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Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
1922 Jimmie Cox
Jimmie Cox was a vaudeville comedian and made no recordings as either a blues or jazz artist. Bessie Smith toured with him in 1929 and learned this tune directly from him. The song was subsequently recorded by Peter Paul and Mary, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin, BB King, Sam Cooke and John Lennon.

Recording sessions
1959: New York
Once I lived a life of a millionaire
Spending my money I didn't care
Taking my friends out for a mighty good time
Buying bootleg liquor champagne and wine

But then I began to fall so low
Couldn't find no friends had no place to go
If I ever get my hands on a dollar again
I'm gonna hold it till the eagle grins

Nobody wants you
When you're down and out
In your pockets not one penny
And your friends you haven't got any

Just as soon as you get upon your feet again
Here they all come
They say
That they're your long lost friends

Oh Lord without a doubt
Nobody wants you nobody needs you
Nobody wants you when you're down and out
Lord nobody wants you nobody needs you
Nobody wants you when you're down and out

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
 
 
1960: Chicago (US-IL) Lake Meadows Club
 
 
1965 May 19-20: New York
Well once I lived the life of a millionaire
Spending my money I didn't care
Taking my friends out for a mighty good time
 
 
1965 July 24-25: Antibes (FR) 6th Jazz á Juan Festival
 
Unknown recording session
2009 [3:41] CD 3 Family/Friends/French Lesson Artwork Media (US) recorded at the home of Nina Simone with Hazel Scott