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Howlin� Mercy - Lyrics

Ain�t Afraid of Midnight (D. Walker/J. Campbell) 5:16

I taught the hellhound to sit
Cheatin Satan playing cards
I taught the hellhound to sit
Cheatin Satan playing cards
I pulled a knife on the devil
When he damned my heart

Well, I tease the kitchen cobras
I dare them to bite
Well the lunge � they hiss
But, the serpent thinks twice
One look at my eyes
He recoils in fright

Rough and tumble stitches and scars
Whenever I rumble it�s no holds barred
And I ain�t
Afraid of midnight
Well, I ain�t afraid of midnight
I�ll dance in that graveyard

Well, bring on that hooded bugler
He can sound his taps for me
Bring on the that hooded bugler
He can sound his taps for me
But, when the reaper comes
He best be packin heat

Rough and tumble stitches and scars
Whenever I rumble it�s no holds barred
And I ain�t
Afraid of midnight
Well, I ain�t afraid of midnight
I�ll dance in that graveyard

And I ain�t
Afraid of midnight
No, I ain�t
Afraid of midnight

I ain�t afraid baby
I don�t see � no midnight
I�ll dance in that graveyard

When the Levee Breaks (Memphis Minnie) 6:08

Well, if it keeps on raining
Levee�s going to break
If it keeps on raining
Levee�s going to break

And when the levee breaks
When the levee breaks
When the levee breaks
When the levee breaks
There won�t be no place to stay

Mean old levee
Taught me to weep and moan
Mean old levee
Taught me to weep and moan

When the levee breaks
When the levee breaks
When the levee breaks
Make a mountain man leave his home

All last night
Sat on the levee and cried
All last night
Sat on the levee and cried

When the levee breaks
When the levee breaks
When the levee breaks
There won�t be no place to hide

When the levee breaks
When the levee breaks
When the levee breaks
There won�t be no place to �

I�m going down
I�m going down
I�m going down
I�m going down
I�m going down
I�m going down
I�m going down, going down, going down, going down

I�m going down now
I�m going down now
I�m going down
Ah�.the levee breaks

Down in the Hole (Tom Waits) 4:53

When you walk through the garden
You gotta watch your back
I beg your pardon
Walk the straight and narrow path

Now if you walk with Jesus
He�s gonna save your soul
You got to keep the Devil
Way down in the hole

He�s got the fire and the fury
At his command
You don�t have to worry
When your holding Jesus� hand

We�ll all be safe from Satan
When the thunder rolls
You got to keep the Devil
Way down in the hole

All the Angels sing
�Bout Jesus� mighty sword
They shield you with their wings
Keep you close to the Lord

Don�t heed to temptation
For his hands are so cold
You got to help me keep the Devil
Way down in the hold

Down in the hole
Down in the hole
Down in the hole
Down in the hole

You got to help me keep the Devil
Down in the hole
Help me keep the Devil
Way down in the hole

Help me!
Help me!
v You have to help me
You got to help me
Ah, help me keep the Devil
Down in the hole
Help me keep the Devil
Way down in the hole

Look What Love Can Do (D. Walker/J. Campbell) 5:08

I told the hobos
Down at the train yard
I wasn�t ridin
No more rails
I called up
All of my buddies
And said my main loft
Was for sale

Look
What love can do
Look
What love can do

I paid off
My tab at Big Rita�s
And I kissed
All the girls goodbye
Well I tossed
My black book to a stranger
And not a single
Tear fell from my eye

Look
What love can do
Look
What love can do

I finally got a mailing address
A telephone you can call
Throw my pants into the same corner
A picture of me on the wall

Well I
I gave up my double dealin
And I ain�t carryin�
My loaded dice
Well I quit
All my rumblin
Now I only
Tote one big knife

Look
What love can do
Look
What love can do
Ah, What love can do

Saddle Up My Pony (Traditional arranged by John Campbell) 7:15

It�s time to saddle up my pony
I think it�s time to hitch my mare
It�s time to saddle up my pony
I think it�s time to hitch my mare
You know the woman I been lovin�
She�s out there � She�s in the world somewhere

And every time I see a woman
Lord, it sure does make me think of mine
Well, every time I see a woman
Lord, it sure does make me think of mine
It�s weighin� heavy on my conscious
And lord, it�s weighin � my troubled mind

I think somebody man
Has tried to put a spell
Down on me

I think somebody man
Is tryin to throw some spell
Down on me

Same worries same trouble
You know its huntin and houndin me
And when it comes my time to die
Just lay me down by the highway side
And when it comes my time to die
Just lay me down by the highway side

So�s my wicked spirit
Can easily catch a greyhound bus
And Ride

Firin� Line (Z. Kennedy/ D. Walker/ J. Campbell) 5:36

Drove into town
In a Cadillac
1300 miles
Watching my back
I saw two rabid dogs
Fighting in the street
They�s as mean as the woman
I came to meet

My body�s aching
My mind ain�t right
I know she�s out there
In the night
And she�s waiting on me

She�s a Pistol with a trigger happy mind
And I�m her target
On the Firin� Line
The Firin� Line

I talked to a priest
With a chiseled tooth
He told me, Boy
You best be bullet proof
She�s a daughter of the coyote clan
And the rumor has it
You�re a dead meat man
If you had sense
You�d turn and run

Well, she�s on fire
And she�s got a gun
She�s got a gun

She�s a Pistol with a trigger happy mind
And I�m her target
On the Firin� Line
The Firin� Line

Well, I followed her tracks
To the river�s edge
Back to the spot
Where we made our bed
A Silver moon
A glint of steel
Her sweet payback
For my dirty deal

Lightnin swift
Black night air
Night of the huntress
And I�m trapped in her lair
In in her lair

She�s a Pistol with a trigger happy mind
v And I�m her target
On the Firin� Line
The Firin� Line

Love�s Name (D. Walker/J. Campbell) 4:17

Love stay away
From my door
I don�t want you comin round here
Anymore
I don�t want the heartache
Or the pain
Don�t wanna hear the tears that fall
That do
When people mention
Love�s name

I never trusted
Happiness
I always just lost a friend
And made a mess
I don�t want the heartache
Or the pain
Don�t wanna hear the tears that fall
v That will
When people mention
Love�s name

Don�t mention Love�s name
It don�t play by the rules
Love is a wicked woman�s tool

Don�t come in my house
Those words ain�t welcome here
Well, I won�t be nobody�s fool

Love stay away
From my door
I don�t want you comin round here
Anymore
I don�t want the heartache
I don�t want the pain
Don�t wanna hear the tears that fall
That do
When people mention
Love�s name

Written in Stone (Z. Kennedy/ D. Walker/ J. Campbell) 5:12

Death, the sun, and the taxman
Dog me everyday
The high, the low, the narrow road
Ain�t found no heaven no
Ain�t got much I can count on
My faith is mostly bluff
But in my darkest hour, babe
I still believe in us

Well, most people walk through the world all alone
But, me and you baby
Written in stone

The snake, the shark, and the vulture
By land, sea, and air
The faint of heart might freeze, babe
Like a wolf trapped in his lair
But, I don�t fear no evil
No black can cause me to fuss
Through my trials and tribulations
The sun shines � there's still us

Well, most people walk through the world all alone
But, you and me baby
Written in stone
It�s written in stone
Ah, it�s in stone baby

The cards, the bones, and the bible
I read �em when I can
But, life is like the desert baby
When the hot wind hits the sand
But me and you got the magic
Come through my mojo hand
And no wind can blow us under
What the high doctor planned

Most people walk through the world all alone
But, me and you baby
Written in stone
It�s written in stone
Ah, it�s in stone baby

Wiseblood (Z. Kennedy/ D. Walker/ J. Campbell) 5:13

Got Wiseblood Baby
I can see through your lies
I'm the minister of no mercy
It won't help to cry

You blasphemed in the church of no religion
You told a great big lie
Got Wiseblood Baby
The old evil eye

Ain't no salvation
Ain't nobody bein saved
The confessionals are empty
When the faithful come to pray

Ain't no kind of mournin'
No price you can pay
Nobody's lightin' candles
The darkness rules the day

Ain't no use comin back
On your bended knee
The truth is still the truth baby

Got Wiseblood
Got Wiseblood

Ain't no use comin back
On your bended knee
The truth is still the truth baby

Got Wiseblood
Got Wiseblood

Well the blind still can't see
And the dumb still cant talk
The lame are still crippled
And they can't walk

Now you've got wiseblood
You can't turn away
You can't wash it off
Wisebloods there to stay

Got Wiseblood
Got Wiseblood
Got Wiseblood
Got Wiseblood Baby
Got Wiseblood

Wolf Among the Lambs (D. Walker/J. Campbell) 6:12

When the moon is shinin�
You know I need to howl
Come midnight
I�m gonna start my prowl
When that hunger builds
And I get that appetite
I just can�t help myself, baby
I�m off into the night

Like a wolf
Among the lambs
Like a wolf
Among the lambs
I�ll be howlin� baby
I�ll be your man

Dark skies just turnin�
Midnight blue to gray
I�m gonna step in the shadow
Let �em carry me away
But when the day is over
And darkness starts to fall
Once you hear me howlin baby
I�m coming to call

Like a wolf
Among the lambs
Like a wolf
Among the lambs
You�re gonna hear me howlin� baby
I�ll be your man


Copyright � 2003, Thomas Geiger
Revised: May 10, 2003