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I'm gonna sing this verse, I said, I wasn't gonna sing no more - Last verse of Frank Stokes' last recording, Memphis Rounders Blues, September 30, 1929

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Jesse Fuller Lyrics
« on: February 10, 2014, 02:10:53 PM »
Hi all,
Jesse Fuller did a really nice version of "Stagolee".  In many respects his version brings John Hurt's version of the same song to mind:  both were played out of D position in standard tuning, and Jesse Fuller used many of the same lyrics as did John Hurt, but then most versions of "Stagolee" have some verses in common.  The different thing about Jesse Fuller's version is that he is very long at the back end of the form, once he gets past the first verse.  From that point on, he treats what would normally be the verse as a lyric break, holding the I chord, and then goes into a long, variable refrain, at which point he hits his IV chord.  Jesse Fuller had such terrific time, he gets a churning quality to his groove, and when his kazoo solo comes in it is a pleasant surprise.  Here is his performance.



SPOKEN:  Here's old Stagolee!

Police officer, how can it be?
You can arrest everybody but cruel Stagolee
That bad man, that bad man
REFRAIN: That bad man, that bad man
Old cruel Stagolee

Billy DeLyon told Stagolee, "Please don't take my life.
I got two little babies and a darlin' lovin' wife."
Lord-Lord, Lord-Lord
Lord, La-mmmm, that bad man
REFRAIN: That bad man, that bad man
Old cruel Stagolee

"What do I care about your two little babies, your darlin' lovin' wife?
You done stole my Stetson hat and I'm bound to take your life."
Lord-Lord, hey-hey
That bad man, old Stagolee
REFRAIN: Oh-oh, yeah-yeah
Old cruel Stagolee

Boom-boom-boom went a .44
When I spied old Billy DeLyon, he was lyin' down on the floor
Lord-Lord, hey-hey
That bad man, Stagolee
REFRAIN: That bad man, that bad man
Old cruel Stagolee

SOLO (humming during solo)

"Gentlemen of the jury, what do you think of that?
Stagolee killed Billy deLyon 'bout a five-dollar Stetson hat."
Lord-Lord, hey-hey
That bad man, Stagolee
REFRAIN: That bad man, that bad man
Old cruel Stagolee

KAZOO SOLO

He's hangin' on the gallows, head 'way up high
At twelve o'clock they killed him, all glad to see him die
Lord-Lord, oh yeah
Oh yeah mmmmm, Stagolee
REFRAIN: That bad man, oh Stagolee
Old cruel Stagolee

All best,
Johnm






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Jesse Fuller lyrics "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down" Help.
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2018, 03:49:35 AM »
Hi all,

I'm working on Jesse Fuller's song "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down" but need some help with the lyrics (I like to understand what I'm singing).

In the second verse he sings :

"I'm Alabama bound, I got a long tall "jack o' brown"

I wonder what's the meaning of "jack o' brown"?  A mule, a horse, a car....
the section is at 0.30sec
https://open.spotify.com/track/6S6Y0cixNAFLauA8mC5x7f?si=TPg1iEdRRp-X6ZAZEBWcmQ

Michael Jerome Brown sings just the same (at 0.34 second)
https://open.spotify.com/track/1qNpTdTWUiiAkembS31PPe?si=8bdjMboAQaGekQW1vMI4EQ

Thanks for any help,
Carl

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Re: Jesse Fuller lyrics "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down" Help.
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2018, 06:07:54 PM »
Hi Carl,

I hear this for verse 2:

Some day(s) I'll be on the top of the world
Don't forget I know a lot of pretty girls
(I'm) Alabama bound, gotta a long tall Jackie Brown
Pretty doggone hard to keep a good man down


I think he's talking about his gal back home. That's a really great number BTW!

Mark

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Re: Jesse Fuller lyrics "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down" Help.
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2018, 06:30:09 PM »
I tried to upload an mp3 of this for those who don't use spotify but the file was too big. I can squish it down if anyone wants to hear it.

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(I like to understand what I'm singing)

It certainly helps  :P
« Last Edit: August 26, 2018, 06:32:27 PM by Rivers »

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Re: Jesse Fuller lyrics "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down" Help.
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2018, 07:51:58 AM »
Here's the song on youtube:


I'm hearing "long, tall Jackie Brown" as well.

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Re: Jesse Fuller lyrics "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down" Help.
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2018, 11:02:27 AM »
Thanks Mark and Tenbrook, Jackie Brown it is, great Tarantino movie btw (will be thinking Pam Grier then)

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Re: Jesse Fuller lyrics "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down" Help.
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2018, 12:33:31 PM »
You're welcome. I immediately thought of the Tarantino film as well. It made me wonder if "Jackie Brown" was at some point a generic term used for referring to a girlfriend, etc but of course trying to google that seems nearly impossible as all searches lead back to the film.

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Re: Jesse Fuller lyrics "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down" Help.
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2018, 05:47:15 PM »
Exactly my thoughts. I'll research it and if I find anything I'll report back.  O0

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Re: Jesse Fuller lyrics "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down" Help.
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2018, 09:23:47 PM »
Sounds like "long tall chocolate brown" to me.

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Re: Jesse Fuller lyrics "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down" Help.
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2018, 06:22:45 AM »
Wax,
I believe you're right. I'm hearing "chocolate" instead of "Jackie" now.

Lew

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Re: Jesse Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2018, 10:20:22 AM »
Hi all,
I merged the recent topic on the lyrics of Jesse Fuller's "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down" with the pre-existing Jesse Fuller Lyrics thread.  I left the post titles intact so that the discussion may still be followed relatively easily.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Jesse Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2018, 07:23:10 PM »
Hmmm.. I still hear Jackie, not chocolate. Two syllables.

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Re: Jesse Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2018, 10:45:10 AM »


Wax
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George Bernard Shaw

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