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Couldn't agree more on "Mean Disposition," John. Muddy Waters recorded this a few years later in a much less intense version -- there's just no comparison to the original. I was looking at Stefan Wirz's Townsend discography yesterday and the original issue of this had Bo Carter's "I Get the Blues" on the flip side. What a record!
John, The third line of the first verse is "You can run and get my woman, SHE KNOWS JUST WHAT TO use"
Hi all,Henry Townsend recorded "No Home Blues" in Louisville, Kentucky on June 9, 1931, working under the pseudonym Jesse Townsend. "No Home Blues" was played out of Clifford Gibson's favored E-sounding tuning, EAEGBE, pitched at F, and the Document "St. Louis Country Blues" CD identifies Clifford Gibson as the probably guitarist on the track. I believe it is Henry Townsend accompanying himself, though certainly working Clifford Gibson's musical territory. A few of the reasons I believe the guitarist is Townsend rather than Gibson: * Clifford Gibson's tone on the guitar was utterly distinctive, always with a hint of vibrato in the treble strings, and this guitarist does not have Gibson's tone; * The touch of the guitarist here is more robust than what we're accustomed to hearing from Clifford Gibson; * There are enough licks here that never appeared on any of Gibson's other songs played in this tuning to make it seem plausible that it was simply a different guitarist. The guitarist here has an odd way of ending the form in the eleventh and twelfth bars with the open fifth string in the bass, which is something Clifford Gibson never did on any of his recordings in this tuning; * The way the accompaniment tracks the vocal so closely, especially at the beginning of the second line of the next-to-last verse, where the vocal has a timing surprise, makes it seem unlikely that the song is not self-accompanied by the singer.In any event, the singer is most definitely Henry Townsend, and he sings a great set of lyrics which are as timely today as they were when he recorded them in 1931. It would be interesting to find out why St. Louis singers tended to show so much originality in their lyrics, but there's no musician of that generation to ask about it since Henry Townsend's passing. He pronounces "desperado" despuhRAYdo in the final verse. I have had no place that I could call my home I've had no place that I could call my home But I's keep on traveling, I get-a lucky before long When a man is homeless, he never doubts himself When a man is homeless, he never doubts himself Luck is nothin' but a fortune, he may be lucky as anyone else Luck is nothin' but a fortune, may fall my way someday Luck is nothin' but a fortune, may fall my way someday Then I won't be homeless, I have someplace to stay I've begged and asked for favors, people have treated me mean I have begged and asked for favors, people have treated me mean Lord, I've had many a hard trials as any young man you ever seen So I feel lucky, I believe I'll try my hand Yes, I feel lucky, I believe I'll try my hand I'm going to be a desperado, way down in no-man's-landAll best,Johnm
Thanks for your suggestions, LD50. I agree it is "I'll have someplace to stay" and I made that change. The tagline of the first verse has a swallowed "jus" in it, and what I have now is right, I think: But I'll jus' keep on traveling, I may get lucky before long.All best,Johnm