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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Fred McDowell lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Today at 01:35:46 PM »
Hi all,
Fred McDowell recorded "Won't Be Worried Long", accompanying himself in Vestapol with a slide, on "Levee Camp Blues".  The song seems to be modeled on Frank Hutchison's "Worried Blues", and uses the same melody and many of the same licks.  After the first verse, Fred gave up on going to the V chord, and after that just sang the first line of each of the remaining verses.  Fred's version of the song from "Levee Camp Blues" is not available on youtube.

INTRO SOLO

I'm worried, mama, I won't be worried long
Worried, mama, and I won't be worried (slide finishes line)
I'm wo- (slide finishes line)

I ain't got nowhere to lay my worried head

Well the train come down, tracks all out of line

Well the train come down, tracks all out of line

Well you keep me worried, bothered all the time

All best,
Johnm
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Fred McDowell lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Today at 01:25:22 PM »
Hi all,
Also included in the program of "Levee Camp Blues" is "Will Me Your Gold Watch And Chain", which Fred McDowell played out of Spanish tuning, without a slide.  Fred employs a four-bar signature lick for the song, making for very long verses; verse one is thirty-four bars long!  This is one of those songs, like several of Booker White's and other songs by Fred McDowell, in which all of the singing is done over the IV chord.  The instrumental response is the signature lick, which is played a variable number of times, as Fred felt it to be right.  Here is Fred McDowell's rendition of the song:



INTRO

Should happen to go to the Army, baby, won't you will me your watch and chain?
Should happen to go to the Army, will me your watch and chain
You have to promise to me, baby, you won't fool around with no other man

Just like a soldier, babe, out on the battlefield
Just like a soldier, darlin', honey, out on that battlefield
You know by that, honey, you know just how I feel

I've got my questionnaire, baby, they need me in the war
Got my questionnaire, darlin', they need me, baby, in the war
Got a questionnaire, darlin', need me in the war

Yeah, darlin', baby, don't you weep and moan
Yeah, darlin', honey, don't you weep and moan
When that war is over, your daddy'll be back home

Hey, baby, don't you crowd your mind
Hey, little girl, don't you crowd your mind
Hey, little girl, please don't you crowd your mind

All best,
Johnm

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Fred McDowell lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Today at 01:06:15 PM »
Hi all,
It has been pointed out to me by Harriet that the correct title for the Fred McDowell song two posts back in this thread is, in fact, "Jim, Steam Killed Lula", since Jim and Steam were two different people, which makes sense out of the verse two lyrics.  There is another version of the song on youtube, where Fred McDowell makes this information clear via a spoken introduction.  Thanks, Harriet, for the correction.
All best,
Johnm
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Leroy Carr Lyrics
« Last post by Pan on Today at 01:22:01 AM »
Thanks Johnm, and Waxwing.  I was wondering about that too. I'll make the change.

Cheers,

Pan

Hi Pan,
I think in those two verses it should be disgusted rather than disgusting, though he's very nasal on that last syllable and I could be wrong.  If he describes himself as disgusting, he's saying he makes other people sick, if he's disgusted, he's been made sick himself, if that makes any sense.
All best,
Johnm
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Leroy Carr Lyrics
« Last post by waxwing on Yesterday at 07:02:40 PM »
Was just about to post the same thing, Johnm, 'til I turned the page and you'd beat me to it.

Wax
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Leroy Carr Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Yesterday at 05:53:08 PM »
Hi Pan,
I think in those two verses it should be disgusted rather than disgusting, though he's very nasal on that last syllable and I could be wrong.  If he describes himself as disgusting, he's saying he makes other people sick, if he's disgusted, he's been made sick himself, if that makes any sense.
All best,
Johnm
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Leroy Carr Lyrics
« Last post by Pan on Yesterday at 04:45:43 PM »
Thank you Chris!

I'll make the change.

Cheers,

Pan
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Leroy Carr Lyrics
« Last post by banjochris on Yesterday at 04:40:17 PM »
I would transcribe it as
Here, and I stood at the station...

From the way Carr hesitates a bit, I would guess that he misspoke here, starting to sing the third verse, which basically starts with "Hear," realizes his mistake and goes on. Probably should have been "Went and I stood at the station."
Chris
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Leroy Carr Lyrics
« Last post by Pan on Yesterday at 03:53:30 PM »
Hi all,

Sorry if I'm picking the most obvious Leroy Carr tune, but I'm trying to figure out the lyrics to Leroy Carr's and Scrapper Blackwell's 1928 version of "How Long, How Long Blues", and could use some help. Especially the beginning of the 2nd verse is unclear to me. I've seen it transcribed as "Went and asked at the station: 'why's my baby leavin' town?", but it doesn't sound to me like that's what Carr is singing. Any other corrections are of course welcome.
Here's what I've got:

How Long, How Long Blues   -Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell, key of E-flat


How long, babe how long,
Has that evenin' train been gone?
How long, how, how long,
Baby how long?

Here, and I stood at the station, watch my baby leavin' town,
Blue and disgusted, nowhere could peace be found.
For how long, how, how long,
Baby how long?

I can hear the whistle blowing, but I cannot see no train,
And it's deep down in my heart baby, there lies an aching pain.
For how long, how, how long,
Baby how long?

Sometimes I feel so disgusted, and I feel so blue,
Then I hardly know what in this world, baby, just to do.
For how long, how, how long,
Baby how long?

And if I could holler, like I was a mountain jack.
I'd go up on a mountain, and I'd call my baby back.
For how long, how, how long,
Baby how long?

And if someday you gonna be sorry, that you done me wrong
But it will be too late, baby, I will be gone.
For so long, so long,
Baby so long.

My mind get to rambling, I feel so bad.
Thinkin' about the bad luck, that I have had.
For how long, how, how long,
Baby how long?


Here's a YouTube video of the song. Thanks for any help.

Cheers,

Pan



Edited as kindly suggested by Banjochris, Johnm, and Waxwing.
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