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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 19, 2019, 06:06:52 PM »
Hi all,
Mance Lipscomb's version of "Shorty George", played in C position in standard tuning, has an unusually pretty melody, and is a different song, melodically and in its structure from other songs of that title.  Mance always played so many variations, and it's a treat to hear how he changed his accompaniment over the course of his rendition.  I'm not at all sure I have the tagline to the first verse exactly right, and would very much appreciate correction or corroboration.  Here is "Shorty George":



Shorty George, he died on the road
Tell me, Shorty George, he died on the road
He died with a sad, aching heart

If I leave here walking, who's gonna follow me?
If I leave here walking, who's gonna follow me?
If I leave here walking, who's gonna follow me?

Why I love you, babe, just can't help myself
Well, I love my babe, just can't help myself
I'd rather be with you, woman, anybody else

Tell me, babe, where did you stay last night?
Won't you tell me, mama, where'd you stay last night?
You went to come in, home, with your shoes weren't on you right

She says, "Now Daddy, Daddy don't raise no sand.
Look-a-here now, Daddy, Daddy don't raise no sand.
I don't ask you 'bout no woman, don't ask me about no man."

If I feel tomorrow, like I feel today
If I feel tomorrow, like I feel today
Well I won't be here, but somewhere on my way

If I leave here runnin', who's gonna follow me?
If I leave here runnin', who's gon' follow me?
If I leave here walkin', no one to follow me

In the Spring, in the Spring, when the birds begin to sing
It's the only time, you ever gon' dog me 'round

Edited 7/22 to pick up corrections from banjochris

All best,
Johnm

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 19, 2019, 05:37:18 PM »
Hi all,
Mance Lipscomb recorded "Charlie James" for "Texas Sharecropper and Songster, Vol. 2" on Arhoolie.  The song is a very laconic, spooky number that Mance played out of E position in standard tuning.  The first verse sets up the context unforgettably, and so quietly.  Mance pronounced "far" like "fur" or "fir".  He does one of his trademark continuous accelerandos over the course of his rendition, and he's really moving by the time he gets to the end of the song.  Here is "Charlie James":



INTRO SOLO

If you see Charlie James coming down the road
Would you please, don't tell him, which-a-way you see me go

In the morning soon, in the morning soon
Yes, I'm going back to Houston in the morning soon

Had a whole lot of money, one day, one day
Next day, I didn't have a dime

SOLO

Looked down the road, just as far as I could see
And I thought I spied my old-time used-to-be

SOLO

Had a whole lot of trouble, one day, one day
Next day I didn't know what to do

SOLO

Looked down the road, just as far as I could see
And I thought I spied my old-time used-to-be

SOLO

When a man gets in trouble, everybody throws him down
Exceptin' for his friends and they won't come around

Nobody ever knows you, when you're down and out
Ask them for a favor, they will know, it's all about

SOLO

Well, you may go, you may try to stay
But you'll be back, some old rainy day

SOLO AND CODA

All best,
Johnm

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 19, 2019, 05:12:41 PM »
Hi all,
"'Bout A Spoonful" comes from Mance Lipscomb's first Arhoolie album, "Mance Lipscomb, Texas Sharecropper and Songster, Vol. 1".  It's a ripping piece which Mance played out of A in dropped-D tuning, and it has an unusual 9-bar form (in most verses).  Mance goes to a 12-bar form, more or less, for his second solo.  I love the opening line of the first verse.  Here is "'Bout A Spoonful":



I been drinkin' bad whiskey all night long, got the headache now
Yes, I been drinkin' bad whiskey all night long, oh Lord, mama, got the head ache now

Tell me, what you gonna do with your brand new daddy 'bout a spoonful?
Tell me, what you gonna do with your brand new papa, oh Lord, mama, 'bout a spoonful?

It late last night, well, come home from gettin' a spoonful
It was late last night, I come home from gettin' a spoonful

Oh Lordy, mama, all our daddys gets a spoonful
All I want, baby, in this world, oh baby, just a spoonful

Eve and Adam was the first two people got a spoonful
Tell me, Eve and Adam was the first two people, oh mama, got a spoonful

Late last night, well, I lay down and got a spoonful
Baby, late last night, I lay down, oh mama, got a spoonful

Oh, drinkin' bad whiskey all night long, got the headache now
I been drinkin' bad whiskey all night long, oh mama, got the headache now

SOLO

Tell you, what you gonna do with your brand new daddy 'bout a spoonful?
Oh, what you gonna do with your brand new daddy 'bout a spoonful?

Put him in the bed, gonna run him crazy 'bout a spoonful
Put him in the bed, gonna run him crazy, oh Lord, mama, 'bout a spoonful

SOLO

All I want in this wide world is just a spoonful
Baby, all I want in this wide world is just a spoonful

Tell me, what you gonna do with your brand new mama 'bout a spoonful?
Tell me, what you gonna do with your brand new mama, oh Lord, baby, 'bout a spoonful

OUTRO

All best,
Johnm

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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Johnm on July 19, 2019, 10:01:46 AM »
Hi all,
Any takers for the Brooks Berry/Scrapper Blackwell puzzler, "Sweetest Apple On The Tree"?  Come one, come all!
All best,
Johnm
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Down the Dirt Road / Re: Other Musical Interests on YouTube
« Last post by Stuart on July 18, 2019, 06:03:29 PM »
Thanks, John. Dan certainly knows how to put one across. It would peel the paint off an unpainted barn.
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Down the Dirt Road / Re: Other Musical Interests on YouTube
« Last post by Rivers on July 18, 2019, 05:14:59 PM »
Nice
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Just another "we'll probably never know" moment in the history of country blues. I would have preferred the LoC had corrected it immediately, personally, for several reasons. Maybe the LoC couldn't spell either! :P
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Down the Dirt Road / Re: Other Musical Interests on YouTube
« Last post by Johnm on July 18, 2019, 04:16:11 PM »
Hi all,
Here's Danny Paisley with the Southern Grass.  Boy, I love the way he sings--the way he pops those notes on the chorus--wow!  He's a real paint peeler.



All best,
Johnm
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My guess is that it was a simple mistake that went or was deliberately left uncorrected. Poor, pore and pour are homophones in modern American English (stating the obvious). Spelling errors are part of cultural history, so maybe the decision was made to retain the erroneous spelling in order to be faithful to the original. Beats the hell out of me.
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I'm not a big fan of "pore" either--the only thing that I can think of that would justify its use would be if one of the artists involved wrote the title down that way.

Somebody couldn't spell somewhere in the chain. Nothing has changed, just take a look at the internet today. I clutch my head in anguish on a daily basis. Trump's twitter feed, for example, though someone is obviously editing it lately, fewer howlers.
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