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Title: Son House Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on April 04, 2006, 07:56:16 AM
Chris Smith has transcribed the lyrics for the two new Son House tracks (Yazoo release date is today! Anyone got it yet? ;) ). Here they are with a correction or two.

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY FARM BLUES

Wish I was a babe in my mama's arms,
Wish I was a babe in my mama's arms,
Wish I was a baby in my mama's arms,
Wouldn't-a been here working on the County Farm.

I'd rather be broke and out of doors,
I'd rather be broke and out of doors,
I'd rather be broke, lord, and out of doors,
Than to be here working on the police roll.

Some got six months and some a year,
Some got six months and some a year,
Some got six months, lord, and some a year,
Poor me, poor me got lifetime here.

They put me in jail, wouldn't let me be,
They put me in jail, wouldn't let me be,
Put me in jail, would not let me be,
They said I killed old Leroy Lee.

(Moaning)

Yeah, lord, oh lordy lord,
Oh lord, oh lord, lordy lord,
Oh lord, oh lord, oh lordy lord,
The gal I love treat me like a dog.

(Moaning)

And I hate to hear that big bell dong,
I hate to hear that big bell dong,
I hate to hear, lord, that big bell dong,
'Poor boy, poor boy, you're going on.'


CLARKSDALE MOAN

Clarksdale's in the South, and lays heavy on my mind,
Clarksdale's in the South, lays heavy on my mind,
I can have a good time there, if I ain't got but one lousy dime.

Clarksdale, Mississippi always gonn' be my home,
Clarksdale, Mississippi always gonn' be my home,
That's the reason you hear me set right here and moan.

(Moaning)

Every day in the week, I goes to Midtown Drugs,
Every day in the week, I goes to Midtown Drugs,
And get me a bottle o' snuff, and a bottle o' Alcorub.

Nobody knows Clarksdale like I do,
Nobody knows Clarksdale like I do,
And the reason I know it, I follows it through and through.
Title: Re: Mississippi County Farm Blues and Clarksdale Moan
Post by: banjochris on April 06, 2006, 11:51:46 PM
I've heard the two tracks -- they're both excellent. County Farm is particularly good -- he plays so fast and mutes all the strings so he gets a really sharp sound.

Also worth noting:

None of the lyrics, IIRC, in Miss. County Farm pop up in the LOC recording.

Also, I'm about 99.9% sure that Clarksdale Moan is in open E minor tuning. What does everyone else think? That slide ending after the whole track w/o slide is just great.

Chris
Title: Re: Mississippi County Farm Blues and Clarksdale Moan
Post by: Johnm on April 08, 2006, 09:50:20 PM
Hi all,
I just picked up these recordings today, wow!  I've listened very hard to "Clarksdale Moan", and I don't think it is in open E minor, Chris.  I can hear Son House hitting the low IV note on the fifth string throughout the song, which wouldn't be available in open E minor.  What I cannot hear is any note other than the root on the fourth string.  I couldn't hear him playing any major VII or flat VII notes on the fourth string at all.  And with the main accompaniment figure moving rapidly from the seventh fret of the first string with the bent eighth fret of the second string down to the base of the neck and a hammer to the first fret of the third string, for him to keep the I note an octave above the sixth string going the way he does, he would have to be franticly moving that octave note from the seventh fret of the fifth string to the second fret of the fourth string.  I don't see that as being technically feasible.  For that reason, I think this song is a great candidate for the tuning you cited on the Furry Lewis--"Creeper's Blues" thread:  EAEGBE.  With that tuning, you get the low IV note in the bass, and you also get the octave I note that you don't have to fret, along with the hammer to the major third at the first fret of the third string.  I think "Clarksdale Moan" is the best bet for this tuning of any pre-War Country Blues recording I have ever heard--even more than the Furry tunes for which it has been suggested.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Mississippi County Farm Blues and Clarksdale Moan
Post by: btasoundsradio on April 08, 2006, 11:12:31 PM
I'd rather be broke and out of doors,
I'd rather be broke and out of doors,
I'd rather be broke, lord, and out of doors,
Than to be here working for my board and clothes.

I'm pretty sure that's what I hear
Title: Re: Mississippi County Farm Blues and Clarksdale Moan
Post by: banjochris on April 08, 2006, 11:28:51 PM
John, listening again I think you may be right; although the only time he really plays a IV chord is in the second sung verse, I think I can hear a little of the A along with the low E when he hits it. This of course, makes the tune even more of a curiosity. By the way, speaking of that Furry Lewis thing, I think I read that about EAEGBE in the liner notes to the Yazoo Lewis album, which unfortunately I lent to a friend and never got back. Maybe someone with that album can look and see if my memory is playing tricks on me...
Chris
Title: Re: Mississippi County Farm Blues and Clarksdale Moan
Post by: frankie on April 08, 2006, 11:57:01 PM
By the way, speaking of that Furry Lewis thing, I think I read that about EAEGBE in the liner notes to the Yazoo Lewis album, which unfortunately I lent to a friend and never got back. Maybe someone with that album can look and see if my memory is playing tricks on me...

I have an LP copy of that record.  Calt says (incorrectly) in the liner notes that Mean Old Bedbug & Jellyroll are both played out of "open E" tuning.  Maybe it was revised when it was released on CD?
Title: Re: Mississippi County Farm Blues and Clarksdale Moan
Post by: waxwing on April 09, 2006, 12:35:49 AM
There is discussion on the Pre War Blues List, coming mostly from our friend David Evans, that there are two guitars, and that Willie Brown (clearly not Patton) is playing the bulk of the arrangement (in standard E position) with House playing primarily bass notes, then coming in for the slide tag at the end. Apparently House stated in an interview that Willie backed him on this recording. Here's the discussion:
Quote from: David Evans on PWBL
Am I crazy, or does "Clarksdale Moan" appear to have a second guitar on it
(Willie Brown)?  It sounds like something Son put together rather hastily.
He seems to be working with guitar ideas that he would later solidify in his
version of "Pony Blues," playing some slide, as he always did on his
Paramounts.  The other guitar would be in standard tuning, playing the
frequently heard "hammering" figure in E position.  Both guitars sound
pretty sparse, as if they hadn't really worked out the arrangement, but it
comes off quite well, much better than the two-guitar work on the test
pressing that has been titled "Walking Blues," where I think the second
guitar was Patton, not Brown.

These are some initial impressions that I might be inclined to revise later.
Quote from: Patrice Champarou on PWBL
I listened again (and again) but could not hear one. Several details make
the accompaniment unusual compared to the later "Poney Blues", there seems
to be some strong and regular foot-tapping which mostly doubles the bass and
can still be heard behind the ending slide notes, but the most unexpected
one is the appogiature on the the G string which makes me think he's using
standard tuning! There is even a short and hesitating change to A7 at one
time (the bass is not clearly A but I suppose he does not use a minor open E
;)

Just impressions, of course... these tunes will keep my ears busy for a
while!
Quote from: David Evans on PWBL
I still think I hear two guitars on "Clarksdale Moan."  The difficulty in
just one guitar is in reconciling Son's use of slide technique (at the end)
with his hammered lick on the third (G) string (what Patrice calls
appoggiatura).  Son played slide in open G/A or D/E tuning, whereas this
lick would have to be played in standard tuning E position or open D/E minor
tuning.  Bukka White in his rediscovery career played slide in this minor
tuning, but he's the only one to have done so, as far as I know.  Son never
used the minor tuning in his rediscovery career.  Alan Balfour notified me
that in Son's interview with Julius Lester (Sing Out, July 1965, p. 41) he
stated that Willie Brown accompanied him on "Clarksdale Moan."  It's a
strange fact to recall, since Son couldn't remember the song itself, but it
does add weight to my thought that there are two guitars on the track.
Quote from: Patrice Champarou on PWBL
I've just found that you were right, there are at least two slide
notes played on the G string and also one very discrete G/G#
played on the D. This means open E like in Poney Blues, and also that
most of the accompaniment is probably performed by Willie Brown (who else?).
Unless they achieve a perfect unison I wonder what's left for Son to be
playing until the end.
Quote from: David Evans on PWBL
Yes, I think Brown is providing most of the accompaniment.  Possibly Son is
just keeping time by playing bass notes or light chords until he
unexpectedly comes in at the end with his slide figure.  In any case, the
two guitarists pretty much keep out of one another's way.  It reminds me a
bit of the pieces by Ishman Bracey with Charlie McCoy on second guitar,
where the two artists seem to alternate in their playing.  I really suspect
Son composed this piece in Grafton.  He had the singing together but doesn't
seem to have worked out the accompaniment and may have requested Brown's
help.  I don't hear any of Patton's characteristic guitar playing here, by
the way, so if there is a second guitar, it must be Brown.

Boy, that's the most discussion of the playing I can ever remember on the PWBL. Thought you guys would like to hear what they had to say.

All for now.
John C.
Title: Re: Mississippi County Farm Blues and Clarksdale Moan
Post by: Bunker Hill on April 09, 2006, 02:30:48 AM
Apparently House stated in an interview that Willie backed him on this recording.
The interview in Sing Out is entitled "I Can Make My Own Songs" and covers 8 pages (36-44). It is published as one long monologue but I'm guessing it's had all the questions extracted to make it flow. On page 41 House talks about his Paramount recordings saying that "I recorded Preachin' Blues, Black Mama, Mississippi County Farm and Clarksdale Moan. Willie Brown and I played that last one together. I think that's about all. Close as I can get to it. It's been so long"
Title: Re: Mississippi County Farm Blues and Clarksdale Moan
Post by: banjochris on April 09, 2006, 03:20:33 AM
I have an LP copy of that record.  Calt says (incorrectly) in the liner notes that Mean Old Bedbug & Jellyroll are both played out of "open E" tuning.  Maybe it was revised when it was released on CD?

I guess my memory is playing tricks. I know I didn't imagine it. I don't even necessarily hold that Furry's playing in that weird tuning. I just want to remember where I read it.

As for the idea of a second guitar on "Clarksdale Moan," let's remember that Son is the same man who "remembered" meeting Blind Lemon Jefferson six months after his death. I also think Evans is wrong about "Walking Blues," because the backing on that sounds a lot like Brown's backing of House on the Library of Congress sides. If House remembered playing with Brown on a tune he may understandably be mixing up titles.
Chris
Title: Re: Mississippi County Farm Blues and Clarksdale Moan
Post by: Johnm on April 09, 2006, 10:29:42 AM
Hi all,
I agree with Chris that "Clarksdale Moan" is a solo piece.  If Willie Brown is playing, what the heck is he playing?  Son is just raking his bass strings when he plays.  Often when he hits his upbeats on the fourth string he gets a lot of the fifth string in his attack as well.  It's in the raking of the bass that I am most often hearing the low IV note, not so much that Son goes to a IV chord in any regular sort of way--he barely suggests it.  And at the point when Son launches into the slide playing, where does Willie Brown go?  Did they arrange in advance for him to drop out there?  When Willie Brown seconded someone, at least on the cuts where we know with certainty that he was playing, there were two real parts, not some kind of "stick in a note here, now stick in a note there, now drop out".
After having heard this piece, I am amazed at some of the early reports on the performance suggesting that it was second-tier Son House in some way.  I think it is right up there with everything else he did for Paramount.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Mississippi County Farm Blues and Clarksdale Moan
Post by: frankie on April 12, 2006, 08:00:13 PM
After listening to the piece, I agree that there's one guitar, and I'm just about sure that Son is playing in std. tuning.  For one thing, when he's playing the bass notes, it sounds like he's double-thumbing - rolling from the 6th string to the 5th/4th string.  The chord he's playing through most of the piece is a partial E chord in 1st position, not fingering the 5th string at the 2nd fret, but leaving it open.  The result is not exactly dissonant, but gives a weird, unresolved feel.  The rule here is that rhythm takes precedence over harmony - you can hear an example of the same kind of thing in Lemon's 'Lectric Chair Blues.

Since Son is playing mostly in 1st position, he's fretting the 4th string at the 2nd fret (and 3rd string at the 1st fret).  He rolls from the 6th to a brush across the 5th and 4th strings, and that tends to pull your ear back to the tonic.  Sometimes he plants a big fat bass pulse by brushing across the open 6th and 5th strings.  It's definitely a weird effect - rhythmically, you know exactly where the beat is, but your ear just kind of has to assume "E."

If I were to try and play this, I think that's the kind of thing I'd want to keep in the tune.  I like the way it totally avoids tying up the harmonic "loose ends."  It's possible that he's using the EAEGBE tuning, I guess, but I'd put my money on std.  At any rate, it's a tuning that has the 5th string tuned to a 4th relative to the 6th string and the tonic of the piece.  There's only a whiff of a IV chord in the song, but that IV note is all over the place, just not where you'd expect it.

The slide break at the end is just great!
Title: Son House Lyrics
Post by: dj on September 27, 2006, 09:50:25 AM
I don't have the recording handy at the moment, but I've always heard it (and used to sing it) as "a brownskin woman will make a rabbit move to town", keeping the animal analogy with the mule in the second line.  And the reverend would be living in town already, but rabbits wouldn't be likely to.
 
Title: Son House Lyrics
Post by: Bunker Hill on September 27, 2006, 10:48:48 AM

I got the blues so bad until it hurt my tongue to talk (2)
I had the walkin' blues, ah & it hurt my feet to walk

I woke up this mornin' feelin' 'round for my shoes (2)
Ya oughtta know by that people I musta got the walkin' blues

I woke up this mornin' just 'bout the break o' day (2)
Huggin' the pillow where my good gal use to lay

& I started to walkin', I'm gonna walk from town to town (2)
I ain't gonna quit walkin' until my . . . . . (?)
My only listening source for this is the 1988 Document LP on which it first appeared (Delta Blues vol.1, DLP 532) but what I hear is:

I'VE got the blues so bad TILL it hurtS my tongue to talk (2)
IF I had the walkin' blues, SWEAR IT'LL hurt my feet to walk

and

I woke up this mornin' feelin' 'round for my shoes
I GOT up this mornin' feelin' 'round, ooo, ooo, for my shoes
Ya oughtta know by that people I must HAVE got the walkin' blues

and

I woke up this mornin' just 'bout the break o' day
I GOT up this mornin' just 'bout the break o' day
I WAS huggin' the pillow where my good gal usta to lay

and

When I start to walkin', I'm gonna walk from sun to sun (2)
Ain't gonna quit walkin' until my journey's done

Make of all that what you will.... ;D
Title: Son House Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on September 27, 2006, 01:22:38 PM
I don't have access to the record at the moment, but

Oh my woman's so black she *?shades a part of this town*?
can't nothin' go when the po' girl is around (2)

I think is "stays apart of this town" -- lives outside town
Chris
Title: Son House Lyrics
Post by: Richard on October 05, 2006, 01:12:44 PM
I must admiit to not having really followed this threard, but part of the Walking Blues lyrics were used by Tampa Red, I can't rmemeber which song though, errr..... umm......, maybe it's time for another drink I think !!!!!!
Title: Son House Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on October 05, 2006, 02:57:30 PM
Dry Spell is a tricky one. A few posssibilities below.


DRY SPELL BLUES P.1 ** Son House, 1930

The dry spell blues are *callin', drive me?? from door to door (2)
the dry spell blues has put everybody on the killin' floor . . .

Now the people down south soon won't have no home (2)
Cause this dry spell have parched all the cotton & corn . . .

Hard luck's on everybody, and ?? ?? ?? ?? too (2)
?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ain't got a ?? ?? ??

Done got foldin' my arms & I walked away
Oh I fold my arms and I walked away
Just like god tell you, somebody got to pay

Pork chops 45 cents a pound, cotton is only 10 (2)
I can't keep no women, no, no, not where I been?? . . . .

Go dry ol' boll weavil, turn up its toes and die (2) ??
Now ain't nothin to do, [but] bootleg moonshine & rye . . .

DRY SPELL BLUES P. 2 ** Son House

Lord it have been so dry, you could make a powder house 'out that world?? (2)
But all them money men like a rattlesnake in his coil?? . . .

I done throwed up my hands Lord & solemnly swore (2)
It ain't no need of me changing towns, it's a drought everywhere I go . . .

It's a dry old spell everywhere I been . . .(2)
I believe to my soul this old world is 'bout to end . . .

Well I stood in my backyard, I wrung my hands & pray (2)
& I couldn't see nothin', couldn't see nothin' green? . . .

Oh Lord, have mercy if you please (2)
Make your rain come down & give our poor hearts ease

These blues, these blues *worthwhile to be heard*?
Oh these blues *worthwhile to be heard*?
??  ??  ??  ?? ??


Some people suggest "wrung my hands and scream". Not sure.
Title: Son House Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on October 05, 2006, 09:23:05 PM
Here's my take on some of the missing lines from Preachin' the Blues:

Said I'm goan' *fold my arms*, goan' kneel down in prayer (2)
When I get up I'm goan' leave my Preachin' blues laying there
fold my arms is right


Now there ain't nothin' now baby, Lord that's goan worry my mind (2) 
*I'm satisfied I got the longest run* . . .
Last line is "I'm satisfied, I got the longest line" -- I assume this means either the longest line of people in his church (line to be baptized) or the longest line of BS.

Oh I'm goan preach these blues & go to my seat & sit down (2)
When the spirit comes I want you to jump straight up & down! . . .
this is "choose my seat and sit down" (I think he says this in his '60s recordings too), and
When the spirit comes, sister, I want you to jump straight up and down.

For Dry Spell, I'll put all the words as I hear them (with some cutting and pasting from Uncle Bud)

The dry spell blues have caused me to drift from door to door (2)
the dry spell blues has put everybody on the killin' floor . . .

Now the people down south soon won't have no home (2)
Cause this dry spell have parched all the cotton & corn . . .

[I got this next verse from the big Revenant Patton box set, and I agree with their transcription]
Hard luck's on everybody, ain't missin' but a few
Now besides a shower, ain't got a heavy dew.

Done got foldin' my arms & I walked away
Oh I fold my arms and I walked away
Just like god tell you, somebody got to pay

Pork chops 45 cents a pound, cotton is only 10 (2)
[If] I can't keep no women, lord lord lord what then?

So dry ol' boll weavil, turn up his toes and die (2)
Now ain't nothin to do, [but] bootleg moonshine & rye . . .

DRY SPELL BLUES P. 2 ** Son House

Lord it have been so dry, you could make a powder house out [of] the world (2)
And all them money men like a rattlesnake in his coil
[According to Calt and Wardlow's Patton biography, "rattlesnake in his coil" meant a cheapskate, and the phrase is in the first line of Patton's "Rattlesnake Blues"]

I done throwed up my hands Lord & solemnly swore (2)
It ain't no need of me changing towns, it's a drought everywhere I go . . .

It's a dry old spell everywhere I been . . .(2)
I believe to my soul this old world is 'bout to end . . .

Well I stood in my backyard, I wrung my hands & scream (2)
& I couldn't see nothin', couldn't see nothin' green

Oh Lord, have mercy if you please (2)
Make your rain come down & give our poor hearts ease

These blues, these blues is worthwhile to be heard
Oh these blues worthwhile to be heard
???
[The Patton box set has "God sent Elijah, but there ain't no word" -- I hear it more as "God spared Elijah, but there ain't no more or no mud. I don't think any of them make a great deal of sense, though.]
Chris


Title: Son House - Clarksdale Moan
Post by: LoneWolf on January 10, 2007, 01:37:56 PM
If think that the discovery of this recording last year is one of the greatest thing ever happened, absolutley a miracle.

I'm curious, did people know about this recording and looked for it, or did someone just find it by accident? And who found it, and where? What's the story of this discovery?
Title: Re: Son House - Clarksdale Moan
Post by: uncle bud on January 10, 2007, 03:43:08 PM
The story of how this record came to light is related in a brief essay by John Tefteller in the Blues Images 2007 calendar (available through WeenieCampbell by following the links further down on the left-hand menu, under User Menu - and always recommended!).

Paramount had assigned a release number to the record but since it had never been found, some thought it had been recorded but never released. Tefteller writes that in October 2005, "Chicago record collector Mark Blaesing revealed to Richard Nevins of Shanachie/Yazoo Records that he had the long-lost Son House record. This surprise announcement came during a discussion with Nevins about the wild and wooly aftermath of an eBay auction of a similarly scarce country record. Country music collectors were abuzz over the reappearance of a long-lost record by the Georgia Pot Lickers and out of that came the news that 'Clarksdale Moan' had been unearthed. Blaesing, a very nice low key guy, would not reveal where or how he obtained the record except to say that he did indeed get it from someone who wished to remain anonymous. He also hinted that the record was found 'in the South'. Nevins was blown away by the news and immediately made arrangements with Blaesing to have the record remastered at his studios in New Jersey."

There you go. Amazing that it would resurface after 75 years.

The Blues Images calendar includes both sides of this rarest of 78s with the 16-track CD that accompanies the calendar. Recommended to all Weenies!
Title: Re: Mississippi County Farm Blues and Clarksdale Moan
Post by: Coyote Slim on February 11, 2007, 12:53:02 PM
Very interesting...when I first heard "Clarksdale" I thought it was in standard tuning.  But since I was sick and sleep-deprived, I didn't trust my own judgment. 
Title: Son House Lyrics
Post by: Coyote Slim on February 11, 2007, 12:59:59 PM
I always heard the last line in the "porkchop" verse in "Dryspell" as:

"I can't keep no women, no, no, never did!"
Title: Re: Mississippi County Farm Blues and Clarksdale Moan
Post by: bighollowtwang on February 20, 2007, 12:34:56 PM
I am pretty certain there are two guitars on this track.
House in vestapol and Brown in standard. The ending slide lick points to vestapol as you can hear Son sound the III-V-I on the three high strings.

If you listen VERY carefully to the "moaning verse" - where it comes out of the IV chord and Son concludes his vocalized phrase - at 1:30 into the song, the two guitars are momentarily out of sync with one another.

Title: Re: Son House Lyrics
Post by: Gumbo on March 10, 2012, 09:10:01 AM
Am I Right or Wrong 1942
the progression is Eb Ab Db F#
apparently based on There are Others Who Don't Think That Way by Shepard Edmonds (http://uncensoredhistoryoftheblues.purplebeech.com/2009/05/show-42-minstrel-songs-in-blues-era.html) which i haven't heard

'm i right or wrong
you need not think because you're black
i'm gonna beg you to take me back
now babe, was that right or wrong

I'm going in the spring
i got messed from shakin' that thing
now babe, was i right or wrong

yeah up the hickory down the pine
I bust my britches right behind
now babe, was i right or wrong

you need not think because you're brown
i'm gonna let you dog me round
now honey, was that right or wrong

don't you think that because you're yella
i'm gonna give you my last four dollars
now babe, was i right or wrong

look a here honey what you want me to do
done all i could to get along with you
now honey, was that right along

you need not think because you're black
ahm gonna beg you to take me back
now honey, was that right or wrong

N' I'm going in the spring
but i got messed from shakin that thing
now honey, was i right or wrong
Title: Re: Son House Lyrics
Post by: Michael Cardenas on March 10, 2012, 08:57:26 PM
RE: Dry Spell Blues (Part 1)

I've always had difficulty with this first verse, but I like Uncle Bud's take on the "door to door". In the past I thought maybe "dusk to dawn". A lead-in lyric of "touching/touch me" might make sense phonetically as "touch me from door to door". I say this because I hear his tongue hitting the roof with the T. Wait it gets better!!! Then I read what banjochris was thinking... I like this idea banjochris, on the second line of the first verse, I don't hear the caused as much as I hear an L as in the more evident "calling". Cause makes sense too as in "causin", the L and Z have a close sound if you think of the pronunciation kaw zed, but i swear I hear the L stronger in the second line. Regardless, I think you got it, fantastic ear man [men].

Dry spell blues have causin' [callin'] me to drift from door to door

I also agree with the Revenant transcription. My only curiosity with the pork chops verse is if he ends with a did or didn't since he's sustaining the NNNN. As for the final verse, sometimes I hear him singing Po', but I can't decide if I'm hearing the softer "so". Po' would make sense lyrically as an adjective, but "so" is also a typical way of concluding a tune i.e., So the moral of the story is... Using the adverb so could also be seen as a means to amplify how dry it was.


Dry Spell Blues (Part 1)

Them dry spell blues have callin' me, to drift from door to door
Dry spell blues have callin' me, to drift from door to door
They dry spell blues has put everybody on the killing floor

Now the people down south, soon won't have no home
Oh the people down south, soon won't have no home
Cuz this dry spell has parched all this cotton and corn

Hard luck's on everybody ain't missin' but a few
Hard luck's on everybody ain't missin' but a few

Now besides a shower ain't got a heavy dew

Done got foldin' my arms and I walked away
Oh I fold my arms lord I walked away
Just like I tell you somebody's got to pay

Pork chops 45 cents a pound, cotton is only 10
Pork chops 45 cents a pound, cotton is only 10
I can't keep no women lord and I never did

Po' dry old boll weevil turn up his toes and die
Po' dry old boll weevil turn up his toes and die

Now I nothin' to do, bootleg moonshine and rye
Title: Re: Son House - Clarksdale Moan
Post by: jostber on March 12, 2012, 04:39:41 AM
The story of how this record came to light is related in a brief essay by John Tefteller in the Blues Images 2007 calendar (available through WeenieCampbell by following the links further down on the left-hand menu, under User Menu - and always recommended!).

Paramount had assigned a release number to the record but since it had never been found, some thought it had been recorded but never released. Tefteller writes that in October 2005, "Chicago record collector Mark Blaesing revealed to Richard Nevins of Shanachie/Yazoo Records that he had the long-lost Son House record. This surprise announcement came during a discussion with Nevins about the wild and wooly aftermath of an eBay auction of a similarly scarce country record. Country music collectors were abuzz over the reappearance of a long-lost record by the Georgia Pot Lickers and out of that came the news that 'Clarksdale Moan' had been unearthed. Blaesing, a very nice low key guy, would not reveal where or how he obtained the record except to say that he did indeed get it from someone who wished to remain anonymous. He also hinted that the record was found 'in the South'. Nevins was blown away by the news and immediately made arrangements with Blaesing to have the record remastered at his studios in New Jersey."

There you go. Amazing that it would resurface after 75 years.

The Blues Images calendar includes both sides of this rarest of 78s with the 16-track CD that accompanies the calendar. Recommended to all Weenies!

Do you have the direct link to the Tefteller article? And was the record ever released when it was recorded?
Title: Re: Son House Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on March 12, 2012, 07:55:58 AM
Hi jostber - As far as I know, the text only appeared in the 2007 Blues Images calendar. Unless it's somewhere on the Blues Images website.

Paramount did assign a release number and the record appeared on a release sheet according to the Tefteller text. But no advertising has ever been found, and until this copy of the record showed up, some thought the record had never in fact been released. But it must have been, since we now have a recording, label scan and all. Just a rarity. Lucky for us it was found (I think it's one of House's coolest songs).

Title: Re: Son House Lyrics
Post by: jostber on March 12, 2012, 08:04:07 AM
That's great, thanks for the information. :) Seems like there is a story on this in Living Blues Magazine #183 as well:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarksdale_Moan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarksdale_Moan)

Which song is the ninth one mentioned in the Wikipedia article?


Title: Re: Son House Lyrics
Post by: Gumbo on March 12, 2012, 08:36:13 AM
that must be the unissued test pressing of Walkin Blues issued on Document 532
see Stephan Wirz' Son House Discography (http://www.wirz.de/music/housefrm.htm) - entry 36

EDIT it's also included on the JSP Patton box set