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Offline lindy

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Little Hat Jones lyrics
« on: August 21, 2003, 12:55:36 PM »
Yo, Weenies,

I'm having fun learning the Little Hat Jones licks that Ari taught us, but I sure need help with the lyrics to Cherry Street Blues. ?Here's what I've got so far . . . any help in filling the blanks will be much appreciated.

Cherry Street Blues

Train come to San Antone, man, and stop in the yard.
?? Just as sure as the ?? train come to San Antone, man, and stop in the yard.
It's gonna take two dollars and a quarter, I declare to ??___________??

Mmmmmmm baby, tell me what's on your mind.
Mmmmmmm baby, tell me what's on your mind.
??________________??

Gonna move to the bottom, camp out on the ground.
I'm gonna move to the bottom, man, and camp out on the ground.
Every morning I call my woman just to hear my echo sound.

I got a woman in San Antone, I declare that is sweet to me.
I got a woman in San Antone, man, really sweet to me.
Most of you people don't know she's here, but she lives on Cherry Street.

Mmmmmmmm, oh lawd lawdy lawd.
Mmmmmmmm, oh lawd lawdy lawd.
??_______________?? to be my brother-in-law.

You men got these women, you got to treat them nice and kind.
You men got these sweet women, how come you don't be nice and kind?
Cause don't you know Little Hat got something that'll change your sweet woman's mind.

Mmmmmmmm, know you ain't gonna think it's so.
Well I'm gonna tell you men something, I know you ain't gonna think it's so.
(He doesn't sing a response line here -- anyone want to guess what Little Hat was gonna say that us men wouldn't think it's so?)

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

Ari sang the following lyrics when he played a demo of Cherry Street Blues, but they actually belong to another one of Little Hat's songs. ?I'd love to know what the first one means:

Mmmmmmmmmmmm, baby don't you think I know?
Mmmmmmmmmmmm, baby don't you think I know?
When a woman makes a man love her, people can shake hands and go.

Say "Good morning, Conductor, won't you please let a broke man ride?"
"Good morning, Conductor, won't you please let a broke man ride?"
I want to see my sweet woman just one more time before she dies.


Also, I found a web page that has a picture of Little Hat as an old man and a one-paragraph biography. ?It's at

http://www.angelfire.com/tx3/nostalgia/Notables.html

It looks like a page from a website dedicated to "notable figures" from the state of Texas; you'll have to scroll down to the third entry on the page.

Thanks!
Lindy
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Re:Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2003, 10:16:39 AM »
Hey Lindy,
Well, I tracked down Cherry Street Blues in Bob McLeod's labor of love, the Document Lyric Volumes. This is what he has in your blank spots:

          send me a post card.

          Because you really keeps me troubled, I really think about you all of the time.

          I want Eddie Duncan, listen,

Also, Lindy, in the second verse he has 'now honey' and 'honey' instead of 'tell me'.

Once again, hats off to Bob McLeod for this massive resource. So you guys know, I have all the current Volumes of these lyric transcriptions. However, I am not keen on posting whole songs on the web. But, if you post what you've got, as Lindy did, I'll look up Bob's transcriptions of the missing bits. Only seems fair to Bob.
All for now.
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2003, 10:48:57 AM »

Thanks, Waxwing, for opening my eyes to yet another resource that I was totally oblivious to, and for filling in those blanks.  Later on today I'll post the full lyrics for Cherry Street Blues and for Kentucky Blues, which I worked on the last couple of days.

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Re:Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2003, 11:53:11 AM »
Lindy,

We worked up the lyrics to Kentucky Blues on the old list, I'll delve into the archives laters. Thanks for the link to the LHJ article & pic, cool.

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Re:Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2003, 12:11:25 PM »
Here's the Little Hat Thread from the old list; I've obfuscated the email addresses for anti spam purposes. It's in a couple of chunks as it was too long for the list engine to accept first time:

-------------------- ?32 ?--------------------
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 1999 21:37:04 -0400
From: uncle bud
Subject: Re: [BWC] Little Hat Jones

At 11:41 AM 6/5/99 +1200, you wrote:

>I got into Kentucky Blues after I heard Book's live album. I transcribed
>_his_ lyrics - they are on the weenie site in my set and might save you some
>typing but you need to check them against the original, which I didn't have
>at the time. Frank emailed me and pointed out that the town he mentions is
>'Seguine', Texas, not 'Zucchini' (!) which was my guess at the time, and I'm
>sure there are other differences. Hopefully we'll soon be able to replace
>those lyrics with the certified set we're working on now.
>
>It is in E, std tuning, and plays really well.

Yup, it's in E (again, I think it's capoed up a fret). I play it like so:

E chord with a high G, then F# then E in the high E, then some goddawful
chord ;-) for which I substitute an A with the same melodic riff of G, F#,
E, then back to the E pattern. After that it's a C#-like chord: don't know
exactly what it's called but is fretted x4x404 (sliding up from 2nd fret in
the same position) - that Charlie Patton chord :-). Then everything down a
fret for a beat to C with the same chord, then back up to C#. Then an F#7
(fretted xx4320 or thumb over top 2x4320), Am (and add the F# on the high E
for the melody), back to E. Turnaround is the standard E7 position moving
down from the 5th fret of the A string.

So that's E, A, E, C#, F#7, Am, E.

I was just playing this this morning. Don't sing it yet, and those lyrics
are pretty tricky to decipher. I am off to find mark's lyrics from Book's
version right now!

See Frank's message for where to get more Little Hat on CD. I have the 2nd
one he refers to. I must admit, the two Little Hat tunes on the yazoo
compilation are the best of the bunch (tunes I really love). Some of the
other material is similar, not quite as well executed or reproduced. The
Story of Blues is a lot cheaper than the Document here in Montreal.

Cheers,
Andrew







-------------------- ?33 ?--------------------
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 1999 22:31:33 -0400
From: uncle bud
Subject: Re: [BWC] Little Hat Jones

After checking out Mark's transcription of Roy Bookbinder's version of
Kentucky Blues I've come up with the following for Little Hat's version.
Corrections, dissenting opinions welcome! What with the submarine line? The
fourth verse is a problem too...

Kentucky Blues (Little Hat Jones)
Standard tuning key of E

Well whilst we here tryin' a have our fun,
The law jumped up and said "Nobody run"
Well you know I'm long gone from Kentucky,
Long gone, I'm got away lucky
Cause I'm gonna leave Seguine, I'll be just like a submarine.

Well my woman poked her head from [???] the bed
She said please don't let them kill Mr. Little Hat dead
It's no use a-worryin' sweet mama, ain't gonna be here long
Told her not to sing this worried song
Cause I'm gonna leave Seguine, I'll be just like a submarine.

Well once I knowed a man they called him Austin Jack
Stopped and put the bloodhounds right on my track
Course the [blind] just could not catch my scent,
You know they couldn't tell where the Little Hat went
Cause I left Seguine, he was just like a submarine.

Well in come the [s????? Peters??] fussin' and cryin'
Oughta see me when I reach up [l???? c????] [turn blind?]
They said that's another long gone from Kentucky
Long gone and I'm got away lucky
Cause you left Seguine, you just like a submarine.

I'm gonna sing this song ain't gonna sing no more....
Cause I'm leavin' San Antone, I declare I ain't comin' here no more

Well I don't play the dozens and neither the [ten],
Cause you keep on talkin' I'll ease you in
Well you keep on talkin' till it make me mad,
Gonna tell you about your [mothers] that your father had
Cause I don't play the dozens, I declare man and neither the [ten]

Andrew





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Date: Sat, 5 Jun 1999 14:34:46 +1200
From: rivers
Subject: Re: [BWC] Little Hat Jones

Frank inquired:

: Mark, can you take a peek in your copy of Blues & Gospel records? ?I know
: there's scads of Texas Alexander material - can you eyeball it to get an
: idea of how much material LHJ may have played on? ?Is it just a couple of
: tunes?

Glad to. There's a nice feature of B&G - the x-ref'd alternate indexes (i
know - indices). I looked him up in the index to accompanists and also the
main index by artist. Here it is:

Little Hat Jones as accompanist:

Backing Texas Alexander (only LHJ as accompanist session listed BTW):
Sat 15 June 1929, San Antonio TX

Double Crossing Blues, OK 8745
Ninety-Eight Degree Blues, OK 8705
Second take of Ninety-Eight Degree Blues originally unissued, reissued on
CDs: RnB CK47467, RnB(Eu) 468770-2, RnB(J) SRCS5678
Someday Baby Your Troubles Is Gonna Be Like Mine, OK 8771
Water Bound Blues, OK 8785
Awful Moaning Blues - Part 1, OK 8731
Awful Moaning Blues - Part 2, OK 8731
Gold Tooth Blues, OK 8705
Johnny Behren's Blues, OK 8745

Little Hat Jones' sessions as the primary artist:

Sat 15 June 1929, San Antonio, acc. own guitar

New Two Sixteen Blues, OK 8712
Two String Blues, OK8712

Fri 21 June 1929, San Antonio, acc. by unknown female vocal:

Rolled From Side To Side Blues, OK 8794
Hurry Blues, (may be mislabelled, prob should be Worried Blues), OK 8735
Little Hat Blues, OK 8794
Corpus Blues-1, OK 8735

Sat 14 June 1930, San Antonio

Kentucky Blues, OK 8815
Bye Bye Baby Blues, OK 8815
Cross The Water Blues, OK 8829
Cherry St. Blues, OK 8829

If you want any matrix numbers let me know.

Mark.

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Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 22:38:49 -0400
From: frankie
Subject: Re: [BWC] Little Hat Jones

Andrew writes from allthewayupthere in Canada:

>E chord with a high G, then F# then E in the high E,

I'm with you so far... ;-)

>then some goddawful chord ;-) for which I substitute
>an A with the same melodic riff of G, F#, E,

Hey! ?Ok, I admit that it's dissonant, but it's cool! ?Try this:

x02323

yup, that's a Bb on the third fret of the G string. ?Think of this change -
E7 -> Edim, except with the A in the bass, creating all that groovy tension.

>So that's E, A, E, C#, F#7, Am, E.

I find this easier to explain in TAB (apologies to those with delicate,
artistic sensibilities who find TAB existentially objectionable). ?Use a
fixed pitch font to view:


 ?E (add melody) ? ?C# ? ? ?** ? ? ? ?F#7 ? ? B7/A ?E
 ?1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & ? 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & ? 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
e-3---2-0---------|---4-----3-4-----|-0---0---0-2---0-
B-----------------|-----------------|---2---2------(0)
G-----------------|---4-4---3-4-4---|----(3)------2-1-
D-----------------|-----------------|-----4-------1---
A-2---2---2---2-3s|-4-------0-------|---------0-------
E-0---0---0-------|-----------------|-2---------------


 ?1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & ? 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & ? 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
e-------0---0---0-|-0---------------|-----------------
B-----------------|-----------------|-----------------
G-----4---3---2---|-1---------------|-----------------
D-----------------|-----------------|-----------------
A-2---5---4---3---|-2---------------|-----------------
E-0---------------|-0---------------|-----------------

** there wasn't really enough room to say this up there - this isn't really
a "chord change" so much as it is an example of parallel motion. ?The notes
on the 1st and 3rd strings are moved one fret down while the open A string
is struck. ?If I *had* to give it a chord name, I'd call it Edim/A, but I'll
swear I didn't mean it ;). ?The turnaround is likewise a familiar example of
parallel motion as Andrew pointed out.

So, the chords as I've trotted them out would look like:

E ? ? ?- 022100
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Re:Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2003, 12:12:07 PM »
The Little Hat thread continued:

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Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 22:57:20 -0400
From: frankie
Subject: Re: [BWC] Little Hat Jones

MarkH to the rescue:

>Little Hat Jones as accompanist:



Well, alrightee! ?These are all on:

Texas Alexander Vol. 2 ?Document Matchbox MBCD-2002

Arrgh! ?More stuff on the buy list (I'm an admitted LHJ junkie - I don't
perform much of it but I like to play it).

>If you want any matrix numbers let me know.

Whaddaya think this is? ?PWB? ?:-) ?Seriously, thanks for looking that up -
it's been on my mind to figure that out for some time. ?And thanks to Lwood
for bringing up LHJ - gave me a much needed respite from RGD!

f

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Date: Fri, 04 Jun 1999 23:08:13 -0400
From: uncle bud
Subject: Re: [BWC] Little Hat Jones

Frank wrote from somewhere in the wilds of New Jersey:

>Andrew writes from allthewayupthere in Canada:
>
>>E chord with a high G, then F# then E in the high E,
>
>I'm with you so far... ;-)
>
>>then some goddawful chord ;-) for which I substitute
>>an A with the same melodic riff of G, F#, E,
>
>Hey! ?Ok, I admit that it's dissonant, but it's cool! ?Try this:
>
>x02323
>
>yup, that's a Bb on the third fret of the G string. ?Think of this change -
>E7 -> Edim, except with the A in the bass, creating all that groovy tension.

Yup, you're right, but you better play that chord with balls, boys (and a
little hat on yer head), or they'll think you're makin' a mistake :-). That
*is* the chord I was playing initially. But man... :-) At least if Frank
was in the audience he'd say, "Yeah, he's playin' that right."

 
Hey Frank what program do you use for tab?

>So, the chords as I've trotted them out would look like:
>
>E ? ? ?- 022100 Edim/A - x02323  ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? during the verse
>E ? ? ?- 022100
>C# ? ? - x4x4x4
>Edim/A - x0x3x3
>F#7 ? ?- 2x4320 or 244320
>B7/A ? - x01202

Yup, and that Am with a high F# I noted is properly called a B7/A as Frank
points out, though easier for me to think of as Am for fingering.

>The thing about LHJ (and the rest of his solo stuff bears this out, IMO) is
>that he enjoys a lot of freaky dissonant stuff, propelled along by his
>insistent rhythmic pulse. ?Check out Cherry Street Blues for a totally manic
>example of this.

Little Hat sure goes off the deep end on that one. Great tune.

> Granted, this stuff is an acquired taste...

Yes, though in my previous message I made it sound like I was disappointed
with the material other than Kentucky Blues and Bye Bye Baby Blues, which
isn't the case at all. But he did get everything just right on those two
tunes...

Andrew
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Date: Sat, 5 Jun 1999 19:56:28 +1200
From: rivers
Subject: Re: [BWC] Little Hat Jones

Yer both nuts!

I think the V chord part is based around moving the E voicing up from first
to second position and linking descending chords to take it back down
through the V with a counterpoint effect on the bass, as in:

E 022100
E7 0x2434
C7something-or-other 3x2303
B7 x21202
E 022100

....then the turnaround as in Frank's tab. At least on the first time around.
Kinda like McGhee's Railroad Blues. Or?

Mark.
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Date: Sat, 5 Jun 1999 17:09:00 EDT
From: slack
Subject: Re: [BWC] Little Hat Jones Lyrics

Hi Andrew, I've got a few stabs a the lyrics.

>Corrections, dissenting opinions welcome! What with the submarine line? The
>fourth verse is a problem too..

The submarine line is a metaphor for 'leaving or slipping away undetected'.

> Kentucky Blues (Little Hat Jones)
> ?Standard tuning key of E
> ?
> ?Well whilst we here tryin' a have our fun,
> ?The law jumped up and said "Nobody run"
> ?Well you know I'm long gone from Kentucky,
> ?Long gone, I'm got away lucky
> ?Cause I'm gonna leave Seguine, I'll be just like a submarine.
> ?
> ?Well my woman poked her head from [???] the bed
 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
'head out from under the bed' (I definately hear the 'out', the other is a
contextual guess)

> ?She said please don't let them kill Mr. Little Hat dead
> ?It's no use a-worryin' sweet mama, ain't gonna be here long
> ?Told her not to sing this worried song
 ? ? ^^^^
I hear 'tell' (there's a biggie)

> ?Cause I'm gonna leave Seguine, I'll be just like a submarine.
> ?
> ?Well once I knowed a man they called him Austin Jack
> ?Stopped and put the bloodhounds right on my track
> ?Course the [blind] just could not catch my scent,
 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ^^^^^^^
unintelligible, but I'd thing either bloods or bloodhounds.

> ?You know they couldn't tell where the Little Hat went
> ?Cause I left Seguine, he was just like a submarine.
> ?
> ?Well in come the [s????? Peters??] fussin' and cryin'

No help here.

> ?Oughta see me when I reach up [l???? c????] [turn blind?]

and really caught them blind.

> ?They said that's another long gone from Kentucky
> ?Long gone and I'm got away lucky
> ?Cause you left Seguine, you just like a submarine.
> ?
> ?I'm gonna sing this song ain't gonna sing no more....
> ?Cause I'm leavin' San Antone, I declare I ain't comin' here no more
> ?
> ?Well I don't play the dozens and neither the [ten],
> ?Cause you keep on talkin' I'll ease you in
> ?Well you keep on talkin' till it make me mad,
> ?Gonna tell you about your [mothers] that your father had
 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?^^^^^^^^^
money

> ?Cause I don't play the dozens, I declare man and neither the [ten]
 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
I hear 'a man in need of a ten'

Cheers,
JohnD




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Date: Sat, 5 Jun 1999 17:08:58 EDT
From: slack
Subject: Re: [BWC] Little Hat Jones

Mark exclaims:
> Yer both nuts!

Yer all three nuts!

> ?I think the V chord part is based around moving the E voicing up from first
> ?to second position and linking descending chords to take it back down
> ?through the V with a counterpoint effect on the bass, as in:
 ?
But I gotta agree with Frank's tab - which took me awhile to decipher! (did
it by ear first before I checked the tab). ?

You know to me (being a simpleton), it would be much easier to just talk and
explain riffs using chord shapes. ?The beauty of country blues, it's all done
out of familiar chord shapes (well most). ?Wouldn't it be easier to explain
the V part by just saying that the whole thing is done out of ?a B7 shape
that starts by sliding up 2 frets on the bass string, followed by a one fret
down slide and return, descend one fret and lift pinky, B7, E. ?Likewise the
turnaround: a 2 finger E7 shape descending 4 frets. ?Or am I just being a
dork?

Andrew and then Frank writes:
>>then some goddawful chord ;-) for which I substitute
>>an A with the same melodic riff of G, F#, E,
>Hey! ?Ok, I admit that it's dissonant, but it's cool! ?Try this:
>x02323

But I disagree with Frank here. ?It is a cool diminished with good dissonance
off the A bass. ?But I don't hear it and it would be difficult to do the
little riff since you don;t have any fingers left or if you barre and have to
lift the whole form... you move to a differenet dissonace. ?I think the
dissonant chord is no chord, simply open strings.

We're having fun now! ?:)

Cheers,
JohnD
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2003, 03:19:46 PM »
Rivers:

Wow - it's easy to forget how much good stuff there is in those archives. Your post made me recall more discussion about the rail line between San Antone and Houston, on which Seguine is situated.

Pity there isn't some easy way to remove the email addresses and make that archive a searchable document on this web site. But that woudl be way too much work, I suspect.

Cheers,
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2003, 03:53:48 PM »
Rivers,

Thanks for that trip down memory lane.  I'm making a note to myself, never ask set up questions like "or am I a dork?"  ;D

And I'll revise my opinion that the disonant chord is just open strings (ain't so) - I like Frank's "D chord" (still a simpleton though) moved up one string for the dissonant chord... the boy has got an ear!

Hoep you continue to cull the archive and stick in the good stuff.

Off to dig out LHJ document!

cheers,
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2003, 07:35:09 PM »
Rivers,

Thanks for that trip down memory lane.  I'm making a note to myself, never ask set up questions like "or am I a dork?"  ;D

No Comment!  ;D

The old weenie list comes back to haunt us. That Little Hat thread was a good'un. Did we ever settle on a definitive transcription?

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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2003, 08:13:27 PM »
Not that I remember and I don't have them in my lyric folder  - apparently, the only thing I saved was Franks tab post!

It would be nice if these were posted - I've been playing Kentucky blues this afternoon and almost at the point of working on the vocal!

cheers,
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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2003, 12:17:05 AM »
I hope to find time to progressively compile a 'greatest hits'... it's not as simple as I initially thought since the meat of the more memorable threads is bound up with other chatter so you have to edit a bit.

The threads I remember as being particularly interesting:

The Texas railroad thread, I believe it segued into Funny Papa Smith's Honey Blues
Trans. of Luke Jordan's Churchbell Blues
Trans. of Geeshie Wylie's Last Kind Words
Discussion of whether the blues came down or went up the river first, Piedmont vs Delta thing

Any requests?
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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2003, 11:43:17 AM »
Listened to the Little Hat cd Texas Blues Guitar (1929-1935) on Story of Blues. (For those unfamiliar with Little Hat, you can hear a bit following that amazon link.) That break on Cherry Street is demented. Too funny.  Lindy, I have a few very minor quibbles with your transcription (good ear!) I'll post later. Are you playing the break?

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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2003, 06:03:43 PM »
Hey Lindy,

A few very minor differences of opinion below.

Yo, Weenies,

I'm having fun learning the Little Hat Jones licks that Ari taught us, but I sure need help with the lyrics to Cherry Street Blues. ?Here's what I've got so far . . . any help in filling the blanks will be much appreciated.

Cherry Street Blues

Train come to San Antone, man, and stop in the yard.
?? Just as sure as the ?? train come to San Antone, man, and stop in the yard.
It's gonna take two dollars and a quarter, I declare to ??___________??

I hear "I declare to send me a poster card" or post-a card

Quote
Mmmmmmm baby, tell me what's on your mind.
Mmmmmmm baby, tell me what's on your mind.
??________________??
I agree with waxwing about this verse.

Quote
Gonna move to the bottom, camp out on the ground.
I'm gonna move to the bottom, man, and camp out on the ground.
Every morning I call my woman just to hear my echo sound.
First line also begins "I'm gonna move..."

Quote
I got a woman in San Antone, I declare that is sweet to me.
I got a woman in San Antone, man, really sweet to me.
Most of you people don't know she's here, but she lives on Cherry Street.
I've got a woman in San Antone, I declare's really sweet to me
I've got a woman in San Antone, man, really sweet to me...

Quote
Mmmmmmmm, oh lawd lawdy lawd.
Mmmmmmmm, oh lawd lawdy lawd.
??_______________?? to be my brother-in-law.

Mmmmmmmm, lawd lawd lawdy lawd.
Mmmmmmmm, lawd lawd lawdy lawd.

The last line does sound like what waxwing transcribed from Mcleod.

Quote
You men got these women, you got to treat them nice and kind.
You men got these sweet women, how come you don't be nice and kind?
Cause don't you know Little Hat got something that'll change your sweet woman's mind.

Now you men got these women, ah treat them nice and kind.
Say you men got these sweet women, how come you don't be nice and kind?
Cause don't you know Little Hat got something it'll change your sweet woman's mind

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Mmmmmmmm, know you ain't gonna think it's so.
Well I'm gonna tell you men something, I know you ain't gonna think it's so.
(He doesn't sing a response line here -- anyone want to guess what Little Hat was gonna say that us men wouldn't think it's so?)

2nd line sounds like "Well I'll tell you men something, know you ain't gonna think it's so."

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Re:Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2003, 09:42:08 PM »

UB--

Thanks for the feedback . . . I'll take another listen before I hit the hay tonight and see what my ears tell me this time . . . between you, me, Waxwing and McLeod, something close to the truth oughta come out . . . but who knows what's gonna come out of my mouth once I start singing it out loud, know what I mean?

> That break on Cherry Street is demented. Too funny.  Lindy, I have a
> few very minor quibbles with your transcription (good ear!) I'll post
> later. Are you playing the break?

I take it that you're talking about the little boogie-woogie style break that LHJ did on his recording of Cherry Street.  Man, that one's so demented that I'm just gonna put it on the back burner for a while.  Instead, I'll work on that little break that Ari showed us in class, pinching the G and high E strings at the 12th fret, down to the 9th fret, and so on down the neck.  That break is from Little Hat Blues, but I figure I'll just mix-and-match licks and breaks for now, and save that Cherry Street break for later.

Next on my agenda: Jimmy Bell, great little groove . . .

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Re: Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2004, 01:21:47 PM »
Re: Kentucky Blues by Little Hat Jones.

I hear the last part of most verses not as "...just like a submarine" but as "...just like a summer rain". Much more country sounding.

let me know what you think.

 


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