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BOZ (1965)
Polydor 1966
Recorded September 30, 1965 in Stockholm Sweden.
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Track List:

1.   Steamboat
2. Baby Let Me Follow You Down
3. Girl From The North Country
4. You're So Fine
5. Got You On My Mind
6. That's Alright
7. Hey Baby
8. Gangster Of Love
9. How Long
10. Let The Good Times Roll
11. Stormy Monday Blues
12. C.C. Rider


Liner Notes:
(Written by Boz)
"Most of these songs are my arrangements of the old Rhythm and Blues songs I have done earlier with a band or with the guy who taught me guitar, named Miller. In the band I played rhythm guitar and I still find most of my strength in the rhythm. I'm most familiar right now with these songs because I needed them playing in the streets. Each one allows me to sing at the top (sometimes really pushing it) of my voice, to use the harmonica as well as I know it, and to take advantage of the strong rhythm."

			

1. Steamboat

(Written by Buddy Lucas/Popular by The Drifters)
"My version of an old Drifters number as Miller and I used to sing it. I've double-tracked a harmony part on the chorus in memory of Miller. A slow but heavy shuffle typical of many old rhythm and blues pieces." - Boz

You know I talked to my captain this morning
He said we're 500 miles off shore
And if you don't get a telegram or letter
You'll know your baby don't love you no more

Whoah steamboat, c'mon now, steamboat
Steamboat... mmmm... steamboat
Please carry me on home to my love

Well I got the bad habit baby
Sayin' do you want your daddy back
I got a whole lot of water to burn up
And its not the dead end of the track

Woah... Steamboat c'mon now steamboat
Steamboat... mmmm....steamboat
Please carry me on home to my love

Well I don't want to live a while in the belly of a whale
Poppa says its huge
Well I don't really hope to get eaten up by a whale
To get back home to you

Whoah Steamboat, c'mon now steamboat
Steamboat.... mmmm.... steamboat
Please carry me on home to my love

Well I got the bad habit baby
Sayin' do you want your daddy back
I got a whole lot of water to burn up
And its not the dead end of the track

Whoa... Steamboat, c'mon now steamboat
Steamboat... mmmm....steamboat
Please carry me on home to my love
Please carry me on home to my love


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2. Baby Let Me Follow You Down

(By Eric von Schmidt - Made popular by Bob Dylan)
"Originally this traditional had a text which wouldn't have passed the censors if it were recorded today. So an American folk singer changed the text to fit the heavy driving rhythm, retaining the original meaning of the song. I do more or less, mostly more, Bob Dylan's arrangement of the song. The crude pleading tone of the guitar, harmonica, and lyrics make this a very easy song to get inside of." - Boz
Baby let me follow you down
Baby let me follow you down
Well I'll do anything in this god-almighty world
If you just let me follow you down

Baby, can I come home with you
Baby can I come home with you
Well I'll do anything in this god-almighty world
If you just let me come home with you

Baby can I be friends with you
I just wanna be friends with you
Well I'll do anything in this god-almighty world
If you just let me be friends with you

Baby let me follow you down
Baby let me follow you down
Well I'll do anything in this god-almighty world
If you just let me follow you down

Yes I'll do anything in this god-almighty world
If you just let me follow you down


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3. Girl From The North Country

(Bob Dylan)
"Man! What can I say? This is a difficult song for me. No one sings a Dylan song like Bob Dylan. He wrote it, he said it, and he meant it. I can only take advantage of the great chord progression and melody line and sing it with the feeling it gives me when I hear him do it. Of course, that's a statement to be made by anyone doing another man's songs, but I think it's a very important thing to say. Everyone is doing Dylan's songs now. That's what's happening, you know. It's like the "street artists" in Paris or Copenhagen or Barcelona who draw a semblance of a Picasso on the street with chalk. People see it, recognize the "signature" of the original artist. "Wow! Fifty million people can't be wrong - throw a coin in his hat!" A big one. Anyway, Dylan's an important guy. It's too bad more people
can't listen to the real sound rather than the birds." - Boz
Well now if you're travelin' the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine

And if you go in the snowflake storm
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see she has a coat so warm
To keep her from the howling wind

And will you see that her hair's hangin' long
That it rolls and flows on down her breasts
Yes will you see that her hair's hangin' long
For that's the way I remember her best

I wonder if she remembers me at all
Well many is the time I hope and prayed
hmmm, In the darkness of my night
In the brightness of my day

So if you're travelin' the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine


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4. You're So Fine

(Finney, West, Schofield - Popular by Wilson Pickett)
"The shuffle beat, my bag. It's my rhythm. Can be rhythmic. Can be blues. How do you feel it? Blues to me. It's just very solid material. A song originally done with Miller and now with all my throat." - Boz
You're so fine, You're so fine, your mine
Hey baby you're so fine
Well I walk, and I talk, about you

I love you, I love you, I do
Hey I tell the world I do
Well I walk, and I talk, about you

Well there's a'nothin' in the world as sweet as your kiss
Uh-huh, so fine, so fine
And when I'm gone, you're the one I miss
You're my first cup of coffee

You're so fine, You're so fine, your mine
Hey baby you're so fine
Well I walk, and I talk, about you

Well there's a'nothin' in the world as sweet as your kiss
Uh-huh, so fine, so fine
And when I'm gone, you're the one I miss
You're my first cup of coffee

You're so fine, You're so fine, your mine
Hey baby you're so fine
Well I walk, and I talk, about you

Well I walk, and I talk, about you


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5. Got You On My Mind

(Joe Thomas/Howard Biggs - Popular Eric Clapton)
"This is the featured number of a well known group in Texas called "Cookie and the Cupcakes" (although I first heard it by a great Midwestern band called "Birdlegs and Pauline and The Fabulous Feathers"). Here I really miss the whole band with saxes and an organ, but the driving waltz tempo beneath the regular blues progression and the second harmony bring it straight home." - Boz
Got you on my mind, feelin' kind of sad and low
Got you on my mind, feelin' kind of sad and low
Wonderin' where you are, wonderin' why you had to go

Tears fall from my eyes, every time I hear your name
Tears fall from my eyes, every time I hear your name
Wonderin' why you've gone, wonderin' why things aren't the same

(Boz Rap... says he's feelin' kinda sad and low.. Ah-huh)

Got you on my mind, feelin' kind of sad and low
Got you on my mind, feelin' kind of sad and low
Wonderin' where you are, wonderin' why you had to go

Tears fall from my eyes, every time I hear your name
Tears fall from my eyes, every time I hear your name
Wonderin' why you've gone, wonderin' why things aren't the same


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6. That's Alright (Mama)

(Arthur Crudup)
"This is an "Early Elvis". A fun song to sing and a good chance to beat hell out of my guitar." - Boz
Well now, that's alright mama
That's alright for you
That's alright mama, just anyway you do
Well, that's alright, that's alright
That's alright my mama, anyway you do

Well your mama she done told me,
Papa done told me too
Son, that gal you're foolin' with,
She ain't no good for you
But that's alright, that's alright
That's alright my mama, anyway you do

Well I'm leaving town, baby
I'm leaving town for sure
Then you wont be bothered with
Me hanging 'round your door
But that's alright, that's alright
But that's alright now mama, anyway you do

I start need, need, needin' dee, dee, dee... indeed...
I need your lovin' uh-huh
That's alright
But that's alright my mama, anyway you do

That's alright my mama, anyway you do


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7. Hey Baby

(Bruce Channel)
"My version of a song that has been bouncing around my head since I first heard it as a very popular number in America around 1960. An unusual beat and melody line for a pop song. Lends itself beautifully to a rhythm guitar and harmonica." - Boz
Hey, hey baby!
I wanna know if you'll be my girl
Hey, hey baby!
I wanna know if you'll be my girl

When I saw you walkin' down the street
I said that's the kind of girl I'd like to meet
She's so pretty, Lord she's fine
I'm gonna make her mine, all mine

Hey, hey baby!
I wanna know if you'll be my girl

When she turned and she walked away
That's when I wanna say
C'mon baby, give me a whirl
I wanna know if you'll be my girl

Hey, hey baby!
I wanna know if you'll be my girl

When she turned and she walked away
That's when I wanna say
C'mon baby, give me a whirl
I wanna know if you'll be my girl

Hey, hey, hey now baby!
I wanna know if you'll be my girl

Hey, hey, hey now baby!
I wanna know if you'll be my girl


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8. Gangster of Love

(Johnny "Guitar" Watson)
"I learned this song from Miller. I try to sing it like him as closely as I can. Great lyrics and the "shuffle" beat which is to me The rhythm of Rhythm & Blues. This is self penned by a mythical young man of rather dubious character. "Is your name Johnny "guitar" Watson?" - Boz
There's Frank James and Jesse James 
Billy the Kid and all the rest
Supposed to be some bad cats
Way out in the West

If those cats could of dug me
And my gangster ways
They would have hung up their guns
And dug into their graves

Cause I'm a gangster
A gangster of love
I'm a gangster
A gangster of love
Now look here
When I go into a bar
Girls from near and far
Say I'm a gangster
A gangster of love

I jumped in my white horse Cadillac
I rode across the border line
I roped 55 girls
I kissed them all the same time
Took 25 or 30, put 'em all on a freight
There was a million dollar reward for me in each and every state
Sheriff says is your name Stevie "Guitar" Miller in a very deep voice
And I said yes sir brother sheriff, and that's your wife on the back of my horse
I can't help it
I'm a gangster
I can't help it
You know, I'm a gangster

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9. How Long

(Leroy Carr)
"I first learned the guitar part to this song. The words and the harmonica were to come later. One verse is traditional. Those remaining are to say "How long"? If I knew how to carry the harmonica like Jimmy Reed or Sonny Terry I wouldn't need the words. If I knew how to play guitar like Lightnin' Hopkins I wouldn't need the harmonica. And if I knew what Leadbelly is thinking right now, I wouldn't play." - Boz
I know I done you dirty
I know I done you wrong
Tell me how long has that evenin' train been gone
How long, tell me baby, how long?

I think I hear a whistle
I think I hear a train
Deep down inside me there's a burnin' pain
How long, tell me baby, how long?

You know I love you baby
I swear I do
There's nothin' I wouldn't do for you
How long, tell me baby, how long?

If I could holler like a lumberjack
I'd climb this mountain, lord
And call my baby back
How long, tell me baby, how long?

I know I done you dirty
I know I done you wrong
Tell me how long has that evenin' train been gone
How long, tell me baby, how long?


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10. Let The Good Times Roll

(Shirley & Lee)
"A very smooth, solid number. I remember it as a very early Rhythm and Blues by Shirley & Lee. At first I didn't want to do the piece without a band. But we put on another voice in the studio and the essential rhythm of the original carries it beautifully." - Boz
Come on baby let the good times roll
Come on baby let me thrill your soul
Come on baby let the good times roll
Roll all night long

Come on baby now close the door
Come on baby lets rock some more
Come on baby let the good times roll
Roll all night long

Feels so good, when you're home
Come on baby, rock me all night long

Come on baby let the good times roll
Come on baby let me thrill your soul
Come on baby let the good times roll
Roll all night long

Feels so good, when you're home
Come on baby, rock me all night long

Come on baby now close the door
Come on baby lets rock some more
Come on baby let the good times roll
Roll all night long

Feels so good, when you're home
Come on baby, rock me all night long

Come on baby let the good times roll
Come on baby let me thrill your soul
Come on baby let the good times roll
Roll all night long
Roll all night long
Roll all night long
Roll all night long


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11. Stormy Monday Blues

(Hines/Eckstine/Crowder - Copyright 1962, 1974 Warner Bros.)
"This is the first blues I ever learned. I heard it originally by T-Bone Walker in Dallas. It has become standard with the great Rhythm and Blues artists. One of my favorite tracks because it's closest to the tradition of music I feel the most." - Boz
They call it Stormy Monday
But Tuesday's just as bad.
They call it Stormy Monday
But Tuesday's just as bad.
Lord, and Wednesday's worse
And Thursday's all so bad.

The eagle flies on Friday,
Saturday I go out to play.
The eagle flies on Friday,
Saturday I go out to play.
Sunday I go to church,
Gonna kneel down and pray.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy on me.
Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy on me.
Though I'm tryin' and tryin' to find my baby,
Won't someone please send her home to me.


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12. C.C. Rider

(Big Bill Broonzy)
"My version of the traditional." - Boz
Well C.. CC Rider 

Well see what you done done
Woah CC Rider
See what you've done done
Well you made me love you
Now your man has come

I'm gonna get me a shotgun
Just as long as I am tall
I'm gonna get me a shotgun
Just as long as I am tall
I'm gonna shoot my baby
Then I'll catch that cannonball

Well I'm goin' away baby
And I won't be back till fall
mmmm goin' away baby
Won't be back till fall
If I find me a good girl
Won't be back at all

Yes I'm going away baby
And I won't be back till fall
Yeah I'm going away baby
And I won't be back till fall
If I find me a good girl
Won't be back at all

Well C...CC rider
Yeah see what you done done
Woah CC rider
Lets see what you done done
Well you made me love you
Now your man has come


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