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!


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...

M. M.

There were blues songs about cars before this....Terraplane Blues by Robert Johnson possibly being the most well known....

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"

Moris Foster

Minnie stole the melody dont be dumb

Ellis Frank

This is what our generation needs


Whoa! THIS old song! ... well, this is the earliest attempt I've yet heard. Later versions include Chuck Berry's "I Wanna Be Your Driver", Nina Simone's "Chauffeur", and (I suspect) a plethora of others! (Hmm ... wonder where Minnie herself got it?)

M. M.

Maybe it's a completely originally composition by Minnie

Joseph Serna

Iron man dies

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