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​Roomin' House Blues

This song is by Johnnie Temple and appears on the album Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, Volume 3 (1940-1949) (1994).

I was worried last night, didn't know what I was worried about
I was worried last night, didn't know what I was worried about
I looked up at a roomin' house, whoo-ooh, saw my baby walkin' out

I said: Look-a-here, baby, what you doin' in this rooming house?
I said: Look-a-here, baby, what you doin' in this roomin' house?
She said: Baby, my friend lives there, whoo-ooh, you don't know what it's all about

Well, I see if you open the door, I saw two men walkin' in
I seed if you open the door, I saw two men walkin' in
And see if you have the nerve to tell me, whoo-ooh, that was Lula's friend

When she opened that roomin' house, "I told you, I want you to keep out
When she opened that roomin' house, "I told you, I wanted you to keep out
Because it's place like that, baby, whoo-ooh, Lord, I know what it's all about

I have been watchin' you here of late, runnin' over to this roomin' house
I have been watchin' you here of late, runnin' over to this roomin' house
When you walk in, I seed your girlfriend peepin' out

Recorded:

April 4, 1940; New York City, NY

Musicians:

  • Johnnie Temple: vocals
  • Buster Bailey: clarinet
  • Sam Price: piano
  • Albert Casey:guitar
  • Herb Cowans: drums