If It Wasn't for Bad Luck

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Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American musician known as Ray Charles (to avoid confusion with champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.) He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company.Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business.” more »


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1997
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Ray Charles
     Jimmy Lewis (indented)
[both together]

[Uh-Uh]
Wait a minute, Jimmy, look here
     I'm listenin'
As I was wakin' up this mornin'
     Well well
Oh Lord, you know I felt pretty good, Yes I did
I began to stretch and yawn
     What for Ray?
Just to see if I could
     I can dig it

All at once I got a funny feelin'
That something around here was goin on wrong
     Hmm
So you know what I did Jimmy?
     What?
I got up and I began to look all around for my baby
     Was that it?
That was it, you know the woman had packed up and gone
     Oh lord

That's why I say if everybody went to heaven
Hey-ey-ey, I believe I'd miss the call
But you see if it wasn't for bad luck,
Trying to tell you son if it wasn't for bad luck, now now
Oh, oh, I wouldn't have no luck at all
Would you believe I wouldn't have no luck at all

     Looka here Ray, you think your luck is bad?
     Listen ta what happen to me
Alright
     Now listen now
     Got a tip on a horse someone gave me, hey hey
Yeah
     Pawned my last suit to make the bet
No you didn't
     Yes I did
     Put every dime I had on him, ah
What?
     Listen, you know he ain't showed up yet

     Oh! Tell ya I got so disgusted now
Yeah
     Said I'll go back home and sleep some more
Now that seem like the right thing to do
     But by the time I got back to my room
     Are you listenin' Ray?
Yeah yeah, I'm payin' attention
     You know the landlord had padlocked my door
Why that dirty . . .

     Tell ya a slow horse and a fast woman
     Hey hey hey lord they sure did let me fall
     That's why I say ah
     If it wasn't for bad luck sugar now
     Hey if it wasn't for bad luck y'all
     Oh!  I wouldn't have no luck at all

     Oh Ray, listen, I wouldn't have no luck at all
Huh-Yep.  But wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet
Let me tell you what happened
     Tell me about it

I decided I'd go out walkin'
     Say what?
Um-hm. And you know even that failed
     Now how can a walk fail, Ray?
Because some man snatched a woman's pocketbook way across town
     Say what?
Yeah, and uh guess who they put in jail?
     Do tell, do tell

Jimmy, I just can't understand it
     I know what you mean
I know there's got to be some kind of explanation
     There's got to be, there's got to be
Lord, lord, lord, lord I ain't done nothing wrong
So tell me why I'm doing two years probation
     Man I don't know, I got the same trouble

They got me having to walk a chump line 
     Say what?
Oh, with my, with my back up against a wall 
     That's tough, Ray 
That's why if it wasn't for bad luck sugar 
Oh I tell everybody if it wasn't for bad luck now now 
I believe, I believe I would have no luck at all 
I just would have no luck at all 
     Looka here Ray, let me tell you something 
Hm? 
     Now you know, you know about this here 
Yeah 
     You know I was sittin' home one evening, 
     Well I didn't have a thing to do 
Yeah, that's happened to me sometimes 
     So I thought I'd go out dancin', you know 
Yeah, yeah 
     And do a little of that boogaloo 
I, I kinda like that myself 
     Finally, I got myself a partner, now 
Yeah 
     But old Ray, wouldn't you know 
Mm-hm, somthing musta happened bad 
     Some man said, "You got my woman, boy" 
Uh oh 
     And he stood about seven foot four 
Oops! Oops! 
     As they walked away I stood there 
     Feeling kinda sad and kinda small 
     That's why I say If it wasn't for bad luck sugar 

[whoa, if it wasn't for bad luck, y'all now 
hey, hey, hey, we'd have no luck at all] 

    Hey now! 
Yeah, I say we would have no luck at all 
Jimmy, I want you to tell me about that 
seven foot four What did you do! 
     Well Ray, anytime a man is seven foot four and you 
     messin' with his woman, it's time for you to go 
Oh yeah? 
     Lord have mercy 
I, I, I, I can understand it, 
it made you feel like you want to holler a little bit 
     Made me feel like I want to Aahhhhhhh-ow! 
Yeah man, when I run into that situation, 
makes me want to cry a little bit like this Ooh-hoo!

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Written by: JAMES LEWIS, RAY CHARLES

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