Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Two by Chester Burnett

Jim’s theme for today is "Chat/Laugh/Rant/Scream/Talk," and two songs came to mind, both of which were written by Chester Burnett, better known to all as Howlin’ Wolf. I couldn’t choose between them, so I decided to give you both.

The first is "Who’s Been Talking," which Wolf recorded in 1957. Robert Cray used this as the title of his 1980 album.

The lyrics are from MetroLyrics:

My baby caught the train, left me all alone
My baby caught the train, left me all alone
She knows I love her, she doin’ me wrong

My baby bought the ticket, long as her right arm
My baby bought the ticket, long as my right arm
She says she’s gonna ride, long as I been from home

Well who been talking, everything that I do
Well who been talking, everything that I do
Well you is my baby, I hate to lose

Well good bye baby, hate to see you go
Well good bye baby, hate to see you go
You know I love you, I’m the causin of it all
I’m the causin’ of it all
I’m the causin’ of it all
I’m the causin’ of it all
I’m the causin’ of it all

The second song is "May I Have A Talk With You." I couldn’t find any information on when it was written, but it’s been covered a few times, including by Stevie Ray Vaughan, B. B. King, and others.

Lyrics are from Genius:

Well now, now darlin, may a have a little talk with you
Well now, now, now, now darlin, may a have a little talk with you
Because it won’t be long before our true love will be through

Well now now now darlin am I right or am I wrong
Yeah now now now darlin am I right or am I wrong
Because it won’t be long before our true love will be through

You know I like my coffee sweet in the morning
And I’m crazy about my tea at night
Yeah, I like my coffee sweet in the morning
And I’m crazy about my tea at night
You know you’d come out a little better now baby
All I want you to do is treat me right

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for January 24, 2021.

12 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Two by Chester Burnett

    1. Howlin’ Wolf had so many great songs. All the old-timers did: Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Shakey Horton, James Cotton, Junior Wells… the only one left is Buddy Guy, and he’s almost 90.

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