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Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
by Bessie Smith

Once I lived the life of a millionaire
Spending my money, I didn't care
I carried my friends out for a good time
Buying bootleg liquor, champagne and wine

Then I began to fall so low
I didn't have a friend, and no place to go
So if I ever get my hand on a dollar again
I'm gonna hold on to it till them eagle's grin

Nobody knows you when you down and out
In my pocket not one penny
And my friends I haven't any
But If I ever get on my feet again
Then I'll meet my long lost friend
It's mighty strange, without a doubt
Nobody knows you when you down and out
I mean when you down and out

Mmm, when you're down and out
Mmm, not one penny
And my friends I haven't any
Mmm, well I felt so low
Nobody wants me round their door
Mmm, without a doubt
No man can use you wen you down and out
I mean when you down and out

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William Moore

Janis Joplin bought her a gravestone.

rompe toto

J IL7 no she didn’t you degenerate simp


@rompe toto ...Yes, she did!


@rompe toto oh look, an idiot trolling youtube. How unique.

Michael Gaynor

@Maria Fragkiadaki ,I promise you I will!🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

Maria Fragkiadaki

@Michael Gaynor I know, I've already read it in one of her biographies. Heaven sent love to us with these two ladies so it is nice that you will go and put some roses for all of us!

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Liutprand D. Drang

This kind of music is so long forgotten, what a shame.
I have to thank Bioshock, i discovered it there.

Christopher Mercer

Look up otis reddings version i think you will like it most

SP Enjoymusic

Not ever.... It may not be the club action music, their loss, it will always live in the hearts to who appreciate the Soul in the Music❤🌏


Leslie Odom jr has a beautiful version of this song.

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