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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Lightnin' Hopkins Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 10, 2019, 03:49:48 PM »
Thanks for the catches, Harry.  That's what happens when you enter in haste.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Joe Dean Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 10, 2019, 03:45:33 PM »
Sure enough, Harry, thanks for the catch.  I'll make the change.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Joe Dean Lyrics
« Last post by harry on July 10, 2019, 03:31:12 PM »
For when you dry your tears, I'll be forty miles on that Santa Fe
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Lightnin' Hopkins Lyrics
« Last post by harry on July 10, 2019, 03:10:59 PM »
1.1 Sound like I can hear, this mornin', death bells ringin' all in my ear

2.2 Yeah, you know every living creeper, whoa, Lord, was born to die
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Lightnin' Hopkins Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 10, 2019, 02:25:29 PM »
Hi all,
Lightnin' recorded "Death Bells" for Gold Star as well, and it is a spectacular tune in E position, standard tuning.  In the second verse, he does say "creeper" rather than "creature".  Boy, was he at the top of his game for these recordings!  Here is "Death Bells":



INTRO

Sound like I can hear, this mornin', death bells ringin' all in my ear
Sound like I can hear this mornin', baby, death bells ringin' all in my ear
Yes, I know I'm gonna leave on a chariot, wonder what kind's gonna carry me from here

You know every living creeper, man, was born to die
Yeah, you know every living creeper, whoa, Lord, was born to die
Yes, but when that chariot come for you, they're gonna break, run, and try to hide

SOLO

Yeah, you know my Mama told me, my Papa told me too. She says, "Someday, son, you know that chariot's comin' after you."
I been wonderin', what kind of chariot, whoa, gon' take me away from here?
Yes, you know this life I'm livin' I been livin', oh Lord, for a great many years

SOLO

Edited 7/10 to pick up corrections from harry

All best,
Johnm 
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Lightnin' Hopkins Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 10, 2019, 11:52:26 AM »
Hi all,
Lightnin' Hopkins recorded "Thunder And Lightning Blues" for Gold Star, accompanying himself out of A position in standard tuning (not A position in dropped-D tuning).  His performance is very metrically free, and sounds very natural and in the moment being so--I think people who get hung up on Lightnin's choice not to conform to conventional blues structures are missing the boat in a big way.  His approach always resulted in a "nowness" that a strict adherence to blues conventions would have lost.  Both his singing and his playing are so nuanced.  Here is "Thunder And Lightning Blues":



INTRO

The night it was thunderin', thunder and lightning, bell that shine like gold, don't you hear me talkin', pretty mama?
It was thunder and lightning, bell that shine like gold
Yeah, you know that was the night I found my baby lyin', on the coolin' board

Well, I couldn't do nothin', walk the floor and moan, don't you hear me talkin', pretty mama?
I couldn't do nothing, walk the floor and moan
All I could say, "She was a nice little sparrow, but, now she's dead and gone."

SOLO

Don't the hearse look lonesome, backed up to your door, don't you hear me talkin', pretty mama?
Don't the, hearse look lonesome, backed up to your door?
Yes, with the motor runnin' and it's, almost ready to go

CODA

All best,
Johnm
   
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Books and Articles / Re: Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson
« Last post by Stuart on July 10, 2019, 11:09:50 AM »
Back in the early 1990s when books were typeset, I worked on a book, doing some light copy editing and proofreading. We worked through the galleys, noting the corrections in blue pencil and also listing them on a separate sheet. When we got the page/print proofs, we saw that some of our corrections had not been made, so once again it was the blue pencil along with a list of corrections to be made. Then the book was published with some of the original errors still not corrected. A while later, reviews started to appear. "More attention to detail when proofreading would have eliminated obvious errors." (Just shoot me...)
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 10, 2019, 10:22:59 AM »
Thanks so much for the help, Chris.  Your suggestion for that verse was spot on.  As you say, the tempo is so quick--I think my hearing gets fatigued at some point.  And once I hear something wrong in the front end of a line, it's hard to make sense out of the tail end of the same line.  Thanks, and I have made the change.
All best,
Johnm
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by banjochris on July 10, 2019, 10:06:44 AM »
John, I think that verse, after the obvious mistake at the beginning is:

Monkey and the baboon in the briar patch, monkey told the baboon we got to scratch
Baboon said, "You sure is strange, you stop [or possibly "just"] callin' me them funny names."

In verse 5 I think they're settin' on the fence, not playin'. I need to listen to the whole thing again when I have a little more time; the tempo is pretty brisk!

Chris
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 10, 2019, 09:42:29 AM »
Hi all,
For "Monkey And The Baboon", Barbecue Bob was playing in Spanish tuning, capoed way up.  I have a soft spot for song lyrics in which animals speak.  This song is a sort of precursor of Oscar Brown, Jr.'s "Signifyin' Monkey".  The monkey and baboon appear to have had a tempestuous relationship.  I'd very much appreciate help with the end of the first line of the seventh verse, in the bent brackets.  Here is "Monkey And The Baboon":



REFRAIN: Monkey doo-doo, monkey doodle-doo
You try to make a monkey out of me, I'll make a baboon out of you

Monkey and the baboon, playin' hide-and-seek.  Monkey told the baboon, "You sure is cheap."
Baboon jumped on the monkey's back, he sit right on a little sharp tack
REFRAIN: Monkey doodle-doo, monkey doo-doo
You try to make a monkey out of me, I'll make a baboon out of you

Monkey and baboon, dancin' all around, monkey called the baboon a sad-mouthed clown
Baboon said, "You ought to be ashamed, monkey called me them ugly names.", now
REFRAIN: Monkeys doodle-doo, monkeys doodle-doo
You try to make a monkey out of me, I'll make a baboon out of you

Monkey and baboon, playin' in the grass.  Monkey told the baboon, "You play too fast."
He grabbed a stick, hit him 'cross the head, now the little monkey is sick in bed
REFRAIN: Monkey doodle-doo, monkeys doodle-doo
You try to make a monkey out of me, I'll make a baboon out of you

Monkey and the baboon, shootin' crooked dice.  Monkey throwed a seven and eleven, twice
Baboon grabbed a switch, swung it fast, slapped the little monkey out in the grass
REFRAIN: Monkeys doodle,-doo, monkeys doodle-doo
You try to make a monkey out of me, I'll make a baboon out of you

REFRAIN: Monkeys doodle-doo, monkeys doodle-doo
You try to make a monkey out of me, I'll make a baboon out of you

Monkey and the baboon, settin' on the fence, monkey called the baboon, tried to head his class
Baboon sent him back, in his class, slapped the little monkey on his yas-yas-yas
REFRAIN: Monkey doodle-doo, monkeys doodle-doo
You try to make a monkey out of me, I'll make a baboon out of you

Monkey and the baboon, settin' on a bench, monkey give the baboon a hard pinch
Baboon grabbed him by his tail, didn't stop 'til he was down in jail
REFRAIN: Monkeys doodle-doo, monkeys doodle-doo
You try to make a monkey out of me, I'll make a baboon out of you

Monkey and the baboon playin', monkey and the baboon, in the briar patch, monkey told the baboon, "We got to scratch."
Baboon said, "You sure is strange, you stop callin' me those funny names."
REFRAIN: Monkeys doodle-doo, monkeys doodle-doo
You try to make a monkey out of me, I'll make a baboon out of you

REFRAIN: And the monkeys doodle-doo, monkeys doodle-doo
You try to make a monkey out of me, I'll make a baboon out of you

Monkey and the baboon, playin' in the grass, monkey told the baboon, "You play too fast."
Monkey got a stick, hit him 'cross the head, now the little monkey is nearly dead
REFRAIN: Monkeys doodle-doo, monkeys doodle-doo
You try to make a monkey out of me, I'll make a baboon out of you

Edited 7/10 to pick up corrections from banjochris and Johnm

All best,
Johnm     
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