Nobody's (Dirty) Business (Nobody's Business But My Own) (Traditional) (Mississippi John Hurt)

John S. Hurt is registered as composer for the copyright on that title, Lou A Reed, Billy Idol, Woodie Guthrie, John S Hurt and others are registered as composers for the copyright on similar titles [GEMA]

Sheet Music:

Longitude Music Co

Recordings:

1919 - Bert Williams

1922: guitarrist Bull Brewer, fiddlers Earl Johnson and John carson and banjoist L.E. Atkins

(1922: guitarrist Bull Brewer, fiddlers Earl Johnson and John Carson and banjoist L.E. Atkins)

1927 - Earl Johnson and his Dixie Entertainers - Feb. 21, 1927 - OKeh 80461 - "Ain't Nobody's Business"

1927 - Short Creek Trio - July 30?, 1927 - Gennett 6272

1928 - Mississippi John Hurt - Feb. 14, 1928 - Memphis TN - 40223-B OKeh 8560 - Mississippi John Hurt (v,g)

1928 - Emry Arthur - June 20, 1928 - Vocalion 5230

1928 - Warren Caplinger's Cumberland Mountain Entertainers - Brunswick 294

1933 - Leo Wright - Library of Congress recording 181 B1 (Lomax, John A. & Alan)

1934 - Bo Carter - March 26, 1934 - San Antonio TX - 82613-1 Bluebird B5704 - Bo Carter (v,g)

1939-41 - Riley Puckett - Bluebird

1940 - Willie Ford - Library of Congress recording 4004 A2

1953-59 - The Stanley Brothers, The Clinch Mountain Boys

1958-61 - Joe Maphis, Gordon Terry, Maphis, Rose Lee - Town Hall Party

60s - Don Reno & Bill Harrell

1962 - John Duffey & Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen - Starday, on: Bluegrass at Carnegie Hall

1965 - Jesse Colin Young - Edsel, on: Young Blood

1966 - Clinch Mountain Boys, Stanley Brothers - on: American Folk and Country Music Festival (released 2003)

1973 - Kenny Baker, Josh Grave - Rebel, on: Puritan Sessions

1973 - Henry Hurley - "Nobody's Business But My Own"

1975 - Stefan Grossman - Shanachie, on: Black Melodies on a Clear Afternoon

1975 - Minnie Pearl - Country Music Hall of Fame

1976 - Taj Mahal - Columbia 34103, on: Satisfied 'n Tickled Too - Taj Mahal (v,g,h,md), Hoshal Wright (g), Rudy Costa (s,cl,kalimba,afl), Kester Smith (d,perc), Eartl "Wire" Lindo (kb), Larry McDonald, Kwazi "Rocky" DziDzornu (congas, perc), Ray Fitzpatrick (b), Carol Fredericks, Jo Baker, Sweet Annie Sampson (v)

1977 - Taj Mahal - Chicago IL - Rhino 7749, on: Sing A Happy Song-The Warner Recordings (released 2001) - Taj Mahal (v,g), The International Rhythm Band (Rudy Costa...)

1980 - George Childers - June 23, 1980 - Jasper GA - George Childers (v,bj)

1980 - Larry Sparks - Rebel, on: John Deere Tractor

1989 - Ruth Brown - June 12/13, 1989 - New York City - Fantasy F-9662, on: Blues On Broadway - Ruth Brown (v), Spanky Davis, Red Holloway (ts), Hank Carawford (as), Britt Woodman (tb), Rodney Jones (g), Bobby Forester (org), Al McKibbon (bs), Grady Tate (d)

1989 - Ruth Brown - Nov./Dec. 1989 - New York City - DRG 19001, on: Black And Blue: Original Broadway Cast - Ruth Brown (v), Linda Hopkins (v), Carrie Smith (v), Virgil Jones, Emery Thompson (tp), Britt Woodman (tb), Bill Easley, Jerome Richardson (ts), Haywood Henry (bs), Roland Hanna (p), Billy Butler (g), Claude Williams (vl), Al McKibbon (b), Grady Tate (d)

1998 - The Freight Hoppers - Rounder, on: Waiting on the Gravy Train

2000 - Mike Dowling - Orchard, on: String Crazy

2000 - Fernando Goin - SR, on: Mystery Train

2002 - The Devil Makes Three - Milan, on: The Devil Makes Three

? - Benton Flippen

 

see also: ain't nobody's business if I do

 
Earl Johnson and his Dixie Entertainers (1927):
sometimes I ramble
get drunk and gamble
nobody's business if I do
it's nobody's business, nobody's business
nobody's business if I do

some of these mornin's, I wake up crazy
kill my wife and save my baby
it's nobody's business if I do
it's nobody's business, nobody's business
nobody's business if I do

morphine's gonna run me crazy
cocaine's gonna kill my baby
pretty girls gonna cause me to lose my mind
it's nobody's business, nobody's business
nobody's business if I do

when she rides in a Ford machine
I buy the gasoline
nobody's business if I do
it's nobody's business, nobody's business
nobody's business if I do

that's where my money goes
to buy my baby clothes
nobody's business if I do

she runs a weenie stand
way down in no man's land
nobody's business if I do
that's where my money goes
to buy ...
nobody's business if I do

she rides in a Cadillac
oh boy she makes the jack
nobody's business if I do
that's where my money goes
to buy ...
nobody's business if I do

it's nobody's business, nobody's business
nobody's business if I do


Mississippi John Hurt (1928):
ain't nobody's dirty business, how my baby treat me
nobody's business but mine
ain't nobody's doggone business, how my baby treat me
nobody's business but my own

some of these mornin's, gonna wake up crazy
gonna grab my gun and kill my baby
nobody's business but mine
ain't nobody's doggone business, how my baby treat me
nobody's business but my own

some of these mornin's gonna wake up boozy
gonna grab my gun, gonna kill old Suzie
nobody's business but mine
goin' back to Pensacola, goin' to buy my babe a money moulder
nobody's business but my own

say babe, did you get that letter?
would you take me back, I'll treat you better
nobody's business but mine
ain't nobody's doggone business, how my baby treat me
nobody's business but my own

ain't nobody's dirty business, how my baby treat me
nobody's business but my own

some of these mornin's, goin' to wake up crazy
gonna grab my gun, gonna kill my baby
nobody's business but mine
ain't nobody's doggone business, how my baby treat me
nobody's business but my own

ain't nobody's dirty business, how my baby treat me
nobody's business but my own