"Smokestack Lightnin'" as written by and Chester Burnett....
Ah oh, smokestack lightnin'
Shinin', just like gold
Why don't ya hear me cryin'?

Whoo hoo
Whoo hoo
Whoo

Whoa oh, tell me, baby
What's the, matter with you?
Why don't ya hear me cryin'?

Whoo hoo
Whoo hoo
Whoo

Whoa oh, tell me, baby
Where did ya, stay last night?
A-why don't ya hear me cryin'?

Whoo hoo
Whoo hoo
Whoo

Whoa-oh, stop your train
Let her, go for a ride
Why don't ya hear me cryin'?

Whoo hoo
Whoo hoo
Whoo

Whoa-oh, fare ya well
Never see, a you no more
A-why don't ya hear me cryin'?

Whoo hoo
Whoo hoo
Whoo

Whoa-oh, who been here baby since,
I-I been gone, a little, bitty boy
Girl, be on

Whoo hoo
Whoo hoo
Whoo


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    General CommentI can't believe there aren't more comments on Howlin Wolf. I'm just barely getting into these really old blues but c'mon guys. To me the smokestack lightning is a reference to smoking. Smoking anything really. He's saying that she can't hear him crying because he isn't. That's kind of what the blues is about isn't it? Go have a cigarette or whatever and move on. That's how I interpret it.
    socialpulseon April 03, 2012   Link
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    My OpinionI agree socialpulse, more people should discover and fully appreciate the blues and it's early purveyors. Howlin' Wolf is one of the truly great bluesmen. Along with Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and about twenty others these guys shaped the sound of music up to 2013 and beyond. As for Smokestack Lightnin', I think it's more about another mule been kickin' in Wolf's stall.
    stevebaon August 05, 2013   Link

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