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Re: Ed Bell Lyrics
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2007, 09:07:21 PM »
Hi all,
Here's another Ed Bell tune, "Frisco Whistle Blues", recorded under his own name, and played in E position in standard tuning.  It's kind of a riff or trance tune, relatively simple in comparison to his songs "My Crime" and "Squabblin' Blues".  This one is very catchy, with a tremendous driving rhythm.  I am missing the end of his second spoken section, so any help would be appreciated.



   SPOKEN:  Lord, I hate to hear that Frisco whistle blow!

   Well, I saw the Frisco, when she left the yard
   I saw the Frisco, when she left the yard
   When that train pulled off it nearly broke my heart

   There's two trains runnin', nary one goin' my way
   Two trains runnin', nary one's goin' my way
   Gonna leave here walkin', on this very day

   SPOKEN:  Oh, whup it, Mr. Whupper, whup it a long time!  Whup it 'til I get this fifty changed

   Well, there's one thing I don't like about the railroad track
   One thing I don't like about that railroad track
   They'll take your rider, never bring her back

   Honey, where were you when the Frisco left the yard?
   Where were you when the Frisco left the yard?
   I was on the corner, police had me barred

Edited 11/4 to pick up corrections from dingwall

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Re: Ed Bell Lyrics
« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2007, 12:19:40 AM »
I think it's "Whup it 'til I get this shift to change."

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Re: Ed Bell Lyrics
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2007, 07:10:47 PM »
Hi Chris,
Thanks for the suggestion.  I also had the suggestion "fifty changed" for the same line and after about fifteen listens it sounded ever so slightly more like what Ed Bell said there, mostly for the "f" sound at the front end of the phrase.  This one is really very hard for me to hear.  I don't think the sense of the line obviously tips one way or the other.
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Re: Ed Bell Lyrics
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2007, 11:47:52 PM »
Going back and listening, I agree with the "fifty changed" too.
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Re: Ed Bell Lyrics
« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2007, 05:22:56 PM »
Hi all,
Ed Bell recorded "Ham Bone Blues" under his own name, and I assume it was titled with hambone as two words rather than one, for that is the way it is listed on both the cover and the disc of the Mamlish "Ed Bell" album on which I have the song.  (Note, 11/7:  I have since found out that the song was titled "Hambone Blues".)  Bell played the song out of E position in standard tuning, and it is a modified 8-bar blues, altered by Bell in the following fashion, assuming four beats per measure unless otherwise indicated:

   |   E   |   E   |   B   |   A7   |   A7   |

   |   E   |   B   |   E   |   E + 2 beats |

Bell has a vocal pause or dwell in the opening vocal phrase in which he inserts an extra bar of the I chord.  Normally in an 8-bar blues, you would go to either the V7 or the I7 chord in the second bar.  In addition to this personal touch, Ed Bell adds two "breath-catcher" beats consistently at the conclusion of the last measure in the form, something dj alluded to earlier in this thread, I believe.  I teach this song and Ed Bell's "Mean Conductor Blues" in a free lesson that is offered on this site.
This seems an uncharacteristically sour set of lyrics for Ed Bell.

 
 

   Jelly roll, jelly roll, jelly roll is so hard to find
   Ain't a baker in town can bake a sweet jelly roll like mine

   I got to go to Cincinnatuh, just to have my hambone boiled
   Womens in Alabama gon' let my hambone spoil

   Well, she mine and she yours, and she's somebody else's, too
   Don't you mention 'bout rollin', though, she'll play all sick on you

   That's the way, that's the way, these bare-footed strollers do
   They will get your money and they'll have a man on you

   You come home at night, she got a towel on her head
   Don't you mention about rollin', though, she'll swear she's nearly dead

   Jelly roll, jelly roll, well, you see what you went and done?
   You done had my grandpa, now you got his youngest son

   I'm gettin' tired of walkin', I b'lieve I'll slide a while
   I'm gettin' tired of women tellin' me their lies

   I wonder what made grandpa, hey, love your grandma so?
   She got the same jelly roll she had forty years ago

Edited 11/7 to pick up correction from dingwall

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Re: Ed Bell Lyrics
« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2007, 07:33:50 PM »
Hi all,
I merged an earlier thread in which the lyrics to Ed Bell's "Mean Conductor Blues" were worked out with this thread.  Since that thread was from over three years ago, it appears at the front of this thread now.  I think I will merge two more threads with Ed Bell lyrics, one on "Snigglin' Blues" and one on "Mamlish Blues" with this thread as well, so we have a single source for Ed Bell lyrics.  I will leave the titles of these earlier threads intact, so that it is easier to follow them as they were originally posted.
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Re: Ed Bell Lyrics
« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2007, 03:12:46 PM »
Hi all,
My thanks to dingwall for catching a transcription error of long standing that I had in my understanding of the lyrics to "Mean Conductor" and "Hambone".  I thought Ed Bell was using the term "soulie" in these songs, though I knew he used the term "stroller" in "Mamlish Blues" and "Tooten Out Blues".  Dingwall pointed out that Bell used "stroller" in "Mean Conductor" and "Hambone" too, and when I re-listened, I found that to be the case.  Moreover, he noted that D,G & R have the title to the song as "Hambone Blues", NOT "Ham Bone Blues", so the Mamlish re-issue is in error.
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Re: Ed Bell Lyrics
« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2007, 05:58:05 PM »
he used the term "stroller" in "Mamlish Blues"

I just went back and modified my transcription of "Mamlish Blues," mainly for the third verse.  I'm still not sure I hear stroller in the second line of the fourth verse, though.  Sounds more like "true love," although the first line of the fourth verse does sound pretty clearly like "stroller."

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Re: Ed Bell Lyrics
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2007, 02:56:05 PM »
Hi all,
Ed Bell recorded "Carry It Right Back Home" at a session in Atlanta on December 4, 1930.  Musically, the song is a re-working of "She's A Fool Gal" with a new set of lyrics, and Bell's accompaniment is essentially identical to that of "She's a Fool Gal", in C position in standard tuning. 
The lyrical stance of "Carry It Right Back Home" is a bit more hard-nosed, with less of the children's song feel.  Ed Bell changes the refrain slightly as he goes, to suit the different verses better.  I like the second line of the next-to-last verse.  It reminds me of bragging high school tough talk--"I'll hit you so hard I'll kill your whole family."



   Look here, woman, makin' me mad
   Come bringin' me somethin' somebody done had
   REFRAIN:  Carry it right back home, I don't want it no more

   Let me tell you what these women do
   Go out and get somethin', bring it home to you
   You can carry it back home, I don't want it no more

   Now you need not think, 'cause you look cute,
   I tried to put up with the way you do
   Carry it right back home, I don't want it no more

   The woman I love, she's long and tall
   When she grab you and shake you, you're bound to fall
   Got to carry it back home, I don't want it no more

   SPOKEN:  Oh, play that thing, sweet papa Barefoot Bill!

   Now bring this thing down to a test
   A long tall man, you know, is the best
   Now, right home, I don't want it no more

   A short sort of man goes "bump da-bump"
   'Cause he ain't got the movement in his ---
   Carry it right back home, I don't want it no more

   SPOKEN:  Carry it right on back home, mama, 'cause I don't want it chere (sic)

   Know what you been doin' by the whiff of your jaw
   Might hit you so hard, might join your great grandpa
   Carry it right back home, I don't want it no more

   You need not come here, you're not gettin' none of mine
   You left a man on the doorstep, hollerin' and cryin',
   Carry it right back to him, I don't want it no more

Edited, 11/12, to pick up corrections from dingwall

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Re: Ed Bell Lyrics
« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2007, 04:24:54 AM »
Thanks, everyone, for this Ed Bell discussion -- it prompted me to pick up his "Complete Recorded Works," and I'm really enjoying it. That's what I love about Weenie -- you never know where the next thread is going to lead you. I had never given Ed Bell much consideration, a song here or there on a compilation, that's about it.

So thanks, again.

Mike

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Re: Ed Bell Lyrics
« Reply #25 on: November 21, 2007, 03:20:27 PM »
Hi Mike,
I'm glad the discussion here has led you into a deeper appreciation of Ed Bell's music.  He really was great, an exceptional lyricist and very interesting guitarist.  Hearing his playing really makes me wish that Alabama Country Blues of his era had been better documented on commercial recordings.  It would be interesting to know whether he was simply one of many musicians of his region playing in E standard and Spanish as he did, or whether he was unique among the players in his neighborhood in his musical approach. 

I'd like to express a thanks here to dingwall and banjo chris for assistance in working out the lyrics to Ed Bell's songs.  A lot of them are very hard to hear, and dingwall has done yeoman's work in this area.  Thanks!
All best,
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Re: Ed Bell Lyrics
« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2023, 11:29:02 AM »
Hi all,
Here is the unmerged Ed Bell lyrics thread, now including only the songs he recorded under his own name.
All best,
Johnm

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