Ten Years After Woodstock

Ten Years After Woodstock

Ten Years After Woodstock

Ten Years After Woodstock Ten Years After Woodstock Ten Years After Woodstock

Ten Years After started around 8.15 pm; played for a little over an hour. While the huge crowd had dwindled quite a bit, those who remained enthusiastically responded to the great performance.

Set list:

  • Spoonful
  • Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  • Hobbit
  • I Can’t Keep from Crying Sometimes
  • Help Me
  • I’m Going Home
Ten Years After Woodstock

Spoonful

A little blues to warm us up” and the band begins their cover of Willie Dixon‘s Spoonful (made famous by Howlin’ Wolf), though many in the crowd would have been more familiar with Cream’s cover.

Ten Year After’s cover had appeared on the band’s first album, Ten Years After, that the Deram label had released in September 1967.

They’d also play the song at the Texas Pop Festival 2 weeks later.

Ten Years After Woodstock

Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

Lee explains, “This has been banned all over the country for one word–ball–it’s called Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.”  Sonny Boy Williamson wrote it in 1937.  The song was on the band’s Ssssh album, their third, that had just been released.

This video is from the Groupies 1969 film

Good morning little schoolgirl
Can I go home, home with you?
Good morning little schoolgirl
Can I go home, home with you?
Tell your mama and your papa
Big be schoolboy, too
I won’t bore you, yeah
Baby, I won’t bore you all night long
Yes, I do
Baby, I want to ball you
I want to ball you all night long
Tell your mama and your papa
Baby, baby, doing nothing wrong, child
I’m doing nothing wrong, yeah
I won’t bore you, yea, yea, huh
Baby, I want to ball you all night long
Yes, I do, child
I won’t bore you, darling, yea
I won’t bore you all night long
Tell your mama and your papa
Baby, baby, we’re gonna do nothing wrong
Wrong , wrong, wrong
Baby, I want to ball you every night
Oh, yeah, come on now
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Hobbit

An instrumental written by drummer Ric Lee. Not surprisingly, it mainly features Lee. A live version of the song  recorded in January 1973 was included on the band’s third live album, Recorded Live.

This video is. from August 4, 1975 at Winterland:

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I Can’t Keep from Crying Sometimes

Al Kooper‘s song that the band had also included on its debut album.  As with many songs, Lee doesn’t necessarily follow the “official” lyrics.

Also from Winterland (must have been a hell of a concert)…

I can’t keep from crying sometimes
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
Oh momma she’s dead and gone
And I know I’m all alone
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
Early in the morning
About the break of day
I fall down on my knees child
I fall down and I pray
I think about my woman
My woman who’s long gone
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
Oh momma she’s dead and gone
And I know I’m all alone
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
Later in the evening
I watch the sun go down
I think about my woman
But my woman Lord she ain’t around
My heart is filled with sadness
And my eyes are filled with tears
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
Oh momma she’s dead and gone
And I know I’m all alone
I can’t keep from crying sometimes
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Help Me

The third song from their debut album and another blues cover. Ralph Bass, Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson wrote the song.  In 1987, “Help Me” was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in the “Classic of Blues Recordings” category.

This video is from the Marquee in London, 1983…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A19OMJ1Q9iU

As deservedly well-known as “Goin’ Home” is, Lee’s performance on this song may outdo it.

You got to help me, now; I can’t do it all by myself
You got to help me, now; I can’t do it all by myself
You know if you don’t help me, darling, I’ll have to find myself somebody else
I my have to wash, I may have to sew, I may have to cook
I might mop the floor; but you help me baby
If you don’t help me, darling, I’ll have to find somebody else
When I walk, you walk with me; and when I talk, you talk with me
Oh, baby, I can’t do it all by myself
Bring my nightshirt; put your mornin’ gown
Bring my nightshirt; put your mornin’ gown
You know if you don’t help me, darling, I’ll have to find myself somebody else
You’re talking about your woman, I wish to God man that you could see mine
You’re talking about your woman, I wish to God man that you could see mine
Every time the little girl starts to loving she bring eyesight to the blind
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I’m Going Home

At the end  of Help Me, MC Chip Monck asks the crowd to allow the show to continue given how late things are running. But the crowd is loud and insistent.

Albert “tunes the ol’ axe up…,”  thanks the crowd, and says that the song is “I’m Goin’ Home…by helicopter.” Lee wrote the song and it was on their second album, Undead,  which the Deram label had released just a year before. While Woodstock fans sometimes feel this is their song, it was a staple of Lee’s performances.

Goin’ home, my baby
Goin’ home, my baby
Goin’ home, to see my baby
Our baby, how good
My baby, be good
I’m goin’ home, my baby
Home to see my girl
Oh baby, baby, I’m coming home
Baby, baby I’m coming home
Tell me Mama, baby, I’m coming home
Gonna see my baby, see my baby fine
Gonna take my baby, want to take my baby mine
Gonna take my woman treats me real kind
I’m goin’ home, my baby
I’m goin’ home, to see my baby
Goin’ home, my baby
Gonna see my baby, see my baby fine
Take my baby, take my baby mine
Gonna tell your mama how good that love of ours
I’m goin’ home, to see my baby
I’m goin’ home, to see my baby
Oh, baby ooh
Want to take you back, take where love belong
Treat me baby, treat, don’t treat me wrong
Oh, baby, I’m rollin’
Baby, baby, I’m rollin’
Baby, baby, I’m rollin’
Won’t you shake me, baby, well get you rollin’ down
Won’t you shake me, baby, well get you rollin’ down
Oh, baby, we’re gonna have some fun
Baby, please don’t go, baby, please don’t go
Baby, please don’t go, baby, please don’t go
Please don’t go, she’s cold, I need you
Comin’ home, ooh, hey
Come on over baby, whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on
I’m goin’ home, to see my baby
Home, to see my girl, ooh
I’m goin’ home, take my baby
I’m goin’ home, see my baby
Gonna take me back, I’ll take her where I belong
I’m goin’ home, to see my baby
I’m goin’ home, to see my baby
Come on, Take me, Yeah
I’m goin’ home, I’m goin’ home
I’m goin’ home, hey, hoo
Gonna take me back right where I belong
I’m goin’ home, I’m goin’ home
I’m goin’ home, I’m goin’ home
Hoo, hoo, right where I belong
And apparently, a watermelon was included in the band’s compensation.
Ten Years After Woodstock

The next act was The Band.

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