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Author Topic: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics  (Read 14355 times)

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Offline banjochris

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Re: Beedle Um Bum - Big Bill Broonzy
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2009, 07:14:36 PM »
Definitely "tall" "wide" and "medium size"

also, I think it's "Runs the neatest shop..." and "Soon as the folks had come in town"
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Offline harry

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Big bill broonzy lyrics to stomp blues/worried man blues
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2010, 03:42:26 AM »
anyone got the exact lyrics for these. there basically the same song. I can't find them anywhere on the net.


here's a clip;

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Re: Big bill broonzy lyrics to stomp blues/worried man blues
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2010, 02:33:07 PM »
It's a pretty good quality recording you ought to write them down, it'll only take a few minutes  ;)
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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Mr. Conductor Man- Big Bill Broonzy
« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2010, 11:57:54 AM »
Mr. Conductor Man
Big Bill Broonzy

I woke up this morniní Hear-d *that train whistle blow 
I got up this morniní Hear-d that train whistle blow
Lord I thought about my baby,
I sure did want to go

Lord I grabbed up my suitcase I run to the olí depot
Babe I grabbed up my suitcase I run to the olí depot
I could see the conductor he waviní his hand to go

I said Mr.Conductor Man I want to talk to you
I wanna ride your train from here to Bougealoo
Iím leaviní this morniní man I ainít got my fare,
 but I will shovel coal in your engine
Till your train gets me there

Cryiní, please Mr. Conductor Man, please take my last thin dime, 2X
I got a woman in Bougealoo waitiní
Man I canít lose no time

Then the bell started ringiní conductor hollered all aboard
When the bell started ringiní, conductor hollered all aboard
Lord I picked up my suitcase, start walkiní down the road

Iím leaviní this morniní I sure donít want to go 2X
Lord and the woman Iíve been loviní
She donít want me no more

* sounds like here-d


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Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2010, 07:45:16 AM »
Hi all,
Bill Broonzy seemed like another good candidate for a merged lyric thread.  There are a lot of songs discussed here, and all of the post titles have been left as they were originally (except for the post starting the thread) to make for ease in following the lyric discussions.
All best,
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Offline Jimmy J

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Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2011, 02:32:14 AM »
Hey Gang,

I was in here the other day, looking for lyrics to Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae, but I couldn't find any. So, I did it the hard way, and wrote them down from the track. As I have benefitted from finding lyrics posted here before, here's my payback:

I got a gal named Willie Mae, and she lives in the low, low, land.

I got a gal named Willie Mae, Lord, and she lives in the low, low, land.

Lord, the way I got that woman, I declare I stole her from another man.


All my life, baby, you know Iíve had to roam.

All my life, baby, you know Iíve had to roam.

 Just on account oíme breaking that poor manís home.

Willie Mae, Willlie Mae

Willie Mae, donít you hear me calling you?

Lord if I donít get my Willie Mae, I declare no other woman will do.

When I get to thinkiní Ďbout Willie Mae, cold chill run up and down my spine.

When I get to thinkiní Ďbout Willie Mae, cold chill run up and down my spine.

Lord, sometimes I wished I was dead, Ďcause Willie Mae you know Iím afraid of dyiní.

Iím gonna leave here, Iím goiní on down the line.

Iím gonna leave here, baby ní Iím goiní on down the line.

Willie Mae you know I donít do nothiní here, Lord knows, but grieve and cry.

Lord knows, but I grieve and cry.
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Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2011, 05:13:00 PM »
Thanks Jimmy J, I play this and always blanked on a verse or two,
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Offline Stuart

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2011, 05:54:14 PM »
I was in here the other day, looking for lyrics to Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae, but I couldn't find any.

http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/folkways/FW03817.pdf

cf. p.7

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2011, 03:11:40 AM »
I was in here the other day, looking for lyrics to Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae, but I couldn't find any.

http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/folkways/FW03817.pdf

cf. p.7

Is that an official album, I have it as a bootleg

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2011, 07:03:43 AM »
Hi Harry:

It was released by Folkways as an LP, which I have.

http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=595

Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2011, 07:56:59 AM »
What I have to contribute to this discussion is totally irrelevant but between 1951 and 1957 BBB recorded this particular song on nine different occasions, two of which were for Folkways 14 Nov 1956 (FG 3586) & 7 May 1957 (FS 3817). To complicate matters in 1956 he recorded it for Verve which was subsequently reissued on Folkways (FA 2328)....are you still with me?  ::)

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2011, 08:22:01 AM »

Still with you, Bunker Hill, love the depth of your knowledge about this stuff!

Also on a semi-related note, Willie Mae was one of the first songs I ever learned, and because of it I was able to quickly learn a half-dozen other BBB tunes. For anyone on Weenie who is a beginning guitar player, it's a great selection, and will hook you for life.

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Offline Jimmy J

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #27 on: October 13, 2011, 03:49:07 AM »
I bought it, along with the rest of the seventeen tracks on the album called, One Beer, one Blues for $6.99, from iTunes Store. I have no idea as to when, where, or for whom it was originally recorded.

iTunes Store has this album mislabelled, by the way.

I thought I was buying the track as part of a Studs Terkel radio show with BBB and Brownie McGhee. But, no radio show, and no Brownie. It's just Big Bill and in fine form. I ain't saying nothing to iTunes, neither, 'cause seventeen tracks for $6.99 seems like a hell of a deal...
« Last Edit: October 13, 2011, 03:17:47 PM by Jimmy J »
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Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2011, 10:21:51 AM »
I thought I was buying the track as part of a Studs Terkel radio show with BBB and Brownie McGhee. But, no radio show, and no Brownie.
It was the 7 May 1957 session on LP3817 (Blues With BB, ST & BMcG). The booklet notes in part state:

Studs Terkel, folk and jazz authority, whose weekly "Almanac" programme was a steady feature of Chicago's fine art F. M. Station WFMT, fixed for Big Bill to have Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry along to the studio, while they were in Chicago. An early morning session was recorded, and the full one-and-a-half hours went out the following evening.

The songs are:

Side One
Keys To The Highway
Brownie's Blues
Crow Jane
Willy May
Daisie
Louise
Guitar Shuffle
Feeling It

Side Two
Fox Chase
Beautiful City
I'm Goin' To Tell God
It Sounds Like The Voice of The Lord
(Blues) Improvisation

So maybe hunt around for a CD/Download/whatever containing the above tracks. Good luck.

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #29 on: October 13, 2011, 10:46:49 AM »
The Smithsonian-Folkways site is probably the best source for the download. As you can see, only a "Custom CD" is available, which means that the album was never commercially released as a CD, but is available as an on-demand CD-R. Years ago I called S-F and spoke to them about this regarding the sound quality. They told me that the master tapes had been digitized and the custom CDs were just like the S-F CDs that had been released commercially in terms of sound quality. Whether this is still the case, I don't know. Here's the link again:

http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=595


Another good one is:

http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=3211


There's overlap with "The Bill Broonzy Story" on Verve, which is also essential for Big Bill fans.

http://www.amazon.com/Bill-Broonzy-Story-Big/dp/B00000JWNM
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