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CARELESS LOVE (Traditional American - Late 19th/Early 20th Century) As with many of these "Traditional" blues songs that are very seldom written down in their original format, the words, and sometimes even the tune, get changed along the way, depending on the memory or the mood of the person singing it at the time. "Careless Love" was first known around the beginning of the 20th Century and there are at least three quite different sets of lyrics associated with the title. In the early 1920s, it was re-worked by W.C. Handy, Spencer Williams and Martha Koenig and re-appeared as "Careless Love Blues", again with a different lyric. To make it more confusing, this version has also been recorded many times under the title of "Careless Love". Bessie Smith - 1925 Lonnie Johnson - 1928 Jimmy tarleton - 1931 Lee Wiley - 1934 Blind Boy Fuller - 1937 Joe Turner - 1940 Josh White & Sidney Bechet - 1940 Tex Williams - 1948 The Ravens - 1949 Jean Ritchie - 1954 Claire Austin with Kid Ory - 1954 Charlie Ventura & Mary Ann McCall - 1954 Eddy Arnold - 1955 ChrisBarber's Jazz Band (vocal: Ottilie Patterson) - 1955 Fats Domino - 1956 Teddi King with Al Cohn & His Orch. - 1956 Firehouse Five Plus Two (Instr.) - 1956 Lena Horne - 1957 Nat King Cole (feat. in the film "St. Louis Blues") - 1958 Eartha Kitt with Shorty Rogers & His Giants - 1958 Dinah Washington - 1958 Pearl Bailey - 1958 Pete Seeger - 1958 Ed McCurdy - 1958 Frankie Laine - 1959 Andy Griffith - 1959 Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges (Instr.) - 1959 Hank Hill & The Tennessee Folk Trio - 1960 Shirley Bassey - 1960 Jimmie Skinner - 1960 Connie Francis - 1961 Brook Benton - 1961 Dick Curless - 1961 Ray Charles - 1962 Jimmy Smith - 1963 Rosemary Clooney - 1964 The Highwaymen - 1964 Helen Merrill - 1965 Barbara Dane with Lightning Hopkins - 1966 Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan - 1969 Ray Price - 1971 Jerry Reed - 1972 Big Maybelle - 1973 Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance - 1974 Janis Joplin - 1975 Dr. John - 1981 J.D. Crowe & The New South - 1998 Madeleine Peyroux - 2004 Sue Foley - 2004 Harry Connick Jr. - 2006 Hugh Laurie - 2013 Also recorded by: Joan Baez; Huddy "Lead Belly" Ledbetter; Odetta; Ethel Waters; Champion Jack Dupree; Burl Ives; Count Basie; Big Bill Broonzy; Ute Lemper; The Delmore Brothers; Riley Puckett; Archie Shepp; Fats Waller; Anita Carter; Golden Gate Quartet; Lonnie Donegan; Flatt & Scruggs; Mae Mercer; Stanley Brothers; Newton Brothers; Slim Whitman; Benny Goodman; Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee; Gene Pitney; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Bill Monroe; Acker Bilk; ........... and many others. As recorded by HUDDY LEDBETTER: This is what a girl sing to her boyfriend..... Now you see what that careless love has done Now you see what that careless love has done You see what that careless love has done Made me love you, now your girlfriend done gone When I would wear my apron down so low When I would wear my apron so low When I would wear my apron so low I couldn't keep you 'way from my door I wear my apron up under my chin Now I wear my apron up under my chin I wear my apron, oh Lord, up under my chin You can pass my door, but you won't come in And you see what that ol' carless love will do And you see what that ol' carless love will do You see what that careless love will do Biggest myst'ry, children your mama and papa, too You know I love my Mama and my Papa, too You know I love my Mama and my Papa, too I love my Mama and I love my Papa, too But I let them go just to go along with you Goodbye, goodbye, baby goodbye Goodbye, goodbye, baby goodbye Goodbye, goodbye, you betta never be seen no more Now you drove me away from your door (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2012) ******************** As recorded by LONNIE JOHNSON: Love, oh, love, oh, careless love Love, love, oh, careless love You have caused me to weep You have caused me to moan You caused me to leave my happy home Don't never drive a stranger from your door Don't never drive a stranger from your door It may be your best friend knockin' on your door That may be your brother, you will never know Careless love, look how you carried me down Careless love, look how you carried me down You caused me to lose my Mother And she's layin' in six feet of ground Careless love, I can't let you carry me down Careless love, you drove me through the rain and snow Careless love, you drove me through rain and snow You have robbed me out of my silver and out of all my gold I'll be damned if you rob me out of my soul You worried my Mother until she died You caused my Father to lose his mind Now, damn you, I'm goin' to shoot you And shoot you four or five times And stand over you until you finish dyin' (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2012) ******************** As recorded by CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Love, oh, love, careless love Careless love, love, love, love, love, love, careless love Yes, you caused, you caused me to weep And you caused, caused me to moan Yeah, you caused me to lose my happy home Don't you never drive a stranger from your door Don't you never, never, never, never, never, never drive a stranger from your door Well, it may, it may be your sister or your brother, you'll never know Don't you never drive a stranger from your door Careless love, look how you carried me down Careless love, yeah, yeah, look how, look how you carried me down Yeah, you caused, you caused my Mother to be six feet in the ground Careless love, I ain't gonna let you carry me down (Piano Solo) Careless love, you drove me through the rain and snow Careless love, careless love, caeless love, you drove me through rain and snow Yeah, you robbed, you robbed of me of all, of all my silver and gold But I'll be damned if I let you rob me of my soul Rob me of my soul (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2012) ******************** "CARELESS LOVE BLUES" as recorded by BESSIE SMITH (with Louis Armstrong, Charlie Green & Fletcher Henderson), May 26th 1925, New York: Love, oh love, oh careless love, You fly to my head like wine. You wrecked the life of many a poor girl, And you left me for this life of mine. Love, oh love, oh careless love, In your clutches of desire You made me pray for many too, but, Then you set my very soul on fire. Love, oh love, oh careless love, All my happiness I've left. You fill my heart with them worried old blues; Now I'm walkin', talkin' to myself. Love, oh love, oh careless love, Trusted you, now it's too late. You made me so my only dream's dead, That's why I sing this song of hate. Love, oh love, oh careless love, Night and day I weep and moan. You brought the wrong man into this life of mine, For my sins and bad judgement I'll atone. (Transcribed by Peter Akers - July 2012) ******************** As recorded by OTTILIE PATTERSON with Chris Barber's Jazz Band: Love, love, careless love, You fly to my head like wine. You wrecked the life of many a poor girl, And you nearly wrecked this life of mine. If I was a tiny bird, I would fly from tree to tree. I'd build my nest so high up in the air That the bad boys wouldn't worry me. When I wore my apron long, Me you saw through frost and snow, But now my apron strings were thin, And you pass my door but won't come in. Love, love, careless love, In your clutches of desire You make me break so many a true vow, And you set my very soul on fire. (Transcribed by Peter Akers - July 2012) ******************** As recorded by LEE WILEY, 13th August 1934: You see what careless love will do You see what careless love will do You see what careless love will do Makes you kill yourself and your lover too You caused me to weep, you caused me to moan You caused me to weep, you caused me to moan You caused me to weep, you caused me to moan You caused me to leave my happy home Don't ever drive a stranger from your door Don't ever drive a stranger from your door Don't ever drive a stranger from your door Or you'll surely reap just what you sow There's many a poor girl led from home There's many a poor girl led from home There's many a poor girl led from home But you can't turn a hard heart like my own You passed my door and you wouldn't come in You passed my door and you wouldn't come in You passed my door and you wouldn't come in Now you see what careless love will do (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2014) ******************** As recorded by SHIRLEY BASSEY: Love, oh love, oh careless love You fly right to my head like wine You've wrecked the life of many a gal And you nearly wrecked this life of mine If I were a little bird I would fly from tree to tree I'd build my nest up in the air Where the bad boys couldn't bother me (Orchestral Interlude) (When she wore her apron low) When I wore my apron low (When she wore her apron so low) 'Cause the bad boys never bothered me Now I wear my apron high Now I wear my apron high Now I wear my apron high And he never, ever passes by No, he never (No, he never) No, he never passes by (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2014) ******************** As recorded by BROOK BENTON: Love, oh love, oh careless love Love, oh love, oh careless love, oh careless love Love, oh love, oh careless love Don't you see what careless love has done You made me love you, you made me love you Then made me cry You made me love you, you made me love you Then made me cry You made me love you, then made me cry And then carelessly you said "Bye-Bye, Bye-Bye" (Instrumental Break) You walked right by my door today Oh yes, you walked right by my door today, today You saw me as you passed, you just looked and laughed Oh, but you walked right by my door today (Oh-oh-oh-ooohhh) Love, oh love, oh careless love (Oh careless love) Careless love (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2014) ******************** As recorded by RAY CHARLES: I said love, oh love, oh careless love, oh-ooh Love please tell me What have I done For you to hurt me all in fun Well, you know that I once was blind, but now I see I said that I once was blind, but now I see Oh, you know I once was blind, but I'm so glad, so glad I see That that old love has made a fool of me Well, you know what a big fool I have been Let me say what a big fool I have been Let me say what, oh, what a big fool that I have been But I'd be, I'd be one all over again Well, you know if I could ooooooohhhhhh like a mornin' dove Well, if I could ooooooohhhhhh like a mornin' dove Well, if I could moan, if I could moan like a mornin' dove You know I'd moan for ev'ry one in love That's a-why I say love, woh-woh-oh-oh love, careless love Wooh, I say love ........... FADE (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2014) ********************

    


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