Relax Your Mind (2018) Lyrics

  1. “Hello, Central” (Ledbetter)
  2. “Bottle Up and Go” (Hopkins, McCormick)
  3. “Fannin St. (Mr. Tom Hughes’ Town)” (Ledbetter)
  4. “On a Monday” (Ledbetter)
  5. “Black Betty” (Ledbetter)
  6. “Relax Your Mind” (Ledbetter)
  7. “Irene (Goodnight, Irene)” (Ledbetter)
  8. “Good Morning, Blues” (Ledbetter)
  9. “How Come You Do Me Like You Do?” (Austin, Bergere)
  10. “Easy Rider” (Ledbetter)
  11. “He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word” (Ledbetter)
  12. “Duncan and Brady” (Ledbetter)
  13. “Come and Sit Down Beside Me” (Ledbetter)
  14. “Jean Harlow” (Ledbetter)

“Hello, Central” Lyrics

Hello, central, give me long distance phone
Hello, central, give me long distance phone
Hello, central, give me long distance phone
I wanna talk to my baby all night long
Hello, central, give me long distance phone

Hello, central, give me forty-nine
Hello, central, give me forty-nine
Hello, central, give me forty-nine
I wanna talk to my baby just one more time
Hello, central, give me forty-nine

Hello, central, give me forty-four
Hello, central, give me forty-four
Hello, central, give me forty-four
I wanna talk to my baby just once more
Hello, central, give me forty-four

Whoa, I’m not crazy ’bout that gal of mine
Oh, I’m not crazy ’bout that gal of mine
I’m not crazy ’bout that gal of mine
I just think about her almost all the time
I’m not crazy ’bout that gal of mine

[break]

Whoa, I’m not crazy ’bout that gal of mine
No, I’m not crazy ’bout that gal of mine
I’m not crazy ’bout that gal of mine
I just think about her almost all the time
I’m not crazy ’bout that gal of mine
I’m not crazy ’bout that gal of mine

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  • 3:08

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“Bottle Up and Go” Lyrics

Well, she may be old, about ninety year
But she ain’t too old for shift her gears
She got to bottle up and go
She got to bottle up and go
All you high-powered women sure got to bottle up and go

Well, I jumped in the river, and I started across
I fell upon an alligator, thought he was a horse
He had to bottle up and go
He had to bottle up and go
All you high-powered women sure got to bottle up and go

Well, I jumped in the river, and I started to drown
I thought about my baby and turned around
She had to bottle up and go
She had to bottle up and go
All you high-powered women sure got to bottle up and go

[break]

Well, she may be old, about ninety year
But she ain’t too old for to shift her gears
She got to bottle up and go
She got to bottle up and go
All you high-powered women sure got to bottle up and go

Well, I jumped in the river, and I started to drown
I thought about my baby, and I turned around
She had to bottle up and go, ooh
She had to bottle up and go, yes, she did
All you high-powered women sure got to bottle up and go

She got to bottle up and go, say boy
She got to bottle up and go, wa
All you high-powered women sure got to bottle up and go

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  • 2

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  • 2:11

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“Fannin St. (Mr. Tom Hughes’ Town)” Lyrics

Follow me down
Follow me down
Follow me down
To Mr. Tom Hughes’ town (Ooh-ooh-ooh)

My mama told me
Little sister too
“Women on Fannin Street
Gonna be the death of you” (Ooh-ooh-ooh)

I went to my mama
“Mama, you don’t know
Women on Fannin Street kill me
Why don’t you let me go?” (Ooh-ooh-ooh)

My mama commenced her crying
I couldn’t stand to hear her cry

I went to my mama
Fell down on my knees
I said, “Lordy, mama
Won’t you forgive me please?” (Ooh-ooh-ooh)

[break]

Anybody ask you
Who wrote this song
Tell ’em it was Huddie Ledbetter
He’d been here and gone (Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh)

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  • 3

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  • 3:05

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“On a Monday” Lyrics

On a Monday, I was arrested
On a Tuesday, I was locked up in jail
On a Wednesday, my trial was attested
And I ain’t gonna ring them yellow women door bell

Yes, I’m all, almost done
Yes, I’m all, almost done
Yes, I’m all, almost done
And I ain’t gonna ring them yellow women door bell

Take these stripes, stripes from around my shoulders
Take these chains, chains from around my leg
Lord, these stripes sure don’t worry me
But these chains, chains gonna kill me dead

Yes, I’m all, almost done
Yes, I’m all, almost done
Yes, I’m all, almost done
And I ain’t gonna ring them yellow women door bell

[break]

Almost done
Almost done
Almost done
And I ain’t gonna ring them yellow women door bell

On a Monday, me and my baby went a-walking
On a Tuesday, she locked me out the door
On a Wednesday, we was sitting down a-talking
On a Thursday, she pawned all of my clothes

Yes, I’m all, almost done
Yes, I’m all, almost done
Yes, I’m all, almost done
And I ain’t gonna ring them yellow women door bell
No, I ain’t gonna ring them yellow women door bell

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  • 4

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  • 2:34

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“Black Betty” Lyrics

Oh, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Whoa, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Whoa, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Whoa, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)

Rock steady, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Rock steady, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Rock steady, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Rock steady, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)

Black Betty had a baby (Ram-a-lam)
Black Betty had a baby (Ram-a-lam)
Black Betty had a baby (Ram-a-lam)
Black Betty had a baby (Ram-a-lam)

Little thing went crazy (Ram-a-lam)
Little thing went crazy (Ram-a-lam)
Little thing went crazy (Ram-a-lam)
Little thing went crazy (Ram-a-lam)

Rock steady, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Rock steady, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Rock steady, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Rock steady, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)

Little thing went blind (Ram-a-lam)
Little thing went blind (Ram-a-lam)
Wasn’t none of mine (Ram-a-lam)
Wasn’t none of mine (Ram-a-lam)

Whoa, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Whoa, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Whoa, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Whoa, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)

Little thing had blue eyes (Ram-a-lam)
Little thing had blue eyes (Ram-a-lam)
Little thing had blue eyes (Ram-a-lam)
Little thing had blue eyes (Ram-a-lam)

Must have been the captain’s (Ram-a-lam)
Must have been the captain’s (Ram-a-lam)
Must have been the captain’s (Ram-a-lam)
Must have been the captain’s (Ram-a-lam)

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(Ram-a-lam)
(Ram-a-lam)
(Ram-a-lam)
(Ram-a-lam)

How ’bout it, black Betty? (Ram-a-lam)
How ’bout it, black Betty? (Ram-a-lam)
How ’bout it, black Betty? (Ram-a-lam)
How ’bout it, black Betty? (Ram-a-lam)

Whoa, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Whoa, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Whoa, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)
Whoa, black Betty (Ram-a-lam)

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  • 2:56

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“Relax Your Mind” Lyrics

Relax your mind (Relax your mind)
Relax your mind (Relax your mind)
Ooh, make you feel as fine as wine
One time (One time)
You got to relax your mind

I saw a man crossing the railroad tracks
Ooh, and he forgot to relax
One time (One time)
You got to relax your mind

Relax your mind (Relax your mind)
Relax your mind (Relax your mind)
Ooh, make you live a great long time
One time (One time)
You got to relax your mind

When the light’s turning red, ooh
Push the brake down to the bed
One time (One time)
You got to relax your mind

When the light turning green, ooh
Push your foot on the gasoline
One time (One time)
You got to relax your mind

Relax your mind (Relax your mind)
Relax your mind (Relax your mind)
Ooh, make you feel as fine as wine
One time (One time)
You got to relax your mind

[break]

Relax your mind (Relax your mind)
Relax your mind (Relax your mind)
Ooh, make you live a great long time
One time (One time)
You got to relax your mind

Relax your mind (Relax your mind)
Relax your mind (Relax your mind)
Ooh, make you live a great long time
One time (One time)
You got to relax your mind

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  • 6

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  • 2:10

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“Irene (Goodnight, Irene)” Lyrics

Irene, good night
Irene, good night
Good night, Irene
Good night, Irene
I get you in my dreams

Last Saturday night, I got married
Me and my wife settled down
Now me and my wife are parted
Gonna take a little stroll downtown

Well, Irene, good night
Irene, good night
Good night, Irene
Good night, Irene
I get you in my dreams

I love Irene, god knows I do
Love her ’til the seas run dry
If Irene turn her back on me
Gonna take morphine and die

[break]

Well, Irene, good night
Irene, good night
Good night, Irene
Good night, Irene
I get you in my dreams
Good night, Irene
Good night, Irene
I get you in my dreams

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  • 7

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  • 3:27

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“Good Morning, Blues” Lyrics

Good morning, blues
Blues, how do you do?
Good morning, blues
Blues, how do you do?
Well, I’m doing alright
Good morning, how are you?

Well, I laid down last night
Turning from side to side
Yeah, I laid down last night
Turning from side to side
I was not sick
I was just dissatisfied

Good morning, blues
Blues, how do you do?
Good morning, blues
Blues, how do you do?
Well, I’m doing alright
Good morning, how are you?

Well, I went to see you baby
I hear you come a-walking today
I went to see you baby
But here you come a-walking today
You got your mouth wide open
But you ain’t got a thing to say

[break]

Ooh, good morning, blues
Blues, how do you do?
Good good morning, blues
Blues, how do you do?
Well, I’m doing alright
Good morning, how are you?

[break]

Well, I woke up this morning
Blues all in my bed
I woke up this morning
Blues all in my bed
I went down to eat my breakfast
And the blues all in my bread

So it’s good morning, blues
Blues, how do you do?
Good morning, blues
How do you do?
Yeah, I’m doing alright
Good morning, how are you?
Well, I’m doing alright
Good morning, how are you?
Well, I’m doing alright
Good morning, how are you?

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  • 8

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  • 4:27

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“How Come You Do Me Like You Do?” Lyrics

How come you do me like you do-do-do?
How come you do me like you do?
How come you try to make me feel so blue?
I ain’t done nothing to you

You might be the meanest gal in town
But I’m just mean enough to turn your damper down
How come you do me like you do-do-do?
How come you do me like you do?

How come you do me like you do-do-do?
How come you do me like you do?
How come you try to make me feel so blue?
I ain’t done nothing to you

Don’t I always let you do just what I want you to?
Don’t I always let you pick me up when I’m feeling blue?
How come you do me like you do-do-do?
How come you do me like you do?

[break]

How come you do me like you do-do-do?
How come you do me like you do?
How come you try to make me feel so blue?
I ain’t done nothing to you

And when it comes to jobs, you know I never shirk
I can always find employment, but you just won’t go to work
How come you do me like you do-do-do?
How come you do me like you do?

[break]

How come you do me like you do-do-do?
How come you do me like you do?
How come you try to make me feel so blue?
I ain’t done nothing to you

You better treat me right or let me be
’Cause I can beat you doing what you’re trying to do to me
How come you do me like you do-do-do?
How come you do me like you do? What I say
How come you do me like you do? What I mean
How come you do me like you do?

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  • 9

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  • 3:02

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“Easy Rider” Lyrics

Easy rider, look what you have done
Easy rider, look what you have done
You’ve made me love you
Now your man has come
Hey, hey, hey, hey

Catch me stealing, please don’t tell on me
Catch me stealing, please don’t tell on me
I’m stealing back
To my same old used to be
Hey, hey, hey, hey

If the river was whiskey, and I was a diving duck
If the river was whiskey, and I was a diving duck
I would dive to the bottom
I would never come up
Hey, hey, hey, hey

[break]
Hey, hey, hey, hey

If I was a catfish swimming in the deep blue sea
If I was a catfish swimming in the deep blue sea, heh heh heh
I’d have all you pretty women diving after me
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey

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  • 10

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  • 3:49

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“He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word” Lyrics

Well, they whupped him up the hill
They whupped him up the hill
They whupped him up the hill for me
One day when I was lost, they hung him on the cross
They hung him on the cross for me

And he never said a mumblin’ word
He never said a mumblin’ word
He never said a mumblin’ word for me
One day when I was lost, they hung him on the cross
They hung him on the cross for me

And they speared him in the side
And they speared him in the side
And they speared him in the side for me
One day when I was lost, they hung him on the cross
They speared him in the side for me

And he never said a mumblin’ word
He never said a mumblin’ word
He never said a mumblin’ word for me
One day when I was lost, they hung him on the cross
Never said a mumblin’ word for me

They crowned his head with thorns
They crowned his head with thorns
They crowned his head with thorns for me
One day when I was lost, they hung him on the cross
They hung him on the cross for me

[break]

He’s coming back again
He’s coming back again
He’s coming back again for me
One day when I was lost, they hung him on the cross
He’s coming back again for me
One day when I was lost, they hung him on the cross
He’s coming back again for me
He’s coming back again for me

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  • 11

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  • 2:59

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“Duncan and Brady” Lyrics

Duncan, Duncan was a-tending bar
In walked Brady with a shiny star
Brady said, “Duncan, you are under arrest”
Duncan shot a hole in Brady’s chest

Brady fell down on the barroom floor
Said, “Please, Mr. Duncan, don’t shoot me no more”
Women crying and ain’t it a shame
Shot king Brady, gonna shoot him again

Mr. Brady said, “Why didn’t you run?
You ought not to face that forty-four gun
Brady, Brady, why didn’t you run?
You ought not to face that Gatling gun”

Brady, Brady, Brady, you know you done wrong
Break into my place with a game going on
Tearing down windows and knocking down doors
Now you’re lying dead on a Georgia floor

Children, children, now don’t you cry
You’re gonna get a penny now your daddy died
Children, children, now don’t you cry
Gonna get a penny now your daddy died

[break]

Women all heard that Brady was dead
They all went home and re-ragged in red
Slipping and a-sliding and a-coming down the street
In the big Mother Hubbard and their stocking feet

Brady, Brady, Brady, you know you done wrong
You broke into my place with a game going on
Tearing down windows and knocking down doors
Now you’re lying dead on a Georgia floor
Now you’re lying dead on a Georgia floor

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  • 13

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  • 2:25

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“Come and Sit Down Beside Me” Lyrics

Come and sit down beside me
Let me hold your hand and so
I got something to tell you
Baby, that you oughta know

All for you
All for you
I believe that I can see
You’re my only baby
And it’s all for you

[break]

(All for you)
(All for you)
(Ah-ah ah-ah, ah-ah ah-ah)
(All for you)

When I was a little baby
Sitting on my mama’s knee
She would always sing to me
Lullaby baby

All for you
All for you
I believe that I can see
You’re my only baby
And it’s all for you

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  • 14

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  • 2:23

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“Jean Harlow” Lyrics

Jean Harlow died the other day
These are the very words that I heard her say
Her mama sitting on her bedside crying
Believe to my soul my child is dying

Shang-a-lang, shang-a-lang, ba da-da deedly
Shang-a-lang, shang-a-lang, ba da-da deedly
Shang-a-lang, shang-a-lang, ba da-da deedly, oh

Her mama started to walk, and her mama talk
And yes, her mama started to walk, and her mama talk
And her mama started to walk, and her mama talk, dee dee oh

Send for the doctor, the doctor come
Mama said, “Doctor, can you save me one?”
Doctor said, “I believe I will go
Need me tomorrow, you can let me know”

Shang-a-lang, shang-a-lang, ba da-da deedly
Shang-a-lang, shang-a-lang, ba da-da deedly
Shang-a-lang, shang-a-lang, ba da-da deedly, oh

Her mama started to walk, and her mama talk
And yes, her mama started to walk, and her mama talk
And her mama started to walk, and her mama talk, dee dee oh

[break]

Well, the doctor left, he was looking mighty sad
“This is the hardest case I have ever had”
Jean Harlow said before she died
“There’s two more moving pictures I would like to write”

Shang-a-lang, shang-a-lang, ba da-da deedly
Shang-a-lang, shang-a-lang, ba da-da deedly
Shang-a-lang, shang-a-lang, ba da-da deedly, oh

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  • 15

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  • 2:53

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Sources

  1. Relax Your Mind (2018) (CD).