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Blues Lyrics - Blues Education

Here are blues lyrics on selected topics such as peace, poverty and violence, etc. The blues songs chosen show the wide range of human experience expressed in blues music. Hope you find these blues lyrics of interest and suggest you listen to them - don't just read them - to appreciate the depth of expression. If you hold a blues music seminar or class, you may find blues lyrics a useful and fun topic to include in your blues education programs. Here are lots more Blues Lyrics.


It Don't Make Sense, You Can't Make Peace
Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon

Poverty / Homeless

Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Eric Clapton,  Janis Joplin

When The Welfare Turns Its Back On You
Freddy King , Albert Collins, Robert Cray

Night Patrol
Robert Cray

Hard Times
Ray Charles, Eric Clapton


Born In Chicago
Paul Butterfield Blues Band

I'm Ready
Muddy Waters

Superstions / Demons

Hoochie Coochie Man
Muddy Waters, Allman Brothers

Got My Mojo Working
Muddy Waters

Born Under a Bad Sign
Albert King, Eric Clapton

Hell Hound on My Trail
Robert Johnson

Joy of Livin'

Playing With My Friends
B.B. King, Robert Cray

Let The Good Times Roll
B.B. King, Rolling Stones

Janis Joplin, Billy Holiday


Sloppy Drunk
Jimmy Rogers

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughn


Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues
Charley Patton

Crawlin' Kingsnake
John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters


Sweet Home Chicago
Muddy Waters, Blues Brothers

Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton

Statesboro Blues
Taj Mahal, Allman Brothers

Cars & Trains

Rocket 88
James Cotton

She Caught the Katy
Taj Mahal, Blues Brothers


Dead Presidents
Little Walter, Willie Dixon

Mary Had A Little Lamb
Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn

Faith / Church

God Bless the Child
Billie Holiday

Stormy Monday
T. Bone Walker, Allman Brothers

Unrequited Love

Love In Vain
Robert Johnson, Rolling Stones

If I Had My Way I'd Tear This Building Down
Blind Willie Johnson

Sweet Sixteen
B.B. King

Mess of the Blues
Elvis Presley, Doc Pomus

Leavin' Town

Ramblin' On My Mind
Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton

Walkin Blues
Robert Johnson, Paul Butterfield

Key to the Highway
Big Bill Broonzy, Eric Clapton, Little Walter

Civil Rights

Same Old South
Count Basie Band, Jimmy Rushing

Strange Fruit
Billie Holiday

Fables of Faubus
Charles Mingus, Dannie Richmond

Death & Disability

St. James Infirmary
Big Joe Turner

Eyesight to the Blind
Sonny Boy Williamson

War / Vietnam

Study War No More
Willie and Alex Dixon

Vietcong Blues
Junior Wells


Cross Cut Saw
Albert King, Eric Clapton

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