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Offline LeftyStrat

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #30 on: October 13, 2011, 03:38:10 PM »

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


Have had "Bill Broonzy Story" (the 3 CD set) on a wish list for the longest, but I picked up "Trouble In Mind", which is a S-F release also, and I'm wondering if the set duplicates any of the tracks from that CD (other than in title, that is).  From listening to some of the clips on Amazon, it sounds like they may be different takes, in which case I'm a bit more likely to buy it when finances allow.
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Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #31 on: October 13, 2011, 04:33:05 PM »
According to the notes by Bill Randle who was the producer, "The Bill Broonzy Story" was recorded July 12 and 13, 1957. The Folkways session with Studs Terkel is a different recording. "Trouble in Mind" is a compilation and gives info re: the date and original LP on which the individual songs were released in the notes, so you might do some cross checking. Several of the cuts are from the "Sings Country Blues" LP which I have, but it's buried at the moment. Unfortunately, the notes and album info aren't available at the S-F site, but I'll check to see if there's any info re: the dates that the tracks were recorded when I get a chance.

Hope this little bit of info is helpful.

Link to "Trouble In Mind" notes:

http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/smithsonian_folkways/SFW40131.pdf

Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #32 on: October 14, 2011, 03:18:33 AM »
According to the notes by Bill Randle who was the producer, "The Bill Broonzy Story" was recorded July 12 and 13, 1957. The Folkways session with Studs Terkel is a different recording.
Quite so, I have the BBS as three HMV LPs titled "The Last Sessions" which was also that of the original Verve LPs (3001-3003.)

Shame Chris Smith's Hit The Right Lick:The Recordings of Big Bill Broonzy is so long out of print - everything you wanted to know about BBB's recordings but never dare ask.  :) :)

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae
« Reply #33 on: October 19, 2011, 07:07:38 PM »
I have the Willie Mae on a Verve Vogue CD which I regard as including some of Bill's finest moments, particularly the voice and generally laid-back ambiance. IMHO Bill was even greater than usual when he played slower than usual and stretched out the end of the vocal lines until you can't bear it any more.
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Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
« Reply #34 on: October 26, 2011, 04:42:25 PM »
Hi all,
Since there was already a Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics thread, I merged Jimmy J's recent thread on "Willie Mae" with that thread, while keeping the titles in the "Willie Mae" thread posts.
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Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
« Reply #35 on: October 29, 2011, 07:38:45 PM »
does anyone have the lyrics to 'papa's gettin' hot'.....i am wanting to do a cover of it and im sort of at a loss for some of them.

thx.

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
« Reply #36 on: October 30, 2011, 10:12:58 AM »
Hi chuckroast,
Welcome to Weenie Campbell!  The lyric protocol around here is to post what you have of the song that you'd like lyrics for, and other folks fill in the mystery spots as they are able to or motivated to do.
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Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
« Reply #37 on: November 03, 2011, 04:19:28 PM »
PAPA'S GETTIN' HOT
i love you in the parlor
i'll love you in the park
i love you in the moonlight
i'll love you in the dark

if you want__________hey hey
if you want __________hey hey
now your papa's gettin' hot
mama___________gettin' cold

when you used to love me
it filled me through and through
you don't even kiss me
like you used to do

if you want__________hey hey
if you want __________hey hey
now your papa's gettin' hot
mama___________gettin' cold

___________on my shoulder
___________ in my hand
papa begins a'thinkin'
mama's got another man

if you want__________hey hey
if you want __________hey hey
now your papa's gettin' hot
mama___________gettin' cold

it's hot in the country
it's hot in town
sweat's rollin off you
from your head on down

if you want__________hey hey
if you want __________hey hey
now your papa's gettin' hot
mama___________gettin' cold

you never_________me
you never_________
[line left blank for whatever reason]

if you want__________hey hey
if you want __________hey hey
now your papa's gettin' hot
mama___________gettin' cold


Offline Rivers

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
« Reply #38 on: January 19, 2012, 06:16:09 PM »
One of my favorite Big Bill collaborations. Help with the [... ... ...], and any other improvements much appreciated. It just struck me this is a 8 + 1 = 9 bar blues, except for the verse before the first break, where the soloist probably forgot to hang on to it and comes in a bar early, the rest just go with it.

Incidentally B&GR don't think Bill is playing guitar on it, but I really think it is Bill. I do. For more discussion see http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=5652.0

Don't Tear My Clothes
State Street Boys, Chicago, 10 Jan 1935

[instrumental verse intro]

Baby let's go across town
Place where we can clown
We can get drunk and clown mama, break 'em down
But pretty mama don't you tear my clothes

Baby don't you hear my screams
Mama don't you hear my plea
Now you can pull me and you can push me, all night long
But pretty mama don't you tear my clothes

[fiddle break verse x 2]

Thar's different in some women I know, things I know're is so
Now you can pull me and you can push me, all night long
But pretty mama don't you tear my clothes

Mama don't tear my clothes, things that you to know
Now you can pull me and you can push me, all night long
But pretty mama don't you tear my clothes

[fiddle break verse x 2]

Me and my buddy had a fight last night, over another man's wife
Now you can fuss and fight, almost take my life
But buddy don't you tear my clothes

[edit: thanks for the correction dj, removed the 'and']
[cheers UB for the Washboard Sam version that clarified the opening phrase in verse 3, and Gumbo whose guess was real close]
« Last Edit: January 22, 2012, 09:18:48 PM by Rivers »

Offline LeftyStrat

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
« Reply #39 on: January 20, 2012, 03:27:38 AM »

if you want__________hey hey
if you want __________hey hey
now your papa's gettin' hot
mama___________gettin' cold


For this part of the tune, I *think* it goes:
Can't you warm up to me, hey hey
Can't you warm up to me, hey hey
now your Papa's gettin' hot
Mama's love is gettin' cold.

I'll hafta give the tune a good close listen to see if i can get any of the rest. :)
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Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
« Reply #40 on: January 20, 2012, 05:13:25 AM »
Rivers, the second line of the first verse of Don't Tear My Clothes is "Place where we can clown" (no "and").

I can't help too much with the third verse, but I think some of what you're missing is "THERE'S A [...] IN some women I know".  I have no idea what the missing two syllables are.   

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
« Reply #41 on: January 20, 2012, 06:44:24 AM »
sounds like
DIFF ONE IN or DIFF WARNIN

to me
not that that helps much ....

Offline Rivers

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
« Reply #42 on: January 20, 2012, 06:12:50 PM »
Thanks dj, I dunno how that 'and' snuck in there.
Gumbo, keep listening, we will nail it.

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
« Reply #43 on: January 22, 2012, 08:34:51 PM »
For the line "[... ... ...] some women I know, things I know're is so" in the third verse, someone might want to listen to Washboard Sam's version of Don't Tear My Clothes as he uses much the same lyrics. I can't get it yet myself.

Offline Rivers

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Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
« Reply #44 on: January 22, 2012, 08:39:34 PM »
I don't have it. Anyone?

Could it be, extrapolating from Gumbo's hearing of it, this:

Different from some women I know... ?
« Last Edit: January 22, 2012, 08:44:23 PM by Rivers »