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I'm an uncomfortable horrible terrible unconsolable unlucky man - Allen Brothers, Unlucky Man, 1931

Author Topic: James “Boodle It” Wiggins Lyrics  (Read 175 times)

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Offline Harry

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James “Boodle It” Wiggins Lyrics
« on: February 18, 2021, 04:44:48 PM »
Evil Woman Blues


James “Boodle It” Wiggins – Vocals
Bob Call – Piano

Chicago, Illinois
Ca. February 1928

Piano in A (Probably played in Ab)





I wake up every morning with leavin’ on my mind
I wake up every morning with leavin’ on my mind
‘Cause my mama's so evil and she treats me so unkind

She left me last night left me in the wrong
She left me last night left me in the wrong
But my time's come baby and it won't be long

My train is made up ready to leave this town
My train is made up ready to leave this town
You can think about your baby when the sun goes down

Mr. conductor man I want to talk with you
I wanna ride your train from here to Bogalu
I'm leavin’ this morning I haven't got my fare
I want to see if I can find my good girl there
« Last Edit: February 20, 2021, 02:37:56 PM by Harry »

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Re: James “Boodle It” Wiggins Lyrics
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2021, 05:30:15 PM »
Thanks for posting that, Harry. Boy, Bob Call was sensational, I love his bass lines behind the third verse, and James Wiggins was sure a powerful singer. I think you have the parenthetic places in correct, and I think in the tagline to that verse he sticks in a very quick "and" after the word "baby". At the end of the lyric break in the last verse, I think it should be spelled "Bogalu'", which would be a shortened version of Bogalusa, Louisiana, which is down near New Orleans.
All best,
Johnm

Offline Harry

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Re: James “Boodle It” Wiggins Lyrics
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2021, 07:16:44 PM »
Thanks John.

Chris had "Bogaloo" in his transcription of Montgomery's "Louisiana Blues".

https://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=11397.msg100805#msg100805

I guess both are possible. "Bogalu" would be better suited as "Bogaloo" also refers to a style dance and a far-right extremist movement.

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Re: James “Boodle It” Wiggins Lyrics
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2021, 06:17:38 AM »
Hi Harry,
I just googled James "Boodle It" Wiggins and found that he was from Louisiana, and that he survived being shot four times and then lynched there, in Bogalusa, in 1929. I didn't know anyone ever survived being lynched!
All best,
Johnm

Offline jharris

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Re: James “Boodle It” Wiggins Lyrics
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2021, 05:56:50 AM »
I featured Wiggins on one of my shows several years back: https://sundayblues.org/?p=6305

At the bottom of the notes is a link to an article on hm from Blues Unlimited.

Offline Harry

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Re: James “Boodle It” Wiggins Lyrics
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2021, 02:39:59 PM »
Thanks Jeff. Reading the article you posted made me realize Bob Call probably played the song in the key of Ab not A.

Offline banjochris

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Re: James “Boodle It” Wiggins Lyrics
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2021, 09:44:21 AM »
Thanks John.

Chris had "Bogaloo" in his transcription of Montgomery's "Louisiana Blues".

https://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=11397.msg100805#msg100805

I guess both are possible. "Bogalu" would be better suited as "Bogaloo" also refers to a style dance and a far-right extremist movement.

That was phonetic for sure, so I'd go along with John on that one –
Chris

 


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