(Spoken:) Lord have mercy, got to tell it, tell it just like it is, evæ?®y word.
Yeah! I was living in St. Louis
In the year of nineteen fifty five
Mama didnæ?° have no great mansion,
Just a little old country dive.
Papa worked all week long,
Tryæ?§?to keep us six kids alive.
So I hitch hiked to Chicago
Just to hear Muddy Waters play
I sat and listened to him sing
Until the early hours of day
I asked him what I could do to make it
And it was he who showed me the way
I went back home and wrote a song
And made a record I could claim
The little tune jumped on the charts
And rode me right on up to fame
It netted over ten thousand dollars
And added glory to my name
I was standing at the airport
With my guitar in my hand
And a first class ticket
Destination movie land
I will be in Hollywood, Mama
Before the roosters crow again
When I first started playing music
Over sixteen years ago
Every big town in the country
From St. Francisco to Baltimore
Trying to bring some happy hours
Doing the only thing I know
Canæ?° help it, but I love it
Stand here, sing to you
Brings back so many memories
Many things we used to do
Æ?£ill I see you here again
Take care, good luck to you

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