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Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
B.B. King Lyrics


The sound that you're listenin' to
Is from my guitar that's named Lucille
I'm very crazy about Lucille
Lucille took me from the plantation
Or you might say brought me fame

I don't think I can just talk enough about Lucille
Sometimes when I'm blue it's seems like Lucille
Tryin' to help me callin' my name

I used to sing spirituals and I thought that
This was the thing I wanted to do
But somehow or another, when I went in the Army
I picked up on Lucille, started singin' blues

Well, now when I'm payin' my dues
Maybe you don't know what I mean when I say payin' my dues
I mean when things are bad with me
I can always, I can always you, you know, like depend on Lucille

Sorta hard to talk to you myself
I guess, I'll let Lucille say
All of a few words and then

You know, I doubt if you can feel it like I do
But when I think about the things that I've gone through
Like, well, for instance, if I have a girlfriend and she's misusin' me
And I go home at night, maybe I'm lonely
Well, not maybe, I am lonely

I pick up Lucille and then ping out those funny sounds
That sound good to me, you know
Sometimes I get to play it where I can't even say nothin'
Look out
Sometimes I think it is cryin'

You know if I can sing pop tunes like
Frank Sinatra or Sammy Davis Jr.
I don't think I still could do it
Cause Lucille don't wanna play nothin' but the blues
And I think I'm, I think I'm pretty glad about that
Cause don't nobody sing to me like Lucille, sing Lucille

Well, I'll put it like this, take it easy, Lucille
I like the way Sammy sings and I like the way Frank sings
But I can get a little Frank, Sammy, little Ray Charles
In fact all the people with soul in this

A little Mahalia Jackson in there
One more Lucille, take it easy now

You know, I've met a lot of you months ago
A lot of you wanna know why I call the guitar, Lucille
Lucille has practically saved my life two, three times
No kidding, really has

I remember once I was in an automobile accident
And when the car stopped turnin' over, it fell over on Lucille
And it held it up off of me, really, it held it up off of me
So that's one time it saved my life

The way, the way, I, uh, I came by the name of Lucille
I was over in Twist, Arkansas, I know you never heard of that
But happened and one night, the guys started a ball over there
You know started brawlin', you know what I mean

And the guy that was mad with this old lady
When she fell over on this gas tank that was burnin' for heat
The gas ran all over the floor and when the gas ran all over the floor
The building caught on fire and almost burned me up
Tryin' to save Lucille

Uh, oh, I, I imagine you're still wondering why I call it Lucille
The lady that started the brawl that night was named Lucille
And that's been Lucille ever since to me

One more now, Lucille
Sounds pretty good to me, can I do one more?
Look out, Lucille
Sounds really good, I think I'll try one more, alright

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: B.B. KING

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deimos_5

I'm 86 and i like BB.King!!!

Chil C

I hope that u are 94 now. safe, Healthy and still rocking’ The King ❤️

Michael Hendrix

My all time favorite BB song, Thank you B.B.

Mike M

Right? I love it. Imagine writing this today lol!

jam ups Nepali

I used to have bb king tutorial cd..watched it a lot..this was my best song jam

lance nazzrie

Going to go check him out tonight in Jacksonville florida.

Biff Vanderhuge

remember watching this on a vhs tape.. great to see these rare hidden tracks get shine on youtube. this might be my favorite solo of his, very creative and grooving the whole way through

Ron Dolce

Killer guitar solos!

ZeppelinClassics

I took my dad's ipod, and this song was on it, on an album called Blues on Sunet. ~Life is goooood~

Nathan Rieke

Great song, amazing voice. Plus, there are some awesome solos in this one. I say this: Lucille, B.B.'s Gibson 335, has never sounded better than she did here! Well done, blues God.

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