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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I am absolutely paying the cost to be the boss at my house. And I am the BOSS! I just let my wife think that SHE is.


I'm the main breadwinner in the house... but if I said these things to my wife, I think she'll stab me in my sleep.

myeyesinside out

My daddy theme song rest in Peace Dad laugh out loud

Mary Payton

Hun its lol not laugh out loud


This my jam that I sing to my kids!!!!

Ruby Mcnair

I just love BB King love his music and when you got a good man to pay the cost to be the boss appreciate that because there is not too many men out there that pays the cost to be the boss rest in peace BB King still listen to you in 2020

Sir, Cyrus Wolfland

I pay the cost to be the boss and I'm just on my 7th wife..wondering what could be the problem 🤔


That's true! It's too bad that the women in my life don't appreciate it

sandra rogers

Speaks the truth Ya Dig💕💕💕


This is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE song by B.B. KING. That's saying a LOT considering how big a fan I am. It brings a SMILE to my face, because the beat is JUMPING, and makes me want to shuffle across the floor getting my STEPS in, as they used to say. It SOUNDS like something you'd hear in a bar-room or JUKE JOINT.... and I DID as a little boy passing by on my way to and from the neighborhood store. My memories are vivid. I was taught that it's a place only drunks went,, BUT DAMN THEY SEEMED TO BE HAVING A GOOD TIME....
Bottles and glasses were clinking, you could smell the cigarette smoke and alcohol, and the juke box was TEARING THIS SONG UP with the deep booming bass. I have to play it at least 5 or 6 times back to back to get my fill.....till the next time, lol.

The ONLY thing I DON'T like about it is......It's TOO DAMN SHORT!!! I need TIME to GET DOWN, LOL!

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