Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out Lyrics

Bessie Smith


album: Track 16 in album Original Jazz Recordings 1925-1933
release date: 1987
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length: 3:04

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Once I lived the life of a millionaire
Spending my money, I didn't care
I carried my friends out for a good time
Bying bootleg liquor, champagne and wine

Then I began to fall so low
I didn't have a friend, and no place to go
So if I ever get my hand on a dollar again
I'm gonna hold on to it till them eagle's green

Nobody knows you when you down and out
In my pocket not one penny
And my friends I haven't any
But If I ever get on my feet again
Then I'll meet my long lost friend
It's mighty strange, without a doubt
Nobody knows you when you down and out
I mean when you down and out

Mmmmmmmm.... when you're down and out
Mmmmmmmm... not one penny
And my friends I haven't any
Mmmmmmmm... Well I felt so low
Nobody wants me round their door
Mmmmmmmm... Without a doubt,
No man can use you wen you down and out
I mean when you down and out


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 The Yellow Dog Blues
  • 2 Nashville Woman's Blues
  • 3 Careless Love Blues
  • 4 I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle
  • 5 I Want Ev'ry Bit of It
  • 6 Money Blues
  • 7 One and Two Blues
  • 8 Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)
  • 9 Lock and Key
  • 10 A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  • 11 Dyin' by the Hour
  • 12 Foolish Man Blues
  • 13 I Used to Be Your Sweet Mama
  • 14 Standin' in the Rain Blues
  • 15 I'm Wild About That Thing
  • 16 Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out
  • 17 Blue Spirit Blues
  • 18 Do Your Duty
  • 19 Gimme a Pigfoot
  • 20 I'm Down in the Dumps