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Nobody Knows Ya
 Bessie Smith; Jimmy Witherspoon
Windsor 4852
ID: 2812

TypeSinging CallWindsor
Label information
Grid list of Windsor recordings
Vic's Rating4 (good)
Media45 rpm vinyl

Bruce Johnson
Bruce Johnson
See Also
Old Call(s)
Cue Sheet


Join hands and circle left around that ole ring
Turn the corner under, bow and you swing
The men star left once around this land
Box the gnat, change hands, left allemande
Grand right and left round the ring you will go
Meet your lovin' baby, back to back dosado
Promenade her home to the message I shout
Nobody knows ya when you're down and out

FIGURE    Basic, corner progression

Heads promenade, but only go halfway
Square thru 4 hands and don't delay
You face the nearest side and do the right & left thru
Dive thru and circle 4, one time'll do, and when you're straight
Pass thru, swing thru the couple there
Boys trade and then promenade round the square
Ya know it's mighty strange but without any doubt
Nobody knows ya when you're down and out


Swing her there, that's it you're through

SEQUENCE (Opener, figure twice for heads, break, figure twice for sides, tag)

Lyrics are provided for informational and educational purposes only. Lyrics are
subject to all U.S. copyright laws and remain property of their respective owners.

Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

Once I lived the life of a millionaire
Spending my money, I didn't care
I carried my friends out for a good time
Buying bootleg liquor, champagne and wine

Then I began to fall so low
I didn't have a friend, and no place to go
So if I ever get my hand on a dollar again
I'm gonna hold on to it till them eagle's green

Nobody knows you when you're down and out
In my pocket, not one penny
And my friends, I haven't any
But if I ever get on my feet again
Then I'll meet my long lost friend
It's mighty strange, without a doubt
Nobody knows you when you're down and out
I mean when you're down and out

Mmmmmmmm.... when you're down and out
Mmmmmmmm... not one penny
And my friends, I haven't any
Mmmmmmmm... Well I felt so low
Nobody wants me round their door
Mmmmmmmm... Without a doubt,
No man can use you when you're down and out
I mean when you're down and out

Lyrics by Jimmy Cox.
Recorded by Bessie Smith; Jimmy Witherspoon; others.

Handle List
1503  Circle (Left|Right)  [Basic]
2062 Turn Your Corner Under
1724 Bow To (Partner/Corner)
1463 Swing (Your Partner|Corner) [Basic]
1435 Boy(s) IDENTIFIER
1461 Star (Right|Left) [Basic]
1670 4/4 (fraction)
179 Box The Gnat [Basic]
1429 Allemande Left [Basic]
1356 Right & Left Grand [Basic]
429 Dosado [Basic]
1431 Head(s) IDENTIFIER
782 Promenade (fract) [Basic]
1488 1/2 (fraction)
1058 Square Thru (n) [Basic]
1482 4 (number)
865 Right & Left Thru [Basic]
412 Dive Thru [Basic]
1503 Circle (Left|Right) [Basic]
1670 4/4 (fraction)
735 Pass Thru [Basic]
1121 Swing Thru [Basic]
1435 Boy(s) IDENTIFIER
1175 Trade [Basic]
782 Promenade (fract) [Basic]
1463 Swing (Your Partner|Corner) [Basic]

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