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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 09, 2019, 09:38:04 AM »
Hi all,
Another later Barbecue Bob track is "Doin' The Scraunch", for which he returned to Spanish tuning.  He pronounces the dance name in the title "scrunch", which also makes sense with how the dance is described in the lyrics.  Whenever I hear songs speaking of a dance craze, I always wonder if there really was such a craze, or if the song was an attempt to start one.  Here is "Doin' The Scraunch":



Down in Vicksburg we have a dance that new, ain't much to it, it easy to do
REFRAIN: Called doin' that scrunch, ah, doin' that scrunch
You have to wiggle and wobble it, honey, when you do the scrunch

You wiggles and you wobble it and you move it around, ball the jack, and you go to town
REFRAIN: And do that scrunch, ah, you do that scrunch
Ah, you shake it and wiggle it, honey, when you do that scrunch

I know a gal by name of Lizzie Brown, she do that scrunch, she's the best in town
REFRAIN: When she dos that scrunch, ah, she do that scrunch
She's a high-steppin' mama, when she do that scrunch

She steps so fast and she steps so light, find her doin' that scrunch on the Saturday night
REFRAIN: When she dos that scrunch, ah, she dos that scrunch
She's a red hot mama, oh, how she do that scrunch

GUITAR INTERLUDE

My little gal don't know what scrunchin' means, showed her once, now she's the scrunchin' queen
REFRAIN: Ah, she dos that scrunch, ah, she dos that scrunch
She's a red hot mama, when she do the scrunch

Grandmama and Grandpapa, the age of eighty-three, they the best scrunchers you ever see
REFRAIN: Oh, they do a good scrunch, when they do that scrunch
Oh, it's all in, people, ah, how they do that scrunch

Down on the levee in New Orleans, find the best scrunchers the world ever seen
REFRAIN: When they do the good scrunch, ah, they do the good scrunch
In the moonlight, rollin', ah, how they do that scrunch

GUITAR INTERLUDE

Got the right step, you move it just right, you do that scrunch and it just too tight
REFRAIN: When you do that scrunch, oh, you do that scrunch
You wiggle and wobble it, when you do that scrunch

GUITAR INTERLUDE

I got a gal by name of Blind Lemon Mett, do that scrunch, it's good like that
REFRAIN: When she do that scrunch, ah, she do that scrunch
She wiggle and shake it, when she do that scrunch

OUTRO

All best,
Johnm

 
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Books and Articles / Re: Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson
« Last post by alyoung on July 09, 2019, 07:12:11 AM »
The error is also acknowledged in a footnote to the Blues & Rhythm review of the book. As far as the computer-verified tuning is concerned ... I tried it, and yeah, I suppose it works, but what a hassle. You wouldn't want to be going in and out of it for just a few songs. As a sidenote, Robert Lockwood -- the only man known to have had guitar lessons from Johnson -- played Rambling in dropped D tuning; no slide and sounding like RJ's Broom.   
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Bro Taylor was/is from Fitzgerald, Ga. (he was still alive, in his 90s a year ago). This tracks is from a no-label-name, no-issue-number LP titled "Georgia Grassroots Music Festival", recorded in 1976 or 1977. Bro Taylor did quite a bit of recording through the mid-to-late 1970s, and was musically active at least into the 1990s when he was part of a gospel program at Carnegie Hall. He made several singles on the Pitch label, from Savannah, Ga, plus a privately-issued LP that was picked up and reissued by Fat Possum. Fat Possum also a few years ago did a three-CD reissue set of Pitch gospel (the label didn't issue anything else) recordings on its Big Legal Mess subsidiary. Modesty prevents me mentioning who wrote the notes to this set, but if you have any questions about Pitch...
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Other Musical Interests / Re: RIP Bossa Nova Master Joćo Gilberto
« Last post by Johnm on July 08, 2019, 01:06:20 PM »
I'm very sorry to hear of Joao Gilberto's death, though he certainly lived a life.  What a thoroughly musical person he was; his ability to phrase vocally, independent of what he was doing on the guitar, was amazing.  His album "Live At Montreaux", a concert performance featuring just him singing and playing is one of my favorite recordings ever by a self-accompanied singer.  Miles Davis is reputed to have said of him that he would be happy to listen to him read the phone book.  He was certainly the prime influence on my Brazilian playing.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 08, 2019, 10:03:12 AM »
Hi all,
For "She Moves It Just Right", Barbecue Bob was playing out of G position in standard tuning, asking himself with a vigorous boom-a-chang-a rhythm.  The lyrics do an admirable job of staying on message.  Here is "She Moves It Just Right":



INTRO

REFRAIN: Ah, she moves it just right, ah, she moves it just right
Oh, everybody crazy 'cause she moves it just right

She not too tall, she not too low, you get a little taste, you'll want a little more
REFRAIN: 'Cause she moves it just right, ah, she moves it just right
Well we're gonna have a good time, baby, 'cause she moves it just right

REFRAIN: Ah, she moved it just right, ah, she moved it just right
Run everybody crazy 'cause she moved it just right

It's not too low, just in sight, it's good like that 'cause she moves it just right
REFRAIN: She moves it just right, ah, she moves it just right
I'm here to tell you, baby, she moves it just right

She not a high yella, she hot a low black, you meet her once, you bound to come back
REFRAIN: 'Cause she move it just right, ah, she move it just right
Now we're gonna have a good time, baby, 'cause she moves it just right

I met this gal way down in Dixie land, she might've got a lesson from the gum machine man
REFRAIN: 'Cause she move it just right, ah, she move it just right
Everybody crazy, 'cause she move it just right

I pass her way, night before last, she was movin' that thing and movin' it fast
REFRAIN: She move it just right, ah, she move it just right
It'll run you crazy, 'cause she move it just right

REFRAIN: Ah, she move it just right, ah, she movin' just right
Got me jumpin' and a-holl'in',  'cause she moves it just right

She's not a bad girl, she don't say much, when it comes to lovin', she got a wonderful touch
REFRAIN: 'Cause she moves just right, ah, she moves it just right
It'll run you crazy, 'cause she move it just right

If you wanna see her, stop by my way, I goes down there most every day
REFRAIN: And she moves it just right, ah, she move it just right
I think I'm goin' crazy, 'cause she move it just right

REFRAIN: Ah, she move it just right, ah, she move it just right
Now we're gonna have a good time, baby, 'cause she move it just right

She got Elgin movement, automatic works, gonna get some more, if it takes my neck
REFRAIN: 'Cause she move it just right, ah, she move it just right
Ah, make you crazy, 'cause she move it just right

All best,
Johnm   

 
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 08, 2019, 09:06:39 AM »
Hi Stuart,
I re-listened, and I do think it is "all the red spice", as you suggested, rather than "on the red spice", which I was previously hearing.  I'll make the change.  Thanks!
All best,
Johnm
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Stuart on July 07, 2019, 05:16:26 PM »
Hi John: After listening again, albeit to the CD imported into iTunes and played through my headphones, I think you're correct about "red spice," but I think you were right the first time re: "all." At least that's what I'm still hearing. Red spice could be a reference to several red spices. And if he is singing "on," it could be a milder spice like paprika, and not one that would set a person on fire.

Quinces turn red when cooked and I ran across one recipe that includes crushed red pepper: http://www.allfourburners.com/2013/11/22/spicy-quince-chutney/

Who knew?

Edited To Add: In the overlooking the obvious dept., Robert Hicks worked as a chef and as such, more than likely had broad knowledge of ingredients, spices and seasonings that went into food prep. And as we've seen in the past when transcribing lyrics, there are items that are regional or local that some of us are not familiar with. What may strike us as unusual (quince with red spice) was probably a commonplace for him.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on July 07, 2019, 02:58:03 PM »
Thanks for the suggestion, Stuart.  After listening many times, it is sounding like:

   To order in some quince meat, and get ON THE RED SPICE

Quince meat with cayenne pepper?  Who knows?
All best,
Johnm
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Stuart on July 07, 2019, 10:18:23 AM »
Hi John: I hear something like, "...get all them inside." However, while it makes sense, I don't have a lot of confidence that this is correct.
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