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The blues - that is a feeling that makes you feel very bad. The blues'll give you sickness - from there's a pain you've never had. Now here's the way the blues go - it'll jump on you early in the morning. It'll worry you 'til you go to sleep. Then after you fall to sleep, you get to dreamin' them bad old dreams and it give you nothing but the bad old midnight creeps - Lightnin' Hopkins', spoken intro to Blues Is A Feeling

Author Topic: Muddy Waters Lyrics  (Read 3656 times)

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Re: Muddy Waters Lyrics
« Reply #30 on: August 16, 2021, 04:13:06 PM »
Little Anna Mae


Otis Spann played guitar on the session. I canít find conclusive evidence who played guitar on this cut. The musicians below were present at the gig.

Muddy Waters
Otis Spann
Luther 'Georgia Boy-Snake' Johnson
Sammy Lawhorn 
Lawrence 'Little Sonny' Wimberley
 S.P. Leary

October 18, 1967
Montreal, Canada


Standard tuning, A position





INTRO

Hush, I heard, I heard little Anna Mae callin' my name
Hush, I heard, I heard little Anna Mae callin' my name
You know the girl speak lisp-tonguely, she donít talk so doggone plain

Anna Mae, is a good little girl, but she love to run around at night
Anna Mae, she's a good little girl, but she just love to run around at night
But I know she loves me, you know the little girlís gonna treat me right

Anna Mae, Anna Mae, I donít want you fooliní Ďround with no other men
Anna Mae, Anna Mae, I donít want you fooliní Ďround with no other men
You know Iím kinda half crazy, little girl you know I donít understand

(Spoken: Anna Mae donít do nothiní wrong)

Hush, I heard peoples, I heard little Anna Mae callin' my name
Hush, I heard, I heard little Anna Mae callin' my name
How come the girl donít talk plain, thatís something peoples I donít understand

SOLO (Spoken: Iím goní play one for youís boy, have mercy, have mercy)

Goodbye, Anna Mae, I donít have no more to say
Goodbye, Anna Mae, little girl I donít have no more to say
Well, I know youís a wrong doing girl, I'm goní let you go Ďhead and have your way
« Last Edit: August 20, 2021, 02:02:22 PM by Harry »

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Re: Muddy Waters Lyrics
« Reply #31 on: August 20, 2021, 10:45:07 AM »
Hi Harry,
Thanks for posting this one, I'd never heard it before. There are two guitars on the track and no other instruments. They're both playing out of A position in standard tuning, and the solo is kind of an homage to Robert Johnson's solo from Scrapper Blackwell on "Kind-Hearted Woman". It sounds to me like Muddy sings "Annie Mae" right through the song, despite its title. I think in the tagline to the first verse Muddy sings "lisp-tonguely", coming up with a new adverb.
All best,
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Re: Muddy Waters Lyrics
« Reply #32 on: August 20, 2021, 02:10:56 PM »
I'm sorry. Off course it's A position. So recognisable from that turnaround too.
In almost every live Muddy YouTube video I see him playing with the capo in E position.
I made the "lisp-tonguely" change. "Annie" vs "Anna" is hard to hear. I keep what I had.

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Re: Muddy Waters Lyrics
« Reply #33 on: August 20, 2021, 05:38:08 PM »
In Muddy's original 1947 version of Little Anna Mae he also pronounced the name as "Annie".

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