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Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightnin’

Smokestack lightning
Shining, just like gold
Why don't you hear me crying?

Oh, tell me, baby
Where did you stay last night?
Why don't you hear me crying?

Oh, stop your train
Let her go for a ride
Why don't you hear me cryin'?

Oh, fare you well
Never see you no more
Why don't you hear me crying?

Oh, who been here baby, since
I been gone?
Little bitty boy?
Girl, be on

Heard on WFMU

“Smoke Stack Lightning” was a 1956 single by Howlin’ Wolf on Chess Records who released it again a few years later on Moanin’ in the Moonlight.