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Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out, song lyrics

Song: Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
Lyrics: Jimmy Cox(1)

Music: Jimmy Cox
Year: 1923
Genre: Blues
Country: USA

Once I lived the life of a millionaire.
Spending my money; I didn't care.
I took all my friends out for a good time,
Buyin' high price liquor, champagne and wine.

When I began to fall so low, I didn't have a friend,
and no place to go.
If I ever get hold of a dollar again,
Gonna hang on to it till that eagle grins.
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Nobody knows you,
When you're down and out.
In you pocket, not one penny.
And your friends, you don't have any.

But if you ever get on your feet again,
Then you'll find your long lost friends.
It's mighty strange, without a doubt.
Nobody knows you when your down and out,
I mean when you're down and out.


1 - Recorded by Pinetop Smith on Vocalion 1256, January 15, 1929, the Aunt Jemima Novelty Four, on Brunswick 7056, January 1929, and Bessie Smith on Columbia Records 37577, May 15, 1929. Many other musician have covered this song from the Great Depression era to contemporary artists like Eric Clapton.

2 - A bit of Jimmy Cox information.