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Ain't Got No Troubles

by Eden Brent

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As the crow flies, the distance between Greenville, MS and New Orleans, LA is just 300 miles. But when pianist Eden Brent traveled from her hometown of Greenville to the Crescent City to record 'Ain't Got No Troubles,' her sophomore album for Yellow Dog Records, she added 100 miles to the journey, eschewing the interstate for the meandering country highways that parallel the Mississippi River's serpentine route.

That circuitous road trip, which ended at New Orleans' Piety Street Studios (Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint, The Blind Boys of Alabama) was a quest to further broaden her sound: Working with bassist George Porter, Jr., she and Linden injected her gritty, rootsy music with spicy elements that earmark the unmistakable Crescent City sound.

Brent penned eight of the twelve tracks for her sparkling new album, the most she's written for a single record to date. They exhibit a keen sense of clever wordplay -- the juke joint jumper "In Love With Your Wallet" invokes the wry observations of fellow Mississippi muse Mose Allison, while the vaudeville throwback "My Man" is peppered with double entendre. But there's also considerable nuance: the sly tenderness of the intimate "If I Can't", the after-hours anguish of "Blues All Over," and the soulful, heartbreaking ballad "Leave Me Alone."

Brent modestly describes the album's title track as her "tribute to the open, carefree lifestyle of her hometown along the Mississippi river," but it's much more than that: It's a near-iconic blues song that has the singer finding ironic contentment in the things she lacks. No money, no friends, no man -- and, therefore, no worries. It's as pointed a summation of the blues aesthetic as you're likely to hear. Or as another great songwriter once said, "When you ain't got nothin', you got nothin' to lose."

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released September 7, 2010

recorded at Piety Street Recording, New Orleans
produced by Colin Linden

piano and voice: Eden Brent
guitars: Colin Linden
electric bass: George Porter, Jr.
drums: Bryan Owings

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Described by one critic as "Bessie Smith meets Diana Krall meets Janis Joplin," 2009's Blues Music Award winner of both "Acoustic Artist of the Year" and "Acoustic Album of the Year" is a masterful blues & boogie pianist and vocal stylist who combines elements of blues, jazz, soul, gospel and pop. ... more

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Track Name: Someone To Love
If you want to love me let me know
Otherwise I'll pack my bags and go
I have tried, Lord I've tried to make you mine
If you can't commit then I will understand
I will find myself another man
All I want, all I need is just someone to love

You know you are the first one on my list
But you are swimming school of fish
I won't cry, I won't cry if I am denied
I'm giving you the first right to refuse
I will find a man that I can use
All I want, all I need is just someone to love

Someone to love me every morning
Someone to love me through the day and the night
Someone to kiss me and to thrill me
Someone to squeeze me, Baby hold me tight
I have tried to make you mine
But I can damn sure find another guy
All I want, all I need is just someone to love

I ain't never told you what to do
You've done everything you wanted to
It's a crime, Lord it's a crime
For me to change your mind
If you want me Baby take my hand
I'll be your woman you can be my man
All I want, all I need is just someone to love
Track Name: Ain't Got No Troubles
Well I ain’t got no money
Ain’t got a dime
No nickels I can rub
No pennies I can find
But I don’t want for nothing
My taste ain’t too refined
No, I ain’t got no troubles on my mind

I ain’t got no boss man
Ain’t likely to get hired
Ain’t seeking no position
It’s doubtful I’ll get fired
Ain’t looking for promotion
Got no job to resign
I ain’t got no troubles on my mind

I got no troubles, no troubles
I ain’t got no troubles on my mind
To all of life’s worries
Both my eyes are blind
No, I ain’t got no troubles on my mind

Ain’t got no buddies
Ain’t got no friends
Ain’t got no man
Got no home to keep him in
Ain’t got no one to call me
If they get in a bind
No, I ain’t got no troubles on my mind

Ain’t been a member
Of no social club
Ain’t got no occasion
For me to get snubbed
I ain’t got invitations
That I must decline
No, I ain’t got no troubles on my mind

I got no troubles, no troubles
I ain’t got no troubles on my mind
Ain’t got nobody
Treating me unkind
I ain’t got no troubles on my mind

Astrology ain’t for me
Don’t care about my sign
Or where the moon was
When I was born
Or planets that align
Don’t care about the weather
Come rain or come shine
No, I ain’t got no troubles on my mind

Ain’t got no religion
Ain’t concerned with sin
No preacher or congregation
Telling me I must repent
Ain’t got no confession
To offer the divine
No, I ain’t got no troubles on my mind

Ain’t got no plans
Just possibilities
Ain’t bothered with the past
Or my history
Ain’t got no regrets
That’s keeping me behind
No, I ain’t got no troubles on my mind

No troubles, no troubles
I ain’t got no troubles on my mind
If you see me crying
That’s just joy welled in my eyes
No, I ain’t got no troubles on my mind

No troubles, no troubles
I ain’t got no troubles on my mind
You ask me how I’m doing
I’m doing just fine
I ain’t got no troubles on my mind

No troubles, no troubles
I ain’t got no troubles on my mind
No troubles
No troubles
I ain’t got no troubles on my mind
Track Name: Blues All Over
Blues on the loveseat
Where we used to kiss
I’m alone in my living room
And my man is sorely missed
I got the blues all over
Blues won’t let me be
I got the blues all over
Blues all over me

Blues on the table
At his empty seat
I was feeling mighty hungry
But the blues won’t let me eat
I got the blues all over
Blues won’t let me be
I got the blues all over
Blues all over me

Blues when I’m happy
Blues when I am sad
Blues my only comfort
When he makes me mad
Blues where I’m going
Blues everywhere behind
I can’t get rid of all my blues
And now I’ve quit from trying

Blues in the cupboard
On the shelf by the gin
I’m drinking by myself
Because he did not come home again
I got the blues all over
Blues won’t let me be
I got the blues all over
Blues all over me

Blues in the bedroom
In the middle of the night
He’s passed out here beside me
So he cannot hold me tight
I got the blues all over
Blues won’t let me be
I got the blues all over
Blues all over me
Track Name: Leave Me Alone
I can’t remember
The last time you smiled
We haven’t made love
In such a long, long while
If it’s over
We’d better move on
But when you leave me
Leave me alone

So many nights
I spent by your side
So many more
Without you I cried
And it ain’t right
You’re doing me wrong
So when you leave me
Leave me alone

When you leave me
Leave me alone
Don’t write me letters
Don’t call me on the phone
I’ll be just fine
When I’m finally on my own
So when you leave me
Leave me alone
Track Name: Let's Boogie-Woogie
Let’s boogie-woogie
Let’s boogie-woogie
Let’s boogie-woogie
Come on boys let’s play
Let’s boogie-woogie
Boogie ‘til the break of day

10 pm
The band shuffles in
We jump on the stage
And we begin to
Boogie-woogie
Let’s boogie-woogie
Come on boys let’s play
Let’s boogie-woogie ‘til the break of day

Midnight strikes
The crowd’s feeling tight
The band takes a break
To break up a fight
Let’s boogie-woogie
Let’s boogie-woogie
Come on boys let’s play
Let’s boogie-woogie ‘til the break of day

2 o’clock
The band’s really hot
Everybody dancing
So we can’t stop this
Boogie-woogie
Let’s boogie-woogie
Come on boys let’s play
Let’s boogie-woogie ‘til the break of day

Just after 4
We lock the door
When the police knock
We say, “We already closed!”
Let’s boogie-woogie
Let’s boogie-woogie
Boogie-woogie
Boogie ‘til the break of day

Break of day
Dawn’s first light
We better stumble home
Cause we’ll be back tonight to
Boogie-woogie
Let’s boogie-woogie
Come on boys let’s play
Let’s boogie-woogie ‘til the break of day
Track Name: My Man
My man is so good to me
Every date is like a jubilee
He tickles my fancy, tickles me pink
Tickles me silly ‘til I’m giddy with glee

My man don’t gimme no jive
Tells me that he’ll love me ‘til the day he dies
I’m his little Baby, apple of his eyes
He’s my man

My man butters my bread
And scratches my back while we’re laying in the bed
He works like a mule, but he’s a thoroughbred
Like a Triple Crown winner he’s spirited

My man don’t care where I’ve been
Long as we’re together through thick and thin
We ain’t married just living in sin
He’s my man

My man reads me like a book
Knows every cranny and every nook
I’m the little fish that he finally hooked
He’ll rock and roll me ‘til I’m shivered and shook

My man is a ladies man
Treats this lady best that he can
He lets me lick his candy, he’s my candy man
That’s my man

My man carries all the heavy stuff
And climbs my ladder and calls my bluff
He’ll let me keep going when he’s had enough
That’s my man

My man is out of sight
Loves me every minute of every night
And if he hears me holler he’ll quit alright
Cause he’s my man

My man picks me up when I’m blue
And tills the soil in my backyard, too
He loves his little lady, I’m his little boogaloo
He’s my man

My man gives me everything
All kinds of diamonds and a golden ring
And a pretty pearl necklace
Every time I sing into the microphone
My man, oh he’s my man
Track Name: If I Can't
If I can’t have you Baby
I don’t want nobody else
If I can’t be your lady
I’ll just be alone all by myself
I can’t fall for another
While you’re on my mind
You’re the kind of Baby
I’ve been hoping to find
If I can’t have you Baby
Don’t want nobody else
I don’t want nobody else
No, no, I don’t want nobody else

If I can’t see you Cutie
I would rather to go blind
If I can’t gaze upon your face
Go on and take my eyes
Don’t want to look at nothing
If I can’t see you
Not the sea, the mountains
Or the skies of blue
If I can’t see you Cutie
I would rather to go blind
I would rather to go blind

I ain’t much good without you
Babe, it’s plain to see
I was made for you
And you were made for me
Maybe you should marry me
And make me your wife
I could make you happy
For the rest of your life

If I can’t kiss you Honey
Don’t want to keep these idle lips
I won’t be grinning when you’re funny
Or drinking no whisky sips
Your kiss is sweet as whispers
From a gentle breeze
Tingles me all over
Makes me weak in my knees
If I can’t kiss you Honey
Don’t want to keep my idle lips
Oh no, don’t want to keep my idle lips

If I can’t hold you Lover
I’ll have to give my arms away
They feel strange on another
And never have a tendency to stray
Oh you feel so strong
And you feel so fine
I’d like to hold you Lover
‘Til the end of time
If I can’t hold you Lover
I’ll have to give my arms away
I’ll have to give my arms away

If I can’t have you Baby
I don’t want nobody else
Track Name: In Love With Your Wallet
I see you with that young thing
All over town
Hard to believe for that
You put your old lady down
Hey Daddy, oh Daddy can’t you see?
She’s in love with your wallet
Not your personality

I know that you’re grown
I know that she is too
But she is half your age
She’s just a baby to you
Oh Daddy, oh Daddy can’t you see?
She’s in love with your wallet
Not your personality

She wants a sugar daddy
Just to pay her bills
She’s barely middle aged
And you are over the hill
She’ll take you for money
Push comes to shove
Money can buy a lot
But it won’t buy you love
Oh Daddy can’t you see?
She’s in love with your wallet
Not your personality

You bought her fancy dresses
Gold and diamonds too
You even bought her a house
She gave it back to you
Oh Daddy, Daddy can’t you see?
She’s in love with your wallet
Not your personality

Look at all the money
That she’s done spent
She’s wasting all you saved
For your retirement
She’ll take you for your money
Push comes to shove
Money can buy a lot
But it won’t buy you love
Oh Daddy can’t you see?
She’s in love with your wallet
Not your personality

It’s your money to burn
You can do what you choose
You’ve done a lot for her
But what’s she done for you?
She’ll take you for your money
Push comes to shove
Money can buy a lot
But it won’t buy you love
Oh Daddy can’t you see?
She’s in love with your wallet
Not your personality