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frankie:
I've heard the take that he plays with a bottleneck (fantastic!).  Isn't there a take where he plays it in G standard?  If so, has it been re-issued?  Anyone have it?

Mmmm - some scream high yellow!

Montgomery:
This version's even better!  It's on Times Ain't Like They USed To Be v.8.  Both versions appear on the Document "Backwoods Blues"

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Ignatznochops:
I agree, this is great...but what the heck's he singing? Anybody know the lyrics to this one?

banjochris:
This tune's in C -- it's "Devil and My Brown" that's in G, it's on Times Ain't Like... vol. 7 and the Backwoods Blues Document CD. Now if only someone would reissue "Some Scream High Yellow" without the annoying tape ghosting.

Here are the words:

Can't keep no brown, got ways like a child
Can't keep no brown, got ways like a child
She take the blues, don't care what train she ride.

I woke up this morning, blues rushing round my bed
Thinkin bout the kind words that my brown had said
Oh, said dear I'm goin' away, ain't comin' back here no more.

You can't keep no brown, got ways like a child
Keep no brownie, got ways like a child
Oh she take the blues, don't care what train she ride.

You can always tell, when she wants to throw you down
You can always tell, when surely want to throw you down
Always got business, on the other side of town.

Keep you worried, honey don't know what to do, honey babe
So lonesome, child, with the blues
Now I'm goin'  up the (Bee Line), honey where they don't 'low you.*

Run mama, sit down on my knee,
Run mama, sit down on my knee,
I want to tell, how you done mistreated poor me.

I don't know, mama but I expect I will,
I don't know, mama but I expect I will,
Catch a long jumping Henry, go back 'cross the hill.

I got a mother and a father, live close to the sea
I got a mother and a father, live close to the sea
Got a brother and a sister, wonder do they think of poor me.

*The bit in parentheses is almost unintelligible, but Bee Line seems a reasonable phonetic transcription, and was made more probable (Jackson was supposedly discovered in Birmingham) when I found this on the Net:
"After 1909 the AB&A (Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad) was nicknamed the Bee Line, emphasizing its direct route between Birmingham and the Atlantic coast. (The Atlanta-Brunswick route was somewhat less direct.) Also, the prominent " in the company logo may have inspired the name."
Chris

Ignatznochops:
Thanks Chris!

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