's your turn, you can cry awhile

 

Last night 'cross the alley there was a pounding on the walls

It must have been Don Pasquale makin' a two a.m. booty call

To break a trusting heart like mine was just your style

Well, I cried for you - now it's your turn to cry awhile

 

I'm on the fringes of the night, fighting back tears that I can't control

Some people they ain't human, they got no heart or soul

Well, I'm crying to The Lord - I'm tryin' to be meek and mild

Yes, I cried for you - now it's your turn, you can cry awhile

 

Well, there's preachers in the pulpits and babies in the cribs

I'm longin' for that sweet fat that sticks to your ribs

I'm gonna buy me a barrel of whiskey - I'll die before I turn senile

Well, I cried for you - now it's your turn, you can cry awhile

 

Well, you bet on a horse and it ran on the wrong way

I always said you'd be sorry and today could be the day

I might need a good lawyer, could be your funeral, my trial

Well, I cried for you, now it's your turn, you can cry awhile

 

 

Sugar Baby

I got my back to the sun 'cause the light is too intense

I can see what everybody in the world is up against

You can't turn back - you can't come back, sometimes we push too far

One day you'll open up your eyes and you'll see where we are

Sugar Baby get on down the road

You ain't got no brains, no how

You went years without me

Might as well keep going now

 

Some of these bootleggers, they make pretty good stuff

Plenty of places to hide things here if you wanna hide 'em bad enough

I'm staying with Aunt Sally, but you know, she's not really my aunt

Some of these memories you can learn to live with and some of them you can't

Sugar Baby get on down the line

You ain't got no brains, no how

You went years without me

You might as well keep going now

 

The ladies down in Darktown, they're doing the Darktown Strut

You always got to be prepared but you never know for what

There ain't no limit to the amount of trouble women bring

Love is pleasing, love is teasing, love's not an evil thing

Sugar Baby, get on down the road

You ain't got no brains, no how

You went years without me

You might as well keep going now

 

Every moment of existence seems like some dirty trick

Happiness can come suddenly and leave just as quick

Any minute of the day the bubble could burst

Try to make things better for someone, sometimes,

you just end up making it a thousand times worse

Sugar Baby, get on down the road

You ain't got no brains no how

You went years without me

Might as well keep going now

 

Your charms have broken many a heart and mine is surely one

You got a way of tearing a world apart, love, see what you done

Just as sure as we're living, just as sure as you're born

Look up, look up - seek your Maker - 'fore Gabriel blows his horn

Sugar Baby, get on down the line

You ain't got no sense, no how

You went years without me

Might as well keep going now