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Title: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: GhostRider on March 15, 2006, 12:34:55 PM
Howdy:

I am such a fan of Funny Papa Smith, a guitarist and singer out of Oklahoma who recorded 22 sides 1930-31 and more (all unreleased) in 1935.

FPS was a great, great composer of original blues lyrics and a terrific singer, with great phrasing (necessary to sing the word-rich verses he was so fond of composing).

As well he was a very inventive guitar player with a terrific flair for improvisation, especially in the Key of A Standard.

FPS's first recording was the two sided "Howling Wolf Blues", recorded in Sept., 1930. From what I've read this was a significant hit and gave FPS the nickname the Howlin' Wolf (long before that-other-guy grabbed the nickname).

Howling Wolf Blues - No. 1
1930
Standard Tuning, Key of A
Capo I (Bb)

Spoken Intro:
Well, here I am, got the blues about little old Victoria, the Howlin' Wolf.
Guess I'll drop a few lines.

1) I'm that wolf that everybody been tryin' to find out where in the world I prowl (x2)
Nobody ever gets a chance to see me, but they all hear me when I howl

2) (Now) I howl to my baby with her mother standing by her side (x2)
And that's the reason I'm howlin', I'm tryin' to be satisfied.

3) I even prowled for you baby, when you was down and couldn't stand up on your feet (x2)
Now you walk by the Lone Wolf and act like you don't want to speak

4) What made you quit me (baby), I love you and I did three years ago. (x2)
Take me back and I'll quit prowlin' and I won't ever howl no more.

5)(Aww) Preacher told me (that) God would give a black man most anything he do (x2)
I ain't black but I'm dark complexioned, look like He ought to forgive me too.

6) (Looks, Seems) like God don't treat me like I'm a human kind. (x2)
Seems like he wants me to be a prowler and a Howlin' Wolf all the time.

Coda

Alex
Title: Howling Wolf Blues #2
Post by: GhostRider on March 15, 2006, 01:02:42 PM
Hi:

The other side of FPS's first release is:

Howling Wolf Blues - No. 2
1930
Standard tuning, Key of A
Capo I (Bb)

Instrumental introduction

1) Baby here I am, down on my bended knee (x2)
Ask you take me back and forgive me, do that for me if you please.

2) (And) When you hear me howlin' mama, (I mean) howlin' at your door (x2)
Come on and give me what I want, mama, then you won't hear me howl no more.

3) Ever since you quit me me mama I ain't wanted nobody else (x2)
'Fore I'd rather be with nobody than I'd rather be howlin' by myself.

4) (Now) I done howled and howled 'till I (wore, made) my tonsils sore (x2)
And when I howl this time mama, I never will howl no more.

5) (Now) Here I am in Chicago, doin' the best I can (x2)
If I hear from my baby, I like to fool and go howlin' back south again.

6) Ahhhh, mama listen at me howl. (x2)
Watch the roads dark at night and you liable to see me prowl.

Coda

Love that last line!

Alex
Title: Heart Bleeding Blues
Post by: GhostRider on March 15, 2006, 02:06:08 PM
Felicitations:

Funny Papa Smith recorded "Heart Bleeding Blues" the day after he recorded "Howling Wolf Blues"

This is an incredibly sharp saga of heartbreak and despair. The last two verses remind me of Lonnie Johnson-type evil woman tunes.

Heart Bleeding Blues
1930
Standard tuning, Key of C
Capo I (C#)

Instrumental introduction

1) My heart is bleeding (baby) and it's all on account of you. (x2)
And your the one who stopped the bleeding, what in the world are you going to do?

2) (Baby) You told me that you love me (and, 'cus I know) you have been nice and kind. (x2)
And I've asked the Lord above me to change your evil mind.

3) No one knows how much trouble and how much help they need (x2)
Until the woman they love foresakes them and leave them with a heart to bleed.

4) Ever since I found you, I loved you from the start (x2)
'Cus I know you can't see me bleedin' 'cus I'm bleedin' down in my heart.

5) If my heart keep on bleedin' I'll buy me a shotgun and some shells (x2)
Anywhere I find you and your lover that's where we all three falls in Hell.

6) All I've got to do is kill you and go off and hide somewhere (x2)
I know your going straight to hell, I hope to meet you over there.

Coda

Dark!

Alex
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on March 15, 2006, 04:15:59 PM
Hi Alex,
Good on you for getting the ball rolling with J. T. Smith's lyrics!  As we've often observed, he was an exceptionally strong and inventive lyricist.  I'm particularly a fan of "Fool's Blues" and "Seven Sisters Blues", which has some really creepy verses.  Keep up the good work!
All best,
Johnm
Title: Good Coffee Blues
Post by: GhostRider on March 16, 2006, 03:26:42 PM
Greetings:

J.T. Smith recorded "Good Coffee Blues" the same day as "Heart Bleeding Blues"; this was the last song he recorded at this first "session" (he would return to the studio 5 weeks later).

"Good Coffee Blues" is double (single) entendre tune with lots of grindin'. As Slack would say, one for the wimin.

FPS usual good diction falls down a bit here and there and some of these lyrics I can't get. Help would be appreciated.

Good Coffee Blues
1930
Standard tuning, Key of D
Slightly sharp.

Instrumental introduction.

1) (I) Heard you say this mornin', (mama), that your head was throbbin' through and through. (x2)
Come on let me make you some coffee, let me show you what my cof' 'ill do.

2) Pull off your house shoes mama (and) lay down on the bed. (x2)
I won't be but a few minutes w'I'll kill that old headache dead.

3) Don't rise, take your time lady, go down easy 'n' slow (x2)
Then when you have a headache again, come back to me baby and I'll give you some more.

4) Instrumental verse
Spoken: Your coffee-grindin' papa's in town. Lord that good coffee.

5) Now  Folger makes coffee, Maxwell makes coffee, White Swan makes coffee, Arbuckle he makes coffee.
But I make coffee so good, it will make you bite your tongue.
Been all over the world grindin' coffee mama, come on let me grind you some.

6) (Now) When your friend want coffee (please) send (all) your friends to me (x2)
I swear I give them good coffee and won't give 'em no rotten tea.

Coda

FPS was obviously no Englishman.

Alex

Note: Editted to reflect dj and BJ comments below.
Title: Hard Luck Man Blues
Post by: GhostRider on March 17, 2006, 01:32:23 PM
Salut:

"Hard Luck Man Blues" is the only surviving track (why would someone record only 1 song) recorded in early November 1930.

The guitar reminds me of some of Big Bill Broonzy's work in E, especially over the IV chord.

This is the second tune in a row where FPS includes a "list" in one verse (here verse 5), rather than a repeated first stanza. He did the same thing in the 5th verse of "Good Coffee Blues". Sort of a vocal bridge.

Hard Luck Man Blues
1930

Standard tuning, Key of E
Capo I (F)

Instrumental introduction

1) I'm a hard luck man, I don't see the reason why. (x2)
I'm like a broken-hearted woman, can't do nothing but wring my hands and cry.

2) Hello Mr. Trouble, please tell me what have I done. (x2)
When you ain't got me in trouble you turn me over to your hard luck son.

3) I've got a woman in Seymour, one in Tyler, (don't) you know I'm feelin' blue (x2)
I've got to leave but I'm in jail now on Chicago Avenue

4) I'm a hard luck man, I've been in hard luck so long. (x2)
Anyway it seems now seem like I'll be in hard luck from now on.

5) I've been in jail in Texas, been in jail in Alabama, been in jail in Louisiana, been in jail in Indiana.
Actin' a fool about women, goin' jail down in Tennessee.
But the Chicago Avenue jail is too much jail for me.

6)I'm free one more time (and) I'm going to write to my best girlfriend. (x2)
And tell her 'bout all my troubles, jailhouses I've been in.

Boy that would have been a fun lettre to read.

Alex

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Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: dj on March 17, 2006, 02:06:49 PM
Hi, Alex,

Great thread, thanks!  Might I suggest for verse 2 of Good Coffee Blues...

Pull off your high shoes mama, (and) lay down on the bed,
I won't be but a few minutes, w'I'll kill that old headache dead.

...where w'I'll is a contraction of "well I'll".
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on March 17, 2006, 02:28:24 PM
Hi Alex,
"Hard Luck Man Blues" is played out of E in standard tuning as you have figured it.  It is pitched at F, though, and with so many of J. T. Smith's songs that you have looked at so far being pitched one half step above the position in which they are played, I'd say it was a very good bet that J. T. Smith, like John Hurt at some points of his career, routinely tuned his guitar a half-step high.  It's hard to imagine him playing with a capo on the first fret all the time.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: waxwing on March 17, 2006, 02:40:28 PM
Yeah, good thread, Alex,

At the end of the 1st verse I think it's "let me show you what my coffee'll do". said very quickly.

I think it's "house shoes" (it is morning after all-G-)


I think dj is right on with the next.

And then I think it's "easy'n slow"

Finally, I broke down and checked Bob McLeod and he has "Arbuckle, he makes coffee." Sounds good.

Keep it up.

All for now.
John C
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: GhostRider on March 17, 2006, 03:05:37 PM
dj and BJ:

I like all the edits to Good Coffee Blues, I'll make the changes.

John:

About tune up vs capo I, you play too many good guitars! I've owned a few that because of worn nuts or bad action were far more playable with a capo on. The poor man's neck reset.

And thank you very much for you input into guitar keys and capo positions for all the tunes in this thread so far.

Alex
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: dj on March 18, 2006, 05:51:56 AM
It's amazing how a bunch of seemingly random syllables becomes "Arbuckle" once you know what to listen for!  It turns out the Arbuckle Coffee company is still in business.  Excuse me for sidetracking this thread just a bit, but I thought this quote from the company history might be mildly interesting:

"Up until the close of the Civil War, coffee was sold green. It had to be roasted on a wood stove or in a skillet over a campfire before it could be ground and brewed. One burned bean ruined all; there was no consistency. In 1865, John Arbuckle and his brother Charles, partners in a Pittsburgh grocery business, changed all this by patenting a process for roasting and coating coffee beans with an egg and sugar glaze to seal in the flavor and aroma. Marketed under the name ARBUCKLES' ARIOSA COFFEE, in patented, airtight, one pound packages, the new coffee was an instant success with chuck wagon cooks in the west faced with the task of keeping Cowboys supplied with plenty of hot coffee out on the range."
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: Bunker Hill on March 18, 2006, 06:51:31 AM
... "Seven Sisters Blues", which has some really creepy verses. 
FWIW a discussion of the Seven Sisters role in New Orleans and FPS's song in general can be found about halfway down the page of the link below:

http://www.luckymojo.com/number7.html
Title: Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 1
Post by: GhostRider on March 20, 2006, 02:07:50 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen and Unkie Bud:

This tune is one of my ten favorite CB tunes. FPS really gits ta goin' on this one.

The song is a two part vocal duet with Magnolia Harris (but for another possible identity of her, see Bunker Hills J.T. Smith thread).

FPS plays a relatively normal guitar accompanyment during his vocal verses, but really imbellishes when it's Magnolia's verse.

This tune is a source of dozens of riffs and runs in A Standard tuning and along with the similar "Howling Wolf Blues" and "Tell It to the Judge", provides a terrific study of blues in A.

Who's excited!!?

S. Grossman TAB'd out the first verse of this tune in his Oak instructional book "Texas Blues Guitar". Unfortunately  the first verse is rather atypical.

Magnolia sings verses 1, 3 and 5.

A couple of vocal trouble spots remain. Weenies help (one and all) would be appreciated. A .mp3 low fi copy of this tune is appended.

And BTW, if anyone (anyone) else would like to transcribe and post a J.T. Smith tune here, please feel free. This is a tour de FPS not a tour de Pyrochlore.

Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 1
1930
Key of A, Standard tuning
Capo II (B)

Instrumental introduction

1) I feel bluer this morning then I ever felt before (x2)
I'm changin' friends and men and I won't be blue no more

2) Talkin' 'bout changin' men, (mama). you been singin' that stuff all over town. (x2)
But I'm liable to take my '45 mama, and turn you upside down.

3) I know you 'buked and dogged me baby with your '45. (x2)
And I couldn't do nothin' but wring my hands and cry.

4) (Mama), When I talk to you (mama) God above know I don't mean no harm (x2)
But It's just because I love you and I'm tryin' to teach you right from wrong.

5) Though you try to be mean baby and use me as a child (x2)
But it's goin' to hurt you to your heart when I leave you for a while.

6) (Mama), Ain't no need to leavin' me, ('cus) your gonna be mistreated by someone else (x2)
And rather than to see someone else mistreat you, I'd ruther keep you and mistreat you myself.

Coda.

How 'bout that Verse 6. What a silver-tongued devil!

Note: every one of FPS tunes so far has had six verses. 666 666. And the attached .mp3 is 666 Kb! Coincidence, I think not !

Alex

Note: edited to reflect Unkie Bud's and BJ's comments below.
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: waxwing on March 20, 2006, 02:46:08 PM
Here's what I get, Alex. I think " 'buked " is short for rebuked and I believe was used by Patton in the this form as well.

3) I know you 'buked and dog me baby with your '45. (x2)
And I couldn't do nothin' but wring my hands and cry.

5) Oh you try to be mean babe and use me as a child
Know you try 'n beat me baby and use me as a child
But it's goin' to hurt you to your heart when I leave you for a while.

Yeah, I think she sings the first two lines of v.5 differently. But either line could go either way. Tough call. Leave it open for a while and see what others think.

You're right, great licks in A!

All for now
John C.
Title: Re: Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 1
Post by: Bunker Hill on March 21, 2006, 11:47:53 AM
The song is a two part vocal duet with Magnolia Harris (but for another posible identity of her see Bunker Hills J.T. Smith thread).
After years of certain folkdismissing Spivey's claims that it was her pseudonym, it's interesting to note that B&GR4 grudgingly acknowledge that "there is a certain aural similarity".
Title: Fool's Blues -J.T."Funny Papa" Smith
Post by: kalihiwai on March 22, 2006, 09:44:12 PM
Thanks Pyrochlore
Great thread that got me out of lurk mode. I have to add one more song to a list of great  JT Smith songs. Fool's Blues, the licks he plays at the end of each verse are too cool. Ultimate cool Texas blues in E standard.
Any insight on these variations would be geatly appreciated .
Also what are LT's?
Thank you John Miller for your J.T. Smith lesson here on Weenie.

Fool's Blues
J.T."Funny Papa" Smith

Spoken:
You know I'm a single handed fool.
And gettin old too...
Well they say god takes care of old folks and fools.
So I guess he will...here I am....

Sung:

1)
Some people tell me god takes care of old folks and fools
Some people tell me that god takes care of old folks and fools
But since I been born they must 'ta have changed his rules.

2)
I used to ask a question then answer that question myself
I used to ask a question then answer that question myself
ĎBout when I was born wonder was there any more mercy left

3)
Look like here of late I been cryin both day and night
Look like here of late I been cryin both day and night
Everybody talks about me and nobody donít treat me right

4)
You know until six months ago I hadnít prayed a prayer since god knows when
Until six months ago people hadnít prayed a prayer since god knows when
Now Iím asking god every day to please forgive me for my sin

5)
You know this must be the devil Iím servin I  know it canít be Jesus Christ
It must be the devil Iím servin I know it canít be Jesus Christ
All I ask him to save me and look like heís tryin to take my life

6)
Now Iíve got TB, Iíve got LTís, Iíve got third degrees in both disease
My health is gone now, left me with the sickness blues
People that donít seem like to me that god takes care of old folks and fools

Edited to reflect corrections by Pyrochlore and JohnM
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: GhostRider on March 23, 2006, 12:30:40 PM
Hey K:

That's the spirit. Thanks for the transcription of Fool's Blues, from 1931.

Another six verse tune. FPS sure had a thing with sixes. And again he does a "list" verse (this time verse 6) like "Good Coffee Blues"

Thanks again,
Alex
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: GhostRider on March 24, 2006, 09:54:19 AM
Hi:

The liner notes from the J.T. "Funny Paper" Smith collected works Document CD transcribes the 6th verse of Fool's Blues as:

I got TB's, ill teeth, I got third degrees and Boll's disease.
My health is gone now, left me with the sickness blues.
People it don't seem like to me that God takes care of ol' folks and fools.

Alex
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on March 24, 2006, 11:26:05 AM
Hi all,
I think Kalihiwai's understanding of that sixth verse of "Fool's Blues" is right on the money.  "Ill teeth"!  They've got to be kidding!
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: Bunker Hill on March 24, 2006, 11:34:09 AM
The liner notes from the J.T. "Funny Paper" Smith collected works Document CD transcribes the 6th verse of Fool's Blues as:

I got TB's, ill teeth, I got third degrees and Boll's disease.
My health is gone now, left me with the sickness blues.
People it don't seem like to me that God takes care of ol' folks and fools.
Ah ha. I don't have time to research/listen to this now but back in 1969, when this was first reissued on a Buddy Boy Hawkins LP (!), there was a review which mentioned "boll's disease" and went on to explain that it was something contracted from cotton bolls infected by the dreaded weevil. Can't recall LTs or ill teeth but seem to hear in my head "ill at ease" pronounced "ellatease". But this may just be garbage dredged from an addled brain ;D
Title: Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 2
Post by: GhostRider on March 27, 2006, 09:53:39 AM
How' it goin', eh:

Here's the second part of "Mama's Quittin' and Leavin". This is a continuation of part 1, listen to the continuity of the lyrics as the "relationship" (mercy, I'm so PC) evolved over the two parts. At the beginning of Part 1 he's going to do her with a pistol, at the end of Part 2 he's beggin' her to take him back. This guy had talent.

Magnolia Harris sings verses 1, 3 and 5.

In verse 4 FPS makes use (for the first time so far) of a "stock" blues verse, but expresses it in a nice, novel way.

This tune has all the now standard FPS traits, six verses and a "list" verse rather than the usual first stanza repeated twice. In this one both Magnolia and FPS get one (verses 5 and 6).

Verse 5 make no sense to me, I suspect I've got some (all?) of it wrong. Any ideas? .mp3 attached.

Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 2
1930
Standard tuning, Key of A
Capo II (B)

Instrumental introduction

1) I'm tired of bein' scolded when I know I'm doin' the best I can (x2)
To keep from bein' your dog daddy, I'm goin' to get me a brand new man.

2) When your drinkin' you talk too much mama, forgive me if you please (x2)
Ilove you and always will mama, I'm down on my bended knee.

3) No use of gettin' in your knees ('cus, baby) I can't use you no more. (x2)
I've been your dog long enough, so this mornin' I'll have to go.

4) I know the reason I can't keep you mama, I taken you from my bosum friend (x2)
I can feel that rascal's gettin' lucky, I know you gonna take him back again.

5) You know all this time, thinkin' you was all mine and I come to find you was worse all the time.
And I didn't save one penny 'till six months after you left.
I'll give you one more chance to make a man out of yourself.

6) Baby please don't, baby please don't I mean please don't go, here's one thing that you don't know.
Baby come on and sit down and talk to me and give me one more try.
And you can do just as you please and I'll act like some mother's child.

Coda

A terrifically composed blues!!

Alex

Note: edited to reflect Unkie Buds comments on page 5

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Title: Re:Fool's Blues -J.T."Funny Papa" Smith
Post by: GhostRider on March 27, 2006, 10:09:21 AM
I had a listen to "Fool's Blues" and offer the following revisions.

Verse 1, third line: But since I been born they must 'ta have changed His rules.

Verse 5, third line: All I ask him to save me and look like Heís tryin to take my life.

I agree with Kalihiwai's transcription of Verse 6 ex. that I would pluralize "degree".

Alex
Title: Howling Wolf Blues - No. 3
Post by: GhostRider on March 27, 2006, 11:27:19 AM
Hi:

This tune was recorded in early January of 1931, the first of  15 tunes FPS would record that year between Jan. and mid-July.

Definately more "wolfy" than the first two versions. Again includes one "list" verse and six verses overall.

More than usual stuff that I can't make out, hope Weenies can help.

Howling Wolf Blues - No. 3
1931
Standard tuning, Key of A
Capo I (Bb)

Instrumental introduction

1) I know you heard me howl before (and) you see it was not my last time. (x2)
I'm howling to keep the other wolves away from this here she-wolf of mine.

2) I know my she-wolf loves me (and) I swear to God I love her too. (x2)
And when my she-wolf starts prowlin' what in the world would a he-wolf do.

3) When I prowl at night, I want meat and that's all my crave (x2)
And if you watchin' me two in the mornin', you'll see me makin' it back to my cave.

4) They trappin' me in Texas, also St. Angelo, Columbus, New Mexico and Toledo, Ohio.
Followin' me from Kansas City, caught me in the city of Chicago.
But the she-wolf has got me now I'm sayin', ain't goin' let me prowl no more.

5) I take time when I'm prowlin' and wipe my tracks out with my tail (x2)
 It often get blue and start howlin' and the hellhound gets on my trail.

6) I'm that wolf that digs a hole and stick my nose down in the ground (x2)
Howl right by you and you will swear that I was a whole other side of town.

Note: edited to reflect Kalihiwai's corrections below. And Unkie Bud's.
Alex

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Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on March 29, 2006, 02:36:05 PM
Hi all,
I realized that "Fool's Blues" was listed as an A tune, and J. T. played it in E, standard tuning.  I'm glad you enjoyed the "Tell It To The Judge" lesson, Kalihiwai, thanks!
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: kalihiwai on March 29, 2006, 02:45:04 PM
Pyrochlore,
Thanks for Fool's Blues edits, I made the changes

JohnM  Thanks for the heads up about the Fools Blues key. Maybe tha's why I've made no headway in getting those licks right . I think JT Smith calls out for your in depth lesson treatment :-).

About Howling Wolf Blues #3
Verse 3
When I prowl at night I want meat thats all I crave...

I know it sounds like "my crave"
at least crave rhymes with cave.
Maybe "my crave" is archaic?

Verse 4
But the she-wolf has got me now (friend)  and won't let me prowl no more.

Verse 5
(UknowI) get blue and start howlin' and the hellhound gets on my trail.

Possibly Plausible? Will keep listening

Joe
Title: Howling Wolf Blues - No. 4
Post by: GhostRider on March 31, 2006, 09:17:54 AM
What's up:

"Howling Wolf Blues No. 4 was the last of the Howling Wolf series, although he did apparently record the tune again in 1935 but it was never released.

No. 4 reveals less bravado, apparently his wolfly persona was wearing thin with the ladies.

I've always wondered if the sixth verse of this tune plus the hell hound reference in "Howling Wolf Blues No. 3" were inspration for Robert Johnson. I have noticed a couple of other musical similarities between the two, but that's for another time.

Howling Wolf Blues No. 4
1931
Standard tuning, Key of A
Capo 1 (Bb)

Instrumental introduction
Spoken: Well, it looks like the last of the old Howlin' Wolf

1) My feet are almost frozen from prowlin' on the frozen ground (x2)
And the she-wolfs got so they don't want me no more 'cus I done prowled my fool self down.

2) When I first started howlin' all the women fell for my line (x2)
Now they got so they keep me prowlin', hide from me all the time.

3) When I get hungry I prowl and prowl and don't stay in no one place long (x2)
When I get lonesome I howl and howl all around my she-wolf's home.

4) They used ta call Wolf in to howl, but they get so now they close their doors (x2)
They found out I don't do nothin' but prowl and they don't want me in no more.

5) When you hear a strange voice you know it don't mean no one no harm. (x2)
Why I've keep on howlin' 'cus I've been prowlin' so long.

6) (Now listen) Can't you hear somebody callin' their hounds out with their horn (x2)
Let me get up and get prowlin' 'cus they get on my trail 'fore long.

Coda

Alex
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: GhostRider on March 31, 2006, 10:30:09 AM
Kalihiwai:

Thanks for your corrections of Howling Wolf Blues No.3. I agree with them all and have corrected the post above.

Alex
Title: Tell It to the Judge No. 1
Post by: GhostRider on April 04, 2006, 10:58:27 AM
What's up:

"Tell It to the Judge", recorded in mid-January 1931, marks another of FPS's two part tours de force in A Standard. This piece contains all the now standard FPS licks in A along with more bass work/runs.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that John Millar has done a (really good) audio lesson of "Tell It to the Judge" that I highly recommend:

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=83&topic=455.0

"Tell It to the Judge"  is a two part vocal duet between FPS and Dessa Foster. In the first part Dessa gets arrested for possession of liquor. In the second part she faces the judge. Dessa sings verses 1, 3 and 5.

A couple of trouble spots remain. Can any Weenies help? .mp3 attached.

Tell It to the Judge No.1
1931
Standard tuning, Key of A
Capo

Instrumental introduction

Spoken introduction (with guitar playing behind in parts)
Dessa: Who is that knockin' on my door?
FPS: Police officer. Open this door 'fore I shoot the knob off.
Dessa: Wait man, I'll let you in.
FPS: Where's that booze at?

1) I'm tellin' you this mornin', I'm tired of you searchin' my house (x2)
I have a notion this mornin', of beatin' you up and throwin' you out.

2) (Mama) You can lose your temper (mama), but please don't lose your head. (x2)
I'm gonna search this shack this mornin', come on and hear this search warrent read.

3) The hell with the search warrent, go look and see what you can find. (x2)
You ain't never found no liquor and you've searched my house two or three times.

4)Last time I searched this shack (you know) I found a half a pint of gin (x2)
Now whats the meanin' of all this here liquor, call the wagon 'cus I'm going to run you in.

5) (Please) Give me a break, don't make me pay no fine (x2)
That judge'll darn now lynch me, 'cus I been here so many times.

6) You've had lots of breaks Betty  but here's what I'm gonna tell you before you go. (x2)
You'd better get on your knees and ask for mercy 'cus the judge ain't givin' breaks no more.

Coda


The trial follows....

Alex

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Title: Tell It to the Judge No. 2
Post by: GhostRider on April 06, 2006, 02:33:34 PM
Yo Weenies:

In the concluding episode Of "Tell It to the Judge" Betty goes before the court to see what her punishement will be for sellin' 'shine.

Interestingly (at least to me) FPS begins this tune with an instrumental intro which is out of his tune "Honey Blues", which he will record four weeks after "Tell It to the Judge". He and Dessa then do a bit of vocal banter then he starts into the instrumental intro more typical of "Tell It to the Judge". Slight brain cramp.

Dessa sings verses 2, 4 and 6, a continuation of the alternation in TIttJ No. 1.

The spoken asides are spoken by the one not singing that particular verse.

One trouble spot remains. Please help me out if you can.

What the heck are the bridewells? A Texas jail?

Tell It to the Judge No. 2
1931
Standard tuning, key of A
Capo

Instrumental intro ("Honey Blues" style)

Spoken intro (TIttJ-style guitar backing in latter part)
Dessa: Good mornin' judge, how do you feel this mornin'?
FPS: Why hello there Betty, why here you come back up here again, didn't ya.
Dessa:No judge, I didn't come, they brought me here.
FPS: I'm sorry Betty.

1) They got you charged with handlin' liquor (now, Betty) tell me what is your plea? (x2)
You know I've been givin' you a many breaks but the breaks this mornin' belong to me.

2) I'm guilty kind old judge, please, treat me nice and kind
spoken: yea, 200 and costs.
I'm guilty kind old judge, please, treat me nice and kind
spoken: I did that Betty already.
For I'll send home and try my best to get money to pay my fine.

3)Well you's a pretty good woman and livin' in a nice neighborhood
spoken: Thank you, judge!
I know you's a pretty good woman, Betty  and you live in a mighty nice neighborhood
But I think 100 and costs and 30 days in the Bridewell will do you good.
spoken: Oh, me!

4) I never seen a judge as mean as you before (x2)
Sendin' me, a poor woman, and lettin' everybody else go.
spoken: Well, I had a right to let them go, Betty.

5) Don't get back at me Betty, 'cus I'm liable to change my mind. (x2)
And change your sentence from the Bridewell's, send you to the pen for 99.

6) You can do as you please, 30 days won't make me cry. (x2)
spoken: I didn't think it would make you cry, Betty.
When I come back I'm gonna gamble and sell moonshine all my life.
spoken: Well, you'll have a break, Betty.

Coda



FPs's accompanyment to verse 4 reminds me of the last verse of "Good Boy Blues" by Arthur Pettis.

Alex

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Title: Re: Tell It to the Judge No. 2
Post by: Bunker Hill on April 06, 2006, 11:52:05 PM
What the heck are the bridewells? A Texas jail?
Yes. Nolan Welsh in 1926 recorded The Bridewell Blues which is all about getting busted, being convicted and sent to Bridewell. Welsh was said to have come from Texas. In my mind's eye I can see a discussion of this song in the context of notorious prison regimes....but where?
Title: Re: Tell It to the Judge No. 2
Post by: GhostRider on April 07, 2006, 09:16:31 AM
What the heck are the bridewells? A Texas jail?
Yes. Nolan Welsh in 1926 recorded The Bridewell Blues which is all about getting busted, being convicted and sent to Bridewell. Welsh was said to have come from Texas. In my mind's eye I can see a discussion of this song in the context of notorious prison regimes....but where?

BH:

Interesting. In TIttJ No.2 FPS seems to indicate that being sent to Bridewell was preferable to being sent to the "pen." for 99.

Alex
Title: Re: Tell It to the Judge No. 2
Post by: Bunker Hill on April 07, 2006, 10:03:38 AM
What the heck are the bridewells? A Texas jail?
Yes. Nolan Welsh in 1926 recorded The Bridewell Blues which is all about getting busted, being convicted and sent to Bridewell. Welsh was said to have come from Texas. In my mind's eye I can see a discussion of this song in the context of notorious prison regimes....but where?
Interesting. In TIttJ No.2 FPS seems to indicate that being sent to Bridewell was preferable to being sent to the "pen." for 99.
The lesson I fail to learn is NOT to rush into print relying soley upon my ageing "little grey cells". The title of the Nolan Welch song is "The Bridwell Blues" (no 'e') and thie prison establishment in his song was situated on 26th St and Calif. Ave in.....Chicago! Duh.

I'll butt out and let normal service continue.
Title: Honey Blues - FP Smith
Post by: GhostRider on April 07, 2006, 10:36:32 AM
One mo' time:

"Honey Blues" was recorded in mid Feb. 1931 along with "Corn Whiskey Blues".

Here are the lyrics.  It's one of my FPS favorites, great beat, alternating bass. It's in Standard tuning, Key of A, starting out on the V chord (E).

Unique (for FPS) but familiar sounding song 16 bar form. FPS sings a line, sings it again, then a third time adding a narrative followup, then concludes each verse with an identical line (Oh sail, oh sailed away, hon').

Six vocal verses, as in all the tunes to date, plus an instrumental break, FPS's first. Sort of grinds a bit in the middle of it.

Warning: the last verse is very single entendre and not for the PC crowd. I would sing it.

Honey Blues
1931
Standard tuning, Key of A
Capo I

Instrumental verse

Spoken: Woo hoo
This is the gal I'm talkin' about.
I cain't beat her

1) Come kiss me honey before I go, (little, listen) honey (x2)
Come and kiss me honey before I go, I'm gonna take a ride on the T & O
Refrain: (Oh) sail, oh sailed away, hon'

2) (Now) Goodbye honey if you call that gone, honey (x2)
Goodbye honey if you call that gone, I'm gonna take a ride in my high brown's arms.
Refrain

3) Me and my baby don't get along so well, honey (x2)
Me and my baby we don't get along so well, she ain't work and have  a chance to raise so much hell.
Refrain

4) Instrumental verse

5) Now the prettiest girl that I ever seen, honey (x2)
You know the prettiest girl that I ever seen was standin' on Franks Streets in New Orlean.
Refrain

 6) (Well, You know) it's often said and I done found out, (listen, honey) (x2)
You know it's often said and I've done found out I ain't but one thing women crazy 'bout.
Refrain

7) Monkey got a tail cut off on the street car line, honey.
Didn't think about his tail until I started twistin' mine, honey.
Run back to the track, laid his head on a rail and lose his head  'bout a little piece of tail.
Refrain

Outro
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: Slack on April 07, 2006, 12:38:19 PM
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I'ts one of my FPS favorites great beat, monotonic bass. I suspect it's in Standard tuning, Key of A, starting out on the IV chord (D), but I haven't got a guitar in hand

Hey Alex, mine too.  I tried for awhile to figure out what he was doing (I'm pretty sure he is playing out of A) and never could get it to sound like anything other than lame.  :P  So let me know if you figure it out.

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Warning: the last verse is very single entendre and not for the PC crowd. I would sing it.

Gotta disagree -- that is double entendre at it finest. 

 :)
Title: Corn Whiskey Blues
Post by: GhostRider on April 12, 2006, 02:53:02 PM
Jello:

The other song FPS recorded in mid-Feb. 1931 was "Corn Whiskey Blues", a rather mournful tune about drinkin'. Adding to the somber note is the slightly out-of-tune guitar and the turnaround which I really like, E-Am-E.

Only five sung verses, a first for FPS (he sings this one pretty slowly). FPS uses a device in the accompanyment of moving a figure (fretting the 1st and third strings at the same fret simultaneously) up and down the fretboard a la Calvin Frazier (a R. Johnson disciple).

Corn Whiskey Blues
1931
Standard tuning, Key of E
Capo I (F)

Instrumental introduction

1) Ah, bring me that bottle and let's have another drink of boo' (x2)
'Cus I can feel something comin' and it seem something like the blues.

2) I can tell when (I got) the blues is comin', I can't he'p but feel so low down (x2)
Then I wants to get drunk and pitch a booger all over town.

3) When I start drinkin' I'm mean and hateful and (I) won't treat nobody right (x2)
I just keeps on walkin', lookin' for places where they fuss and fight.

4) I'm gonna keep on drinkin' (un)'till I find me a good corn friend. (x2)
And when I cain't find good corn, I'll drink moonshine again.

5) I've got a girl in Texas, she lives four miles from town. (x2)
And on account of moonshine her people don't 'low me 'round.

Outro

Crown Royal anyone?

Alex
Title: Wiskeyhead Blues
Post by: GhostRider on April 18, 2006, 11:08:49 AM
Howdy:

Wiskeyhead Blues was recorded in March 1931, at the start of FPS's second last 1931 recording session. Obviously FPS spells as well as he tunes his guitar.

This tune has been previously discussed in the "Adventures in Crossnote" thread where Unkie Bud determined the tune was played out of Open Em tuning.

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=83&topic=648.0

The instrumental introduction has an weird, minor sounding feeling.

If your ever asked to play a song about drinkin', choose this one.

Hopefully Unkie Bud can fill us in on the tricks of playing this.

An .mp3 of this tune is attached to one of the posts in the above referenced thread

Wiskeyhead Blues
1931
Crossnote tuning, Key of E

Instrumental introduction

1) I was woke up this mornin' by taste of gasoline. (x2)
But when I woke up I found out wasn't nothin' but my whiskey dream.

2) I drink so much whiskey, it's a wonder that I ain't dead (x2)
All around in my neibourhood the people call me a whiskeyhead.

3) I'm drunk Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I'm drunk (Thursday) Friday and Saturday too. (x2)
And on Sunday I'm at church, but that ain't what I want to do.

4) You know how I am, you been known me a great long time. (x2)
You know I like my good lookin' women and I gotta have my moonshine.

5) I wished I had a drink this mornin', I ain't nothin' but a drunken slave. (x2)
Come on boys go bury me, 'cus I'm goin' dig my grave.

6) Now the fool that started me ta drinkin', I hope (that) he's dead and gone. (x2)
I hope to leave him in Whiskey Alley where ain't nothin down there but bottles and bones.

Coda

The last line of Verse 6 is terrific. FPS was a genius, how would one ever come up with stuff like this. A careful study of FPS tunes like this should be Blues Composition 101, IM(not so)HO.

Alex
Title: Forty-Five Blues
Post by: GhostRider on May 03, 2006, 11:41:14 AM
Greetings:

J.T. Smith recorded "Forty-Five Blues" in March 1931. It's a rather violent, threatening tune done in C, standard tuning. The instrumental accompanyment is similar to his earlier recorded "Heart Bleeding Blues".

The accompanyment is relatively simple. The tune is the first part of a two part story, which is continued in the next song FPS recorded, "County Jail Blues", which uses a completely different accompanyment and a very unusual series of chords in a 16-bar blues format.

The introduction to "Forty-Five Blues" sounds very Blind Lemony to me.

Forty-Five Blues
1931

Standard tuning, Key of C

Instrumental introduction

1) I feel mean and hateful, I just can't feel satisfied (x2)
I'm goin' out after my woman this mornin' and I'm takin' my '45.

2) My woman quit me last summer and I can't get her off my mind. (x2)
And if she don't come back this mornin', you gonna hear my '45 cryin'.

3) Folks I hate to be mean, but I cain't be good if I tried. (x2)
And when I call my baby this mornin', I'm callin' her with my '45.

4) (Now the) Police got so they 'rest me every time they catch me on the street. (x2)
And tol' me this mornin' they're gonna let me catch you on my beat.

5) (Now) Everybody talkin' and tellin' me why (I) don't (I) let that no good woman be. (x2)
'Cus she may show me that she didn't want me but I don't got sense enough to see.

6) Soon as I do what I want to do, then I'll be satisfied. (x2)
That's kill my woman and walk to the police and hand them my '45.

Outro

The sentiment reminds me of some Ice-T like gangsta rap (except the turning into the police part).

Alex
Title: County Jail Blues
Post by: GhostRider on June 04, 2006, 10:12:32 PM
All Rise:

"County Jail Blues" is the sequal to "Forty-Five Blues", recorded at the same session (March 1931).

This is an unusual 16 bar blues as was discussed in this thread.

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=83&topic=733.15

FPS uses many of the licks he uses in his other tunes in C ("Heart Bleeding Blues", "Forty-Five Blues")

FPS's singing is very strong on this tune.

County Jail Blues
1931
Key of C

Instrumental introduction

1) Come on all you people hear me tell my (sad) tale (x2)
Iím through with all of my worries, and I donít even want no bail
I killed my woman, Iím in a hurry, Iím going to the county jail

2) Judge here I am this morniní and hereís my Ď45 (x2)
Here I am, Judge, this morniní and here is my Ď45
I shot my woman on the other corner and I donít know whether sheís dead or live

3) (Now) Donít ask me no questions, Judge about how our troubles begin (x2)
Judge donít ask me no questions Ďbout how our trouble begin
Just have it printed in you paper, little trouble Ďtween women and men

4) Mmmmm (Oh Lord) I heard that (old) judge say 99 (x3)
And itís one thing I wish I had this morniní and thatís that Ď45 of mine.

5) (Well) Iím gonna lay down in jail like I used to  lay down (way,out) on Calumet. (x2)
Iím gonna lay down like I used to lay down way out on Calumet.
Maybe good luck to you Ďcus I haven't forgot you yet.

Outro

Alex
Title: Hungry Wolf by Funny Papa Smith
Post by: GhostRider on July 16, 2006, 06:25:06 AM
Greetings:

FPS recorded "Hungry Wolf" as the first tune of his final session from which recordings were released, July 10, 1931, almost exactly 75 years ago.

"Hungry Wolf" is the last of FPS's five "wolfy" tunes, and is in D Standard, and certianly by far not his worst. In this take he enters the mind of the wolf more, without the sexual stuff that in some ways dominates the others. This is one of my favorate FPS tunes, a toe-tapper.

As usual the verses are wordy and FPS's vocal phrasing is masterful. The guitar playing, virtually the same accompanyment he used for his "Good Coffee Blues" earlier,  adds new elements and to my ears has more "swing". This piece includes his second recorded instrumental break, smoother than the one in "Honey Blues".

My favorite is verse 3. His laid back delivery and great lyrics are perfect.


Hungry Wolf
1931

Standard tuning, Key of D, pitched at D#

Intro

1) I'm that hungry wolf, in the ground is where I dug my cave (x2)
I leave prowlin' just at dark and get back in the mornin' just awhile 'fore day.

2) I stroll through dark places, threatenin' to do my part. (x2)
With blood in my eyes and malicing in my heart.

3) (And) Places I used to go I ain't been there, I've been blowed out by the wind. (x2).
I did think one more time that I just 'bout come to my end.

4) I can howl like a wolf and then I can bark just like a dog. (x2)
I can prowl and do good 'cus I sleeps in a hollow log.

5) instrumental break

6) Most times when I'm hungry, I'm like a (drunk) man actin' a clown. (x2)
Then my eyes start to jump and then I'm dangerous as a doggone lion.

7) You gobblers keep on gobblin', you roosters watch your settin' hen. (x2)
Your wolf is hungry now, I'm gonna do most everything since God knows when.

Outro

Alex

Note: edited to reflect dj's comment below.
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: dj on July 16, 2006, 06:31:09 AM
I think the phrase in question is "I'm dangerous as a doggone lion", but "dangerous" is contracted so it ends up being pronounced "danj'ous".  Though even the "j" isn't sounded all that much.
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: GhostRider on July 16, 2006, 07:49:19 AM
DJ:

Thanks, I'm sure your right. I'll make the change.

Alex
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on July 16, 2006, 10:04:04 AM
Hi all,
That line "my eyes start to jump" reminded me of a story Nick Perls told me about the relocated Texas bluesman, Tom Shaw, who recorded an album for Blue Goose entitled "Blind Lemon's Buddy" that can be heard on the Juke.  Anyhow, Nick and Tom were having dinner in a pretty dark restaurant and Tom was wearing sunglasses.  Nick asked him if he wouldn't like to remove them so he could see better in the dark room.  Tom replied that he didn't want to remove them because if he happened to get angry, his eyes would shoot sparks, and he didn't want to alarm their fellow diners!
All best,
Johnm
Title: Hoppin' Toad Frog
Post by: GhostRider on July 18, 2006, 06:51:10 AM
Hello again:

For "Hoppin' Toad Frog" FPS moves to a different family of the animal kingdom and back to the double entendre side of things.  This tune was recorded during FPS's last session in July 1931.

The accompanyment is strummy, with single note work behind the vocals.

Six verses, no instrumental break and one "list verse" (verse 5), FPS's favorite form.

Get your fins on....

Hoppin' Toad Frog
1931

Standard tuning, Key of G
Capo I (G#)

Intro

1) I'm harmless as I can be, I stays out of all peoples way. (x2)
I'm just a little old toad, I'm gonna hop back to my home someday.

2) I'll hop down in your basement, don't mean to harm a single soul. (x2)
I'll shake all of your ashes, then shovel you in some brand new coal.

3) I don't have no friend, by myself I'm always on the road. (x2)
Just let me hop for you one time mama and you'll keep me for your little old toad.

4) Mama would you let a poor little old toad frog hop down in your water pond. (x2)
I'll dive down and come right out and I won't stay in your water long.

5) I ain't no bottle stopper, I ain't no police copper, I ain't no cradle rocker, you know I ain't the baby's papa.
But I know for my self, in your front yard is where I get my load.
Well you talk you like my hoppin', why don't you keep me for your little toad.

6) Mama do you know one thing, your water tank is just deep enough. (x2)
I can dive down to the bottom, take my time and then tread right back up.

Outro

What can I say?

Alex
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: Rivers on August 06, 2006, 11:47:22 AM
Re. Honey verse 2, I hear : "Goodbye honey if you call that gone, gonna take a ride with my high browns on", as in boots.
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: GhostRider on September 20, 2006, 11:31:09 AM
Hey Rivers:

Re. Honey verse 2, I hear : "Goodbye honey if you call that gone, gonna take a ride with my high browns on", as in boots.

I listened to this passage about 5X, and I still hear "in" at the beginning and "arms" at the end pretty clearly. What do the rest of you think?

Alex
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: Bunker Hill on September 20, 2006, 11:51:43 AM
Re. Honey verse 2, I hear : "Goodbye honey if you call that gone, gonna take a ride with my high browns on", as in boots.
Hey Rivers:
I listened to this passage about 5X, and I still hear "in" at the beginning and "arms" at the end pretty clearly. What do the rest of you think?
Alex
It's a rule of mine to refrain from "me too" type responses but on this occasion I'm breaking it because that's what I've heard since the days of the Yazoo LP. So, m-e t-o-o ;D
Title: Before Long by F.P. Smith
Post by: GhostRider on September 20, 2006, 11:56:39 AM
Hey:

Well, we're coming to the end of this little study of (IMHO) the best lyrics writer in the history of CB, Funny Papa Smith. "Before Long" is the last issued tune he recorded, on July 10, 1931, the same session in which he recorded "Seven Sister's Blues", which will be the last post in this thread.

"Before Long" is a pretty direct copy (melody-wise) of Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell's "How Long, How Long Blues", which was recorded in 1928.

The guitar FPS used is even more out-of-tune than usual. The song contains two instrumental breaks, a first, and two repeats of the first verse (another first). The guitar accompanyment is pretty basic. Another evil woman blues.

I'll add the .mp3 and the tuning info tomorrow.

Before Long
1931

Standard tuning, Key of D

Instrumental introduction

1) Before long, before long,
I'm gonna make you greave and moan.
Before long, before long, baby 'fore long.

2) When I had money baby, you was good to me,
But now I'm broke and hungry and youse cruel as you can be.
But before long, before long, baby 'fore long.

3) Last night you called me a low down, dirty name.
Woke up Monday mornin', and done the same old thing.
But before long, 'fore long, baby 'fore long.

4)It won't be long, before the break o' day
Gimme my shirt and tie baby, I'll get out on my way.
But before long, you'll need me, yes, ba-baby 'fore long.

5) Instrumental break

6) Repeat Verse 1

7) You in good health now baby, and good and strong.
But before long, baby, you'll be down to skin and bone.
But, before long, before long, baby 'fore long.

Eight) I'm going now baby, kiss me goodbye.
I know you don't love me baby and I don't see how you cry.
But before long, you'll need me, baby 'fore long.

9) Instrumental break

10) Repeat Verse 1

11) Seem like I 'streated you to dog me all the time.
Look like it do you good somebody, the same (one that) saw me cryin'.
But 'fore long 'fore long, baby 'fore long.

Outro

Alex

Note: edited to reflect Pan, UB and dj corrections below
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: GhostRider on September 21, 2006, 12:49:01 PM
Hi:

Here's the .mp3 for "Before Long". Hope some of you can help with the parts of the lyrics I can't get.

Alex
Title: Re: Before Long by F.P. Smith
Post by: uncle bud on September 21, 2006, 01:25:46 PM
Hey GR, a few more bits...

4)It won't be long, (????) the break of day
Gimme my shirt and tie baby, I'll get out on my way.
But before long, you'll need me, yes, baby 'fore long.

Tough verse to hear:

11) (????) treatin' you to dog me all the time.
Look like it do you good somebody (????) saw me cryin'.
Bur 'fore long, 'fore long, baby 'fore long.

Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: Pan on September 21, 2006, 01:35:20 PM
Hi UB and Alex

Could the line in the 4th chorus be:

"It won't be long, before the break of day..." ?

Yours

Pan

Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on September 21, 2006, 01:43:45 PM
Hi Pan,

It sounds more like "??? on the break of day".

cheers,
UB
Title: Re: Before Long by F.P. Smith
Post by: GhostRider on September 22, 2006, 02:50:58 PM
Hey GR, a few more bits...

4)It won't be long, (????) the break of day
Gimme my shirt and tie baby, I'll get out on my way.
But before long, you'll need me, yes, baby 'fore long.

Tough verse to hear:

11) (????) treatin' you to dog me all the time.
Look like it do you good somebody (????) saw me cryin'.
Bur 'fore long, 'fore long, baby 'fore long.

I like these Verse 4 additions and have amended the post above.

I like these Verse 11 additions as well. I have added "the same one that" for the Verse 11 second line question marks.

I have no idea how to fill in the remaining two question spots. Can anyone else take a crack.

Alex
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: dj on September 22, 2006, 05:24:47 PM
I'd suggest:

4) It won't be long, well 'bout the break o' day

11)  Ain't like I treated you to dog me all the time
Title: Seven Sisters Blues by J.T. (Funny Papa) Smith
Post by: GhostRider on September 26, 2006, 12:25:19 PM
One last go round:

The last FPS tune I'd like to present the lyrics to is "Seven Sisters Blues", recorded during his last 1931 session, July 10, Lyrics-wise, this is one of the greatest CB tunes ever recorded (IMHO), very creepy.

"The Seven Sisters is a term used to indicate the constellation of the Pleiades -- but The Seven Sisters of New Orleans were a family of hoodoo women who lived and practiced in the Crescent City in the 1920s - 30s. Mentioned by several of Harry Middleton Hyatt's informants, they were said to have a house "by the water" and were popular enough to became the subject of a blues song by the Texas musician J. T. "Funny Paper" Smith." (Catherine Yronwode, keeper of
http://www.luckymojo.com/number7.html website, from which the lyrics beneath were lifted. In her post she mentions that the song was recorded Oct. 3, 1931, which does not agree with the Document disc info).

The song is performed in A, Standard tuning and has a similar guitar part to "Tell it to the Judge", "Mama, Quittin' and Leavin'", "Howlin' Wolf Blues", maybe not quite so fancy.

A great blues, great singing, lyrics, guitar. A must listen.


Seven Sisters Blues - Parts 1 and 2
1931

Standard tuning, Key of A
Capo I (A#)

PART 1

1) They tell me Seven Sisters in New Orleans, that can really fix a man up right (x2)
And I'm headed for New Orleans, Louisiana, I'm travelin' both day and night.

2) I hear them say the oldest Sister look just like she's 21 (x2)
And said she can look right in your eyes and tell you just exactly what you want done.

3) They tell me they've been hung, been bled, and been crucified (x2)
But I just want enough help to stand on the water and rule the tide.

4) It's bound to be Seven Sisters, ('cause) I've heard it by everybody else (x2)
Course, I'd love to take their word, but I'd rather go and see for myself.

5) When I leave the Seven Sisters, I'll pile stones all around (x2)
And go to my baby and tell her, "There's another Seven Sister man in town."

6) Good morning, Seven Sisters, just thought I'd come down and see(x2)
Will you build me up where I'm torn down, and make me strong where I'm weak?

PART 2

1) I went to New Orleans, Louisiana, just on account of something I heard (x2)
The Seven Sisters told me everything I wanted to know, and they wouldn't let me speak a word.

2) (Now, it's) Sarah, Minnie, Bertha, Holly, Dolly, Betty and Jane (x2)
You can't know them Sisters apart, because they all looks just the same.

3) The Seven Sisters sent me away happy, 'round the corner I met another little girl (x2)
She looked at me and smiled, and said, "Go, Devil, and destroy the world."
[spoken] I'm gonna destroy it, too.
[spoken] I'm all right now.

4) Seven times a year the Seven Sisters will visit me (all)in my sleep (x2)
And they said I won't have no trouble, and said I'll live twelve days in a week.

5) Wanna go down in Louisiana, and get the hell right out of your bein' (x2)
These Seven Sisters can do anything in Louisiana, but you'll have to go to New Orleans.

BTW Steven Wirtz has done a great discography of FP Smith

http://www.wirz.de/music/smifpfrm.htm

I hope you've enjoyed this trip through FPS's work. I sure have enjoyed listening to these tunes a lot more intensively.

Alex
Title: Re: Seven Sisters Blues by J.T. (Funny Papa) Smith
Post by: Bunker Hill on September 26, 2006, 12:48:39 PM
I hope you've enjoyed this trip through FPS's work. I sure have enjoyed listening to these tunes a lot more intensively.
Hey, when this this thread began it made me take the Yazoo LP from off the racks and reacquaint myself with FPS. That can't be no bad thing...thank you.
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: GhostRider on September 26, 2006, 01:01:44 PM
I'd suggest:

4) It won't be long, well 'bout the break o' day

11)  Ain't like I treated you to dog me all the time


dj:

I don't think the first of these is right, but the second (Verse 11) sounds good. I'll make the change.

Thanks,
Alex
Title: Re: Seven Sisters Blues by J.T. (Funny Papa) Smith
Post by: uncle bud on October 02, 2006, 11:10:17 AM
I hope you've enjoyed this trip through FPS's work. I sure have enjoyed listening to these tunes a lot more intensively.

Alex
Hey, Alex nice job working your way through Funny Papa's stuff.
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: Johnm on October 02, 2006, 01:57:57 PM
Hi Alex,
I'd like to second Uncle Bud's congratulations for your work on this thread.  It is a great thing to get into someone's music so deeply.  Good for you.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Hard Luck Man Blues
Post by: uncle bud on January 31, 2007, 10:13:50 AM
"Hard Luck Man Blues" is the only surviving track (why would someone record only 1 song) recorded in early November 1930.

3) I've got a woman in Seymour, one in Tyler, (don't) you know I'm feelin' blue (x2)
??? Leave what ??? I'm in jail now on Chicago Avenue.

This is "I've got to leave but I'm in jail now on Chicago Avenue"

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5) I've been in jail in Texas, been in jail in Alabama, been in jail in Louisiana, been in jail in Indiana.
I got a fool about women goin' ??? jail down in Tennessee.
But the Chicago Avenue jail is too much jail for me.

This sounds like either "Actin' a fool about women got in jail down in Tennessee" or "I get a fool about women got in jail..."

Title: Re: Tell It to the Judge No. 1
Post by: uncle bud on January 31, 2007, 10:29:09 AM

Tell It to the Judge No.1

Spoken introduction (with guitar playing behind in parts)
Dessa: Who's that knockin' on my door?
FPS: Police officer. Open this door 'fore I shoot the knob off.
Dessa: Wait man, I'll let you in.
FPS: Where that booze at?

A minor point but I'm pretty sure he says "Where's" not "Where". It's not that audible but I believe it's there.

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2) (Mama) You can lose your temper (mama), but please don't lose your head. (x2)
I'm gonna search this shack this mornin', come on and (??? get ???) this search warrent read.

come on and hear this search warrant read.

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4)Last time I searched this shack (you know) I found a half a pint of gin (x2)
Now whats the meanin' of all this here liquor, call the wagon 'cus I'm gonna run you in.

Again a minor point, but he says "going to run you in" not gonna.

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5) (Please) Give me a break, don't make me pay no fine (x2)
That judge (??? darn don't like me ???), 'cus I been here so many times.

Tricky. I am hearing "That judge'll darn now lynch me 'cause I been here so many times."

Title: Re: Hard Luck Man Blues
Post by: GhostRider on January 31, 2007, 10:31:45 AM
"Hard Luck Man Blues" is the only surviving track (why would someone record only 1 song) recorded in early November 1930.

3) I've got a woman in Seymour, one in Tyler, (don't) you know I'm feelin' blue (x2)
??? Leave what ??? I'm in jail now on Chicago Avenue.

This is "I've got to leave but I'm in jail now on Chicago Avenue"

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5) I've been in jail in Texas, been in jail in Alabama, been in jail in Louisiana, been in jail in Indiana.
I got a fool about women goin' ??? jail down in Tennessee.
But the Chicago Avenue jail is too much jail for me.

This sounds like either "Actin' a fool about women got in jail down in Tennessee" or "I get a fool about women got in jail..."

I like the Verse 3 change. perfect

In Verse 5 I (after about 15 listens) like the Actin a fool... version.

I'll make the changes, thanks Unkie Bud.

There are still a few more unresolved bits in some o the remaining lyrics. Sure would be nice to finish them off. Anyone?

Alex
Title: Re: Tell It to the Judge No. 2
Post by: uncle bud on January 31, 2007, 10:44:31 AM

Tell It to the Judge No. 2

Spoken intro (TIttJ-style guitar backing in latter part)
Dessa: Good mornin' judge, how do you feel this mornin'?
FPS: Why hello there Betty, why here you come back up here again, didn't ch'ya.

Again a minor point, but he says "didn't you" or at worst "didn't yuh".

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Dessa:No judge, I didn't come, they brought me here.
FPS: I'm sorry Betty.

1) They got you charged with handlin' liquor (now, Betty) tell me what is your plea? (x2)
You know I've been agivin' you many breaks but the breaks this mornin' belong to me.

2) I'm guilty kind old judge, please, treat me nice and kind
spoken: yea, 200 and costs.
I'm guilty kind old judge, please, treat me nice and kind
spoken: I did that bit already.
"I did that Betty already"

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'Fore I've been home (???) bed to get money to pay my fine.

"For I'll send home and try my best to get money..."

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3) Now, I know you're a pretty good woman, and livin' in a nice neibourhood.
spoken: Thank you, judge!
Now, I know you're a pretty good woman, Betty  and you live in a mighty nice neibourhood.
But I think 100 and costs and 30 days in the Bridewell will do you good.
spoken: Oh, me!

Well you's a pretty good woman and livin' in a nice neighborhood
I know you's a pretty good woman, Betty  and you live in a mighty nice neighborhood.

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4) I've never seen a judge as mean as you before (x2)

Minor point but it's "I never seen" not I've.

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6) You can do as you please, 30 days won't make me cry. (x2)
spoken: I didn't think it would make me cry, Betty.

"I didn't think it would make you cry, Betty"  (not "make me cry")


Sorry, screwed up the quote tags on this one. I think is readable now, though not exactly clear! Let me know if you have questions.
Title: Re: Tell It to the Judge No. 1
Post by: GhostRider on January 31, 2007, 10:47:01 AM

Tell It to the Judge No.1

Spoken introduction (with guitar playing behind in parts)
Dessa: Who's that knockin' on my door?
FPS: Police officer. Open this door 'fore I shoot the knob off.
Dessa: Wait man, I'll let you in.
FPS: Where that booze at?

A minor point but I'm pretty sure he says "Where's" not "Where". It's not that audible but I believe it's there.

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2) (Mama) You can lose your temper (mama), but please don't lose your head. (x2)
I'm gonna search this shack this mornin', come on and (??? get ???) this search warrent read.

come on and hear this search warrant read.

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4)Last time I searched this shack (you know) I found a half a pint of gin (x2)
Now whats the meanin' of all this here liquor, call the wagon 'cus I'm gonna run you in.

Again a minor point, but he says "going to run you in" not gonna.

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5) (Please) Give me a break, don't make me pay no fine (x2)
That judge (??? darn don't like me ???), 'cus I been here so many times.

Tricky. I am hearing "That judge'll darn now lynch me 'cause I been here so many times."

Again, I like all of these and will make the changes.

Alex
Title: Re: Corn Whiskey Blues
Post by: uncle bud on January 31, 2007, 11:00:52 AM
The other song FPS recorded in mid-Feb. 1931 was "Corn Whiskey Blues", a rather mournful tune about drinkin'. Adding to the somber note is the slightly out-of-tune guitar and the turnaround which I really like, E-Am-E.

It's nice, isn't it? The other person who does this kind of I-IVminor-I move, I think, is Papa Charlie Jackson.

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Corn Whiskey Blues

2) I can tell when (I got) the blues is comin', I can't he'p but feel so low down (x2)
Then I wants to get drunk and pitch a booger (???) all over town.

I think this is right, though obviously sounds a little odd to modern ears. I take "pitch a booger" to mean party out on the town, booger being short for booger rooger, meaning a good party.
Title: Re: Howling Wolf Blues - No. 3
Post by: uncle bud on February 03, 2007, 08:23:15 AM

Howling Wolf Blues - No. 3
1931
Standard tuning, Key of A
Capo I (Bb)

Instrumental introduction

1) I know you heard me howl before (and) you see it was not my least time. (x2)
I'm howling to keep the other wolves away from this here she-wolf of mine.

It's "last time" not least.

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3) When I prowl at night, I want meat and that's all my crave (x2)
And if you watch me two in the mornin', you'll see me makin' it back to my cave.

Minor point, but I hear "And if you watchin'..."

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4) They trappin' me in Texas, also St. Angelo (???), Columbus (???), New Mexico and Toledo, Ohio.
Followin' me from Kansas City, caught me in the city of Chicago.
But the she-wolf has got me now friend and won't let me prowl no more.

I think the place names are correct. The last line where you have "friend" is hard to hear but I think the line is

But the she-wolf has got me now I'm sayin', ain't goin' let me prowl no more


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5) I take time when I'm prowlin' and wipe my tracks out with my tail (x2)
 I of' get blue and start howlin' and the hellhound gets on my trail.

Again hard to hear but the start of the last line sounds to me like "It often gets blue and start howlin'..."

I often would make more sense, but not what I'm hearing. Maybe a flubbed line?

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6) I'm that wolf that digs a hole and stick my nose down in the ground (x2)
Howl right by you and you'll swear that I was a whole other side of town.

There's no contraction, it's "you will swear".

A good one!

Title: Re: Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 1
Post by: uncle bud on February 03, 2007, 08:35:05 AM

Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 1
1930
Key of A, Standard tuning
Capo II (B)

3) I know ??? and ??? dog me baby with your '45. (x2)
And I couldn't do nothin' but wring my hands and cry.

This is "I know you 'buked and dogged me baby with your '45"

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5) No, you tryin to beat (???) me baby and use me as a child (x2)
But it's goin' to hurt you to your heart when I leave you for a while.

Tricky! She doesn't say the first line the same way twice. Sounds like it could be "Though you try to be clean..." the first time, whatever that means. The second time it sounds like "Though you try to be mean baby..."

Title: Re: Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 2
Post by: uncle bud on February 03, 2007, 08:47:39 AM

Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 2
1930
Standard tuning, Key of A
Capo II (B)

Instrumental introduction

1) I'm tired of bein' sorry when I know I'm doin' the best I can (x2)
To keep from bein' your dog daddy, I'm goin' to get me a brand new man.

First line is "I'm tired of bein' scolded when I know..."

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4) I know I can't keep you mama, I taken you from my bosum friend (x2)
I can see the rascal's gettin' lucky, I know your gonna take him back again.

"I know the reason I can't keep you mama, I's taken you for my bosom friend
I know the reason I can't keep you mama, I taken you for my bosom friend..."

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5) You know all this time, thinkin' you was all mine and I come to find you was worse all the time.
And I didn't say a finnin' (???) 'till six months after you left.
I'll give you one more chance to make a man out of yourself.

"You know all this time, thinkin' you was all mine, and I come to find you was worse all the time
And I didn't save one penny till six months after you left"

In that first line I kind of think I hear "work" rather than worse. Not sure.

Title: Re: Before Long by F.P. Smith
Post by: uncle bud on February 03, 2007, 08:57:18 AM

Before Long
1931

4)It won't be long, (????) rainy day
Gimme my shirt and tie baby, I'll get out on my way.
But before long, you'll need me, yes, ba-baby 'fore long.

It won't be long, for ??? the break of day

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11) Ain't like I treated you to dog me all the time.
Look like it do you good somebody, (the same one that) saw me cryin'

This verse is a mess but I think I'm hearing the word "mistreated" in line 1. In line 2, I am almost hearing the word "hesitate" as in "hesitate an' saw me cryin'". Whatever that means!


Title: Re: Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 2
Post by: GhostRider on February 03, 2007, 05:45:58 PM

Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 2
1930
Standard tuning, Key of A
Capo II (B)

Instrumental introduction

1) I'm tired of bein' sorry when I know I'm doin' the best I can (x2)
To keep from bein' your dog daddy, I'm goin' to get me a brand new man.

First line is "I'm tired of bein' scolded when I know..."

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4) I know I can't keep you mama, I taken you from my bosum friend (x2)
I can see the rascal's gettin' lucky, I know your gonna take him back again.

"I know the reason I can't keep you mama, I's taken you for my bosom friend
I know the reason I can't keep you mama, I taken you for my bosom friend..."

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5) You know all this time, thinkin' you was all mine and I come to find you was worse all the time.
And I didn't say a finnin' (???) 'till six months after you left.
I'll give you one more chance to make a man out of yourself.

"You know all this time, thinkin' you was all mine, and I come to find you was worse all the time
And I didn't save one penny till six months after you left"

In that first line I kind of think I hear "work" rather than worse. Not sure.

Boy, thanks again, Unkie Bud.

I agree with all of these except the "...taken you for my bosum friend" part of Verse 4. I still hear "..taken you from my bosum friend" and I think it makes more sense this way with respect to the third line of the verse.

I'll make the changes.

Thanks again,
Alex
Title: Re: Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 1
Post by: GhostRider on February 03, 2007, 06:00:35 PM

Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 1
1930
Key of A, Standard tuning
Capo II (B)

3) I know ??? and ??? dog me baby with your '45. (x2)
And I couldn't do nothin' but wring my hands and cry.

This is "I know you 'buked and dogged me baby with your '45"

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5) No, you tryin to beat (???) me baby and use me as a child (x2)
But it's goin' to hurt you to your heart when I leave you for a while.

Tricky! She doesn't say the first line the same way twice. Sounds like it could be "Though you try to be clean..." the first time, whatever that means. The second time it sounds like "Though you try to be mean baby..."

Unkie Bud (and BJ way back):

I like these edits, though I'll go for "Though you try to be mean..." twice.

Thanks,
Alex
Title: Re: Mama's Quittin' and Leavin' - Part 2
Post by: uncle bud on February 04, 2007, 08:13:15 AM

I agree with all of these except the "...taken you for my bosum friend" part of Verse 4. I still hear "..taken you from my bosum friend" and I think it makes more sense this way with respect to the third line of the verse.

Yup, relistening numerous times I agree it's "from" and it makes more sense that way...

Edited to add: the third line that follows this is missing the word "right":

"I can feel that rascal's gettin' lucky, I know you gonna take him right back again"

Only Howlin' Wolf 3 and Before Long left to add to Keys to the Highway. Check out the corrections above.
Title: Re: Howling Wolf Blues - No. 3
Post by: GhostRider on February 04, 2007, 12:10:31 PM

Howling Wolf Blues - No. 3
1931
Standard tuning, Key of A
Capo I (Bb)

Instrumental introduction

1) I know you heard me howl before (and) you see it was not my least time. (x2)
I'm howling to keep the other wolves away from this here she-wolf of mine.

It's "last time" not least.

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3) When I prowl at night, I want meat and that's all my crave (x2)
And if you watch me two in the mornin', you'll see me makin' it back to my cave.

Minor point, but I hear "And if you watchin'..."

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4) They trappin' me in Texas, also St. Angelo (???), Columbus (???), New Mexico and Toledo, Ohio.
Followin' me from Kansas City, caught me in the city of Chicago.
But the she-wolf has got me now friend and won't let me prowl no more.

I think the place names are correct. The last line where you have "friend" is hard to hear but I think the line is

But the she-wolf has got me now I'm sayin', ain't goin' let me prowl no more


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5) I take time when I'm prowlin' and wipe my tracks out with my tail (x2)
 I of' get blue and start howlin' and the hellhound gets on my trail.

Again hard to hear but the start of the last line sounds to me like "It often gets blue and start howlin'..."

I often would make more sense, but not what I'm hearing. Maybe a flubbed line?

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6) I'm that wolf that digs a hole and stick my nose down in the ground (x2)
Howl right by you and you'll swear that I was a whole other side of town.

There's no contraction, it's "you will swear".

A good one!

Thank, Unkie Bud.

I agree with all of these and will make the changes.

Alex
Title: Re: Before Long by F.P. Smith
Post by: GhostRider on February 04, 2007, 12:33:07 PM

Before Long
1931

4)It won't be long, (????) rainy day
Gimme my shirt and tie baby, I'll get out on my way.
But before long, you'll need me, yes, ba-baby 'fore long.

It won't be long, for ??? the break of day

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11) Ain't like I treated you to dog me all the time.
Look like it do you good somebody, (the same one that) saw me cryin'

This verse is a mess but I think I'm hearing the word "mistreated" in line 1. In line 2, I am almost hearing the word "hesitate" as in "hesitate an' saw me cryin'". Whatever that means!

Unkie Bud:

Your correction to verse 4, I just don't hear. I have no plausible alternative, but I don't think you have it (for a change).

In Verse 11 I think mistreated is right in the first line, but I'm not sure about hesitate.

Could anyone out there give this one a listen a see what they think, maybe someone with the Slow-down program thing. This is the last FPS tune to get finished, and that would be cool. Can anyone help? An .mp3 of this tune is appended on page 4 of this thread.

Thanks,
Alex
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: uncle bud on February 04, 2007, 02:38:20 PM
I'm not convinced of my reading either, Alex, though I don't hear "rainy day". Here is a slowed-down and quick and dirty EQ'd version of the line in question attached as an mp3.

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Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: dj on February 05, 2007, 03:21:16 AM
I think it's "It won't be long before the break o' day..." with "the" pronounced "dee". 
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: GhostRider on February 05, 2007, 10:30:07 AM
I think it's "It won't be long before the break o' day..." with "the" pronounced "dee". 
dj:

I hear "It wont be long, befare de breaky day" Sounds like he was drunk.

I'm sure your hearing is what he meant to say.

Thanks, I'll make the change.

Alex
Title: Re: Before Long by F.P. Smith
Post by: GhostRider on February 05, 2007, 10:50:38 AM

Before Long
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11) Ain't like I treated you to dog me all the time.
Look like it do you good somebody, (the same one that) saw me cryin'

This verse is a mess but I think I'm hearing the word "mistreated" in line 1. In line 2, I am almost hearing the word "hesitate" as in "hesitate an' saw me cryin'". Whatever that means!

In Verse 11 I think mistreated is right in the first line, but I'm not sure about hesitate.



I've listened to this Verse 11 until I'm blue in the ears. I hear:
"Seem like I 'streated you to dog me all the time.
Look like it do you good somebody, the same one that saw me cryin'"

There is a skip in the 78 (which isn't in good shape anyway) right at the word "one".

This is the best I can do. Anyone else?

Alex
Title: Re: Wiskeyhead Blues
Post by: ArthurBlake on April 16, 2014, 01:23:26 AM
Howdy:

Wiskeyhead Blues was recorded in March 1931, at the start of FPS's second last 1931 recording session. Obviously FPS spells as well as he tunes his guitar.

This tune has been previously discussed in the "Adventures in Crossnote" thread where Unkie Bud determined the tune was played out of Open Em tuning.

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=83&topic=648.0 (http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=83&topic=648.0)

The instrumental introduction has an weird, minor sounding feeling.

If your ever asked to play a song about drinkin', choose this one.

Hopefully Unkie Bud can fill us in on the tricks of playing this.

An .mp3 of this tune is attached to one of the posts in the above referenced thread

Wiskeyhead Blues
1931
Crossnote tuning, Key of E

Instrumental introduction

1) I was woke up this mornin' by taste of gasoline. (x2)
But when I woke up I found out wasn't nothin' but my whiskey dream.

2) I drink so much whiskey, it's a wonder that I ain't dead (x2)
All around in my neibourhood the people call me a whiskeyhead.

3) I'm drunk Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I'm drunk (Thursday) Friday and Saturday too. (x2)
And on Sunday I'm at church, but that ain't what I want to do.

4) You know how I am, you been known me a great long time. (x2)
You know I like my good lookin' women and I gotta have my moonshine.

5) I wished I had a drink this mornin', I ain't nothin' but a drunken slave. (x2)
Come on boys go bury me, 'cus I'm goin' dig my grave.

6) Now the fool that started me ta drinkin', I hope (that) he's dead and gone. (x2)
I hope to leave him in Whiskey Alley where ain't nothin down there but bottles and bones.

Coda

The last line of Verse 6 is terrific. FPS was a genius, how would one ever come up with stuff like this. A careful study of FPS tunes like this should be Blues Composition 101, IM(not so)HO.

Alex
Great, thanks for this, I decided today to try working this song out, got home and am not sure what this tuning was and also wanted to write down the lyrics so this has saved me a bit of time. I figured out the key was E easily enough but the intro suggested it wasn't quite standard tuning. Not sure of what the exact definition of "crossnote" tuning is. I have heard some describe Open E minor tuning was "crossnote" tuning but this week i discovered there is an E,A,E,G,B,E tuning and someone called this "crossnote" I have played a wee bit in the Open E or D minor tuning but never on this one. Is the the standard with the D string tuned up to E ? It makes sense that it is even though I have never played in the tuning.
                                                                            If someone can clear this up for me all well and good if not I am sure I will work it out. Cheers, thanks for a great thread, I know where I'll go next time I look for old blues lyrics.
Title: Re: J.T."Funny Papa" Smith's Lyrics
Post by: ScottN on April 16, 2014, 04:09:56 AM
Hi Greg,

If you click on the link in the post you pasted, there is a good discussion of crossnote by John Miller in reply #14 in response to that question from reply #13.

Also, if you haven't checked out the weeniepedia resource yet, you really should.  Click on the weeniepedia quick menu on the left hand side of the page then click musicianship, click guitar, then click adventures in crossnote.

Also, explore weeniepedia for awhile as there are many great resources including links to lyrics organized both by song and by artist.

Thanks,
              Scott