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Author Topic: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics  (Read 48691 times)

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Offline markm

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Re: BB Fuller, What that smell like fish
« Reply #45 on: October 09, 2007, 05:39:26 PM »
Thanks everyone for the input.  I believe all my questions have basically been answered.  And thanks especially John for pointing out the Keys to the Highway section, what a wealth of information.

As to Norfolks concern about doing it in public, hey that's tame in some places that I play.  The songs that concern me more are the "beating, shooting, et cetera my baby lyrics.  Those phrases I often water down a bit.

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Re: BB Fuller, What that smell like fish
« Reply #46 on: October 10, 2007, 07:32:51 PM »
This is a case of what I was talking about in the arrangements thread in general.  There is no way that this in all the versions and Keep on Truckin' Mama by Jorma or any of the others who have done it are the same song in different clothes.

Country Blues is that way, that growth.

Offline Michael Kuehn

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You've Got Something There - BB Fuller
« Reply #47 on: December 02, 2007, 07:45:40 AM »
I've been working on "You've Got Something There" by Blind Boy Fuller. I've got the basics worked out -- seems to be playing in D, C position, capo at the 2nd fret. A really nice, driving raggy tune -- and that washboard is great. 

But there are a few spots where the lyrics are nearly unintelligible.

Here is my first shot at it, with brackets at the trouble spots:


You've Got Something There
Blind Boy Fuller

D (C position, capo at 2nd fret)

My gal went uptown 'cuz she lookin' well
She fell down [?? ] like a country [??  ]
She got something there
She got something there
Now I keep on telling you, I know she got something there

Play it a long time now

Break (I know she got something there)
Yeah

Now if you go out stay all night
Lookin' [???]  fuss and fight
You got something there, yeah
You got something there
Now I keep on singing but I know you got something there

Yes, yes

Break

She's [built up a little] I say round
She can look good long as you can look down
She got something there, yeah
She got something there
Now don't you hear me telling you, I know she got something there
Yeah she got something there

Break [Lord   ????]

Get out now boys let me shut the door
I got to truck just before I go
She got something there
She got something there
Now I keep on telling you, I know she got something there

Wanna tell you boys [it's call you my pal??]
A mighty bad thing to advertise your gal
She got something there
She got something there, yeah
Now don't you hear me singing 'bout, I know she got something there
Yeah she got something there

Break-Outro





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Re: You've Got Something There - BB Fuller
« Reply #48 on: December 02, 2007, 08:50:08 AM »
First verse:  "She fell down her mouth flew open like a country well"

Second verse "Lookin' there 'bout a fuss and fight" or possibly "Look ev'where 'bout a fuss and fight"

Third verse: "She's built up little and I say round"

Break:  "Lord, this world is a tough patch.  Everybody feels sad."

I think you've got the last verse right.

Offline CF

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Re: You've Got Something There - BB Fuller
« Reply #49 on: December 02, 2007, 09:55:03 AM »
For the break I'm hearing something like

'Lord this world is a turnip patch . . . everybody pickin' salads . . .' ???
Stand By If You Wanna Hear It Again . . .

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Re: You've Got Something There - BB Fuller
« Reply #50 on: December 02, 2007, 11:22:31 AM »
A further few suggestions.

1.1  My gal went uptown THOUGHT SHE WAS lookin' well
2.2  Lookin' FOR EVERYBODY TO fuss and fight
3.1  She's built up A little and I say round
3.2  She can look UP long as you can look down
Break: --- PLEASE THEMSELVES???? but 'pickin' salads' is better???? 
5.1  Wanna tell you boys JUST 'CAUSE you my pal
5.2  IT'S a mighty bad SIGN to advertise your gal
 Yeah she got something there.   YEAH.
« Last Edit: December 03, 2007, 05:46:13 AM by dingwall »

Offline Michael Kuehn

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Re: You've Got Something There - BB Fuller
« Reply #51 on: December 02, 2007, 11:58:59 AM »
Thanks everyone. Boy, we got some keen ears here at WC. I've put together another version using the suggestions, what sound to me to be the most accurate (and make the most sense), and then ALTERNATE lines where I can't really judge between two plausible versions given.

Thanks.


You've Got Something There
Blind Boy Fuller
D (C position, capo at 2nd fret)

My gal went uptown thought she was lookin' well
She fell down her mouth flew open like a country well
She got something there
She got something there
Now I keep on telling you, I know she got something there

Play it a long time now

Break
I know she got something there
Yeah

Now if you go out stay all night
Lookin' there 'bout a fuss and a fight
ALT: Lookin' FOR EVERYBODY TO fuss and fight
You got something there, yeah
You got something there
Now I keep on singing but I know you got something there

Yes, yes

Break

She's built up a little and I say round
She can look UP long as you can look down
She got something there, yeah
She got something there
Now don't you hear me telling you, I know she got something there
Yeah she got something there

Break --  Lord, this world is a tough patch. Everybody feels sad.
ALT: Lord, this world is a turnip patch. Everybody's pickin' salad.

Get out now boys let me shut the door
I got to truck just before I go
She got something there
She got something there
Now I keep on telling you, I know she got something there

Wanna tell you boys just 'cuz you my pal
It's a mighty bad sign to advertise your gal
She got something there
She got something there, yeah
Now don't you hear me singing 'bout, I know she got something there
Yeah she got something there
Yeah.

Break-Outro
« Last Edit: December 03, 2007, 05:00:13 AM by bluesmikedk »

Offline Michael Kuehn

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I Crave My Pigmeat
« Reply #52 on: January 28, 2008, 08:41:41 AM »
The repeating opening lines in BBF's "I Crave My Pigmeat" sounds like

Now, pigmeat is taken today, today, something I do crave
Now, pigmeat is taken today, today, something I do crave

First, is this what he's really singing? And second, if it is, what does it mean? I understand the "pigmeat" reference, but "is taken today, today" -- what does that mean.

Sorry if I'm being obtuse.

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Re: I Crave My Pigmeat
« Reply #53 on: January 28, 2008, 09:14:13 AM »
Not obtuse at all, or I'm equally obtuse (certainly possible). I look forward to an answer myself, as I don't have a clue as to either question - and I've even played the song in front of humans (very rare for me).

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Re: I Crave My Pigmeat
« Reply #54 on: January 28, 2008, 09:39:02 AM »
First, is this what he's really singing?

Sure sounds like it to me, although in places it sounds like he's singing "pigmeats (plural) is taken...." It's spoken at 1:18.

What does it mean? He craves pigmeat. (Don't we all?) But today it is taken by someone else, so he can't get any. The result is the blues--and this song. Think about the meaning expressed in the various verses.

Added: This is a song composed of basic building blocks, so I'm not sure that there was any intention for it to function as a tight lyrical narrative. Probably just the opposite, but its a great tune nonetheless. I'm just taking the lyrics at face value and trying to make sense out of what I hear. Perhaps the modularity and sequencing is arbitrary and any attempt to go beyond this just muddies the waters even further. Love that washboard.
« Last Edit: January 28, 2008, 02:38:16 PM by Stuart »

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Re: I Crave My Pigmeat
« Reply #55 on: January 28, 2008, 11:26:33 AM »
Hi all,
I've always taken the meaning to be that Fuller wants his pigmeat on a daily basis and wants it "fresh".
All best,
Johnm

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Re: I Crave My Pigmeat
« Reply #56 on: January 29, 2008, 08:09:36 AM »
I make the line,

Now pigmeat's just taken/takin' the day today,

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Re: I Crave My Pigmeat
« Reply #57 on: January 29, 2008, 10:40:16 AM »
I make the line,

Now pigmeat's just taken/takin' the day today,


I concur.
Chris

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Re: I Crave My Pigmeat
« Reply #58 on: January 30, 2008, 09:12:28 PM »
I hear "Pigmeat, pigmeat, pick of the day, something that I crave."
"There ain't no Heaven, ain't no burning Hell. Where I go when I die, can't nobody tell."

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Re: Baby you gotta change your mind.
« Reply #59 on: April 23, 2008, 02:38:00 AM »
 Greetings to all - this is my first post!
Can somebody help me and post the complete lyrics of this song?