Good Morning
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Memphis Minnie - Good Mornin'

Well, Good mornin', tell me where you stayed last night.
Well, Good mornin', tell me where you stayed last night.
Well, you know you don't love me and you just can't treat me right.

It's a low down shame the way you treated me.
It's a low down shame the way you treated me.
And i'm just as good to you daddy is i intend to be

Now you can shoot your pistol you can blown your hole
And fall down on your knees and you can weep and moan
You gonna be, you gonna be in bad some day
And you gonna be sorry you treat me this-a-way

Well i wouldn't been here daddy if it had-na been for you
You treat me low down dirty and that's the way you do
You gonna be, you gonna be in bad for long
And you was settin' there singing sam ol' lonesome song

Good morning and it's fare you well goodbye.
Good morning and it's fare you well goodbye.
Well you know you don't love me aint no need to cry
Just tell me where ya stayed last night now





You gotta give a call yourself
'cause i'm still lookin' at you

Overall Meaning

Memphis Minnie's song "Good Morning" is a straightforward blues tune that speaks to the pain and hurt involved in a relationship. The opening lines set the tone for the entire song as it suggests that the singer has been abandoned by their significant other. The question, "Well, good morning, tell me where you stayed last night?" speaks to the assumption that the other person has cheated or been unfaithful. The repetition of this line is particularly effective as it emphasizes the frustration and hurt of the singer who is trying to come to grips with what has happened. The second line of the opening stanza, "Well, you know you don't love me and you just can't treat me right", acknowledges the fact that the relationship has not been healthy or fulfilling, and clarifies the cause of the singer's anger, pain, and disillusionment.


The third and fourth lines of the first stanza, "It's a low down shame the way you treated me, and I'm just as good to you daddy is I intend to be", serve as the first real rebuttal from the singer to the unnamed person who has left them. The language here is particularly harsh and confrontational, and it underscores the anger and frustration of the singer. They essentially accuse the other person of being a low-down dirty dog who does not deserve them. There is a clear sense from these lines that the singer has made up their mind about the way they feel about their former lover and that they are not looking to be reconciled.


Line by Line Meaning

Well, Good mornin', tell me where you stayed last night.
It's the dawn of a new day, but I noticed that you were absent last night. I'm curious about who you were with and what you were up to.


Well, you know you don't love me and you just can't treat me right.
It's clear to me that you don't have any genuine affection for me, and your actions towards me are disrespectful and hurtful.


It's a low down shame the way you treated me.
The way you have acted towards me is dishonourable and contemptible.


And i'm just as good to you daddy is i intend to be
Despite your poor treatment towards me, I will remain kind and respectful towards you, just as I always have been.


Now you can shoot your pistol you can blown your hole
Regardless of any aggressive or violent behaviour you display, it won't change the fact that you have mistreated me.


And fall down on your knees and you can weep and moan
Even if you were to beg for forgiveness, it wouldn't make up for the way you have treated me.


You gonna be, you gonna be in bad some day
Your actions will lead to negative consequences for you in the future.


And you gonna be sorry you treat me this-a-way
Eventually, you will regret treating me with such disrespect and disregard.


Well i wouldn't been here daddy if it had-na been for you
If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be in this situation where I'm mistreated by someone who claims to care for me.


You treat me low down dirty and that's the way you do
Your behaviour towards me is cruel and malicious, and unfortunately, it's a pattern I've come to expect from you.


You gonna be, you gonna be in bad for long
Your actions will catch up with you eventually, and you will face the consequences of mistreating me.


And you was settin' there singing sam ol' lonesome song
While you were enjoying your own company, you were neglecting the person in your life who cares for you the most.


Good morning and it's fare you well goodbye.
It's the start of a new day, and I'm done with tolerating your mistreatment of me. Goodbye.


Well you know you don't love me aint no need to cry
There's no point in pretending that you love me when your actions say otherwise. There's no need for tears or sorrow over our parting.


Just tell me where ya stayed last night now
Before we part ways, please just be honest with me about where you were last night, so that I can have some closure.


You gotta give a call yourself
I won't be chasing after you anymore. If you want to make things right, you'll have to take action yourself.




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Shantianita

I love her! I can't get enough of the Queen of The Blues musician.

Megan McInnis

THANK YOU for uploading this!!!! I had it on my Memphis Minnie playlist and then it was deleted; I was SO sad, because it's my favorite MM song. Thank you, thank you!!!

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