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lindy:
For the past year or so, one CD I keep going back to over and over is ?Mississippi: The Blues Lineage,? part of the ?Deep River of Song? series of Alan Lomax recordings. Every single cut is a pearl.

The song I?m working on is ?I Be Bound to Write to You,? the acoustic precursor to ?I Can?t Be Satisfied.? The lyrics on the Lineage CD are different from the ones on the two versions of the same tune found on ?The Complete Plantation Recordings? CD.

These may be the only Muddy Waters lyrics that haven't been written out and posted on a website somewhere. At least on a site that I can find. Here?s what I?ve got so far:



Lord I know my little baby,
She don?t know I?m here.
She don?t feel ??______________??
She don?t even feel my care.
I be bound, I be bound to write to you.
??_____________________??
And I don?t care what in the world you do.

Well I feel sometime,
Like the time ain?t long.
Feel like my baby,
She?s gonna try to leave my home.
I be bound, I be bound to write to you.
??_____________________??
And I don?t care what in the world you do.

Well I know my little baby,
She?s gonna jump and shout.
That ol? train be late, boys,
And I come walking out.
I be bound, I be bound to write to you.
??_____________________??
And I don?t care what in the world you do.

Well I?m leaving this morning,
Don?t you wanna go?
[ ?? Take off the tail gal ?? ]
When I come back here no more.
I be bound, I be bound to write to you.
??_____________________??
And I don?t care what in the world you do.

Well if anybody ask you,
[ ?? Who can pull the sun? ?? ]
Tell them Mr. Heartbreaker, boys,
That old man been here and gone.
Lord I?m bound, I?m bound to write to you.
??_____________________??
And I don?t care what in the world you do.


The only guess I have for the refrain line that I?m completely blank on is ?I can reach for you right now, And I don?t care what in the world you do.?

All suggestions appreciated, as are any interpretations of the lyrics.

Lindy

Slack:
Hi Lindy,


--- Quote ---I be bound, I be bound to write to you.
??_____________________??
--- End quote ---

I hear: Babe, I'll read yo' lil' ol' writin' hea

Babe, I'll read your little old writing here
(but does't care what she writes)
And I don't care what in the world you do

Kinda makes sense...  :)

 



banjochris:
I hear the missing line of the refrain the same as Slack, except the last word is "gal", not "here"

Other missing lines:
Lord I know my little baby,
She don?t know I?m here.
She don?t feel ??______________??
She don?t even feel my care.
This is the hardest line to hear -- I think he's saying "she don't feel love, gal" and not enunciating.


Well I?m leaving this morning,
Don?t you wanna go?
[ ?? Take off the tail gal ?? ]
When I come back here no more.
"Take God to tell, gal" -- you can hear this line also in the other version where it's easier to understand -- it also pops up in Patton's "Screamin' and Hollerin'"

Well if anybody ask you,
[ ?? Who can pull the sun? ?? ]
Tell them Mr. Heartbreaker, boys,
That old man been here and gone.
"Who composed this song"

Chris

lindy:

Here's the latest with your suggestions included:

For the refrain:

I be bound, I be bound to write to you.
[ Babe, I'll read yo' lil' ol' write here ]
[ Babe, I'll read your little old writing [ "here" or "gal" ]
[ I can read your little write gal, ]
And I don?t care what in the world you do.

(I hear snippets of all three lines, depending on the verse and what I can hear from the two takes on the Plantation CD.)

Verses:

Lord I know my little baby,
She don?t know I?m here.
[ She don't feel love, gal, ]
She don?t even feel my care.
I be bound . . .

Well I feel sometime,
Like the time ain?t long.
Feel like my baby,
She?s gonna try to leave my home.
I be bound . . .

Well I know my little baby,
She?s gonna jump and shout.
That ol? train be late, boys,
And I come walking out.
I be bound . . .

Well I?m leaving this morning,
Don?t you wanna go?
Take God to tell, gal
When I come back here no more.
I be bound . . .

Well if anybody ask you,
Who composed this song?
Tell them Mr. Heartbreaker, boys,
That old man been here and gone.
I be bound . . .


I appreciate anyone re-listening to confirm these good suggestions. I could only hear the "s" in the word "composed" in one verse on one of the Plantation takes, which is too bad because I really liked the line "Who can pull the sun?" Maybe I'll keep it.

Lindy

bird to whistle:
I mistakenly did the first version from the The Complete Plantation Recordings. I'll leave them up in case someone wants these.


Lord I be bound I be bound,
bound to write to you.
I can read your writing gal
and I don't care what you do.

I be bound, I be bound to write to you.
Babe I read you letter right here
and I don't care what in the world you do.

Well I feel sometimes
like the time ain't long.
Feel just like my baby
now she trying to do me wrong.

I be bound, I be bound to write to you.
Yeah honey I can read your letter right here and
I don't care what in the world you do.

Well I'm leaving this morning
don't you want to go?
Take God to tell gal
now I come back here no more.

I be bound, I be bound to write to you.
Now honey I can read your right here and
I don't care what in the world you do.

Well now ain't it lonesome ain't it lonesome
sleeping by yourself.
Woman that you've been lovin boy
now she be lovin someone else.

I be bound, I be bound to write to you.
Yeah honey I can read you right here
and I don't care what in the world you do.

yeah man

Well now if anybody asks you
who composed this song.
Tell em Mr. Heartbreakerboy
That ol man been here and gone.

I see trouble,
he gonna be bound to write to you.

Now honey you know I can read your letter right here
and don't care what in the world you do.

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