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Ah she mistreat the poor man just to pass the time away - Henry Townsend, Mistreated Blues

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Louie Lasky Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Today at 01:16:25 PM »
Thanks, Chris--that's what I get for not re-listening to the Broonzy track!
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Louie Lasky Lyrics
« Last post by banjochris on Today at 11:21:15 AM »
Big Bill Broonzy had recorded essentially the same song, with the same accompaniment in 1930 and again in 1932, and had moreover used the very same accompaniment for "Mistreatin' Mama Blues" in 1932.

Not quite the same – "Mistreatin' Mama" is in C.
Chris
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Louie Lasky Lyrics
« Last post by Blues Vintage on Yesterday at 02:18:22 PM »
Almost the same lyrics as the Jazz Gillum version (Tell Me Mama) that I did 'bout a month ago.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Louie Lasky Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Yesterday at 11:53:35 AM »
Hi all,
Louie Lasky recorded "How You Want Your Rollin' Done", accompanying himself with a flat pick in G position standard tuning at the same April 2, 1935 session at which he recorded "Caroline" and "Teasing' Brown Blues". Somewhat surprisingly, he never solos all the way through the form, but instead chooses to do a vocal feature with exciting fills for the full length of his rendition. He had recorded "How You Want Your Rollin' Done" at a session a month prior, but that version was never released. Big Bill Broonzy had recorded essentially the same song, with the same accompaniment in 1930 and again in 1932, and had moreover used the very same accompaniment for "Mistreatin' Mama Blues" in 1932. Here is Loouie Lasky's version of "How You Want Your Rollin' Done":



INTRO

Ahh, tell me, mama, just how you want your rollin' done
Now tell me, baby, just how you want your rollin' done
And just as long as you like it, if it takes the whole night long

My gal got teeth like the lighthouse on the sea
I mean, baby, like the lighthouse upon the sea
And every time she smiles, she throws her lovin' light on me

My rider's got something, and I don't know just what it is
My rider's got something and I don't know, just what it is
And every time she wiggles and wobbles, Papa can't keep his black self still

Lord, I'm wild about her jelly, she put me in the alley, 'cause my gal's name is Sally, and I know she's got good jelly
Tell me, just how you want that rollin' done
And just as long as you like it, if it takes the whole night long

Oh I can get religion, baby, most any day
I mean, hey, 'most any day
But the dice and these women, I swear they won't let me pray

Lord, if you steal my rider, I won't get mad with you
You steal my rider, I won't get mad with you
'Cause she's three times seven, and she knows just 'xactly what to do

CODA

All best,
Johnm


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Super Electrical Recordings! / Re: The voice of the Weenie Juke returns
« Last post by frailer24 on Yesterday at 02:36:22 AM »
Currently on episode 2, and I'm hooked! Glad to hear from you again!
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Louie Lasky Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 03, 2022, 06:28:04 PM »
Thanks for the help, Blues Vintage. In the first verse, "reverie" would make more sense, but "repartee" matches his sound really well--good hearing! I think he sings "she FELL forever on my mind" in both verses. In verse, where most people would be "bothered", I think he sings "by me all the time". I will make changes. Thanks!
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Louie Lasky Lyrics
« Last post by Blues Vintage on July 03, 2022, 12:48:02 PM »
Some suggestions,


1.3 In repartee she always let me see

1.4 But That she's the girl they call Caroline

1.5 and 2.5 She's forever on my mind sound right

2.1 Could be "lonely" but sounds like "only" to me

2.6 Could be "bothered" as a lot of blues singers sing that line. Or he just misspeaks "baby". Or a little recording gap there.
Edit "mama" could be it.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Louie Lasky Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 03, 2022, 12:17:07 PM »
Hi all,
Louie Lasky recorded "Caroline" at a session in Chicago on April 2, 1935, accompanying himself with a flat pick in C position, standard tuning. I believe Lasky to be the source for Big Bill Broonzy's flat-picking approach despite Broonzy having recorded solo earlier. Lasky's birth surname, according to DG&R, was Leslie--it's interesting but not exactly fruitful to think about how he came to call himself Lasky. I'd very much appreciate help with the lyrics in a couple of places which I just can't hear. Here is "Caroline":



INTRO SOLO

Come here, don't you see? Please bring her back to me
She's the girl they call Caroline
In this repartee, she's always let me see
That she's the girl they call Caroline
And when I'm sleeping, she fell forever on my mind
And she keeps me worried, baby, all the time
In this heart of mine, Lord, you will always find
That she's the gal they call Caroline

SOLO

Only don't you see? Please bring her back to me
That she's the sweetest little thing from above
She's the gal of mine, and they call her Caroline
She's the sweetest little thing I love
And when I'm sleeping, she fell forever on my mind
And she keeps me worried, by me all the time
In this heart of mine, Lord, you will always find
That she's the gal they call Caroline

SOLO

Edited 7/3 to pick up corrections from Blues Vintage

All best,
Johnm

 
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: Roger Hubbard Documentary
« Last post by Stuart on July 02, 2022, 09:47:42 AM »
Just received this from Roger:

"Dear All,

I’m very pleased to announce that my new album “Under the Sun” is now available!
These are all new heartfelt songs being very much of the moment with a wide range of musical styles and accompaniments.

If you wish to buy a CD please go to:

https://www.rogerhubbard.co.uk/sales.htm

Thank you and very best wishes

Roger"
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Super Electrical Recordings! / Re: Edward Phillips - Plays The Country Blues
« Last post by harriet on July 01, 2022, 06:54:58 AM »
Thanks for that.
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