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Title: Lyric transcription requests
Post by: uncle bud on June 07, 2010, 05:25:35 AM
Hi all - For some reason, I just noticed that we don't have a sticky topic explaining in general the way that lyric transcriptions and requests are dealt with on Weenie, so better late than never.

Pretty simple: When asking for lyrics or help with lyrics, the best approach is to post what you have transcribed yourself first. Then other people can jump in and offer suggestions, corrections, references to other lyrics etc.

We realize English is not the first language of everyone who visits the forum and there will be exceptions to the above.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Lyric transcription requests
Post by: Rivers on August 18, 2010, 08:29:54 PM
Also, please transcribe every line, the "x2" thing is usually inaccurate, even if it's only an accent word, "well", "oh" etc

Not being anal or anything.
Title: Re: Lyric transcription requests
Post by: Richard on August 19, 2010, 02:51:24 PM
Dare I also mention the proper use of capitals and never that awful lower case text message stuff  >:(
Title: Re: Lyric transcription requests
Post by: ArthurVR on November 10, 2016, 03:49:11 AM
I can translate the lyrics in some languages.
Title: Re: Lyric transcription requests
Post by: Dr Pryor on May 17, 2020, 04:28:36 AM
Dear all, this is my first time on your website. I am currently working on translating 10 to 15 blues songs into French for a possible publishing project with illos... So far, translation is OK but I have troubles understanding verses sometimes.

Case # 1: Tommy Johnson's Cool Drink of water, verse # 4. Does he really say:
"It's done taken your faro, blowed its smoke on you"
Is Faro the card game? Then what does it mean?

Case # 2: I have managed to get Memphis Minnie's Bad luck woman entire lyrics after hundreds of listening but even with the help of Paul Garon (author of Minnie's biography), I couldnt get the 2nd line of verse #1. Can you help?
Every man I get, if he don't get sick, he will die
[Does a woman take away from them, a doggone fly]???

Needless to say, all lyrics websites give either a wrong version of the lyrics, or a version derived from a cover.
Thank you all in advance,
Eric
Title: Re: Lyric transcription requests
Post by: Johnm on May 17, 2020, 09:46:38 AM
Hi Dr Pryor,
I think the second line of the first verse of "I'm A Bad Luck Woman" is:

   Don't, some woman take him away from me on a doggone fly

The implication being, if the man neither gets sick nor dies, she'll still lose him, due to another woman snatching him away from her, on the fly.  There isn't really a vowel sound in "me" in that line, but you can clearly hear the "m" of "me" preceding "on".

I hope this helps.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Lyric transcription requests
Post by: islandgal on May 17, 2020, 12:55:29 PM
Dr. Pryor,

Re: the Tommy Johnson song Cool Drink of Water, I think in this case, faro means girlfriend.
So, the train has taken his girlfriend and blown smoke on him.

Jean
Title: Re: Lyric transcription requests
Post by: Dr Pryor on May 18, 2020, 10:32:48 AM
Dear all, a huge thank you!!

Tommy Johnson, well that was probably an easy one for you (I'm French). I had eventually found out faro/fairo meaning after my post and this is definitely clear now!

Memphis Minnie, may I ask, are you sure (as many other native English American failed understanding)? I have to admit, it makes sense and it does sound like you say!

If that is helpful for a contribution - as there are very few Memphis Minnie's lyrics on Weenie Campbel - I can provide the whole song now.
Title: Re: Lyric transcription requests
Post by: Johnm on May 18, 2020, 11:17:52 AM
Dr Pryor,
I'm as sure as I could be--the sound is spot on, and it makes sense, too, which is important.  I don't think the fact that other American English speakers have missed it in the past is especially significant. 
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Lyric transcription requests
Post by: Dr Pryor on May 18, 2020, 02:28:41 PM
Can't find the "thumbs up" icon... Thank you, thank you, and thank you again!
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