Memphis Minnie Lyrics

Won't you be my chauffeur
Won't you be my chauffeur
I wants him to drive me
I wants him to drive me downtown
Yes he drives so easy, I can't turn him down
But I don't want him
But I don't want him
To be ridin' these girls
To be ridin' these girls around
So I'm gonna steal me a pistol, shoot my chauffeur down
Well I must buy him
Well I must buy him
A brand new V8
A brand new V8 Ford
Then he won't need no passengers, I will be his load
(spoken: Yeah, take it away)
Going to let my chauffeur
Going to let my chauffeur
Drive me around the
Drive me around the world
Then he can be my little boy, yes, I'll be his girl

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Yardley Bottles

Bonnie Raitt paid her nursing home expenses when she fell ill. Minnie had a very hard life.

johnny turner

Somehow blues in modern times became trite and predictable. The blues Memphis Minnie played was vibrant and alive, clever and real. Amazing how much better her music was than that of blues today, and some of her stuff was among the first music ever recorded!

Jillian Foley

Such a beautiful elegant lady = play this and am Heaven! Now 78 and and am sad that at a late time in my life I have discovered this wonderful lady. But thanks to You Tube have this on continually.

Fronkles McFranko

This is what our generation needs

mohammed riaz

And how many millions did Bonnie and others made from nicking Minnie's songs!

Ray Massey

This song was written by Minnie and recorded in 1941 as a present for her husband Earnst Lawlars (Little Son Joe). Any similarities are because other artist stoled Minnie's creativity. Another great "cover" is Chuck Berry's "I Want To Be Your Driver"

Mico Veliki

Minnie stole the melody dont be dumb

Jon Nelson

No wonder she beat Big Bill Broonzy in a blues contest. Her voice and guitar playing were downright mesmerizing. A true legend.


This is legendary. So many car songs comes over the years, but this was one of the first. A master for Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and so on...


Who said this had anything to do with cars? It's all sex set in a driver / passenger metaphor. Still, you're right about the later musicians. The only ones who didn't get the metaphor were the Led Zeplin who showed up at the levy in their Maserati's.

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