ALBUMS: HANDYMAN

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1. ONE MORE CHANCE
2. EXCUSE ME
3. HANDYMAN
4. THESE MEN LOOK GOOD TO ME
5. FAREWELL TO S.P. LEARY
6. CORNELL STREET BOOGIE
7. GHOST DADDY
8. DOG IN MY BACK YARD
9. DON’T CROSS ME
10. IT HURTS TO BE LONESOME
11. PAYDAY
12. STAY WITH ME
13. JOHNNY BOY
14. PLEASE DON’T CRY
15. EARLY MORNING BLUES

Mississippi Heat is a blues band concept. Since its founding in 1991, through various permutations of musicians, celebration, joy, death, disagreement, the recording of four albums, and thousands of gigs throughout North and South America and Europe, Mississippi Heat has strived for artistic collaboration where everyone contributes songs, ideas, solos and voices, and everyone gets a chance to share the spotlight. Like the best bands, Mississippi Heat is a cohesive unit where individual personalities are subservient to the masterful whole.

That having been said, this new Mississippi Heat album also is a show-case for bandleader Pierre Lacocque — both behind the scenes as songwriter and producer, and out in front as a powerful, melodic voice on harmonica.

The constant in Mississippi Heat is Pierre (and even further behind the scenes, his brother Michel, the band’s manager). The Chicago Reader said, “Lacocque is that rare younger generation harpist who’s absorbed the lessons of subtlety, silence and solo construction from the masters… as well as their raucous, hawk-like tonal power” Having arrived in Chicago from Belgium in 1969, Pierre has emerged as a sensitive and creative songwriter, a bandleader with vision, and a budding harmonica legend.

Handyman is Mississippi Heat’s fourth album. Like the three previous CDs —Straight From The Heart (1992), Learned The Hard Way (1994), and Thunder In My Heart (1995) — it is chock full of original blues songs performed by a first rate Chicago blues band. Listen closely, with your ears and your heart. The vibe is very “up,” very positive.

“One More Chance” is a blues lover’s dream: the legendary Billy Boy Arnold sings with hot-shot Carl Weathersby on guitar backed by an awesome supportive cast. Weathersby spent 15 years with Billy Branch’s Sons of Blues before stepping out on his own with 1996’s Don’t Lay Your Blues On Me. This tune combines a healthy midtempo stomp from the rhythm section, a strikingly sincere vocal from Billy Boy, and Weathersby’s spiky, Albert King influenced fills and solo. The man lied to his woman, now he wants to make it tight. Can he do it? Will she let him?

Katherine Davis’ confident, assured vocal drives “Excuse Me” almost as much as the band’s insistent, forwarding moving groove. Davis declares, “Trouble, why do you come my way? I try to treat you nice, trouble, but I just won’t let you stay.” “Handyman” has a hint of Cajun flavor (BAIVI!), with lots of horns. George Baze’s light hearted sexual boasting is set off by tasty harmonica and piano solos. (Note: George Baze, long-time member of Junior Wells’ hand and a well-loved Chicago blues musician, passed away on October 9, 1998, during the mixing of this album.)

“These Men Look Good To Me” has an attractively dark tone and another strong groove.
Check out that choral backing! Take me to church! Barrelhousc Chucks touching and heartfelt “Tribute To SP Leary” leads right ioto his “Cornell Street Boogie,” a piano/harmonica duct. Leary, a skilled drummer who worked with many of Chicago’s greats, was the first real deal blues & shy;man Chuck played with in Chicago. Cornell Street was where barrelhouse piano man Little Brother Montgomery lived in Chicago’s Hyde Park section. Chuck wrote this song in Little Brother’s house. Montgomery himself added 12 bars in the center at Chuck’s request.

Billy Boy returns to the microphone for “Ghost Daddy,” with its bouncy rhumba rhythm and a quote from “St. Louis Blues” in the harp solo. This one tells the talc of a domineering patriarch, too busy for his wife and children. Baze’s signature tune, “Dog In My Backyard,” demonstrates the rugged beauty of traditional blues. “Don’t Cross Me” has another stinging solo from Weathersby. Davis shouts her independent woman’s shout: “Don’t you dare cross me, honey. I won’t take that at all.” It’s hard to believe that Pierre wrote this song fur her. Davis sings it like it was written on her birth certificate.

The slow and mournful “It Hurts To Be Lonesome” is the album’s first truly sad song. The structure and melody are similar to the blues classic, “Black Night.” Billy Boy describes the blues as a “war zone in your own home.” Pierre’s harmonica cries and subs along with the vocal. Chuck jumps in with a fleet—fingered piano solo.

“Payday Is My Day.” Now there’s a hit if I ever heard one. Everybody’s happy when the eagle flies. Closing out the album, guest vocalist Zora Young implores “Stay With Me” (and there’s that chorus again), then the band whips up a fast instrumental called “Johnny Boy.” Pierre gets to stretch out on harp, and there are wicked piano and guitar solos, too.

The Chicago Sun-Times declared, “Mississippi Heat proves that you can still write good blues tunes in the 90s.” Amen to that. And the 00s, and the 10s, and the 20s…

Mississippi Heat also shows, once again, that classic Chicago blues has the resiliency to incorporate contemporary elements while retaining energy, vitality and the ability to communicate honestly and directly.

– Niles Frantz, March 1999
Niles is the host of “Comin’ Home” on WBEZ 91.5 FM, Chicago. He has written for Living Blues, Blues Revue, Blues Access, and Blues & Rhythm (UK) magazines and the All Music Guide to the Blues.

Handyman (Licensed by CrossCut Records – CCD 11064 ).
Two bonus tracks added to original recording (1999).

Personnel: Pierre Lacocque, Kenneth Smith, Katherine Davis, George Baze, Ike Anderson, Barrelhouse Chuck. Guest Stars: Billy Boy Arnold, Carl Weathersby, and Zora
Young. 8-Voice Choir and Horns.

Bonus Tracks Personnel: Pierre Lacocque, Kenneth Smith, Chris Winters, Stephen Howard, Jasper Buchanan.

A special thanks to artist Elisabeth Brunner (Pierre’s sister).

photo by Daniel Brunner

photo by Daniel Brunner

HANDYMAN WAS VOTED “BEST CD OF THE YEAR” BY REAL BLUES MAGAZINE

“MISSISSIPPI HEAT delivers its traditional urban blues with a freshness, energy and competence that makes them a treasure on today’s Chicago scene. HANDYMAN is packed with quality original numbers presented by an all-star line-up that keeps its ego in check and truly works as a musical team.”
-LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE

“This music is soulful, honest, and visionary. It soars with ecstatic celebration! With Pierre’s extraordinary harp playing, Katherine Davis’ super vocals, and the high energy and vitality of so many accomplished players, MISSISSIPPI HEAT is THE blueprint for blues lovers everywhere. … A creative triumph.”
-NEW YORK BLUES SOCIETY

“Perfectly integrated ensemble work … they are the keepers of the 50’s style Chicago blues flame.”
-ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER

“Listening to the 13 original cuts is like a trip back in time – to a better place, quite frankly, that most of today’s blues bands are willing to go.”
-ROCK & BLUES NEWS

“The 13 tracks on this CD – all originals – are patterned after the classics Chicago blues sound. Pierre Lacocque’s harp is soaring, particularly on the instrumental ‘Cornell Street Boogie ‘. Keyboardist Chuck Goering is commanding on the piano and organ, as is George Baze, former long-time member of Junior Wells’ band on guitar. The band is tight, and the lyrics are as poignant as blues lyrics get.”
-DETROIT BLUES REVIEW

“Some of the best work that I have done … Pierre playing is beautiful. Awesome ! He is a genius on the harp…”
-BILLY BOY ARNOLD, LIVING BLUES LEGEND

“Best MISSISSIPPI HEAT release ever!”
-MICK MARTIN (KXJZ-FM, SACRAMENTO, CA)

“This fantastic harmonica-driven band MISSISSIPPI HEAT … works as a true ensemble in all apects of the production and performance. … Pierre is not the only reason to get this CD – the vocals by Katherine Davis and support of the other players are strong – but he is a significant one with his mastery of the instrument and tone that won’t quit.”
-AMERICAN HARMONICA NEWSLETTER

“MISSISSIPPI HEAT provides a yardstick for Chicago Blues. Every band that claims to play Chicago Blues should strive to be as good as MISSISSIPPI HEAT.”
-BLUES ON STAGE

FRENCH REVIEWS

“Katherine Davis (est) une découverte majeure, et (fait) plus que remplacer Deitra Farr. … (Pierre) a sa propre façon de jouer, puissante et subtile á la fois, étalant ses soli sur des notes isolées persistantes, qu’il libère au point culminant, donnant libre cours a sa créativité. HANDYMAN est le chef d’œuvre du groupe. … Les treize titres (sont) un régal … Quant a Pierre lui-même, il s’affirme en véritable leader, omniprésent et efficace dans ses interventions, sachant mettre en valeur la qualité exceptionnelle de la troupe réunie. … MISSISSIPPI HEAT est parmi les plus inventifs et créatifs du blues de Chicago des dernières années.”
-ROLLIN’ AND TUMBLIN’

“HANDYMAN est sans doute le meilleur disque de Chicago blues de l’année 1999 … Le changement important de personnel au sein des MISSISSIPPI HEAT n’altère en rien la qualité musicale du groupe : Que ce soit la nouvelle chanteuse Katherine Davis a la voix mélancolique et mélodieuse, le batteur Kenneth Smith, le bassiste Ike Anderson, pour leur soutien sans faille, le robuste chanteur/pianiste Barrelhouse Chuck, et le chanteur/guitariste George Baze, décédé depuis, ils sont tous a féliciter pour leur prestation . Mais l’âme du groupe c’est évidemment le Belge Pierre Lacocque aux tonitruants solos d’harmonica, á la fois subtils et puissants, aux phrases dérivées de ses idoles (Little Walter, Shakey Horton) sans pour autant tomber dans le plagiat. … La plupart des titres sont signes pierre Lacocque, qui confirme encore une fois ses qualités d’harmoniciste/producteur/compositeur sur ce disque. Les MISSISSIPPI HEAT font penser a une grande famille de musiciens, voyant partir certains de leurs membres et d’autres arriver, tout en gardant le même esprit, la même joie de jouer qu’a leur début. Un superbe disque de Chicago blues …”
-SIT’ART MAGAZINE

ONE MORE CHANCE

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

1. INSTRUMENTAL VERSE

2. ONE MORE CHANCE BABY
BABY ONE MORE CHANCE, ONE MORE CHANCE
OH JUST ONE MORE CHANCE BABY
ALL I NEED IS ONE MORE CHANCE
LORD I’M STANDING HERE CRYIN’ BABY
I’M CRYIN’ OVER OUR ROMANCE

3. WHEN YOU GOT ON THAT BUS THIS MORNIN’ BABY
I FELT SO ALL ALONE
YES WHEN YOU GOT UPON THAT BUS THIS MORNIN’ BABY
OH I FELT SO ALL ALONE
PLEASE CALL ME
I CAN’T WAIT T0 HEAR YOUR VOICE
ON THE TELEPHONE

4. I DIDN’T MEAN YOU NO HARM
AND I WAS A FOOL FOR EVER LYIN’
YES I DIDN’T MEAN YOU NO HARM BABY
AND I WAS A FOOL FOR LYIN’
OH I NEED ONE MORE CHANCE
BECAUSE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE I’M SLOWLY DYIN’

5. SOLO[S]

6. OH I DIDN’T MEAN TO MAKE YOU CRY
LORD I DIDN’T MEAN TO DO YOU WRONG
LORD I DIDN’T MEAN TO MAKE YOU CRY BABY
OH I DIDN’T MEAN TO DO YOU WRONG
AND WHEN YOU GOT UPON THAT BUS THIS MORNIN’ BABY
LORD IT MADE ME FEEL SO ALL ALONE

7. WELL I’M BEGGIN’ YOU PLEASE BABY
PLEASE GIVE ME ONE MORE CHANCE
OH I’M BEGGIN’ YOU PLEASE… PLEASE BABY
JUST GIVE ME ONE MORE CHANCE
DON’T MAKE ME SUFFER GIRL
BABY I”M CRYIN’ OVER OUR ROMANCE

TALKING:
8. YOU KNOW I’M CRAZY ABOUT YOU
COME ON PLEASE GIVE ME ONE MORE CHANCE
I KNOW I SHOULDN’T HAVE LIED TO YOU BABY
I FEEL BAD AND MY HEART IS IN PAIN
OH JUST GIVE ME ONE MORE CHANCE …
[FADE]

EXCUSE ME

K. Davis, Katy-D publ. Co., BMI

1. INSTRUMENTAL VERSE

2. EXCUSE ME
WHILE I GO SIT DOWN AND CRY
[REPEAT]
… WELL MY BABY’S DONE ME WRONG
AND I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHY

3. YOU TOLD ME YOU HAD SOMETHING
THAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE
YOU TOLD ME YOU HAD SOMETHING
TO FILL MY APPETITE
EXCUSE ME
WHILE I GO SIT DOWN AND CRY
EVERYTHING YOU TELL ME BABY
IT SEEMS IT AIN’T NOTHING BUT A LIE

4. I BRAGGED YOU WERE A H-BOMB
(I) NAMED YOU TORPEDO JOE
YOU BURNT UP YOUR GUN POWDER
YOU CAN’T EVEN LOVE ME NO MORE
EXCUSE ME
WHILE I GO SIT DOWN AND CRY
EVERY TIME YOU TELL ME SOMETHING
IT AIN’T NOTHING BUT A LIE

5. SOLO[S]

6. TROUBLE, TROUBLE
WHY DO YOU COME MY WAY
TALKING TO YOU
TROUBLE, TROUBLE, TROUBLE
WHY DO YOU COME MY WAY
I TRIED TO TREAT YOU NICE TROUBLE
BUT I JUST WON’T, I JUST WON’T LET YOU STAY

7. EXCUSE ME
WHILE I GO SIT DOWN AND CRY
EXCUSE ME
WHILE I HANG MY HEAD AND CRY
REPEAT TURN AROUND 5X:
1] I WON’T TREAT ME RIGHT TROUBLE
YOU TELL ME NOTHING BUT A LIE …
2] WELL YOU WON’T TREAT ME RIGHT
TROUBLE – I JUST CAN’T LET YOU STAY …
3] EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING YOU TELL ME
BABY – I JUST CAN’T LET YOU STAY …
4] YEA… EVERY TIME YOU TELL ME SOMETHING
IT AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A LIE…
5] INSTRUMENTAL TURN AROUND – EXIT

HANDY MAN

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

1. INSTRUMENTAL VERSE

2. GOT A BAG FULL OF TOOLS
SIX FEET DEEP
CALL ME BABY
MY RATES ARE CHEAP
I’M YOUR HANDY MAN
I’M YOUR HANDY MAN
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
YOU KNOW I’M THE ONE YOU NEED

3. WHATEVER THE WHIM
I’M HERE TO PLEASE
JUST CALL ME BABY
YOU’LL BE ON EASY STREET
I’M YOUR HANDY MAN
I’M YOUR HANDY-HANDY MAN
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
YOU KNOW I’M THE ONE YOU NEED
4. I’LL DUST YOUR SHELVES
AND MOP YOUR FLOORS
I’LL CLEAN YOUR STOVE
AND LOCK ALL THE DOORS
I’LL WASH YOUR CAR
AND WAX IT TOO
I’LL CHANGE YOUR OIL
AND GIVE YOU NEW BRAKE SHOES
[BREAK]:
I’M YOUR HANDY MAN
I’M YOUR HANDY-HANDY MAN
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
YOU KNOW I’M THE ONE YOU NEED

5. SOLO

6. I’LL SOOTHE YOUR ACHES
HOLD YOU WHEN YOU BLUE
I’LL FIX EVERYTHIN’
THAT’S TROUBLIN’ YOU
I’LL KEEP WATCH
WHILE YOU SLEEP
‘CAUSE MY LOVE FOR YOU …
IS SIX FEET DEEP
[BREAK]
I’M YOUR HANDY MAN
I’M YOUR HANDY-HANDY MAN
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
YOU KNOW I’M THE ONE YOU NEED

7. SOLO

8. RAIN OR SHINE
JUST KNOCK ON MY DOOR
I[‘LL] BE WAITING BABY
TO PLEASE YOU ONCE MORE
I’M YOUR HANDY MAN
I’M YOUR HANDY-HANDY MAN
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
YOU KNOW I’M THE ONE YOU NEED

9. I’M YOUR HANDY MAN
I’M YOUR HANDY-HANDY MAN
I’M YOUR HANDY MAN
I’M YOUR HANDY-HANDY MAN
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
YOU KNOW I’M THE ONE YOU NEED

10. I’M YOUR HANDY MAN
I’M YOUR HANDY MAN
I’M YOUR HANDY-HANDY MAN
I’M YOUR HANDY-HANDY MAN
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
YOU KNOW I’M THE ONE YOU NEED
[EXIT]

THESE MEN LOOK GOOD TO ME

K. Davis, Katy-D Publ. Co., BMI

1. INSTRUMENTAL VERSE

2. Mm Mm GIRLS
THESE MEN LOOK GOOD TO ME
[REPEAT]
… IF YOU DON’T CLAIM THEM
I’LL TAKE THEM HOME WITH ME

3. I CAN LOVE MY MAN
AIN’T NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT
REPEAT]
… KEEPS HIS MIND AND BODY WORKING
AND THAT IS A NATURAL FACT

BREAK:
4. LOVE THEM IN THE MORNING
LOVE THEM LATE AT NIGHT
ANYTIME HE WANTS IT
I’LL MAKE IT RIGHT
Mm Mm GIRLS
THESE MEN LOOK GOOD TO ME
WHEN MY LOVE IS COMING DOWN
ALL I CAN SAY IS “00-WEE” … “OO-WEE”

5. SOLO[S]

6. NOW DON’T START COMPLAINING
IF YOU DO KEEP IT TO YOURSELF
DON‘T YOU DARE START COMPLAINING
IF YOU DO KEEP IT TO YOURSELF
… ‘CAUSE WHEN YOU START COMPLAINING
THEN GO SOMEWHERE ELSE

BREAK:
7. LOVE THEM WHEN THEY’RE COLD
LOVE THEM WHEN THEY’RE HOT
LOVE THEM WHEN THEY’RE HAPPY
LOVE THEM WHEN THEY’RE NOT
OO-WEE GIRLS
HERE THEY COME MY WAY
I WON’T TAKE THE BLAME
IF THEY WANT TO STAY
[REPEAT TURN AROUND 4X]

FAREWELL TO S.P. LEARY

H. Chuck Goering & Betsy Pyle, Big Tone Music, BMI

1. INSTRUMENTAL INTRO

2. I JUST GOT THE NEWS
HAPPENED IN CHICAGO JUST TODAY
[REPEAT…]
… I CALLED UP TRINITY HOSPITAL
THEY SAID S.P. LEARY HAD PASSED AWAY

3. HE WAS A DUST BOWL BABY
BORN IN A LITTLE TEXAS TOWN
[REPEAT…]
… TAUGHT HIMSELF TO BEAT THOSE DRUMS
AND THAT’S HOW HE MADE[?] THE S.P. LEARY SOUND

4. SOLO[S]

5. HIS WIFE ANNETTE STAYED WITH HIM
EVERY HOUR, NIGHT AND DAY
[REPEAT]
… “OH YOU KNOW YOU WERE MY WHOLE LIFE” SHE WHISPERED
HE CLOSED HIS EYES AND SLIPPED AWAY

6. S.P. I MISS YOUR SMILE
AND THE SPARKLE YOU HAD UP IN YOUR EYES
[REPEAT … ]
… NO ONE WILL PLAY LIKE YOU “BIRD“[?]
OOH YOU KNOW THEY SHOULDN’T EVER TRY

7. SOLO [EXIT]

CORNELL STREET BOOGIE

H. Chuck Goering, Big Tone Music, BMI

Instrumental

GHOST DADDY

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

1. INSTRUMENTAL INTRO (2 MELODY VERSES)

2. BIG JOE WORKS EVERYDAY
HE’S ALWAYS ON THE GO
HOLDIN’ ON TO TWO JOBS
AND DIGGIN’ HIS OWN DOUGH

3. HE’S BUSY AS CAN BE
NEVER SEES WHAT’S WRONG
HE’S A GHOST DADDY
AND IS HARD TO GET ALONG

4. HE RULES HIS HOME WITH A FIST
NO ONE THERE SMILES
HE’S NOTHIN’ BUT A MAN
ACTIN’ LIKE A SPOILED CHILD

5. SOLO

6. FROM EVERYONE AT HOME
HE WANTS LOVE AND PRAISE
HE CAN’T EVEN SEE PEOPLE
HIS HARSH AND CRUEL WAYS

7. HE NEVER LIFTS A FINGER
BUT EXPECTS A TIDY HOUSE
HE IS A MEAN DADDY-O
RULING BOTH KIDS AND SPOUSE

8. OLD JOE SHOULD KNOW
HE’LL REAP WHAT HE SOWED
HE NEEDS MORE COMPASSION
THAN WORRYIN’ ‘BOUT HIS DOUGH
.9. SOLO + LA CUCARACHA – EXIT

DOG IN MY BACKYARD

G. Bazemore, G. Bazemore Productions, BMI

1. INSTRUMENTAL VERSE

2. LET ME TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT MY DOG
YOU KNOW HE’S A MEAN OLD WRETCHED
HOUND DOG
HE’S SO MEAN HE’S GOT FRIENDS DOWN IN THE JUNK YARD
SO MEAN HE WALKS AROUND BITING AIR
… HE’S GOT ONE WEAKNESS, AND ONE WEAKNESS ALONE:
EVERY TIME MY BABY LEAVES HOME
HE GETS TO HOWLIN’ AND ACTING CRAZY
[SO I WROTE THIS SONG ABOUT MY DOG]:

3. I GOT A DOG IN MY BACK YARD
YOU KNOW HE HOWLS WHEN MY BABY LEAVES
[REPEAT …]
… YOU KNOW IF SHE DON’T COME HOME
YOU’LL HEAR HIM ALL NIGHT LONG

4. SOLO

5. IT’S LATER ON IN THE EVENING
I BELIEVE I’LL THROW MY LITTLE DOG A BONE
[REPEAT…]
… ‘CAUSE IF I DON’T FEED THAT HOUND
YOU’LL HEAR HIM ALL NIGHT LONG

6. SOLO

7. I GOT A DOG IN MY BACK YARD
YOU KNOW HE HOWLS WHEN MY BABY LEAVES
[REPEAT…]
… YOU KNOW IF SHE DON’T COME HOME
YOU’LL HEAR HIM ALL NIGHT LONG
[EXIT]

DON’T CROSS ME

P. Lacocque & W. Crosby, Ransart Music, BMI

1. MY NAME IS KATHERINE
I’VE GOT HEART AND SOUL
WHEREVER I GO PEOPLE
I ALWAYS HAVE A BALL
YES MY NAME IS KATHERINE
AND I’VE GOT HEART AND SOUL
SO DON’T YOU DARE CROSS ME HONEY
I WON’T TAKE THAT AT ALL

2. I’M EASY TO GET ALONG WITH
TO FRIENDS I AM A GEM
I’VE GOT A HEART OF GOLD
AND THAT’S THE WAY I AM
MY NAME IS KATHERINE
AND I’VE GOT HEART AND SOUL
DON’T YOU DARE CROSS ME HONEY
I WON’T TAKE THAT AT ALL

BRIDGE:
3. I AM QUITE SIMPLY
AS SWEET AS I AM STRONG
I WILL FIGHT BACK
IF I KNOW THAT YOU’RE WRONG
IT’S A MEAN OLD WORLD
I’VE GOT ONLY ME
SO DON’T START NO TROUBLE
[OR] I’LL PUT YOU IN MISERY
MY NAME IS KATHERINE
AND I’VE GOT HEART AND SOUL
DON’T YOU DARE CROSS ME HONEY
I WON’T TAKE THAT AT ALL

4. SOLO

5. I’VE GOT THE TOUCH OF A RABBIT
CLAWS OF A LIONESS
DON’T BLOCK ME BABY
YOU’LL FIND YOURSELF IN A MESS
YES MY NAME IS KATHERINE
AND I’VE GOT HEART AND SOUL
DON’T YOU DARE CROSS ME HONEY
I WON’T TAKE THAT AT ALL

6. WELL I SAY WHAT I MEAN
AND I MEAN WHAT I SAY
I NEVER LIE PEOPLE
MY WORD IS HERE TO STAY
MY NAME IS … / …

7. SOLO

BRIDGE :
8. WELL I AM QUITE SIMPLY
AS SWEET AS I AM STRONG
I WILL FIGHT BACK
IF I KNOW THAT YOU’RE WRONG
IT’S A MEAN OLD WORLD
I’VE GOT ONLY ME
SO DON’T START NO TROUBLE
[OR] I’LL SET YOU IN MISERY
MY NAME IS KATHERINE
AND I’VE GOT HEART AND SOUL
SO DON’T YOU DARE CROSS ME HONEY
I WON’T TAKE THAT AT ALL
[DID YOU HEAR WHAT I SAID NOW…]
1] SO DON’T YOU DARE CROSS ME HONEY
I WON’T TAKE THAT AT ALL
[CAN I SAY THAT AGAIN YOU ALL…]
2] SO DON’T YOU DARE CROSS ME HONEY
I WON’T TAKE THAT AT ALL
[ONE MORE TIME NOW…]
3] SO DON’T YOU DARE CROSS ME HONEY
I WON’T [STOP] …
I WON’T [STOP] …
I WON’T-TAKE-THAT-AT-ALL
[EXIT]

IT HURTS TO BE LONESOME

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

1. INSTRUMENTAL INTRO

2. I DON’T FEEL LIKE LIVIN’
MY LIFE LOOKS SO BLEAK
I’M IN MY BEDROOM CRYIN’
I CAN HARDLY SPEAK
IT HURTS TO BE LONESOME
IT IS SO PAINFUL TO BE ALONE
THE BLUES IS NO FUN AT ALL
WHEN IT’S LIKE A WAR ZONE IN YOUR OWN HOME

3. I’M STUCK IN A RAT RACE PEOPLE
I AIN’T GOT NO TIME FOR NO FRIENDS
MY WOMAN DON’T UNDERSTAND ME
WHEN WILL THIS PAIN ALL END
IT HURTS TO BE LONESOME
IT IS SO PAINFUL TO BE ALONE
THE BLUES IS NO FUN AT ALL
WHEN IT’S LIKE A WAR ZONE IN YOUR OWN HOME

4. TEARS ARE MY COMPANIONS
I FEEL LIKE A STEP-CHILD
I’M IN A NIGHTMARE, PEOPLE
THESE BLUES’ IS RUNNIN’ WILD
IT HURTS TO BE LONESOME …/…

5. SOLO[S]

6. I TRIED TO SLOW DOWN PEOPLE
BUT IT NEVER WORKS TOO LONG
NO MATTER WHAT I PUT DOWN BABY
IT ALWAYS SEEMS TO GO WRONG
IT HURTS TO BE LONESOME
IT IS SO PAINFUL TO BE ALONE
HOW CAN A MAN BE HAPPY
WHEN IT’S LIKE A WAR ZONE IN HIS OWN HOME
[EXIT]

PAYDAY

P. Lacocque & G. Bazemore, Ransart Music/G. Bazemore Productions, BMI

1. INSTRUMENTAL VERSE

2. WORKING DAWN TO MIDNIGHT
IT’S A PAIN IN THE NECK
YOU CAN SAY WHAT YOU MIGHT
NOTHIN’ BEATS A PAYCHECK
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY

3. I DON’T CARE ABOUT TOMORROW
WORKIN’ HARD AND STRONG
I JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN
EVEN IF IT AIN’T FOR LONG
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY

4. SOLO

5. PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY

6. SOMETIMES I FEEL SO DISGUSTED
I CAN HARDLY SPEAK
I’M TIRED OF BEIN’ BROKE AND BUSTED
EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY

7. SOLO

8. PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY

9. I’M UP BY FIVE IN THE MORNIN’
IN BED BY MIDNIGHT
MY BABY’S MOANIN’ AND GROANIN’
‘CAUSE I CAN’T SEE HER TONIGHT
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY
PAYDAY IS MY DAY

10. INSTRUMENTAL VERSE
[FADE]

STAY WITH ME

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

1. INSTRUMENTAL VERSES
[LAST INSTRUMENTAL LINE]:
CHORUS: PLEASE DON’T GO
… I LOVE YOU SO

2. THERE’S A LOT OF REASONS
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
WHY I LOVE YOU SO
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
SO MANY MANY REASONS
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
I LOVE YOU SO
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
BABY STAY WITH ME
CHORUS: PLEASE DON’T GO
DADDY PLEASE DON’T GO
CHORUS: I LOVE YOU SO

3. I LOVE YOUR TOUCH
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
AND YOUR KIND GENTLE WAYS
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
OOH OOH OOH YOUR TOUCH
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
AND YOUR KIND GENTLE WAYS
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
BABY STAY WITH ME
CHORUS: PLEASE DON’T GO
FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS
CHORUS: I LOVE YOU SO

4. YOU DRY MY TEARS
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
WHEN I’M SAD AND BLUE
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
YOU DRY MY TEARS
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
WHEN I’M SAD AND BLUE
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
BABY STAY WITH ME
CHORUS: PLEASE DON’T GO
I’LL ALWAYS BE TRUE
CHORUS: I LOVE YOU SO

5. SOLO[S]

6. EVERY TIME YOU COME NEAR ME
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
YOU SET MY SOUL ON FIRE
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
OOH … WHEN YOU COME NEAR ME DADDY
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
YOU SET MY SOUL’S ON FIRE
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
BABY STAY WITH ME
CHORUS: PLEASE DON’T GO
YOU’RE MY HEART’S DESIRE
CHORUS: I LOVE YOU SO

7. NOW YOU DRY MY TEARS
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
WHEN I’M SAD AND BLUE
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
YOU DRY MY TEARS
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
WHEN I’M SAD AND BLUE
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
BABY STAY WITH ME
CHORUS: PLEASE DON’T GO I’LL ALWAYS BE TRUE
CHORUS: I LOVE YOU SO

8. BABY PLEASE DON’T GO
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
BABY PLEASE DON’T GO
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
BABY PLEASE DON’T GO
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
BABY PLEASE DON’T GO
CHORUS: BABY STAY WITH ME
COME ON STAY WITH ME
CHORUS: PLEASE DON’T GO
BABY PLEASE DON’T GO
CHORUS: I LOVE YOU SO

9. INSTRUMENTAL VERSES – EXIT
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JOHNNY BOY

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

Instrumental

PLEASE DON’T CRY

P. Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

1. INTRO VERSE

2. I’M LEAVIN’ TONIGHT BABY
[I’M] GOING BACK ON THE ROAD
[REPEAT]
… PLEASE DON’T CRY SWEET DARLIN’
SORRY TO LEAVE YOU WITH THIS HEAVY LOAD

3. TAKE CARE OF MY KIDS BABY
I WON’T TRAVEL LONG
I HOPE WHILE I’M AWAY BABY
NOTHIN’ WILL GO WRONG
PLEASE DON’T CRY BABY
‘CAUSE MY HEART IS SET ON YOU
… I’M SO SAD I GOT TO LEAVE
GEE I HATE TO SEE YOU BLUE

4. INSTRUMENTAL BREAK + SOLO[S]

5. I’M GOIN’ SO SO FAR BABY
BUT MY LOVE’S A HEARTBEAT AWAY
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH
BUT I WON’T BE ABLE TO STAY
PLEASE DON’T CRY SWEET DARLIN’
‘CAUSE MY HEART IS SET ON YOU
… I’M SO SAD TO LEAVE YOU
GEE I HATE TO SEE YOU BLUE

6. INSTRUMENTAL VERSE
[EXIT]

EARLY MORNING BLUES

C. Winters, Blue Crane Music, BMI

Instrumental