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What's The Matter With The Mill?

This song is by Memphis Minnie, features Kansas Joe McCoy and appears on the compilation album The Essential Recordings of Memphis Minnie Vol. 1: Bumble Bee (1995).

This song has been covered by Muddy Waters under the title "Can't Get No Grindin'".
Kansas Joe McCoy:
Say Minnie! Where you going?

Memphis Minnie:
What you want, Kansas Joe?
I'm going to the mill; what do you think?
Have my corn ground


Kansas Joe McCoy:
For what?
Ahw, that old mill is done broke down
I'm just from down there


Memphis Minnie:
How do you know?
Ahw, and it broke you down

Kansas Joe McCoy:
Ahw, no, I went to get my corn ground
It done broke down
Yeah, it done broke down)

Memphis Minnie:
What's the matter with the mill?
Done broke down?

Memphis Minnie:
Can't get no grinding, tell me what's the matter with the mill

Well, I had a little corn, I put it in a sack
Brought it to the mill and come right back
What's the matter with the mill?
What's the matter with the mill?
I can't get no grinding
Tell me what's the matter with the mill

Kansas Joe McCoy:
It done broke down
It done broke down

Memphis Minnie:
Ahw, grind it

Now listen here folks, I don't want no stuff
You can't bring me my meal, bring me the husks1
What's the matter with the mill?
What's the matter with the mill?
I can't get no grinding
Tell me what's the matter with the mill

Kansas Joe McCoy:
It done broke down
It done broke down

Memphis Minnie:
Well, my papa sat and cried, my brother did, too
They both been to the mill, they can't get nothing to do
What's the matter with the mill?
What's the matter with the mill?
I can't get no grinding
Tell me what's the matter with the mill

Kansas Joe McCoy:
It done broke down
It done broke down

Now listen here folks, I want you to bear this in mind
If you're going to the mill, you're just losing time
What's the matter with the mill?
What's the matter with the mill?
I can't get no grinding
Tell me what's the matter with the mill

Kansas Joe McCoy:
It done broke down
It done broke down

(Spoken: Aww, grind it again)