Steve Miller Band, The - Blues Without Blame Lyrics




I ask my baby for a nickel
She gave me a twenty dollar bill
I ask her for a drink of whiskey
And she gave me a liquor still

Whoa, yeah yeah yeah
What can a poor boy do
Ain't it hard, ain't it hard
When you have to live the blues

I call my baby on the telephone
She said come on over Stevie I'm all alone
I said I can't get my car started mama

Whoa, yeah
What can a poor boy do
When he has to live the blues

And while my baby's makin' it with my best friend
I know I'm being used, yeah yeah yeah

Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy on me
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy on me, yeah

I'm tryin' to find my babe
Won't somebody please, yeah yeah
Won't somebody please bring her home to me





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Steve Miller Band, The Blues Without Blame Comments
  1. c.... ....

    His best album ever! JS Peace

  2. D.... G....

    The GREATEST Blues song ever recorded live-----Ross Valerie on bass guitar from Journey fame----Steve Miller HOT!

  3. g.... m....

    lord, have mercy on me. great track.

  4. d.... ....

    Don't forget, originally it was the Steve Miller Blues Band. Whenever I hear Keep On Rockin Me Baby I want to puke.

  5. p.... l....

    Back when Steve was still serious about his playing from the heart & not his wallet .

    p.... l....

    Compare "Harbor Lights" & "Gangster Of Love" to "The Joker" & you will hear how he sold out. He would have made plenty of money with the good stuff.

    p.... l....

    True & most of the Joker was not a bad record but certainly his last real one. He still want's those dollars . When he was a guest at one of Les Pauls gigs where players in the audience came up to play he started out trying one of his commercial ramblings then thought better of it & did some blues with Les instead . Good & quick thinking on his part . I don't think we will ever hear him the way we did in the 60's & early 70's which is a shame.

    p.... l....

    Even though I still have my vinyl copy I forgot that one side was live, need to get it out & get reacquainted.

  6. J.... T....

    little known album, one of my favorites by stevie guitar miller, hot stuff!

  7. m.... k....

    Shit! When I was 14 years old this was the greatest music I ever heard, grew up on it

  8. A.... S....

    I loved this album ...I played it all the time in high school... I loved Steve Miller...
    I bought tickets with hard earned cash..he played at a small theater In Providence RI..
    We waited 3 hours for him...to appear
    He came out played about 3 songs...
    His last words were "Don't worry baby Steveie will be back"
    Well he is coming close again ..close enough to buy tickets and go to the show...
    That was 1970 something this is 2015...
    I was so disappointed I went home and destroyed every album I owned by him.
    No explanation, no apology, no rain checks..just a "Stevie will be back"
    Well Fuck You Steve...

    A.... S....

    I'm sorry you had that experience. I've seen several artists have a bad day, and it's hard on the audience. Haven't you ever had a bad day and not been able to communicate it?. I sure know I have... Considering he didn't die from drugs or a car crash, we still have him, and I for one am glad. This is his best Blues song In My Humble Opinion

    A.... S....

    Weird. Sorry for you. I saw his band of course with him give a free concert in a small Berkeley park in 67 or 68 for a couple hundred people at most and he chatted affably with any and all afterwards. A woman told him that his guitar (vibrato something akin to BB King was (exaltational--i forget how she phrased it but that was the gist of it, and yeah, he absorbed the Kings, Buddy Guy, Earl Hooker, Muddy.Waters, Hubert Sumlin, Jody Williams, Louis Myers, and many others no shame in that game). Again, sorry and I firmly believe that Miller, ego and all, is a really good egg. There's a magazine or newspaper article online written by a guy who got free guitar lessons every time Miller hit Dallas. There was a vague family connection iirc but still...

    A.... S....

    F****** cry baby

  9. C.... V....

    wonderfull blues real for ever.

  10. B.... C....

    I remember the joy I felt when I first heard that guitar intro. Steve Miller has the chops. I saw most of the Chicago Blues greats and he obviously learned from the best. Before he came to Chicago, he learned from other legends too. His dad was best man at Les Pau and Mary Ford's wedding

  11. s.... ....

    Crazy good LP
    So underrated

  12. T.... B....

    Loved this album!!!!

  13. D.... R....

    Trivia: I think this blues cut was recorded down in Dania, Florida on the Coast at a venue called "Pirate's World". It was a heck of a place for concerts--basically it was a cut-rate amusement park. It had a big pirate ship swhoosing around the place on a waterway. Miller did this one in late '70 or 1971. Crowds went and did what they wanted to, and the cops left them alone until things got out of hand. Miller could play the blues. Condos sit on the spot now. Nothing Lasts.

    D.... R....

    Donald Renfranz he played Pirate's World 2 times. The first time we were looking at this guy playing 3 or 4 different instruments and wondering who the hell he was. It was Boz Scaggs. The second time they played there the stage was fully light up and TV cameras were recording all or part of it. As though it was for Midnight Special or something similar. Very easy venue to sneak into if you didn't have a ticket. We saw many great concerts there.

  14. R.... B....

    One of the best sustaining sounds

  15. d.... ....

    Such an underrated album...I play the vinyl quite frequently.
    ...oh, and that's future Journey bassist Ross Vallory playing here.

  16. c.... c....

    Its on CD now I got it!

  17. c.... c....

    This is a great classic album!

  18. R.... B....

    Great !! Thanks for posting !!! Hans

  19. H.... W....

    yeah most people don't know that steve is a true bluesman! use to take his old hoopty down to maxwell st. from miwaukee every weekend and soak as much as possible! particularly muddy and buddy!

  20. s.... ....

    Funny thing, he headlined the San Francisco Blues Festival some years back, the theme that occasion being Chicago Blues, and he played not a single blues note. Jazz all the way.
    Weird. His brother Jimmy, a good guitarist, was on keys, IIRC. Saw them circa 1967 at the Fillmore and they really brought it back then.

  21. y.... ....

    Probably one of the most unrecognized magnificent blues performances by anyone.

    How many Steve Miller fans even know he did this, eh?

    I played to this amongst other songs hundreds of times when I was learning the blues back in the '60 & ''70's.

    Steve does a wonderful job on this song.

    y.... ....

    Only the fans that grew up back in the days when playing good was the norm. The rest are certain that Big Jetliner was his best stuff. LOL

    y.... ....

    His best blues guitar, from the heart!

  22. r.... ....

    steve miller sure can play some kick ass blues,as i am a funaditic steve miller fan. his album the joker is great but then to i love the sailor album also and number five album. truly i love all this mans music. stevie guitar miller didn't get that name for nothing he's a legend,and icon period.

  23. M.... W....

    Love this live side, Oh and Steve did play all the leads as I saw this show live and in person in Sacramento. God I am old

  24. j.... ....

    You never seemed to see this album much........so I had forgotten it even existed. But I've always loved the other early SMB albums. So.....I look this up on AllMusic.com &.........they give the damn thing a one star review, WTF??? I've listened to maybe four songs from this and, they ALL sound great!!! I don't get it.........but now I NEED to get it, you know what I mean??

  25. s.... ....

    I agree..this is the best Steve Miller track haha :-)

  26. M.... W....

    The live side of this is top shelf, the flip side..... If you can't say anything nice go listen to country. What can a poor boy do...

  27. d.... ....

    My 20 year old downloaded this song recently. I love that boy!! This song is so good it hurts!!

  28. M.... W....

    Hey Circuit7Active thanks a ton, can you put love shock on here too. I will love you for ever man!

  29. M.... W....

    The live side of this rocks, one of the best live tracks ever put on vinyl.

  30. E.... ....

    His habit of borrowing others' blues lyrics (I can't be the only one who recognises lines from "Sweet Little Angel" in there, and Led Zeppelin wasn't the only one cribbing lyrics shamelessly from the masters) doesn't kill the fact that his is one of his last genuinely good blues performances. On an album that generally wasn't up to his then-usual standard, that's saying something.

    E.... ....

    Who cares. The man can play woodogggie

  31. c.... ....

    This album and Journey From Eden are two of his very best...
    Thanks!

  32. S.... ....

    This Album was one of my firsts. I bought it because of this "One of the best bluessongs ever made"

    I love this song still forever because of Steve superb guitar playing and the perfect performance of his voice singing this very bluesy text.

    Another favorite end my very first blues encounters is:
    Livin' Blues - One Night Blues from the album Hell's Session

  33. J.... V....

    Wow! I have this album.. One of the first I ever owned. i remember getting this and played it for hours at a time. Still have the Vinyl. This is what got me hooked on blues!! Rock on Steve!!

  34. R.... b....

    one song that u will never hear any where

  35. P.... D....

    i have been listening to this song since the early 70s it still is one of my favs steve miller can play the blues his solos still give me the chills his uncle les paul must have been proud i am sing the blues stevie

  36. T.... ....

    why did he ever have to leave Chicago?

  37. B.... M....

    Ive got this album!! Ive always loved this song. In fact I love ALL my vinyl!!!

  38. s.... ....

    Man, Where's the credit for this one! In my opinon, Steve's playing his ass off on this recored... He never got the credit he deserved for this record... To hell with the critics..What the F..k do they know...