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Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« on: October 27, 2007, 09:56:08 AM »
Hi all,
Ed Bell did a session for QRS where he was backed by Clifford Gibson on "Shouting Baby Blues", and several other songs.  If you are a fan of Clifford Gibson's playing and haven't heard these tracks you need to seek them out, because his playing on them is sensational, even when compared with the very best of his own solo performances.  This is some of the strongest playing in Spanish you will ever hear.  In a way the pairing is an odd one, for Ed Bell was a fine guitarist in his own right, though more "country" than Clifford Gibson.  Musically, the duo works out really well, with each performer able to devote his full attention to the task at hand.



   I know my baby, she's gon' jump and shout
   I know my baby, she's gwon' jump and shout
   When that train rolls up and I come walkin' out

   I wouldn't have a rooster if, he won't crow for day
   I wouldn't have a rooster if, he won't crow for day
   And I wouldn't have a hen, wouldn't cackle when she lay


   SPOKEN:  Play that thing, Mr. Clifford!  Y' know we're a long way from home--got to play it or walk back home.

   I wouldn't have a cook, wouldn't cook three meals a day
   I wouldn't have a cook, wouldn't cook three meals a day
   I wouldn't have a woman if she couldn't do what I say

   Haven't seen her at the station, ain't seen her out on the road
   Haven't seen her at the station, ain't seen her out on the road
   And I'm sittin' here wonderin', "Will a matchbox hold my clothes?"

   When I leave town, I'll leave somebody cryin'
   Ooooooh, leave somebody cryin'
   Oh, hollerin' and a-screamin', "Where that long tall man of mine?"

Edited 10/30 to pick up corrections from dingwall

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Johnm
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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2007, 12:39:42 PM »
Hi all,
"House Top Blues" was another collaboration of Ed Bell (Sluefoot Joe) with Clifford Gibson backing him in Spanish.  Once again, Gibson's playing is stellar; his playing fully deserves Ed Bell's enthusiastic reaction.  On these pieces, at least, Bell likes to employ a mannerism in which he starts the repetition of the A line of his verses with an "Oooooh", and then sings the second half of the line.  It sounds great, because he really puts something into those "oohs".
 


   Gonna climb on some housetops, gonna roll down to the ground
   Gonna climb on some housetops, gonna roll down to the ground
   'Cause my gal done quit me and she don't 'low me in town

   I got a evil-hearted mama, just as wicked as she can be
   Ooooooooh, just as wicked as she can be
   And ain't a day pass, that she don't put that thing on me

   SPOKEN:  Play that thing, Mr. Clifford!  Play 'em hard, boy!  Folks, just listen at that boy!

   She got a .38-40, just as long as my right arm
   She got a .38-40, long as my right arm
   She says she bought it especially for to keep her man at home

   I'm leavin' you, baby, kill you if I die
   Oooooh, kill me if I die
   I mean I'm leavin', and I don't mean good-bye

Edited 10/31 to pick up corrections from dingwall

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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2007, 12:54:31 PM »
Hi, John

As I hear it, what you have for the last verse of "House Top Blues" is correct.  Thinking about it, I assume that the first line is correct and has the sense of "I'm going to kill you even if I'll get caught and be executed for the crime", and the second line is mis-sung.

That's some incredibly cool imagery in the first two lines of the first verse!
 
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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2007, 03:00:31 PM »
Hi, dj,
Thanks for giving "House Top Blues" a listen.  If it's good enough to suit you, I'll take it, as is!  I agree re the A lines of the first verse--it's great the way one can continue to hear new lyrics even after listening to this music for many years.
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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2008, 02:44:30 PM »
Hi all,
Ed Bell recorded the oddly titled "Tooten Out Blues" as Sluefoot Joe, with Clifford Gibson accompanying him on piano while Bell handled the guitar accompaniment.  This one certainly qualifies for the "Mystery Titles" thread for at no point during the course of the song is any mention made of the title phrase, which would seem to be more appropriately rendered as "Tootin' Out", as in going on a toot.  It seems unlikely we'll ever know the origin of the title for sure.  EDITED TO ADD:  Banjochris's lyrics catch on the conclusion of the third verse provides the basis for the song's title. 

Clifford Gibson proves to be a really nice pianist, with beautiful touch and tone.  Bell's guitar part is uncharacteristically subdued.  The major part of the lyrics here show up in Ed Bell's "Mamlish Blues".  Once again, I have blank or uncertain spots enclosed in bent brackets, and any help would be appreciated.



   You used to be my sugar, but you ain't sweet no, mamlish more
   Used to be my sugar, you ain't sweet no more
   You got another joker hangin' 'round your door

   Say, I know my baby, world's in all of, mamlish me
   I know my baby thinks the world's in all of me
   'Cause every time she grin she shine her light on me

   SPOKEN BY BELL DURING PIANO SOLO:  Play that thing, Mr. Clifford!  Ed is feelin' mistreated!

   Talkin' 'bout your rider but you just ought to see, mamlish mine
   You talkin' about your woman, just ought to see mine
   She's a long, tall woman and she toot way out behind

   She ain't so good lookin', she ain't got no great long, mamlish hair
   She ain't so good-lookin' she got no great long hair
   She ain't got nar' gold teeth, you can find her anywhere

   Well, she stood on a corner between 25th and, mamlish Main
   She stood on a corner 'tween 25th and Main
   Then a blind man saw her and a dumb man called her name

   And the dumb man asked her, said, "Who's your regular, mamlish,be?"
   Dumb man asked her, said, "Who's your regular be?"
   And the blind man told her, said, "You sure look good to me."

Edited 1/18 to pick up lyric from banjochris
Edited 1/29 to pick up corrections from dingwall

All best,
Johnm
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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2008, 12:36:15 AM »
I can't really help with that last verse of "I Don't Like That," unfortunately, but it sounds like the word "twist" in there plus "tell Dave ? ain't got none yet."

However, I have some other suggestions:

3rd verse:
Can't make up my mind I love no one but you

4th verse:
Now, you taken him for your sweetback, me to be your slave

5th verse:
better stop your whuppin' bring it right back home

Also, I think the missing words in "Tooten Out" also conveniently explain the title of the song. I'm about 95% sure he sings:
She's a long, tall woman and she toot way out behind.

I think he means that there's a shelf there, not that she has an intestinal problem.  :o
Chris


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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2008, 08:46:18 AM »
Thanks so much for the help, Chris.  Your suggestions are excellent and I've made the changes.  I wouldn't have gotten that line in "Tooten Out" in a million years.  It sounded to me like "two gray eyes behind", which was completely mystifying.  I don't know that my dictionary has "protrude" as one of the meanings of "toot", but it works that way here.  Great work!
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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2008, 06:52:48 AM »
I was listening to Ed Bell recently and "Leaving Train Blues" jumped out at me as a real pretty song. I came to this thread to check for lyrics and found they weren't here so took a stab at them. It's a duet with Clifford Gibson. Hard to tell how much playing Bell does on it. A lot of the intricate riffs sound like Gibson for sure.

Help needed with a couple parts:



Leaving Train Blues - Ed Bell

I asked the agent what train must I ride
I asked the agent what train must I ride
"It don't make no difference, oh, you'll be satisfied"

Now the train I ride don't pull no [coach?] at all
Now the train I ride don't pull no [coach?] at all
It's a deluxe special [t???] next with the Cannonball

I'm leavin' town on the mornin' train
I'm leavin' town on that mornin' train
And the place [might stop??] they don't know no women's name

Now if you think I'm lovin' you, sugar change your mind
If you think I'm lovin' you, sugar change your mind
'Cause when you think I'm lovin' you, I'm quittin' you all the time

Now you see that train makin' up in that yard
Now you see that train makin' up in the yard
It's gonna take me where it takes two dollars to send a postal card
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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2008, 09:31:24 AM »
I don't have the track in question, but FWIW, I remember that Blind Lemon Jefferson has a similar line on "Easy Rider Blues", which goes something like: "The train that I ride don't burn no coal at all. (2x)  The coal I burn, everybody say, is the Cannonball."



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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2008, 10:26:19 AM »
I don't have the track in question, but FWIW, I remember that Blind Lemon Jefferson has a similar line on "Easy Rider Blues", which goes something like: "The train that I ride don't burn no coal at all. (2x)  The coal I burn, everybody say, is the Cannonball."

Hi Pan - It was that similar line which caught my ear in the first place with this song. I've never been completely satisfied with the transcription of the Lemon line, and thought maybe Bell would offer a clue, but it is in the end only a similar line. Bell certainly could be singing "coal", though I'm not hearing it at the moment.
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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2008, 02:40:48 PM »
Hi Andrew,
Thanks very much for posting the lyrics to "Leaving Train Blues".  The only reason I never finished off this thread with the complete Ed Bell lyrics is that there are five of his titles that are only available on his Document complete recordings CD, which I don't have, and keep forgetting to order.  If you or anyone else would like to post the lyrics to those tunes, we could transfer the lot over to Weeniepedia.  I should say, too, that dingwall and banjochris provided great help in the transcriptions I did earlier in the thread.
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Johnm
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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2008, 06:15:25 PM »
Oops, I had the title right in my intro paragraph but confused it with Ishmon Bracey's Leavin' Town Blues in the transcription. I've corrected the title, which is Leaving Train Blues.

EDITED later to add:

BTW, the Ed Bell songs still waiting to be transcribed are:

- an earlier version of "She's a Fool" (similar lyrics to "She's a Fool Gal", verses in different order, some variations I think)
- "Grab It and Run" (good luck to whoever takes it on, what a mess that record is)
- "Rocky Road Moan" (large number of skips, also a mess, probably untranscribable)
- "Rosca Mama Blues" (guitar part influenced by Blind Lemon's material in E like Piney Woods Money Mama. Can't think of anyone else who has taken on that particular Lemon guitar theme).
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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2008, 06:33:41 AM »
I don't have the track in question, but FWIW, I remember that Blind Lemon Jefferson has a similar line on "Easy Rider Blues", which goes something like: "The train that I ride don't burn no coal at all. (2x)  The coal I burn, everybody say, is the Cannonball."

Hi Pan - It was that similar line which caught my ear in the first place with this song. I've never been completely satisfied with the transcription of the Lemon line, and thought maybe Bell would offer a clue, but it is in the end only a similar line. Bell certainly could be singing "coal", though I'm not hearing it at the moment.

As another point of reference for Bell singing "don't pull no coach at all" in "Leaving Train Blues", Frank Hutchison, my lookalike, sings in "Cannonball Blues":

That train I ride, she's called the Cannonball
That train I ride, she's called the Cannonball
Carries sixteen coaches, she carries no blinds at all

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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2008, 08:44:40 AM »
Great job, guys! I have the Document Records Ed Bell disc and often find it hard to understand some of the lyrics. You're making listening to this disc much more fun for me. Thanks! I'll try to listen to some Ed Bell today and contribute to the lyrics we don't know yet.
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Re: Re: Sluefoot Joe Lyrics
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2008, 10:16:49 AM »
I just listened to three of the four songs that need lyric transcriptions, and here's what I've come up with:

Grab It And Run


I left my baby in the back door crying
...bothered all the time

...Mama...and a railroad man
Every Sunday, dollar in your hand (this line appears in the work song, "Rosie")

I asked my captain for the time of day
And he just laughed and throwed his watch away (Texas Alexander, among others)

no idea
spoken: no idea


Rosca Mama Blues


Well, the girl I love, she's gone back to...
I wouldn't hate it so bad but the fool's...

She got ways like...she bad like Jesse James
You don't pay her fare nowhere on the passenger train

She ain't good looking, she don't wear big (these?) fancy clothes
But she makes more money than millionaire-ee do (pronounced as "dough")

Mama, that train that runs from coast to coast
And she can break in on your pocket, I don't care where she goes

Well, my lawyer in the courthouse, trying to plea on my baby's case
And I'm down here working hard on the...

Black rascal and a...
That's where she...

She's A Fool

See that man called Silas Green, ain't never been down to New Orleans

I went down that smokey road, brought me back on the cooling board

You better not think because you're black, I'm gonna beg you to take me back

You better not think because you yellow, you gonna get my last half dollar

See that woman all dressed in red, what caused a man to lose his head

See that woman all dressed in blue, can't put up with the way she do

See that woman all dressed in white, bet you five dollars she won't treat you right

spoken: Boy, you a fool, gal!

Go to town and hurry back, my buddy got a girl I really like

You neither think 'cos you look sweet, you can make a fool of me

See that woman all dressed in green, ain't never been to New Orleans

I got a gal she ain't no fool, head...golden mule

You see that woman all dressed in..washing cars (?)

That's the best I could do on first listen. Is it "you better not think..."? It sounds more like "You neither think...". The sound quality is pretty bad. Feel free to comment or correct me! Thanks!
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