seventh son
Seventh Son (1955)
Got To Have Some – USA Tormal
I Don’t Know

Poison Ivy

Willie Mabon recorded several blues tracks often heard in the early days of the Twisted Wheel in Brazennose street, Manchester including the classic Seventh Son.

In 1950 He signed to Chess Records he had hits with I’m Mad, I Don’t Know, Poison Ivy and Seventh Son as well as backing other artists at Chess.

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He had a row and a falling out with Leonard Chess in 1956.

Song Lyrics: I DON’T KNOW by Willie Mabon

I’m gettin’ sick and tired of the way you do,
Good kind papa gonna poison you;
Sprinkle goofer dusts all around your bed,
Wake up one of these mornings, find your own self dead.
She said, You shouldn’t say that
I said, What should I say this time, baby?
She says, Mmmmmm, I don’t know,
My oh my oh my; I don’t know, what my baby puttin’ down.

The woman I love, she got dimples in her jaws,
The clothes she’s wearin’ is made out of the best of cloths;
She can take and wash, and hang ’em upside the wall,
She can throw ’em out the window,
and run out and catch ’em a little bit before they fall;
Sometimes I think you has your habits on
She said, You shouldn’t say that
I said, ‘What should I say to make you mad this time, baby?’
She says, Mmmmmm, I don’t know,
My oh my oh my; I don’t know, what my baby puttin’ down.

My papa told me, my mother sat down and cried,
Say, You’re too young a man, son, to have the many women you got
I looked at my mother then, I didn’t even crack a smile,
I say, If the women kill me, I don’t mind dyin’

The woman I love, I won the week befow’ last,
The woman I love have got out of class;
I thought I won you, babe, a long time ago,
If you don’t watch your step, I’m gonna have to let you go.
She said, ‘You shouldn’t say that
I said, What should I say this time, baby?
She says, Mmmmmm, I don’t know
I don’t know; I don’t know what my baby puttin’ down, puttin’ down.

His last CD was  released in 1979. Willie Mabon returned to Chicago in 1977 for sessions for the German L+R label; With Hubert Sumlin and Eddie Taylor.

TRACKS

1. Little Red Rooster Dixon 4:15
02. Lonely Blues Mabon 4:34
03. It’s A Shame Mabon 5:54
04. Moanin’ Blues Mabon 6:13
05. Monday Woman-A Tribute To Jimmy Reed Mabon 4:55
06. Louise-A Tribute To Howlin’ Wolf Howlin’ Wolf 6:22
07. Seventh Son-Dedicated To Willie Dixon Dixon 3:47
08. I’m Mad Mabon 4:17
09. A Change Is Gonna Come Mabon 2:48

I Don’t Know was covered by the Blues Brothers – ‘good kind papa gonna’ poison you’. Great lyrics.

Born  24th October 1925 – Hollywood, Tennessee

Died  19th April 1985 – Paris

 

Wikipedia: Willie Mabon

Weblinks

Willie Mabon – answers.com

One Hit Superstar – Willie Mabon

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