Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out.

Once I lived the life of a millionaire.

Spending my money and I didn’t care.

Taking my friends out for a mighty good time.

Buying high-price liquor, champagne and wine

“Wait a second, Bumba. You’ve already done this song on the blog a couple of times. Don’t you think it’s kind of cheap to be re-doing the same stuff again and again?”

“Well, it’s a great song. At least it’s a new recording. And, if I may be so bold to point out, it’s not some re-run UTube or a link to somebody else’s stuff. Anyhow, the song has a wonderful lyric that resonated with people during the Great Depression, and…..”

“Hold your horses, Bumba. I have another issue! Everybody knows that you were never no millionaire. Millionaire, Hah!! And everybody also knows that you’re the cheapest son of a you-know-what this side of the Tigris-Euphrates Valley….”

“Never mind. It’s a great song….”

“Acch! Come on. It’s an old, old oldie. Older even than you!”

“That’s right. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out. was written in 1923 by Jimmy Cox. It was a hit for Bessie Smith in the 30’s. With no apologies, here’s Bumba and Maybank doing Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out. Click to hear it.

7 thoughts on “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

  1. It!s been done by many people, although I can’t recall where I learned it. Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, Clapton, Van the Man, Willie Nelson…..

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