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Mannish Boy
Muddy Waters Lyrics

Oh, yeah
Oh, yeah

Everything gonna be alright this mornin'
Now, when I was a young boy
At the age of five
My mother said I was gonna be
The greatest man alive
But now I'm a man
I'm age twenty-one
I want you to believe me, honey
We having lots of fun

I'm a man (yeah)
I spell M
A, child
That represent man
No B
O, child
That spell mannish boy
I'm a man
I'm a full-grown man
I'm a man
I'm a rollin' stone
I'm a man
I'm a hoochie-coochie man

Sittin' on the outside
Just me and my mate
I'm made to move
Come up two hours late
Wasn't that a man?
I spell M
A, child
That represesnt man
No B
O, child
That spell mannish boy
I'm a man
I'm a full-grown man
I'm a man
I'm a rolllin' stone
I'm a man
Full-grown man
Oh, well
Oh, well

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Ellas Mcdaniel, Melvin London, Mckinley Morganfield

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Piper McPiperton

True story - I heard this for the first time when I was 14 on summer break. The next night, my buddy had a little bonfire at his house with some friends (3 of them were young ladies), when his parents were out of town. I popped this tape into the boom box, and on that same night, I had my very first 40oz of Mickey's, got laid for the first time, the cops got called because we were too loud, and I had to walk my bike home (3 blocks over) at 2am. My Mom was pissed - Dad was trying not to laugh. The next day, the old man came home from work early (before Mom got home), and told me to come out to the patio. He had 2 glasses sitting outside, and he cracked a beer, poured a little in my glass, and dropped a box of rubbers onto the table. He heard me blaring this song in my room, and the general talk was something like this:

Dad: Being a man is not drinking and screwing and getting the cops called on you. Being a man is having to deal with the consequences of your actions, owning up to responsibilities and doing it every day. Did you get some p***y, son?
Me: (hesitantly).......yeah......
Dad: Next time, use these. It's your responsibility. Understood?"
Me: Understood, Dad.
Dad: Good. NOW you're a SMART man. Don't do stupid sh*t, and you'll enjoy life a lot more. Don't let Mom know I gave you some beer. It'll help your headache. Mow the lawn before Mom gets home.

I'll never forget that, or this tune. I've been rock n' roll ever since; and I'm WAY past 21 now, with a family of my own.

Blues; Rock; call it what you want. It's as American as apple pie. Every young man should hear this song. Thank you, Muddy. RIP Dad.

D Gray

I never got to have that talk with my Father, having lost him to Cancer, when I was only 5 !
So I hope you don't mind, I stole a little of your story, and in my mind, made it mine !
Thanks for keep'n it real !
That's a great story !
I actually came here to comment on Muddy being where it all started, when I came across your story.
And it caused me to pause, it really did !
I'll just say I'm now 66, and facing my own Life's problem's !
But, Thank You man for posting !
I can tell you didn't fall far from the tree !
Which a compliment to your lineage !
GOD BLESS you and yours !
And if they don't already know it, tell'm they came from some great Roots !
And my tribute to your Father !

Justin Blevins

That is none other than Little Walter.
He is playing harp.
Legend has it.
Chess records
Was a family.
They all played on each others sessions.
True fact.
Testimony of Keef.
When the Stones got to visit and record at Chess studio ,
Muddy was not selling any records
So Marshall Chess
Let him paint the walls of the joint to help him out !


Muddy Waters – vocals; guitar
Bob Margolin – guitar
Pinetop Perkins – piano
James Cotton – harmonica
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith – drums
Charles Calmese – bass guitar
Johnny Winter – guitar; miscellaneous screams, shouts, yells, & affirmations

*This is the 1977 version, produced by Johnny Winter. Muddy Waters recorded the original version in 1955, but he re-recorded the song numerous times during his lifetime with various producers -- each take slightly different, but ALL bad-ass!!!


Sou primeiro ritmo a formar pretos ricos
Primeiro ritmo que tornou pretos livres
Anel no dedo em cada um dos cinco
Vento na minha cara eu me sinto vivo
A partir de agora considero tudo blues
O samba é blues
O rock é blues
O jazz é blues
O funk é blues
O soul é blues
Eu sou Exu do Blues
Tudo que quando era preto era do demônio
E depois virou branco foi aceito eu vou chamar de blues
É isso entenda, Jesus é blues. Falei mermo!

~ Baco Exu do Blues

Ian Webb

For those who are wondering, the guy in the back yelling "YEAH!" is a blues musician himself. His name is Wild Bill "Hype Man" Williams. He spent a lot of time with Muddy Waters hyping him up at shows but also opening for him as well.

Many don't know, but Hype Man Williams had his own albums and songs. After a while him and Muddy Waters went separate ways and that's when Hype Man Williams started writing his own songs.

Check out Wild Bill Hype Man's classic blues hits:

1. YEAH!
2. YEAH! (Extended)
3. YEAH! revisited
4. No
5. I Got The Blues But I Gotta Yell Yeah!
6. Yeah 2!
7. Chuh!
8. Yeah! (Techno remix)
9. Mannish Yeah! (Mannish Boy guitar riff but without Muddy Waters singing)
10. Duh dun dun da dun
11. Yeah 3!
12. Yeah! (Psychedelic blues rock version)
13. The Rolling Yeah's (featuring Rolling Stones)
14. Yeah Boyyy! (Yeah! remix featuring Flavor Flav of Public Enemy)
15. Manish Boy (the original song with Muddy Waters)
16. No (extended)
17. Hell no
18. Hell yeah!
19. I got the hell no blues
20. Where's my whiskey
21. Just wanna yell out Yeah!
22. Muddy Waters never paid me a dime
23. Yeah 4!
24. My last yeah
25. Yeah! (Dubstep remix 2012)

All comments from YouTube:

Alex Horton

Muddy Waters granddaughter was in my high school band. She severely underestimated how famous this guy was. Our band director flipped out when she told us.

Chris Jacob

That's hilarious!

Pablo Santander

@J Trice Amen



Dorian Grey

How can he flipped out when she told you? Who told him? Muddy Waters is a legend no doubt!


@Robson Sacramento In Hindi, it is called, Chiraag tale andhera (Darkness under the candle.).

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William Zeigler

I played this song for my son and he became my dad

Nae'l Olaimat




Andre Holly

Lol what

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