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!)

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Written by: B.B. King, Dave Clark

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Doruk

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…



Enrique Aldanondo

Todo el mundo quiere saber
Por la que canto al blues
Sí, digo que todo el mundo quiere saber
Por la que canto al blues
Bueno, he estado fuera por un largo tiempo
Realmente ya he pagado mis cuotas.

Cuando llegué por primera vez al blues
Me trajeron en un barco
Los hombres estaban de pie sobre mí
Y mucho más con un látigo
Y todo el mundo quiere saber
Por la que canto al blues
Bueno, he estado fuera por un largo tiempo
Mm, realmente he pagado mis cuotas.

Me he puesto en un gueto plano
Fríos y entumecidos
He oído las ratas, dicen las chinches
Para dar a las cucarachas algunos
Todo el mundo quiere saber
¿Por qué estoy cantando el blues
Sí, he estado fuera por un largo tiempo
La gente, me han pagado mis cuotas.

Hice cola
Abajo en el condado de Hall
Escuché a un hombre decir: "Vamos a construir
Algunos de los nuevos apartamentos para todos ustedes "
Y todo el mundo quiere saber
Sí, ellos quieren saber
¿Por qué estoy cantando el blues
Sí, he estado aquí por mucho, mucho tiempo
Sí, me he realmente, realmente he pagado mis deudas.

Ahora voy a tocar a Lucille.

De mi hijo va a crecer
Va a llegar a ser un tonto
Porque si no tuvieran más espacio
No hay más espacio para él en la escuela
Y todo el mundo quiere saber
Todo el mundo quiere saber
¿Por qué estoy cantando el blues
Yo digo que he estado fuera por un largo tiempo
Sí, realmente he pagado algunas cuotas.

Sí, ya sabes la empresa me dijo
Adivina lo que se nace perder
Todo el mundo a mi alrededor, la gente
Parece que todo el mundo tiene el blues
Pero tenía mucho tiempo
He realmente, realmente he pagado mis deudas
Ya sabes que no se avergüenza de ella, la gente
Me encanta cantar mi blues.

Yo camino a través de las ciudades, con la gente
En mis pies descalzos
Yo tenía un relleno de siluro y los intestinos de cerdo
En la calle Downbill
Usted sabe que yo estoy cantando el blues
Sí, realmente
Sólo tengo que cantar mi blues
He estado fuera alrededor de un largo tiempo
La gente, he realmente, realmente pagado mis deudas.

Ahora el "Padre Tiempo" me está alcanzando
Se ha ido mi juventud
Me miro en el espejo todos los días
Y dejo que me diga la verdad
Estoy cantando el blues
Mm, sólo tiene que cantar el blues
He estado fuera alrededor de un largo tiempo
Sí, sí, realmente he pagado algunas cuotas.

Sí, me dijeron que todo
Sería mejor en el país
Todo estuvo bien
Yo me cogí un autobús de la parte alta, el cariño
Y todos los pueblos, todas las personas
Tienes el mismo problema que yo
Tengo el blues, eh eh
Yo digo que he estado fuera por un largo tiempo
Realmente he pagado algunas cuotas.

Una vez más, compañeros!

Ciego en la esquina
Pidiendo un centavo
Los rodillos vienen y lo atraparon
Y lo metieron en la cárcel por un crimen
Tengo el blues
Mm, estoy cantando mi blues
He estado fuera alrededor de un largo tiempo
Mm, realmente he pagado algunas cuotas.

Podemos hacerlo una vez más?.

Oh, pensé que iría hacia abajo para el bienestar
Para llegar a mí mismo algunos granos y otras cosas
Pero una dama de a pie me dijo:
"No ha existido el tiempo suficiente"
Por eso Tengo el blues
Mm, el blues
Digo, he estado fuera por un largo tiempo
He realmente, realmente he pagado mis deudas.

Compañeros, les dicen una vez más.
Jajaajaaa. Está bien, muchachos.
¡Sí!...



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The Scalabs Music Channel

He has the fastest and incredible vibrato in history. Rest in Peace BB

FatKitty420

@CieranPhillipsNZ SRV had many vibratos. He could do the Clapton one, B.B. and his own which was sort of mixed. He was great

William Don

Paul kosoff has a killer vibrato but you definitely are right

Willie Claybrooks

@Sylvia Benally *

William Don

Ahhh man. Doesnt his playing make you feel alive His vibrato clearly is the greatest

goovialisticprofunks

@ninja vigilante I heard Gales. To even put him in that kind of caliber is just crazy talk. Chill out. I know you need a new bee but no damn way does he cut it.

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earl t bird

You can shed tears that he is gone,
or you can smile because he lived.
You can close your eyes and wish it wasn't true
or you can open your eyes and see all he's left.

What a gift to our souls is the music of Mr. Riley B King.

Melinda Hartley

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🎯💯👍💋

Lance Denzel Gulley

just pure brilliance. this man could play one note for three choruses and make them the most musical you've ever heard.

Alejo Gonzalez Pedrana

No one hit the tonic like the king
He could make an entire solo using just that note and his majestic vibrato would make it sound epic

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