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Author Topic: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Walter Coleman  (Read 424 times)

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Offline meredithanthraxelrod

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Re: Mama Lay It On You - Walter Coleman
« on: January 05, 2019, 04:00:43 AM »
This is a Walter Coleman record. I'd love to get all the words off this! I have some additional clarity, but I would love help figuring out the remainder of them. I changed them below and noted most of my changes.

Finally, here's the earliest version of Mama Let Me Lay It On You listed in B&GR, Walter Coleman's Feb 1936 recording.  Again, underlined portions are best guesses, so ideas are welcome.

Mama Let Me Lay It On You - Walter Coleman acc. own g and unknown 2nd g
(Mx 90611-C, recorded Feb 8 1936; issued on De 7157)
 
(Inst intro)

A mama let me lay it on you
A mama let me lay it on you
I'd give anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

Then I'm goin' up stairs
T' turn your lamp down low
An' if your bed breaks down
See me pilin' on the floor

No it's a mama let me lay it on you (mmm-humm)
Mama let me lay it on you  (uhh-huhh)
Give everything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

I'm goin' to buy you a diamond ring
A baby see you shake that thing
I'd give everything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

Now it's a mama let me lay it on you
A mama let me lay it on you
I'd give EVERYTHING in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

I'm goin' to buy ya (a) brand new bed
So ya can pin? it through your KIDMAN's head  <--- was "thin man's head"
I'd give everything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

Now it's a mama let me lay it on you
A mama let me lay it on you
I'd give everything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

Boy if you ever wake up
ICY COLD IN HAND  <---- was "I'se sick holding hands"
Feel for your midnight rider
Piling with another woman's man

Now j' baby let me lay it on you (mmm-humm)
Darlin' let me lay it on yo (mmm-humm)
Give anything in the whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

___________ and / in a dollar
A-mama six months ain't long
Any woman can get a man now days
__[incipatin']??____ ain't been out[/u] long

Now it's a mama let me lay it on you
A mama let me lay it on you
I'd give anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

It's mama pull off your dress
And put on your nightgown
I got a funny feelin' baby in my back
Mama won't you PILE IT down

Now it's a mama let me lay it on you
A mama let me lay it on you (mmm-humm)
Give anything in this whole round world
Mama let me lay it on you

(Instrumental to end)
...
...  (spoken) Ahh, play it till I get back to George Street
...
...  (spoken) Ahh, stomp that thing
...
« Last Edit: January 06, 2019, 11:01:07 AM by Johnm »

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Re: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Walter Coleman
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 06:35:28 AM »
Hi Meredith,
I think the first line of the fourth verse from the end is:
   NINETY-SIX CENTS AIN'T a dollar
I'll keep listening to the rest.
All best,
Johnm
« Last Edit: January 06, 2019, 11:01:33 AM by Johnm »

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Re: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Walter Coleman
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2019, 04:35:36 PM »
Hi Meredith:

I did a little listening and searching and I found this which you might have seen already:

https://tinyurl.com/y9z3z638

I took the hint and listened to Georgia White's reworking of the song:

https://tinyurl.com/y8jtfk7v

While not Walter Coleman's original, I think that it might be helpful to give it a listen. Naturally, we want an accurate transcription of Coleman's version. However, after listening to Georgia White, where John has "NINETY-SIX CENTS AIN'T a dollar," I believe Coleman is singing "NOW SIX BITS AIN'T a dollar."

Also: "So ya can pin it TO your KIDMAN's head"

Like John, I'll keep listening.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2019, 11:01:52 AM by Johnm »

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Re: Re: Mama Lay It On You - Walter Coleman
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2019, 05:17:16 PM »
Yup, you have that line right, Stuart. 
All best,
Johnm
« Last Edit: January 06, 2019, 11:02:12 AM by Johnm »

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