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It's A Blues World (Calling All Blues​!​)

by SUGAR BROWN

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1.
Hummingbird 02:40
I’ve been looking high I’ve been looking low No matter where I look I’m-a lookin too slow I wonder where my little hummingbird did go? I can’t keep from worrying My hummingbird knows I’m too slow She’s the sweetest hummingbird I ever did see And what I like best is that she flew right to me [Chorus] If I had a pair of wings and I could fly I’d chase my hummingbird deep in the sky (Chorus) If you see my hummingbird in the night or day Tell her to hurry home and drive my blues away (Chorus)
2.
It’s not too late, to recover the sweet love that we knew I’m at the gate, hopin and a-prayin you come back through We’ve been fussin and a-fighting like its going out of style Wondering what we’re doing when we can’t even smile Or make some laughter, anything to break the ice You loved me once, will you love me twice? A tes houaittes, those were the last kind words that you said A silhouette, of you leaving me behind with my dread Our climb up the mountain’s taken some new turns Losing oxygen i ain’t got much left to burn Oh, i wonder how far will the fall be from the heights You loved me once, will you love me twice? I ain’t hedging bets, I’m just spinning around the big roulette No regrets, you know i’ve always been all-in with my bets I’m gambling at the table and i don’t wanna walk away What are the odds you’ll take me back and stay i can’t say more, baby I’m shaking the dice You loved me once, will you love me twice? The day is dark, seems like my mood can even cover up the sun A mellowlark, sings a mysterious song and then is done I was a-walkin and a-walking until i met you You were the one then and you still are now too I believe we still got that sugar and spice You loved me once, will you love me twice?
3.
Lousy Dime 03:32
Pay it back, pay it forward, pay it today Borrowing money just to give it away The lifestyles of the rich and famous have left us behind And everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime Everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime Robot surplus rusting in the sun Recycled at the garbage dump for a profit run Robbing banks should not be considered a crime Cuz everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime All the poors in the midst of stinking wealth wanna change, can’t exchange, just killing our health It’s hard to say anymore what’s truly a crime Everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime Anonymity confuses the fuzz Disappearing ammo lock ‘em up in their cuffs The bankers and police do their pantomime, And everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime Bonaparte Incorporated ready to kill The ponzies wash their hands while the oil men drill The billionaires got bailed out They got the fruit we got the rind Everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime Everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime Everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime
4.
Sure as the stars shine in the world above Sure as the stars shine in the world above Life is too short to worry about the one you love Our love was a-hangin, hanging by a thread I went to bed bothered and woke up feeling dread Sure as the stars shine in the world above Life is too short to worry about your love I wrote you a letter, I never heard back Waiting for your word is like torture on the rack Sure as the stars shine in the world above Life is too short to worry about your love If you really leave me I think I’ll go insane When the moon hits my eye I whisper low your name Sure as the stars shine in the world above Life is too short to worry about your love
5.
It’s a blues world, there ain’t no other name It’s a blues world, for so much shame It’ a blues world, you know that feeling, too When everything has broken in two It’s a blues world, “It’s Us or Them,” they say It’s a blues world, then the bullets start to spray It’s a blues world, sister I need your help now To get to a better day Feeling forgotten, cut off from each other You ain’t so sure who’s your friend or your brother You got that feeling now that nobody’s listening Lemme tell you, you ain’t alone! They say the first time it’s tragedy They say the second time, the joke’s on you and me But what they never say and what they never will is that We didn’t ask to play this game! It’s a blues world, ain’t no need to cry It’s a blues world, and I’ll tell you why It’ a blues world, ain’t no need to fear All the walls are gonna come tumbling down
6.
Hard To Love 04:10
You refused my love one too many times My little turtledove you almost made me lose my mind I remember that time when you lied to me in your home You humiliated me when i felt so alone Oooh-wee, baby, you were hard to love Our love in a fog we missed each other in the night Protecting our illusions we trembled in silence and fright I can still hear the sound of your sirens But i’m tied to the mast and i won’t swim in Ooh-wee, baby, I was hard to love I play the blues when I’m down, it helps me pass the while I laugh without thinking but you check what’s behind my smile I’m so sorry baby that I told you those lies I wish I did not drive you to become my personal spy Oooh-oooh-wee, baby, I was hard to love For so long I didn’t know if you were coming or going For so long I didn’t know if we knew what we were doing I mistakenly thought we could hold on to our past but before i knew it my fishing line was recast Oooh-wee, baby, I was hard to love
7.
Help me, pretty mama, help me to stay inspired The world’s in a tangle, it’s hard to stay inspired We’re only out of the frying pan— and into the fire I thought we had it bad then, but now things are getting dire We got out of a puzzle just to land in a new quagmire We’re only out of the frying pan— and into the fire I’ll never go back again but I’m stuck in the mire I’ll never go back again but I’m stuck in the mire We’re only out of the frying pan— and into the fire So if you told me I’m a free man I’d say you’s a liar So if you told me I’m a free man I’d say you’s a liar We’re only out of the frying pan— and into the fire
8.
What I Know 04:32
A cosmos in a garden, lonely continents I count five Framed by lines that harden this sense of being alive Fifteen rocks ignoring me, a silver ocean in between No matter how hard I look, one always remains unseen What I know is all i need White light tattooed on a stone too hot for a butterfly Moss so green it gives a gift of steam, a tribute to the sky Oil on the wall is a-seepin’, who’s awake and who’s in a dream A cherry tree is a-weepin’, should I care about what it means What I know is all i need What I am doing, why am I here, these rocks they are so jagged Where am I going, what do I have to fear, the monk’s rake has been dragged What i know is all i need
9.
Tide Blues 03:41
Crazy ‘bout my baby, hope she never goes away Crazy ‘bout my baby, hope she never goes away I gots to be careful with what I do and say My baby’s like the tide, floating in and floating out My baby’s like the tide, floating in and floating out My heart’s washed up, there ain’t no doubt, there ain’t no doubt My baby’s so sweet and tender but when she’s mad watch out My baby’s so sweet and tender but when she’s mad watch out You ain’t gonna get any lovin’, it’s like rain in a drought
10.
Are those things you said to me said so I wouldn’t doubt All those things you don’t want me to find out? Are those things you said to me said so I wouldn’t see the truth? Baby, you’re afraid to tell me something and you’re turning me into a sleuth Are those things you said to me said so I would lose my mind? Cuz either you’re a-lying or you’re treating me like I’m blind
11.
Monday morning I had a dream about my dad He was grinning that grin he almost never got mad Death started out with a pain in his leg Who would’ve guessed a week later he’d be dead I could sense there’s something I gotta do But I was looking for two o’clock when the clock struck noon! Tuesday and Wednesday, the bile percolated I couldn’t keep my stomach from getting further ulcerated Don’t ask me questions I don’t want to recall Too many words were said that were mean and ten feet tall (Chorus) Thursday and Friday, I lost track of time Too early for the show, too late for the crime Something had changed we were heading for a fall I didn’t even know if I should stand, walk, or crawl (Chorus) Saturday night, in a forest full of cries Looking for a path between the truth and telling lies I’m afraid what kind of plans my illusions can devise My dreams are populated by anonymous spies (Chorus) Sunday night, it happened that way Staring at the wall with nothing to say I took a deep breath and inhaled a little pain And pulled out my umbrella cuz the tears came down like rain (Chorus)
12.
Dew on the grass, you know it’s gone by noon Dew on the grass, you know it’s gone by noon All those good times, too bad they’re gone so soon Don’t let the moment get past and head out way over yonder Don’t let the moment get past and head out way over yonder It ain’t a time sit still, scratch your head and wonder What a shame it’d be if this gem went unclaimed What a shame it’d be if this gem went unclaimed It ain’t a time to stall, love can always skip town Put out of your mind all the worries that tear you asunder Put out of your mind all the worries that tear you asunder You ain’t a pirate and your soul ain’t to be plundered
13.
Brothers 02:27
One wears red, the other wears blue They’re brothers just the same, yes, it’s true They’re gonna be all right They gonna be all right Be kind to your brother and man you gonna be all right If your brother wants to be a girl Now you gonna have a sister in this world [Chorus] If your brother is sweet on a pretty girl Don’t you worry there’s plenty in the world [Chorus] If your brother is sweet on a pretty boy That’s cuz he wants to play with his toy [Chorus] People come and people go But a brother is a brother and that’s for sure [Chorus] Your brother ain’t the same as you He’s so different yes it’s true [Chorus] One of these days, you gonna be your own man Your brother gonna try the best as he can [Chorus]

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released March 23, 2018

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Dark, sweet, inconsolable blues that will make you remember the blues for the first time.

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