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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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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.

André Brito

Eu sou o primeiro ritmo a formar pretos ricos
O 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 e foi aceito
Eu vou chamar de Blues
É isso, entenda, Jesus é blues
I am the first rhythm to form rich blacks
The first rhythm that made blacks free
Ring on the finger on each of the five
Wind in my face, I feel alive
From now on, I consider everything blues
Samba is blues, rock is blues, jazz is blues
Funk is blues, soul is blues
I'm Exu do Blues
All that when it was black, it was the devil's
And then he turned white and was accepted
I'll call it Blues
That's it, understand, Jesus is blues


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!!!

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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.

Feanorian21 Maglor

@Robson Sacramento I've never forgotten the story the Rolling Stones told about having this guy in overalls on a ladder painting the studio where they were recording in, and it was Muddy Waters. They were so star-struck themselves.

Donna Johnson


Fredric Tengström

@D Doeser when i was very young In theese circles Melweg etc I met a girl she was old 17 she taught me dutch Only thin i remember vaguely is her AND t words she taught me Vot en moi meich To me it only meant she liked me sayin those words Thus i understand t meaning of t song Salve

D Doeser

Dat is mooi om te hóren R.I.P ❤🇳🇱 ONVERGETELIJK🙏( Jaar 2O22)🌏🗽

Fredric Tengström

Happy to hear Or am I my granmum had her story 2

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Antoni Natanson

You weren't born in the wrong generation, you just like old music

Uncaringleek 1

I like old music

Liam McCormack


Slavsco 32

old soul in a young body

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