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Easy Rider:
I have learned to play this piece, from Paul K's arrangement of it, which he got from Happy Traum's video, "The Blues Bag", but I have no idea how to sing with it. 

I would love to see the relevant pages, in Happy Traum's booklet.  Does anybody have it?  Can you scan it in and send me a copy?  Can you mail the pages to me?

Thanx

Richard:
If it's the same tune I can probably find you the words via aa Jimmy witherspoon recording if you get really desperate.

MTJ3:
I don't know what Traum and Bob K. do to/with the song, but the origin is undoubtedly "When The Sun Goes Down," first recorded by Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell in their last session together, which was Leroy's final session, on February 25, 1935, in Chicago, IL.  Also recorded pre-War by Bumble Bee Slim, Libby Holman, Memphis Minnie, Red Nelson, Joshua White, Uncle Bob Ledbetter, Lynch Sisters/The Delta Twins.  Post-war, from Big Bill to Ray Charles and beyond.  Without going into the details, the Carr-Blackwell piece (available on DOCD 5139) is formally a work of sheer genius.  If you're familiar with "Love In Vain," you know how to sing it.  The lyrics are as follows.

In the evening, in the evening,   mama, when the sun goes down
In the evening,   baby, when the sun goes down
Well, ain't it lonesome, ain't it lonesome, babe,
When your lover's not around
When the sun goes down.

Last night   I laid a sleeping,   I was thinking to myself
Last night I laid a sleeping,   I was thinking to myself
Well, wondering and thinking why the one that you love
Would mistreat you for someone else
When the sun goes down.

The sun rises in the east,   and it sets up in the west.
The sun rises in the east, mama,   and it sets in the west.
Well, it's hard to tell, hard to tell
Which one will treat you the best
When the sun goes down.

[Scat verse]

Goodbye old sweethearts and pals,   yes, I 'm going away,
But I may be back to see you again,   some old rainy day.
Well, in the evening, in the evening, babe,
When the sun goes down.
When the sun goes down.

Pan:
Hi all

I'm attempting to transcribe the lyrics to the Leroy Carr/Scrapper Blackwell song called "Papa's On The House Top", and could sure use some help. Unfortunately I'm on our summer cottage and am unable to produce an mp3 with my laptop at the moment. The song can be found on the "How Long Blues 1928-1935" CD which is on the Juke, or on the Yazoo compilation "The Roots Of Rap". Mary Flower's version can also be found on the Juke on her "Bywater Dance" album.
Here's what I've got so far. Especially the parts in brackets with questionmarks are unclear, but I could have it all wrong practically anywhere :(.

PAPA'S ON THE HOUSE TOP

Mama made Papa be quiet as a mouse,
so Papa climbed on top of the house,
made a lot of whoopee, made a lot of noise,
stood up and cheered with the rest* of the boys.

Refrain:

Baby's in the cradle, brother's gone to town,
sister's in the parlour, trying  on a gown
Mama's in the kitchen messing all around,
Papa's on the house top, won't come down.

instr.

The Blues they've come, the blues they've come,
nobody knows where the Blues come from,
The Blues they've gone, the Blues they've gone,
And everybody's happy when the old Blues gone.

refrain

instr.

Papa saw a chicken out in the yard,
picked up a rock and hit him hard,
hit him hard, killed him dead,
now the chicken's in the gravy and the gravy's on the bread.

refrain

instr.

Hush-a-little baby, don't you cry,
Blues gonna leave you by and by,
Poppa came in, sure was cold,
put the baby in the cradle and the Blues outdoor.

refrain

instr. &  Fine.
                             

* it sounds to me that Mary Flowers sings "best" instead of "rest",here?

To my annoyance the Yazoo compilation "Roots of Rap" don't give any composer credits to the song, so I would appreciate them also very much, if anyone has them. And of course, any information concerning the song is always welcome.

To anyone interested in trying out the song, Carr and Blackwell play in the key of E flat (!), the instrumental parts are 12-bar blues with 2 bars of the V chord on bars 9-10, and the vocal choruses are an 8 bar form repeated twice:

[|: I  |  I   |  I   |  I   |

| IV   |  IV  |  V7 | V7 - I :|]

Thank you in advance for all possible help

Yours

Pan

Edited to correct with kind suggestions by Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill:
Ok I'll have a go, what I think I'm hearing is this but happily stand corrected:

The Blues they've come, the blues they've come,
Nobody knows where the blues come from,
The blues they've gone, the blues they've gone,
And everybody's happy when the old blues gone.

Hush-a-little baby, don't you cry,
Blues gonna leave you by and by,
Poppa came in, sure was cold
Put the baby in the cradle and the blues outdoor

PS, I think it's "chicken's IN the gravy".

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