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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Larry Johnson Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Today at 08:41:01 AM »
Thanks for the catches, Harry, I have made the changes.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Larry Johnson Lyrics
« Last post by harry on Today at 05:53:53 AM »
3.3 And I you give him soap and water

5.1 Now if you want to go to Heaven
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Big Maceo Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Yesterday at 05:20:07 PM »
Hi all,
Big Maceo recorded "Ramblin' Mind Blues" at his first recording session, in Chicago on June 24, 1941. He was backed by Tampa Red on guitar and Ransom Knowling on bass. Maceo played the song in C on the piano, and Tampa, tuned down to accommodate that, sounds a little less smooth than usual, though mighty fine. Here is "Ramblin' Mind Blues":



INTRO

Well I woke up this morning, with ramblin' on my mind
Well I woke up this morning, with ramblin' on my mind
Well my babe had quit me, and I couldn't hardly keep from cryin'

She brought me up North, when I was just out of school
She brought me up North, when I was just out of school
Since she got me up North, she tried to play me for a fool

When a woman says she loves you, man, don't pay that no mind
When a woman says she loves you, man, don't pay that no mind
She'll have you out of your home, just like I'm out of mine

SOLO

When you see me leavin', hang crepe on your door
When you see me leavin', hang crepe on your door
Well, I won't be dead, but I ain't comin' here no more

All best,
Johnm

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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: Gary Davis's second guitar part on Rag Mama
« Last post by Thomas8 on Yesterday at 03:06:45 PM »
he plays a similar accompaniment on Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Larry Johnson Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Yesterday at 12:28:22 PM »
Hi all,
Larry Johnson recorded "Keep It Clean" for his album, "Fast And Funky", on the Blue Goose label, which was released in 1970. Larry opened the program with this rendition and boy, he landed with a bang! He accompanied himself out of A position in standard tuning, and really re-worked the song, both in terms of the melody and guitar part from what Charley Jordan had done on the original recording of the song. Here is Larry's version of "Keep It Clean":



INTRO

Well, I went to the river and I couldn't get across, jumped on your pappy 'cause I thought he was a horse,
REFRAIN: Rode him over, give him a Co'-Cola, lemon soda, saucer of ice cream
And I give him soap and water, honey, for to keep it clean, baby, for to keep it clean

Bought a wig for your mama 'cause she had bad hair, put a muzzle on your daddy 'cause he looked like a bear
REFRAIN: Rode him over, I give him a Co'-Cola, lemon soda, saucer of ice cream
And I give him soap and water, honey, for to keep it clean, baby, for to keep it clean (Spoken: Yes he did)

He got a head like a owl and a mouth like a goat, every time you see him, say he looking' for some soap
REFRAIN: Ride him over, I give him a Co'-Cola, lemon soda, saucer of ice cream
And you give him soap and water, honey, for to keep it clean, baby, for to keep it clean

Now the dirtiest sight that I ever seen, was a cook cookin' biscuits when his hands wasn't clean
REFRAIN: Ride him over, give him a Co'-Cola, lemon soda, saucer of ice cream
And you give him soap and water, honey, for to keep it clean, baby, for to keep it clean

Now if you want to go to Heaven when you d-i-e, you got to put on your collar wear your t-i-e, and
REFRAIN: Ride him over, give him a Co'-Cola, lemon soda, saucer of ice cream
And you give him soap and water, honey, for to keep it clean, baby, for to keep it clean

And you want to get a rabbit out the l-o-g, you got to put on a stunt like a d-o-g, and
REFRAIN: Ride him over, give him a Co'-Cola, lemon soda, saucer of ice cream
And you give him soap and water, honey, for to keep it clean, baby, for to keep it clean

Cryin', run here, doctor, won't you run here fast, see what's the matter with his yas-yas-yas
REFRAIN: Ride him over, give him a Co'-Cola, lemon soda, saucer of ice cream
And you give him soap and water, honey, for to keep it clean, baby, for to keep it clean
Honey, for to keep it clean, hey, baby, for to keep it clean

CODA

Edited 11/30 to pick up corrections from Harry and Johnm

All best,
Johnm





 


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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: Gary Davis's second guitar part on Rag Mama
« Last post by Johnm on Yesterday at 09:49:07 AM »
Hi arlotone,
Fuller starts "Rag, Mama, Rag" with a two-times-through of the 8-bar form's solo, and Rev. Davis enters with a bass run leading into the fifth bar of the second time through the form. He does not play intermittently after that, but is in for the entire remainder of the track. Rev. Davis is playing out of F position in standard tuning, and Fuiller is playing out of C position capoed to the fifth fret (these are relative positions, the pitch may be higher or lower, I haven't checked it). For several portions of the remainder of the track it's hard to hear the pitches that Rev. Davis is playing but if you listen hard, you can hear his attacks and the articulation of what he is playing, he's pretty much non-stop.
All best,
Johnm
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Down the Dirt Road / Re: Other Musical Interests on YouTube
« Last post by Johnm on November 28, 2020, 08:14:15 PM »
Hi all,
Here is Jukka Perko's Jazztet, from Finland, at a live performance from a few years ago (he's the alto sax player) playing a Jimmy Van Heusen song, "Aren't You Glad You're You?". That's Teemu Viinikainen on guitar, and boy, is he great! The whole band is just a gas.



All best,
Johnm
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Gary Davis's second guitar part on Rag Mama
« Last post by arlotone on November 28, 2020, 04:05:47 PM »
The main guitar part of Blind Boy Fuller's "Rag, Mama, Rag" is well known, but I haven't found any discussion of Gary Davis's second guitar part, beyond simply acknowledging that it exists. It's hard to hear, but as far as I can tell, it consists of several fast single-note phrases, plus a brief rhythm part in the solo section. Most interestingly, he seems to only play the last measures of some verses and sit out completely on other verses, so he ends up playing less than half the song overall.

I tabbed and recorded what I hear:

http://jugtracks.arlotone.com/song/rag_mama_rag

It's possible he was playing throughout the whole song and the rest is inaudible. But as quiet as he is in the mix, it seems fairly clear when he's playing and when he isn't.

Have you heard other recordings of Davis, or anyone of this era, playing an intermittent part like this?

And are there other examples of Davis focusing on single-note lines like this? That's not what comes to mind when I think of him, but I don't really know his repertoire.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mystery Blues
« Last post by jake_fantom on November 28, 2020, 03:44:14 PM »
Well, not that anybody is monitoring this thread from 2013, but it took me more than seven years to find the answer to this one and the lyrics I quoted are 100% correct. The song is titled, The Train, and it's by an R&B singer named Big John Hamilton who recorded for the Minaret label. This song was recorded in 1967, and I owned a 45 of it, which shattered many years ago. It is indeed a riff on Hold That Train Conductor, but IMHO, it stands on its own. So thanks to all who tried to help. I feel like I have found an old friend. You can find it on YouTube, Spotify or Amazon Prime Music. Worth a listen. A beautiful tune.
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Gitfiddles, Harps, Washboards & Kazoos / How to Build a Guitar NY Times
« Last post by Stuart on November 28, 2020, 09:02:37 AM »
An article supposedly for kids in today's NY Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/28/magazine/martin-guitar-factory.html
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