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Title: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: thumbstyle on May 24, 2004, 11:30:29 AM
Hi All,

I posted an MP-3 of my take on this song a few weeks back, and it occured to me that a) some might want to have the lyrics, and b) I don't really know 'em all.

So let's see if we can get them worked out. Here's a first stab.


Walking My Troubles Away (B.B. Fuller)

Paperboy hollerin' "extra" ["ex-tree"]
Have you read the news
Shot the brown I love
I got them walking blues
I keep on walkin', trying to walk my trouble away
I'm so glad trouble don't last always

She used to be my sweet milk
(But she ) soured on me
We won't be together
Like we used to be
I keep on walkin', trying to walk my trouble away
And I'm so glad trouble don't last always

I got the bad luck blues mama
Bad luck ? ? ? *
You say bad luck fall on everybody
Seem like I'm the only one
And I keep on walkin', trying to walk my trouble away
I'm so glad trouble don't last always

I got coffee grinds in my coffee
Boll weevils in my meal
Tacks in my shoes
Keep stickin in my heels
I keep on walkin', trying to walk my trouble away
I'm so glad trouble don't last always

* I've been singing "Bad luck times I've known", but I don't know...
Title: Re: Walkin My Troubles Away
Post by: waxwing on May 24, 2004, 04:38:27 PM
Hey Thumb,
Here's what I get for the second and third verses from a pretty good copy on the Yazoo Truckin' My Blues Away CD, slowed down a little bit with Transcribe!:

You used to be my sweet milk
You soured on me
We won't be together
Like we used to be
I keep on walkin', tryin' to walk my trouble away
I'm so glad trouble don't last always

I got the bad luck blues mama
Bad luck time done come
You say bad luck fall on everybody
Seem like I'm the only one
I keep on walkin', tryin' to walk my trouble away
I'm so glad trouble don't last always
(Play that thing now, boy)

Yeah, I really dig this song. Great lyrics.
Hey, you gonna try and make it down to see Del and Steve at the Freight on June 23 (I think)? Let me know, maybe we could get together beforehand. How 'bout you, Miller?
All for now.
John C.
Title: Re: Walkin My Troubles Away
Post by: thumbstyle on May 24, 2004, 05:13:13 PM
Ah, that's got it! Thanks for that, Wax.

I had planned to see Del and Steve at Schoenberg's on the 24th, but seeing as it's a triple bill (with Roy Book Binder) at the Freight on the 23rd, I do believe I'll change my mind. Plus there's better eats in Berkeley than Tiburon.  :D

So yeah, let's meet up!

Dave
Title: Baby you gotta change your mind.
Post by: Sweet Bone Willie on September 17, 2004, 12:35:55 PM
I'm working on Blind Boy Fuller's "Baby you gotta change your mind" and am having some trouble trying to decipher the lyrics on the second verse after the instrumental break.  Is it "Up 'fore the judge(jury?) my eyes(?) wouldn't tell, beatin down(?) my gal I got a full pardon(?) yell(?!?!)".  Thanks for the help.
Title: Re: Baby you gotta change your mind.
Post by: uncle bud on September 17, 2004, 01:33:12 PM
Hi Willie,

I had heard this as:

Up 'fore the judge, my eyes full of tears
For beatin' down my gal I got four, five years

But haven't listened to it in awhile to see if I hear any differently now. It's a hard line to hear.

And welcome to WeenieCampbell.com!
Title: Re: Baby you gotta change your mind.
Post by: Sweet Bone Willie on September 17, 2004, 02:43:55 PM
That makes a lot more sense.  That a big help!  Thanks.
Title: Re: Baby you gotta change your mind.
Post by: frankie on September 18, 2004, 08:30:57 AM
Up 'fore the judge, my eyes full of tears
For beatin? down my gal I got four, five years

Pretty sure I hear it as beatin' *up* my gal...  oh - it makes all the difference! 

f <- not above minutiae... ever.
Title: Re: Baby you gotta change your mind.
Post by: uncle bud on September 18, 2004, 05:56:04 PM
[f <- not above minutiae... ever.

Just makes you all the more loveable, Frank. ;) I'll listen again. Certainly "beatin' up" would be the more standard way to go.

I like this song a lot and haven't played it for ages. Will be revisiting it on the gitfiddle.
Title: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: chipmonk doug on April 14, 2005, 06:51:27 AM
Ok, time for some help.  I've got the music where I can use it.  RGD is too adlib to be a working version, but more fun.
Save me mumbleing through this when I add it to my set list.  Check what I've got and see if you can fill in the ???

Mama Let Me Lay It On You ? Blind Boy Fuller

Ch
Mama let me lay it on you
Mama let me lay it on you
I?ll do anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

I?ll buy you a diamond ring
Now ????? shake that thing
I?ll do anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

inst

I?ll try live true to you
Nothing else I know to do
I?ll do anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

inst

I?ll you a ford machine
Then I?ll furnish you the gasoline
I?ll do anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

inst

I?ll buy you a ford machine
Then I?ll ??????? gasoline
I?ll do anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

Ch

I got me a ding a ling
I?ll ding it sure as one two 3
I?ll do anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

????? fallin? out
Said over another man?s wife
I?ll do anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

Ch

inst
Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: dj on April 14, 2005, 07:44:22 AM
Here's what I hear:

1:  Now I ask you t' shake that thing

 Not quite sure of this.  The I and ask seem kind of elided together, and it sounds more like yo' than you, though in the rest of the song Fuller clearly pronounces "you".

2:  Then I'll fill it fulla gasoline

3:  I got me a stingoree
     I'll sting it sure as one two three

You didn't ask about this one, but I think your interpretation is clearly wrong.

4:  Baby we had a fallin' out

The first word could be Babe.  Fuller really crams those words in there.  In practice, when singing that fast, I think "Baby we..."  and "Babe we..." come out sounding identical.
Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: chipmonk doug on April 15, 2005, 03:30:56 AM
Thanks I made the changes you pointed out.

Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: lebordo on April 17, 2005, 12:41:51 PM
1: Now I ask you t' shake that thing

What I hear for this line is

? ? ?Now it's gonna shake that thing

2: Then I'll fill it fulla gasoline

Here, my ears pick up

? ? ?Then I'll just pour the gasoline

3: I got me a stingoree
 I'll sting it sure as one two three

I agree completely with this.

4: Baby we had a fallin' out

Here, I don't hear Babe OR Baby -- i hear only

? ? ?We had a fallin' out


I should also point out that this song was actually titled Mama Let Me Lay It On You No. 2 -? easy to pick out because in addition to Blind Boy Fuller's vocal and guitar, you also have harmonica by Charlie Austin (Sonny Terry accompanied two other tracks from this same session of 8 songs, but Charlie Austin accompanied this track, according to Blues & Gospel Records, 4th ed.

Details for No. 2 are Mx 22681-1, recorded Apr 5 1938; issued on Vo 04237 and Cq 9158

For comparison purposes, I'll post two additional replies -- one Fuller's first version of Mama Let Me Lay It On You, from April 1936, and the second with Walter Coleman's version of Mama Let Me Lay It On You, recorded two month earlier.? Personally, I think I prefer the Coleman version, because it's a little raunchier.? All three versions are on the juke.
Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: lebordo on April 17, 2005, 12:48:31 PM
Ok, here's Fuller's 1936 version of Mama Let Me Lay It On You.? Underlined portions are best guesses, so ideas are welcome.

Mama Let Me Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller acc. own guitar
(Mx 19145-2, recorded Apr 29 1936; issued on ARC 6-08-54, Vo 03071, Cq 8756 and Cq 8770)

(Inst intro)

Mama let me lay it on you
Mama let me lay it on you
I'll give you anything in this whole round world
Let me lay it on you
Let me lay it on you

I'll buy you a straggler's suit? ? ? ?{ changed from ... stragler's ... }
Cut your throat to boot? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? { changed from ... short toot toot }
I'll give you anything in this whole round world
Let me lay it on you

Mama let me lay it on you
Please m'am let me lay it on you
I'll give you anything in this whole round world
Let me lay it on you
Let me lay it on you

I'll buy you a bag of shoes
I'll cut your throat to boot? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? { changed from ... throat toot toot }
I'll give you anything in this whole round world
Let me lay it on you
Let me lay it on you

(Inst)

Why I'll buy you (a) gingham dress
Baby I don't want no mess
I'll give you anything in this whole round world
Let me lay it on you

Well baby let me lay it on you
Please m'am let me lay it on you
I'll give you anything in this whole round world
Let me lay it on you
(I ain't jokin') I want to lay it on you

(Spoken)
Now baby let me lay it on you
Please m'am.
I'll give you anything in this whole round world
Let me lay it on you
(inst repeat prev line)

I'll buy you a fish tail coat
Baby I'll go cut your throat
I'll give you anything in this whole round world
Let me lay it on you

Baby let me lay it on you
Mama please let me lay it on you
I'll give you anything in this whole round world
Let me lay it on you
(inst repeat prev line)

I'll buy you a Cadillac Car
So you can ride [tomorr'              {was to moms
I'll give you anything in this whole round world
Let me lay it on you

Please m'am let me lay it on you
Oh baby let me lay it on you
I'll give you anything in this whole round world
If ya let me lay it on you
(inst repeat prev line)
Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: lebordo on April 17, 2005, 12:58:13 PM
Finally, here's the earliest version of Mama Let Me Lay It On You listed in B&GR, Walter Coleman's Feb 1936 recording.? Again, underlined portions are best guesses, so ideas are welcome.

Mama Let Me Lay It On You - Walter Coleman acc. own g and unknown 2nd g
(Mx 90611-C, recorded Feb 8 1936; issued on De 7157)
 
(Inst intro)

A mama let me lay it on you
A mama let me lay it on you
I'd give anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

Then I'm goin' up stairs
T' turn your lamp down low
An' if your bed breaks down
See me pilin' on the floor

No it's a mama let me lay it on you (mmm-humm)
Mama let me lay it on you? (uhh-huhh)
Give anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

I'm goin' to buy you a diamond ring
A baby see you shake that thing
I'd give anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

Now it's a mama let me lay it on you
A mama let me lay it on you
I'd give anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

I'm goin' to buy ya (a) brand new bed
So ya can pin it through your thin man's head
I'd give anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

Now it's a mama let me lay it on you
A mama let me lay it on you
I'd give anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

Boy if you ever wake up
I'se sick holdin' hands
Feel for your midnight rider
Piling with another woman's man

Now just baby let me lay it on you (mmm-humm)
Darlin' let me lay it on yo (mmm-humm)
Give anything in the whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

Now it's a boot and a dollar
A-mama six months ain't long
Any woman can get a man now days
Can't a playtin' name been out long

Now it's a mama let me lay it on you
A mama let me lay it on you
I'd give anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

It's mama pull off your dress
And put on your nightgown
I got a funny feelin' baby in my back
Mama won't you tie it down

Now it's a mama let me lay it on you
A mama let me lay it on you (mmm-humm)
Give anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

(Instrumental to end)
...
...? (spoken) Ahh, play it till I get back to George Street
...
...? (spoken) Ahh, stomp that thing
...
Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: dj on April 17, 2005, 02:26:40 PM
Quote
short toot toot, throat toot toot

I think both of these are "throat to boot".

Quote
to moms

I hear "So you can drive tomorr'" (elining the final syllable of "tomorrow").

I think all your other underlined words or phrases are correct.  Like you, I clearly hear "Stargler" or "Stargler's".  Was that a department store or something?

I never heard Walter Coleman's version of this.  Love his lyrics.  Thanks for pointing it out.
Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: ozrkreb on April 17, 2005, 07:29:07 PM
Folks....I'd like to contribute some opinions here. I grew up in the heart of the Ozarks (a few hours from the Delta) where everyone speaks in a fashion very similar to the old blues players, so listening to these guys sounds very natural to me, and I can often understand things that others can't. There are a couple of points where people are hearing something different.....I'll tell you what I hear. I'm listening to the version of Mama Let Me Lay It On You No.2 contained on the Classic Blues 2-disc set.

2nd verse:
I?ll buy you a diamond ring
Now ?? shake that thing
I?ll do anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

In the second line I hear: "Now let's go shake that thing" He's leaving the "L" off of lets....something I do very often...especially if I say "let's go".....I never say the "L" in that situation. The Ozark dialect is characterized by relaxed speach...no need to pronounce all the letters if you can get by without it.

Verse 5:
I hear "I'll fill it fulla gasoline" This one sounds very clear to my ear.

Az
Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: lebordo on April 17, 2005, 10:43:46 PM
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short toot toot, throat toot toot
I think both of these are "throat to boot".

I think your right -- I'll make that change.? Certainly makes sense, I just didn't hear it before.

Quote
to moms
I hear "So you can drive tomorr'" (elining the final syllable of "tomorrow").

You could be right, but I don't hear the "r" sound in tomorr', I hear an "m" sound.? I'll have to sleep on this for a while.

Also, thanks for using "elining" -- haven't seen that word before, and I always feel good when I learn something new -- old dogs may be slowed with age, but occasionally we still learn something new and sage :-).

I know that isn't a valid use of "sage", but I felt like a rhyme, and sage is what came out.  Maybe if I use it in a song, 60 years from now somebody could debate what I was really saying :-).

I think all your other underlined words or phrases are correct. Like you, I clearly hear "Stargler" or "Stargler's". Was that a department store or something?

I actually had 'stragler' instead of 'Stargler' -- ...ra... instead of ...ar... , but I meant straggler (as in someone who strays or falls behind).? I underlined it mainly because it doesn't make sense.? I guess it could be a department store name.? Or maybe it was slang for outdated or out of fashion?

I grew up in the heart of the Ozarks (a few hours from the Delta) where everyone speaks in a fashion very similar to the old blues players, so listening to these guys sounds very natural to me

Not to be pickey, but Blind Boy Fuller wasn't from the Delta.? Fuller was born, raised, and died in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, where accents and speech patterns are much different from the Delta accents and speech patterns.

2nd verse:
...
In the second line I hear: "Now let's go shake that thing" He's leaving the "L" off of lets....something I do very often...especially if I say "let's go".....I never say the "L" in that situation. The Ozark dialect is characterized by relaxed speach...no need to pronounce all the letters if you can get by without it.

Dropping the initial "L" in "Let's" is not something I would expect to hear in the North Carolina Piedmont -- a area I have considerable experience with (more likely would be to drop the t resulting in "Le's".? Not to say you're wrong -- just that it would be unexpected.? However, at both regular and half-speed, aurally and visually (looking at the wave form), I find a syllable after "go"' and before "shake".? "...lets go shake..." is missing that extra syllable.? On the other hand, "...it's gonna shake..." has the correct number of syllables.  But that doesn't mean it's correct -- just that if fits.

Verse 5:
I hear "I'll fill it fulla gasoline" This one sounds very clear to my ear.

After listining to this line several dozen more times, I'm now at the point where I hear "I'll fill it fulla gasoline" if that's what I expect to hear, and "I'll just pour the gasoline" if that's what I expect to hear.

However, since you and dj agree on "I'll fill it fulla gasoline", I can go along with this wording.  Besides, I'll admit "fill it fulla" sounds better to me too -- even if it's not what I always hear.
Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: ozrkreb on April 18, 2005, 07:36:13 AM
Quote
Not to be pickey, but Blind Boy Fuller wasn't from the Delta.? Fuller was born, raised, and died in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, where accents and speech patterns are much different from the Delta accents and speech patterns.

I didn't note that I was from the Ozarks because I thought Fuller was somewere close...only to indicate that I grew up in a very rural setting where the dialect is similar to the dialect spoken by many blues singers. Take it for what its worth.

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I find a syllable after "go"' and before "shake".? "...lets go shake..." is missing that extra syllable.? On the other hand, "...it's gonna shake..." has the correct number of syllables.? But that doesn't mean it's correct -- just that if fits.

Well, once you hear something it's hard to not keep hearing it, but this one is automatic to my ear. This is exactly how I would say that phrase. You may be right about an extra syllable....but that would make sense if the phrase were "lets go an shake that thing." Besides, which makes more sense: "I'll buy you a ring, now let's go have sex" or "I'll buy you a ring, and the ring's gonna shake your thing"? Both make some sense, but the first one seems more reasonable to me.

As I said before, take it for what it's worth.

Az
Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: uncle bud on April 18, 2005, 08:11:20 AM
Folks....I'd like to contribute some opinions here. I grew up in the heart of the Ozarks (a few hours from the Delta) where everyone speaks in a fashion very similar to the old blues players, so listening to these guys sounds very natural to me, and I can often understand things that others can't. There are a couple of points where people are hearing something different.....I'll tell you what I hear. I'm listening to the version of Mama Let Me Lay It On You No.2 contained on the Classic Blues 2-disc set.

2nd verse:
I?ll buy you a diamond ring
Now ?? shake that thing
I?ll do anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

In the second line I hear: "Now let's go shake that thing" He's leaving the "L" off of lets....something I do very often...especially if I say "let's go".....I never say the "L" in that situation. The Ozark dialect is characterized by relaxed speach...no need to pronounce all the letters if you can get by without it.

Verse 5:
I hear "I'll fill it fulla gasoline" This one sounds very clear to my ear.

Az

I agree with both of these lines. Dropping the L in let's makes some sense after the W in now, as well. But I have no experience of the Piedmont outside of listening to records.

In the 1936 version, I've always heard "cut your throat to boot" as noted. And I agree with "tomorr' "  This is what I hear as well.
Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: boots on April 18, 2005, 11:29:28 AM
There was a typo in there, elining should read eliding.

Boots
Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: lebordo on April 18, 2005, 01:47:14 PM
You may be right about an extra syllable....but that would make sense if the phrase were "lets go an shake that thing."

Yes, "Now lets go and shake that thing" fits, and makes sense.  You may well be right, but that isn't what I hear.  Other things that would fit would be "Now lets go-o and shake that thing" (with a prolonged "o" sound that gets a little extra breath on the second beat) or "Now let's go a-shake that thing".  Too bad Sonny Terry isn't still alive -- I'm sure he could tell us for sure.  Another Piedmont musician, Sonny was only 4 years younger than Fuller, but lived 40 years after Fuller's early death.  He also had the experience of playing with Fuller a lot and, if memory serves me correct, of living with Fuller for a while in Durham.

Besides, which makes more sense: "I'll buy you a ring, now let's go have sex" or "I'll buy you a ring, and the ring's gonna shake your thing"? Both make some sense, but the first one seems more reasonable to me.

I don't think I suggested that "I'll buy you a diamond ring, no let's go shake that thing" didn't make sense -- or that "..., now its gonna shake that thing" did make sense -- just that "now let's go shake that thing" is not what I hear, and what I hear is not the way I think Fuller would have spoken those words.

I've know many Piedmont folks of Fuller's generation, black and white (my dad included), and that's just not how I remember them talking. 

In the end, though, I can force myself to hear "Now 'et's go-o shake that thing", so while I don't think that's what he's saying, there is no way to prove it one way or another, so rather than argue about it, I'm willing to concede it is something similar to "Now 'et's go shake that thing" so we can all move on.

... I agree with "tomorr' " This is what I hear as well.

Again, not what I hear, but since there seems to be some agreement on this phrase, I'll make the change.

I probably get too hung up in the actual wording anyway -- particularly when the old blues singers themselves seldom sang a song the same two times in a row -- not even two consecutive takes in the recording studio.  If they weren't worried about the exact words and phrases and verses they sang, we probably shouldn't either.
Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: ozrkreb on April 18, 2005, 03:09:50 PM
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I probably get too hung up in the actual wording anyway -- particularly when the old blues singers themselves seldom sang a song the same two times in a row -- not even two consecutive takes in the recording studio.? If they weren't worried about the exact words and phrases and verses they sang, we probably shouldn't either.

I think it's natural to want to understand exactly what the lyrics are....I find myself doing that all the time. And once I've heard it one way it's very hard for me to hear it any other way. As a matter of fact, I've read the lyrics written by the songwriter themself and not been able to hear anything other than what I heard that first time. I think you are also right that we shouldn't split hairs over lyrics either....many performers treat the lyrics as a fluid thing rather than being set in stone. When I comes to performing these songs, I just sing what I think they are saying and if I don't know, I slur words together so nobody knows what the heck I'm saying.
Title: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: chipmonk doug on April 19, 2005, 02:52:17 AM
Quote
I think you are also right that we shouldn't split hairs over lyrics either....many performers treat the lyrics as a fluid thing rather than being set in stone. When I comes to performing these songs, I just sing what I think they are saying and if I don't know, I slur words together so nobody knows what the heck I'm saying.

Agreed, we hear different versions by different performers.  When I do them I just work the lyrics as a frame work.  If I want to change a verse I do.  They did.  The jet plane verse that RGD uses wasn't written in the 30's.

Title: Rag Mama Rag
Post by: Bluesymel on October 26, 2005, 08:35:25 PM
Does anyone have the lyrics to this by Blind Boy Fuller?

I think it starts with I'm going up town with my hat in my hand
Title: Re: Rag Mama Rag
Post by: MTJ3 on October 26, 2005, 11:28:32 PM
This is a transcription of the Take 1 from the JSP box set. Curiously perhaps, the lyrics to Take 2 (including the refrain) in that set are identical.  They are also the same as the "unissued take" on the Columbia Roots and Blues series (which, according to B&GR, would have been the first take of this song).  My phonograph is still "busted," so I can't check this against versions of what I believe are Take 2 that I have on LP.  I have not listened to the Document CD for both takes and would be grateful if someone could, by reference to the Document CD, identify which take this is or advise if both takes there are also identical.  Caveat: BBF's singing here is not particularly melodic, and I have not made any effort to show which words are spoken.

"Rag, Mama, Rag" (Take 1)
Blind Boy Fuller, 25 July 1935

[Instrumental break]

Says I'm going uptown hat in my hand
Looking for the woman ain't got no man.
Just as well be looking for a needle in the sand
Looking for a woman ain't got no man.

Oh, rag.
Rag.
Rag.
Said do that rag. 

Oh, rag.
Oh, rag.
Rag.
Said do that rag. 

Says I wouldn't have thought my gal would treatin' me so.
Love another man stay at my back door.
Mind, mama, what you sow.
You got to reap just what you sow.

Oh, rag.
Rag, now.
Rag, baby.
Rag, mama.
Said do that rag. 

Oh, rag.
Do it a long time.
Rag.
Said do that rag

Now if you'll get you one woman better get you two,
One for your buddy other one for you.
Got me a wife and a sweetheart too.
Wife don't love me my sweetheart do.

Oh, rag.
Rag, baby.
Rag.
Rag, mama,
Said do that rag.

Oh, rag.
Rag.
Rag, baby.
Said do that rag.

[Instrumental break]

[Scat verse]

Oh, rag.
Oh, rag, baby.
Rag, mama.
Said do that rag

Oh, rag.
Oh, rag, baby.
Rag, mama.
Said do that rag.

Now rag, baby

[Instrumental break]

Oh, rag.
Oh, rag.
Rag, mama.
Said do that rag.

Said my gal hollered murder I ain't raised my hand.
Pistol in my pocket black jack in my hand
Took my gal under the willow tree.
Ought to hear her hollering, "Don't murder me!"

Oh, rag, shh...
Oh, rag.
Rag, now, baby,
Rag.
Said do that rag.

Oh, rag.
Oh, rag, baby.
Rag again.
Said do that rag.

[Instrumental break]

Spoken:  Rag, now, gal
Title: homesick and lonesome blues by b.b. Fuller
Post by: resoplayer on June 16, 2006, 08:31:02 AM
Hy ,
I would like to thanks again for the "trouble blues" lyrics johnm gave me last time.
Now I am singin' and playing it(part 2)! I am working actually at "homesick and lonesome blues" from B.B.Fuller(same open D/Eb key and interessing "police dog blues"quotes).I tried to find out through the lyric's web links...No way! This is the most obscure "slide's stuff" Fulton has done...
If someone has the lyrics ?
Many thanks again...
Pascal
Title: Re: homesick and lonesome blues by b.b. Fuller
Post by: Bunker Hill on June 16, 2006, 11:51:50 PM
As this gave me the opportunity to play one of Bruce Bastin's earliest Carolina compilations (Bull City Blues, Flyright 106, 1972), here's my attempt at a transcription. Those owning CDs which have used for their source masters (rather than original 78s) will be able to pick up any mishearings. The interesting thing about this number is that Fuller starts and ends the song with "broomdusting slide".

I laid down last night mama, I tried to take my rest.
Says I laid down last night baby, I tried to take my rest.
And you know my mind got to ramblin' like wild geese in the West.

Ain't but the one thing, jest (?) like to change my mind.
Ain't but the one thing, like to change my mind.
When I started to New York, I left little Cora Mae cryin'.

I sure can't sleep mama, I sure can't rest at night.
I can't sleep mama, I sure can't rest at night.
When I get to thinkin' about my little woman, it takes my appetite.

(Solo - Play that thing, boy)

I'm gonna tell my baby, says when I go home.
I'm gonna tell my baby, lord when I go home.
These here women in Harlem, New York, won't let her baby alone
Title: Truckin' My Blues Away (Blind Boy Fuller)
Post by: Marco on September 26, 2006, 01:40:41 AM
Hi, Friends of Weenie!!!  :D

I'm looking for the lyrics of "Truckin' my Blues Away" (Blind Boy Fuller)  8).
I've searched on the net but I've found nothing about!  :'(
Please, could you help me?

Many thanks!
Title: Re: Truckin' My Blues Away (Blind Boy Fuller)
Post by: uncle bud on September 26, 2006, 06:09:48 AM
Hi Marco -

Here you go:

Truckin' My Blues Away - Blind Boy Fuller
in C position

I got a gal here in this town, she's the best lookin' brown around
I got a gal in this town, best lookin' brown around
She's a-strictly tailor-made, she ain't no hand-me-down
Catch you truckin? with her, I'm gonna sure shoot you down
Keep on truckin' mama, truckin' my blues away
Truckin' my blues away

Keep on truckin' mama, truckin' my blues away
Keep on truckin' mama, girl you truck my blues away
I got a gal she's little and neat
When she's starts to truckin', man it's so sweet
Keep on truckin' mama, truckin' my blues away
Truckin' my blues away

Keep on truckin' baby, truckin' my blues away, yeah
Keep on truckin' baby, truckin' my blues away
I know a gal she's long and tall
When she starts to truckin' make a little man squall
Keep on truckin' mama, truckin' my blues away
I mean, truckin' my blues away, yeah

do be dee be da....zee za za etc.

Keep on truckin' baby, truckin' my blues away
Keep on truckin' mama, truckin' my blues away
She has a dance she call biddle-um-bum
Sure missin' somethin' if you don't truck some
Keep on truckin' mama, truckin' my blues away
Truckin' my blues away

Keep on truckin' baby, truckin' my blues away
Keep on truckin' mama, truckin' my blues away, yeah
You don't have to hurry, don't have to go
Wait a little while you might wanna truck some more
Keep on truckin' baby, truckin' my blues away
Truckin' my blues away

Keep on truckin' mama, truckin' my blues away, yeah
Keep on truckin' baby, truckin' my blues away
Make a lame man run, make a blind man see
Sure gets good when she truckin' with me
Keep on truckin' baby, truckin' my blues away
Title: Re: Truckin' My Blues Away (Blind Boy Fuller)
Post by: Marco on September 26, 2006, 06:40:34 AM
THANK-YOUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!

Uncle Bud, you are fantastic!!!  :)
Title: Re: Truckin' My Blues Away (Blind Boy Fuller)
Post by: GhostRider on September 26, 2006, 10:30:51 AM
Uncle Bud, you are fantastic!!!  :)

Well....

I wouldn't go THAT far.

Alex
Title: "You Got To Have Your Dollar" Lyrics
Post by: mississippijohnhurt1928 on February 06, 2007, 06:12:55 PM
"You Got To have Your Dollar" (1940)
Recorded By Blind Boy Fuller (With Sonny Terry)

"When I had money I had women and friends for miles around, When I had money I had women and friends for miles around. Now I'm broke, women and friends can't be found.

Says I'm talkin' 'bout a dollar I mean a dollar bill, Says I'm talkin' 'bout a dollar I mean a dollar bill.
And if you got your dollar You sure can't get your order filled (?)

If I could only read... read my little woman's mind,  Said If I could only read... read my little woman's mind.
I wouldn't be here worryin' and stay(in') blue all the time.

My baby keep me guessin'.... 'bout things I want to know, Says my baby keep me guessin'.... 'bout things I want to know.  Says she got me doin' things that I never did before."
Title: Lyrics to Jivin' Woman Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: Doc White on April 03, 2007, 08:37:16 PM
Hi
I have worked out the guitar part and most of the lyrics for Blind Boy Fuller's Jivin Woman Blues. Can anyone suggest what the first line to the last verse is?
Here is the rest


Jiving Woman Blues

Got a gal called Betty May
She go out and truck all day
She ain't jivin'
She's just crazy that way

Scat over chorus

Have my dinner ready
Don't let my coffee get cold
Don't forget to save
My sweet jelly roll
She's not crazy
She's just jiving that way

No vocal over chorus

She don't go to bed early at night
Speak about loviin' she want to fuss and fight
She's not crazy
She's just jiving that way

Scat over chorus

She go to bed with a rag tied round her head
Speak about love she swear she almost dead
She's not crazy
She's just jiving that way

No vocal over chorus

???????????????????????????????
Had to take a bath before you went to bed
She's not crazy
She's just jiving that way

Cheers,
Chris

Title: Re: Lyrics to Jivin' Woman Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: uncle bud on April 03, 2007, 08:41:49 PM
Hi Chris,

I think it's something like "Had a whisky, get drunk and [it] run right to your head".

Cheers,
UB
Title: Re: Lyrics to Jivin' Woman Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: Doc White on April 11, 2007, 03:57:33 PM
Cheers Uncle Bud. Thanks for lending an ear.
Chris
Title: Re: Lyrics to Jivin' Woman Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: Rivers on April 11, 2007, 06:35:15 PM
I got:
Had a whiskey you drunk it, run right to your head

Also, here's the scat break after verse 1, yes folks I actually transcribed it:

Oh, bap'm bappy, ohh, za zee
Oh be'bm'bop bap bap bow
bop'm'be'bum bop, zee za zerr

The second scat break goes like this:

Ohh, yeah pretty, ohh, zee zee
Oh beeby beep a bop bop'm bow
(pregnant silence)    ...Yeaah..!


Hope I've spelled all that right  ;)
Title: BB Fuller, What that smell like fish
Post by: markm on October 07, 2007, 08:14:28 PM
Anyone have the lyrics handy or can point me to them.  There is alot I can't make out or am unsure of.  Any help appreciated.

Mark
Title: Re: BB Fuller, What that smell like fish
Post by: waxwing on October 07, 2007, 09:04:22 PM
What have you got so far, Mark? If you post it, folks will give a listen and see if they can fill in the blanks.

All for now.
John C.
Title: Re: BB Fuller, What that smell like fish
Post by: dave stott on October 08, 2007, 05:28:54 AM
what's that smell like fish??

it must be HOT TUNA !!!

LOL.....every time I hear that song or read that title, it comes to mind...


Dave
Title: Re: BB Fuller, What that smell like fish
Post by: markm on October 08, 2007, 02:41:39 PM
Okay John this is what I have thus far:

First half or each verse, What that smell like fish mama  ????? really want to know (2)

Second half of first verse: Smell like Pudding, Ain't no Pie Seem to think you know you never ?????

Second half of second verse:  Smell like Sardine, Ain't no can ???????????????? (something about another man)

Second half of third verse: Smell like Pudding, Ain't no Pie Really good to me and it ain't no lie

Second half of fourth verse: Make you weep and it make you moan (Same doggone thing that make you leave your home??)

and while we are on the subject do you know what position that he plays it out of.  It appears to be in the key of F.  This is just your standard rag progression, think Hot Tamales. This is a progression that I would play in the C position but in this case it would be capoed way up.  Is he playing it out of an E position?

Thanks in advance.

Mark

Title: Re: BB Fuller, What that smell like fish
Post by: dave stott on October 08, 2007, 04:22:46 PM
according to the database on Weenie, BBF played that song in the key of C with a capo on the 1st fret and the guitar tuned slightly sharp

What's That Smells Like Fish    C+1'
Title: Re: BB Fuller, What that smell like fish
Post by: waxwing on October 08, 2007, 07:38:12 PM
Yeah, Mark, check out the Keys To The Highway section in the left border menu, right under Weenie Juke Radio. Select Guitar Keys and Positions by Artist and see who we've worked on so far. As fate would have it, I worked on the BBF section.

Maybe I can give a listen to WTSLF later tonight.

All for now.
John C.
Title: Re: BB Fuller, What that smell like fish
Post by: mr mando on October 09, 2007, 01:29:27 AM
I seem to remember the "chorus line" was something like:

What that smell like fish mama, tell me if you really want to know

The rhyme for pie was satisfied, I think. Let's see what the other guys will come up with for the verses.

What that smell like fish mama, tell me if you really want to know
What that smell like fish mama, tell me if you really want to know
Smell like Pudding, Ain't no Pie Seem to think you know you never satisfied
What that smell like fish mama, tell me if you really want to know

What that smell like fish mama, tell me if you really want to know
What that smell like fish mama, tell me if you really want to know
Smell like Sardine, Ain't no can ? (something about another man)
What that smell like fish mama, tell me if you really want to know


What that smell like fish mama, tell me if you really want to know
What that smell like fish mama, tell me if you really want to know
Smell like Pudding, Ain't no Pie Really good to me and it ain't no lie
What that smell like fish mama, tell me if you really want to know

What that smell like fish mama, tell me if you really want to know
What that smell like fish mama, tell me if you really want to know
Make you weep and it make you moan (Same doggone thing that make you leave your home??)
What that smell like fish mama, tell me if you really want to know

Title: Re: BB Fuller, What that smell like fish
Post by: dingwall on October 09, 2007, 04:30:04 AM
Here's my version of 'What's That Smells Like Fish'.   Spoken parts are in brackets.   Also, I've only used quotation marks in the first verse to show the dialogue ? the others are similar.

"What's that smell like fish, mama?"
"Food, if you really want to know."
"What's that smell like fish, baby?"
"Food, if you really wants to know."
"Smell like puddin' and it ain't no pie.
Same thing that you know you have to buy.
What's that smell like fish?"
"Food, if you really wants to know, I mean,
Food, if you really wants to know."   (Yeah.)

What's that smell like fish, mama?
Food, if you really wants to know.
What's that smells like fish, baby?
Food, if you really wants to know.
Smell like sardines and it ain't in no can.
Same doggone thing you chucked at the other man.
What that smell like fish, mama?
Food, if you really wants to know, I mean,
Food, if you really want to know.

What's that smell like fish, baby?
Food, if you really wants to know.   (Yeah.)
What's that smells like fish, mama?
Food, if you really wants to know.
Smell like puddin' and it ain't no pie.
Really good to me and it ain't no lie.
What that smell like fish, mama?
Food, if you really wants to know, still tellin' you,
Food, if you really wants to know.   (Yeah.)

(Play it a long time.   Play it till it gets good to me.)

What's that smell like fish, mama?
Food, if you really wants to know.
What's that smell like fish, baby?
Food, if you really wants to know.
Make you weep and it'll make you moan.
Same doggone thing made me leave my home.
What that smell like fish, baby?
Food, if you really wants to know, I mean,
Food, if you really wants to know.
Title: Re: BB Fuller, What that smell like fish
Post by: Norfolk Slim on October 09, 2007, 05:02:11 AM
Does anyone have the nerve to sing this song in public?!  Its pretty crude even by Bo Carter and BBF standards.  What sort of reaction does it get? :D
Title: Re: BB Fuller, What that smell like fish
Post by: markm on October 09, 2007, 05:39:26 PM
Thanks everyone for the input.  I believe all my questions have basically been answered.  And thanks especially John for pointing out the Keys to the Highway section, what a wealth of information.

As to Norfolks concern about doing it in public, hey that's tame in some places that I play.  The songs that concern me more are the "beating, shooting, et cetera my baby lyrics.  Those phrases I often water down a bit.
Title: Re: BB Fuller, What that smell like fish
Post by: chipmonk doug on October 10, 2007, 07:32:51 PM
This is a case of what I was talking about in the arrangements thread in general.  There is no way that this in all the versions and Keep on Truckin' Mama by Jorma or any of the others who have done it are the same song in different clothes.

Country Blues is that way, that growth.
Title: You've Got Something There - BB Fuller
Post by: Michael Kuehn on December 02, 2007, 07:45:40 AM
I've been working on "You've Got Something There" by Blind Boy Fuller. I've got the basics worked out -- seems to be playing in D, C position, capo at the 2nd fret. A really nice, driving raggy tune -- and that washboard is great. 

But there are a few spots where the lyrics are nearly unintelligible.

Here is my first shot at it, with brackets at the trouble spots:


You've Got Something There
Blind Boy Fuller

D (C position, capo at 2nd fret)

My gal went uptown 'cuz she lookin' well
She fell down [?? ] like a country [??  ]
She got something there
She got something there
Now I keep on telling you, I know she got something there

Play it a long time now

Break (I know she got something there)
Yeah

Now if you go out stay all night
Lookin' [???]  fuss and fight
You got something there, yeah
You got something there
Now I keep on singing but I know you got something there

Yes, yes

Break

She's [built up a little] I say round
She can look good long as you can look down
She got something there, yeah
She got something there
Now don't you hear me telling you, I know she got something there
Yeah she got something there

Break [Lord   ????]

Get out now boys let me shut the door
I got to truck just before I go
She got something there
She got something there
Now I keep on telling you, I know she got something there

Wanna tell you boys [it's call you my pal??]
A mighty bad thing to advertise your gal
She got something there
She got something there, yeah
Now don't you hear me singing 'bout, I know she got something there
Yeah she got something there

Break-Outro




Title: Re: You've Got Something There - BB Fuller
Post by: dj on December 02, 2007, 08:50:08 AM
First verse:  "She fell down her mouth flew open like a country well"

Second verse "Lookin' there 'bout a fuss and fight" or possibly "Look ev'where 'bout a fuss and fight"

Third verse: "She's built up little and I say round"

Break:  "Lord, this world is a tough patch.  Everybody feels sad."

I think you've got the last verse right.
Title: Re: You've Got Something There - BB Fuller
Post by: CF on December 02, 2007, 09:55:03 AM
For the break I'm hearing something like

'Lord this world is a turnip patch . . . everybody pickin' salads . . .' ???
Title: Re: You've Got Something There - BB Fuller
Post by: dingwall on December 02, 2007, 11:22:31 AM
A further few suggestions.

1.1  My gal went uptown THOUGHT SHE WAS lookin' well
2.2  Lookin' FOR EVERYBODY TO fuss and fight
3.1  She's built up A little and I say round
3.2  She can look UP long as you can look down
Break: --- PLEASE THEMSELVES???? but 'pickin' salads' is better???? 
5.1  Wanna tell you boys JUST 'CAUSE you my pal
5.2  IT'S a mighty bad SIGN to advertise your gal
 Yeah she got something there.   YEAH.
Title: Re: You've Got Something There - BB Fuller
Post by: Michael Kuehn on December 02, 2007, 11:58:59 AM
Thanks everyone. Boy, we got some keen ears here at WC. I've put together another version using the suggestions, what sound to me to be the most accurate (and make the most sense), and then ALTERNATE lines where I can't really judge between two plausible versions given.

Thanks.


You've Got Something There
Blind Boy Fuller
D (C position, capo at 2nd fret)

My gal went uptown thought she was lookin' well
She fell down her mouth flew open like a country well
She got something there
She got something there
Now I keep on telling you, I know she got something there

Play it a long time now

Break
I know she got something there
Yeah

Now if you go out stay all night
Lookin' there 'bout a fuss and a fight
ALT: Lookin' FOR EVERYBODY TO fuss and fight
You got something there, yeah
You got something there
Now I keep on singing but I know you got something there

Yes, yes

Break

She's built up a little and I say round
She can look UP long as you can look down
She got something there, yeah
She got something there
Now don't you hear me telling you, I know she got something there
Yeah she got something there

Break --  Lord, this world is a tough patch. Everybody feels sad.
ALT: Lord, this world is a turnip patch. Everybody's pickin' salad.

Get out now boys let me shut the door
I got to truck just before I go
She got something there
She got something there
Now I keep on telling you, I know she got something there

Wanna tell you boys just 'cuz you my pal
It's a mighty bad sign to advertise your gal
She got something there
She got something there, yeah
Now don't you hear me singing 'bout, I know she got something there
Yeah she got something there
Yeah.

Break-Outro
Title: I Crave My Pigmeat
Post by: Michael Kuehn on January 28, 2008, 08:41:41 AM
The repeating opening lines in BBF's "I Crave My Pigmeat" sounds like

Now, pigmeat is taken today, today, something I do crave
Now, pigmeat is taken today, today, something I do crave

First, is this what he's really singing? And second, if it is, what does it mean? I understand the "pigmeat" reference, but "is taken today, today" -- what does that mean.

Sorry if I'm being obtuse.
Title: Re: I Crave My Pigmeat
Post by: uncle bud on January 28, 2008, 09:14:13 AM
Not obtuse at all, or I'm equally obtuse (certainly possible). I look forward to an answer myself, as I don't have a clue as to either question - and I've even played the song in front of humans (very rare for me).
Title: Re: I Crave My Pigmeat
Post by: Stuart on January 28, 2008, 09:39:02 AM
First, is this what he's really singing?

Sure sounds like it to me, although in places it sounds like he's singing "pigmeats (plural) is taken...." It's spoken at 1:18.

What does it mean? He craves pigmeat. (Don't we all?) But today it is taken by someone else, so he can't get any. The result is the blues--and this song. Think about the meaning expressed in the various verses.

Added: This is a song composed of basic building blocks, so I'm not sure that there was any intention for it to function as a tight lyrical narrative. Probably just the opposite, but its a great tune nonetheless. I'm just taking the lyrics at face value and trying to make sense out of what I hear. Perhaps the modularity and sequencing is arbitrary and any attempt to go beyond this just muddies the waters even further. Love that washboard.
Title: Re: I Crave My Pigmeat
Post by: Johnm on January 28, 2008, 11:26:33 AM
Hi all,
I've always taken the meaning to be that Fuller wants his pigmeat on a daily basis and wants it "fresh".
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: I Crave My Pigmeat
Post by: dingwall on January 29, 2008, 08:09:36 AM
I make the line,

Now pigmeat's just taken/takin' the day today,
Title: Re: I Crave My Pigmeat
Post by: banjochris on January 29, 2008, 10:40:16 AM
I make the line,

Now pigmeat's just taken/takin' the day today,


I concur.
Chris
Title: Re: I Crave My Pigmeat
Post by: doctorpep on January 30, 2008, 09:12:28 PM
I hear "Pigmeat, pigmeat, pick of the day, something that I crave."
Title: Re: Baby you gotta change your mind.
Post by: fence85 on April 23, 2008, 02:38:00 AM
 Greetings to all - this is my first post!
Can somebody help me and post the complete lyrics of this song?
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on January 22, 2009, 12:13:57 AM
Hi all,
I merged all of the various single song Blind Boy Fuller threads into a master Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics thread.  Except for the earliest post, titles of the individual posts have not been changed for ease of following the lyric discussions.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Blind Boy Fuller Mamie lyrics
Post by: joe paul on May 17, 2009, 04:39:25 AM
I've searched without much luck for a lead on this, but if I've missed an old thread, just point me in the right direction and I'll be a happy man. I've been learning to play Blind Boy Fuller's Mamie, and for the life of me I can't decipher some of what he's singing. Here's where I'm up to :

Early one morning baby, just about break of day
I said early ...
came along a dirty man, trying to straight little Mame away

You know that curb-stone ? was my pillow, cold sheet was my bed
hey hey, cold sheet was my bed
said you know i didn't have no Mamie just to hold my worried head

So many mornings I woke up baby, feel a ringing ???
I said hey hey, feel a ringing ???
I'd give a thousand dollars just to find out where my Mamie is

oh Mamie, Mamie
please come back to me Momma, I'm blue as I can be

I believe I heard my woman call my name,
said I believe I heard my, my woman call my name
she didn't call so loud baby but she called so nice and plain

Yeah, call it honey...


Thanks for your help!

Gordon
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Mamie lyrics
Post by: banjochris on May 17, 2009, 01:36:46 PM
You've pretty much got it.

The two parts you're missing are (this is from memory, so may not be exactly exact):

curbstone was my pillow, cold street was my bed
and
So many mornings I wake up baby, pillow wringing wet with tears.

Chris
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Mamie lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on May 17, 2009, 01:44:33 PM
Welcome to WC, Gordon. One of my favorite tunes. Here's what I have for take 2 (which is the one on the Yazoo Fuller disc, I believe).

Mamie (Take 2) - Blind Boy Fuller

Early one morning mama, just 'bout the break of day
I said it was early one morning mama, just 'bout the break of day
Come along a dirty man, try to stray little old Mame away

You know that curbstone was my pillow, cold street was my bed
He-ey hey, cold street was my bed
Say you know I didn't have little Mamie just to hold my worried head

Said so many mornings I woke up baby, pillow wringing wet with tears
I said hey hey, pillow wringing wet with tears
Said I'd give a thousand dollars just to find out where my baby is
(Yes I think I heard Mamie calling)

Whoa Mamie, whoa Mamie, Maa-mie, whoa Mamie, Mamie
Please come back to me mama, I'm blue Lord as I can be

Said I believe I heard my woman call my name
Yes I believe I hear my woman call my name
She didn't call so loud baby but she call so nice and plain

(Call it now baby)

(Yeah, call it honey)
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: joe paul on May 19, 2009, 01:04:58 AM
Thanks for the help everyone.
I listened back to it and now of course, of course it was that.
Must be time for a visit to the doc to see about these cloth ears of mine...

Gordon
 
Title: Re: Lyrics to Jivin' Woman Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: Pan on November 25, 2009, 03:08:28 PM
If permitted, I'm reviving this old thread, since I've lately tried to figure out some BBF songs.

I got:
Had a whiskey you drunk it, run right to your head

Also, here's the scat break after verse 1, yes folks I actually transcribed it:

Oh, bap'm bappy, ohh, za zee
Oh be'bm'bop bap bap bow
bop'm'be'bum bop, zee za zerr

The second scat break goes like this:

Ohh, yeah pretty, ohh, zee zee
Oh beeby beep a bop bop'm bow
(pregnant silence)    ...Yeaah..!


Hope I've spelled all that right  ;)

I'm hearing something like:

"That whisky you drunk, it went right through your head..."

As a foreigner I must take my hat off for you, for transcribing the scat singing. I wouldn't know where to start with spelling that stuff out!  ;D

Cheers

Pan
Title: Untrue Blues
Post by: Pan on November 25, 2009, 03:12:03 PM
Hi all.

Here's what I've got so far, any corrections and comments are most welcome, as usual.

Untrue Blues -Blind Boy Fuller


I give you my money, what more can I do.
You's a good little girl, Lord but you won't be true.

Everyday, Mama, lord when I draw my pay.
You's an evil hearted woman, get drunk and throw it away.

Now you doggin' me(/dog me, me?) mama, ain't did a thing to you.
Then you keep on doggin', no telling what I'll do.

Now you dog me every morning, give me the devil late at night.
Just the way you doggin' me, I ain't gonna treat you right.

Yeah, yeah.

Hey hey, hey hey, hey aw shucks.
Used to be your regular, now I got to be your dog.

Then I'll be your dog, if you don't dog me around.
?fore I'll take your doggin?, woman, I'll go from town to town.

Now it?s the way, (to) treat Blind Boy Fuller, give me (a) bed to lie.
Then I'll give you my lovin' Lord, 'til the day I die.

Hey hey, hey hey, mm-mm.
mm-mm, Lord, Lordy-Lord.

When you see me coming, throw your man out doors.
Said, I ain't no stranger, I've been here before.

Edited to make corrections as suggested by Stumblin'
Title: Re: Untrue Blues
Post by: Stumblin on January 01, 2010, 03:25:33 AM

Now you doggin' me mama, ain't did a thing to you.
And you keep on doggin', no telling what I'll do.


I hear:
Now you dog me mama, when I ain't did a thing to you
If you keep on doggin', no telling what I'll do

Apart from that, we're hearing it the same.
Title: Re: Untrue Blues
Post by: Pan on April 27, 2010, 03:18:09 AM

Now you doggin' me mama, ain't did a thing to you.
And you keep on doggin', no telling what I'll do.


I hear:
Now you dog me mama, when I ain't did a thing to you
If you keep on doggin', no telling what I'll do

Thanks for the suggestion.

Re-listening I think I'm hearing:

Now you dog(-ging / me?) me mama, ain't did a thing to you
Then you keep on doggin', no telling what I'll do

I wonder if he repeats the word "me" in the first line. I can't hear "when I", although it would make sense. The second line maybe opens with "Then" rather than "And" or "If"?

Any thoughts?


Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Pan on April 27, 2010, 03:46:31 AM
Here's what I could patch together using the internet and my ears. Corrections are welcome.

PISTOL SLAPPER BLUES ?Blind Boy Fuller

I can tell my dog anywhere I hear him bark.
I can tell my rider if I feel her in the dark.

You's a cold-blooded murderer, when you want me out your way.
Says, that's all right mama, you gonna need my help some day.

And you say you're going to put me, Mama down in my lonesome grave.
Say you must still remember, I once have been your slave.

instrumental

And I feel like snapping my pistol in your face,
let some brownskin woman be here to take your place.

Yeah-hey, hey-yeah, mm-mm, mm-mm.
let some brownskin woman be here to take your place.

Now you know you didn't want me when you lie down ?cross my bed,
drinking your moonshine whisky, mama, talking all out your head.

Now give me the money baby, I'll catch that train and go.
You don't have to kill me ?cause you don't want me no more.
Hey, hey, ?cause you don't want me no more.
Now you give me the money baby, and I'll catch that train and go.

Now you see my rider, tell her I said bring it home.
I ain't had no loving since my gal been gone.

It's two kind of people in the world that I can't stand,
that's a lying woman and a monkey man.

mm-mm, mm-mm,
mm-mm, mm-mm.

Edited as suggested by Uncle Bud
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on April 28, 2010, 08:43:03 PM
Hi Pan -

A couple suggestions for Pistol Slapper.

2.1 YOU'S A cold-blooded MURDERER, when you want me out your way

Murderer is sung more like murder, swallowing the extra syllable, but I think it's still sort of there.

4.1 And I feel like SNAPPIN' my pistol in your face

Despite the title given to the song, I hear snappin' more than slappin'. The line occurs elsewhere in CB lyrics as "snappin'" as I recall, though perhaps that needs verification.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Pan on April 29, 2010, 02:26:33 AM
Hi Pan -

A couple suggestions for Pistol Slapper.

2.1 YOU'S A cold-blooded MURDERER, when you want me out your way

Murderer is sung more like murder, swallowing the extra syllable, but I think it's still sort of there.

4.1 And I feel like SNAPPIN' my pistol in your face

Despite the title given to the song, I hear snappin' more than slappin'. The line occurs elsewhere in CB lyrics as "snappin'" as I recall, though perhaps that needs verification.

Tahnks UB, I made the changes.
Title: Step It Up And Go
Post by: Pan on August 18, 2010, 08:02:58 AM
Hi all.

I need some more uptempo songs to wake up my audiences a little, and this would be an obvious candidate. Can you help with the lyrics, I'm having a little trouble at some spots? Any help and corrections are welcome!

STEP IT UP AND GO  -Blind Boy Fuller

Had a little girl, she?s little and low,
Used to love me, but she don?t no mo?,
You?ve got to step it up and go,
Yeah and go.
Well you can?t stay and pat it,
And I?ll tell you you?ve got to step it up and go.

Got a little girl, she stays upstairs,
Trying to make a living by putting on airs,
You?ve got to step it up and go,
Yeah, yeah.
Well you can?t stay and pat it,
And I?ll swear you you?ve got to step it up and go.

Play it for me now! (Instrumental)
Yeah, yes yes.
Oh shucks.

Front door shut, backdoor too,
Blind pulled down, what you gonna do?
Gonna step it up and go,
Yeah and go.
Well you can?t stay and pat it,
And I?ll tell you you?ve got to step it up and go.

(Instrumental) Yeah

Now a got a little gal, she?s name was Ball,
Give a little bit and she took it all,
You?ve got to step it up and go,
Wooh yeah.
Well you can?t stay and pat it,
And I?ll tell you you?ve got to step it up and go.

Me and my baby walking down the street,
Telling everybody but the chief police,
You?ve got to step it up and go,
Mmm, yeah.
Well you can?t stay and pat it,
And I?ll swear you you?ve got to step it up and go.

Play it again, now! (Instrumental)
Yeah!

See my woman; tell her (to) hurry home,
Ain?t had no loving since she been gone,
Got to step it up and go,
Yeah, yeah.
Well you can?t stay and pat it,
And I?ll swear you you?ve got to step it up and go.

Gonna sing this verse, ain?t gonna sing no mo?,
Heared my gal calling and I?ve got to go,
You?ve got to step it up and go,
Yeah, yeah.
Well you can?t stay and pat it,
And I?ll swear you you?ve got to step it up and go.

(Instrumental) Yeah!

Thanks

Pan

Edited as kindly suggested by Bunker Hill.

Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Bunker Hill on August 18, 2010, 09:47:44 AM
The name does sound like Ball but is followed by Give a little bit and she took it all

I think he sings Telling everybody but the chief police

Certainly sounds like Upstairs. However the last couplet of that verse sounds to me like

Well you can?t stay and pat it,
I swear you  got to step it up and go.

That's my two bits worth.....
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Pan on August 18, 2010, 03:36:00 PM
The name does sound like Ball but is followed by Give a little bit and she took it all

I think he sings Telling everybody but the chief police

Certainly sounds like Upstairs. However the last couplet of that verse sounds to me like

Well you can?t stay and pat it,
I swear you  got to step it up and go.

That's my two bits worth.....


And very good two bits they are! Thank you so much, Bunker Hill, I made the changes you suggested. Now off to woodshed the guitar part. :)

Cheers

Pan
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: JohnLeePimp on February 11, 2011, 05:17:03 PM
Hello... since I have the memory of melted cheese and am not really familiar with Blind Boy Fuller's tunes I wanted to know the name and lyrics of his song were he talks about fighting and going to war - I heard it on juke while working and said "I should look that up"... so now about a month later I'm making this vauge and almost inane bump :P

thanks for understanding
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Blind Arthur on February 11, 2011, 08:14:17 PM
"When You Are Gone"? That?s from his last session. First line is "This war is raging..."
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: JohnLeePimp on February 12, 2011, 09:10:01 AM
that's right thanks a bunch

I got all of fullers later works... pretty damn impressive
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Stumblin on March 10, 2011, 03:32:39 PM
... almost inane bump :P

thanks for understanding
Keep this thread bumped, I says.
Maybe we could actually have a dedicated lyric transcription forum on the Weenie boards?
Just a thought. I'll get back to you when I've heard it played back at half speed.
Title: Ten O'Clock Peeper
Post by: Pyrrus 61 on April 05, 2011, 12:46:34 PM
Hello,

I'm New here, i 'm glad to find this forum .
I've been learning fingerpicking for 2 years
Playing Mississippi John Hurt Rd Gary Davis
Robert Johnson and i discovered a song called
ten o'clock peeper from Blind Boy Fuller, sounds good to me,
but i can't find the lyrics anywhere,
Maybe someone could help me???

Regards from France


Title: Re: Ten O'Clock Peeper
Post by: uncle bud on April 05, 2011, 01:01:31 PM
Hi Pyrrus 61 - Welcome to WC. I've separated your post into its own topic. I don't have the lyrics for Ten O'Clock Peeper, but if you wanted to take a shot at transcribing them, there are lots of people here who can help with tricky spots, corrections etc.
Title: Re: Ten O'Clock Peeper
Post by: Stumblin on April 05, 2011, 03:28:15 PM
Great song. I'll work on the lyrics when I get some free time  ???
Thanks for reminding me of this great little number, I'm going to learn to play this one, sounds like A position stuff to me  8)
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on April 07, 2011, 09:44:08 AM
The request for lyrics to Ten O'Clock Peeper has been merged into the main Fuller lyrics thread. I moved it out of the Guidelines sticky topic originally, but forgot we had a Fuller thread.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on April 07, 2011, 08:47:13 PM
Word in doubt highlighted with ?? but I think it has to be "door", since it fits with the slightly hilarious "knocking on your door/won't knock there no more" later; as usual it's a double entendre. This is a pretty unusual form, has two bridges starting on the IV (the black snake verses), basically it's very like "Mamie" though. Good song!

10 O'Clock Peeper, Blind Boy Fuller, somewhere south of a true pitch of C

Said I went home last night, clock was striking ten
Said I went home last night, clock was striking ten
Said I peeped through the keyhole mama, my woman she wouldn't let me in

Now some black snake been, sucking my rider's tongue
Yeah, some black snake been, sucking my rider's tongue
And you can tell by that mama, that I ain't gonna be here long

I said "excuse me mama, from knocking on your door"
I said "excuse me mama, from knocking on your door"
"And if you 'scuse me this time, I won't knock there no more"

Yeah, some black snake been, sucking my rider's tongue
Yeah, some black snake been, sucking my rider's tongue
And you can tell by that, that I ain't gonna be here long

Said I wish I was (a) jay bird, flyin' in the air
Said I wish I was a jay bird, flyin' in the air
Says I'd build my home, in some o'these old high browns' hair.

[edit: applied corrections from frankie and ub]
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: frankie on April 08, 2011, 04:20:28 AM
Now some black snake been, sucking my rider's (door??)

It's been a while since I last heard this song, but I think this line is usually:

Now some black snake been sucking my rider's TONGUE

more like a single-entendre.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on April 08, 2011, 07:02:12 AM
Agreed, tongue, and the image used in Victoria Spivey's Black Snake Blues in 1926. Daddy Stovepipe used it as well in his cover of Black Snake Blues, which seems to have been influenced by both Spivey and Lemon Jefferson's recordings (he even uses Lemon's name in it, I think). Lemon doesn't use the line in question though, in any of his versions. Digressions.  :P

Also, the last line of the song should be:

Says I'd BUILD my home IN some of these old high BROWNS' HAIR

Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: lindy on April 08, 2011, 08:21:35 AM

When I heard John Jackson sing his version of Black Snake, I always heard "suck my rider DOWN."

I admit, I haven't heard the BBF song y'all are discussing.

L
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on April 08, 2011, 07:13:12 PM
I think frankie and ub nailed it, thanks guys, corrections applied. Lindy, if you listen to Fuller it's more likely 'tongue' but it's close and I can see how JJ came up with that.

Cool song to drop in at just the right occasion as we move into the festival campsite season in the northern hemisphere, thanks to Pyrrus 61 for bringing it up.

p.s. this song definitely deserves a mention in the 'bad hair' thread.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Pyrrus 61 on April 12, 2011, 03:13:45 AM
Many thanks

Those lyrics are clear for my ears
just have to work now..

I 'm looking for others lyrics : so different blues by Mance Lipscomb & cool down by Cephas & Wiggins

Best regards
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on April 12, 2011, 05:17:05 PM
Pyruss, let us know how 'Peeper' turns out. My first thoughts were he's capoed way high and playing out of E position but I'm not very good at nailing such things and I haven't worked with it at all yet. I see from weeniepedia it's more likely to be A capoed. see http://www.weeniecampbell.com/wiki/index.php?title=Blind_Boy_Fuller_Guitar_Keys_and_Positions

Also, if you can post what you've already got the weenies are always glad to help fill out any gaps. There is a Mance lyrics thread already going at http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=128&topic=658.0 --- please feel free to start a John Cephas thread. I do realize from your IP address you are from France and it's harder for non-native English speakers to hear these things so no probs, we will help if we can.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on April 13, 2011, 08:21:54 AM
Pyruss, let us know how 'Peeper' turns out. My first thoughts were he's capoed way high and playing out of E position but I'm not very good at nailing such things and I haven't worked with it at all yet. I see from weeniepedia it's more likely to be A capoed. see http://www.weeniecampbell.com/wiki/index.php?title=Blind_Boy_Fuller_Guitar_Keys_and_Positions

Yes, Peeper is definitely played out of A position and as you noted earlier in that "Mamie" family of A tunes one can hear in Fuller, Gary Davis, Willy Trice, and others I'm no doubt forgetting.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Stumblin on April 13, 2011, 03:42:16 PM
Pyruss, let us know how 'Peeper' turns out. My first thoughts were he's capoed way high and playing out of E position but I'm not very good at nailing such things and I haven't worked with it at all yet. I see from weeniepedia it's more likely to be A capoed. see http://www.weeniecampbell.com/wiki/index.php?title=Blind_Boy_Fuller_Guitar_Keys_and_Positions

Yes, Peeper is definitely played out of A position and as you noted earlier in that "Mamie" family of A tunes one can hear in Fuller, Gary Davis, Willy Trice, and others I'm no doubt forgetting.
I said kiddley, diddle I?
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Pyrrus 61 on April 14, 2011, 08:16:20 AM
Well,
I think it's capoed in f# and you play it on a A position
then d7 with thumb and E, my biggest problem is what he does
on the first A seems to to be easy but... not really
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Pan on April 14, 2011, 09:05:11 AM
Well,
I think it's capoed in f# and you play it on a A position
then d7 with thumb and E, my biggest problem is what he does
on the first A seems to to be easy but... not really

Here's a youtube video of Ten O'Clock Peeper. If you can point out at which clock time on the video you have problems, perhaps we could try to help you. Fuller seems to play a "long A" form x-o-2-2-2-5, or break the chord to double-stops as in the intro x-x-x-(0)-5-3.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYHhtEUhw64

Question to others: Do you know about the picture on the video? I thought there were only two pictures of Fuller, and I have never seen this one before.

Cheers

Pan
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on April 14, 2011, 10:26:01 AM
I've seen that pic of Fuller before, but I think it may only have popped up in the last few years. It doesn't get used much that I've seen, probably because it's a small mug from a catalog and not the greatest quality. But it sure is him, though.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Pyrrus 61 on April 25, 2011, 10:29:12 AM
Thanks Pan,

I was stuck on the first notes i'm not practicing guitar for a long time
in fact i'm a dble bss player so what you told was exactly what i needed to
go along, for the rest of the song i've been playing pigmeat and weeping willow
and it helps a lot to understand what he's doing (that kind of glissando)
So it's beginning to look like music.

Bye
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: harry on April 30, 2011, 09:34:34 AM
Meat shakin woman, second verse;

And the dollars come ? down baby just like drops of rain.

In the BB Fuller book of Stefan Grossman book it says "chopping".
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Stumblin on April 30, 2011, 09:55:58 AM
Meat shakin woman, second verse;

And the dollars come ? down baby just like drops of rain.

In the BB Fuller book of Stefan Grossman book it says "chopping".
It's "showering."
And the dollars come showering down baby just like drops of rain.

P.S. Nothing else makes sense & I've always heard it as "showering."
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on January 17, 2012, 10:08:19 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller recorded "Cat Man Blues" at a session in New York City on April 29, 1936.  He backed himself out of A position in standard tuning for the song.  He did two takes, and these are the lyrics to the first take.  I'd appreciate help with the bent bracketed portion of the the tagline in the last verse.

   Went home last night, heared a knock, I asked my wife, "What was that?"
   Says, I went home last night, heared a knock and I asked my wife, "What was that?"
   She says, "Man, don't be suspicious, that ain't nothing but a cat."

   Said, I traveled this world all over, mama, taken all kind of chance
   Says, I traveled this world all over, mama, taken all kind of chance
   I ain't never come home before, seen a cat wearing a pair of pants

   Said, they wouldn't call him Cat Man, if he come around in the day
   Wouldn't call him Cat Man, if he come around in the day
   But he wait 'til late at night, when he can steal my cream away

   SOLO

   I want that Cat Man stay away from my house, oh Lord, when I'm out
   I want that Cat Man stay away from my house, Lordy, when I'm out
   'Cause I b'lieve he's causin' my little woman, wearing the mattress out

   Lord, I walked in my front door, acting quiet as a lamb
   Says, I walked in my front door, acting quiet as a lamb
   I never raised disturbment 'til I heared my back door slam

Edited 1/18 to pick up correction from pkeane

All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on January 17, 2012, 10:16:39 PM
Major coincidence, I had a day off work today and was listening to a lot of Fuller trying to understand his right hand comping, including those Cat Man Blues takes. I will listen to the lyrics again tomorrow.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: pkeane on January 17, 2012, 10:50:21 PM
Maybe "I never raised disturbment"  ?  There is a second take (with slightly different lyrics) in which the last line sounds like "I never raised no disturbment"  -- still unclear, but in take two I hear "raised", "no" (which is not in take one at all) and the "..ment" pretty clearly.

--Peter
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: dj on January 18, 2012, 03:35:05 AM
I agree with "I never raised disturbment".  In take two, the line is "I never raised no 'sturbment".
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on January 18, 2012, 08:26:04 AM
Thanks, Peter, for the line "raised disturbment", and dj, for corroboration.  I should have thought to listen to the second take, always a good idea when such is available.  I will make the change.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on January 19, 2012, 03:48:52 PM
Rivers,
Re Blind Boy Fuller's right hand work on "Cat Man Blues, Take 1", he was really working Buddy Moss's style as much as he possibly could, with lots of index finger-brushed triplets in the treble, and sparing and irregular use of the thumb in the right hand--no regular time-keeping with it, either in monotonic or alternating bass.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on January 19, 2012, 05:12:59 PM
I'd love to be able to get that sound but it sure doesn't come naturally.

Cat Man I guess is a tad easier since it's broken up with triplets, not to mention the cool double time 2 bar Blake-esque stumbling break that's in take 1 at 1 min 25 secs. What has been exercising me in general though are the driving pieces where he's flopping his hand around and playing melody over top. My appreciation of Fuller has gone up several notches lately, it's only when I started trying to play what he's actually doing on the records I realized I had a lot to learn about Fuller, both hands. Which is cool.

I do need a National at this point. I've come to appreciate that a single cone reso can sound really subtle, if you work on the touch.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on January 20, 2012, 08:53:37 AM
Some of Fuller's most impressive playing to me is on those fast numbers in E like "Funny Feeling" and "Sweet Honey Hole." He really keeps the rhythm going while switching from bass to treble licks and vice versa. As John says, very Moss-esque.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on January 20, 2012, 05:12:59 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller record "I'm A Rattlesnakin' Daddy" at his first session, in New York City on July 23, 1935.  The model for the song's guitar part and melody was clearly Buddy Moss's "Dough Rolling Papa", recorded a little less than a year earlier in New York City on August 8, 1934.  Fuller was working from Buddy Moss's model in A position, standard tuning, and his guitar part shares many details with Buddy's earlier recording.  That having been said, Blind Boy Fuller always brought his own sensibility and liveliness to material he had harvested from other musicians.  Buddy had more variety and intricate detail work in his song, but Fuller's time and delivery are so strong that he had no need to apologize for anything (and I'm sure he didn't).  The song is a chorus blues, and Blind Boy Fuller gets a ton of verses in, especially considering that he also plays three full solos.  Fuller's lyrics shift their narrative voice halfway through the third verse.  John Jackson recorded a really nice version of this song on his first Arhoolie album.

   SOLO

   I woke up this mornin' 'bout half past four
   Somebody knockin' on my back door, sayin'
   REFRAIN: "That's my rattlesnakin' daddy, that's my rattlesnakin' daddy
   That's my rattlesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all night long"

   "Yes, he rattled the mornin', 'bout half past three
   Half past four he wanted to rattle some more, 'cause
   REFRAIN: That's my rattlesnakin' daddy, that's my rattlesnakin' daddy
   That's my rattlesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all night long."

   "I got a range in my kitchen, bake bread nice and brown
   Get my rattlesnake daddy turn my damper upside down."
   REFRAIN: "Cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, 'cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy
   I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all night long (Spoken: Rattle now, boy)

   SOLO

   I can rattle to the left, rattle to the right
   A woman said, "I b'lieve my rattlesnake daddy can rattle all night."
   REFRAIN: "Cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, 'cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy
   I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all night long

   I rattle every mornin', late at night
   Meanwhile my rattlesnake mama don't 'low me out of her sight
   REFRAIN: 'Cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, 'cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy
   I'm a rattesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all night long

   Now, the old folks rattlin', the young one, too
   Ain't nobody rattles just like, way I do
   REFRAIN: 'Cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, 'cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy
   I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all night long

   SOLO

   Yes, I rattled this mornin' 'bout half past ten
   Half past nine I wanted to rattle again
   REFRAIN: 'Cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, 'cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy
   I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all night long

All best,
Johnm

   

     
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: joe paul on February 15, 2012, 06:41:22 AM
I've been working on a couple of Blind Boy Fuller numbers lately, and could do with some help figuring out the lyrics to his "Big Bed Blues". Especially the fourth verse, I'm having trouble there.
Here's what I've got so far :

My baby going to leave me, I'll have a big bed by myself
My baby going to leave me, have a big bed by myself
Just as I got to learn to love her, I will learn to love me someone else

I want whisky when I'm thirsty mama, oh lord lightning when I'm dry
I want whisky when I'm thirsty, give me lightning when I'm dry
I wants a woman to love me while I'm livin' and heaven when I die

My baby says she's going to leave me, she'll need my help again
My baby going to leave me, she will need my help again
She must remember, oh lord I once have been her friend

(SOLO)

I hate to hear that .... (whistle blow boo-boo ???)
I hate to hear, mama,  (old whistle blow boo-boo???)
(Why, boy?) Cos every time I hear it, make me feel like ridin' too

Lord, I went to the station, I sure didn't see no train
I went to the station mama and I didn't see no train
I never seed my little woman,  ( well had ????) no- one to call her name



This is one of my favorites of his in C, there's a really sweet, laid-back feel to it.
Thanks for your help!

Gordon
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on February 15, 2012, 08:28:45 AM
Hi Gordon -

I hate to hear that .... (whistle blow boo-boo ???)
I hate to hear, mama,  (old whistle blow boo-boo???)
(Why, boy?) Cos every time I hear it, make me feel like ridin' too

I hate to hear that M & O whistle blow boo hoo
I hate to hear, mama, M & O whistle blow boo hoo

Quote
Lord, I went to the station, I sure didn't see no train
I went to the station mama and I didn't see no train
I never seed my little woman,  ( well had ????) no- one to call her name

Not sure of the last line. Could be "well had" as you have it, or "well I'd". Dunno.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on February 15, 2012, 09:40:31 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller recorded "It Doesn't Matter Baby" at a session on July 12, 1939 in Memphis, accompanying himself out of G position in standard tuning, capoed up to sound around B or C.  The song is a 9-bar chorus blues in the "Worried Life Blues"/"Sitting On Top of the World" family.  I usually think of Fuller's music being so exuberant and often find that when I hear one of his slower numbers I particularly like it.  The point of view taken in the lyrics is very autumnal for so young a man to be singing.

   Uhohohoh, oh Lordy Lord
   Uhuhuh, oh Lordy Lord
   It doesn't matter, baby, how you treat me
   I'll get along somehow

   You needn't come runnin', screamin' and cryin'
   You mistreated me, woman, now you's off of my mind
   It doesn't matter, baby, how it happened
   I'll get along somehow

   When I tried to love you, you wouldn't pay me no mind
   You could spend my dollars like you did my dimes
   It doesn't matter, child, how it happened
   I'll get along somehow

   Get away from my window, don't knock at my door
   I've got me another woman, can't use you no more
   It doesn't matter, child, how it happened
   I'll get along somehow

   Uhuhuh, oh Lordy Lord
   Oo-oo-oo, oh Lordy Lord
   It doesn't matter, child, how it happened
   I'll get along somehow

   Now you know I told you, long time ago
   You had to reap just what you sow
   It doesn't matter, baby, how it happened
   I'll get along somehow

   I'm doin' better than I did before
   I ain't gon' let you worry my mind no more
   It doesn't matter, baby, how it happened
   I'll get along somehow

All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on February 16, 2012, 12:51:11 AM
In addition to being in the "Worried Life/Sitting on Top" family, it's also a fairly close cover of Big Bill's "The Sun Gonna Shine in My Door Someday." Big Bill's version is a lot more urban sounding and is a piano/guitar duet.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: The Gloth on April 26, 2012, 07:26:39 AM
I wonder something about the lyrics to "Mama, let me lay it on you" : what does Fuller mean by "Cut your throat to boot" ? 

To me, it seems to say he's going to have sex with her dead body after he killed her...

Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Stumblin on April 26, 2012, 07:42:02 AM
"To boot" is just an old-fashioned way of saying "also," or "for extras."
So he's offering to cut her throat in addition to all the other threats.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 21, 2012, 12:07:21 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller played "Little Woman You're So Sweet" out of Vestapol, and it was recorded near the end of his career.  Banjo Chris noted in an earlier post that the song was first recorded by Josh White, and you can find White's version of the song on YouTube.  The song is an 8-bar chorus blues, and follows the "How Long, How Long Blues" archetype, though Fuller is sometimes long on the front end of his main verse.  I'm not at all sure I have the opening line of the next-to-last verse right, and would appreciate some help with or correction of what I have.

Hey mama, hey gal
Don't you hear me callin' you?
You're so sweet, so sweet, my baby's so sweet

Says, I love my baby, love her to her bone
I hate to see my sweet sugar go home
She's so sweet, so sweet, my little woman's so sweet

See my baby comin', don't get so smart 
I'll cut your liver then I will plug your heart
You're so sweet, so sweet, my little baby's so sweet (Spoken: Call her again, boy!)

Hey mama, yeah gal,
Don't you hear Blind Boy Fuller callin' you?
She's so sweet, yes sweet, my little woman's so sweet (Spoken: Play it now!)

Hey mama, yeah gal,
Don't you hear me callin' you"
She's so sweet, so sweet, my little woman's so sweet

Woman I love, she done gone back home
When I think I'm treatin' her right, I must be doin' wrong
She's so sweet, so sweet, my little woman's s sweet

I would make a million trips, when I would rob a little bee
But the woman I love is sweeter anything in this world to me
She's so sweet, so sweet, my little woman's so sweet

Hey mama, yeah gal,
Don't you hear Blind Boy Fuller callin' you?
You're so sweet, yes sweet, my little woman's so sweet

All best,
Johnm






   
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on May 21, 2012, 01:26:08 PM
I think that line is right, John.
Chris
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 21, 2012, 01:42:03 PM
Thanks for the help, Chris.  I'll let it stand as is then.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on August 12, 2012, 12:25:16 PM
Meat shakin woman, second verse;

And the dollars come ? down baby just like drops of rain.

In the BB Fuller book of Stefan Grossman book it says "chopping".

I believe it's "shiving", which is pronounced like "jiving" and is an old slang word meaning 'splintering' according to a quick Google search.

Fuller sings a two syllable word which does not sound at all like 'showering' to me, and even less like 'chopping'! There's  'SH', 'EYE' and a 'V' sound in there and 'ING' on the end. It's clear enough to not be any kind of stumble either.

Here's what I have:

Meat Shakin' Woman - Blind Boy Fuller, C position

[intro break]

I've got a big fat woman, meat shakin' on her bones
I said hey hey, meat shakin' on her bones
And every time she shakes, some man's dollar gone

Says I asked my woman, give me her smallest change
I said hey hey, give me her smallest change
And the dollars come shivin' down, baby just like drops of rain

[break] Yeah!

If you boys take my woman, you can't keep her long
I said hey hey, you can't keep her long
I got a new way of gettin' down, you monkey men can't catch on

[break]

Said fer my dinner, I want ham and eggs
Hey hey, I want ham and eggs
And fer my supper, mama I wants to feel your leg

Now you let me feel your leg, and it felt so soft
Hey hey, and it felt so soft
Said you know what you promised me, baby please don't put me off
Title: I Got A Woman Crazy For Me / Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: roig on February 14, 2013, 04:50:43 AM
Help, I need somebody, help...

Thought I'd ask you guys to help me complete what I started with this song. I think it's one of Fuller's finest performances.


I got a gal she's crazy about me
Just as crazy as she could be
She ain't crazy   (didn't he just say that she IS?? ...confused... :-\)
but she's a little bit funny that way

Went home last night knocked on my door
Heard a voice say "You don't live here no more"
You ain't crazy
but you're a little bit funny that way

Kept on knocking thought she was having fun
Heard a voice say ???????????
She's not crazy   
but she's a little bit funny that way

.....scat.....

I asked my woman where'd you stay last night
None of your buisness ?though/where? i've been treating you right
You're not crazy
but you're a little bit funny that way

Looka here woman ???????
You've got a man ain't goin' to stand that stuff
You're not crazy
but you're a little bit funny that way


alright, now he's gonna sing something about his girlfriend's legs I think... can't understand a word, but it sounds violent.

the last verse is kinda difficult for me too.

Appreciate the help!!
Title: Re: I Got A Woman Crazy For Me / Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: dj on February 14, 2013, 05:11:19 AM
The way I hear it:

I got a gal she's crazy about me
Just as crazy as she can be
She ain't crazy but she's little bit funny that way

Went home last night knocked on my door
Heared a voice say "You don't live hear no more"
You ain't crazy but you little bit funny that way

Kept on knocking 'cause you having fun
Heared a voice say put it to you 'fore you knock
You're not crazy but you're little bit funny that way

Scat

Solo

I asked my woman "Where'd you stay last night?"
None of your business so I didn't treat you right
You're not crazy but you're little bit funny that way

Looka here woman upi talkin' too tough
You've got a man ain't goin' to stand that stuff
Not crazy but you're little bit funny that way

Solo

For my dinner I want to feel your leg
For my dinner I want to feel your leg
Not crazy but you're little bit funny that way

Let me feel your legs and they feel so soft
You know what you promised me you can't put me off
Not crazy but you're little bit funny that way

Scat

Solo

I love that woman 'fraid to call her name
She's a married woman, love her just the same
She's not crazy but she little bit funny that way

Solo



Edited to pick up correction from Gumbo.  And one from Stumblin
Title: Re: I Got A Woman Crazy For Me / Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: Gumbo on February 14, 2013, 06:18:39 AM
Great track!

3.2 ... 'fore YOU KNOCK

7.2 there is something where the CAN'T is but I think he almost says something by accident and swallows it
Title: Re: I Got A Woman Crazy For Me / Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: dj on February 14, 2013, 06:26:36 AM
"fore you knock" is right on.  Thanks, Gumbo.

In 7.2, I transcribed "can't" because I think that's clearly the sense of the line.  But you're right, it sounds like Fuller starts to sing "can", realizes that's not it, and just sort of swallows the rest of the word.
Title: Re: I Got A Woman Crazy For Me / Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: Stumblin on February 14, 2013, 09:35:29 AM
Great work, chaps. Great tune.
Now I'll get cracking on this one too.
New repertoire items seem to be cropping up almost daily of late.
Title: Three Ball Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: Mr.OMuck on February 14, 2013, 01:15:19 PM
   THREE BALL BLUES - BLIND BOY FULLER
 
 
 I been walkin? down the street,
 Yeah  somebody call me and I couldn?t Stop 

Yeah  somebody call me and I couldn?t Stop
 Yeah I was  broke an? I was hungry on my way to the Pawnshop
 
 Sez I went to the Pawnshop, great God with my shoes in my hand
 Sez I went to the Pawnshop, great God shoes in my hand
 said give me a loan Mr. Pawnshop man
 And Help me if you can
[/size]
[/size]Sez I called up in Burlington ask my boss man to help me if he please
 Sez I called up in Burlington want my boss man to help me if he please
 Say please hurry up and do something great God I?m ?bout to Freeze

[/size]
[/size]He wrote me and told me that as sure as one and two is three
 Hey He wrote me and told me that as sure as one and two is three
 Yeah that Pawnshop?s someday great God gonna come bindin? down on poor me

[/size]Sez I'm about to lose my home : I've done and lost my Car
[/size]Yeah I'm about to lose my home : I've done and lost my car
[/size]Yeah I'm going down to the pawnshop : see can I pawn my guitar[/font]
[/color][/size] [/font]
[/color][/size]Sez I asked that pawnshop man : what the three balls [/font]
[/color][/size]doing hanging on that wall
 Sez I asked that pawnshop man : what the three balls
[/font]
[/color][/size]doing hanging on that wall
 Sez it's two to one buddy : you don't get your things
[/font]
[/color][/size]back out of here at all[/font]
[/size][[Category:Lyrics]]I've done typography everywhere in most programs and I've NEVER seen formatting problems like this before...why God, Why? :(   
 
Title: Re: Three Ball Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: Mr.OMuck on February 14, 2013, 01:42:10 PM
Someone will have to let me know why a simple cut and paste became....FRANKENLYRIC! >:(
Title: Re: Three Ball Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: frankie on February 14, 2013, 03:00:13 PM
you're just lucky, I guess...  here it is with the weird markup removed, spelling sorta standardized and weird transient capitalization purged. Marvelous blues in A, btw:

Three Ball Blues - Blind Boy Fuller

I been walkin? down the street, yeah somebody called me and I couldn?t Stop
Yeah  somebody called me and I couldn?t stop
Yeah I was broke an? I was hungry on my way to the pawnshop

Says I went to the Pawnshop, great God with my shoes in my hand
Says I went to the Pawnshop, great God, shoes in my hand
said give me a loan Mr. Pawnshop man, and Help me if you can

Says I called up in Burlington, ask my boss man to help me if he please
Says I called up in Burlington, want my boss man to help me if he please
Say please hurry up and do something, great God I?m ?bout to freeze

He wrote me and told me that as sure as one and two is three
Hey, he wrote me and told me that as sure as one and two is three
Yeah that pawnshop?s someday, great God, gonna come bindin? down on poor me

Says I'm about to lose my home, I've done and lost my car
Yeah I'm about to lose my home, I've done and lost my car
Yeah I'm going down to the pawnshop, see can I pawn my guitar

Says I asked that pawnshop man what the three balls doing hanging on that wall
Says I asked that pawnshop man what the three balls doing hanging on that wall
Says it's two to one buddy, you don't get your things back out of here at all
Title: Re: Three Ball Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: Stuart on February 14, 2013, 04:22:47 PM
Someone will have to let me know why a simple cut and paste became....FRANKENLYRIC! >:(

It's because the formatting info is embedded in what appears to be plain text. Running it through an intermediate step--copying it to another word processor, selecting/highlighting all the text and converting it to single font, size, and style and then saving it as a plain text file before re-copying it and pasting it into the Weenie message box should do the trick.

Edited to add: I'm using a PC running XP and I just ran it through WordPad, which is a relatively simple text processor. Other than retaining the formatting data ([/color][/size] [/font]), it solved the size problems. Let us know what you are running and the source of the text that caused the problems and maybe we can come up with a solution.

Here's a cleaned up version of the text that I presume is embedded in the security strip in the special 99% O'Muck $47 bill:

I've done typography everywhere in most programs and I've NEVER seen formatting problems like this before...why God, Why?

 :P
Title: Re: I Got A Woman Crazy For Me / Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: Stumblin on February 15, 2013, 12:08:54 PM
I think it's:
For my dinner, I want to feel your legs.
PS. I'm basing this both on what I hear and the fact that the same lyric occurs in Meat Shakin' Woman,
Title: Re: I Got A Woman Crazy For Me / Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: dj on February 15, 2013, 12:53:00 PM
Right you are, Stumblin.  Thanks.  I should have thought of Meat Shakin' Woman when I was having trouble hearing the line.
Title: Re: I Got A Woman Crazy For Me / Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: roig on February 15, 2013, 02:12:53 PM
Thank you all very very much!!!! I'm starting to like this place ;)

Hey good job spotting the common verses with "meat shakin'" that's  some detective work right there  8)
Title: Re: I Got A Woman Crazy For Me / Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: Stumblin on February 16, 2013, 01:47:55 AM
This and Meat Shakin' Woman are both great songs, Blind Boy Fuller is my hero!
Funny how whenever I'm called upon to discuss my musical idols and put Mr. Allen at the top of my list, people seem to react as though I'm talking about some obscure, unknown, unsuccessful nobody from a distant and irrelevant past. But that's another topic...

PS. What I meant to say is that it might be about time for someone to edit all the amendments together and repost the updated lyrics. If nothing else, it will prevent me from having to keep scrolling up & down the thread as I try to sew guitar & words together.
Has anyone else noticed how difficult it is to type when you're leaning over with a guitar in your lap?
Title: Re: I Got A Woman Crazy For Me / Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: dj on February 16, 2013, 06:39:37 AM
Quote
PS. What I meant to say is that it might be about time for someone to edit all the amendments together and repost the updated lyrics.

Hey, Stumblin, the version posted has all the corrections that have been suggested.
Title: Re: I Got A Woman Crazy For Me / Blind Boy Fuller
Post by: Stumblin on February 16, 2013, 07:00:01 AM
I stand corrected.
In my defence, I'm using a tiny netbook computer with a small screen; I sometimes miss stuff whilst scrolling up & down.
I trust there would be no problem with me copying & pasting the lyrics into a word processor document for educational purposes (so I can learn the words)? Good, because I'm doing it anyway.
I'm going to bruise my ribs with this typing over the guitar posture.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on February 26, 2013, 06:11:28 AM
Hi all,
I merged the two recent threads on "Three Balls Blues" and "I Got A Woman Crazy For Me" into the Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics thread, but left the post titles as they were in the original threads for ease of following the process.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Stumblin on March 26, 2013, 07:22:26 AM
Just a couple of late amendments, apologies in advance if I've missed any further updates.

I'm a Rattlesnakin' Daddy

I rattle every mornin', late at night
Meanwhile my rattlesnake mama don't 'low me out of her sight
Refrain...

I hear:
Reason (the "s" is almost silent, the two syllables are almost completely elided together, giving something like "Rea'n why") why my rattlesnake mama don't 'low me out of her sight

Meat Shaking Woman

Says I asked my woman, give me her smallest change
I said hey hey, give me her smallest change
And the dollars come shivin' down, baby just like drops of rain

I hear "And the dollars come showerin' down, baby just like drops of rain"

"Showerin'" seems to make more sense, if the dollars are to bear any resemblance to drops of rain.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: cru423 on March 26, 2013, 04:48:28 PM
Blacksnakin' Jiver

I woke up this early morning mama
Someone was jiving me
And if you don?t want me mama
Drop that jivin? and let me be

I?m gonna to wake up some of these mornings
And going to be sore
I?ve got to kill you mama cause I?m a bad
Mother-fuyer don?t you know

I?d rather be bit by a rattlesnake baby then
To let you jive poor me

Says my baby went away and left me
I didn?t want her to go
She had the nerve to tell me that,
?I don?t want you no more?

But that?s all right now mama, I said,
That?s all right for you
I did everything in the world I could trying
To get along with you

I?d rather be bit by a rattlesnake, mama,
Then to let you jive me

Said I bought you all last summer
I bought you plenty of clothes
And when winter done come you put me out in the cold

But you know now mama, I said,  ?That ain?t no way to do,
As sure as you jivin? me someone gonna jive you too?

I?d rather be bit by a rattlesnake baby
Then to let you jive poor me

Said I dumped sugar all the summer
And loaded coal all the fall
And had to go out on Sunday, mama, in my overalls
You know now mama that ain?t no way to do
There?s a hearse and undertaker waitin? right there for you

I?d rather be bit by a rattlesnake, baby,
Then to let you jive poor me


Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Stumblin on April 06, 2013, 08:24:35 AM
Further listening to I'm a Rattlesnakin' Daddy makes me think the refrain ends with "all the time," rather than "all night long," as given earlier in this thread.
So, this gives us:

   I'm a Rattlesnakin' Daddy
   I woke up this mornin' 'bout half past four
   Somebody knockin' on my back door, sayin'
   "That's my rattlesnakin' daddy, that's my rattlesnakin' daddy
   That's my rattlesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all the time"

   Yes, he rattled this mornin', 'bout half past three
   Half past four he wanted to rattle some more, 'cause
   ?That's my rattlesnakin' daddy, that's my rattlesnakin' daddy
   That's my rattlesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all the time.?

   I got a range in my kitchen, bake bread nice and brown
   Get my rattlesnake daddy turn my damper upside down."
   ?Cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, 'cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy
   I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all the time
   (Spoken: Rattle now, boy)

   Guitar solo

   I can rattle to the left, rattle to the right
   My woman said, "I b'lieve my rattlesnake daddy can rattle all night."
   ?Cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, 'cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy
   I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all the time

   I rattle every mornin', late at night
   Rea?n why my rattlesnake mama don't 'low me out of her sight
   'Cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, 'cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy
   I'm a rattesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all the time

   Now, the old folks rattlin', the young one, too
   Ain't nobody rattles just like, way I do
   'Cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, 'cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy
   I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all the time

   Guitar solo

   Yes, I rattled this mornin' 'bout half past ten
   Half past nine I wanted to rattle again
   'Cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, 'cause I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy
   I'm a rattlesnakin' daddy, wants to rattle all the time

I hope this is useful to someone other than just me.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Jimmy J on August 17, 2013, 04:57:12 PM
Hi gang, I tidied up some lyrics for Jivin' Woman Blues, the bulk of which I got here.

Got a gal called Betty May, She goes out and truck all day
She ain't crazy, but, she just jivin? that way

Oh, bap'm bappy, ohh, za zee
Oh be'bm'bop bap bap bow
bop'm'be'bum bop, zee za zerr

Have my dinner ready, Don't let my coffee get cold
Don't forget to save My sweet jelly roll
You?re not crazy, but, you just jivin' that way

No vocal over chorus

She go to bed early at night, speak about loviin' she want to fuss and fight
She's not crazy, but, she just jivin' that way

Ohh, yeah pretty, ohh, zee zee
Oh beeby beep a bop bop'm bow
(pregnant silence)    ...Yeaah..!


She go to bed, rag tied round her head,
Speak about love she swear she almost dead
She's not crazy, but, she just jivin' that way

No vocal over chorus

Drunk on whiskey, it ran right to your head,
Had to take a bath before you went to bed
You?re not crazy, but, you just jivin' that way
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: koenjacobs1987 on June 19, 2014, 03:04:29 AM
Could you guys help me with the lyrics of Blind Boy Fuller's "Where my woman USTA lay"

Said its early one morning mama, just about the break of day
Lord bout the break of day
I telling here get  ???   Where my woman usta lay

She don?t go any(where?),   Shure  ???
Shure  ???
I don?t do nothing , but cry cry all the time

Said that woman that I loving, woman that i crave to see
Woman that i crave to see
My girl is in Texas, and she won?t ride to me

Said I don?t see why, papa fuller cant me treated this/just ??? right
Papa fuller cant me treated this/just ??? right
The woman that I love gif me the blues, had to walk them streets all night

Said I may be wrong mama, but I?ll be right some day
I?ll be right some day
Nobody make me believe, my girl would treat me this way

Said she leaves me all night long, I cannot hear my self
I cannot hear my self
If i don?t get that woman that I?m loving, lord I don?t want me no one else
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Pan on June 19, 2014, 03:21:34 AM
Hi there

On the 4th verse I seem to hear:

"Said, I don?t see why, papa Fuller cant BE treated just right?"

Hopefully others can catch the rest.

Cheers

Pan

Edited to add: here's the YouTube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NEp8UdeHa4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NEp8UdeHa4#)
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: dj on June 19, 2014, 04:49:46 AM
Here's what I hear.  I'm not sure about the bracketed phrase in the third line of the first verse, but the sense is basically right.

Said 't was early one morning mama, just 'bout the break of day
Hey,  Lord 'bout the break of day
Hey, I turned an' hugged that pillow where my woman used to lay

Yeah, she done gone and it sure does grieve my mind
Hey, sure does grieve my mind
Hey, I don?t do nothing but cry, cry all the time

Said that woman that I'm loving, woman that I crave to see
Hey, hey, woman that I crave to see
Hey, my gal is in Texas, and she won?t write to me

Said I don?t see why, Papa Fuller can't be treated just right
Hey, Papa Fuller can't be treated just right
Hey, the woman that I love give me the blues, had to walk them streets all night

Said I may be wrong mama, but I?ll be right some day
Hey, I?ll be right some day
Hey, nobody made me believe, my gal would treat me this way

Said she leave me all night long, I cannot help my self
I said hey, hey, cannot help my self
If i don?t get the woman that I?m loving, Lord I don?t want me no one else


Edited to pick up changes from banjochris
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on June 20, 2014, 12:03:17 AM
Here's what I hear for some of it:

1.2 Hey, Lord 'bout the break of day
1.3 Hey, I TURNED AND HUGGED THAT pillow where my woman used to lay

2.1 sure DOES GRIEVE my mind
2.2 sure DOES GRIEVE my mind
2.3 HEY at the beginning

4.3 HEY at the beginning

5.1 HEY, nobody MADE be believe...

6.1 cannot HE'P myself
6.2 cannot HE'P myself
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: dj on June 20, 2014, 04:16:06 AM
Good catches.  I've made the changes.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: koenjacobs1987 on June 27, 2014, 12:41:23 AM
thanks for the help with "Where my woman USTA lay"  :D

Got another song called "Snake Woman Blues"
Its almost the same lyrics as "You never can tell"

Snake Woman Blues:
sad  you cant never tell, whats on ....... mind
whats on ...... mind
even hugging you and kissing you, and quitting you all the time

I want home this morning  ...9:30 and 10
....
I met my woman's second men, right back......

All you working man, all to come home here on time?
come home here on time
So you can catch your crouched woman, just like i caught mine

some woman (are) just like a dollar, dollar go from hand-to-hand
some woman (are) just like a dollar, dollar go from hand-to-hand
some are no good woman  ...... men-to-men

http://youtu.be/oAT3Ictcu8M (http://youtu.be/oAT3Ictcu8M)

here are the two added verses for  "You never can tell":

vers 3:
you are a dirty mistreater, and you drove me from here door
she drove me from here door
the good book sad mama  you go to read just what you saw.

last vers:
You know my woman sad she loves me, she bin lovin me all here life
my woman sad she loves me, bin lovin me all here life
she met a second men on the corner, she told him that same lie twice

http://youtu.be/iW_D1Gy7IB8 (http://youtu.be/iW_D1Gy7IB8)

damm....  I really love those songs  ;D  Blind Boy Fuller is a true master!

Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: waxwing on June 27, 2014, 02:12:13 AM
Here' the best I can do. Few spots are a little iffy. The first word sounds like he starts out saying "says" but ends up saying "well". And he stumbles in the last verse, about dollars, and says something like dollies once.

Words in Italics are spoken.

Snake Woman Blues

S?well, you cain?t never tell, what?s on these women mind
Hey, hey, what?s on these women mind
Hey, they either hugging you and kissing you, and quitting you all the time

Says, I went home this morning twixt 9:30 and 10
Hey, hey, twixt 9:30 and 10
Yes, I met my woman's second man, ranned right back in my den

Says, all you working men, ought to come home head o? time
I said, hey, hey, come home head o? time
So you can catch your crooked woman, boys, just like I caught mine

Boy these crooked women won?t do.
Get all your money, put that thing on you.

And they put that ol? thing on you

Said, some women just like a dollar, dollar go from hand to hand
Some women just like a dollar, dollar go from hand to hand
Yeah, some of these no good women, they run from man to man

----

Yeah, I dig Fuller a lot. Gettin'  back to playing more of his songs to help get my chops back on the resonator. Always fun stuff.

Wax
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: KingCatfish on August 01, 2014, 03:10:50 PM
Getting back into the great songs of Mr. Fuller, this is what I've have so far on the lyrics for Let Me Squeeze Your Lemon, any help would be great.  >:D

Let Me Squeeze Your Lemon - Blind Boy Fuller

You got fruit in your basket Mama, You got lemon lime all on your shelf
You got fruit in your basket Mama, Lemon lime all on your shelf
I want to squeeze your lemon baby, Because you can not squeeze them yourself.

I want to squeeze you lemon Mama, While I'm in your lonesome town
Hey hey, While I'm in your lonesome town
I want to squeeze your lemon mama, We got cherry my love calm down.

I?m a stranger her baby, Just passing though your town
I said I?m a stranger her Mama, Just passing though your town
I going to ask you for one favour baby, Please don?t turn me down.

I squeeze your lemon one time baby, Want me to squeeze them again
If I squeeze your lemon one time Mama, Want me to squeeze them again
I won't you to learn to hold the pitcher baby, We got and let that old juice run in.

I'm a lemon squeezer, Don?t deny my name, Way I squeeze your lemon baby, gonna sound a shame
Hey hey, I sure don't deny my name
And when I squeeze your lemon baby, We got jealous and a shame.

I want to squeeze your lemon Mama, While I'm in your lonesome town
Hey hey hey, While I'm in your lonesome town
Now it's a good time to squeeze them baby, Because while your man is not around.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Gumbo on August 01, 2014, 04:24:05 PM
parts of verse five are still eluding me but i have these suggestions


You got fruit in your basket Mama, You got lemon LYING all on your shelf
You got fruit in your basket Mama, Lemon LYING all on your shelf
I want to squeeze your lemon baby, PLEASE GOD you can not squeeze them yourself.

I want to squeeze you lemon Mama, While I'm in your lonesome town
Hey hey, While I'm in your lonesome town
I want to squeeze your lemon mama, PLEASE GOD TIL my love calm down.

I?m a stranger her baby, Just passing though your town
I said I?m a stranger her Mama, Just passing though your town
I GWINE to ask you for one favour baby, Please don?t turn me down.

I squeeze your lemon one time baby, Want me to squeeze them again
If I squeeze your lemon one time Mama, Want me to squeeze them again
I WANT you to learn to hold THAT pitcher baby, PLEASE GOD and let THIS old juice run in.

I'm a lemon squeezer, Don?t deny?? my name, Way I squeeze your lemon baby, gonna sound a shame
Hey hey, I sure don't deny?? my name
And WAY I squeeze your lemon baby, PLEASE GOD jealous and a shame.

I want to squeeze your lemon Mama, While I'm in your lonesome town
Hey hey hey, While I'm in your lonesome town
Now it's a good time to squeeze them baby, PLEASE GOD while your man is not around.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: KingCatfish on August 02, 2014, 05:29:28 PM
Thank you  :D

verse five:

?Don?t DYE my name", could mean change of colour, or slang for change my name?

or

?Don?t Doubt my name?, hard one because he's not clear.

"Deny" with a silent D, sounds like it could be a word that starts with an "N"
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: waxwing on August 02, 2014, 06:07:15 PM
Pretty sure Gumbo got it right with "deny", with the "d" and "n" run together. Think "didn't" which comes out "di'n". It's a pretty standard blues line used in such classics as Whinin' Boy and many others. You could write it "don't 'ny my name."

Wax
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Gumbo on August 02, 2014, 07:06:30 PM
I din't have an opinion on 'deny' in the fifth  verse. just followed KingCatfish. Sounds like 'now' to me so I'm baffled
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: waxwing on August 02, 2014, 07:11:41 PM
Oh, sorry KingCatfish, I was following along Gumbo's version while listening.

Wax
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on August 20, 2014, 07:01:12 AM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller accompanied himself out of G position in standard tuning for "When You Are Gone".  It seems to have a strong Buddy Moss influence, with lots of brushed triplets in the treble.  It's really well played and sung, and has a more serious feel than a lot of Fuller's songs.  The last verse is a shocker.

This war is raging, what are you men going to do?
Well, this war is raging, what is you men going to do?
If Uncle Sam call you in the war, and there's no use of feelin' blue

Hey, Uncle Sam'll call you, be by one and two and three
Yeah, when Uncle Sam call you, be by one, two and three
Yeah, you no use of worryin', leave all these women back here with me

SOLO

Yeah, when you gone, no use to weep and moan
Well, when you gone, no use to weep and moan
Yeah, you ain't no use of worryin', for this good work be carried on

Yeah, when you're fighting, blood running in your face
Well, when you're fighting, blood running in your face
Ain't no use to worryin', you know this world is a funny old place

Edited 8/20 to pick up correction from dj
Edited 5/21 to pick up correction from CF

All best,
Johnm


Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: dj on August 20, 2014, 11:36:54 AM
I think line 2.3 is:

Hey, you no use of worryin', BECAUSE these women back HERE WORRYIN' me

I also think that that last verse is one of the best verses I've heard in any song in any genre.  I love the image of someone wading ashore in the Normandy invasion or fighting at Iwo Jima and thinking "this world is a funny old place".
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on August 20, 2014, 11:43:20 AM
Thanks very much for the catch, dj, I re-listened and you are sure enough right about that line.  I will make the correction.  I share your enthusiasm for the final verse, it's really striking.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: ScottN on August 20, 2014, 12:36:28 PM
Great song. Interesting to consider the timing. The recording was sometime in 1940 and Fuller died in 41 before Pearl Harbor.  Wonder if the song goes back to WW I or if he is singing in response to the activity in Europe at the time and predicting America's entry into WW II...social commentary from the noted protest singer BB Fuller ;-)
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Gumbo on August 20, 2014, 12:53:38 PM
Good point, Scott. I'd guess the latter since the 1930s were an unusually quiet time for the US Military

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_United_States_military_operations#1930.E2.80.931939 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_United_States_military_operations#1930.E2.80.931939)
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: dj on August 20, 2014, 02:53:39 PM
I think it's definitely from the Second World War, and it's an amazingly topical song at that.  When You Are Gone was recorded on June 19, 1940.  By that date, British troops had been forced to evacuate from France, Japan was continuing to advance in China and Southeast Asia, The United States was starting to rebuild and modernize its armed forces, and, most importantly, the Selective Service Act of 1940 was in the news.  It was being debated in Congress at that point, and would be signed into law by President Roosevelt in September, initiating the first peacetime draft in US history.

By the end of the year, a number of artists would be singing draft-related songs, like the Nat King Cole Trio's Gone With The Draft. But Fuller's might just be the earliest recorded American World War II song.   
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 07, 2015, 10:00:54 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller recorded "Working Man Blues" at a session in New York City on July 12, 1937.  He played the song out of D position in standard tuning, and it has some interesting phrasing.  He has a signature lick that he plays in response to his vocal phrases, and in the second vocal phrase he is consistently short with it, giving it six beats rather than 8 beats.  Fuller shows a lot of nifty moves working out of one of the most under-utilized playing positions in standard tuning.

SOLO

Somebody done learned my baby how to change gears on a Cadillac 8
Somebody done learned my baby how to change gears on a Cadillac 8
Ever since that happened I can't keep my baby straight

I hate to hear that Cadillac whistle blow, boo-hoo
Says, I do hate to hear, Cadillac whistle blow, boo-hoo
Every time my woman hear it, makes her feel like riding, too

A working man ain't nothing but a woman's slave
A working man ain't nothing but a woman's slave
When she start to lovin', Great God, it just won't 'have

I said, hey-hey, Lawdy-Lawdy Lawd
I said, hey-hey, Lawdy-Lawdy Lawd
Hey-hey, Lawdy-Lawdy Lawd

Have my dinner all ready, don't let my coffee be cold
I said, have my dinner ready, woman, don't let my coffee be cold
And don't forget, baby, save my sweet jellyroll

Now, you know my woman, she got something, I don't know what it is
Hey-hey, Lord, I don't know what it is
When I get in that bed with her, can't keep my black self still

All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 07, 2015, 10:27:11 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller recorded "Worn Out Engine Blues" at a session in New York City on March 5, 1940, backing himself out of a position in standard tuning.  Out of all the recordings of "Broke Down Engine" by Blind Willie McTell, Buddy Moss and others, and all of the songs working out of this basic song family, this is my favorite version, mostly by virtue of Blind Boy Fuller's incredibly catchy signature lick.

Whoa-ho-ho-ho Lordy-Lord, ah-ha, what more can I do?
Whoa-ho-ho Lordy, babe, now, what more can I do?
I'm in love with you, lyin' little woman, but I can't get along with you

Says, my babe's got a little engine, and I call it my Ford machine
Say, my baby got a little engine, I call it my little Ford machine
If your generator ain't bad, baby, Great God, you must be burnin' bad gasoline

Says, I stepped on your starter, Great God, and your motor turned over slow
Says, I stepped on your starter, babe, Great God, and your motor turn over slow
If you ain't gettin' your right spark, little woman, Great God, call on Blind Boy Fuller for more

Say, they call me a blacksmith, mam', and sometime a mechanic, too
Say, they call me a blacksmith, mam', sometime and I'm mechanic, too
If my work you okay, little woman, Great God, you know it will have to do

Says, I called up in Chicago, I couldn't find my little woman over there
Says, I called up in Chicago, couldn't find my baby nowhere
I'm gwine take a trip over in Chiny, Great God, see can I find my gal over there

Says, now, I'm lonesome here, mama, Great God, I feel lonesome everywhere
Says, I'm lonesome here, babe, Great God, I feel lonesome everywhere
When I get in my woman's arms, Great God, I can't feel lonesome there

All best,
Johnm

Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: frankie on May 08, 2015, 04:20:42 AM
Blind Boy Fuller recorded "Worn Out Engine Blues" at a session in New York City on March 5, 1940, backing himself out of a position in standard tuning.  Out of all the recordings of "Broke Down Engine" by Blind Willie McTell, Buddy Moss and others, and all of the songs working out of this basic song family, this is my favorite version, mostly by virtue of Blind Boy Fuller's incredibly catchy signature lick.

Fuller's playing on this song is just amazing. The way he floats the A note on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string...  wow. It just HANGS there! Fantastic.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 12, 2015, 01:56:51 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller backed himself out of G position in standard tuning for his recording of "Worried And Evil Man Blues".  The piece shows a strong Blind Blake influence, but as most often seems to be the case with Blind Boy Fuller's renditions,  it really ends up just sounding like Fuller himself.  Fuller goes long in his ninth bar every time, and the more you study him, the more you realize his sense of time was governed by pulse and phrase length, not meter.

SOLO

Says, I can't see how these worried mens can sleep
Yes, I can't see how these worried mens can sleep
Says, he bes up all night, mama, like a police on his beat

Says, I walk last night, mama, my feet got soakin' wet (Spoken: Aw, pshaw!)
Says, I walked last night, mama, my feet got soakin' wet
Says, I ain't found the woman I'm lovin', and I ain't stopped walkin' yet

Well, I'm gonna find my little woman, don't think she can be found
Hey, hey, don't think she can be found (Spoken: Why, boy?)
I'm gon' walk this hard, hard road, mama, 'til my mustache drag the ground

SOLO (Spoken: Ah, play it a long time now.)

Yes, I got a new way of lovin', boy, you know I think it must be best
Yeah, hey, think it must be best (Spoken: Why, boy?)
'Cause these here North Carolina women just won't let Blind Boy Fuller rest

All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 13, 2015, 04:03:23 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller accompanied himself out of A position in standard tuning for his version of "Lost Lover Blues".  I confess to a fondness for Fuller's songs on which he is joined, as on this one, by Bull City Red on washboard.  The song seems to be related to the song the Watson Family recorded as "Honey Babe Blues", and is very closely related to Sam Collins' "Graveyard Digger's Blues".  Listening to the George Mitchell Collection on Fat Possum really brought home to me just how influential Blind Boy Fuller was, and not just in the Carolinas.  In that set, you find Fuller's songs and arrangements being covered by musicians from the Carolinas and Georgia, and Alabama, and Mississippi, and this tune probably ended up being covered the most of any of his songs (with the possible exception of "Step It Up And Go").  In any event, it's a beautiful and distinctive song and performance, very memorable.

INTRO SOLO

And I went down, 'bout that freight depot
And that freight train, he come rollin' by
Lord, and I sure ain't got no lovin' baby now
And I sure ain't got no lovin' baby now

Then I went off in that far distant land
I weren't there long 'fore I got a telegram (Spoken: What it said?)
Sayin', "Man, won't you please come home?
Now, man, won't you please come home?"

Then I went back home, I looked on the bed
And that best old friend I had was dead
Lord, and I ain't got no lovin' baby now
And I ain't got no lovin' baby now

Then I'm sorry, sorry, sorry to my heart
But that best o' friends someday must part
Lord, I ain't got no lovin' baby now
And I ain't got -- lovin' baby now (Spoken: Play it for me now!)

SOLO

Now as sure as the bird range in the sky above
Life ain't worth livin' if you ain't with the one you love
Lord, and I ain't got no lovin' baby now
Lord, I ain't got no lover now

If I knowed you didn't love me, and didn't want me to
I would take morphine and die
Lord, I ain't got no lovin' baby now
And I ain't got no lovin' baby now

All best,
Johnm



 
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: frankie on May 13, 2015, 04:39:59 PM
Lost Lover Blues seems like it belongs in a family of tunes that includes 'Reno Factory' (one of the Foddrells, I think) and Raleigh and Spencer (Fields Ward).
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 13, 2015, 05:31:49 PM
Good call, Frank, that is certainly so!  Here is Fields Ward's performance:

http://youtu.be/Xeq7Y82iDLk (http://youtu.be/Xeq7Y82iDLk)

It's unusual the way these songs seem to back up on themselves at the end of each verse.

All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 14, 2015, 05:39:08 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller, accompanying himself out of E position in standard tuning, was joined by Sonny Terry on harmonica and Bull City Red on washboard for "Blue and Worried Man", a loosely-structured rollicking number.  The trio starts the song as a 12-bar blues, switches to an 8-bar form for the next three verses, returns to a 12-bar form for the refrain, does two more 8-bar verses and concludes with a 12-bar final verse, interspersing four solos along the way, where Fuller really shines.  Probably the only drawback on the cut (if it strikes you so) is the tuning between Fuller's guitar and Sonny Terry's harmonica, which is noticeably flat to Fuller's guitar--the effect is pretty bilious.  It makes for some difficult listening for me, at least.

Hey, hey, baby, what is you tryin' to do?
Hey, hey, what is you tryin' to do?
Yeah, you're tryin' to quit me but that's all right for you

Aw, looky-here, mama, see what you done done
Done made me love you, now your man done come

SOLO (Spoken: Play it a long time!  Yeah!)

My baby wears a hat, then again she wears a tam
She got great big legs and they shaped like Georgia hams

I dreamed last night that the woman I love was dead
When I woke up, I was talkin' all out of my head

SOLO (Spoken: Yeah!)

Hey, hey, baby, what are you tryin' to do?
Says, hey, hey, what is you tryin' to do?
Says, the way you treat me is comin' back home to you

Just as sure as one and, I say, two is three
My man laid his head where mine, oh, ought to be

SOLO

Now if you lose your money, baby, please don't lose your mind
If you lose your little woman, please don't you fool with mine

SOLO (Spoken: Yeah!)

Then I don't see why m' baby don't write to me
Said, I don't see why my baby won't write to me
Said, I'm very deep lonesome, blue as a man can be

All best,
Johnm



 
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 15, 2015, 12:43:53 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller, playing out of C position in standard tuning, capoed up, is joined by Bull City Red on washboard and Rev. Gary Davis on backing guitar, in F position, for "Baby, You Gotta Change Your Mind".  The song utilizes a ragtime progression that Fuller recorded many times, but Davis's stellar work really gives the track some special excitement, as does the trio's steady acceleration over the course of the rendition.  Wow!

SOLO

Baby, if you think I'm crazy 'bout you, you got to change your mind
Baby, if you think I'm crazy 'bout you, you got to change your mind
I woke up this morning, 'bout half past four
Somebody knockin' at my back door
But if you think I'm crazy 'bout you, mama, you got to change your mind, I mean,
You got to change your mind

Baby, if you think I'm crazy 'bout you, you got to change your mind
Baby, if you think I'm crazy 'bout you, you got to change your mind
What you're doin', mama, you'll do it again
Stay out at night 'til about half past ten
But if you think I'm crazy 'bout you mama, you better change your mind, I mean,
You got to change your mind

SOLO (Spoken: Play that thing, boy!)

Baby, if you think I'm crazy 'bout you, you better change your mind
Baby, if you think I'm crazy 'bout you, you better change your mind
Up before the judge, my eyes full of tears
For beatin' up my gal I got four, five years
But if you think I'm crazy 'bout you, mama, you got to change your mind, I mean,
You got to change your mind

SCAT CHORUS
But if you think I'm crazy 'bout you, mama, you got to change your mind, I mean,
You got to change your mind

SOLO (Spoken: Play that thing, boy!  Do it a long time.)

Baby, if you think I'm crazy 'bout you, you got to change your mind
Baby, if you think I'm crazy 'bout you, you got to change your mind
My gal like whiskey, like her rye and gin
We can't get her whiskey, drink most anything she can
Baby, if you think I'm crazy 'bout you, you got to change your mind, I mean,
You got to change your mind

SOLO

All best,
Johnm
 



 
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 16, 2015, 12:06:38 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller accompanied himself out of E position in standard tuning for "Baby You Got To Do Better", a 12-bar chorus blues covered later by Dan Pickett.  Fuller's playing on this song shows a strong Buddy Moss influence.

SOLO

My woman went out this mornin', stayed out 'til both day and night
Come back jivin' me, say, "Daddy, I'm treatin' you right."
REFRAIN: Mama, you got to do better, babe, you got to do better
Babe, you got to do better, let another mama move in

I'm not rough, don't like to fight
Next woman I get she got to treat me right
REFRAIN: Baby, you got to do better, mama, you got to do better
Baby, you got to do better, let another mama move in

I met a gal this mornin', she was sixteen years old
Say, if I would beat your woman she would satisfy my soul
REFRAIN: Baby, you got to do better, (Spoken: Yes you is) baby, you got to do better
Baby, you got to do better, let another mama move in

SOLO (Spoken: Play that thing now, boy!)

Mama, you know you been talkin', 'bout you goin' and goin'
This mornin' will be your movin' time
REFRAIN:  Babe, you got to do better, (Spoken: That's what I'm talkin' 'bout) babe, you got to do better
Baby, you got to do better, let another mama move in

Get out of my kitchen, stop your hangin' around
You know a man gets tired of one woman all the time
REFRAIN: Baby, you got to do better, baby, you got to do better
Baby, you got to do better, let another mama move in

All best,
Johnm

Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 17, 2015, 09:10:50 AM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller was in C position in standard tuning for his recording of "Throw Your Yas Yas Back In Jail".  The song is one of the many 16-bar (18 bars with the tag) raggy progressions that he recorded.  He passes through an E7 chord on his way to A7 and hits a notable "sick" bend when he gets to A7.  He was either bending the second string at the first fret, a move that always amazes me, or reefing on the third string at the fifth fret, a much easier bend but less "under the hand".

If I catch you doin' I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail
If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail
Says, you told that man you were sixteen years old
Had him 'round the window tryin' to see your jellyroll, now,
If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail, I mean,
Your yas yas back in jail (Spoken: Yeah!)

SOLO

If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail
If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail
Said, a-when I'm on my wagon tryin' to sell a little coal
You was in the street, hollerin', "Who wants jellyroll?", now
If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail, I mean it,
Throw your yas yas back in jail (Spoken: Yeah!)

SCAT BREAK

If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail
If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail
Says, it's early this mornin', 'bout half past four
Seen a man runnin' out my woman's back door, now
If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail, I mean it,
Throw your yas yas back in jail (Spoken: Yeah!)

SOLO (Scat singing on bridge)

All best,
Johnm

Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 20, 2015, 01:35:35 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller accompanied himself out of E position in standard tuning for "Sweet Honey Hole", and was joined by Bull City Red on washboard.  The song has a lively rhythm and shows a lot of Buddy Moss influence in the guitar part, utilizing a lot of the moves that Buddy recorded on "Hey Lawdy Mama". 

SOLO

Sweet honey, sweet honey hole
I say, sweet honey, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my soul

Said, I want my honey every morning, late at night
If I don't get my honey, don't b'lieve I'm treated just right
REFRAIN: Sweet honey hole, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my soul

Says, I want my honey in the mornin', late at night
If I don't get my honey don't b'lieve I'm treated just right
REFRAIN: Sweet honey hole, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my soul

Now, you talk about your pork chops and your jellyroll
Ain't anything sweeter than my sweet honey hole
REFRAIN: Sweet honey hole, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my soul

SOLO (Spoken: Yeah!)

Now, you talk about your honey, you haven't taste mine
You taste your honey, you gwonna lose your mind
REFRAIN: Sweet honey hole, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my roll

Now, you talk about your honey, better leave mine alone
You taste my honey, your woman can't keep you home
REFRAIN: Sweet honey hole, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my soul

Says, I can't see, to save my life
What a single man want with a married woman wife
REFRAIN: She got a sweet honey, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my soul

All best,
Johnm

Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 21, 2015, 06:32:54 AM
Hi all,
This thread starts with Blind Boy Fuller's "Walking My Troubles Away", but the transcription was never completed. Fuller played the song out of the E position in standard tuning; it is a 12-bar chorus blues with an unusually pretty melody.  Fuller's opening solo is spectacular, as are his fills throughout the course of his rendition.  Here is his performance of the song:

http://youtu.be/WXFQc0PIKX8 (http://youtu.be/WXFQc0PIKX8)

Paperboy holl'in', "Extra!  Have you read the news?"
Shot the brown I love, I got them walkin' blues
REFRAIN: I keep on walkin', tryin' to walk my trouble away
I'm so glad trouble don't last always

You used to be my sweet milk, you soured on me
We won't be together like we used to be
REFRAIN: I keep on walkin', tryin' to walk my trouble away
I'm so glad trouble don't last always

I got the bad luck blues, my bad luck time done come
You say bad luck followin' everybody, seem like I'm the only one
REFRAIN: I keep on walkin', tryin' to walk my trouble away
I'm so glad trouble don't last always

SOLO (Spoken: Play that thing now, boy!)

I got coffee grinds in my coffee, boll weevil in my meal
Tacks in my shoes keep stickin' in my heel, and
REFRAIN: I keep on walkin', tryin' to walk my trouble away
I'm so glad trouble don't last always

All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: CF on May 21, 2015, 07:58:48 AM
On 'When You Are Gone', the line in question is the 2nd verse, 3rd line

Hey, you no use of worryin', because these women back here worryin' me

I'm hearing 'YEAH, you no use of worryin', LEAVE all these women back here WITH me
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on May 21, 2015, 08:14:55 AM
Thanks for the fix, Mike, you are certainly right.  I will make the change.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on June 15, 2015, 03:44:17 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller played "Thousand Woman Blues" out of A position in standard tuning.  The song has unusual phrasing, and Fuller puts some neat rhythmic twists in his rendition.  Lightnin' Wells does a great version of this song, as he does with many of Blind Boy Fuller's songs.

I ain't never loved but a thousand womens in my life
Wo-oh Lord, but a thousand womens in my life

Now, the love I have for you, woman, God knows, it sure is strong
Wo-oh Lord, I say, God knows, it sure is strong

Then if you love me now, woman, then you won't do nothin' wrong
Hey-hey Lord, and you won't do nuh-huhthin' wrong

Now, my woman, please don't worry, baby, while I'm out of your town
Hey-hey Lord, I say, while I'm out of your town

Now, the love I have for you, mama, God knows, it can't be turned around
Hey-hey Lord, and it can't be tur-hurned around

SOLO

Now, my little woman, I says, she's sweet as she can be
Hey-ey Lord, she's just as sweet as she can be

Every time I kiss her, then that cold chill run over me
Hey-ey Lord, then that cold chill run over me

All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Pan on October 06, 2015, 06:03:00 PM
Hi all

I'M trying to figure out the lyrics to this one, and could sure use some help, especially on the bent bracket parts. All suggestions and correction are welcome.


I'm A Stranger Here -Vestapol in F, with a slide.

Says, I'm a stranger here, just blowed in your town,
I'm a stranger here, just blowed in your town,
But just because I'm a stranger, (every)body wants to dog me around.

Says, I wonder do my good gal know I'm here?
Yes, I wonder do my good gal know I'm here?
I says if she do, she sure don't seem to care.

Then I wonder how can some people dog a poor stranger so?
Then I wonder how can some people dog a poor stranger so?
[I said he just remember, gonna reap just what he sow.]

Spoken: Oh play it now boy, play it for me now.

solo

Then I will stay up north, nothing here that I can do,
I will stay up north, nothing here that I can do,
But hang around a corner, singing poor stranger's blues.

Going back south [if] I wear 99 pair of shoes,
Then I'm going back south (if) I wear 99 pair of shoes,
Goin' where I'll be welcome, won't have the stranger blues.


Here's a YouTube video of the tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ztFNMCzM90

Cheers, and thank you!

Pan

Edited as suggested by Lignite.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Lignite on October 06, 2015, 06:39:38 PM
Last line; Goin' where I'll be welcome, won't have the stranger blues.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Pan on October 06, 2015, 06:49:06 PM
Thanks Lignite, much appreciated!

I'll make the change.

Cheers

Pan
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Lignite on October 06, 2015, 07:07:20 PM
I live in an area where recent blues musicians still used to freely interpret  Blind Boy Fuller as our local hero; http://picosong.com/SQUR
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Slack on October 06, 2015, 08:18:51 PM
Very cool.  Amazing in fact... the local tradition is carried on.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Pan on October 07, 2015, 07:15:51 AM
What Slack said!

Cheers

Pan
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on April 19, 2016, 02:37:00 PM
Hi all,
I had never before particularly noticed or remarked upon Blind Boy Fuller's "Wires All Down", but found upon listening to it that it is one of the strongest East Coast blues I've ever heard in G position in standard tuning, just a ripping tune and rendition.  I have never heard it covered.  I'm having a tough time with the last verse and would very much appreciate some help with it.  Here is Blind Boy Fuller's performance of the song:

https://youtu.be/Ndrm_NrJXj0

INTRO

Lord, I love a woman, I'm scared to call her name
I say, hey, hey, I'm scared to call her name
I said, she's a married woman, Lord, but I love her just the same

But now, my woman, she done quit me, black cat crossed my trail
I say, hey, my woman done quit me, black cat done crossed my trail
Says, and I reckon that's the reason now, mama, Papa Fuller sure can't get no mail

Says, it ain't but two women, sure can spend my change
I say, hey, hey, sure can spend my change
Says, one is my little wife, and the other one I'm scared to call her name

The wires all down, my woman done left town
Reckon that's the reason, I can't get the message to that brown of mine
Says, my woman, she done quit me, and news all over town

I jumped the fast mail rambler, almost went a-flyin'
I say, hey, hey, mama, almost went a-flyin'
I said, "Hurry, engineerman, 'cause I wanta see that woman of mine."

Edited 4/19 to pick up corrections from frankie

All best,
Johnm   
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: frankie on April 19, 2016, 02:58:24 PM
I jumped a [Fast Lane Rambler], almost [made her] flyin'
I say, hey, hey, mama, almost [end up] flyin'
I said, "Hurry, engineerman, 'cause I wanta see that woman of mine."

Hi John - I transcribed this for myself years ago in a fit of enthusiasm for Blind Boy Fuller's "blues in G" and this one was the top of the heap. At the time, I transcribed the last verse like this, but I'll go back later tonight for a fresh listen:

Oh I jumped the fast mail rambler, almost went-a-flying
I say hey, hey mama, almost went-a-flying
I said "Hurry, engineerman, 'cause I want to see that woman of mine"
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on April 19, 2016, 03:23:07 PM
Hi Frank,
Thanks for the help!  I will re-listen, too, with your hearing of that verse in mind.  Thanks!
All best,
John

EDITED TO ADD:  Yup, sounds good, Frank.  I've made the changes.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on April 19, 2016, 04:49:18 PM
Frank's got that for sure. Wonder who changed it from rattler to rambler first?

http://weeniecampbell.com/wiki/index.php?title=Gone_Dead_On_You_Blues

Chris
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: waxwing on April 19, 2016, 11:05:11 PM
I think it was about 10 years ago or more on a trip back to Jersey that you turned me on to Fuller's playing in G, Frank. So when I got home I culled out all the songs he played in G and settled on this one for the guitar part. Pretty similar to "Wires all Down" but a little more developed maybe. For instance the nifty little phrase he plays in the 7th bar of the 2nd verse. Then again it's a little more controlled and not so edgy. But the lyrics of "Wires All Down" are pretty great. Couldn't find my original transcription so I did it again.

https://youtu.be/_Bwo4MWAdXg

Screaming and Crying Blues

Solo

Yes I lied down last night laughin?, woke up this mornin? screamin? and cryin?
Yes I lied down last night laughin?, woke up this mornin? screamin? and cryin?
Said I was worryin? and grievin?, ?bout that girl had done left me behind

I said she?s gone and left me, sick and on my bed
I said she?s gone and left me, sick and on my bed
Said then I didn?t have nobody, lord to hold my worried head

(play it now, boy, play it for me)
Solo

Says, I don?t care when you go mama, don?t care how long you stay
I said I don?t care when you go mama, don?t care how long you stay
Said that ol? good kind treatment baby, bring you back home to me some day

-----------

I stole a solo from one of his other songs in G to use as a full pass outro.

Wax
Title: Truckin Little Baby Blind Fullers record
Post by: Farmboy Williams on February 27, 2017, 11:39:42 PM
Just new here and I got some lyrics so thought to pitch this in. I could not find any on here though know there are lots of versions out there. Think this is what Blind Boy Fuller is singin on the only recording I can find and a good start anyway; any additions corrections? Really hard to hear even slowed down.

Truckin Little Baby    Blind Boy Fuller

Got a little girl, she lives cross that hill, she ain?t good at cookin, but I love her still
She?s a truckin little baby, she?s a truckin? little baby
She?s a truckin little baby, gonna tell it everywhere I go

Got a girl, she named Marie, she got good jelly, but she?s stingy with me
She?s a trucking little baby, she?s a trucking little baby
She?s a truckin little baby, I?m gonna tell it everywhere I go

Break..   Yeah

Now wake up boys, don?t be no fool, heres? a little girl just dressed for two
She?s a trucking little baby, she?s a trucking little baby
She?s a truckin little baby, I?m gonna tell it everywhere I go


She?s long and slim, she?s lean and brown, she can look up as long as I can look down
She?s a truckin little baby. She?s a truckin little baby
She?s a truckin little baby, I?m gonna tell it everywhere I go

Get out boys, let me shut the door, I gotta truck some before I go
She?s a truckin little baby, she?s a truckin little baby
She?s a truckin little baby, I?m gonna tell it everywhere I go

Here you boys, cause you are my pal, mighty good side to advertise your gas
She?s a truckin little baby, she?s a truckin little baby
She?s a truckin little baby, I?m gonna tell it everywhere I go

Remarks after the song ?You boys oughta get you a truckin little baby?
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on February 28, 2017, 05:04:41 AM
Hi Farmboy Williams,
Welcome to Weenie Campbell!  I merged your post with a pre-existing "Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics" thread.  Folks will give you a hand with those lyrics as they hear them. 
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on February 28, 2017, 11:35:29 AM
I'll second John's welcome and offer some suggestions:

1.1 she's gonna quit me but I love her still

3.1 here's a little gal she's just from school

4.1 She's long and slim, she's made up round,

6.1 Tell you boys ? mighty bad sign to advertise your gal

Chris
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: BollWeevil on June 22, 2018, 10:34:25 PM
Hello! First time poster but long time visitor! I have been working out Death Alley and can not figure out some of the lyrics! Have an idea but need some help!! Thanks!!!!!!!

Death Alley

Says I live down in death alley mama
Ways that I cannot understand
Says I live in death alley mama
In ways that I cant understand
------???--???????-------

Now You know my meals arent regular baby
Something sho is going on wrong
Said my meals aren't regular mama
Something sho is going on wrong
My woman got a backdoor man
She must be carryin' that suitcase home

Said well ill tell you something mama
I say you sho dont know
Said I'm gwina(gonna) tell you something mama
I say you show dont know
When i quit you this time baby
Said I cant use you no more

Said my woman she cant do right
Well ????(lord) For doing wrong ?????
Says my woman she wont do right
Whoa lord for doing wrong
I says when I catch her
She gone bring that ???????? home(?)

-Ezekiel
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on June 22, 2018, 10:44:31 PM
Hi BollWeevil,
Welcome to Weenie Campbell!  Post what you have so far for the lyrics and other folks will pitch in as they are able to help you.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Lignite on June 23, 2018, 06:39:40 AM

Says I live down in death alley mama
Place that I cannot understand
Says I live in death alley mama
Place that I cant understand
The women cook cornbread for their husbands
And save that sour bread for their man
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on June 25, 2018, 10:32:25 AM
"suitcase home" isn't right, but I can't quite catch it, it's "good something on."

Last verse is

My woman she can't do right, whoa Lord for doing wrong
Says my woman she won't do right, whoa Lord for doing wrong,
I says when I catch her, she goes in that wagon car.
(I assume he means he's gonna call the police on her.)

Chris
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on September 03, 2018, 12:50:30 PM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller played "I Crave My Pigmeat" out of G position in standard tuning, utilizing his favorite raggy 16-bar (18 bars with the tag) progression, and he is joined by Bull City Red on washboard.  Is there anybody who did this kind of material better than Fuller did?  I'm dubious.  Here is the song:

https://youtu.be/M2Y123GMTys

INTRO SOLO

Now, pigmeats that's taken today, today, something I do crave
Now, pigmeats that's taken today, today, something I do crave
Ash to ashes and dust to dust, show me a woman that a man can trust
Pigmeats taken today, today, something I do crave, I mean it, something I do crave

Now, pigmeats that's taken today, today, is something I do crave, yeah!
Pigmeats that's taken today, today, something I do crave
Had a little gal, she was little and low, she used to let me shake it, but she won't no mo'
Pigmeats taken today, today, something I do crave, I mean it, something I do crave (Spoken: Play it for me now!)

SOLO (Spoken: Ah, they taken today.  You know that's something I crave.  Yes!)

Now, pigmeats taken today, today, something I do crave
Now, pigmeats taken today, today, something I do crave
Looked down that road, far as I could see, the boys had my woman and the blues had me
Pigmeats that's taken today, today, something I do crave, I mean it, something I do crave, yeah!

SOLO

Now, pigmeats taken today, today, something I do crave
Now, pigments taken today, today, something I do crave
Ash to ashes and sand to sand, show me a woman ain't got a backdoor man
Pigmeats that's taken today, today, something I do crave

All best,
Johnm



   
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on November 06, 2018, 09:52:15 AM
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller recorded "I'm A Good Stem Winder" at a session in New York City on April 6, 1938.  He played the song out of A position in standard tuning.  God, he was good--his time, his singing, everything!  Here is "I'm A Good Stem Winder":

https://youtu.be/aRdBtDlP9lc

Early in the mornin', late at night, the way I twist that thing is bound to be all right
REFRAIN: Says, I'm a good stem winder, yeah, a good stem winder
Says, I'm a good stem winder, please bring your work to me

Says, I want to the telephone, pulled the receiver down, said, "Hello, Central, want to talk to that gal across town."
REFRAIN: Says, I'm a good stem winder, yeah, I'm a good stem winder
Yes, I'm a good stem winder, please bring your work to me

Says, I'm not joking, ain't gon' change my mind, the way you treat me, mama, is a dead cat on the line
REFRAIN: Says, I'm a good stem winder, yeah, I'm a good stem winder
Yeah, I'm a good stem winder, please bring your work to me (Spoken: Yeah!)

SOLO

Says, I went to the door with my, hat in my hand, says, "Tell me, woman, where's your other man?"
REFRAIN: Says, I'm a good stem winder, says, I'm a good stem winder
Says, I'm a good stem winder, please bring your work to me

SOLO

Says, when I'm gone, go and write my name on the door, it ain't no sign I'm dead, I'll sure be back for some more
REFRAIN: Says, I'm a good stem winder, yeah, I'm a good stem winder
Says, I'm a good stem winder, please bring your work to me

My gal said, "You can treat me mean, and you can take me low, but every time I see you, now, I want to wind some more."
REFRAIN: Says, I'm a good stem winder, yeah, I'm a good stem winder
Says, I'm a good stem winder, please bring your work to me

All best,
John   
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on November 06, 2018, 10:06:12 AM
Reading through the lyrics I met up with an old friend, a dead cat on the line. I remembered we had discussed its meaning in an older thread so went looking for it. For those who don't know or, like me, have forgotten, here's a link (https://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=1824.msg13946#msg13946).
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: frankiewindmillstorytelle on November 08, 2018, 01:37:09 AM
Hi there!. I'm a new user. I need some help whit a blind boy fuller's song. I can't found lyrics of "climbing on the top of the hill" in anywhere.
I would like to add it to my repertorie, but for me is very difficult hear everywords (English is not my principal language), so ..someone may could help me and put the lyrics to me. I'll be so apreciate of this.

Thanks a lot!

PD( Excuse me for my english :) )

Here the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90ewfzpK2uE
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: lindy on November 08, 2018, 07:55:05 AM
Hi Frankie Windmill:

First, welcome to Weenie, glad you found us. We've got several non-native English speakers in the group, no need to feel alone.

Our usual process is to post the lyrics that we do have so far, and other members help fill in the blanks. If you read through earlier pages on this thread you'll find plenty of other examples.

Lindy
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: lindy on November 08, 2018, 08:43:30 AM
Need help in a couple of places, mostly the last verse:

[Revised 11/8 to include banjochris' changes ... thanks Chris ...]

BLACK AND TAN
Blind Boy Fuller

Hey, hey, hey-hey-hey.
Hey, hey, hey-hey-hey.
Hey, hey, hey-hey-hey.

There's one thing 'bout my woman, I can't understand.
Ey, ey, lord, I can't understand.
Every night she go to bed, she wanna do that old black and tan.

I got me a brownskin woman, man, she's long and slim.
Ey, ey, lord, long and slim.
Says, when I start to loving her, great god, it's too bad Jim.

I don't want no midnight woman, knocking on my door.
Ey, ey, knocking on my door.
Lord, I got me a pigmeat woman, I can not use sow belly no more.

I ain't never loved but three womens in this land.
Ey, love, three womens in this land.
Said that's my mother and my sister, woman that love me to black and tan.

There's one thing I sure do hate.
Ey, hey, lord, I sure do hate.
Ever since my woman learned me the black and tan, I cannot keep her straight.

Said, I believe I heared my woman call my name.
Ey, lord, heared her when she call my name.
She never calls so loud, but she calls so nice and plain.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on November 08, 2018, 11:49:21 AM
Here you go, Lindy:

3.2 Ey, ey, LORD long and slim.

4.3 woman that LEARNED ME THE black and tan.

6.1 Believe I HEARED my woman call my name.
6.2. Ey, lord, HEARED here when she call my name

Chris
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: lindy on April 07, 2019, 07:41:50 PM
Need some ears in a couple of places for Oozing You Off My Mind, a more energetic clone of You Got to Change Your Mind, which Fuller recorded two years earlier.

A key word in the first line gets repeated throughout the song . . . at first I thought it was always ?dreaming,? but in two cases it really sounds like he?s singing ?grieving,? and in one case he might be singing ?feeling,? though I?m less certain about that one.

Oozing You Off My Mind (1937), key of C

Woman if you think I?m grievin' cause you quit me
You got to change your mind.
When you see me sittin? around sleepin?
I?m oozing you off my mind.

Said looka-hear gal, you been treatin? me mighty tough,
You know good and well I?m tired of that doggone stuff.
If you think I?m grievin' cause you quit me,
Gal you got to change your mind, still tellin? you,
You got to change your mind . . . Yeah!

Solo

Said, now gal you think I?m grievin' cause you quit me.
You got to change your mind.
When you see me sitting around sleepin?,
I?m oozing you off my mind.

Said ashes to ashes and dust to dust,
Show me a woman that a man can trust.
If you think I?m grievin' cause you quit me,
Babe you better change your mind, still tellin? you,
You got to change your mind . . . Yeah!

SPOKEN: Now mama if you think I?m grievin? cause you quit me,
You better change your mind.
When you see me sittin? around sleeping,
I?m just oozing you off my mind.

Scat

Baby if you think I?m grievin' cause you quit me,
You better change your mind.
When you see me sittin? around sleeping
I?m oozing you off my mind.

Said a nickel is a nickel and a dime is a dime,
Gal, what?s that you been givin? away of mine?

If you think I?m grievin' cause you quit me,
Gal you got to change your mind, still tellin? you,
You got to change your mind . . . Yeah!

SPOKEN: Lord, this world's in a turnip patch,
Everybody pickin' salad.
Awwww, too bad.

Scat

Said gal, if you think I?m grievin' cause you quit me,
You better change your mind.
When you see me sittin? around dreamin?
I?m oozing you off my mind.

Just like a squirrel that goes from limb to limb,
See my woman go from man to man and it?s too bad Jim.

Now gal, if you think I?m dreaming ?cuz you quit me,
Babe you better change your mind, still tellin? you,
Gal you better change your mind.

Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on April 07, 2019, 10:05:58 PM
I would say that it?s grievin? and sleepin? throughout

The spoken interlude sounds to me like:
Lord, this world?s in a tough patch
Everybody?s pickin? salad.

Last verse:
See my woman go from man to man, it?s too bad Jim.

Last line is
Gal you better change your mind (and no ?yeah?).
Chris
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: lindy on April 08, 2019, 09:56:49 AM
Thanks, Chris.

I still hear a "d"/dreamin' in a couple of places, but I'm going with "grievin'" throughout because I hear the "g" in two places, and the word is a better fit meaning-wise.

Anyone know of another song describing people as "picking salad" during hard times? I'm assuming the meaning is that people are so poor that they're going into the woods and fields to pick greens.

L
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on April 08, 2019, 11:27:41 AM
Anyone know of another song describing people as "picking salad" during hard times? I'm assuming the meaning is that people are so poor that they're going into the woods and fields to pick greens.

I assumed that meaning too, but if someone hears something else, too, I'm certainly not 100% sure of it.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Lignite on April 08, 2019, 01:04:58 PM
Hey guys, I think he's saying "Lord this world's in a turnip patch. Everybody's pickin' salad". I had some good turnip greens at lunch today. They are a part of many North Carolinian's  diet. Also sometimes called turnips with roots with pieces of the true turnip mixed with the cooked greens in small cubes and prepared with some kind of fatback or ham for flavor.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: banjochris on April 08, 2019, 05:03:13 PM
Yeah, Lignite, I believe you're right about "turnip" ? he kinda swallows the last syllable, but it sounds more like that (and makes more sense) than "tough." Reinforces the "salad" bit, which listening again I'm more sure that's correct.
Chris
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: lindy on April 08, 2019, 06:56:58 PM
It's really hard for me to imagine anyone sighing and saying, "Man, this world sure is in a turnip patch," but I was raised in southern New York City, so what do I know . . .

Change made -- thanks Lightnin'!

Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Lignite on April 09, 2019, 09:07:02 AM
Lindy,
I think that it's a saying kind of in the same context as "eating high on the hog." in this case,there is a super abundance of my favorite food and plenty for everyone.
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: lindy on April 09, 2019, 10:04:18 AM
Thanks Lightnin' ... up until your comment, the only two idioms I knew involving turnips were negative: falling off the turnip truck and getting blood out of a turnip. That's why I immediately interpreted "everyone's eating salad" to mean "poor people scrounging for wild greens 'cause there's nothing else to eat."

I know that "salad days" means "good times, when everything is going well," but when I saw turnips and salad next to each other I went for the negative interpretation, especially since the song was recorded in the mid-1930s, when economic times were at their toughest. Maybe BBF was singing about that wonderful time in late summer when gardens are really cranking out the greens.

L
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: waxwing on April 09, 2019, 06:41:39 PM
Excuse this aging thespian, but "salad days" refers to youth, first used by Shakespeare in Antony and Cleopatra, where the latter uses the phrase, "in my salad days, when I was green in judgement", speaking to her two servants, Iras and Charmion, moments before placing an adder to her breast.

Some years before money was thought of as cabbage.

You'd be surprised how many phrases in common usage were written by the Bard.

Wax
Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Stuart on April 10, 2019, 08:32:03 AM
You are correct, Wax, re: Shakespear's use being the locus classicus and the earliest attested usage. But Lindy is also correct as the meaning has expanded since the use in the text (and context) you cite.

Be that as it may. What we are trying to figure out here is what BBF specifically had in mind and what he was expressing in the spoken aside.

However, he may have had nothing specific in mind as it relates to the lyrics of the song. We've seen and heard this kind of thing before. --But it gives us something to do...

P.S. Aging thespian, you are excused  ;D

Edited to add: Trying to think of a meaning that fits the context of the song, it is possible that the spoken aside may be a sexual metaphor. BBF might have meant, "The world is a turnip patch," that is, full of sexual beings, with everybody pickin'....

There's more than one turnip in the patch.

Title: Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on April 11, 2019, 06:28:31 PM
... moments before placing an adder to her breast.

Hey wax, we did that one in school, it was an asp not an adder. Not that I know my asp from my elbow or anything :)