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When I asked Son House to listen to a particular line from a song by Charley Patton that I could not make out, House laughed. He said "You could sit at Charley's feet and not understand a word he sang." - Jeff Todd Titon, Early Downhome Blues

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Lee Green Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 30, 2021, 06:02:00 AM »
I can't help what you hear, Harry. Give it a rest. I'm not making those changes. You can hear the "s" at the end of "was" as plain as day and there is no "r" sound at all.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Lee Green Lyrics
« Last post by Harry on July 30, 2021, 05:54:49 AM »
Harry, I disagree with your changes in the first verse. Lee Green sings "was" in both of the first two lines. "Lord" was wrong, he just sings "the" again in the second line, but swallows it. I agree with your change to the tagline in verse two and will amke that change. Thanks.

Sorry start this again but I don't hear "was" at all. I hear "are" clearly. I don't hear "the" on 1.2 either.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by Harry on July 30, 2021, 05:45:08 AM »
Thanks Chris. Never knew "drive a nail" was an expression put to great use by Lipscomb as a metaphor.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by banjochris on July 29, 2021, 02:25:06 PM »
I'd suggest "nail" instead of "mule" in that third verse.
Chris
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by monts on July 29, 2021, 12:46:51 PM »
Thank you very much!!!
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Lee Green Lyrics
« Last post by waxwing on July 29, 2021, 12:04:34 PM »
You're right, it does sorta sound like a stretched out ah--ll. It could be referring back to going through mud and rain? Your call.

Wax
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Lee Green Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 29, 2021, 11:42:32 AM »
Harry, I disagree with your changes in the first verse. Lee Green sings "was" in both of the first two lines. "Lord" was wrong, he just sings "the" again in the second line, but swallows it. I agree with your change to the tagline in verse two and will amke that change. Thanks.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Lee Green Lyrics
« Last post by Harry on July 29, 2021, 11:03:59 AM »
I got a few more suggestions for "Bad Man Napper"

1st verse

The Bad Man Napper, was are the cause of Little Eddie's death today
Lord A lil' ol' Bad Man Napper, was are the cause of Little Eddie's death today
I think he slipped and he stole his life, out from behind a big stack of hay


2.3 He made his livin' in stealin', and hidin' it all day long along
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by Harry on July 29, 2021, 10:19:30 AM »



INTRO

Yes, I want to see my little angel, my little angel child
I want to see my little angel, my little angel child
Love to look in my baby’s face, people, love to see her smile

Yes, she made me a promise, she made it to me one day
She made me a promise, she made it to me one day
Wonder why my little angel, she would walk away

Well, you used to be sweet, mama, you ain't sweet no more
You used to be sweet, baby, you ain't sweet no more
I drove the nail this mornin’ but you, pullin’ out the wood

SOLO

All in my dreams, I can hear my doorbell ring
All in my dreams, people, I can hear my doorbell ring
When I woke up this mornin’, couldn't see a doggone thing

If I have someone to love me, halfway treat me right
I have someone to love me , halfway treat me right
I'd quit running 'round here, staying out late at night

SOLO
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by David Kaatz on July 29, 2021, 09:46:16 AM »
It would be helpful if you could post a link to a YouTube video of the song. There are a bunch of versions up on YouTube but I couldn’t find one that matched the lyrics you show. There is a version by Daddy Stovepipe that is close, but leaves out the third verse - maybe he couldn’t decipher it either.
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