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Offline Johnm

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J Wilson Lyrics
« on: June 11, 2014, 02:02:09 PM »
Hi all,
This version of "Frankie and Johnny" is one I found on YouTube recently, sung by the same J. Wilson who recorded the version of "Poor Boy" that was posted in the "Country Blues-related Videos" thread.  I know nothing about him, except that he was a beautiful singer. 
Like many versions of the song, J. Wilson's makes little alterations to the refrain that concludes each verse to make it fit the story as it unfolds.  The refrain to the last verse is one I've never heard in any other version of the song, suggesting as it does that Frankie was wrong to shot Albert. 
The video starts with the rendition in progress.  I don't know if it was recorded that way or if the video was put together in a slipshod fashion.  It's odd, too, that the rendition is titled, "Frankie and Johnny", when the only mention of the male half of the song alludes to Albert.  Oh well.

 . . ., you know
She paid one hundred dollars for Albert a suit of clothes
He was her man, but he done her wrong

Frankie went to the barroom, she called for a glass of beer
Said, "Friend, tell me, Mr. Bartender, have my lovin' man been here?
He's my man, and he done me wrong."

The bartender looked at Frankie, say, "I ain't gonna tell you no lie.
Your man was here 'bout an hour ago with a gal called Alice Frye."
He's my man, and he done me wrong

Frankie went out at the racetrack, she had her hat in her hand
"I'm gonna kill every woman in this town that' goin' along with my man.
He's my man, and he done her wrong."

They dusted him up awful nicely, they put him in a rubber-tire hack
They carried him out to the cemetery, but they never brought him back
He's her man, Lawd, Lawd, and she done him wrong

All best,
« Last Edit: January 08, 2018, 06:31:12 AM by Johnm »

Offline Johnm

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Re: J Wilson Lyrics
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2014, 06:19:50 PM »
Hi all,
I found another video of a song done by J Wilson, in an unaccompanied field recording, "Have Children of My Own".  What a beautiful singer he was!  Here is his rendition of the song:

There's some poor boy on the street, well, and he had no bread to eat
And the poor boy, he'd attempted for to steal
He was 'rested and carried to jail, had no kind friends for to go his bail
The judge said, "Let him go, I have children of my own."

When his trial, it come to pass, he had one tear fell in his eyes
He was listen, what the jurymens had to say
And the poor boy dropped his head and the juryman said "twenty years"
The judge said, "Let him go, I have children of my own."

And they put him on the east-bound train, and they sent him to the pen
He was hungry and he didn't know what to do
And his buddy said to my pal, "I be here when you miss your gal."
Judge said, "Let him go, I have children of my own."

All best,
« Last Edit: July 06, 2020, 10:01:36 AM by Johnm »

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