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Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« on: October 26, 2020, 06:37:44 AM »
Hi all,
Smoky Harrison had one day in the studio, for Paramount in October of 1929, in Grafton, Wisconsin. I had never heard of or heard him before, but after finding him in D,G& R, I found some youtube posts devoted to his songs. For "St. Peter's Blues--Part 1" he accompanied himself out of A position in standard tuning, showing some bounce in the right hand, with lots of thumb rolls, and some occasional chordal surprises. Vocally, he seem to fall into the tiny category of Mild Blues Singers, along with Emery Glenn, Spark Plug Smith, and Willie "61" Blackwell. Perhaps it is not coincidental that all of these singers with mild deliveries were also droll. Spell check is wonderfully helpful when you're trying to  approximate phonetically the spelling of eccentric scat singing. Here is "St. Peter's Blues--Part 1":



INTRO (Spoken: That's old sweet Papa Smoky once more!)

She got legs just like a lizard, Lordy, hands just like a frog
She got legs just like a lizard, hands just like a frog
She has a very strange movement, makes you holler, "Doggone!"

La-la,wee-wee-wee-zee, wah-wah, wee-weezin, wahfin-wahfin-wee
Oh it's wee-zee, wee-zin, wah-wah, wee-weetin, wahfin-wahfin-wee
Says now, listen here, pretty mama, what you gonna do with me?

I been all around the United States, I'm thinkin' about goin' to Spain
I've been all around the United States now, thinkin' about goin' to Spain
How you gonna dog me 'round, baby, you don't know my name?

Lord, Lord, babe, listen here, honey, look what you've done and done
I said, listen here, baby, sugar, look what you've done and done
You done made me love you, that jealous man's done come

Says I heard me a mighty rumblin', 'way down under the ground
Said I heard me a mighty rumblin', 'way down under the ground
Says it must have been the devil, tryin' to, change his furniture 'round

Lord, I went up on the mountain, fell all over some ditches
Lord, I went up on top of the mountain, fell all 'cross some ditches
I had to go over the next mornin', mama, and get my britches

CODA (Spoken: Your Papa Smoke's gone)

Edited 10/26 to pick up corrections from Harry
Edited 10/26 to pick up correction from banjochris

All best,
Johnm     
« Last Edit: October 26, 2020, 11:59:50 AM by Johnm »

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Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2020, 07:32:23 AM »
That's some serious surface noise.

6.3 I had to go over the next mountain morning, mama, and get my britches

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Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2020, 07:41:56 AM »
Cool tune, I like it.

3.3 How you gonna broad draw me 'round, baby, you don't know my name?

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Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2020, 07:55:07 AM »
It's "dog me 'round" I think

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Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2020, 08:08:46 AM »
Thanks, Harry and Slack, for the suggestions. After re-listening, I think it is "dog me" and "mornin'" in the last verse, which is what I had originally. Thanks for the help. I agree, Slack, I like this guy, and particularly like the image of the devil re-arranging his furniture, I'd never heard that one before.
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Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2020, 10:13:31 AM »
Hi all,
For "Iggly Oggly Blues", Smoky Harrison accompanied himself out of C position in standard tuning, using an accompaniment that he also utilized for all of his titles apart from "St. Peter's Blues--Part 1". Once again, he doesn't appear be taking anything too seriously. It's kind of amazing how much traction all of those "new way of spelling" verses had--they show up all over the place. Here is "Iggly Oggly Blues":



INTRO (Spoken: Sweet Papa Smoky . . . with all the rascality)

So soon this morning, mama, you were knocking on my door
So soon this morning, mama, you were knocking on my door
Babe, you knocked just like, you never knocked before

I'm gon' tell my baby what the, Chinaman done told the Jew
I'm gon' tell my baby what the, Chinaman done told the Jew
"If you no iggly oggly me, mama, cinch can no iggly oggly you."

I've got me woman in Atlanta, Lordy, nine in Alabama, 'leven in Mexicana, ten in Lou'siana, I've got
Eighty in New York, got ninety in Tupelo
No need to smile, mama, don't b'lieve I want no more

Says it's so cold in China, baby, those birds can't hardly sing
So cold in China that those, birds don't hardly sing
Says, they don't do nothing, but fly, and flop thei' wings

My gal's got a new way, Lord, of spellin' Tennessee
Gal's got a new way, Lord, of spellin' Tennessee
Double f, double e, double i, double a, double f

Lord, I'm going, I'm going, mama, Lord, I'm, I'm going so far away
Lord, I'm going, I'm going, mama, and I'm going so far away
Says, I'm going so far, baby, that you can't hear me think (Spoken: Ta-ta, Smoky's gone)

Edited 10/26 to pick up correction from banjochris
Edited 10/26 to pick up correction from lindy

All best,
Johnm
 



 
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Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2020, 11:40:34 AM »
John, that spoken aside at the beginning of "Iggly Oggly" is something like "with all the rascality" there's a "sh" sound in there, so either he's pronouncing it funny (which I think is likely) or has a different word in mind, but he's definitely adding "ality" to make up a noun.

And a very minor correction in 4.2 of "St. Peter's"  it starts:
I said, LISTEN HERE, baby...

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Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2020, 12:02:37 PM »
Thanks very much for the catches, Chris. I think I will go with "rascality" in "Iggly Oggly"--it seems very much in keeping with Smoky Harrison's personality. I've made the changes, thanks!

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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2020, 07:56:27 PM »
In that third verse, his pronunciation of "won't" strikes me as being right in the middle of "want" and "won't," could go either way.

"Don't believe I want no more" makes more sense, seeing that he's got 201 women in all those places he mentions. You can do the math.

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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2020, 09:52:02 PM »
Good catch, lindy. I agree with you, after re-listening. I think he's saying, "Don't knock yourself out trying to ingratiate yourself to me--I've got all I can handle already." I've made the change. Thanks!

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Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2020, 06:21:21 AM »
Hi all,
For "Hop Head Blues", Smoky Harrison used essentially the same accompaniment as on "Iggly Oggly Blues", in C position in standard tuning. I'd very much appreciate help with the missing places in the lyrics, or anything else I have wrong so far. It's always interesting to encounter someone who was coming from so different a place in terms of what he was trying to express. Here is "Hop Head Blues":



Lord, I remember what my, big fat mama said
Lord, I remember what my, big fat mama said
She's so big and fat, gotta put ashes all in my bed

Now I've got-a  rocks all in my pillow, gravel all in my bed
I've got rocks all in my pillow, gravel all in my bed
I've got morphine in my belly, cocaine in my head

Now here she go, have a great mind to call her back
Here she go, got a, great mind to call her back
I said, "Go on 'long, mama, you've got rubies all in your back."

Says, I've been to Mountana [sic], been all over Tennessee
And I've been to Mountana [sic], been all over Tennessee
Says I done come here (Spoken: What's the name of this here town here?) see what these womenfolks think about me

So soon, so soon, Lord, mama, so soon
I said, so soon, so soon, Lord, Lord, mama, so soon
Says I seen you leavin' last night, baby, by the light of the moon

Got me a great, great big bulldog, Lord, to watch you while you sleep
I have a great big bulldog, to watch you while you sleep
Just keep papa's little gold watch chain, from doin' that 'fore-day creep

Edited 10/27 to pick up corrections from dj, banjochris, john and Harry

All best,
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« Last Edit: October 27, 2020, 05:30:07 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2020, 09:39:49 AM »
The last line of the second verse is "I've got morphine in my belly..."

And the last line of the final verse is "Just be prob'ly a little gold watchchain, can pull that 'fore-day creep"

Really nice lyrics in this one.
« Last Edit: October 27, 2020, 09:43:55 AM by dj »

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Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2020, 09:43:08 AM »
2.3 MORPHINE (weird pronunciation though)

3.3 sounds like "back" but wondering if he meant "bag"

6.3 ... FROM DOIN' that 'fore-day creep

I think the missing word might be "whatsit" and the beginning of that line sounds like JUST KEEP... to me, but I can't get it to parse.
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« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2020, 09:47:34 AM »
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3.3 sounds like "back" but wondering if he meant "bag"

Could also be "pack", or "sack" - he really slurs the first consonant there.  Though I like the "rubies all in your back" reading - Smokey's saying "Get out of here, you've got a pimply back".

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« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2020, 09:58:22 AM »
Thanks very much, dj and Chris for the help. "Morphine" is right on, and so obvious, I don't know how I missed it. I'm going to stick with "back" at the end of that verse, since he pronounces it identically at the end of the two previous lines--I originally had "bag". I think the beginning of the tagline of the verse is "Just keep papa's little gold [       ], from doin' a 'fore-day creep. Now the only question is what's in that blank. Thanks so much, guys.

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