Howlin’ Wolf: Spoonful

Born in Mississipi, Chicago bluesman Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett) would have turned 100 today (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976). His version of Willie Dixon’s “Spoonful” blues poured cocaine, love and murder into one mean, raw line: “But one spoon of little .45 save you from another man.” Ok, cross out ‘love’.

Happy Birthday, big man!

It could be a spoonful of diamonds
Could be a spoonful of gold
Just a little spoon of your precious love
Satisfy my soul

Men lied about a little —
Some of them cried about a little —
Some of them died about a little sp—
Everything fightin’ about a spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that sp—

It could be a spoonful of coffee
Could be a spoonful of tea
But a little spoon of your precious love
Good enough for me

Men lied about that —
Some of them cried about that —
Some of them died about that —
But everything fightin’ about a spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that —

It could be a spoonful of water
Saved me from the desert sand
But one spoon of them .45
Save you from another man

Men lied about that —
Some of them cried about that —
Some of them died about that —
Everybody fightin’ about a spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that —

song of the week :-) englisch lernen mit liedern

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Anne

Teaching English for business communication skills, writing online for learners, translating, sailing whenever I can, from Washington, D.C.

5 thoughts on “Howlin’ Wolf: Spoonful”

  1. Gosh, I’d forgotten this song. Takes me back to Cream and Wheels of Fire – great to learn more of its origins

  2. Dear Vicki,

    My brother had all the Cream albums. I once made an awful fool of myself when I lent them to a girlfriend whose brother was a few years older… and one day he got on our school bus for some reason and was very impressive, and I said to him “Do you like my Cream?” … and the whole schoolbus errupted in laughter.

    I can still feel my cheeks burning.

  3. Catherine Russell has a great version of Spoonful on her just released third cd – Inside This Heart of Mine.

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