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It can be hard to figure out the lyrics to old blues songs, so we're posting all the lead sheets we've written up, as a public service and a thank you to all who have posted their own transcriptions on the Internet. These lead sheets don't always match the original recordings and don't even always match what we play … but they should send you in the right direction.

Note: Italics in the lyrics means we're guessing (except for when it means a background vocal part). If you have suggestions for these missing pieces, please contact us!

For more lead sheets, visit howlongjugband.com

Title Artist (cover artist)
Ain't It Crazy Birmingham Jug Band (Lightnin' Hopkins, Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions)
Banana In Your Fruit Basket Bo Carter
Beale Street Holiday Charlie Burse and His Memphis Mudcats (Jake Leg Stompers)
Beedle Um Bum The Hokum Boys (Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band)
Blues Everywhere Casey Bill Weldon (Memphis Minnie)
Blues in the Bottle Prince Albert Hunt (Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band)
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me Swanstone/McCarron/Morgan (Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band)
Boll Weevil Blues Gus Cannon
Boodie Bum Bum Memphis Jug Band
Boodle-Am-Shake Dixieland Jug Blowers
Bootlegger's Blues Mississippi Sheiks
Bottle of Wine Tom Paxton
Bumble Bee Blues Memphis Minnie
Candy Man Mississippi John Hurt
Casey Bill Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band
Cave Man Blues Memphis Jug Band
Charlie Brown The Coasters
Chevrolet Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band
Cindy Traditional
Cock O' the Walk Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire
Coffee's Cold Abigail Washburn
Cold Iron Bed Jack Kelly and his South Memphis Jug Band
Come Along Little Children Memhpis Jug Band
Coney Island Washboard Roundelay Durand, Adams, Nestor, Shugart (Juggernaut Jug Band)
Crazy Words, Crazy Tune Yellen/Alger (Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band)
Cumberland Gap Traditional (Lonnie Donegan)
Diddie Wa Diddie Blind Blake
Don't Stop John Sebastian and the J-Band
Don't Sell It, Don't Give It Away Oscar "Buddy" Woods (Second Fiddles)
Dora Goes to Town Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire
Down On the Corner Creedence Clearwater Revival
Eagle Riding Papa The Famous Hokum Boys
Everybody's Talking About Sadie Green Memphis Jug Band
Feeling Good J. B. Lenoir (Levon Helm)
Field Mouse Stomp Minnie Wallace (Jake Leg Stompers)
Fishin' In the Dark Memphis Jug Band
Flying Crow Blues Washboard Sam
Fourth Street Mess Around Memphis Jug Band
Gimme a Pigfoot Bessie Smith
Gin Guzzlin' Frenzy Mojo Nixon
Glad and Sorry Blues John Harris
Going Back to Memphis Memphis Jug Band
Going to Germany Cannon's Jug Stompers
Got a Letter from My Darling Memphis Jug Band
Hallelujah Joe Ain't Preachin' No More Harlem Hamfats 
Has My Gal Been By Here Washboard Sam (Devil in a Woodpile)
He's in the Jailhouse Now Memphis Jug Band
Hesitation Blues Art Gillham
I Can't Dance Gaines/Williams (Second Fiddles)
I Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl Bessie Smith (Asylum Street Spankers)
If You Want Me to Love You Georgia Tom (Asylum Street Spankers)
I'm Satisfied Mississippi John Hurt
I'm Talking About You No. 2 Memphis Minnie
I'm Through With You The McCoy Brothers (Second Fiddles)
Insane Crazy Blues Memphis Jug Band
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby Louis Jordan
It Won't Act Right Memphis Jug Band
It's Heated Tampa Red and Frankie Jaxon
It's Tight Like That Tampa Red and Georgia Tom
I've Got Blood in My Eyes for You Mississippi Sheiks
Jug Band Music The Lovin' Spoonful
Jug Band Quartette Memphis Jug Band
Jump and Jive Will Shade
K. C. Moan Memphis Jug Band
Kansas City Blues Jim Jackson
Keep It Clean Charley Jordan (Jake Leg Stompers)
Keep On Churnin' (Till the Butter Comes) Wynonie Harris
Last Chance Blues Cannon's Jug Stompers
Let Us Get Together Right Down Here Reverend Gary Davis
Little Green Slippers Memphis Jug Band
Low Down Blues Whistler's Jug Band
Maggie May Traditional (Lonnie Donegan)
Mahna Mahna The Muppets
Mama Stayed Out the Whole Night Long Butterbeans and Susie
Me and My Chauffeur Blues Memphis Minnie 
Memphis Jug Blues Memphis Jug Band
Midnight Special Leadbelly (Van Morrison)
Milk Cow Blues "Sleepy" John Estes
Minglewood Blues, New Minglewood Blues Cannon's Jug Stompers, Noah Lewis Jug Band
Mistreated Mama Dock Boggs (Geoff Muldaur)
Mobile Line Hull/Reed (Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band)
Mountain Dew Bascam Lamar Lunsford (Escape the Floodwater Jug Band)
My Feet Jumped Salty Washboard Sam
My Gal Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band
On the Road Again Memphis Jug Band (Even Dozen Jug Band)
Overseas Stomp Memphis Jug Band (Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band)
Peaches In the Springtime Memphis Jug Band
Please Don't Stop Him Memphis Minnie
Prison Wall Blues Cannon's Jug Stompers
Rag Mama Blind Boy Fuller (Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band)
Richland Woman Blues Mississippi John Hurt
Rock Island Line Leadbelly (Lonnie Donegan)
Sadie Green, the Vamp of New Orleans The Five Harmaniacs (Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band)
Salty Dog Gus Cannon
Santa Baby Eartha Kitt
Save Me Some Jed Davenport and his Beale Street Jug Band
Shake It and Break It Charley Patton
She Broke My Heart in Three Places Hoosier Hot Shots
She Done Sold It Out Memphis Jug Band
Sitting On Top of the World Mississippi Sheiks
Snitchin’ Gambler Blues Memphis Jug Band 
So Sweet Blind Boy Fuller (Devil in a Woodpile)
The Spasm Daddy Stovepipe and Mississippi Sarah
Stealin' Stealin' Memphis Jug Band
Sweet Maggie Mississippi Sheiks
Sweet Sue Harris and Young (Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band)
Sun Brimmer's Blues Memphis Jug Band
Take Your Fingers Off It Memphis Jug Band
Tear It Down King David's Jug Band
Terraplane Blues Robert Johnson
Tiger Rag Original Dixieland Jazz Band (Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
Truckin' My Blues Away Blind Boy Fuller
Try and Treat Her Right Clifford Hayes and the Dixieland Jug Blowers
Ukulele Lady Whiting/Kahn (Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band)
Viola Lee Blues Cannon's Jug Stompers
Wah-hoo Hoosier Hot Shots
Walk Right In Cannon's Jug Stompers
Walt Whitman's Niece Woody Guthrie and Billy Bragg
We Don't Sell It Here No More Georgia Tom and the Hokum Boys
What a Wonderful World Weiss/Theile (Louis Armstrong)
What's That Tastes Like Gravy King David's Jug Band
What's the Matter Memphis Jug Band
What's the Matter With the Mill Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe
What's the Matter with the Well Charlie Burse and his Memphis Mudcats
Whiskey for Breakfast Traditional (Andalusia Jug Band)
Whitewash Station Blues Memphis Jug Band
Wild About My Loving Jim Jackson (Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band)
Wine Headed Woman Will Shade
You May Leave But This Will Bring You Back Memphis Jug Band
You Ought to Move Out of Town Jed Davenport and his Beale Street Jug Band

From
Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas:
Ain't No Hole in the Washtub Emmett and Alice Otter
Barbeque Frogtown Hollow Jubilee Jug Band
Brothers Frogtown Hollow Jubilee Jug Band
Riverbottom Nightmare Band Nightmare

Band trivia

The first Hump Night Thumpers performance was at an Old Town School "Gig Night."

Random blues lyric

The rooster chews tobacco
And the hen uses snuff
The rooster chews tobacco
And the hen uses snuff
The baby chickens don't do nothing
They just strut their stuff

-- Blues in the Bottle


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