What's The Matter With The Mill?
Memphis Minnie Lyrics


Kansas Joe McCoy:
Say Minnie! Where you going?

Memphis Minnie:
What you want, Kansas Joe?
I'm going to the mill; what do you think?
Have my corn ground


Kansas Joe McCoy:
For what?
Ahw, that old mill is done broke down
I'm just from down there


Memphis Minnie:
How do you know?
Ahw, and it broke you down

Kansas Joe McCoy:
Ahw, no, I went to get my corn ground
It done broke down
Yeah, it done broke down)

Memphis Minnie:
What's the matter with the mill?
Done broke down?

Memphis Minnie:
Can't get no grinding, tell me what's the matter with the mill

Well, I had a little corn, I put it in a sack
Brought it to the mill and come right back
What's the matter with the mill?
What's the matter with the mill?
I can't get no grinding
Tell me what's the matter with the mill

Kansas Joe McCoy:
It done broke down
It done broke down

Memphis Minnie:
Ahw, grind it

Now listen here folks, I don't want no stuff
You can't bring me my meal, bring me the husks1
What's the matter with the mill?
What's the matter with the mill?
I can't get no grinding
Tell me what's the matter with the mill

Kansas Joe McCoy:
It done broke down
It done broke down

Memphis Minnie:
Well, my papa sat and cried, my brother did, too
They both been to the mill, they can't get nothing to do
What's the matter with the mill?
What's the matter with the mill?
I can't get no grinding
Tell me what's the matter with the mill

Kansas Joe McCoy:
It done broke down
It done broke down

Now listen here folks, I want you to bear this in mind
If you're going to the mill, you're just losing time
What's the matter with the mill?
What's the matter with the mill?
I can't get no grinding
Tell me what's the matter with the mill

Kansas Joe McCoy:
It done broke down
It done broke down

(spoken: Aww, grind it again)

Contributed by Zoe H. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Comments from YouTube:

Ben White

Muddy Waters did a great version of this called Can't Get No Grinding. People should check it out!

Mark M

Cheers!

williewaterbug

One of my all time favorite songs. These two were so cute. That rolling solo so sweet. Kids today just don't know nothing.

Giovanni Iorio

Some good soul out there that could write the lyrics of this masterpiece!!!
Ty for posting . God bless you all

Giovanni Iorio

Ty for posting!!! Please lyrics...I love Minnie and her songs...and I would like to learn them...and I will sing them while I train

Pelu Maad

In high school in the mid 60s there was a football cheer......"what's the matter with the team...the team's alright"....

Drumthrower

Here's another version recorded in 1959 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Caution: NSFW.https://maxhunter.missouristate.edu/songinformation.aspx?ID=332

Mike Danielz

great stuff here!! ;)

Frank DuBois

+Michael Daniels glad you enjoyed it.

Arkansas Red

That's my favorite version of that tune. Hopefully, when Bob Wills or other people recorded it back then, that Kansas Joe (McCoy) got credit and some royalties. Back then a lot of composers of tunes sold them for a few bucks or a bottle of hootch.

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