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Offline snakehips

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Kid Bailey Lyrics
« on: March 07, 2009, 02:40:02 PM »
Hi there !

Hoping some of you experts out there can help.
(there was a hint of the lyrics in the tread about Ed Bell).



Verse Four : (I'm using commas to signify a vocal "rest" or pause)

Is you, ever get lucky now, Woke up crawlin' mame
Is you, ever get lucky now, Woke up crawlin' mame
I would, cause it that now, Nothin' but a mark on a man

Hints in the Ed Bell thread (page 1, I think) seemed to mention a known phrase :
"cold in hand" or something.

Would love to get the lyrics right / meaningful.
Working on this tune with Prof Scratchy (as a Duo song), as I love this beautiful tune.

Many thanks in advance !
« Last Edit: July 24, 2020, 10:56:49 AM by Johnm »

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Re: Rowdy Blues by Kid Bailey - lyrics help
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2009, 02:57:12 PM »
Beautiful tune indeed.

Is you, ever been lucky now, woke up cold in hand
Is you, ever been lucky, woke up cold in hand
I would, [call that now], nothin' but a monkey man

[bent bracketed phrase] I'm not sure, I believe the rest is right.

Please post the whole tune when you get a chance.
« Last Edit: March 07, 2009, 03:07:11 PM by Rivers »

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Re: Rowdy Blues by Kid Bailey - lyrics help
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2009, 05:30:44 PM »
Haven't listened to Kid Bailey recently, but I always thought the "floating" line was:

Did you ever dream lucky, wake up cold in hand

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Re: Rowdy Blues by Kid Bailey - lyrics help
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2009, 04:40:24 AM »
Long way for a short cut, Snakehips - but you could have lifted the phone....... >:D

 Rowdy Blues
         
Ain't going to marry : neither settle down
I'm going to stay right here : till they tear this barrelhouse down

And I love you babe : and I tell the world I do
I don't love nobody : whole in this round world but you

Ain't no use of weeping : ain't no need of crying
For you've got a home : just as long as I got mine

Is you ever been lucky now : woke up cold in hand
I would call that now : nothing but a monkey‑man

And I love you baby : you so nice and brown
Because you put it up solid : so it won't come down

Did you get that letter now : mailed in your back yard
It's a sad word to say : but the best of friends have to part

Offline snakehips

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Re: Rowdy Blues by Kid Bailey - lyrics help
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2009, 07:26:57 AM »
Hi again !

Should have just asked you ! You're the Prof !!!!!!
Your version sounds the closest, to me.

Thanks !

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Re: Rowdy Blues by Kid Bailey - lyrics help
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2009, 08:12:24 AM »
I am not sure that it is "I would call that now..." though could be. I think it is

I would call that LUCK nothing but a monkey man

I hear an L beginning the word. It could be "I would call that, Lord, nothing but a monkey man" but sounds more like "luck" without the hard C on the ending to me.

I don't have the Perfesser to duet with unfortunately but I play around with this as a solo version. Beautiful song.

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Re: Rowdy Blues by Kid Bailey - lyrics help
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2009, 09:14:35 AM »
Absolutely spot on UB! Nicked my words from Taft.......Taft schmaft!

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Kid Bailey lyrics on Mississippi Bottom Blues
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2013, 06:45:49 AM »
Since 1964 I have been trying to figure out  two verses in Kid Bailey's  Mississippi Bottom Blues.



  Verse One. He sings"
  "Way down in Mississipi/where I was bred and born
  Green Edwards (Adwards) furrows/be my native home."
    I think he is singing the name of  plantation where he lived or grew up.
    Furrow is a newly plowed piece of ground to plan the cotton seeds in.
   Second) ''I goin' Twililer (Tutwiler?)/ where water drinks like wine."
Is he singing  about Tutwiler, Mississippi where he played in a jook called the Silver Moon?
    What do wc specialist hear, especially on the "Green Adwards" line.
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Re: Kid Bailey lyrics on Mississippi Bottom Blues
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2013, 10:56:44 AM »
Hi Gayle Dean:

I'm hearing "forever" where you hear "furrows." As for the other line, I can't make out what he's singing.

I have the Revenant Charley Patton set which includes a transcription. Here's what it has:

(Reason that) forever ('gree) my native home.

I'm goin' where, now, the water drink like wine.

After reading what they have and re-listening (and attempting not to let it influence my perception of what I really am hearing), I think one could make a case for the first line being "Reason that it will forever be my native home," with "that it will" run together. Hard to say for sure, but it sounds possible. Deciphering this material is not easy.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Kid Bailey lyrics on Mississippi Bottom Blues
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2013, 11:14:59 AM »
"Green Land will forever be my native home"?
"I'm going to where, Lawdy, water drinks like wine''?

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Re: Kid Bailey lyrics on Mississippi Bottom Blues
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2013, 02:09:04 PM »
"[Green land] will forever be my native home"

I think "will forever be my native home" is correct beyond reasonable doubt.  The words I have as "Green land" I'm less sure about.  The first consonants and the vowels of each syllable sound to me like "gre" and "la", but "Green land will forever be my native home" is a strange usage.  "Reason that 't will forever be my native home" would make more sense.

Interesting - I wrote the above after listening to the Revenant version of the song.  While I was typing, the Document version came on, and on that the line really sounds like "Reason that 't will forever be my native home".         

"I'm going to where now the water drinks like wine''

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Re: Kid Bailey lyrics on Mississippi Bottom Blues
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2013, 06:09:31 PM »
I agree wth dj on the water/wine line.

And I am pretty certain that line in the first verse is:

"B'lieve that will forever be my native home"

i.e. he's referring back to Mississippi, not specifying a place in MS.

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Re: Kid Bailey lyrics on Mississippi Bottom Blues
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2013, 06:25:16 PM »
I'm with the Prof on water/wine. I'm definitely hearing the "lawdy" in there.

Unfortunately, I think the beginning of the "native home" line is just obscure, and nobody's ever going to figure it out definitively. That's a pretty clean record that I'm listening to, off of the Son House and the Great Delta Blues Singers disc, and I doubt anyone's ever going to produce a much cleaner example. We're just up against the limits of the technology and the singer's clarity. Could be worse--imagine if it were Patton.

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Re: Kid Bailey lyrics on Mississippi Bottom Blues
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2013, 02:27:19 AM »
Just to confuse things further, had an email this morning from Waxwing John Cowan who points to a place near Hattiesburg called Breland. Some folks are hearing a G and some a B at the beginning of the name of KB's native home, so Breland might be a contender? My old English teacher would have had a thing or two to say to Kid Bailey about his enunciation. He would've been made to stay on after school to write out the lyrics to the song 500 times. Then we'd all have had a copy.

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Re: Kid Bailey lyrics on Mississippi Bottom Blues
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2013, 04:44:13 AM »
There's also the town of Leland, Ms over in the Delta.
Quitman, Mississippi

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