Mother Earth

Memphis Slim

About Mother Earth

"Mother Earth" is a blues song recorded by Memphis Slim in 1951. A slow twelve-bar blues, it is one of Slim's best-known songs and reached number seven in the Billboard R&B chart in 1951."Mother Earth" features an unusual descending chromatic figure and an often-quoted chorus: Although an early review called it a "Blues moralizer, with group harmonizing in back of Slim's chanting, [having] a haunting effect, but [it] is on the tedious side", it has been described as "an uncommonly wise down-tempo blues" and "one of the finest down-tempo blues songs ever recorded". Memphis Slim recorded several studio and live versions of the song during his career. Several artists have recorded "Mother Earth". The 1960s San Francisco band Mother Earth, which featured the vocals of Tracy Nelson, took their name from the song. They showcased the song on their 1968 album Living with the Animals. Eric Burdon & War included the song as part of the "Blues for Memphis Slim" medley for their 1970 debut album Eric Burdon Declares "War". In 1995, an edited version retitled "Mother Earth", was released on The Best of Eric Burdon and War.  


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You may not have me all the time
You may never go my way
Mother earth is laying for you
Cuz of all the debts you got to pay

Don't care how great you are
Don't care what you worth
When it all ends up you got to
Go back to mother earth

You may own a half a city
Even diamonds and pearls
You may buy that plane baby
And fly all over this world

Don't care how rich you are
Don't care what you worth
When it all ends up you got to
Go back to mother earth

You may play race horses
You may own that race track
You may have enough money baby
To buy anything you like

Don't care how great you are
Don't care what you worth
When it all ends up you got to
Go back to mother earth

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Memphis Slim

Memphis Slim (September 3, 1915 – February 24, 1988) was an American blues pianist, singer, and composer. He led a series of bands that, reflecting the popular appeal of jump blues, included saxophones, bass, drums, and piano. A song he first cut in 1947, "Every Day I Have the Blues", has become a blues standard, recorded by many other artists. He made over 500 recordings. more »

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