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dingwall:
PROPOSED FINAL VERSION


Lonesome House Blues(20076-2) Ė Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. October 1927, Pm 12593
C position pitched at C#

I had a dream last night all about my gal
I had a dream last night all about my gal
You can tell by that, sweet papa ain't feeliní so well

I'm goin' away mama, just to wear you off my mind
I'm goin' away pretty mama, just to wear you off my mind
So if I leave you in Chicago, murder's gonna be my crime

This house is lonesome, my baby left me all alone
I say, this house is lonesome, my sugar left me all alone
If your heart ain't rock, sugar it must be marble stone

(Play that thing. Sure is good. Play it like you live.)

I got the blues so bad, it hurts my feet to walk
I got the blues so bad, it hurts my feet to walk
It have settled on my brain and it hurts my tongue to talk

(Lonesome house, folks.)
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Lonesome House Blues(20076-2) Ė Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. October 1927, Pm 12593
C position pitched at C#

I had a dream last night all about my gal
I had a dream last night all about my gal
You can tell by that, sweet papa ain't feeliní so well

I'm going away mama, just to worry you off my mind
I'm going away sweet mama, just to worry you off my mind
So if I live in Chicago, murder's going to be my crime

This house is lonesome, my baby left me all alone
I said this house is lonesome, my sugar left me all alone
If your heart ain't rock, sugar it must be marble stone

Guitar break
Spoken: Play that thing. Sure is good. Play it like you live.

I got the blues so bad, it hurts my feet to walk
I got the blues so bad, it hurts my feet to walk
It has settled on my brain and it hurts my tongue to talk

Lonesome house, folks.


Lonesome House Blues(20076-2)
2.1 I'm GOIN' away mama, just to WEAR you off my mind
2.2 I'm GOIN' away PRETTY mama, just to WEAR you off my mind
2.3 So if I LEAVE YOU in Chicago, murder's GONNA be my crime
3.2 I SAY, this house is lonesome, my sugar left me all alone
4.1 (Play that thing. Sure is good. Play it like you live.)Brackets for speech??
5.3 It HAVE settled on my brain and it hurts my tongue to talk
6.1 (Lonesome house, folks.)Brackets for speech??

dingwall:
Proposed Final Version


Long Distance Moan(15670-A) - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Richmond 24 Sept 1929, Pm 12852
C pitched at B flat

I fly into South Carolina, I gotta go there this time.
I fly into South Carolina, I gotta go there this time.
Woman in Dallas, Texas, is 'bout to make me lose my mind.

Long distance, long distance, will you please give me a credit call?
Long distance, long distance, will you give me a please to a credit call?
Wanna talk to my gal in South Carolina, who looks like a Indian squaw.

Just wanna ask my baby, what in the world is she been doin'.
Wanna ask my baby, what in the world is she been doin'.
Give your lovin' to another joker and it's sure gon' be my ruin.

Hey, long distance, I can't help but moan.
Mmmmmmmmm, I can't help but moan.
My baby's voice sounds so sweet, almost wrecks the telephone.

You don't know you love your rider till she's so far from you.
You don't know you love your rider until she's so far from you.
You can get long distance moan and you don't care what you do.

I think I'll use telephonin' to get my darlin' off my mind.
So I'll use telephonin', get my baby off my mind.
This long distance moan 'bout to worry me to death this time.
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Long Distance Moan(15670-A) - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Richmond 24 Sept 1929, Pm 12852
C pitched at B flat

I flyin' to South Carolina, I gotta go there this time,
I's flyin' to South Carolina, I gotta go there this time,
Woman in Dallas, Texas, is 'bout to make me lose my mind.

Long distance, long distance, will you please give me a credit call?
Long distance, long distance, will you give me a please to a credit call?
Want t'talk to my gal in South Carolina, who looks like a Indian squaw.

Just wanna ask my baby, what in the world is she been doin'?
Wanna ask my baby, what in the world is she been doin'?
Give your lovin' to another joker, and it's sure gon' be my ruin.

Hey, long distance, I can't help but moan,
Mmmmmmmmm, I can't help but moan,
My baby's voice sound so sweet, almost wreck the telephone.

You don't know you love, your rider till she's so far from you,
You don't you love your rider, until she's so far from you,
You just get long distance moan, and you don't care what you do.

I think I'll use telephonin', to get my darlin' off my mind,
So I'll use telephonin', get my baby off my mind,
This long distance moan 'bout to worry me to death this time.


Long Distance Moan(15670-A)
1.1/2 I FLY INTO South Carolina, I gotta go there this time,
2.3 WANNA TALK to my gal in South Carolina, who looks like a Indian squaw.
4.3 My baby's voice SOUNDS so sweet, almost WRECKS the telephone.
5.2 You don't KNOW you love your rider, until she's so far from you,
5.3 You CAN?? get long distance moan, and you don't care what you do.

dingwall:
Proposed Final Version
 

Long Lastin' Lovin'(20407-2) - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. March 1928, Pm 12666
A position and pitch

I wonder why my partner is sittin' around lookin' sad.
Wonder why's my partner sittin' around lookin' sad.
I mean, that woman, if she quit me, it's gonna be too black bad.

She's a spare made woman and she's cunnin' as a squirrel.
She's a spare made woman, cunnin' as a squirrel.
When she starts to lovin', man, it's out the world.

Ah, she's a dark brownskin, we always call her 'Chocolate Drop'.
She has dark brown skin and we call her 'Chocolate Drop'.
Got this old-fashioned lovin', man, it just won't stop.

When I first met the woman I figured I hadn't made no hit.
When I first met the woman, figured I hadn't made no hit.
She got this old-fashioned lovin', man, it just won't quit.

I met her at a sociable, she acts just like a crook.
I met her at a sociable, acts just like a crook.
Lord, when she starts to lovin', man it 'tain't in the book.

(Too bad mama.   I mean too black bad.)
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Long Lastin' Lovin'(20407-2) - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. March 1928, Pm 12666
A position and pitch

I wonder why my partner is sittin' around looking sad?
I wonder why my partner's sittin' around looking sad?
I mean, a woman, if she quit me? It's gonna be too black bad!

She's a fair-made/maid? woman & she's cunning as a squirrel
She's a fair-made woman, cunning as a squirrel
When she starts to lovin', man it's out the world

Ah she's a dark brownskin, we always call her 'Chocolate Drop'
She's a dark brownskin & we call her 'Chocolate Drop'
Got this old-fashioned lovin', man it just won't stop . . .

When I first met the woman I think I had made no hit
When I first met the woman, think I had made no hit
She got this old-fashioned lovin', man it just won't quit

I met her at a sociable, she act(ed) just like a crook
I met her at a sociable, act(ed) just like a crook
Lord, when she starts to lovin', man it 'tain't in the books

'Too bad mama . . . I mean too black-bad'

 
Long Lastin' Lovin'(20407-2)
1.1 I wonder why my partner is sittin' around LOOKIN' sad?
1.2 WONDER WHY'S my PARTNER sittin' around LOOKIN' sad?
1.3 I mean, THAT woman, if she quit me, it's gonna be too black bad.
2.1 She's a SPARE MADE woman AND she's CUNNIN' as a squirrel
2.2 She's a SPARE MADE woman, CUNNIN' as a squirrel
3.2 She's a dark brownskin AND we call her 'Chocolate Drop'
4.1 When I first met the woman I FIGURED I HADN'T made no hit
4.2 When I first met the woman, FIGURED I HADN'T made no hit
5.1 I met her at a sociable, she ACTS just like a crook
5.2 I met her at a sociable, ACTS just like a crook
5.3 Lord, when she starts to lovin', man it 'tain't in the BOOK
6.1 ('Too bad mama.  I mean too BLACK BAD') Two words, as in 1.3??   Brackets for speech??

dingwall:
PROPOSED FINAL VERSION


Long Lonesome Blues(2472-1) - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. March 1926, Pm 12354
A position pitched at Ab

I walked from Dallas, I walked to Wichita Falls.
I say, I walked from Dallas, I walked to Wichita Falls.
Hadn't have lost my sugar, well, I would not have walked at all.

Some women see you comin', man, they go get the rocker chair.
Women see you comin', go get the rocker chair.
"I wanna fool this man and make out heís welcome here."

So cold in China, the birds can hardly sing.
So cold in China, birds can hardly sing.
You didnít make me mad till you soak my diamond ring.

Hey, mama and papa, and papa's papa 'deed double do love you, doggone it.
Somebodyís talking to you, mama and papa ídeed double do love you.
What you cryin' 'bout, baby, papa don't care what you do.

Well, I know my baby, she gonna jump and shout.
I say, I know my baby, she gonna jump and shout.
When she gets a letter Lemon have rolled them few days out.
 
Woman, if you don't love me, just be frank and tell me so.
I say, if you don't love me, be frank and tell me so.
So I can leave your town and hang crepe on your door.

Said, baby, what's the matter, Papa Lemon can't get no mail.
Said, baby, what's the matter, Papa Lemon can't get no mail.
Mama, dreamt last night, pulled a black cat across your trail.
 
I said, fair brown, tell me where'd you stay last night.
Said, fair brown, "Where'd you stay last night?"
Your hair's all down, you know you ain't talkin' right.


NOTES
3.1/2 I hear CAN instead of the expected CAN'T.   Many hear CAN'T.
4.1 This is as I hear it, but see note below.
7.3 Again, many disagree with my line.
See  Blind Lemon thread, page 42, reply 616 on all above points.

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This one is difficult!

Long Lonesome Blues(2472-1) - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. March 1926, Pm 12354
A position pitched at Ab

I walked from Dallas, I walked to Wichita Falls
I say, I walked from Dallas, I walked to Wichita Falls
Hadn't a' lost my sugar, [and] I wasn't gonna walk at all.

Some women see you coming, man, they go get their rocker chair
Women see you coming, go get their rocker chair
"I wanna fool this man and make out heís welcome here."

So cold in China, the birds can't hardly sing
So cold in China, birds can't hardly sing
You didnít make me mad till you broke my diamond ring.

Hey mama mama papa papa 'deed double do love you doggone it
Somebodyís talking to you mama papa ídeed double do lo--ve you
What you cryin' 'bout, baby, papa don't care what you do.

I know my baby, she gonna jump and shout
I say, I know my baby, she gonna jump and shout
When she gets a letter Lemon have wrote [some] few days out.
 
Woman if you don't love me, just be frank and tell me so
I say if you don't love me, be frank and tell me so
So I can leave your town and hang crepe on your door.

Said baby what's the matter, Papa Lemon can't get [no mail]
Said baby what's the matter, Papa Lemon can't get [no mail]
Mama said last night, fool, a black catís crossed your trail.
 
I said fair brown, tell me where'd you stay last night
Said fair brown, where'd you stay last night
Your hair's all down, you know you ain't talkin' right.


Long Lonesome Blues(2472-1)
1.3 Hadn't HAVE lost my sugar, WELL, I WOULD NOT(pronounced WOULDNA) HAVE WALKED at all.
2.1 Some women see you COMIN', man, they go get THE rocker chair
2.2 Women see you COMIN', go get THE rocker chair
3.1 So cold in China, the birds CAN hardly sing
3.1 So cold in China, birds CAN hardly sing
3.3 You didnít make me mad till you SOAK my diamond ring. (SOAK=PAWN)
4.1 Hey mama AND PAPA, AND PAPA'S papa 'deed double do love you, doggone it.
4.2 Somebodyís talking to you, mama AND papa 'deed double do LOVE you
5.1 WELL, I know, my baby, she gonna jump and shout
5.3 When she gets a letter Lemon have ROLLED THEM few days out.  
7.1/2 Said baby what's the matter, Papa Lemon can't get NO MAIL
7.3 Mama, DREAMT last night, PULLED a black CAT ACROSS your trail.

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Long Lonesome Blues(2472-2) - Blind Lemon Jefferson

This whole posting was over the limit allowed, and I have posted this take with various comments on page 42.


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PROPOSED FINAL VERSION


Long Lonesome Blues(1054) - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. May 1926, Pm 12354
A position and pitch

I walked from Dallas, I walked to Wichita Falls.
I say, I walked from Dallas, I walked to Wichita Falls.
Hadn't have lost my sugar, just wasn't gonna walk at all.

Women see you comin', man, go get the rocker chair.
Women see you comin', go get the rocker chair.
"I wanna fool this man and make out heís welcome here."

So cold in China, these birds can hardly sing.
So cold in China, birds can hardly sing.
You didnít make me mad till you soak my diamond ring.

Hey, mama and papa, and papa's papa ídeed double do love you, doggone it.
Somebodyís gonna tell you, mama and papa ídeed double do love you.
What you cryin' 'bout, sugar, papa don't care what you do.

I know my baby, she gonna jump and shout.
I say, I know my baby, she gonna jump and shout.
When she gets a letter Lemon have rolled them few days out.

Tell me whatís the matter, baby, I canít get no mail.
Could you tell me whatís the matter, Papa Lemon canít get no mail.
Mama, dreamt last night, pulled a black cat across your trail.

I got up this mornin', the blues all around my bed.
I got up this mornin', the blues all around my bed.
Fixiní to eat my breakfast and the blues all in my bread.


NOTES
3.1/2 I hear CAN instead of the expected CAN'T.   Many hear CAN'T.
4.1 This is as I hear it, but see note below.
6.3 Again, many disagree with my line.   See  Blind Lemon thread.
See  Blind Lemon thread, page 42, reply 616 on all above points.

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Long Lonesome Blues(1054) - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. May 1926, Pm 12354
A position and pitch

I walked from Dallas, I walked to Wichita Falls
I say I walked from Dallas, I walked to Wichita Falls
Hadn't a' lost my sugar, [and] I wasn't gonna walk at all.

Women see you coming, man, go get their rocker chair
Women see you coming, go get their rocker chair
"I wanna fool this man and make out heís welcome here."

So cold in China, the birds can't hardly sing
So cold in China, birds can't hardly sing
You didnít make me mad till you broke my diamond ring.

Hey mama mama papa papa ídeed double do love you doggone it
Somebodyís talking to you mama papa ídeed double do lo--ve you
What you cryin' 'bout, sugar, papa don't care what you do.

I know my baby, she gonna jump and shout
I say, I know my baby, she gonna jump and shout
When she gets a letter Lemon have wrote [some] few days out.

Tell me whatís the matter, [thatís] I canít get [no mail]
Could you tell me whatís the matter, Papa Lemon canít get [no mail]
Mama said last night, son, a black catís crossed your trail

I got up this morning, the blues all around my bed
I got up this morning, the blues all around my bed
Fixiní to eat my breakfast and the blues all in my bread


Long Lonesome Blues(1054)
1.3 Hadn't HAVE lost my sugar, JUST(???) wasn't gonna walk at all.
2.1 Women see you COMIN', man, go get THE rocker chair
2.2 Women see you COMIN', go get THE rocker chair
3.1 So cold in China, THESE birds CAN hardly sing
3.2 So cold in China(CHINEE, but think better as CHINA???), birds CAN hardly sing
3.3 You didnít make me mad till you SOAK my diamond ring. (SOAK=PAWN)
4.1 Hey mama AND papa, AND PAPA'S PAPA 'deed double do love you, doggone it.
4.2 Somebodyís GONNA TELL YOU, mama AND papa 'deed double do LOVE you
5.3 When she gets a letter Lemon have ROLLED THEM few days out.
6.1 Tell me whatís the matter, BABY, I canít get NO MAIL
6.2 Could you tell me whatís the matter, Papa Lemon canít get NO MAIL
6.3 Mama, DREAMT last night, PULLED a black CAT ACROSS your trail
7.1 I got up this MORNIN', the blues all around my bed
7.2 I got up this MORNIN', the blues all around my bed
 

Edited to change spelling of SOKE to SOAK=PAWN.   Memory!!
Edited to remove doubt about ROLLED THEM FEW DAYS OUT, thanks to Johnm, Banjochris, Uncle Bud and Waxwing.  October 22 2008.

Johnm:
Hi dingwall,
It's great to see the work you've been doing on Lemon's lyrics.  I think when Lemon says "rolled them few days out", he's referring to completing a jail sentence.  Smith Casey used the same phrase in the same context (and may have gotten it from Lemon's record).
All best,
Johnm

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