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Thread #3003   Message #14441
Posted By: Jon W.
10-Oct-97 - 07:28 PM
Thread Name: Songs about getting older?
Subject: Lyr Add: TIMES AIN'T NOW NOTHING LIKE THEY USED TO
Here's a rarely heard blues song, recorded by Richard "Rabbit" Brown in 1927. I like the first three verses best myself but you can pick and choose your favorites.

TIMES AIN'T NOW NOTHING LIKE THEY USED TO BE

Times ain't now nothing like they used to be (2x)
And I'm telling you all the truth, oh take it from me

I done seen better days, but I'm putting up with these (2x)
I would have a much better time but these girls now are so hard to please.

'Cause I was born in the country, she thinks I'm easy to rule (2x)
She try to hitch me to a wagon, she wanna drive me like a mule.

You know I bought the groceries, and I pay the rent (2x)
She try to make me wash her clothes but I got good common sense.

I say if you don't want me, why don't you tell me so (2x)
(?)... here like a man that ain't got nowhere to go.

I've been givin' you sugar for sugar, let you get salt for salt (2x)
And if you can't get along with me, well it's your own fault.

How do you want me to love you, you keep a-treatin' me mean (2x)
You're my daily thought, and my nightly dream

Sometime I think that you too sweet to die (2x)
And another time I think, you oughtta be buried alive.

This is on the album "Blues of the Western States" on Yazoo Records.