World of Trouble
Memphis Minnie Lyrics


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It's a cold, cold morning, I was out in the rain and snow
It's a cold, cold morning, I was out in the rain and snow
Yes, in a world of trouble, I couldn't find no place to go

The wind was blowing and the rain began to freeze
The wind was blowing and the rain began to freeze
So much of trouble, Lord, have mercy on me
Standing on the corner, my friends all was passing by
Standing on the corner, my friends all was passing by
Well, I cried so much, Lord, I didn't have no tears to dry

My brother, he's in trouble, my dad he just broke jail
My man, he's in trouble, and the law is on his trail




It's a cold, cold morning, and I'm out in the rain and snow
Yes, in a world of trouble, I had no place to go

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Memphis Minnie's "World of Trouble" paint a vivid picture of a desperate situation. The singer finds themselves out in the cold rain and snow, overwhelmed by the troubles of the world. They are lost and without direction, unable to find a way out of their predicament. The weather seems to mirror the turmoil they feel inside, with the wind blowing and rain freezing. The singer's friends pass by, but they are too consumed by their own emotions to process their presence.


The song speaks to the universality of struggle and pain. It is a reminder that everyone goes through difficult times, that life is not always easy. It is also a testament to the power of music in expressing the sorrows and heartaches of life. Memphis Minnie's blues guitar and haunting vocals provide a fitting soundtrack for the bleak landscape she describes.


In many ways, "World of Trouble" serves as a warning against the dangers of the world. It suggests that one can never let their guard down, that trouble is always around the corner. But it also suggests that there is hope to be found, even in the darkest of times. The singer's plea for mercy serves as a reminder that there is something beyond oneself, something that can provide comfort and solace in times of trouble.


Line by Line Meaning

It's a cold, cold morning, I was out in the rain and snow
I woke up, and it was bitterly cold outside. I had to go out, and it was raining and snowing at the same time.


Yes, in a world of trouble, I couldn't find no place to go
I'm struggling in life, and I don't know what to do to make things better.


The wind was blowing and the rain began to freeze
The wind was blowing so hard that it started to freeze the raindrops before they hit the ground.


So much of trouble, Lord, have mercy on me
I'm in such a difficult situation that I need divine intervention to help me through it.


Standing on the corner, my friends all was passing by
I was standing on the sidewalk as people I knew walked by.


Well, I cried so much, Lord, I didn't have no tears to dry
I was so upset that I cried all my tears and didn't have any left to wipe away.


My brother, he's in trouble, my dad he just broke jail
My brother is facing problems, and my father is in legal trouble after breaking out of jail.


My man, he's in trouble, and the law is on his trail
My significant other is having difficulties, and the authorities are pursuing them.


It's a cold, cold morning, and I'm out in the rain and snow
It's a frigid morning, and I have to be outside in the freezing precipitation.


Yes, in a world of trouble, I had no place to go
I'm dealing with so many issues that I don't have any idea where to find help or refuge.




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Comments from YouTube:

@BluesGuyVinyl

Hi Zach. Absolutely wonderful. Minnie was so great. Thanks for sharing this. Cheers!

@hilmarwensorra1215

In very loving memory of the legendary, the ONE & ONLY Mrs. Memphis Minnie (1897 - 1973 R.I.P. Gone but NOT forgotten).