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James Alley Blues 1

Richard Brown


May 1961
cd imgTHE MINNESOTA TAPES (T-318)
cd imgTHE MINNEAPOLIS PARTY TAPE

  Minnesota Party tape 1961, Minneapolis MN - May 1961  

Times ain't what they used to be
Times ain't what they used to be
Well I'm a-tellin' it, people, Lord, you can take it from me.

Lord, I've seen better days, but I'm puttin' up with these
Lord, I've seen better days, I'm puttin' up with these
Well, there's too many people, they're all too hard to please.

'Cause I was born in the country she thinks I'm easy to use
'Cause I was born in the country she thinks I'm easy to use
'Cause I was born in the country you know I'm easy to lose.

I gave you sugar for sugar, you want salt for salt
I gave you sugar for sugar, but you want salt for salt
And if you can't get along, honey, it's your own damn fault.

Sometimes I'm thinkin' you're too good to die
Sometimes I'm thinkin' you're too good to die
Other times I'm thinkin' you ought to be buried alive.

These are the bluest blues that a man could ever have
These are the bluest blues a man could ever have
These are the darnest hard luck blues a man could brag.
    

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James Alley Blues 2


Sep 1962
cd imgTHE MCKENZIE TAPES - HOME RECORDINGS 1961-62
cd imgI WAS SO MUCH YOUNGER THEN Vol. 3 (Do It The Old Way!) (T-676)

  Second McKenzie tape, part 1, Home of Eve and Mac McKenzie, NYC - september 1962  

Times ain't what they used to be
Times ain't what they used to be
Oh I tell you people, lord, you can take it from me.

Oh I seen better days and I'm putting up with these
Oh I seen better days and I'm putting up with these
But there's too many people and they're all too hard to please.

'Cause I was born in the country, she thinks I'm easy to rule
'Cause I was born in the country, she thinks I'm easy to rule
She tried to hitch me to her wagon, she wants to drive me like a mule.

You know I bought the groceries and I paid the rent
You know I bought the groceries and I paid the rent
She tried to make me wash her clothes but I got good common sense.

I said if you don't want me, why don't you tell me so?
I said if you don't want me, why don't you tell me so?
'Cause it ain't like a man that ain't got nowhere to go.

I believe I'm giving you sugar for sugar, let you get salt for salt
I believe I'm giving you sugar for sugar, let you get salt for salt
And if you can't get along with me, well it's your own fault.

Now you want me to love you and you treat me mean
How do you want me to love you if you keep a-treating me mean?
You're my daily thought and my nightly dream.

Sometimes I think that you too sweet to die
Sometimes I think that you too sweet to die
And another time I think you ought to be buried alive.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

May 1961 1 THE MINNESOTA TAPES (b)
THE MINNEAPOLIS PARTY TAPE
Sep 1962 2 THE MCKENZIE TAPES - HOME RECORDINGS 1961-62
I WAS SO MUCH YOUNGER THEN Vol. 3 (Do It The Old Way!) (b)