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Aint Nuthin But The Blues
Ain't Nothin' But the Blues
1964
 
Woman Blue
Woman Blue
1965
 
Nevada Jukebox
Nevada Jukebox
1972
 
The Big Sky Mudflaps
The Big Sky Mudflaps
1973
 
Judy Roderick and the Forbears
Judy Roderick & The Forbears
1983
 
Judy Roderick and the Forbears - WHEN IM GONE
WHEN IM GONE
2008
 
 Judy Roderick :: When I'm Gone
 
When I'm Gone 2008
WHEN IM GONE
2008 Dexofon Records
 
Finally, from early 1980's sessions, the Judy Roderick CD, 4 songs with Mac Rebennack (aka Dr John). For those who remember the Judy Roderick & the Forbears cassette ... this is the same set, remastered for Compact Disc, plus Judy's solo recording of "Floods" from 1976.
 
When Im Gone
©Dexofon Records
    Side One
  1. Gone to Memphis/Sweet Southern
      - (Roderick-Ashford)
     
    People often ask me
    Honey why do you stay
    Well I hand 'em down some reason
    Cause it's easier that way
    You could bet your fondest dollar
    Some sweet southern day
    When the train-fare costs a nickel
    And the hotels cost a dime
    I'd be down on the road
    Gone to Memphis

     
    Through another week just barely
    Nothin left to say
    Just waitin' on some some something
    Well you think I'd learn someday
    Somethin' aint for nothin'
    And that's what I got to pay
    For if I got paid for singin' each sweet
    Southern day away
    I'd be down on the road
    Gone to Memphis

     
    This low lazy livin'
    Gonna make some dreamer pay
    We'll trade away tomorrow
    For one sweet southern day
    But time is cheap until you see
    Weeks just slip away
    If Id have gone ahead instead of said
    Ill go some other day
    Id be down on the road
    Gone to Memphis

     
  2. Im So Glad
      - (Memphis Minnie/E. Lawler)
     
    I'm so glad I don't know what to do
    I'm so glad I don't know what to do
    Got a letter from my baby
    Sayin' he'd be home soon

     
    Last night that same love dream
    come slippin' through my room
    Last night that same love dream
    come slippin' through my room
    Woke up this mornin'
    All of my dreams had come true

     
    love my baby I love him most the best
    I love my baby I love him most the best
    Cause he's so sweet
    And he's different from the rest

     
    Lips so soft baby dont you hold me tight
    Lips so soft baby dont you hold me tight
    Feels just like
    We're gonna be here all night

     
  3. Queen of the Street
      - (Roderick-Ashford)
     
    Five rings for your fingers
    Six strings for your tunes
    Let me see that smile you smile
    When someone's pleasing you
    Come on by and let me try
    To put you in the mood
    Come on down around the corner
    Who is it who keeps you on your honor honey
    No need to cheat
    No need to steal
    How does it feel
    Queen of the street

     
    No more deaf and dumb now baby
    Phony factory
    Mansions in your highest places
    Never will see me
    Women of my past
    I heard sing the blues
    Orphan eyes rhinestone ribbons
    Five and dime killer women
    they don't cheat
    They don't steal
    How does it feel
    Queen of the street

     
    Duck for the oyster
    Dig for the clam
    Just wanna swing
    You and your partner
    From up on the old bandstand
    You get hot we'll get hotter
    'Til we all out of hand
    Alamand left and start your starter
    Gonna work up
    A little clam chowder baby
    We gonna rock we gonna reel
    How does it feel
    Queen of the street

     
  4. Surprises
      - (Roderick-Ashford)
     
    Surprises mean nothing
    When no one believes I loved you
    When nobody cared
    That you gave to them freely
    What you thought could be shared
    And the sweet sounds were
    Lost to the wind

     
    Vibrations rebounding
    From unhearing minds
    I listened when nobody dared
    Just to make you feel easy
    When you told them you cared
    And they left you alone to yourself

     
    Your long losing lover
    Is waiting in tears
    With thanks for the
    Time that you spared
    When to leave seemed so easy
    And to stay seemed a lie
    And you touched me one
    Last time around

     
    Surprises me nothing
    When no one believes
    I loved you though nobody cares
    That you left here with nothing
    But your own peace of mind
    And the pleasure of trying again

     
    Listen let me listen
    To what you have said
    Your words are so gentle to wear
    That my head need not be right
    Just to hear and believe
    Are you once in a lifetime
    Then gone

     
  5. When Im Gone
      - (Roderick-Ashford)
     
    Please don't talk about it when I'm gone
    Rumors started that you can't live down
    Don't you say a word
    The folks will overhear you
    They're gonna know which way I've gone

     
    I took the car and I snuck out of town
    Delayed vacation sort of on my own
    If anyone should ask you
    You tell 'em that I had to
    They can all let their eyebrows down now

     
    I'd like to put your feet up take your time
    Watch the morning wake up in your eyes
    And when there's too much hustle
    I'd take your hand and run to
    Someplace where a child can
    Find his own mind

     
    There ain't nothin' about you
    Nothing that I don't like
    It's just there's somethin' about you
    Keeps you on my mind
    I'd like I'd like to be your

     
    Bicycle seat down the road of life
    Make it to heaven on a changing line
    Roadhouse hoodlums neon lights and moonsigns
    The music's fine if it moves your behind

     
    Please don't talk about it when I'm gone
    Rumors started that you can't live down
    If I catch you in and
    It comes our way again
    It ain't the average daily door to door, no
    It's something more

     
  6. Live in Love
      - (Hank Williams/Walker/Sullivan)
     
    I'm gonna live in love
    Under the stars above
    Hold you close to my heart
    You gave me hope for new

     
    I was sad and blue
    Nothin's gonna keep us apart
    I sang a lonesome song
    Until you came along
    Lookin' at a bright sunny day
    I'm tellin' you what love can do
    You oughta live in love always

     
    I'm gonna shout hurray
    And praise that lucky day
    You came walkin' right into my life
    I went and changed my plans
    I'm a different man
    Through with all that
    Trouble and strife
    I used to feel so bad
    Now I feel so glad
    Lookin' at a bright sunny day
    I'm tellin' you what love can do
    Live in love always

     

    Side Two

  7. Your Eyes Remind Me
      - (Roderick-Ashford)
     
    Your eyes remind me
    Of someone dear to me
    He disappeared from my life
    And when you're near me
    I get that warm feeling that
    Someone is with me tonight

     
    I need some talkin' to
    Oh break out the best you've got
    'Cause we're goin' to have us a few
    I don't think of old times
    Drinkin' and dancin's fine
    Whoa - now about you

     
    Well I work every day
    And I come here to get away
    It's the first time I've ever seen you
    I used to fall in love
    But I don't like trouble much
    I've learned that I can be fooled
    Your eyes remind me . . .

     
    Say goodnight
    And walk me outside
    The cool air would do me some good
    Oh stay the night
    'Cause nothing compares to
    Loving one who loves you
    Your eyes remind me . . .

     
    Save my life
    'Cause nothing compares to
    Loving one who loves you

     
  8. (American) Money Blues
      - (Roderick-Ashford)
     
    Money got a hold on me
    And it won't let go
    Money got a hold on me
    And it won't let go
    I don't know and I can't explain
    How my spending comes out
    To more than my pay
    Earning my keep turn me
    Grey someday
    Money blues are here to stay

     
    Credit ain't no doggone good
    I misuse it so
    Credit ain't no doggone good
    I misuse it so
    The man says to buy it on time
    He says you wont spend a dime
    Honey look at the hole we're in
    Sell my soul just to start again

     
    Money it ain't worth a dime
    If you lose your friend
    Money it ain't worth a dime
    If you lose your friend
    Honey I lost mine
    Whinin all the time
    Takin' a line just to make amends
    'Cause It ain' worth a dime
    If you lose your friends

     
    People it can bring you down
    And you dread it so
    People it can bring you down
    And you dread it so
    The man's gonna take away
    What I owe
    I never have enough wish I could
    Make it grow
    I'd plant money trees in a row
    Sit and watch my money grow

     
  9. Denver to Dallas
      - (Roderick/DeBacker/Payne)
     
    Been down to Denver
    Been to Dallas too y'all
    I been to East St Louis
    Had the St louis blues y'all
    Daddy used to be a rollin" stone
    Mama was the kind
    To keep a man at home

     
    He used to be the kind that liked to
    Run around y'all
    Mama took a trick and it was
    One for one y'all
    Daddy used to be a rollin" stone
    Mama was the kind
    To keep a man at home

     
    Ways of the women
    Scare me some y'all
    Do what you do
    Like it's never been done y'all
    Daddy used to be a rollin' stone
    Mama was the kind
    To keep a man at home

     
    Waco folks eat blackeyed peas y'all
    A railroad man chews a dirty breeze
    From Denver to Dallas they all agree
    Poor dont mean they're easy to please
    Daddy used to be a rollin' stone
    Mama was the kind
    To keep a man at home

     
  10. Dream of You
      - (Sy Oliver/Lunceford/Moran)
     
    Gee but I'm blue and so lonely
    I dont know what to do but
    Dream of you
    Baby dream of you

     
    Dreams dont come true
    Still I cant keep from
    Dreamin' dreams of you
    Thats all I do
    Baby dream of you

     
    There once was a
    Time I called you mine
    Then I lost you and
    Now you've gone
    Life no longer seems
    Half so fine

     
    I sit here blue and so lonely
    Theres nothin left to do but
    Dream of you
    Baby dream of you

     
  11. Shout Sister Shout
      - (Arthur Crudup)
     
    Shout sister shout
    Everybody swingin'
    Shout sister shout
    While the whole town is ringin'
    Early in the mornin'
    'Bout the break of day
    You know oh my baby
    These are the words she said
    Shout sister shout
    Everybody swingin'
    Shout sister shout
    While the whole town is ringin'

     
    Shout sister shout
    Ain't you mighty happy
    Shout sister shout
    Everybody's happy
    Early in the mornin'
    'Bout the break of day
    You know well my baby
    These are the words she said
    She said shout sister shout
    Everybody's swingin'
    Shout sister shout
    While the whole town is ringin'

     
    Shout sister shout everybody holler
    Shout sister shout let me pull you by your collar
    De-de-de-de-de-de-de the bands about to bust
    Put your hands together don't put up no fuss
    Shout sister shout everybody swingin'
    Shout sister shout
    While the whole town is ringin'

     
  12. Floods of South Dakota
      - (Roderick-Ashford)
     
    Someday
    You'll build a cabin on the hillside
    Someday
    You'll find the gold you're lookin' for
    And maybe someday
    In the diamond mines of friendship
    You will find someone to share that winding road
    For all time
    You can count on me and all that's mine

     
    Sunsets always make me homesick
    Stirrin' up the wonder in me
    It must be my place as long as I remember
    I been starin' out old 183
    So be kind
    I won't be here longer than a sunrise

     
    Sunshine and floods of South Dakota
    Come from the same skies
    I don't really think there's much
    That I could call mine
    Someday is a thing I cannot hold
    And it's gonna tell you something
    When you watch the river
    Roll up to your door

     
    Sweet life never lookin' back
    I don't think I'd ever own a patch of ground
    Lord from up high say on that railroad track
    It's just a second passing by and then it's gone.
    For old times
    Sendin' you this song to say that we're all fine

     
    Sunshine and floods of South Dakota
    Come from the same skies
    I don't really think there's much
    That I could call mine
    Someday is a thing I cannot hold
    And it's gonna tell you something
    When you watch the river
    Roll up to your door

     
You can purchase WHEN IM GONE from Dexofon Records.
 
2009 "Judy was truly one of the same Joplin-Dylan-esk folk-blues magnets that major labels were clamoring for in the 60's; yet she also crossed all genres and has continued to be respected and admired for her works, to this day."

  - Belinda Foster (Columnist)
read more at Blues Past
 
2008 "...she had me hooked from Jumpstreet"
  - Dick Waterman
 
2008 "Judy was the first of her generation of blues women, and still one of the best. To this day, her phrasing, tone and above all her originality are unmatched. A very important singer."
  - Dave Van Ronk
 
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Review
Downbeat Magazine
Sep, 2009
by Frank J. Hadley
 
   "One of the few outstanding white blues singers, Roderick died way too early at 49 in 1992."
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Review
Illinois Blues
March, 2009
by Belinda Foster
 
   "Judy was truly one of the same Joplin-Dylan-esk folk-blues magnets that major labels were clamoring for in the 60's"
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Buffalo News
Jan. 2, 2009
by Randy Rodda
 
   "When I'm Gone is a clear view of an amazing artist who deserves much more recognition. It is fresh and vital."
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It's Here!
   The reissue of Judy Roderick & The Forbears with special guest Mac Rebennack (Dr. John).
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