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Offline JohnLeePimp

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Some Favourite Lyricists?
« on: May 07, 2011, 07:36:06 AM »
Because this forums startin to cough up blood so yeah, name and post your favourites

... and speaking of blood, here's a particular favourite of mine, sang by the masterful Amos Easton, who's birthday it is today



...so blue I shade a part of this town.

Offline Harry

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Re: Some Favourite Lyricists?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2011, 07:43:56 AM »
"Because this forums startin to cough up blood"

What do you mean?

Offline banjochris

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Re: Some Favourite Lyricists?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2011, 11:42:11 AM »
Not sure what you mean either...

But I'll go with Sleepy John Estes and Blind Lemon.

Offline Stumblin

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Re: Some Favourite Lyricists?
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2011, 03:21:41 PM »
These days, Blind Boy Fuller, The Chatmons, Bo. Oh and Papa Charley Jackson. And Magic Sam the last couple of days.
P.S. Tonight I am listening to Mr. Johnson, whose 100th birthday it would be.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2011, 03:23:40 PM by Stumblin »

Offline Tom Rushen

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Re: Some Favourite Lyricists?
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2011, 03:44:40 PM »
"Because this forums startin to cough up blood"

What do you mean?


Sounds like he thinks this forum is dying from lack of new posts....but I'm guessing.

Offline GhostRider

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Re: Some Favourite Lyricists?
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2011, 09:07:56 AM »
In terms of originallity and inventivness. Big Bill, Funny Papa Smith and Frank Stokes.

Bottles and bones,
Alex

Offline lindy

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Re: Some Favourite Lyricists?
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2011, 11:32:12 AM »

In terms of uniqueness and originality, I think Robert Pete Williams is way out there on the edge, both musically and lyrically. Note this variation on the yo-yo theme:

When your sow pig, please save me a spotted boar
When your sow pig, baby, please save me a spotted boar
Lord, I done lose my nature, Lord, and I can't yo-yo no more

He's a great storyteller in his songs.

Lindy
 

Offline Johnm

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Re: Some Favourite Lyricists?
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2011, 05:21:58 PM »
Hi all,
A bunch of my favorites, like Sleepy John Estes, Lemon and Robert Pete Williams have already been named.  I would include the following among my favorites, as well:
   * Herman E. Johnson
   * Willie "61" Blackwell
   * Robert Wilkins
   * The Cedar Creek Sheik
   * Clifford Gibson
   * David McCarn
   * Peg Leg Howell
   * Booker White
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Some Favourite Lyricists?
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2011, 06:07:27 PM »
Leroy Carr.  He could write blues and pop songs.  He could be funny or melancholy.  And he liked to play with lyric formats and formulas and keep things varied.

Also Texas Alexander, for the way he could take a bunch of floating verses and make them sound like they were written to go with each other in that particular order in that particular song.

And Whistlin' Alex Moore, for flashes of startling originality.  "She pulled the string off of her blue bloomers and said "You ain't goin' nowhere".  With an invitation like that, I wouldn't have left, either!   ;D       

Offline blueshome

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Re: Some Favourite Lyricists?
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2011, 10:06:10 PM »
Sleepy John Estes, Leroy Carr, Tampa Red. 

Offline jostber

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Re: Some Favourite Lyricists?
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2011, 04:06:49 AM »
I would go for Sam Collins, Luke Jordan, Rabbit Brown, Funny Paper Smith, Peg Leg Howell and Gus Cannon.


 


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