Here’s To Brownie McGee

Fightin’ a Losin’ Battle But Havin’ a Lot of Fun Trying to Win ranks as one of the greatest songtitles of all time. And the way Brownie used to sing it was just something beautiful. The lyrics and the progression are both things of beauty. Check out Brownie McGee. Meanwhile click below to hear Bumba do it. The song is: Fightin’ a Losin Battle But Having a Lot of Fun Trying to Win by Brownie McGee. It begins:

You know it’s hard to love another man’s woman

Can’t see her when you want to gotta see her when you can

I may be fighting a losing battle but having a lot of fun

Trying to win

I thought it over these two points of view.

You know a one-way lovin just ain’t no good for two

I may be fightin’ a losin’ battle but havin’ a lot of fun tryin’ to win.


14 thoughts on “Here’s To Brownie McGee

    1. Thank you Steven. You’ll notice I put this song on my Up in the Bronx CD. I played it back then too, and I mentioned it in the book. It’s a great song.

    1. Of course you’re being very kind, but if I can prompt people to check out Brownie McGee and enoy the blues and these wonderful songs I am very happy

  1. This is a fine song, and quite a surprise. I’ve been a fan of Sonny & Brownie for many years now, and I never heard the song before. After listening to you, I looked around for the original, and found a clip of the two of them singing with Pete Seeger on some TV show. Amazing. Thank you.

    1. You’re very welcome. I’m very glad to hear that you’re a fan of Sonny&Brownie. And happy to introduce you to this song.
      Brownie has other lyrics for this tune. “I Been Living with the Blues” also has a fine lyric. Also I’ve heard the refrain “I’m a poor man but I’m a good man. No love of my own”
      That Pete Seeger show is where I first saw them!

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