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Offline daveh222

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Willie Harris Lyrics
« on: April 30, 2006, 10:28:03 AM »
Roy Bookbinder sings a couple of verses on his open tuning DVD. Anybody know the rest of the words? He says Willie Harris recorded it in the 50's. All I find (google) on Willie Harris is his stats with the Boston Red Socks. Think it could be a different guy?  :D
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Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Never Drive a Stranger From Your Door
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2006, 11:37:22 AM »
About 30 years ago I had to transcribe the Willie Harris for another purpose (blues in which "pallet on floor" occurs!!). That was pre-digital era and I recall having problems with several lines. Owning nothing more recent to work from, here's what I came up with then and will hopefully provide a basis from which to work:



Don't you never drive a stranger from your door.
Never drive a stranger from your door.
If he come to your home, got no place to go,
Make him down a pallet on your floor.

Baby, won't you make me down a pallet on your floor?
Make me down a pallet on your floor.
Make it soft and low, right behind your door,
Make it where your husband never know.

Oh, what make how I love my baby so?
What make how I love my baby so?
Tell me what make how I love my baby so?
She makes five dollars and she give me four.

Honey babe, I certainly do love you, mmm.
Honey baby, I certainly do love you, mmm.
Honey baby, I certainly do love you.
But I don't like that lowdown way you do.

Don't you never drive a stranger from your door.
Never drive a stranger from your door.
If I come to your home, got no place to go,
Make me down a pallet on your floor.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2020, 06:11:46 PM by Johnm »

Offline daveh222

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Re: Never Drive a Stranger From Your Door
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2006, 01:06:20 PM »
Thanks! You added a couple more verses.

-Dave

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Willie Harris Lyrics
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2015, 05:03:08 PM »
Hi all,
Willie Harris recorded "Lonesome Midnight Dream" with a backing guitarist unknown to me; he may have been Willie B. James.  In any event, Harris was backing himself out of D position in standard tuning, and the second guitarist, whoever it may have been, sounds as though he was working out of G position in standard tuning, capoed up a ways. 
Harris is kind of a tantalizing figure, with very few titles recorded, but a wide variety of sounds represented in them--a slide version in Vestapol of "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor", which he called "Never Drive A Stranger From Your Door", a tremendous D tune, one of the best in "West End Blues", and "Lonesome Midnight Dream" and "What Makes A Tomcat Blues?".  That's it.  Oh well, at least he was recorded to that extent.  Here is "Lonesome Midnight Dream":



If you just listen, folks, I'll  tell you just what I mean
If you just listen, folks, I'll tell you just what I mean
I want to tell you all about my lonesome midnight dream

Something was troubling me last night, baby, I swear it was very mean
Something was troubling me last night, baby, swear it was very mean
All night long in my sleep I felt like I wanted to scream

I wouldn't lie down on my bed, I just rolled from side to side
I wouldn't lie down on my bed, I just rolled from side to side
Seem like the girl that I love have just laid down and died

SOLO

Then I called the undertaker, aw, the hearse came driving slow
Then I called the undertaker and the hearse cam driving slow
Made me feel so sorry, to see my baby go

Lord, I heard a mighty rumbling, just about the dawn of day
Lord, I heard a mighty rumbling, it was just about the dawn of day
It was only the dead wagon, comin' to carry my baby 'way

And when I woke up this mornin', folks, I just started to scream
When I woke up this mornin', folks, I just started to scream
But when I came to find out that it was a lonesome midnight dream

All best,
Johnm
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Re: Willie Harris Lyrics
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2015, 06:59:44 AM »
Hi all,
For "What Makes A Tomcat Blue?" Willie Harris once again accompanied himself out of D position in standard tuning and was joined by a pianist.  He is unusual for the extent that he favored D position in his few recorded titles.  Here is the song:



If you just listen, folks, I'll tell you what makes a tomcat blue
If you just listen, folks, I'll tell you what makes a tomcat blue
He's got a head and a tail, just like me and you

Now, my tomcat's gone crazy 'bout a Maltese 'way downtown
Now, my tomcat's gone crazy 'bout a Maltese 'way downtown
I"m going to buy my own chain, so my tomcat can make his rounds

Now, this Maltese goes out in the back yard every night to play
Now, this Maltese goes out in the back yard every night to play
Now, tomcat goes down there and takes this kitty away

SOLO

Now, let me tell you what kitty told my tom last night
Now, let me tell you what kitty told my tom last night
"You get on 35th and State, and do that thing just right."

Now, tomcat told kitty, "Don't fool me with your jokes."
Now, tomcat told kitty, "Don't fool me with your jokes.
We go on 29 and Central and do it like natch'l folks."

Little kitty told tomcat, "Let us go down that way."
Little kitty told tomcat, "Let us go down that way,
And get on top of a woodshed, and whine 'til the crack of day."

All best,
Johnm



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