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When he performed his 61 Highway Blues for Lomax, the folklorist wrote a single word beside the entry in his field log: "Perfect." - The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax - Words, Photographs and Music, by Tom Piazza, LoC 2013

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SOTM - Song Of The Month / Re: Song of the Month Schedule for 2019
« Last post by Rivers on Today at 06:52:52 PM »
I'll take September if that's OK
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by banjochris on Today at 06:45:31 PM »
That missing bit is tough, John, I can't really make it out either I have a few other suggestions though:


On this bit:
BOB: Oh well, a case like that, better you should figure it out--another mule kickin' you your stall.

I'd suggest:
Oh well, a case like that, VERY EASY TO figure it out--another mule kickin' IN your stall.


CHARLEY: Who, your gal done quit you?
Who, your gal done quit TOO?

CHARLEY: Why?
BOB: That's [ ? ] yourself, another one be along.

CHARLEY: WELL? (Sounds like he misspeaks here)
BOB: I can't make this out either, something like THEN or THAT'S WHY YOU I SAY, another be along.


CHARLEY: Well, I'm gon' try not to worry over about two or three years, nohow.  For we sing these little blues.

...S'POSE we sing these little blues?


And in "YoYo #2," I'd suggest
4.3. ...but for me it's SAME AS, me it's SAME AS play.
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Thanks all.  This is a great forum.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Today at 05:59:15 PM »
Hi all,
For "It Won't Be Long Now", Barbecue Bob was joined by his brother, Charley Lincoln.  Whoever figured out or decided that Charley's laugh was worth putting on records was dead right--it is incredibly effective, mostly because it sounds spontaneous and genuine every time it happens.  The brothers are just spritzing here.  Both brothers are playing in Spanish as on most of their tunes.  I'd appreciate help with the bent bracketed place in the spoken portion of the cut.  I sure love that opening line on the last verse.  Here is "It Won't Be Long", sometimes called "It Won't Be Long No. 1":



CHARLEY: Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
BOB: What you laughin' at, Charley?
CHARLEY: Well, I's just laughin' at you, how you're tryin' to barbecue that meat.
BOB: I don't see anything funny about that.
CHARLEY: Ain't you afraid you'll get burnt?
BOB: Oh no, I know my stuff on that.  I'm makin' it good and juicy.  That way, people likes it, you know, these days, with gravy runnin' out.
CHARLEY: Well, I been burned so much, 'til I'm afraid of everything looks hot.
BOB: You don't know your stuff, you got to learn your onions on that.
CHARLEY: You know my best gal done quit me?
BOB: Which one was that, Willie?
CHARLEY: Yeah, she left last night.
BOB: What's the matter with you and her, you must didn't take the payroll home.
CHARLEY: Yeah, I taken my payroll--I borrowed fifteen dollars.
BOB: Oh well, a case like that, better you should figure it out--another mule kickin' you your stall.  Done kicked a little harder than you can kick.  My gal, she quit too, last week.
CHARLEY: Who, your gal done quit you?
BOB: She didn't stay at home.
CHARLEY: Uh ha ha ha ha ha ha!  What's the matter with you and her?
BOB: I figured it's a case kinda like yours--same dog bit you must have snapped at me.  But you know, I don't worry about one woman.  Five wards in this town: First, Second, third Fourth and Fifth.  I got five gal each ward, out of twenty-five womens, I know I can keep to suit some of 'em.  That's two things I never run at, noway.
CHARLEY: What is that?
BOB: Streetcar and a woman.
CHARLEY: Why?
BOB: That's [ ? ] yourself, another one be along.
CHARLEY: Well, I'm gon' try not to worry over about two or three years, nohow.  For we sing these little blues.
BOB: Let's hear 'em. 

CHARLEY, SINGING:  Tell me, tell me, mama BOTH SINGING: Baby, what's the matter now?
Ah, tell me, tell me, baby, honey what's the matter now?
Sayin', you're tryin' to quit me, honey, and you don't know how

Where it t'ain't no love, bet it sure ain't no gettin' along
Where it t'ain't no love, mama, it sure ain't no gettin' along
Says, my gal treat me so mean 'til I don't know right from wrong

Take a red sand to make mud, dry, you can call it dust
Take red sand to make mud, dry, you can call it dust
For hard luck in the family, say it sure done fell on us

All best,
Johnm



   
 
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Just to confirm, we are now fully migrated across to the new server. Any issues, comments, etc., please feel free to post them here. From where I'm sitting it's running noticeably quicker.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Today at 10:01:09 AM »
Hi all,
For "She's Coming Back Some Cold Rainy Day", Barbecue Bob was working with the same personnel, Curley Weaver on seconding guitar and Buddy Moss on harmonica, as he had used for "I'm On My Way Down Home", and like that song, it was essentially a cover of "Sitting On Top of the World".  Barbecue Bob accompanies himself out of Vestapol with a slide,  and Curley Weaver works out of G position in standard tuning.  Here is "She's Coming Back Some Cold Rainy Day":



INTRO SOLO

Take you last winter, out the rain and snow, now you're leavin' me, mama, but you can go
REFRAIN: You're coming back, some old, cold, rainy day

You're comin' back, you comin' back, comin' back, baby, you're comin' back
REFRAIN: You're coming back, some old, cold, rainy day

For years and years, you've had your way, you'll listen to me, baby, some lonesome day
REFRAIN: And you're coming back, some old, cold, rainy day

You taken my brother, my buddy, too, way you treat me, baby, it's home to you
REFRAIN: You're coming back, some old, cold, rainy day

SOLO

Taken you, baby, to be my friend, all you want, baby, a gang of men
REFRAIN: You're coming back, some old, cold, rainy day

First you said, baby, that we were through, you once wanted me, baby, now I won't want you
REFRAIN: And you're coming back, some old, cold, rainy day

When it's raining and cold, and ice and snow, know you'll want, baby, some place to go
REFRAIN: And you're coming back, some old, cold, rainy day

Tell you something, it's certainly true, everything we tell you, don't mean we'll do
REFRAIN: But you're coming back, some old, cold, rainy day

May be a long time, but in the way, you comin' back, baby, some rainy day
REFRAIN: You're coming back, some old, cold, rainy day

SOLO

All best,
Johnm

 
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Thank you Stuart for your participation and encouragement!

Yes, really, thank you John for your participation and for providing such high quality content.  We're very lucky to have you as a resident pro.

I think it has been a fun project for us all... the genre deserves the lavishing.

 
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Thank you Johnm. Nobody could predict where we'd all be when this started some 20 years ago. I'm convinced we'll be around for a long time. Unless the server migration crashes one minute from now...
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Yes, thanks, Rivers and Slack, for keeping the site up and running in good order, and better all the time.  You're creating a community, which is pretty cool.  Thanks!
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Jam Session / Re: beekeeping
« Last post by Rivers on Yesterday at 05:27:54 PM »
Amen to that!
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