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Got the blues, can't be satisfied - Mississippi John Hurt, 1928, who believed the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation

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Offline blueshome

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Who was Buddy Brown?
« on: March 07, 2021, 02:47:28 PM »
Several blues contain the line:

”Get up in the morning and do like Buddy Brown, eat my breakfast and lie back down”

So who was Buddy Brown?

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Re: Who was Buddy Brown?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2021, 12:55:19 PM »
I've spent a lot of time looking, both online and in the home library, over the past few days, and I can't find an answer.  I wonder if it's just a name that fit the meter and rhymed with "down".

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Re: Who was Buddy Brown?
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2021, 02:06:05 PM »
I think he was a guy who was well-known for wanting to eat and lay back down. Seriously, I like your theory, dj.
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Re: Who was Buddy Brown?
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2021, 04:53:14 AM »
Thing is the line appears in songs by Sleepy John,. Kokomo Arnold, Lightnin Hopkins.
Maybe they all derive from the Sleepy John version.

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Re: Who was Buddy Brown?
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2021, 05:44:28 AM »
Sleepy John Estes' Who's Been Telling You Buddy Brown Blues was recorded in 1935.  The earliest use of the Buddy Brown verse I can find in a quick search is in Texas Alexander's 98 Degree Blues from 1929.  Apparently the verse floated around a bit.

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Re: Who was Buddy Brown?
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2021, 08:12:30 AM »
Perhaps just a made up name to fill verses, but could maybe have some reality somewhere in the past. Sounds like the archetype of the guy that avoided work like many musicians were trying to do.
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Re: Who was Buddy Brown?
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2021, 11:46:55 AM »
It seems strange that it perpetuated through so many versions.
There was a silent movie actor in the late 20’s called Buddy Brown....

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Re: Who was Buddy Brown?
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2021, 11:59:11 AM »
I think musicians just found the idea of eating breakfast and laying back down appealing, Phil, especially after having heard Texas Alexander sing it. He could always sell a lyric, that's for sure.
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Re: Who was Buddy Brown?
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2021, 03:49:02 AM »
It certainly appeals to me!

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