You Better Lie Down

by Scott Ainslie

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You Better Lie Down (trad. Emmett Murray) cd cover: you better lie down by scott ainslieCaptain got a way he got to stop O’ waking me up at four o’clock. All o’ you old, long time rounders, You Better Lie Down. Look mighty cloudy but it ain’t gon’ rain. Look on the table it’s the same old thing. All of you old, long time rounders, You Better Lie Down. Lay down late, but you get up soon. Ain’t seen nothin’ but the stars and the moon. All of you old, long time rounders, You Better Lie Down. Big piece o’ bacon and a little streak o’ lean; Strong cup o’ coffee, ain’t no sugar been seen.* All of you old, long time rounders, You Better Lie Down. If I’d a-known my Captain was mean, I never would-a left St. Augustine. All of you old, long time rounders, You Better Lie Down. Lay down late but you get up soon. Ain’t seen nothin’ but the stars and the moon. All of you old, long time rounders, You Better Lie Down. Might be crazy, but I ain’t no fool. I’m goin’ back to Florida where I won’t have to plough no mule. All of you old, long time rounders, You Better Lie Down. Look might cloudy but it ain’t gon’ rain. Look on the table it’s the same old thing. All of you old, long time rounders, You Better Lie Down.
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Don't Let The Devil Ride Don’t Let The Devil Ride Don’t let the Devil ride. No, don’t you. Don’t let the Devil ride. If you let him ride, he’ll take over and drive. Don’t let him ride. Don’t, don’t let him hold your hand. No, don’t you. Don’t let him hold your hand. If he holds you hand, he’ll want you to join his band. Don’t let him ride. Don’t, don’t take the Devil’s pay. No don’t you! Don’t take the Devil’s pay. If you take his pay, he’ll hurt you some day. Don’t let him ride. Don’t, don’t let him ring your bell. No, don’t you. Don’t let him ring your bell. If he ring you bell, you’re going to Hell. Don’t let him ride.
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Big Fat Mama 03:30
Big Fat Mama (Tommy Johnson) Big Fat Woman, meat shake on her bone. Big fat Mama, meat shake on her bone. Ev’ry time she shake it, some skinny girl will lose her home. Well now, Big Fat Woman, where you been so long? Big fat Mama, where you been so long? You better quit your pushin’, darlin’, and bring your clothes back home I’m leavin’ here baby, won’t be back ’til fall. Leavin’ you Mama, said I won’t be back ’til fall. If my mind don’t change, I won’t be back at all. Big Fat Woman, meat shake on her bone. Big fat Mama, meat shake on her bone. Ev’ry time she shake it, Fat Man’s dollar is gone.
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Pay Day (Mississippi John Hurt) Well, I did all I can do and I can’t get along with you. I’m goin’ to take you to your Mama, Pay Day. Pay Day. Pay Day. I’m goin’ to take you to your Mama, Pay Day. Well, a rabbit come along and I ain’t go no rabbit dog. And I hate to see that rabbit get away. Get away. Get away. Oh, I hate to see that rabbit get away. Well, just about a week ago, I stole a ham of meat. I’m gon’ keep my skillet greasy if I can. If I can. If I can. I’m gon’ keep my skillet greasy if I can. Well, the hounds are on my track, a knapsack on my back. I’m gon’ make it to my shanty, ‘fore day. ‘Fore day. ‘Fore day. Oh, I’m gon’ make it to my shanty, ‘fore day.
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I'll Be Rested (When The Roll Is Called) I’ll Be Rested When the Roll Is Called I’ll be rested when the roll is called. I’ll be rested when the roll is called. I’ll be rested on my way to heaven, I’ll be rested when the roll is called. See my mother… I’ll be laughing… I’ll be dancing… I’ll be playing…
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Broken Levee Blues (Lonnie Johnson) “I want to go back to Helena, but the high water’s got me barred. Said, I woke up this morning with the water all in my back yard. The water’s all up ’round my windows, backin’ up in my door. I’ve got to leave my home. Said, I can’t stay here no more. They want me to work on the levee, they’re coming to take me down. I’m scared the levee may break, ah…and I might drown. The police run me out from Cairo, all through Arkansas. And they threw me in jail, behind these cold iron bars. They said, “Work fight or go to jail”, I said, “I ain’t totin’ no sacks.” I won’t drown on that levee and you ain’t gonna break my back.
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Phonograph Blues (Robert Johnson) My baby, she got a phonograph, but it won’t say a lonesome word. My baby, she got a phonograph, but it won’t say a lonesome word. What evil have I done? What evil has that poor girl heard? Well, I love my phonograph, but you have broke’ my windin’ chain. I love my phonograph, but you have broke my windin’ chain. And taken my lovin’ and given it to your other man. We played it on the sofa, child. We played it ‘side the wall. But my needle has got rusty and it will not play it all. We played it on the sofa, child. We played it ‘side the wall. But my needle has got rusty and it will not play it all. And I’ll go crazy. I believe I’ll lose my mind. I’ll go crazy. I believe I’ll lose my mind. Why don’t you bring your love back home and try your daddy one more time?
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Losing Faith In You (Riley King) There was a time when I believed in you Oh, and nothing wrong that you could ever do. But you’ve changed, and you know it’s true. I’m losing the faith that I had in you. I was so in love, till I was blind. No, I could never believe that cheatin’ was on your mind. Oh, you’ve changed, and you know it’s true. I’m losing the faith that I had in you. Oh, I gave you my heart, gave you all my love. And I asked for nothing, nothing in return. I was so happy with you, baby, thinkin’ you were mine. Oh, but how much, how much I paid to learn. Oh, how I suffered since finding out you, baby, You were all you cared about. Oh, you’ve changed and you know it’s true. I’m losing the faith that I had in you. Oh, you’ve changed. Yes, you really changed. And I’m losing the faith that I had, Losing the faith that I had, Losing the faith that I had in you.
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Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke) If you ever change your mind About leaving, leaving me behind. Bring it to me, bring your sweet loving, Bring it on home to me. I’ll give you jewelry, and money, too. And that ain’t all, that ain’t all I will do for you. If you’ll bring it to me, bring your sweet loving, Bring it on home to me. INSTRUMENTAL God knows I’ve tried to treat you right. But you stayed out every night. Why don’t you bring it to me, bring your sweet loving, Bring it on home to me. If you ever change your mind About leaving, leaving me behind. Bring it to me, bring your sweet loving, Bring it on home to me.
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When You've Gotta Good Friend (Robert Johnson) When you’ve got a good friend that will stay right by your side. (2x) Give her all your spare time. Love and treat her right. I mistreated my baby. I can’t see the reason why. (2x) Every time I think about it, I just wring my hands and cry. I wonder could I bear to apologize. And would she sympathize with me? (2x) She’s a brown-skinned woman, just as sweet as any girlfriend can be. Oh, babe, I may be right or wrong. Maybe in your opinion, well, I may be right or wrong. Watch your close friends, baby, then your enemies can’t do you no wrong.
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I Will Trust In The Lord I will trust in the Lord (3x) ’til I die. I’m gonna treat everybody right, (3x) ’til I die. I’m gonna stay on the battlefield (3x) ’til I die. Who’s going down in the grave with me? (3x) When I die? I will trust in the Lord (3x) ’til I die.
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Wade In The Water Wade in the Water, Wade in the Water, Children. Wade in the Water. God’s gonna trouble the water. Well, who’s that yonder dressed in Red? God’s gonna trouble the water. Must be the children that Moses led. God’s gonna trouble the water. Who’s that yonder dressed in White? God’s gonna trouble the water. Must be the children of the Israelites. God’s gonna trouble the water. Who’s that yonder dressed in Blue? God’s gonna trouble the water. Must be the Children now, let them through. He’s gonna trouble the water.

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This is a CD collection that combines tunes I learned first-hand from gospel and blues guitarists in North Carolina, mostly men born between 1900 and 1930, with more contemporary pieces originally by B. B. King and Sam Cooke.

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released May 2, 2020

Scott Ainslie, guitars, mandolin, bass, and voice.

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Scott Ainslie Brattleboro, Vermont

A long history with older black blues and gospel players in the mid-South marks Ainslie's work deeply. He transcribed all of Robert Johnson's recorded songs for "Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads" (Hal Leonard, 1992) and has a teaching DVD on Johnson's music. A fine songwriter with a social conscience and a belief in the power of music to move and inspire, Ainslie's voice is a great force for good! ... more

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