B.B. King/Eric Clapton: Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out (testo canzone)

Artista: B.B. King
Canzone: Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out


By Jimmy Cox

I once lived the life of a millionaire
Spending my money I didn’t care
Always taking my friends out for a good time
Buying champagne, gin and wine
But just as soon as my dough got low
I couldn’t find a friend, no place I go
If I ever get my hands on a dollar again
I’m gonna squeeze it, and squeeze it
Till the eagle grins

Nobody knows you when you’re down and out
In your pocket, not one penny
And your friends, you haven’t any
And as soon as you get on your feet again
Everybody is your long lost friend
It’s mighty strange, without a doubt, but
Nobody wants you when you’re down and out

You know folks, I once had a mansion
Way up on the side of a hill
I’d give champagne and caviar parties
Just for fun and get a thrill
But you know things they just
can’t stay like that forever
And now I can’t muscle up enough money
To buy a shot of gin

But you know, if I ever get my
hands on a dollar again
I’m gonna squeeze it, and squeeze
it till the eagle grins
It’s mighty strange, without a doubt
Nobody wants you
Nobody needs you
Nobody wants you when you’re down and out

Video

Bessie Smith (1929)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MzU8xM99Uo

Josh White (1945)

https://youtu.be/cV8rJlmwSSQ

Derek and the Dominos (Eric Clapton) (1970)

https://youtu.be/VqedqCAn6VY

Eric Clapton (album Unplugged)

https://youtu.be/VvXo2f4q4_Y

Popa Chubby (1997)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLUrzHhciAU

B.B. King (1999)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsrA2fMn0sk

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out è un blues standard, scritto da Jimmy Cox nel 1923. Il testo parla dell’epoca del proibizionismo e riflette sulla ricchezza effimera. La canzone è stata registrata e resa popolare per la prima volta da Bessie Smith nel 1929. (Wikipedia)