King Hokum

by C.W. Stoneking

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First studio album by C.W. Stoneking (2006)

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released March 18, 2015

All songs by C.W. Stoneking
(tracks 5 & 10 by C.W. Stoneking & K. Fraser)

Musicians on this album:
C.W. Stoneking - Singer, Guitar, Tenor Banjo
Kirsty Fraser - Singer
Stephen Grant - Trumpet, Trombone
Chris Tanner - Clarinet
Mark Elton - Sousaphone
Andy Ross - Double Bass
Mike Andrews - Piano
Lynn Wallis - Drums
Tony Dunn - Jug
Anthony Shortte - Drums, Percussion

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Track Name: Way Out In the World
Oh….way out in the world
Oh….I wonder, God knows I’m here
Oh….way out in the world
Oh…I wonder, God knows I’m here
You know and if he do,
Lawd sure don’t seem to care

Oh….I got a woman
Lawd… why we can’t get along
Oh….I got a woman
Lawd….why we can’t get along
You know cos’ we both out in the world,
Reason we have did wrong

Oh….Leviathan in the sea
Oh….I would kick my tail and go
Oh….Leviathan in the sea
Lawd…I would kick my tail and go
You know I sure wouldn’t be found,
Out by this old stony shore

Oh….I work the ground
Lawd….ain’t but time to wipe my brow
Oh….I work the ground
Lawd…ain’t but time to wipe my brow
You know if I had’a followed my first mind,
Lawd…would not be here now…
Track Name: Don't Go Dancin' Down the Darktown Strutter's Ball
You gotta laugh,
You gonna laugh real hard,
When she takes her love away,
You gonna cry,
Take a look at yourself,
There ain’t nuthin that you can say,

Don’t go dancin down the Darktown strutters ball,
Don’t go dancin down the Darktown strutters ball.
Track Name: She's A Bread Baker
Lord I been waitin’ out here so long,
Down this ol’ bakery store,
Lord I can’t help myself,….oh yeah,
Yeah, she’s the best baker in town,

Lawd, she got hot biscuits,
Sweet jelly roll,
Stuff she use
Satisfy my soul.

She’s a bread baker,
Boys, I can’t help myself,
Lawd, she got one loaf in the oven,
One coolin’ on the shelf.

Now, she roll my dough,
With a steady stroke, yeah,
I tell you boys,
Oh it ain’t no joke.

She’s a bread baker,
Boys, I can’t help myself, yeah,
Lawd, she got one loaf in the oven,
One coolin’ on the shelf.

You gonna do it?
Yeah!
Oh play em,

Now, some says her buns,
Mighty nice,
But it’s the, way she make a turnover,
Serve up a slice

She’s a bread baker,
Boys n’ I can’t help myself.
She got one loaf in the oven,
One coolin’ on the shelf.

Now, you hear me singin’,
Know I’m satisfied,
She got the hottest oven,
Make my dough rise.

She’s a bread baker,
Boys, I can’t help myself.
Lawd, she got one loaf in the oven,
One coolin’ on the shelf.
Track Name: Dodo Blues
“Hey Bob, Hey Bob! Said what’s that ol’ bird you got up there
in that cage?”
“Www..why this here, is a ole’ Dodo bird”
“A Dodo bird?”
“Sure, ain’t you never heard of a Dodo bird before?”
“Nope. I ain’t never even seen one before”
“Well that’s maybe cos’ this the last one in existence”
“Said the last one in where?”
“Well it’s the last one in the world, see?”
“So what you doin’ with it then?”
“Www..well I’m just tryin’ to make some money, now cos you see this
here is an ole’ ..well it’s a a a ol’…singin’ Dodo bird.”
“Oh that’s a singin’ Dodo bird ay?”
“That’s right.”
“Said what you doin down there ole’ Dodo bird?”
“Well I’m just sittin’ down here,.. (cough) I’m just sittin’ down
this cage gonna sing you a tune.”
“Well let’s hear it then.”

*CHORUS
Nuthin’, nuthin’ can be right,
When everything is wrong,
Nuthin’ can be wrong when I’m walkin’ with my baby,
I wish that I was, I said,
Nuthin’, nuthin’ can be right,
When everything is wrong,
Nuthin’ can be wrong when I’m walkin’ with my baby,
I wish that I was

*VERSE #1
My baby quit me for a long tall handsome man
with somethin’ I ain’t got
Nuthin’ can be wrong when I’m walkin’ with my baby,
When I’m not,… I feel so lonesome…

*VERSE #2
Any time that I telephone,
she don’t return my call,
If I can’t smile when I feel blue,
Man I’d never smile at all,….bee-bop-a-dee-boo
Track Name: On a Christmas Day
“Hey Willie, … I got somethin’ for ya.”
“What is that?”
I got you a Christmas present.”
“Christmas present?”
“Yeah!”
“But this ain’t Christmas,….Why, this ain’t nothin’ but Christmas
Eve”
“Oh Willie..”
“Huh?”

“Got a Christmas tree, with a star on top,
It’s shinin’ bright, it just won’t stop
You can hang your stockin’ in my tree,”
“It will be full of treats mama wait and see”

“Oh Willie it ain’t fair, I been waitin’ all year”
“Tell me all ‘bout it, I don’t wanna wait no more”
“Oh I got you the best present,”
“You did?”
“Come under the mistletoe I’ll give you a peep at it”
“Now hold on a minute babe, listen,

Christmas comes but once a year
Go to sleep, don’t have no fear
When I rise in a little while,
I will give you a present will make you smile

Take a look underneath your tree,
My stocking’s full of hard candy,”
“Oh I’m so glad I waited round the clock,
I been wantin’ all year for a suck of that..”
Yeah!

Happy as can be on a Christmas day
With all this cheer, can’t wipe the smiles away
We both love Christmas, yes indeed,
Cause we always get just what we need
Track Name: Charley Bostocks Blues
Charley Bostocks liked drinkin’,
An’ stayin’ out all night long
Charley bostocks liked drinkin’,
An’ stayin’ out all night long,
Yes, but now Charley Bostocks, he is dead an’ gone

His woman said “Stop your drinkin’,
Soon I will have your child”
His woman said “Stop your drinkin’,
Soon I will have your child.”
He told everybody she didn’t want him, never told the reason why

Charley liked drinkin’ at the Railway,
Never meant no one no harm
Charley liked drinkin’ at the Railway,
Never meant no one no harm
You know poor Charley Bostocks died, with a needle hangin’ in his arm

I was down at the graveyard,
When the people was standin’ round cryin
I was down at the graveyard,
When the people was standin’ round cryin
Charley Bostocks’ woman by my side, and his friends wouldn’t pay her no mind

Hmmmmmmm.. Hmmm Hmmm
Hmmmmmmm.. Hmmm Hmmm
Track Name: Goin' the Country
“Man, well it looks like this town ain’t nuthin’ but bad luck and
trouble.”
“Man ain’t that the truth!”
“So what we gonna do now?”
“Well I don’t know. But your gal done left ya, A..a..a..an’, I ain’t got no more dough.”
“So why not we go down the country?”
“Down the country?”
“Sure, don’t you know about that?”
“No! I never did know nuthin’ bout, ‘down in the country’, I was
raised in this town all my life, it’s a bad luck old town.”
“Man, I knows all about it man,….I tell ya what’cha do….look ere,
I’m goin the country..”
“How you gonna get there?”
“I don’t know, but I’m goin the country”
“What you gonna do do when you get there?”
“I don’t know! But I’m goin down the country, partner just as sure as
you born…Step it up boys!”

“This bad luck city, has really got me down. I got to leave here, I
wanna leave this town”
“How you gonna ride there?”
“I’ll ride that ol’ boxcar”
“Man, where you gonna sleep at?”
“Right underneath the stars. Goin down the country, partner just as
sure’s you born.”

“I’m goin the country, where the sun is shinin’, I’m goin the
country, stayin’ a great long time”
“Said, how you gonna ride there?”
“I’ll ride that five o’ nine”
“Man, you can’t afford that train”
“I’ll hobo on behind, goin down the country, partner just as sure’s
you born.”

Whoa, step it up boys play it!
Beat em on out there!
Whoa, look out boys gonna beat out

“B..b..b..but some folks might say that fellas like us was runnin’
out on our troubles..”
“Nah man, it ain’t like that, we just takin’ a break for a while,
that’s all”
“And how we know things ain’t gonna be that way?…Time we get there?”
“Man things ain’t like that down the country”
“Naw?”
“Naw man…I’ll tell you bout it..”

Down in the country, you can drink your wine.
Down in the country, you have a real good time”
“Said, what about the people there?”
“They don’t wan’ dog you round”
“An’ how bout money?”
“It grows up out the ground. Goin down the country, partner just as
sure’s you born.”

“We goin the country, where the sun is shinin’,
we goin the country, stayin’ a great long time.”
“How will we go there?”
“We catch that old boxcar”
“Where we gonna sleep at?”
“Right underneath the stars, goin down the country, partner just as
sure’s you born.”
“W..w..w..well look out man, h..h..here comes that train right now…”
Track Name: Bad Luck Everywhere You Go
Brother James got money,
Put it in a ‘29 ford,
Told everybody he was gonna,
Hit that open road.
That was a mean old racer,
V8, yessiree,
Lord, brother James knocked every,
Leaf off the tree. (Lead guitar riff #1)

Some said it was bad luck, (Lead guitar riff #2)
Some said it was a bad old way to go,
Boys it’s bad luck here,
Bad luck everywhere you go

Sister Mattie’s husband,
He’s workin’ up the farm,
Now she got another man
Put a mule in the barn
Telephone ring this mornin’,
News was all around,
Sometime last night,
Mattie’s husband come back in town

Some said it was bad luck,
Some said it was a bad old way to go,
Boys but it’s bad luck here,
Bad luck everywhere you go

I knew she didn’t love me,
Way she lay down cross the bed,
Drinkin’ that moonshine whiskey
Talkin’ out her head
I was born for trouble,
And bad luck never strayed,
Everybody knows a sandfoot woman,
Tote a razor blade

Some said it was bad luck,
Some said it was a bad old way to go,
But you know it’s bad luck here,
Bad luck everywhere you go
Track Name: Rich Man's Blues
I ain’t gotta think about tomorrow,
Because I drive a brand new car,
I ain’t gotta beg, steal, or borrow,
That’s how I got up where I are

I sure got them rich man’s blues,
Wringin’ on my mind
Sorry if I left you all behind
I sure got them rich man’s blues,
Wringin’ on my mind,
Sorry if I left you all behind

I don’t like the rainy weather,
Because I drive a brand new car,
Got to keep the sunlight off the leather,
I got a shady place to park

I sure got them rich man’s blues,
Wringin’ on my mind
Sorry if I left you all behind
I sure got them rich man’s blues,
Wringin’ on my mind,
Sorry if I left you all behind

I ain’t got no money in my pockets,
Because I drive a brand new car,
Ain’t got no photo’s in a locket,
That’s how I got up where I are

I sure got them rich man’s blues,
Wringin’ on my mind
Sorry if I left you all behind
I sure got them rich man’s blues,
Wringin’ on my mind,
Sorry if I left you all behind
Track Name: You Took My Thing and Put It In Your Place
Zzzzzzz……Zzzzzzzzz… (knock, knock, knock)
“Hey Willie! You in there?”
“Yeah”
“You still sleepin’?”
“No”
“You lazy!”
“I ain’t lazy, I, I ain’t talkin’ to you no more!”
“Oh come on Willie, give mama a smile”
“No”
“Oh.”
“You took the smile, wiped it right off my face, when you took my thing and put it in your place, I mean, put it in your place.”
“Are you accusing me of a crime.”
“I ain’t accusing you of a crime, I’m accusing you of lots a crimes, listen”
“You said you wouldn’t mind a cockatoo, keep you en’ertained,
when, when I found out what you was talkin’ about, girl, I knew you
was insane. You took my frill necked lizard, an, and put him in a
crack.”
“Yeah, then he went all floppy..”
“And you wouldn’t give him back”
“Oh, I loved that frill necked lizard, he was my good old friend”
“Yeah, but all you ever done with him is send him round the bend.
I’m ‘onna call the cops, I know I got a case, talkin’
bout, you took my thing, and put it in your place, I mean, put it in
your place.”
“Oh Willie, you such a sooky baby, yeah, you oughta just keep on
cryin’,”
“Uh uh, I, I ain’t gonna cry no more, Uh, You took my long neck turtle, an stretched him til he broke. Then waved him around like it was some kind of a joke”
“hm oh yeah, Your goanna ain’t come up since I run him down that
hole.”
“Yeah, an my anteater won’t eat nothin’ now, but sweet jellyroll.”
“Oh Willie,…that ant eater got a tongue, never was in the book!.”
“My lawyer gonna throw the book at you. I’m gonna call the cops, I got a solid case, talkin’ bout you took my thing and put it in your place, I mean, put it in your place.”
Track Name: Handyman Blues
“Well excuse me maam, I wants to put my unemployment form in please.”
“Now hold on a minute mister, now, it says here you ain’t worked for
three years”
“That’s right”
“Well, don’t you think it’s about time that you got yourself a job?”
“But I’m lookin’ for a job right now”
“You lookin’ for a job, and prayin’ that you ain’t gonna find one.
Now you tell me what’s the last thing you done now”
“The last one?”

I used to get up in the mornin’,
Go to work with the rain comin’ down.
That’s when I was a handyman,
Workin’ in a country town.

When I was a handyman,
I cut down every tree in the yard,
The reason bein’,
I swing my axe so hard.

A handyman,
Is a good thing to be.
Your workin’ hours,
Is from eight ‘til three

When I was a handyman,
I trimmed the rough edges off your lawn,
I trimmed it so close,
Cold chill run through your bones

A handyman,
Can fix your squeakin’ floors
A handyman,
Can shine the bell at your front door

When I was a handyman,
A woman had me dig in the mud,
My spade hit bedrock,
She hollered, “Oh my lawd” …oh my lawd…,