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Why I Sing The Blues
B.B. King Lyrics


Everybody wants to know
Why I sing the blues
Yes, I say everybody wanna know
Why I sing the blues
Well, I've been around a long time
I really have paid my dues

When I first got the blues
They brought me over on a ship
Men were standing over me
And a lot more with the whip
And everybody wanna know
Why I sing the blues
Well, I've been around a long time
Mm, I've really paid my dues

I've laid in a ghetto flat
Cold and numb
I heard the rats tell the bedbugs
To give the roaches some
Everybody wanna know
Why I'm singing the blues
Yes, I've been around a long time
People, I've paid my dues

I stood in line
Down at the County Hall
I heard a man say, "We're gonna build
Some new apartments for y'all"
And everybody wanna know
Yes, they wanna know
Why I'm singing the blues
Yes, I've been around a long, long time
Yes, I've really, really paid my dues

Now I'm gonna play Lucille

My kid's gonna grow up
Gonna grow up to be a fool
'Cause they ain't got no more room
No more room for him in school
And everybody wanna know
Everybody wanna know
Why I'm singing the blues
I say I've been around a long time
Yes, I've really paid some dues

Yeah, you know the company told me
Guess you're born to lose
Everybody around me, people
It seems like everybody got the blues
But I had 'em a long time
I've really, really paid my dues
You know I ain't ashamed of it, people
I just love to sing my blues

I walk through the cities, people
On my bare feet
I had a fill of catfish and chitterlings
Up and down Beal Street
You know I'm singing the blues
Yes, I really
I just have to sing my blues
I've been around a long time
People, I've really, really paid my dues

Now Father time is catching up with me
Gone is my youth
I look in the mirror everyday
And let it tell me the truth
I'm singing the blues
Mm, I just have to sing the blues
I've been around a long time
Yes, yes, I've really paid some dues

Yeah, they told me everything
Would be better out in the country
Everything was fine
I caught me a bus uptown, baby
And every people, all the people
Got the same trouble as mine
I got the blues, huh huh
I say I've been around a long time
I've really paid some dues

One more time, fellows!

Blind man on the corner
Begging for a dime
The rollers come and caught him
And throw him in the jail for a crime
I got the blues
Mm, I'm singing my blues
I've been around a long time
Mm, I've really paid some dues

Can we do just one more?

Oh I thought I'd go down to the welfare
To get myself some grits and stuff
But a lady stand up and she said
"You haven't been around long enough"
That's why I got the blues
Mm, the blues
I say, I've been around a long time
I've really, really paid my dues

Fellows, tell them one more time

That's all right, fellows (yeah!)

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: B.B. King, Dave Clark

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Chama Lama

Everybody wants to know
Why I sing the blues
Yes, I say everybody wanna know
Why I sing the blues
Well, I've been around a long time
I really have paid my dues

When I first got the blues
They brought me over on a ship
Men were standing over me
And a lot more with a whip
And everybody wanna know
Why I sing the blues
Well, I've been around a long time
Mm, I've really paid my dues

I've laid in a ghetto flat
Cold and numb
I heard the rats tell the bedbugs
To give the roaches some
Everybody wanna know
Why I'm singing the blues
Yes, I've been around a long time
People, I've paid my dues

I stood in line
Down at the County Hall
I heard a man say, "We're gonna build
Some new apartments for y'all"
And everybody wanna know
Yes, they wanna know
Why I'm singing the blues
Yes, I've been around a long, long time
Yes, I've really, really paid my dues

Now I'm gonna play Lucille

My kid's gonna grow up
Gonna grow up to be a fool
'Cause they ain't got no more room
No more room for him in school
And everybody wanna know
Everybody wanna know
Why I'm singing the blues
I say I've been around a long time
Yes, I've really paid some dues

Yeah, you know the company told me
Guess you're born to lose
Everybody around me, people
It seems like everybody got the blues
But I had 'em a long time
I've really, really paid my dues
You know I ain't ashamed of it, people
I just love to sing my blues

I walk through the cities, people
On my bare feet
I had a fill of catfish and chitterlings
Up and down Beal Street
You know I'm singing the blues
Yes, I really
I just have to sing my blues
I've been around a long time
People, I've really, really paid my dues

Now Father Time is catching up with me
Gone is my youth
I look in the mirror everyday
And let it tell me the truth
I'm singing the blues
Mm, I just have to sing the blues
I've been around a long time
Yes, yes, I've really paid some dues

Yeah, they told me everything
Would be better out in the country
Everything was fine
I caught me a bus uptown, baby
And every people, all the people
Got the same trouble as mine
I got the blues, huh huh
I say I've been around a long time
I've really paid some dues

One more time, fellows!

Blind man on the corner
Begging for a dime
The rollers come and caught him
And throw him in the jail for a crime
I got the blues
Mm, I'm singing my blues
I've been around a long time
Mm, I've really paid some dues

Can we do just one more?

Oh I thought I'd go down to the welfare
To get myself some grits and stuff
But a lady stand up and she said
"You haven't been around long enough"
That's why I got the blues
Mm, the blues
I say, I've been around a long time
I've really, really paid my dues

Fellows, tell them one more time

Ha, ha, ha That's all right, fellows
Yeah!



Enrique Aldanondo

Todos quieren saber
¿Por qué canto el blues?
Sí, digo que todos quieren saber
¿Por qué canto el blues?
Bueno, he estado por mucho tiempo
Realmente he pagado mis deudas.
Cuando tuve el blues por primera vez
Me trajeron en un barco
Los hombres estaban parados sobre mi
Y mucho más con un látigo
Y todos quieren saber
¿Por qué canto el blues?
Bueno, he estado por mucho tiempo
Mm, realmente he pagado mis deudas.
Me he acostado en un gueto
Frío y adormecido
Escuché a las ratas decirle a las chinches
Para darles a las cucarachas
Todos quieren saber
¿Por qué estoy cantando el blues?
Sí, he estado por mucho tiempo
Gente, he pagado mis deudas.
Me paré en línea
Abajo en el pasillo del condado
Escuché a un hombre decir:
"Vamos a construir algunos apartamentos nuevos para todos ustedes "
Y todos quieren saber
Si, quieren saber
¿Por qué estoy cantando el blues?
Sí, he estado por mucho, mucho tiempo
Sí, realmente he pagado mis deudas.
Ahora voy a interpretar a Lucille.Guitarra
Mi hijo va a crecer
Voy a crecer para ser un tonto
Porque no tienen más espacio
No más espacio para él en la escuela
Y todos quieren saber
Todos quieren saber
¿Por qué estoy cantando el blues?
Digo que he estado por mucho tiempo
Sí, realmente he pagado algunas deudas.
Sí, sabes que la compañía me dijo
Supongo que naciste para perder
Todos a mi alrededor, personas
Parece que todo el mundo tiene el blues
Pero los tuve mucho tiempo
Realmente, realmente pagué mis deudas
Sabes que no me avergüenzo, gente
Me encanta cantar mi blues.
Camino por las ciudades, gente
En mis pies descalzos
Estaba lleno de bagre y chinchulines
Arriba en la calle Downbill
Sabes que estoy cantando el blues
Si realmente
Solo tengo que cantar mi blues
He estado por mucho tiempo
La gente, realmente, realmente pagué mis deudas.
Ahora el padre tiempo me está alcanzando
Se fue mi juventud
Me miro en el espejo todos los días
Y deja que me diga la verdad
Estoy cantando el blues
Mm, solo tengo que cantar el blues
He estado por mucho tiempo
Sí, sí, realmente he pagado algunas deudas.
Si, me dijeron todo
Estaría mejor en el país
Todo estuvo bien
Me cogí un autobús en el centro, cariño
Y cada gente, toda la gente
Tengo el mismo problema que el mío
Tengo el blues, eh eh
Digo que he estado por mucho tiempo
Realmente he pagado algunas deudas.
¡Una vez más, muchachos! ...
Ciego en la esquina
Pidiendo un centavo
Los rodillos vienen y lo atrapan
Y echarlo a la cárcel por un crimen
Tengo el blues
Estoy cantando mi blues
He estado por mucho tiempo
Mm, realmente he pagado algunas deudas.
¿Podemos hacer uno más?
Oh, pensé que iría al bienestar
Para conseguir algunos granos y esas cosas
Pero una dama se puso de pie y ella dijo
"No has estado el tiempo suficiente"
Es por eso que tengo el blues
Mm, el blues
Digo, he estado por mucho tiempo
Realmente, realmente pagué mis deudas.
Compañeros, díganles una vez más.
Jajaja. Eso está bien, amigos ... ¡Si!



Amal Ugas

Everybody wants to know
Why I sing the blues
Yes, I say everybody wanna know
Why I sing the blues
Well, I've been around a long time
I really have paid my dues
When I first got the blues
They brought me over on a ship
Men were standing over me
And a lot more with a whip
And everybody wanna know
Why I sing the blues
Well, I've been around a long time
Mm, I've really paid my dues
I've laid in a ghetto flat
Cold and numb
I heard the rats tell the bedbugs
To give the roaches some
Everybody wanna know
Why I'm singing the blues
Yes, I've been around a long time
People, I've paid my dues
I stood in line
Down at the County Hall
I heard a man say, "We're gonna build
Some new apartments for y'all"
And everybody wanna know
Yes, they wanna know
Why I'm singing the blues
Yes, I've been around a long, long time
Yes, I've really, really paid my dues
Now I'm gonna play Lucille
My kid's gonna grow up
Gonna grow up to be a fool
'Cause they ain't got no more room
No more room for him in school
And everybody wanna know
Everybody wanna know
Why I'm singing the blues
I say I've been around a long time
Yes, I've really paid some dues
Yeah, you know the company told me
Guess you're born to lose
Everybody around me, people
It seems like everybody got the blues
But I had 'em a long time
I've really, really paid my dues
You know I ain't ashamed of it, people
I just love to sing my blues
I walk through the cities, people
On my bare feet
I had a fill of catfish and chitterlings
Up and down Beal Street
You know I'm singing the blues
Yes, I really
I just have to sing my blues
I've been around a long time
People, I've really, really paid my dues
Now Father Time is catching up with me
Gone is my youth
I look in the mirror everyday
And let it tell me the truth
I'm singing the blues
Mm, I just have to sing the blues
I've been around a long time
Yes, yes, I've really paid some dues
Yeah, they told me everything
Would be better out in the country
Everything was fine
I caught me a bus uptown, baby
And every people, all the people
Got the same trouble as mine
I got the blues, huh huh
I say I've been around a long time
I've really paid some dues
One more time, fellows!
Blind man on the corner
Begging for a dime
The rollers come and caught him
And throw him in the jail for a crime
I got the blues
Mm, I'm singing my blues
I've been around a long time
Mm, I've really paid some dues
Can we do just one more?
Oh I thought I'd go down to the welfare
To get myself some grits and stuff
But a lady stand up and she said
"You haven't been around long enough"
That's why I got the blues
Mm, the blues
I say, I've been around a long time
I've really, really paid my dues
Fellows, tell them one more time
Ha, ha, ha That's all right, fellows
Yeah!



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PLANET COOL !

Loved the lyrics and the message. He spoke the truth

Chama Lama

Everybody wants to know
Why I sing the blues
Yes, I say everybody wanna know
Why I sing the blues
Well, I've been around a long time
I really have paid my dues

When I first got the blues
They brought me over on a ship
Men were standing over me
And a lot more with a whip
And everybody wanna know
Why I sing the blues
Well, I've been around a long time
Mm, I've really paid my dues

I've laid in a ghetto flat
Cold and numb
I heard the rats tell the bedbugs
To give the roaches some
Everybody wanna know
Why I'm singing the blues
Yes, I've been around a long time
People, I've paid my dues

I stood in line
Down at the County Hall
I heard a man say, "We're gonna build
Some new apartments for y'all"
And everybody wanna know
Yes, they wanna know
Why I'm singing the blues
Yes, I've been around a long, long time
Yes, I've really, really paid my dues

Now I'm gonna play Lucille

My kid's gonna grow up
Gonna grow up to be a fool
'Cause they ain't got no more room
No more room for him in school
And everybody wanna know
Everybody wanna know
Why I'm singing the blues
I say I've been around a long time
Yes, I've really paid some dues

Yeah, you know the company told me
Guess you're born to lose
Everybody around me, people
It seems like everybody got the blues
But I had 'em a long time
I've really, really paid my dues
You know I ain't ashamed of it, people
I just love to sing my blues

I walk through the cities, people
On my bare feet
I had a fill of catfish and chitterlings
Up and down Beal Street
You know I'm singing the blues
Yes, I really
I just have to sing my blues
I've been around a long time
People, I've really, really paid my dues

Now Father Time is catching up with me
Gone is my youth
I look in the mirror everyday
And let it tell me the truth
I'm singing the blues
Mm, I just have to sing the blues
I've been around a long time
Yes, yes, I've really paid some dues

Yeah, they told me everything
Would be better out in the country
Everything was fine
I caught me a bus uptown, baby
And every people, all the people
Got the same trouble as mine
I got the blues, huh huh
I say I've been around a long time
I've really paid some dues

One more time, fellows!

Blind man on the corner
Begging for a dime
The rollers come and caught him
And throw him in the jail for a crime
I got the blues
Mm, I'm singing my blues
I've been around a long time
Mm, I've really paid some dues

Can we do just one more?

Oh I thought I'd go down to the welfare
To get myself some grits and stuff
But a lady stand up and she said
"You haven't been around long enough"
That's why I got the blues
Mm, the blues
I say, I've been around a long time
I've really, really paid my dues

Fellows, tell them one more time

Ha, ha, ha That's all right, fellows
Yeah!

treponemapalidum

Thanks for the lyrics

Jim

Such a tremendous artist, the best!  So glad we got to see him live, what a great show!  Rest in Peace, BB!  Thanks for all the great music and memories!

blueslove61

Somebody better go find me some toast... Cause this is my fuckin' JAM.

zatara sankofa

i like that 👍

Perry m Immerman

This is my boy

james scott

Soooo good

Katy Dale

Who ever you are, you can describe the best spread

Katy Dale

That's the smoothest comment ever, you must be great with the ladies

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