Nothing In Rambling
Memphis Minnie Lyrics


Nothin’ In Ramblin’


I was born in Louisiana, I was raised in Algiers
And everywhere I been, the peoples all say
Ain't nothing in rambling either running around
Well, I believe I'll marry, o Lord, and settle down

I first left home, I stopped in Tennessee
The peoples all begging, "Come and stay with me"
'Cause ain't nothing in rambling, either running around
Well, I believe I'll get me a good man, o Lord, and settle down

I was walking through the alley with my hand in my coat
The police start to shoot me, thought it was something I stole
You know it ain't nothing in rambling, either running around
Well, I believe I'll marry, o Lord, and settle down

The peoples on the highway is walking and crying
Some is starving, some is dying
You know it ain't nothing in rambling, either running around
Well, I believe I'll get a good man, o Lord, and settle down

You may go to Hollywood and try to get on screen
But I'm gonna stay right here and eat these old charity beans
'Cause it ain't nothing in rambling, either running around
Well, I believe I'll marry, o Lord, and settle down

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chris strachwitz

Such beautiful singing and guitar playing - and such a personal song! Thanks to Joe Ann Kelley I met and saw Minnie only once in Memphis when she was already at a rest home after her stroke - but she was so glad to hear I was putting out her old music (on Blues Classics LPs) and sending her a little money - it was sad but very moving!

Dag Ingebrigtsen

I saved money to visit her(from Norway) autumn 66 at her rest home(after strokes). I was 18. A religious Library in Oslo had MM on two Classic LPs.(1966) Dag

JK Rost

You have good taste! After listening to Minnie for years, this is still my favorite. The sad things is that there could have been footage of here. When Blues researchers were scouring the south in the 60's, Minnie was right here in Memphis, sitting on the front porch, talking to neighbors. No one bothered to look her up. Sad but true.

Chris Berry

JK Rost She was contacted by quite a few researchers actually. Sadly, she had had a stroke in the late '50s or early '60s that left her confined to a wheelchair and unable to play. She was aware of renewed interest in her music and there was an effort made to get her some royalty money.

Paul Erlandson

I did the oil painting of Minnie that you use for the background here. Thanks for uploading her great music! Yours truly, Paul Erlandson

Carl Dubcats

Its a great painting.

talstory

Great, my favourite song so far of Minnie, am listening to her a lot. If there was some actual footage of her wouldn't it be great?

Dave Dick

Been playing Memphis Minnie songs [my own no doubt much poorer versions] since hearing Jo Ann Kelly play them in the late 1960s - I always give her credit and many people ask "who wrote that?". Like all such she deserves to be far better known.

Stuart Gardner

I'm so thankful to my friend Stanley Booth, blues historian, for introducing me to this amazing artist.

MyIndianHair

absolutely beautiful song. keep on spreadin that gospel!!

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