Eugene Smiley Sr.
Eugene Smiley Sr.

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Party all night long

 

I came here to entertain you.

We gonna have some fun.

Now the music’s hot, you can dance a lot

Cause the party’s just begun.

Girls you’re very pretty

I tell you what you ought to do,

Get up out your seat; get upon your feet,

Come on and dance with me. Come on

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We come to party you ’al, we come to party,

We come to party, yeah, we gonna party you ’al

Party all night long.

Now if you want to let your hair down

And do what you want to do.

You see I agree, it’s all right with me.

Party to the beat.

And if you feel like being funky,

You ain't by yourself.

Grab the one that turns you on

Come on let’s have some fun.

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Listen let me tell you something,

What I want to do.

I want to sing the song that turns you on

Come on let have some fun

Girls you’re very pretty

Tell you what you ought to do.

Get up out your seat, get upon your feet.

Come on and dance with me, yeah.

Vamp;

We gonna party you ’al, party all night, party all night.

We gonna party you ’al, party all night, party all night long.

Yeah, baby, we gonna party you ’al, all night long.

Come on and party, we gonna party come on.

 


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Eugene Smiley Sr.

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Gonna Get Next To You

 

I’m in love with you baby, gonna get next to you.

I’m in love with you baby, gonna get next to you.

 

I’ve been watching you. Tell you what I’m gonna do.

We’ve been friends for such a long time.

Now, I’m gonna make you mine.

I can feel it in my heart. I can see it in your eyes.

Let’s take a chance and start a romance.

 

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I’m in love with you baby, gonna get next to you.

I’m in love with you baby, gonna get next to you.

I’m gonna get to you no matter what you try to do.

Girl, you’re out of sight, you know I’m gonna make everything all right.

I’m in love with you baby, gonna get next to you.

I’m in love with you baby, gonna get next to you.

 

Girl, you’re so cool, I started out looking for you.

When you didn’t show, I wondered where did you go.

If there’s another man, he don’t stand a chance.

I’m tired of waiting on you, now this is what I’m gonna do.

 

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All these years I never even touched your hand.

After all this time we never even had a dance.

And I can’t wait no longer. My love is so much stronger.

 

I’m in love with you baby, gonna get next to you.

I’m in love with you baby, gonna get next to you.

 


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Eugene Smiley Sr.

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Last Time

 

Deep in my heart, I never felt this way before.

You came in my life and now you’re not here anymore.

I’m so afraid to give you my love.

Here you are again begging like you did before.

 

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This the last time, this is the last time baby,

This the last time I’ll give in to you.

 

Well, baby, too many years, to many lies, too many tears.

So many times you made me cry; you with all your alibis.

You’re the one, who broke my heart,

Tearing me up inside.

 

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I gave you my heart. I gave you my soul.

I gave you something more precious than gold.

I can’t help the way I feel, wondering if your love is real.

I’m so afraid you’ll leave again,

My mind wants to run but my heart holds me still.

 

 

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So once again I just might take you back.

But this time baby, I ain't gonna fall for that.

I’m sure that you’ll agree; we must go on.

One day you might see you meant the world to me.

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Vamp on Chorus:

  


Eugene Smiley Sr.
Eugene Smiley Sr.

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The "Crossroads"

In 1995, I was on the road most of the time. My band “The BWB Show Band” was performing at the “King Biscuit Blues Festival” in Helena, Arkansas. I had heard so much about the “Crossroads” and I always wanted to go there someday to see what it was all about to experience the feeling of just being there and witness the tale that has been told for many years about the musicians that sold their souls to the devil to become famous.

We left Memphis heading south to Tunica, Mississippi, and then on over the Mississippi River into Helena, Arkansas. As we were driving down Highway 61 south I noticed the scenery; beautiful countryside with lots of farm land filled with cotton, cattle, corn and lots of clear open fields. As we got closer to the “Crossroads” the scenery began to change to a weeded, dull, dead looking sight that made me feel very uncomfortable. The first thing that caught my eye was a lake. I don’t remember the name of the lake, but I do remember it was not desirable. Soon we came to an old cemetery that looked as though it had not been taken care of for many years. It was an eyesore to look at. It must have been at least two hundred years old. I would hate to have my vehicle break down on me there! It looked like it would be very scary at night.

Finally, we ran into Highway 49 which crossed the Mississippi River and on the other side of the river we were in Helena, Arkansas. We went on to the festival and played the gig. That was fun! Some of the band members went to the casinos. My drummer and I were playing another gig in downtown Helena and we wouldn’t be done until 11.00PM. We both wanted to be at the “Crossroads” at midnight.

So, after the gig he and I headed for the “Crossroads”. We were excited thinking we would see something once we got there. When we got there it was pitch black and you couldn’t see a thing! The first thing I noticed was the Juke Joint that was said to have been there had been torn down and turned into a cotton field. I went into the cotton field and got some cotton balls to bring back to Kansas City with me as a souvenir from the “Crossroads”. We waited and waited, still nothing happened. Finally, we decided to leave and go to the casinos and join the rest of the band. The next day, I talked to some of the older people that live there and I listened to some of their stories. They all had basically the same story. The story was that Robert Johnson and several other musicians played at that juke joint. What happened was, they met this guy there and he told them he’d make them a star if they would go with him. He turned out to be a recruiter for the Chicago Clubs. The clubs made tons of money but performers did not. Anyway, the old folks made him (the recruiter) out to be the devil. This happened to many, many musicians in the area. Like sooner or later you’d be sure to meet this guy. I didn’t really believe any of that crap. I looked at it as fun at that particular time. I was expecting to meet him that evening but that never happened.

After getting back to Kansas City, I gave the cotton to my girlfriend and to me, it was no big deal. Then my girlfriend started having nightmares. I didn’t think too much of it and paid very little attention to it. A few days later, she said she was still having these nightmares and didn’t understand what was going on. The following weekend, I had a gig at My Place Lounge located in Grandview, Missouri. Midway through my second set the waitress handed me a drink with a message that read “I would like to talk to you on your next break.” On my break, I went over to the guy’s table and set down to talk with him. His conversation was interesting. As he was talking, I noticed some things about him that seemed to be kind of strange. This guy stood about 6’ 3, medium built, maybe 59 or 60 years old, his eyes sunk back into his forehead, very small lips, and he wore a long black overcoat, wide-brim black hat and spoke very softly. He asked many questions about my career and mentioned some of my old friends that he knew. That was a surprise to me. Then he asked me how my new CD project was going. I gave him an answer and tried to avoid talking about unfinished recording projects. The reason for that is you never really know until you get the finished product. He went on to tell me that if I needed backing, he was interested in putting up the money to complete the project and he said he had all the money I needed for what the project called for. My girlfriend was listening to this conversation and made no comment at this time. After our conversation, this guy asked me if he could sit in with me and sing a song. I didn’t mind and said yes because I thought he could really sing, since he knew songs of the recording artists that I associated with. When I started the next set, I immediately called him to the stage. He wanted to sing “Stormy Monday”. We started to play the song and he began to sing. I swear I have never heard anybody sound so bad in my entire life. After the song, he asked me to give him a call and he just disappeared. I didn’t see him leave or anything. Did he just vanish? After the gig my girlfriend told me she had had dreams similar to his conversation. We went on to bed and as she fell asleep, she began to talk in her sleep. Spoke very plan, “he’s in the lake – he’s in the lake.” I’m wondering what the hell she’s talking about. I come to find out she was still asleep. A few days later, she told me it was the cotton that was causing her nightmares and I should get rid of it. That was no problem because a friend of mine wanted it anyway. So I immediately gave it to him. After giving him the cotton he and his wife began having problems and she ended up putting him out. I don’t know if it really was the cotton or not but after he told me what had happened, I told him about my girlfriend having nightmares and the reason I gave him the cotton.

Then I began to think about the curse of the “Crossroads”. I went down to the Missouri River and threw the cotton in the river. I knew the Missouri River runs into the Mississippi River in St. Louis. And the Mississippi River runs pass the “Crossroads” on into the Gulf. I was hoping I could get rid of the curse if I sent it back to where it came from. After I got rid of the cotton, my girlfriend stop having those nightmares and my friend and his wife got back together. That was an experience that will always be with me.

      

Brody Buster and I at the “Crossroads”

A few years later, I was back at King Biscuit Blues Festival with young Brody Buster. I had told him about the “Crossroad” and he was at the age where he wanted to see if there was something there that was unusual and scary. After the gig, it started raining really hard. I didn’t want to go but the kid was all over it. It was the greatest thing that could have happened for him. He was ready for whatever we would be faced with. So we headed to the “Crossroads” and we got there a little before midnight.

Still it was raining really hard. The wind was blowing very hard like we were in a storm or something. So we waited it out. It was so dark you couldn’t see a thing. Then it finally stopped raining after we had been there 30 minutes or so. We had seen nothing, just rain. No devil appeared at midnight. So Brody got out of the car and went into the cotton field and all of a sudden, I heard him call out, “Smiley, help! I’m sinking.” I jumped out of the car and ran to help him. I managed to pull him out before I got stuck too. He lost both his shoes in the mud! We left them there. We began to drive back to the motel where we were staying, it started to rain again. This time the highway was filled with frogs, thousands of them hopping on the road surface. We were squishing them as we drove. Early the next morning, we told the other band members what had happened. We all drove back down the highway where we saw the frogs. There were no sign of them anywhere. It was like it never happened. I told Brody, ”Maybe the birds ate the frogs or something." If the rain washed them off the highway, then we would see them on the side of the road. But there was not a sign of them anywhere. That was my second and last experience at the “Crossroads.”

 

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The Crossroads

The Crossroads

 

There’s a tale being told down in Mississippi cross the line from Arkansas.

Where highway forty nine meet sixty one,

 So the legend goes, they call the cross roads.

There was a man who played the blues.

Hard times; was all he knew.

Hustling to find a gig; hoping to make it big.

People say he was a fool; fools have nothing to loose.

Bound to do his thing; he was a blues man.

Course;

Was it evil; was it bad; wanting something he knew he shouldn’t of had.

People say he sold his soul to the devil at the cross roads.

 

On a cold dark and dreary night, you couldn’t see a thing in sight.

Appeared a man who never showed his face;

He came from a hell of a place.

He wore a long black coat and a big black hat.

He only appears at midnight.

So the legend goes; they call the crossroads.

He said, “boy, you ain't living right,

That’s why I’m here tonight.”

He said, son, I’m for real I come to make you a deal.

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There’s a price you have to pay if you want to live that way.

Soon you’ll become a star and play the blues on your guitar.

When you let me tune your guitar,

Then you’ll become a star.

And when you finely reach the end,

Remember, I’m still your friend.”

 


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Tears

 

Taking me for granted is something I just don’t understand.

You expect so much.

Don’t seem to have the time, got so much on your mind,

And I feel I’m all alone.

You’ve forgotten who I am, how we started, the things we said and did.

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Tears on my pillow and there’s a pain in my heart.

 

You used to call me your sweet honey baby. We use to dance and make romance, and laugh and talk all night. Oh yes we did baby.

Yeah, the way you use to hold me and kiss me and let me know you care.

I’ve been waiting patiently for words you used to say.

 

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I’ve been alone for such a long time because you seem so hard to find, yeah.

Praying one day, praying one day you’ll look my way.

And hoping you’ll have the right words to say. Ah yeah.

Girl you took my heart, girl you know you took my soul, yeah.

 

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What’s Come Over Me?

 

I use to play round with all the girls in town.

I didn’t know what was going down.

To my surprise the little girl opened my eyes.

I fell in love and changed my whole life style.

 

I know it ain't right staying out all night.

I’d rather be kissing and holding you tight.

I’m so serious ‘bout everything I do.

I’m gonna make sure nothing happens to you.

 

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What’s come over me? Well the little girl’s got a hold on me.

We’re in love and that’s the way it’s going to be.

 

You’re so wonderful, honey, you’re so sweet.

I’m gonna keep you happy - you mean everything to me.

Our love will last until time has come to pass.

You’re the only girl and I know that it’s gonna last.

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You’re so wonderful, honey, you’re sweet.

Ha, little girl you mean everything to me.

Ha ha, I know it’s gonna last.

 

 

Jam

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Jam

 

I came home today,

There was a message on my answering machine that I began to play.

It was a girl that I use to know.

She said I’m going out tonight, do you want to go?

You see I like to party, and I like to dance.

I can’t help it when the music jams.

So get on up and get ready, let’s jam, let’s have some fun.

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Jam (12 times)

 

Girl, do you know what you mean to me?

Girl, come spend some time with me.

I think it’s such a pleasure

When you come right out and say what’s on your mind.

I got my homework done.

Yeah, let’s dance, let’s have some fun.

So get on up and get ready.

Let’s dance, let’s have some fun.

Chorus:

Get on up and get ready, let’s jam.

Get on up, let’s party, let’s jam, get on down.

Jam.

 


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Never Break Your Heart

 

I walked around with my head hanging down.

Looking for love and happiness.

Girls came around and I turned them down

Waiting for love and happiness.

When I looked in your eyes, to my surprise

I knew it was love at first sight.

 

 

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I will never, no, no never. Never ever break your heart.

I will never, no, no never. Never ever break your heart.

 

You spoke to me with a voice so sweet,

You turned me around, yes you did girl.

Now that we’re here together in love,

The angels sing from heaven above.

Listen you’ll hear voices so clear,

Singing out love; telling me to sing.

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Music;

I will never, no, no never. Never ever break your heart.

Listen you’ll hear voices so clear,

Singing out love; telling me to sing.

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When I saw that smile on your face,

I knew no one could ever take your place.

And now that we’re here, I can really say;

You made my life sunny and gay.

You gave to me love ever so sweet.

Deep in my heart you mean everything to me.

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Confessing

 

So many days has come and gone.

Since we’ve been together, I’m all alone.

So many nights, while being alone.

I thought it over. I thought it over.

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I’m confessing that I’m in love with you.

I’m confessing that you’re the one,

You’re the one that I love, well yeah.

 

Seven days since we’ve been apart.

Look at the situation, girl, you really stole my heart.

Loneliness each and every day.

If we were together, it wouldn’t have to be that way.

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Music;

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Listen, baby; I’ve been searching for such a long, long time.

Trying to find a pretty little girl like you.

Someone that I can say she’s mine all mine, ah yeah.

Well, I’ll make you happy over and over again.

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Think about me, think about me, think about me baby, ah yeah.

Think about how much I love yeah,

Think about how much I love you, baby.

Ah yeah, well, well, oh yeah.


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Family Tree

 

My grandma didn’t lie when she told me what she told me

‘Bout what happened yesterday.

She said, “life is what you make it, don’t try to fake it.

Hear every word I say.

‘Cause your daddy didn’t make it, he couldn’t take it.

He finely ended up in jail.”

He only knew a child was born and I was his only son.

 

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My grandma didn’t lie. My grandma didn’t lie.

My grandma didn’t lie. My grandma didn’t lie.

 

Well I tried to find my mother, I didn’t know my brother

Or kin, or family.

So I began to try to find the reasons why

I didn’t know the family tree.

So I went down south where it all began

To find my next of kin.

That’s when I found out what they were all about.

I found my family tree.

 

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Got something on my mind I want to say.

Sorry that it happened that way.

Time brings a change after so many years.

Nothing remains the same.

 

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