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I just don't find any sadness in the blues... I get a happy feeling when I hear a guitar tuning up. - Etta Baker, quoted in Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues by Paul and Beth Garon

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Last post by banjochris on October 27, 2020, 02:26:34 PM »
I'm hearing it the same way dj is. Plus "gold watch chain" also makes sense and is a pretty good joke; that's not usually what's making a 'fore-day creep.
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Old Man Ned on October 27, 2020, 02:18:15 PM »
I'll go for E standard for Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis's  "Two Trains Running". But Arzo Youngblood's 'Swing Swing' ??? It's crazy and I love it. A voice in my head keeps saying 'E minor' tuning but I'm not convinced.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Last post by dj on October 27, 2020, 11:39:43 AM »
I don't know.  Phonetically, I hear something like "wot chay", so the ending "ch" of "watch" blends into the "ch" that starts "chain", and the final "n" of "chain" is not pronounced strongly and is lost in the surface noise of the record.

It doesn't help that Smoky Harrison apparently took elocution lessons from Charlie Patton.   ;D
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on October 27, 2020, 11:08:06 AM »
I like the sense of "watch chain", but phonetically it sounds to me like "wop snake", which has the disadvantage of being meaningless. I'll hold off for a little while longer and keep listening. EDITED TO ADD: Re-listening, I think it is "wopsie", a term of belittling affection, like "popsie" or "poopsie".
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Last post by banjochris on October 27, 2020, 10:25:35 AM »
DJ, I think you've got it with "watch chain."
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Last post by dj on October 27, 2020, 10:08:22 AM »
I really think it's watch chain:  "Just keep papa's little gold watch chain, from doin' a 'fore-day creep".  In other words, he doesn't mind the woman leaving, just wants to keep her from taking his gold watch chain when she goes.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on October 27, 2020, 09:58:22 AM »
Thanks very much, dj and Chris for the help. "Morphine" is right on, and so obvious, I don't know how I missed it. I'm going to stick with "back" at the end of that verse, since he pronounces it identically at the end of the two previous lines--I originally had "bag". I think the beginning of the tagline of the verse is "Just keep papa's little gold [       ], from doin' a 'fore-day creep. Now the only question is what's in that blank. Thanks so much, guys.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Last post by dj on October 27, 2020, 09:47:34 AM »
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3.3 sounds like "back" but wondering if he meant "bag"

Could also be "pack", or "sack" - he really slurs the first consonant there.  Though I like the "rubies all in your back" reading - Smokey's saying "Get out of here, you've got a pimply back".
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Last post by banjochris on October 27, 2020, 09:43:08 AM »
2.3 MORPHINE (weird pronunciation though)

3.3 sounds like "back" but wondering if he meant "bag"

6.3 ... FROM DOIN' that 'fore-day creep

I think the missing word might be "whatsit" and the beginning of that line sounds like JUST KEEP... to me, but I can't get it to parse.
Chris
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Smoky Harrison Lyrics
« Last post by dj on October 27, 2020, 09:39:49 AM »
The last line of the second verse is "I've got morphine in my belly..."

And the last line of the final verse is "Just be prob'ly a little gold watchchain, can pull that 'fore-day creep"

Really nice lyrics in this one.
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