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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #60 on: January 22, 2009, 12:13:57 AM »
Hi all,
I merged all of the various single song Blind Boy Fuller threads into a master Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics thread.  Except for the earliest post, titles of the individual posts have not been changed for ease of following the lyric discussions.
All best,
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Blind Boy Fuller Mamie lyrics
« Reply #61 on: May 17, 2009, 04:39:25 AM »
I've searched without much luck for a lead on this, but if I've missed an old thread, just point me in the right direction and I'll be a happy man. I've been learning to play Blind Boy Fuller's Mamie, and for the life of me I can't decipher some of what he's singing. Here's where I'm up to :

Early one morning baby, just about break of day
I said early ...
came along a dirty man, trying to straight little Mame away

You know that curb-stone ? was my pillow, cold sheet was my bed
hey hey, cold sheet was my bed
said you know i didn't have no Mamie just to hold my worried head

So many mornings I woke up baby, feel a ringing ???
I said hey hey, feel a ringing ???
I'd give a thousand dollars just to find out where my Mamie is

oh Mamie, Mamie
please come back to me Momma, I'm blue as I can be

I believe I heard my woman call my name,
said I believe I heard my, my woman call my name
she didn't call so loud baby but she called so nice and plain

Yeah, call it honey...


Thanks for your help!

Gordon

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Mamie lyrics
« Reply #62 on: May 17, 2009, 01:36:46 PM »
You've pretty much got it.

The two parts you're missing are (this is from memory, so may not be exactly exact):

curbstone was my pillow, cold street was my bed
and
So many mornings I wake up baby, pillow wringing wet with tears.

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Mamie lyrics
« Reply #63 on: May 17, 2009, 01:44:33 PM »
Welcome to WC, Gordon. One of my favorite tunes. Here's what I have for take 2 (which is the one on the Yazoo Fuller disc, I believe).

Mamie (Take 2) - Blind Boy Fuller

Early one morning mama, just 'bout the break of day
I said it was early one morning mama, just 'bout the break of day
Come along a dirty man, try to stray little old Mame away

You know that curbstone was my pillow, cold street was my bed
He-ey hey, cold street was my bed
Say you know I didn't have little Mamie just to hold my worried head

Said so many mornings I woke up baby, pillow wringing wet with tears
I said hey hey, pillow wringing wet with tears
Said I'd give a thousand dollars just to find out where my baby is
(Yes I think I heard Mamie calling)

Whoa Mamie, whoa Mamie, Maa-mie, whoa Mamie, Mamie
Please come back to me mama, I'm blue Lord as I can be

Said I believe I heard my woman call my name
Yes I believe I hear my woman call my name
She didn't call so loud baby but she call so nice and plain

(Call it now baby)

(Yeah, call it honey)

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #64 on: May 19, 2009, 01:04:58 AM »
Thanks for the help everyone.
I listened back to it and now of course, of course it was that.
Must be time for a visit to the doc to see about these cloth ears of mine...

Gordon
 

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Re: Lyrics to Jivin' Woman Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
« Reply #65 on: November 25, 2009, 03:08:28 PM »
If permitted, I'm reviving this old thread, since I've lately tried to figure out some BBF songs.

I got:
Had a whiskey you drunk it, run right to your head

Also, here's the scat break after verse 1, yes folks I actually transcribed it:

Oh, bap'm bappy, ohh, za zee
Oh be'bm'bop bap bap bow
bop'm'be'bum bop, zee za zerr

The second scat break goes like this:

Ohh, yeah pretty, ohh, zee zee
Oh beeby beep a bop bop'm bow
(pregnant silence)    ...Yeaah..!


Hope I've spelled all that right  ;)

I'm hearing something like:

"That whisky you drunk, it went right through your head..."

As a foreigner I must take my hat off for you, for transcribing the scat singing. I wouldn't know where to start with spelling that stuff out!  ;D

Cheers

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Untrue Blues
« Reply #66 on: November 25, 2009, 03:12:03 PM »
Hi all.

Here's what I've got so far, any corrections and comments are most welcome, as usual.

Untrue Blues -Blind Boy Fuller


I give you my money, what more can I do.
You's a good little girl, Lord but you won't be true.

Everyday, Mama, lord when I draw my pay.
You's an evil hearted woman, get drunk and throw it away.

Now you doggin' me(/dog me, me?) mama, ain't did a thing to you.
Then you keep on doggin', no telling what I'll do.

Now you dog me every morning, give me the devil late at night.
Just the way you doggin' me, I ain't gonna treat you right.

Yeah, yeah.

Hey hey, hey hey, hey aw shucks.
Used to be your regular, now I got to be your dog.

Then I'll be your dog, if you don't dog me around.
ífore I'll take your dogginí, woman, I'll go from town to town.

Now itís the way, (to) treat Blind Boy Fuller, give me (a) bed to lie.
Then I'll give you my lovin' Lord, 'til the day I die.

Hey hey, hey hey, mm-mm.
mm-mm, Lord, Lordy-Lord.

When you see me coming, throw your man out doors.
Said, I ain't no stranger, I've been here before.

Edited to make corrections as suggested by Stumblin'
« Last Edit: April 29, 2010, 02:24:53 AM by Pan »

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Re: Untrue Blues
« Reply #67 on: January 01, 2010, 03:25:33 AM »

Now you doggin' me mama, ain't did a thing to you.
And you keep on doggin', no telling what I'll do.


I hear:
Now you dog me mama, when I ain't did a thing to you
If you keep on doggin', no telling what I'll do

Apart from that, we're hearing it the same.

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Re: Untrue Blues
« Reply #68 on: April 27, 2010, 03:18:09 AM »

Now you doggin' me mama, ain't did a thing to you.
And you keep on doggin', no telling what I'll do.


I hear:
Now you dog me mama, when I ain't did a thing to you
If you keep on doggin', no telling what I'll do

Thanks for the suggestion.

Re-listening I think I'm hearing:

Now you dog(-ging / me?) me mama, ain't did a thing to you
Then you keep on doggin', no telling what I'll do

I wonder if he repeats the word "me" in the first line. I can't hear "when I", although it would make sense. The second line maybe opens with "Then" rather than "And" or "If"?

Any thoughts?



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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #69 on: April 27, 2010, 03:46:31 AM »
Here's what I could patch together using the internet and my ears. Corrections are welcome.

PISTOL SLAPPER BLUES ĖBlind Boy Fuller

I can tell my dog anywhere I hear him bark.
I can tell my rider if I feel her in the dark.

You's a cold-blooded murderer, when you want me out your way.
Says, that's all right mama, you gonna need my help some day.

And you say you're going to put me, Mama down in my lonesome grave.
Say you must still remember, I once have been your slave.

instrumental

And I feel like snapping my pistol in your face,
let some brownskin woman be here to take your place.

Yeah-hey, hey-yeah, mm-mm, mm-mm.
let some brownskin woman be here to take your place.

Now you know you didn't want me when you lie down ícross my bed,
drinking your moonshine whisky, mama, talking all out your head.

Now give me the money baby, I'll catch that train and go.
You don't have to kill me ícause you don't want me no more.
Hey, hey, ícause you don't want me no more.
Now you give me the money baby, and I'll catch that train and go.

Now you see my rider, tell her I said bring it home.
I ain't had no loving since my gal been gone.

It's two kind of people in the world that I can't stand,
that's a lying woman and a monkey man.

mm-mm, mm-mm,
mm-mm, mm-mm.

Edited as suggested by Uncle Bud
« Last Edit: April 29, 2010, 02:26:01 AM by Pan »

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #70 on: April 28, 2010, 08:43:03 PM »
Hi Pan -

A couple suggestions for Pistol Slapper.

2.1 YOU'S A cold-blooded MURDERER, when you want me out your way

Murderer is sung more like murder, swallowing the extra syllable, but I think it's still sort of there.

4.1 And I feel like SNAPPIN' my pistol in your face

Despite the title given to the song, I hear snappin' more than slappin'. The line occurs elsewhere in CB lyrics as "snappin'" as I recall, though perhaps that needs verification.

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #71 on: April 29, 2010, 02:26:33 AM »
Hi Pan -

A couple suggestions for Pistol Slapper.

2.1 YOU'S A cold-blooded MURDERER, when you want me out your way

Murderer is sung more like murder, swallowing the extra syllable, but I think it's still sort of there.

4.1 And I feel like SNAPPIN' my pistol in your face

Despite the title given to the song, I hear snappin' more than slappin'. The line occurs elsewhere in CB lyrics as "snappin'" as I recall, though perhaps that needs verification.

Tahnks UB, I made the changes.

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Step It Up And Go
« Reply #72 on: August 18, 2010, 08:02:58 AM »
Hi all.

I need some more uptempo songs to wake up my audiences a little, and this would be an obvious candidate. Can you help with the lyrics, I'm having a little trouble at some spots? Any help and corrections are welcome!

STEP IT UP AND GO  -Blind Boy Fuller

Had a little girl, sheís little and low,
Used to love me, but she donít no moí,
Youíve got to step it up and go,
Yeah and go.
Well you canít stay and pat it,
And Iíll tell you youíve got to step it up and go.

Got a little girl, she stays upstairs,
Trying to make a living by putting on airs,
Youíve got to step it up and go,
Yeah, yeah.
Well you canít stay and pat it,
And Iíll swear you youíve got to step it up and go.

Play it for me now! (Instrumental)
Yeah, yes yes.
Oh shucks.

Front door shut, backdoor too,
Blind pulled down, what you gonna do?
Gonna step it up and go,
Yeah and go.
Well you canít stay and pat it,
And Iíll tell you youíve got to step it up and go.

(Instrumental) Yeah

Now a got a little gal, sheís name was Ball,
Give a little bit and she took it all,
Youíve got to step it up and go,
Wooh yeah.
Well you canít stay and pat it,
And Iíll tell you youíve got to step it up and go.

Me and my baby walking down the street,
Telling everybody but the chief police,
Youíve got to step it up and go,
Mmm, yeah.
Well you canít stay and pat it,
And Iíll swear you youíve got to step it up and go.

Play it again, now! (Instrumental)
Yeah!

See my woman; tell her (to) hurry home,
Ainít had no loving since she been gone,
Got to step it up and go,
Yeah, yeah.
Well you canít stay and pat it,
And Iíll swear you youíve got to step it up and go.

Gonna sing this verse, ainít gonna sing no moí,
Heared my gal calling and Iíve got to go,
Youíve got to step it up and go,
Yeah, yeah.
Well you canít stay and pat it,
And Iíll swear you youíve got to step it up and go.

(Instrumental) Yeah!

Thanks

Pan

Edited as kindly suggested by Bunker Hill.

« Last Edit: August 18, 2010, 03:46:41 PM by Pan »

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #73 on: August 18, 2010, 09:47:44 AM »
The name does sound like Ball but is followed by Give a little bit and she took it all

I think he sings Telling everybody but the chief police

Certainly sounds like Upstairs. However the last couplet of that verse sounds to me like

Well you canít stay and pat it,
I swear you  got to step it up and go.

That's my two bits worth.....

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #74 on: August 18, 2010, 03:36:00 PM »
The name does sound like Ball but is followed by Give a little bit and she took it all

I think he sings Telling everybody but the chief police

Certainly sounds like Upstairs. However the last couplet of that verse sounds to me like

Well you canít stay and pat it,
I swear you  got to step it up and go.

That's my two bits worth.....


And very good two bits they are! Thank you so much, Bunker Hill, I made the changes you suggested. Now off to woodshed the guitar part. :)

Cheers

Pan