"Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out" as written by Gert-jan Blom, Menno Daams, Robert Veen and Jimmie Cox....
Well, once I lived the life of a millionaire, spending my money, no, I didn't care
Takin' my friend John out for a mighty good time
Buyin' high-priced liquor, champagne and wine

Then I began to fall so low, didn't have a friend, nor no place to go
If I get my hands on a dollar again
I'm goin' to hold on to it until the eagle grins

Soon as I get back up on my feet again, everybody wants to be my long-lost friend
It's might strange, without a doubt
Nobody wants you when you're down and out

Lord, soon as I get up on my feet again, everybody wants to be my long-lost friend
It's mighty strange, without a doubt
Nobody wants you when you're down and out
That's what I mean, when you're down and out


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"Nobody Knows You When Your Down and Out" as written by Jimmie Cox Mike Batt

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    General Commentthis song is so true; it speaks for itself.
    lilymariex3on February 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis one seems to have a pretty straightforward meaning. Most people have experienced it themselves, at least know someone who has, or was a part themself in betrayal of a friend. However, if I am down but necessarily for the reason mentioned above, it is a song so help relieve depression and to motivate oneself.
    sundy420on March 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI also feel I should know who originally did this song. I've heard joplin and clapton; was it one of them, an obscure writer, or a handed down folk type song?
    sundy420on March 10, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Nobody Knows You (When You're Down And Out)", originally by Bessie Smith (jazz singer), 1929
    smashingyngmanon July 20, 2009   Link

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