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Title: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: gribbon on April 02, 2007, 08:43:52 AM
This song is included on the first disc of the JSP collection "All the Classic Sides". I can post it here if someone tells me how.

I worked out most of the lyrics, but there are a few annoying phrases which i can't hear. It's a fun song I think. Obviously it's mistitled and should have been called "You Can't Do That" or "They're Trying to Tell Me" or something. Appreciate any help...

https://youtu.be/wH7X0KaIKtU

Lord they all, trying to tell me, boys, that you can't do that
Lord they all, trying to show me,  ??? , why I can't do that
I've been looked up in jail, and you couldn't get booked ( ???)
Then you say, oh well, I'm cooked.

Then the people all, singin and dancin, tell me that you can't do that
That's wrong!
Boy, you can't do that.

Lord they all, trying to tell me, boys, that you can't do that
Lord they all, singing and dancing, tell me that you can't do that
Then they caught me with the spirit,  ??? gallon of mash
Ten gallons of liqour, lord, and... one bowl of hash.

Then they all, trying to tell me, boys, that you can't do that.
No that's wrong!
Tell you that you can't do that

Lord they all, trying to tell me, boys, that you can't do that
They all, singing and dancing, tell me that you can't do that
Then they take me to the jail before they put me in the cell
Hit me so hard,  ???  ???  ???

Then the people all, trying to tell me, boys, that you can't do that
No that's wrong! No.
Boys, that you can't do that

You hear them all singing and dancing, tell me that you can't
You know, they're trying to tell med, boys, that

I was tried by an upright judge
And he give me ten years to serve.

Then the people all, trying to tell me, boys, that you can't do that
No that's wrong!
Tell me that you can't do that
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy - They Can't Do That
Post by: Bunker Hill on April 02, 2007, 11:15:52 AM
Wonderful song. About two decades back I attempted to transcribe this song for a little bit of nonsense I was trying to write. Usually I leave both writing and transcription to those better suited to the task but here's what I came up with from a 1985 BBB Matchbox LP using a not so good 78! Maybe between you, I and the rest of the good folk of Weneie Land a definitive transcription will emerge. Be as critical as you like with what follows as I seem to have misfiled the LP in question and unable to relisten.

Lord, they all tryin' to tell me
Why that they can't do that.
Lord, they all tryin' to show me
Just why they can't do that.
Have you ever been locked up in jail and you couldn't get booked?
Then you say, "Oh, well, I'm cooked."
Then the people all singin' and dancin',
Tellin' you that they can't do that, that's wrong
Why is they can't do that.

Lord, they all tryin' to tell me
Why that they can't do that.
Lord they all singin' and dancin'
Tellin' me that they can't do that.

Sayin', they caught rne with a still and two-fifty gallons of mash.
Ten gallons of liquor, lord, and one bottle of hash
Then they all tryin' to tell me,
Why that they can't do that, no, that's wrong
Tellin' you 'bout they can't do that.

Lord, they all tryin' to tell me
Why that they can't do that.
Hear 'em all singin' and dancin'
Tellin' you that they can't do that
Sayin', they take me to the jail before they put me in the cell.
Kick me so hard until both of us fell
Then the people all tryin' to tell me
Why that they can't do that, no, that's wrong, though
Why that they can't do that.

Lord, you hear 'em all singin' and dancin',
Tellin' you that they can't do that.
You know, they're tryin' to tell me
Why that they can't do that.
Lord, I was tried by an upright judge.
And he give me ten years to serve.
Then the people all tryin' to tell me
Why that they can't do that, no, that's wrong
Tellin' you that they can't do that.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy - They Can't Do That
Post by: gribbon on April 04, 2007, 04:01:29 AM
Thank's a lot. Your transcription cleared up a few things. There's a lot of unimportant descrepancies between it and mine. Mostly things like "why" instead of "boys"...

Funny, I heard him singing "you can't do that", but know i hear it "they can't do that". At least in most places. Guess "you can't do that" made more sense to me.

I agree with the line "Have you ever been locked up in jail and you couldn't get booked".

"Two-fifty gallons of mash" also sound reasonable.

I too hear "Kicked me som hard" now, but I'm not totally convinced it is "both of us fell".

EDIT: Added MP3 to the first post of this thread, so you can listen to it...
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy - They Can't Do That (now with MP3)
Post by: Bunker Hill on April 04, 2007, 09:57:02 AM
I think this needs a completely fresh pair of ears, I'm just hearing what I want to hear now. ;D

Now's the time for Weenie C's veteran transcribers to bring a bit of common sense and logic to it all. Over to you guys.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy - They Can't Do That
Post by: GhostRider on April 04, 2007, 01:54:29 PM
Howdy gents:

I listened to this a number of times (great tune BTW). I agree with Bunker Hill's stuff ex. for a few "boy"s.

I think "bottle of hash" is right as well as "both of us fell"

Here's what I get. My changes from Bunker are in bold.

Lord, they all tryin' to tell me
Boy that they can't do that.
Lord, they all tryin' to show me
Just why they can't do that.
Have you ever been locked up in jail and you couldn't get booked?
Then you say, "Oh, well, I'm cooked."
Then the people all singin' and dancin',
Tellin' you that they can't do that, that's wrong
Why is they can't do that.

Lord, they all tryin' to tell me
Boy that they can't do that.
Lord they all singin' and dancin'
Tellin' me that they can't do that.

Sayin', they caught rne with a still and two-fifty gallons of mash.
Ten gallons of liquor, lord, and one bottle of hash
Then they all tryin' to tell me,
Why that they can't do that, no, that's wrong
Tellin' you 'bout they can't do that.

Instrumental break


Lord, they all tryin' to tell me
Boy that they can't do that.
Hear 'em all singin' and dancin'
Tellin' you that they can't do that
Sayin', they take me to the jail before they put me in the cell.
Kick me so hard until both of us fell
Then the people all tryin' to tell me
Why that they can't do that, no, that's wrong, though
Why but that they did do that.

Lord, you hear 'em all singin' and dancin',
Tellin' you that they can't do that.
You know, they're tryin' to tell me
Why that they can't do that.
Lord, I was tried by an upright judge.
And he give me ten years to serve.
Then the people all tryin' to tell me
Why that they can't do that, no, that's wrong
Tellin' you that they can't do that.


Alex
Title: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Flatd7 on April 18, 2007, 07:02:00 PM
This tune is a classic Broonzy / Georgia Tom tune that was also done by Milton Brown. Most of the lyrics are pretty straight forward but a couple are giving me fits. By the way, why the "Eagle Ridin"" of the Hokum Boys versions and the "Easy Ridin'" of the Musical Brownies version?

Every A and B part have different words

https://youtu.be/TjM0LluEOHY.

In the fifth verse he sings:

Now If You Like This Tune, Think It's Fine
Set Right Down and Drop A   . . . . . . ?

In the second B part, they sing:

And I'll Declare
You'll Get It There
And if we  . . . . . ?
Sometimes it's  . . . ? Somewhere

And in the next to last verse, he gets saucy but I can't quite make out how saucy.

Now We Ain't Good Lookin' and We Don't Dress Fine
The Way We  . . . ?  It, It's  . . . . . ? Fine

Hmmmmm? Any ideas folks?
Title: Re: Eagle Ridin' Papa - Hokum Boys
Post by: banjochris on April 18, 2007, 09:56:15 PM
I'd imagine that the Brownies didn't know what "Eagle Ridin'" meant and changed it to something more familiar. I would assume that the eagle in question is a $10 gold piece and the phrase means that they're well-heeled or "sports," as they would have said back then. Here are the words to the Broonzy/Dorsey version:

Listen everybody from here and far,
If you want to know just who we are,
Eagle ridin' papas, from Tennessee.

Now if you like the way we play,
Listen while we try to say,
Eagle ridin' papas, from Tennessee.

All night long,
We sing this song,
If you get this song,
You can't go wrong, and how
We'll make you loose, we'll make you tight,
Make you shake it till broad daylight
Eagle ridin' papas, from Tennessee.

(instrumental)

Now we never do brag, never do boast,
Played this tune from coast to coast,
Eagle ridin' papas, from Tennessee.

Now if you like this tune, think it's fine
Sit right down and drop a line,
Eagle ridin' papas, from Tennessee.

And I'll declare,
You'll get it there,
And if you have,
Some time to spare, somewhere
Some time we're down your way,
We'll drop in and spend the day
Eagle ridin' papas, from Tennessee.

(instrumental/scat)

Now some want to know just what we've got,
Got good hokum and serve it hot,
Eagle ridin' papas, from Tennessee.

Now we ain't good lookin' and we don't dress fine,
Way we whip it it's (a) hangin' crime,
Eagle ridin' papas, from Tennessee.

If you see me stealin',
Don't tell on me,
Just stealin' back to,
My used to be, and how,
We never have one gal at a time,
Always have seven, eight or nine,
Eagle ridin' papas, from Tennessee.
Title: Re: Eagle Ridin' Papa - Hokum Boys
Post by: Flatd7 on April 19, 2007, 12:27:20 PM
Thanks Chris, but we might as well finish the tune . . . .

We never had one gal at a time
Always had 7,8 or 9
Eagle Ridin' Papa, from Tennessee
Title: Re: Eagle Ridin' Papa - Hokum Boys
Post by: banjochris on April 19, 2007, 01:22:35 PM
Huh? It's right there.  ;)
Title: Re: Eagle Ridin' Papa - Hokum Boys
Post by: Flatd7 on April 20, 2007, 04:37:36 AM
Huh? It's right there.  ;)


Woooops  . . . . .

Title: Re: Eagle Ridin' Papa - Hokum Boys
Post by: fictioneer on April 20, 2007, 10:44:17 PM
Change the punchline to "We're the Texas Playboys -- from the Lone Star State" and you've also got Bob Wills' theme song for many years. 
Title: Re: Eagle Ridin' Papa - Hokum Boys
Post by: eagle rockin daddy on April 21, 2007, 05:25:42 AM
Hey,

I resemble that remark.....

That's where I got my online name, I always thought it would be a good name for a band. 

Mike
Title: Beedle Um Bum - Big Bill Broonzy
Post by: Papa John on September 05, 2009, 07:00:19 AM
Hello,

Could I have I have your collected assistance with the lyrics to Big Bill Broonzy's version of Beedle Um Bum.  Below is what I have.  The recording I have isn't great, so happy to be corrected if I've gone way off base on any words.  The main trouble I am having is with the 2nd chorus.

Also, I don't have any discography with the recording and would be curious to know who the 2nd man on the track is.

https://youtu.be/e1yyF5Dp3Xc


BEEDLE UM BUM

Down in Memphis Tennessee, there's a gal named Simmy
Runs a meat shop on the block, she's always got a gimme
Serves a meal with a tadpole heel, you can't resist by trying
And every time you pass her door, you'll hear Miss Simmy crying

Oh my Beedle Um Bum, come and see me if you ain't had none
Makes a dumb man speak, makes a lame man run,
You'll sure miss something if you don't get some
My Beedle Um Bum, oh my Beedle Um Bum
It's the best Beedle Um that's made in Tennessee

[Instrumental]

Every day at ten o'clock, she'll go down to the station
Soon as the post has come in town, she'll give a little invitation
Every day from noon til night, she's always busy selling
Beedle Um hot and Beedle Um cold, you could always here her yelling

Oh my Beedle Um Bum, come and see me if you ain't had none
Ain't made salt and it ain't made ??, just made up in a [medium fast?]
My Beedle Um Bum, oh my Beedle Um Bum
It's the best Beedle Um that's made in Tennessee

[Instrumental]

Oh my Beedle Um Bum, come and see me if you ain't had none
You don't have to hurry, you don't have to go,
You get a little taste make you want some more
My Beedle Um Bum, oh my Beedle Um Bum
It's the best Beedle Um that's made in Tennessee


Thanks
John
Title: Re: Beedle Um Bum - Big Bill Broonzy
Post by: GhostRider on September 05, 2009, 07:35:37 AM
John:

Welcome.


I get:

Last word of first line of second chorus "one", not none
Last word of first line of second chorus "time", not fast


Recorded Feb. 9, 1932.The other guy is Steele Smith on banjo.

Alex
Title: Re: Beedle Um Bum - Big Bill Broonzy
Post by: LeftyStrat on September 05, 2009, 06:04:22 PM
Oh my Beedle Um Bum, come and see me if you ain't had none
Ain't made salt and it ain't made ??, just made up in a [medium fast?]
My Beedle Um Bum, oh my Beedle Um Bum
It's the best Beedle Um that's made in Tennessee


On the second line here, I've often heard:

Ain't made tall and it ain't made wide ??, just made up in a medium size

Whether right or not, this version has definitely helped me understand Tampa Red & Georgia Tom's (considerably faster) rendition of this tune.
Title: Re: Beedle Um Bum - Big Bill Broonzy
Post by: banjochris on September 05, 2009, 07:14:36 PM
Definitely "tall" "wide" and "medium size"

also, I think it's "Runs the neatest shop..." and "Soon as the folks had come in town"
Chris
Title: Big bill broonzy lyrics to stomp blues/worried man blues
Post by: harry on January 30, 2010, 03:42:26 AM
anyone got the exact lyrics for these. there basically the same song. I can't find them anywhere on the net.


here's a clip;

https://youtu.be/RIrnUJvBXkU

https://youtu.be/3BdlSIdMRe4
Title: Re: Big bill broonzy lyrics to stomp blues/worried man blues
Post by: Richard on January 30, 2010, 02:33:07 PM
It's a pretty good quality recording you ought to write them down, it'll only take a few minutes  ;)
Title: Mr. Conductor Man- Big Bill Broonzy
Post by: Mr.OMuck on May 06, 2010, 11:57:54 AM
Mr. Conductor Man
Big Bill Broonzy

https://youtu.be/EuNlKppGfpE

I woke up this mornin? Hear-d *that train whistle blow 
I got up this mornin? Hear-d that train whistle blow
Lord I thought about my baby,
I sure did want to go

Lord I grabbed up my suitcase I run to the ol? depot
Babe I grabbed up my suitcase I run to the ol? depot
I could see the conductor he wavin? his hand to go

I said Mr.Conductor Man I want to talk to you
I wanna ride your train from here to Bougealoo
I?m leavin? this mornin? man I ain?t got my fare,
 but I will shovel coal in your engine
Till your train gets me there

Cryin?, please Mr. Conductor Man, please take my last thin dime, 2X
I got a woman in Bougealoo waitin?
Man I can?t lose no time

Then the bell started ringin? conductor hollered all aboard
When the bell started ringin?, conductor hollered all aboard
Lord I picked up my suitcase, start walkin? down the road

I?m leavin? this mornin? I sure don?t want to go 2X
Lord and the woman I?ve been lovin?
She don?t want me no more

* sounds like here-d

Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on December 18, 2010, 07:45:16 AM
Hi all,
Bill Broonzy seemed like another good candidate for a merged lyric thread.  There are a lot of songs discussed here, and all of the post titles have been left as they were originally (except for the post starting the thread) to make for ease in following the lyric discussions.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: Jimmy J on October 11, 2011, 02:32:14 AM
Hey Gang,

I was in here the other day, looking for lyrics to Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae, but I couldn't find any. So, I did it the hard way, and wrote them down from the track. As I have benefitted from finding lyrics posted here before, here's my payback:

https://youtu.be/z1XzAz02YMQ

I got a gal named Willie Mae, and she lives in the low, low, land.

I got a gal named Willie Mae, Lord, and she lives in the low, low, land.

Lord, the way I got that woman, I declare I stole her from another man.


All my life, baby, you know I?ve had to roam.

All my life, baby, you know I?ve had to roam.

 Just on account o?me breaking that poor man?s home.

Willie Mae, Willlie Mae

Willie Mae, don?t you hear me calling you?

Lord if I don?t get my Willie Mae, I declare no other woman will do.

When I get to thinkin? ?bout Willie Mae, cold chill run up and down my spine.

When I get to thinkin? ?bout Willie Mae, cold chill run up and down my spine.

Lord, sometimes I wished I was dead, ?cause Willie Mae you know I?m afraid of dyin?.

I?m gonna leave here, I?m goin? on down the line.

I?m gonna leave here, baby n? I?m goin? on down the line.

Willie Mae you know I don?t do nothin? here, Lord knows, but grieve and cry.

Lord knows, but I grieve and cry.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: Mr.OMuck on October 11, 2011, 05:13:00 PM
Thanks Jimmy J, I play this and always blanked on a verse or two,
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: Stuart on October 11, 2011, 05:54:14 PM
I was in here the other day, looking for lyrics to Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae, but I couldn't find any.

http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/folkways/FW03817.pdf

cf. p.7
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: harry on October 12, 2011, 03:11:40 AM
I was in here the other day, looking for lyrics to Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae, but I couldn't find any.

http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/folkways/FW03817.pdf

cf. p.7

Is that an official album, I have it as a bootleg
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: Stuart on October 12, 2011, 07:03:43 AM
Hi Harry:

It was released by Folkways as an LP, which I have.

http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=595
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: Bunker Hill on October 12, 2011, 07:56:59 AM
What I have to contribute to this discussion is totally irrelevant but between 1951 and 1957 BBB recorded this particular song on nine different occasions, two of which were for Folkways 14 Nov 1956 (FG 3586) & 7 May 1957 (FS 3817). To complicate matters in 1956 he recorded it for Verve which was subsequently reissued on Folkways (FA 2328)....are you still with me?  ::)
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: lindy on October 12, 2011, 08:22:01 AM

Still with you, Bunker Hill, love the depth of your knowledge about this stuff!

Also on a semi-related note, Willie Mae was one of the first songs I ever learned, and because of it I was able to quickly learn a half-dozen other BBB tunes. For anyone on Weenie who is a beginning guitar player, it's a great selection, and will hook you for life.

L
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: Jimmy J on October 13, 2011, 03:49:07 AM
I bought it, along with the rest of the seventeen tracks on the album called, One Beer, one Blues for $6.99, from iTunes Store. I have no idea as to when, where, or for whom it was originally recorded.

iTunes Store has this album mislabelled, by the way.

I thought I was buying the track as part of a Studs Terkel radio show with BBB and Brownie McGhee. But, no radio show, and no Brownie. It's just Big Bill and in fine form. I ain't saying nothing to iTunes, neither, 'cause seventeen tracks for $6.99 seems like a hell of a deal...
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: Bunker Hill on October 13, 2011, 10:21:51 AM
I thought I was buying the track as part of a Studs Terkel radio show with BBB and Brownie McGhee. But, no radio show, and no Brownie.
It was the 7 May 1957 session on LP3817 (Blues With BB, ST & BMcG). The booklet notes in part state:

Studs Terkel, folk and jazz authority, whose weekly "Almanac" programme was a steady feature of Chicago's fine art F. M. Station WFMT, fixed for Big Bill to have Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry along to the studio, while they were in Chicago. An early morning session was recorded, and the full one-and-a-half hours went out the following evening.

The songs are:

Side One
Keys To The Highway
Brownie's Blues
Crow Jane
Willy May
Daisie
Louise
Guitar Shuffle
Feeling It

Side Two
Fox Chase
Beautiful City
I'm Goin' To Tell God
It Sounds Like The Voice of The Lord
(Blues) Improvisation

So maybe hunt around for a CD/Download/whatever containing the above tracks. Good luck.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: Stuart on October 13, 2011, 10:46:49 AM
The Smithsonian-Folkways site is probably the best source for the download. As you can see, only a "Custom CD" is available, which means that the album was never commercially released as a CD, but is available as an on-demand CD-R. Years ago I called S-F and spoke to them about this regarding the sound quality. They told me that the master tapes had been digitized and the custom CDs were just like the S-F CDs that had been released commercially in terms of sound quality. Whether this is still the case, I don't know. Here's the link again:

http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=595


Another good one is:

http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=3211


There's overlap with "The Bill Broonzy Story" on Verve, which is also essential for Big Bill fans.

http://www.amazon.com/Bill-Broonzy-Story-Big/dp/B00000JWNM
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: LeftyStrat on October 13, 2011, 03:38:10 PM

There's overlap with "The Bill Broonzy Story" on Verve, which is also essential for Big Bill fans.

http://www.amazon.com/Bill-Broonzy-Story-Big/dp/B00000JWNM


Have had "Bill Broonzy Story" (the 3 CD set) on a wish list for the longest, but I picked up "Trouble In Mind", which is a S-F release also, and I'm wondering if the set duplicates any of the tracks from that CD (other than in title, that is).  From listening to some of the clips on Amazon, it sounds like they may be different takes, in which case I'm a bit more likely to buy it when finances allow.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: Stuart on October 13, 2011, 04:33:05 PM
According to the notes by Bill Randle who was the producer, "The Bill Broonzy Story" was recorded July 12 and 13, 1957. The Folkways session with Studs Terkel is a different recording. "Trouble in Mind" is a compilation and gives info re: the date and original LP on which the individual songs were released in the notes, so you might do some cross checking. Several of the cuts are from the "Sings Country Blues" LP which I have, but it's buried at the moment. Unfortunately, the notes and album info aren't available at the S-F site, but I'll check to see if there's any info re: the dates that the tracks were recorded when I get a chance.

Hope this little bit of info is helpful.

Link to "Trouble In Mind" notes:

http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/smithsonian_folkways/SFW40131.pdf
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: Bunker Hill on October 14, 2011, 03:18:33 AM
According to the notes by Bill Randle who was the producer, "The Bill Broonzy Story" was recorded July 12 and 13, 1957. The Folkways session with Studs Terkel is a different recording.
Quite so, I have the BBS as three HMV LPs titled "The Last Sessions" which was also that of the original Verve LPs (3001-3003.)

Shame Chris Smith's Hit The Right Lick:The Recordings of Big Bill Broonzy is so long out of print - everything you wanted to know about BBB's recordings but never dare ask.  :) :)
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
Post by: Rivers on October 19, 2011, 07:07:38 PM
I have the Willie Mae on a Verve Vogue CD which I regard as including some of Bill's finest moments, particularly the voice and generally laid-back ambiance. IMHO Bill was even greater than usual when he played slower than usual and stretched out the end of the vocal lines until you can't bear it any more.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on October 26, 2011, 04:42:25 PM
Hi all,
Since there was already a Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics thread, I merged Jimmy J's recent thread on "Willie Mae" with that thread, while keeping the titles in the "Willie Mae" thread posts.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: chuckroast on October 29, 2011, 07:38:45 PM
does anyone have the lyrics to 'papa's gettin' hot'.....i am wanting to do a cover of it and im sort of at a loss for some of them.

https://youtu.be/QE7gQ35yeXk

thx.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on October 30, 2011, 10:12:58 AM
Hi chuckroast,
Welcome to Weenie Campbell!  The lyric protocol around here is to post what you have of the song that you'd like lyrics for, and other folks fill in the mystery spots as they are able to or motivated to do.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: chuckroast on November 03, 2011, 04:19:28 PM
PAPA'S GETTIN' HOT
i love you in the parlor
i'll love you in the park
i love you in the moonlight
i'll love you in the dark

if you want__________hey hey
if you want __________hey hey
now your papa's gettin' hot
mama___________gettin' cold

when you used to love me
it filled me through and through
you don't even kiss me
like you used to do

if you want__________hey hey
if you want __________hey hey
now your papa's gettin' hot
mama___________gettin' cold

___________on my shoulder
___________ in my hand
papa begins a'thinkin'
mama's got another man

if you want__________hey hey
if you want __________hey hey
now your papa's gettin' hot
mama___________gettin' cold

it's hot in the country
it's hot in town
sweat's rollin off you
from your head on down

if you want__________hey hey
if you want __________hey hey
now your papa's gettin' hot
mama___________gettin' cold

you never_________me
you never_________
[line left blank for whatever reason]

if you want__________hey hey
if you want __________hey hey
now your papa's gettin' hot
mama___________gettin' cold

Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on January 19, 2012, 06:16:09 PM
One of my favorite Big Bill collaborations. Help with the [... ... ...], and any other improvements much appreciated. It just struck me this is a 8 + 1 = 9 bar blues, except for the verse before the first break, where the soloist probably forgot to hang on to it and comes in a bar early, the rest just go with it.

Incidentally B&GR don't think Bill is playing guitar on it, but I really think it is Bill. I do. For more discussion see http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=5652.0 (http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=5652.0)

Don't Tear My Clothes
State Street Boys, Chicago, 10 Jan 1935

[instrumental verse intro]

Baby let's go across town
Place where we can clown
We can get drunk and clown mama, break 'em down
But pretty mama don't you tear my clothes

Baby don't you hear my screams
Mama don't you hear my plea
Now you can pull me and you can push me, all night long
But pretty mama don't you tear my clothes

[fiddle break verse x 2]

Thar's different in some women I know, things I know're is so
Now you can pull me and you can push me, all night long
But pretty mama don't you tear my clothes

Mama don't tear my clothes, things that you to know
Now you can pull me and you can push me, all night long
But pretty mama don't you tear my clothes

[fiddle break verse x 2]

Me and my buddy had a fight last night, over another man's wife
Now you can fuss and fight, almost take my life
But buddy don't you tear my clothes

[edit: thanks for the correction dj, removed the 'and']
[cheers UB for the Washboard Sam version that clarified the opening phrase in verse 3, and Gumbo whose guess was real close]
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: LeftyStrat on January 20, 2012, 03:27:38 AM

if you want__________hey hey
if you want __________hey hey
now your papa's gettin' hot
mama___________gettin' cold


For this part of the tune, I *think* it goes:
Can't you warm up to me, hey hey
Can't you warm up to me, hey hey
now your Papa's gettin' hot
Mama's love is gettin' cold.

I'll hafta give the tune a good close listen to see if i can get any of the rest. :)
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: dj on January 20, 2012, 05:13:25 AM
Rivers, the second line of the first verse of Don't Tear My Clothes is "Place where we can clown" (no "and").

I can't help too much with the third verse, but I think some of what you're missing is "THERE'S A [...] IN some women I know".  I have no idea what the missing two syllables are.   
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Gumbo on January 20, 2012, 06:44:24 AM
sounds like
DIFF ONE IN or DIFF WARNIN

to me
not that that helps much ....
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on January 20, 2012, 06:12:50 PM
Thanks dj, I dunno how that 'and' snuck in there.
Gumbo, keep listening, we will nail it.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on January 22, 2012, 08:34:51 PM
For the line "[... ... ...] some women I know, things I know're is so" in the third verse, someone might want to listen to Washboard Sam's version of Don't Tear My Clothes as he uses much the same lyrics. I can't get it yet myself.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on January 22, 2012, 08:39:34 PM
I don't have it. Anyone?

Could it be, extrapolating from Gumbo's hearing of it, this:

Different from some women I know... ?
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on January 22, 2012, 08:52:33 PM
Big Bill recorded it with the State Street Boys before cousin Sam, so maybe Sam's version will shed light. Available below.

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Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on January 22, 2012, 08:57:34 PM
Excellent Andrew, thanks very much.

I hear "That's different in some women I know". I think that's what he's singing in the State Street Boys version, with "That's..." pronounced "Thar's..". I will mak-a-zee-change.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: tseaver on July 04, 2012, 06:40:22 AM
Just my take:

PAPA'S GETTIN' HOT


_ Rose ___on my shoulder
_  Note __ in my hand
papa begins a'thinkin'
mama's got another man

....

you never_  tease _me
you never_ do _
[line left blank for whatever reason]

Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: cru423 on March 15, 2013, 05:11:42 PM
 I Can't Be Satisfied

https://youtu.be/j0jLVL06mXE

Now listen here my baby, tell you what I want you to do
Want you treat me mama, like I do you

Well I can't be satisfied, and I can't be satisfied
And I can't mistreat her, not to please nobody's mind

Now I love my sweety, tell you the reason why
My baby got something, to satisfy my mind

refrain

Lord starvation's in my kitchen, rent sign's on my door
Good girl told me, she can't use me no more

refrain

I'm leaking at the heart, bleeding at the nose
Good girl told me, she can't use me no more

refrain

Got on my high‑cut stockings, low-cut shoes
Mama I ain't bettin' what I sure could lose 

refrain

Now look a‑here boys, ain't this rich
I got to pay my wife, for everything I get

refrain
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: bird to whistle on July 01, 2013, 04:31:59 AM
Papa's Gettin' Hot

I have love you in the parlor,
love you in the park.
I loved you in the moonlight,
love you in the dark.

Can't you warm up to me? hey hey
Can't you warm up to me? hey hey

Your papa's getting hot,
mama's love is getting cold.

Cause when you used to love me,
it filled me through and through.
You don't even kiss me,
like you used to do.

Can't you warm up to me? hey hey
Can't you warm up to me? hey hey

Your papa's getting hot,
mama's love is getting cold.

Head rose on my shoulder,
note in my hand.
Pop begin to think,
mama's got another man.

Can't you warm up to me? hey hey
Can't you warm up to me? hey hey

Your papa's getting hot,
Mama's love is getting cold.

It's hot in the country,
hot in town.
sweat rolling off you,
from your head on down.

Can't you warm up to me? hey hey
Can't you warm up to me? hey hey

Your papa's getting hot,
your mama's love is getting cold.

Say, you never tease me,
you never do

Can't you warm up to me? hey hey
Can't you warm up to me? hey hey

Your papa's getting hot,
mama's love is getting cold.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on November 08, 2013, 12:31:50 PM
Hi all,
Big Bill recorded "Frankie and Johnny" in his Folkways period.  This version is currently available on "Big Bill Broonzy-Trouble In Mind", Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40131.  Big Bill backed himself out of D position in standard tuning here, and sounds to be flat-picking, playing a relatively simple boom-chang accompaniment.  God, could he sing!  He sings what is probably the first melody for this song that most of us heard, the one that Aaron Copland would have used if he'd done an arrangement of it for a ballet or symphony.

https://youtu.be/XsNfUPRNyDI

Frankie and Johnny was lovers, oh, how they could love
They sworn to be true to each other, true as the skies above
It was her man, 'cause he's doin' her wrong

Frankie went down to the corner, to get her a stein of beer
She aksed the big old fat bartender, "Have my lovin' Johnny been here?
He was my man, but he's doin' me wrong."

Said, "I ain't gonna tell you no story, I ain't gonna tell you no lie
He was here 'bout an hour ago with that gal they call Nellie Blye, 'nd
He was your man, but he's doin' you wrong."

Frankie went down to the hotel, she didn't go down there for fun
Under her long red kimono she carried her .44 gun
Lookin' for the man that had done her wrong

Johnny pulled off his Stetson hat, hollered, "Now, baby, don't shoot!"
Frankie pressed her finger on the trigger and that gun went "rrrroooolietoo"
She killed her man, 'cause he done her wrong

This is the end of my story, this is the end of my song
Frankie's down in the county jail, poor thing, down there all alone
She killed her man, 'cause he done her wrong

All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Mr.OMuck on November 09, 2013, 06:59:35 AM
Glad you mentioned BBB's singing John. Its the wildest, free-est, craziest vocalizing out there..totally original. Anyone playing this music should be paying as much attention to BBB's singing as to anyone's guitar playing.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on November 09, 2013, 07:18:43 PM
I agree that Big Bill was a fantastic singer, though I confess to thinking he overdid it in some postwar recordings, laying on the gospel gravy a bit thick sometimes. And I really love a lot of those postwar recordings.

But what voice to go with his killer thumb.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Mr.OMuck on November 10, 2013, 08:56:50 AM
Thats funny , I think of gospel gravy, (very good btw, original?) as heavily vibrato laden. BBB 's voice is notably absent of vibrato if memory serves. What he does do is draw out phrases till you think they'll snap. It always feels to me as though he's searching for the "right" feeling by doing that.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on November 10, 2013, 05:33:29 PM
Not mine, I first heard the phrase from Johnm, and it stuck for me.

I think of it as more melismatic, with some other vocal gymnastics thrown in. Too many notes, like the feller said in Amadeus.  :P

Anyway, Big Bill is not a serious offender, IMO, and it's more about stretching things out with him, as you say, but occasionally he goes too far for my tastes.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Laura on December 14, 2013, 08:43:16 AM
I've always found BBB's vocals to be very lovely - sorry for the lame adjective but that's how I feel :D

Anyway I came here looking for the lyrics to "Worrying You Off My Mind" - Couldn't find anything so I'll write down what I can - need some help with the first and last verse in particular.  Please let me know any corrections and I'll edit them in. Thank you.

https://youtu.be/ygjruoPJ7hY

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Worrying You Off My Mind - Big Bill Broonzy

I made a long day, walkin' 'long and crying,
I lost my baby, can't be satisfied,
So when I'm gone, gal take it easy, cos I'm just worryin' you off my mind

When ya get in trouble, haven't got a friend,
Just take it easy, they'll need your help again,
So when I'm gone, gal take it easy, cos I'm just worryin' you off my mind

Now it ain't hard, to live alone,
Just hard to be married, and break up your home,
So when I'm gone, gal take it easy, cos I'm just worryin' you off my mind

But that's alright, that's alright for you,
You need me some morning, when I won't need you,
So when I'm gone, gal take it easy, cos I'm just worryin' you off my mind

*guitar break*

When I was down, lost my wife and my friends,
When I got my money, they all come back again,
So when I'm gone, gal take it easy, I'm just worryin' you off my mind

(One mornin') pretty women, runnin' hand in hand,
When they raise no squabble, takin' some woman('s) man,
So when I'm gone, gal take it easy, cos I'm just worryin' you off my mind

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Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on December 14, 2013, 08:55:39 AM
For the first verse I hear "I made a long day,"

I think he sings "gal" rather than "girl" throughout in the tagline.

Last verse, for line 1, I have no alternate hearing, so I think you're right.
Line 2 I hear "When they raise no squabble"
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Laura on December 14, 2013, 09:03:43 AM
Thanks Rivers, that sounds good.  I'll add it in now.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: The Gloth on May 28, 2015, 10:25:01 AM
Hello, I'm trying to catch the lyrics for "Pneumonia Blues". Here is what I got so far, could you help me ?

https://youtu.be/tGVprq7GTEM

Pneumonia Blues

I'm feeling sick and bad, my head is hurting too,
Go and get the doctor so he can tell me just what to do
Because I keep on aching, yes I ache both night and day
yeah, doctor doctor, please drive this old pneumonia  way

I have got the pneumonia, I've got it in both my sides
My friends treat me so bad 'til I just can't keep from crying
poor me I keep aching, yes I ache both night and day
yeah, doctor doctor, please drive this old pneumonia  way

I have used Vicks bags, I've used everything my friends said
Now, I b'lieve I'll drink a hot toddy, and go to bed
Because I keep on aching, yes I ache both night and day
yeah, doctor doctor, please drive this old pneumonia  way

My friends told my wife, they had did all they could
They say "put him in a hospital before he ruins the neighbourhood",
I keep on aching, yes I ache both night and day
yeah, doctor doctor, please drive this old pneumonia  way

The doctor said my fever was a hundred and three
The nurse said "put him in a private room that's where he ought to be
Because he keeps on aching", yes I ache both night and day
yeah, doctor doctor, please drive this old pneumonia  way




Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 28, 2015, 10:58:47 AM
Hi The Gloth,
Here's what I'm hearing:

   1.4 Yeah, doctor, doctor, please drive THIS OLD PNEUMONIA 'WAY

   2.2 My FRIENDS TREAT me so bad 'til I just can't keep from crying
   2.4 Yeah, doctor, doctor, please drive THIS OLD PNEUMONIA 'WAY

   3.1 I have ? , I DONE USED EVERYTHING MY FRIENDS SAID
   3.2 NOW, I B'LIEVE I'LL TAKE A HOT TODDY, AND GO TO BED
   3.4 Yeah, doctor, doctor, please drive THIS OLD PNEUMONIA 'WAY

   4.1 My friends TOLD my wife they had did all they could
   4.2 They say, "Put him in a hospital before HE RUINS the neighborhood."
   4.4 Yes, doctor, doctor, please drive THIS OLD PNEUMONIA 'WAY

   5.4 Yeah, doctor, doctor, please drive THIS OLD PNEUMONIA 'WAY

I'll attach Big Bill's performance so that other people can figure out the middle of that first line to verse three.

http://youtu.be/mdg8KD-CaWU (http://youtu.be/mdg8KD-CaWU)

All best,
Johnm
 
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: The Gloth on May 28, 2015, 03:26:05 PM
Thank you, I edited ; just one or two words still to find. I guess it's "I used...", but used what ?
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on May 28, 2015, 05:05:55 PM
I can't quite make it out but am wondering if it's partially a brand name. Sounds like one of the words could be Vicks.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 28, 2015, 05:17:09 PM
"Vicks Bags"?
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Stuart on May 28, 2015, 05:44:07 PM
Could be, John. I recall my mom telling me about people wearing bags with garlic around their necks  and other folk remedies to open up the airways and sinuses back in the 20's in NE PA. I checked and came across "Asphidity Bags" that were worn around the neck. It's not a stretch to think that some people put Vicks in them as well.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: The Gloth on May 28, 2015, 10:21:05 PM
Could be "I have used Vicks Vap" (for Vicks Vaporub).
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics - Sweet Tomama
Post by: Suzy T on April 26, 2016, 05:45:00 AM
Big Bill covered this song which Frank Stokes had done, but at a much slower, almost draggy (in a good way) tempo.  Someone (presumably Big Bill, since the fiddling stops when the singing starts) plays real nice fiddle on this.  I cannot figure out the very last line.  Here's what I've got, any suggestions??

Here it is on Youtube:

https://youtu.be/1kdj_4Q74C0

Sweet tomama, sweet tomama
Where did you stay last night, pretty mama
Sweet tomama, where did you stay last night
Said when you come home pretty baby the sun was shining bright

You left home this morning, left home this morning,
sun was shining bright pretty mama
You left home this morning, sun was shining bright
Mama that?s why that I?m asking you, where did you stay last night

Run here mama, run here mama,
tell me what you gwine to do, pretty mama
Run here mama, tell me what you gwine to do
You said you gotta give me some money, yes and some loving too

My car needs crankin?, my car needs crankin?,
ain?t got no gasoline pretty mama
My car needs crankin?, ain?t got no gasoline
Just as soon as I get my money, I will be (soon unseen????)
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on April 26, 2016, 06:03:33 AM
Hi Suzy,
I think it is "I will be seldom seen".  I've heard that line sung elsewhere, too.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Suzy T on April 26, 2016, 08:50:11 PM
John, I knew I could count on you!  Thanks very much.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Pan on July 18, 2017, 12:24:27 PM
Hi all,

I'm trying to figure out Big Bill's "Too Too Train Blues". This is what I've got. Any corrections are welcome. Thanks. Pan.

https://youtu.be/tvsbFc8uzOY

Too Too Train Blues  -Big Bill Broonzy

Lord, my baby leaving this morning,
Gwine catch that Too Too Train.
Said my baby leaving this morning,
Gwine catch that Too Too Train.
Lord when she got on board,
She almost addled my brain.

Oh Lord, I hear that whistle blow.
Oh baby, I hear that whistle blow.
Said she blow just like,
She ain?t gonna blow no more.

Solo

Said that Too Too Train is coming.
Lord I?m goin? get on board.
Babe, that Too Too Train is coming.
Lord I?m goin? get on board.
And what I?ve got on my mind,
No one in this world does know.
.

Down in trouble, been blue as I can be.
Down in trouble, been blue as I can be.
I get there feeling lonesome,
Thinking the way you treated me.




Edited as kindly suggested by Banjochris.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on July 18, 2017, 02:08:44 PM
You pretty much have it, Pan. A few corrections/suggestions:

That YouTube video sounds like the speed is a hair off, on the slow side.

Last half of the last line of verse 1 is:
She almost addled my brain

Last half of the last line of verse 3 is:
No one in this world does know

First and second lines of verse 4 are
Down in trouble

and finally
I get there feeling lonesome.
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Pan on July 18, 2017, 03:54:55 PM
Thanks Chris! Very much appreciated! I made the changes.

Cheers,

Pan
Title: Big Bill Broonzy "Come Home Early"
Post by: Ale_Buster_Ponti on January 24, 2019, 02:35:51 AM
Hi everyone, I'm trying to understand what Big Bill sings in his "Come Home Early". Here's what I get:

https://youtu.be/QyZz0a4PgZQ

If you wanna have fun baby I ??want you too??
Come on baby I'll tell just what to do if you come
home early (x2)
please come home early in the morning babe
please ??turn my dumper down??

Got what you need girl you don't have to buy
come homer baby you will be satisfied
chorus

don't be scared girl it won't bite
??my dumper was made to feelin' (feel it) , ain't expired??
chorus

my ??dump rider stove get hot??
come home babe you know exactly what I've got
chorus

(play Bob..)

pipe on my stove is long and straight
tell me baby how long will I have to wait
I need you early...

Bye bye babe I'm gon' tell you farewell
you'll may be happy girl but you'll never ??feel it well??
'cause I'm leaving early...yes I'm gon leave early this morning 'cause you won't turn ?my dumper down?

Thank you everyone for helping me :)
 
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy "Come Home Early"
Post by: Johnm on January 24, 2019, 09:27:21 AM
Hi Ale_Buster_Ponti,
I'll see if I can get your missing places.  I'll just do the whole song, I think.

Want to have fun, baby, I want you to
Come home, baby, I'll tell you just what to do, if you
REFRAIN:  Come home early, hoo-baby, come home early
Please come home early in the mornin', baby, please turn my damper down

Got what you need, gal, you don't have to buy
Come home, baby, you will be satisfied, if you
REFRAIN:  Come home early, hoo-baby, come home early
Yeah, come home early in the mornin', baby, please turn my damper down

Don't be scared, gal, it won't bite
My damper's made to fit an eight-inch pipe, if you
REFRAIN:  Come home early, hoo-baby, come home early
Yeah, come home early in the mornin', baby, please turn my damper down

My damper 'rive, gal, my stove get hot
Come home, baby, you know exactly what I've got, if you
REFRAIN:  Come home early, hoo-baby, come home early
Please come home early in the mornin', baby, please turn my damper down

SOLO (Spoken: Play it, Bob!)

Pipe on my stove is long and straight
Tell me, baby, how long will I have to wait
REFRAIN:  I need you early, hoo-babe, I want you early
Yeah, I want you early in the mornin', baby, please turn my damper down

Bye-bye, babe, I'm gon' tell you, "Fare thee well"
You may be happy, gal, but you'll never feel it well, 'cause I'm
REFRAIN:  Leavin' early, yeah, babe, I'm goin' early
Yes, I'm gon' leave early this mornin', baby, 'cause you won't turn my damper down

I hope this helps.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy "Come Home Early"
Post by: Ale_Buster_Ponti on January 24, 2019, 09:37:26 AM
Thank you so much Johnm. Yes, damper makes more sense!
Title: Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on January 24, 2019, 10:08:13 AM
Hi Ale_Buster_Ponti,
I'm glad that helped. I merged the thread into the Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics thread.
All best,
Johnm
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