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Author Topic: Henry Spaulding Lyrics  (Read 6494 times)

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Re: "Biddle Street Blues"--Henry Spaulding
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2010, 06:57:20 PM »
Thanks, Chris.  I thought I heard "world" and it threw me completely off.  I've made the change.
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Re: Henry Spaulding Lyrics
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2010, 12:50:07 PM »
Hi all,
I merged a pre-existing thread on "Cairo Blues" with the "Biddle Street Blues" thread since it didn't seem to make much sense to have two separate threads for a musician who only recorded two titles.  From my reading of the earlier thread, it doesn't seem as though a consensus was ever reached with regard to the lyrics for "Cairo Blues".  Here's what I have, and maybe we can wind it up.  Any help is most appreciated.

   Cairo, Cairo is my baby's home
   Cairo, Cairo is my baby's home
   Going to Cairo, baby, and it won't be long

   All I know, she take my lovin' on
   Know my babe, she will take my lovin' on
   Know by that I swear I won't stay here long

   Hmm, hmm, mmm
   Hmm, hmm, won't stay here long

   SOLO

   Women in Cairo will treat you nice and sweet
   Women in Cairo will treat you kind and sweet
   Get you a ride and then take you off their beat

   Kick you and notch you, beat you and cut you, too
   Kick you and notch you, beat you and cut you, too
   When they get through with, you's ready for the grave

   Hmm, babe, Cairo, hmm, babe
   Cairo, Cairo is my baby's home
   I'm going home and I swear and it twon't be long

Edited 1/2/11 to pick up corrections from uncle bud

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Re: Henry Spaulding Lyrics
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2011, 10:14:17 AM »
Hi John -

This is sure tricky to hear in places even though it's not a bad recording. Spaulding runs a lot of words together.

In the 4th verse I am currently hearing something different than what others have posited so far. I think Henry Townsend, in his versions, sings "Catch/Get you a RIDE AND THEN take you off your feet" in that last last line, which makes sense, but Spaulding doesn't sing "feet" to my ear - I definitely hear the B sound. Townsend really seems to sing CATCH in the performance caught on film that Chris referred to (available on YouTube). I lean towards GET for Spaulding's version.

My best guess for verse 4 is:

Women in Cairo will treat you nice and sweet
Women in Cairo will treat you kind and sweet
4.3 Get you A RIDE AND THEN take you off THEIR?? beat

For the 5th verse, I hear the following:

Kick you and notch you, beat you and cut you, too
Kick you and notch you, beat you and cut you, too
5.3 When THEY get through WITH YOU'S READY FOR THE GRAVE

I think he leaves a YOU out, and YOU'S does double duty.

For the last verse I hear:

I'm goin' home and I swear it WON'T be long

He sings this sort of as IT TWON'T. I think it refers back to the first verse.


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Re: Henry Spaulding Lyrics
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2011, 11:34:58 AM »
Hi uncle bud,
Thanks so much for the help.  I do think Spaulding is definitely saying "beat" at the end of verse four, rather than "feet", whatever Henry Townsend may have sung when doing the song.  It wouldn't be the first time that a contemporary of the original performer misunderstood the lyrics when covering a song.  "Beat" makes more sense in any event, if you think of street-walkers having a beat in the sense that foot policemen have a beat.
Likewise, I think you nailed the tagline of the fifth verse, which is the one place in the song where I hadn't a clue.  "It twon't" sounds dead on for the tagline of the last verse, too.  Way to listen--that is great work!  I've made the changes.
All best,
Johnm 

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Re: Henry Spaulding Lyrics
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2016, 09:14:39 PM »
I think the lyrics are pretty well nailed, but does anyone know what 'notch' means? I can't find a meaning in any of the slang dictionaries I could find. Maybe it is 'knock'???

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Re: Henry Spaulding Lyrics
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2016, 03:21:24 AM »
I think it`s  "KNOCK" not "NOTCH".Leadbelly uses the term "knock" to describe fighting,punching and hitting in the LOC recordings and it is used in the Leadbelly Wolfe bio..

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Re: Henry Spaulding Lyrics
« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2016, 08:36:00 PM »
Re. page 1 of this thread, which I just read for the first time, 'knotting someone' could mean beating them using a rope knotted in a specific way to be used as a close-quarter weapon. Google "knots as weapons" for some interesting info and pics, particularly of the monkey's fist knot.

I have a vague memory of making such a thing as a young lout, don't ask me what for, I probably read about it somewhere. I no doubt stored it with my DIY arsenal of assegais, slingshots, boomerangs, stink bombs, bows & arrows, and film canister glo-plug fertilizer bombs.  :P
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