Before You Accuse Me

Album: Journeyman (1989)
  • Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself
    Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself
    You say I've been spending my money on other women
    You've been taking money from someone else

    I called your mama 'bout three or four nights ago
    I called your mama 'bout three or four nights ago
    Well your mother said "Son"
    "Don't call my daughter no more"

    Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself
    Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself
    You say I've been spending my money on other women
    You've been taking money from someone else

    Come back home baby, try my love one more time
    Come back home baby, try my love one more time
    If I don't go on and quit you
    I'm gonna lose my mind

    Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself
    Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself
    You say I've been spending my money on other women
    You've been taking money from someone else Writer/s: ELLAS MCDANIEL
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Mike from Syracuse, NyI am looking at the liner notes to the "Journeyman" CD by Eric Clapton, and the writing credit for this song is listed as, "Written by E. McDaniel c 1957, 1985..." That is Ellas McDaniel, aka Bo Diddley. In 1957, Bo Diddley released his self-titled first album and this song is on side one, track 4. Once and for all Gene McDaniels DID NOT WRITE this song, Bo Diddley wrote it.
  • Nady from Adelaide, AustraliaWhen I get a cat Im gonna call it Bo Diddley:)
  • Brian from Detroit, MoThis song is CORRECTLY credited to Bo Diddley (Ellas McDaniel). A few website incorrectly credit Gene McDaniels.
  • K.p. from XEric did a video of this and several other songs in a romantic comedy where he played the leading man opposite his long time lover Debra Hunter. It was never released but present was Mary Hart of ET who ask Debra what the name of the movie will be and she said she didn't know yet. Debra also was in videos of Hounddog, Lead Me On, & Someone Like You in the movie, and Eric did Breaking Point and Cocaine, and they quoted songs all thru the movie. It was made in Arlington, Tarrant Co. Texas at Players singles bar in Jul 1984 as a birthday gift to Debra from Eric who was hanging out in Texas for a few years after she left some other state. Eric and Debra named thier first daughter Layla.
  • Mike from Hueytown , AlI love the CCR version ..Clapton does great with it too
  • Matt from Chicago, IlA great blues song. The crowd really gets into it on the Unplugged Album.
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