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When I'd go see him he says 'Whenever I get up, if I live to get up, me and you gonna put out nothin' but gospel music... I done joined the church and don't wanna play no more blues.' I told him 'Okay' but I wasn't lookin' for him to get up - Sam Chatmon, on Lonnie's conversion

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Yesterday at 10:27:22 AM »
Hi all,
For "Yo Yo Blues No. 2", Barbecue Bob was once again working in Spanish, but using a different accompaniment than he normally did in that tuning.  Instead, he was using the same accompaniment and phrasing model that Curley Weaver used for his "No, No Blues".  It's a wonderful accompaniment and way of playing in Spanish, and it's a treat just to hear how Barbecue Bob played time behind his singing on this one.  The return of the signature lick in between verses is hugely exciting every time it comes around.  It's one of the few blues lyrics that I can think of that employs a stammering archetype for its taglines.  What a great track this is--I wish it had about seventy-five more verses!  Here is "Yo Yo Blues No. 2":



"Say, Mr. Conductor, let me ride your train.
Say, Mr. Conductor, let me ride your train.
I want to play yoyo, play yoyo, play yoyo again."

"You don't let me on, I'm gonna ride the blind.
You don't let me on, I'm gonna ride the blind."
"You wants to yoyo, Bob, but you know this train, you know this train ain't mine."

I know a man that's ain't but fifty-four
I know a man that's ain't but fifty-four
Oh, he didn't do nothin' but play with his yo, play with his yoyo

I like to yoyo, yes, both night and day
I like to yoyo, yes, both night and day
Some folks it's hard work for, but for me it's famous, me it's famous play

FALSETTO: Ooo, ooooo
Ooo, oooo
Ooo, ooo, ooooh

You may be blue and way down in the depths
You may be blue and way down in the depths
Go play yoyo, a little yoyo, a little yoyo will help

When you hear them yellin' up and down the hall
When you hear them yelling up and down the hall
Don't get uneasy, they's playing yoyo, playing yoyo, that's all

I got a gal, she sure is big and fat
I got a gal, she sure is big and fat
"Let's yoyo, Bob, because it's tight, 'cause it's tight like that."

FALSETTO: Ooo, ooooo
Ooo, oooo
Ooo, ooo, ooooh

I'm just a child, I've got to leave this world
I'm just a child and I've got to leave this world
You wants to yoyo, mama, call on Barbecue, call on Barbecue Bob

All best,
Johnm



 
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Greetings All,

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on June 24, 2019, 05:13:31 PM »
Hi all,
For "Cold Wave Blues", Barbecue Bob utilized pretty much the same accompaniment and melody that he had used for "Beggin' For Love".  Here is "Cold Wave Blues":



Wintertime is coming, you can hear that howlin' wind
Wintertime is coming, I can hear that howlin' wind
You better get ready, know that Summer's done gone in

Old Jack Frost is now ready, puttin' that thing on you
Old Jack Frost is now ready, to put that thing on you
If you don't stop him, bad luck be your howdy-do

Cold waves make me shiver, cold waves gets my goat
Cold waves make me shiver, cold waves gets my goat
I feel so disgusted, ain't got no overcoat

Shoes ain't got no bottom, feets pattin' on the ground
Shoes ain't got no bottom, feets pattin' on the ground
When it start to snowin', be Alabama bound

Wintertime is coming, I ain't got a single suit
Wintertime is coming, I ain't got a single suit
With my pocket empty, tellin' me what I'm going to do

Mmmm-mmm-hmmm, Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord
Mmmm-mmmm-mmm, Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord
Mmmm-mmm-mmmm, hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm

SPOKEN:  Lord, Lord, boys, this wind 'bout to cut my throat!

Wintertime is here now, it's right up on me
Wintertime is comin', slip right up on me
Tell me, miss mama, what I'm going to do

Cold wave, chilly cold wave, listen to my plea
Cold wave, chilly cold wave, listen to my plea
Cold wave, cold wave, don't be so hard on me

All best,
Johnm
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I always wondered why Johnson played only one guitar solo (only Kind Hearted Woman has one)? 


That's interesting. Maybe he found from performing that people were glued to the sung portion and didn't want to lose the attention of the people recording him or maybe he was instructed to just do the sung portion.   Shame someone wasn't asked that.

Harriet
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on June 24, 2019, 10:23:02 AM »
Hi all,
Barbecue Bob was back in Spanish tuning for "Beggin' For Love".  Here it is:



Won't somebody listen, listen to my mournful plea?
Won't somebody listen, listen to my mournful plea?
I ain't got no mama, won't you take a chance with me?

Come and let me over, don't you think I will do?
Come and let me over, don't you think I will do?
I can give you lovin', lovin' you never knew

Can't you hear me beggin', beggin' for somebody's love?
Can't you hear me beggin', beggin' for somebody's love?
Tell me, can I get it, won't you be my turtledove?

Give me just one hour, let me show you what I've got
Give me just one hour, let me show you what I've got
I know you're going to like it, baby, 'cause it's red hot

If you're craving pleasure, let me hang around
If you're craving pleasure, baby, let me hang around
I can give you pleasure, honey, the best in town

SPOKEN:  Lord, Lord, which one of you browns is gonna let Bob take a chance with you?

I've got that sweet, sweet something, baby, I tell you it's new
I've got that sweet, sweet something, tell the world it's new
If you take me, sweet mama, I'll show it all to you

Mmm-mmm-hmm, Lord, Lord Lord, Lord
Mmmm-mmmm-mmmm, Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord
Mmmm-mmm-hmmm, mmm-mmmm-mmm-mmm

All best,
Johnm
   
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Other Musical Interests / Re: We owe a debt of gratitude to Dave Bartholomew
« Last post by Stuart on June 23, 2019, 06:53:50 PM »
Thank you, Lindy. IIRC, the Fats Domino documentary that aired on PBS had more than a few clips of Dave Bartholomew. These men were pure talent.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Last post by Rivers on June 23, 2019, 05:39:09 PM »
I wonder if "ginger bus" is a misunderstanding/mishearing of "jitney bus"

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust, if you can't ride your train, catch a ginger bus

Yes, that line really had me thinking, given the narrative!
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I think we're still falling into the trap of discussing him like he was not just a regular musician, albeit a very good one. Everyone who plays changes their delivery to suit the venue, occasion, mood and audience. Why would Robert be any different?

The myth is hard to scrape off your shoe. He was a player with a streak of talent a mile wide, certainly. What he did while constrained to recording a three minute take is interesting, and not the be all and end all. As such it's pretty unimportant, IMNSHO
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I always wondered why Johnson played only one guitar solo (only Kind Hearted Woman has one)? 
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