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Blues Vintage:
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

Johnm:
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,
Johnm

Blues Vintage:
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.

dj:
In Muddy's original 1947 version of Little Anna Mae he also pronounced the name as "Annie".

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