Stop Breakin' (Breaking) Down (Blues) (Robert Johnson)

melody from "Whoopee Mama Blues" (John Oscar, 1930, Brunswick 7203)

for this titel also Joe B Pugh, Jack White, Vinnie Moore and Phil Mogg, Donald Gene Fleming, Richard Hell, Thurston Joseph Moore, Robert W Quine and Steve Shelley are registered for the copyright [GEMA]

Sonny Boy Williams and others registered as arranger

Sources:

Gissing, Werner: Mississippi Delta Blues: Formen und Texte von Robert Johnson (1911-1938). (Beiträge zur Jazzforschung. Studies in Jazz Research). Graz, 1986

Sheet Music:

King of Spades Music

Recordings:

1938 - Robert Johnson - Dallas, Texas - June 20, 1937 - Vocalion 04002 (2 takes) - Robert Johnson (voc, g)

1945 - Sonny Boy Williams - Chicago, IL - Oct. 19, 1945 - Big Maceo (p), Tampa Red (g), Charles Saunders (dr)

1969 - ? - on: Really Chicago's Blues - Adelphi AD 1005 - John Lee Granderson (voc, e-g), Big Joe Williams (g(National)), Backwards Sam Firk (g(Gibson))

1972 - The Nighthawks - on: Rock 'n' Roll

1972 - The Rolling Stones - on: Exile On Main St.

1979 - Lucinda Williams - on: Ramblin'

1990 - Ron Thompson - Winner, on: Just Like a Devil

1990 - Tonky Blues Band - on: Vudú Mamma

1991 - Backsliders - on: Hellhound

1992 - Big Sugar - on: Big Sugar

1991 - Chicago Beau - on: My Ancestors

1995 - The Derelicks - on: Quick Trip Up, Long Slide Down

1995 - The Jeff Healey Band - on: Cover to Cover

1997 - Lee Baker - on: Fresh Oil

1997 - Steve Forbert - on: Here's Your Pizza

1998 - Oliver Sain - on: River Of Song: A Musical Journey Down The Mississippi

1999 - Icemen - on: Midnight Run

1999 - Jeremy Lyons - on: Deltabilly Swing

1999 - The White Stripes - on: The White Stripes

2000 - Billy Goodman - on: Live in Amsterdam

2000 - John-Alex Mason - on: Walking Tracks

2000 - MuddyKing - on: Bogalusa

2000 - Paul Wood - on: Bridge Burner

2000 - Roland Malines - on: Blues Standards Finger Picking Style

2001 - Peter Green Splinter Group - on: Me & The Devil

2001 - Carl Weathersby - on: Hellhound On My Trail: Songs of Robert Johnson

2001 - The Oozie Blues - on: The Oozie Blues

2002 - Aynsley Lister - on: Supakev 'N' Pilchards

2002 - Kenny "Blue" Ray - on: Got Blues

2002 - Lucinda Williams - on: Blues: Chicago 1937-45

2003 - Giles - on: Coming Home

2003 - Peter Green - Robert Johnson Songbook

2003 - Scott Perry - on: Hero Worship

2004 - Billy Branch - on: Judgment Day: Songs of Robert Johnson

2004 - Blues At Midnight - on: Blues Tribute to Eric Clapton

2004 - Dani Tzukerman - on: Sanhedrin

2004 - Eddie Taylor Jr. - on: Worried About My Baby

2004 - Eric Clapton - on: Me & Mr. Johnson

2004 - Larry Braggs - on: A Take on Robert Johnson

2004 - Mare Edstrom - on: Inside the Blues

2004 - Sonny Boy Terry - on: Live At Miss Ann's Playpen

2004 - Sonny Boy Williamson - on: Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

2004 - Yann Armellino - on: Cross-Rocks

2005 - Blue Touch - on: Bump

2005 - Fat Daddy Blues Band - on: Love and Kill me

2005 - Jimmy Adler - on: Absolutely Blues! Live At the Boneyard

2005 - Widespread Panic - on: Live At Myrtle Beach

2006 - Big Bad Smitty - on: Unwired Roots

2007 - Baby Boy Warren - on: The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond

2007 - Bryan Teal - on: Train Leavin' Town

2007 - Hot Monkey Love - on: Speakin' Evil

2007 - Ian Segal - on: Mustique Blues Festival 1998

2007 - Incidents - on: Slow

2007 - JukeHounds - on: JukeHounds

2007 - Widespread Panic - on: Driving Songs Vol.2

2008 - Anodyne Blues Band - on: It Just Ain't Right

2008 - Colin Lake & Wellbottom - on: Colin Lake & Wellbottom

2008 - Dr. Mojo - on: At Home

2008 - The Guitar All Stars - on: Crossroads: The Eric Clapton Sessions

2008 - The Jellyrollers - on: Blues With a Filling

2008 - Kenny Brown - on: Meet Ya in the Bottom

2008 - Muddyboys - on: Moonshine Blues

2009 - Dave Mell Blues Band - on: Blues With a Feeling

2009 - Guitar Mac - on: Sailing With the Mack

2009 - Palàtan Blues Band - on: Tuta Stanote - "Basta boresso!"

2009 - Travelin' Hellhound - on: Travelin' Hellhound

Version take 1:

Ev'rytime I'm walkin'
Down the streets,
Some pretty mama
Start breakin' down with me.
Stop breakin' down,
Yes stop breakin' down.
The stuff I got 'll bust your brains out, baby,
Ooh, it'll make you lose your min'.

I can't walk the streets,
Now consolate my min'.
Some no-good woman,
She starts breakin' down.
Stop breakin' down,
Please, stop breakin' down.
The stuff I got 'll bust your brains out,
Ooh, it'll make you lose your mind.

Now, you saturday night women,
you love to ape and clown,
You won't do nothin'
But tear a good man reputation down.
Stop breakin' down,
Please, stop breakin' down.
The stuff I got 'll bust your brains out, baby,
Ooh, it'll make you lose your min'.

Now, I give my baby, now,
The 99 degree,
she jumped up
And throwed a pistol down on me.
Stop breakin' down,
Please, stop breakin' down.
Stuff I got 'll bust your brains out, baby,
Ooh, it'll make you lose your min'.

I can't start walkin'
Down the street,
But some pretty mama,
Don't start breakin' down with me
Stop breakin' down,
Yes, stop breakin' down,
The stuff I got 'll bust your brains out, baby,
Ooh, it'll make you lose your min'.

Version take 2:

I can't Walk the street, now,
To consolate my min'
Some pretty mama,
She start breakin' down.
Stop breakin' down,
Please, stop breakin' down.
Now, the stuff I got 'll bust your brains out, baby,
Hooh, it'll make you lose your min'.

I can't walk the streets, now,
To consolate my min',
Some no-good woman, now,
She start breakin' down.
Stop breakin' down,
Please, stop breakin' down.
Stuff I got 'll make you lose your min'.

You know, the Saturday night women, now
They love to ape and clown,
They won't do noth'n',
But tear you' reputation down.
Stop breakin' down,
Please, stop breakin' down.
The stuff I got 'l bust your brains out, baby,
Hooh, it'll make you lose your min'.

Now, I gave my baby
That 99 degree.
She jumped up,
And throwed a pistol down on me.
Stop breakin' down,
Please, stop breakin' down.
The stuff I got 'll bust your brains out, baby,
Hooh, it'll make you lose your min'.

Now, the fiddle player,
Now, use rosin on his bow.
That will make you feel cry, baby,
You know, it don't go.
Stop breakin' down,
Please, stop breakin' down.
The stuff I got 'll bust your brains out, baby,
Hooh, it'll make you lose your min'.

Version Sonny Boy Williams:

Stop breakin' down,
Baby, please, stop breakin' down,
Stop breakin' down, now
Baby, please, stop breakin' down.
I don't believe you really, really love me,
I think you just like the way my music sound.

Now, an I'm gonna tell you somethin', baby,
A-baby, that you really, really can't do.
I know you can't love me, baby,
You gon' try, an' love some other man, too.
But stop breakin' down,
Baby, please, stop breakin' down.
I don't believe you really, really love me,
I think you just like the way my music sound.

Now, I'm gonna tell you somethin' else, baby,
I know you ain't goin' to like.
But when I quit you this time, baby,
You know I ain't gon', never take you back.
But stop breakin' down,
Baby, please, stop breakin' down.
I don't believe you really, really love me,
I think you just like the way my music sound, yeah.

Now, an the reason I know you's alright, baby, mm,
A-because you told me so.
An I don't care what people say 'bout you,
I love you, a-ev'rywhere you go.
But you must stop breakin' down, now,
Baby, please, stop breakin' down.
I don't believe you really, really love me,
I think you just like the way my music sound.