Black Rat Swing
Memphis Minnie Lyrics

Yes you is one black rat someday i'll find your trail
Yes you is one black rat someday i'll find your trail
Then i'll hide my shoe, somewhere near your shirt tail
Yes i've taken you down town,paid your doctor bills
now i'm in a little trouble and you're trying to get me killed

Says, he sneaked in my kitchen,eat up all my bread
soon as i left home,start to cutting up in my bed

Yes you is one black rat someday i'll find your trail
Yes you is one black rat someday i'll find your trail
Then i'll hide my shoe, somewhere near your shirt tail

Break, yea beat it out

he must dance in the basement,was seen in my bedroom
trapping for the youngsters
i'm gonna catch him someday soon

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Ricky Muse

What an incredible metaphor. This could be interpreted literally or figuratively. Long live Memphis Minnie and long live her music.


Well here's another one for ya, leslieandbird - the driving rhythm in the background likely played by Kansas Joe, is reminiscent of the Jazz-infused rhythms of Lonnie Johnson, and, since I know for sure that Django Reinhart was also influenced by Lonnie Johnson, I can also hear how the Gypsy Jazz sound evolved from what was a blues sound, heard here in the work of Ms. Douglas. You can hear a similar driving rhythm in her most famous track: "Me and my Chauffeur Blues" She was a fantastic talent

John LaStrada

"... you is one black rat...someday I'll find your trail...yeah, you is one black rat...someday I'll find your trail...then I'll hide my shoes...somewhere near your shirt tail." Tell me if that doesn't sound like The Rolling Stones? This woman's songs are incredible. You won't hear this on commercial radio back in her day. Memphis Minnie...worth remembering...worth listening to...she looks, judging from the picture in the post, too attractive to be such a singer. But she's one of the best for sure.


Fatima Maldonado, exactly. Back in England in the '50s and '60s the unknown musicians, then, would get a hold of all kinds of blues records to learn from. They were facinated by these blues artists. (But I know a lot of people knew this already...I'm just saying...)
So yeah, the Rolling Stones sound influenced by Memphis Minnie, no doubt. Bob Dylan once stated he was influenced by Memhis Minnie.
Bonnie Raitt paid for her headstone erected in 1993.
These blues icons should be front and center with other American historical figures in school history classes. It's shameful and embarrassing, quite frankly.
These ingenius, creative blues artist that have defined a large share of American culture have all but been eliminated from the American lexicon; leaving aside the occasional documentary on TV.


Adam Franklin I thought it was common knowledge Joe was the singer on this


John LaStrada Do the research. The Rolling Stones, Led Zep, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, on and on, all were inspired by old blues. Don't you just love this sound?

Adam Franklin

Little Son Joe. The other side is Minnie, 'Looking The World Over'.

Fatima Maldonado

Interesting. Credited as what?

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Tim Ransom

You can't beat this original,but Joanne Kellys version is also very good!


Indeed, Mr. Memphis Minnie--doing it big always, like the boss she was. ;)

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