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Merritt Lyr Req: I'll Play the Blues for You (Albert King) (7) Lyr Add: THERE'S GOTTA BE A CHANGE (G Collins) 17 Jun 03


I'm familiar with a variant of this song that is credited to Gwendolynn Collins, wife of the late, great Albert Collins. She calls the song Gotta Be A Change or There's Gotta Be A Change. The verses fit a standard 12-bar blues medium-tempo chord structure. The brief bridge (in key of E) climbs and then drops along lines of E/E7/A/Bb/E-B7-E. I play this on guitar in "E" w/ capo on the second fret, i.e., F# and it works well as an alternating bass finger-picking tune.

Here are the lyrics I can hear on Johnny Lang's cover of the song:

THERE'S GOTTA BE A CHANGE (Gwendolynn Collins)

Oh, there's got to be a change
Things just can't stay the same (repeat)
If I got any worse off
I'd have myself to blame

I've played the blues so long now
There ain't nothin' left for me to do (repeat)
I just can't give it up
If I do my life would be through

BRIDGE: Well now I've been to Kentucky, Chicago too
All over St. Louis, ain't nothin left to do
But I'll play the blues for you

Well I've been down to Texas
To the end of the national revenue
I ain't got no money now, honey now
Ain't nothin' left to do
Well I'll play the blues for you


- Merritt


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