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Hurt would introduce 'Coffee Blues' by declaring that his favorite coffee was Maxwell House because it was 'good till the last drop.' This is the kind of song that comes with a wink and a nudge. At the Gaslight, the mug Hurt would bring to the stage was not filled with coffee, but with a spot of whiskey. - John Milward, notes from Mississippi John Hurt, The Complete Studio Recordings

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Offline GhostRider

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Two String Blues by Little Hat jones
« Reply #60 on: December 18, 2007, 02:03:11 PM »
Howdy:

I thought that over the Holidays I'd endeavor to finish off the lyrics to all the Little Hat Jones tunes.

I can see why I left this one to near the end. Two String Blues (another "what the heck does that refer to" title) has some very garbled passages.

This is another accompaniment in the Corpus Blue mold in Standard tuning, E position. If you can get this one tune down, you can play 6 LHJ tunes.

Two String Blues
Little Hat Jones
1929

Standard tuning, E position, pitched at F.

Introduction

1) I said listen baby, honey I cain't move no more (x2)
Aw these blues ??? window, trouble ??? door.

2) Some women sweet like a ??? , some only ??? (x2)
But you lied to me ??? with the woman you love.

3) Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm, mmmm
Mmmmm,mmm
Aw there's something tellin' me, keeps on troublin' me.

4) Will you please tell the judge, don't have the trial 'till 2.
I said you go tell the judge, please don't have the trial 'till 2.
All I got ??? baby, let me see what my woman can do.

5)People heard she comin' easy ??? in her hand. (x2)
She had them ???, 'cus really lookin' for her man.

6) Tell me sweet baby, honey what's on your mind?
I said tell me sweet baby, aw what's on your mind?
You keep a poor man troubled, really lookin' downhearted all the time.

7) ???? good lookin' woman, talkin' 'bout stay all nigh with me (x2)
'Cus that woman'll make me love her, then she won't wanna treat me right.

8) Hmm baby, honey don't you think I know (x2)
That a woman make a man love her, people and shake hands and go.

9) Lawd, I'm goin' to Lousiana, aw get me a hoodoo hand.
I say I'm goin' down to Lousiana, aw get me a hoodoo hand.
I'm gonna stop my woman and fix it so she can't have other man.

outro

.MP3 attached.

Merry Christmas,
Alex

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Re: Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #61 on: December 18, 2007, 02:23:36 PM »
Hey Ghostrider . . . great tune, haven't heard this one before. Here's some ideas . . .
First verse:
oh the blues crawled out my window & trouble have fallen in my door . . .

Second verse:
Some womens weep like a willow some moan just like a dog ???
 . . . . ain't with the one you love

Fifth verse:
People here she come at evening, holding hundreds in her hand??
Here come my woman at evening, had hundreds in her hand??
She had the law so upset man, they really looking for her man . . . ??

Seventh verse:
Listen, never let no good looking woman . . .

hope that helps a little
Stand By If You Wanna Hear It Again . . .

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Bye Bye Baby Blues by Little Hat Jones
« Reply #62 on: December 31, 2007, 11:36:50 AM »
Greetings:

I've always liked this tune, which has been TAB'd out by both S. Grossman (in "Texas Blues Guitar") and  Woody Mann (in "Six Early Blues Guitarists"). Little Hat Jones really works out a rhythm with his little backstrums, but otherwise this is an atypical tune for him, no dissonance.

Bye Bye Baby Blues" is a 16-bar blues. Three of it's four sung verses are of the chorus blues style, first line, repeated once and then a two line chorus repeated in each of the three verses. The other verse has the first line repeated twice and then answered with the fourth line.

The third line of each sung verse, which stays on the I (G) chord throughout, is much more wordy and requires the full 4 bars to sing (no instrumental fill at the end as in the other lines).

I don't think any of the lyrics are difficult, but here it is for completeness sake.

Bye Bye Baby Blues
Little Hat Jones
1930

Standard Tuning, G position, pitched at G#

Intro verse (instrumental, 16-bars)

1) Well it's bye bye, pretty baby, baby bye bye.
Bye bye, pretty baby, baby bye bye.
Well if I don't ever see you anymore, may God bless you everywhere you go.
'Cus it's bye bye, pretty baby, baby bye bye.

2) Instrumental verse

3) Well leavin' sweet ba-by, can't carry you.
Said I'm leavin', sweet baby, don't you want to go?
Well if I don't see you anymore, may God bless you everywhere you go
'Cus it's bye bye, pretty baby, baby bye bye.

4) Instrumental verse

5) Well I tried to love my sweet woman, but she couldn't understand.
Said I tried to love my sweet woman but she didn't understand.
Well I tried to love my sweet woman, but the woman didn't seem to understand.
But I knowed she realized the trouble since she met another man.

6) So it's bye bye, pretty baby, baby bye bye.
Bye bye, pretty baby, baby bye bye.
Well if I don't' ever see you anymore, may God bless you everywhere you go.
For it's bye bye, pretty baby, baby bye bye.

Outro (8 bars).

Alex

PS as to the "never" vs "ever" in Bye Bye Baby Blues, (see dingwall's post below) I'm afraid I'm going to have to stay with ever. Actually pretty clear to me.
A.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2008, 02:59:44 PM by GhostRider »

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Re: Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #63 on: January 02, 2008, 10:08:44 AM »
Here's my version, GhostRider, plus a couple of pedantic suggestions for 'Bye Bye---'.


Two String Blues

I said, listen, baby, honey, I can't move no more.
I said, listen, baby, honey, I can't move no more.
For these blues crawl up my window and travel up underneath my door.

Some womens weep like a willow and some mourn just like a dove.
Some womens weeps like a willow, I know that some mourn just like a dove.
But your life's in misery, man, if you ain't with the woman you love.

(Humming lines.)
Lord, there's somethin' tellin' me, keeps on troublin' me.

Will you please tell the judge, don't have a trial till June.
I say, go and tell the judge, please don't have a trial till June.
'Cause I've got a workin' baby, let me see what my woman can do.

People, here she come at evenin', hold her hundreds in her hand.
Here come my woman at evenin', have her hundreds in her hand.
She had done robbed some fatmouth and really lookin' for her man.

Tell me, sweet baby, honey, what's on your mind.  OK
I said, tell me, sweet baby, oh, what's on your mind.
You keep a poor man troubled, really lookin' downhearted all the time.

Listen, I won't let no good-lookin' woman try not to stay all night with me.
Say, I wouldn't let no woman, talkin' about stay all night.
'Cause that woman makes me love her, then she won't wanna treat me right.

Hmm, baby, honey, don't you think I know?
Hmm, baby, honey, don't you think I know?
That a woman make a man love her, people, and shake hands and go.

Lord, I'm goin' to Louisiana, oh, and get me a hoodoo hand.
I say, I'm goin' down Louisiana, oh, and get me a hoodoo hand.
I'm gonna stop my woman and fix it so she can't have her other man.

Bye Bye Baby Blues

1/2/4.3 Well, if I don't NEVER see you
2.2 SAID I'm leavin', sweet baby,

ADDED
I had a quick look at some of the early pages of the topic and notice that you couldn't get the last bit of the last line of 'Hurry Blues'.   It is 'Sweet land of blue cheese'.   David Evans told me it is a black's parody of the second line of 'America', 'Sweet land of liberty'.

« Last Edit: January 03, 2008, 04:53:28 AM by dingwall »

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Re: Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #64 on: January 02, 2008, 12:04:16 PM »
Cheapfeet and dingwall.

Thanks for your corrections to "Two String Blues" The amended version is set out below.

My main deviation from the dingwall version is in Verse 4. I hear the last word in the first two lines still as two (as in two o'clock). I hear a distinct "te" sound at the beginning and no "ne" at the end. Could anyone else look at this part, please.

I also have a few variations in the last line of Verse 7.

Two String Blues
Little Hat Jones
1929

Standard tuning, E position, pitched at F.

Introduction

1) I said listen baby, honey I cain't move no more (x2)
For these blues crawl up my window, 'n' travel up underneath my door.

2) Some womens weep like a willow and some mourn just like a dove.
Some womens weeps like a willow I know that some mourn just like a dove.
But your life's in mis'ry, man, if you ain't with the woman you love.

3) Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm, mmmm
Mmmmm,mmm
Lord there's something tellin' me, keeps on troublin' me.

4) Will you please tell the judge, don't have a trial 'till two.
I say, go tell the judge, please don't have a trial 'till two.
'Cus I've got a workin' baby, let me see what my woman can do.

5) People hear she come at evenin' hold her hundreds in her hand.
Here come my woman at evenin', had her hundreds in her hand.
She had done robbed some fatmouth, an' really lookin' for her man.

6) Tell me sweet baby, honey what's on your mind?
I said tell me sweet baby, aw what's on your mind?
You keep a poor man troubled, really lookin' downhearted all the time.

7) Listen I won't let no good lookin' woman, try not to stay all night with me.
Say I won't let no woman, talkin' about stay all night.
'Cus that woman'll make me love her, then she won't wanna treat me right.

Eight) Mmm baby, honey don't you think I know (x2)
That a woman make a man love her, people and shake hands and go.

9) Lawd, I'm goin' to Lousiana, aw and get me a hoodoo hand.
I say I'm goin' down Lousiana, aw an' get me a hoodoo hand.
I'm gonna stop my woman and fix it so she can't have 'er other man.

outro

Alex
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Re: Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #65 on: January 02, 2008, 12:46:07 PM »
ADDED
I had a quick look at some of the early pages of the topic and notice that you couldn't get the last bit of the last line of 'Hurry Blues'.   It is 'Sweet land of blue cheese'.   David Evans told me it is a black's parody of the second line of 'America', 'Sweet land of liberty'.

I listened to this and it is exactly right. Weird.

I corrected the "Hurry Blues" post above.

Thanks,
Alex

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Re: Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #66 on: January 03, 2008, 04:56:42 AM »
GhostRider, listening again to 'Two String Blues', I've edited my version to 'some mourn just like a dove', and altered the start of the last line.

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Cross the Water Blues by Little Hat Jones
« Reply #67 on: January 03, 2008, 12:06:04 PM »
Hey:

The last Little Hat Jones tune is "Cross the Water Blues", recorded in this last session on June 14, 1930. Again the title is enigmatic, nothing like Cross the Water appears in the tune.

This is again played with the "Corpus Blues" acompanyment, in Standard Tuning, E position. Jones does three instrumental breaks on the recording, two of which are dissonent boogie-style ones which he does in a couple of his other Corpus accompanyments.

One of his verses (7) consists of a Texas Alexander-style moan, which he also did in "Two String Blues"

Still some rough spots, I hope some of you can help. MP3 attached.

Cross the Water Blues
Little Hat Jones
1930

Standatd Tuning, E position, pitched at F.

Introduction

1) They said you got a sweet woman, man which you don't understand.
I see you got a sweet woman, man which you just don't understand.
Some man needs to take your woman and move 'cross to no man's land.

2) Mmmm, ain't gonna sing no more.
Mmmm, people, ain't gonna blow no more.
Blues done crawled up my window and trouble done gwine up my door.

3) Boogie instrumental break

4) Have you ever went to bed, mister and think about your sweet woman at night.
Have you ever laid down, mister and keep thinkin' about your sweet woman at night.
Do you know, you get to turnin' and twitchin', I declare man, you cain't lay just right.

5) I want you to take me home with you baby, listen, ease me down 'cross your bed.
I want you to take me home with you baby, girl, and ease me down 'cross your bed.
I want you talk baby-talk to me and then suck my tongue cherry red.

6) Instrumental break

7) Mmm, Mmmm, Mmm, mm,mm
Mmm, Mm, Mm ah, oh.
(instrumental line)

Eight) Now, listen baby, honey what's on your mind?
I said will you please tell me baby, honey what's on your mind?
Now is it anything I can do, I'm talkin' about, to change your mind.

9) Boogie instrumental break

Outro

How 'bout that Verse 5. LHJ was sure a silver-tongued devil.

Alex

Note: corrected to reflect dingwall's comments below.

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Re: Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #68 on: January 03, 2008, 08:44:32 PM »
Quote
Blues done crawled up my window and trouble ??? up my door.

.... trouble gwyin' (e.g. southern dialect for "going", not sure how to better spell that) up my door.

Quote
4) Have you ever went to bed, listen ???, thinkin' about your sweet woman at night.
Have you ever laid down, listen ???, thinkin' about your sweet woman at night.

I hear "Mister" or "Mistah"

Have you ever went to bed, Mistah, thinkin' about your sweet woman at night.
« Last Edit: January 03, 2008, 08:50:31 PM by Slack »

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Re: Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #69 on: January 03, 2008, 10:03:42 PM »
.... trouble gwyin' (e.g. southern dialect for "going", not sure how to better spell that) up my door.

Usually spelled "gwine."  Like "swine," I suppose.

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Re: Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #70 on: January 04, 2008, 06:54:27 AM »
Much better, thanks Bob.

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Re: Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #71 on: January 04, 2008, 08:32:05 AM »
A few suggestions, GhostRider ? Slack's points are incorporated.

1.1 They SAY IF YOU'VE got a ---
1.2 I SAY IF YOU'VE got a ----
2.2 Mmmm, people, I ain't ---
2.3 ---and DONE GWINE up my door.
4.1 ---bed, MISTER, AND THINK about ---
4.2 ---down, MISTER, AND KEEP thinkin' ---
4.3 DO you know, ---
5.1 ---baby, LIFT AND ease me down---
5.3 I want you TO talk BABY-TALK (??not baby, talk?? to me---
8.1 NOW, listen baby,---

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Re: Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #72 on: February 11, 2008, 11:22:58 AM »
A few suggestions, GhostRider ? Slack's points are incorporated.

1.1 They SAY IF YOU'VE got a ---
I still hear "said". The "d" sond is clear to me
1.2 I SAY IF YOU'VE got a ----
Here I'll stick with "see you" as well
2.2 Mmmm, people, I ain't ---
I just don't hear the "I". Maybe my ears are bad.
2.3 ---and DONE GWINE up my door.
This is right.
4.1 ---bed, MISTER, AND THINK about ---
I like this as well
4.2 ---down, MISTER, AND KEEP thinkin' ---
Yes.
4.3 DO you know, ---
Correct.
5.1 ---baby, LIFT AND ease me down---
The key to this one is the "f" sound. I just dont hear it.
5.3 I want you TO talk BABY-TALK (??not baby, talk?? to me---
This is pretty subtle, but I agree.
8.1 NOW, listen baby,---
Yes, I agree.
I'll make the changes. Thanks, dingwall.

Alex

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Re: Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #73 on: February 11, 2008, 11:54:03 AM »
Hi all:

I think that we have all the Little Hat Jones tunes in fairly accurate condition, except for "Rolled Fron Side to Side Blues". The first two lines of the first verse are just not right. For some other attempts at decifering these lines look at page three of this thread, where also you'll find an MP3 of the tune.

I hope some of you can help with this. Thanks in advance.

Alex

Rolled From Side to Side Blues
Little Hat Jones
1929

Standard tuning, G position.

Intro (double time)

(1) Mr Freddie, Mr. Freddie is a man chou womenfolks know (x2)
Lord I'm tryin' t' get my sweet woman like Mr. Freddie got his girl

(2) Mmmmm, baby don't you think I know (x2)
Pretty woman make her man love her, people, and shake hands and go

(3) Don't never take no woman, I'm speakin' 'bout, to be your friend
I said man, don' never take no woman, I'm speakin' 'bout, to be your friend
Aww, she get all o' your money then look what a hole your in.

(4) Instrumental break (16 bars)

(5) I went to bed last night, people, rolled from side to side (x2)
I didn't have no blues understand but things wasn't goin' right.

(6) When you catch me sleepin', baby don't you think I'm drunk (x2)
'Cause I've a got one eye on my pistol, keep the other one on your trunk

(7) Instrumental break (12 bars)

(8)Tell me sweet baby, aww, what's on your mind
I said tell me sweet baby, honey, what's on your mind
You keep a poor man troubled, really lookin' downhearted all the time

Note: edited to reflect dingwalls comments below.

« Last Edit: January 21, 2009, 10:57:50 AM by GhostRider »

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Re: Little Hat Jones lyrics
« Reply #74 on: February 12, 2008, 03:05:31 AM »
Some comments, GhostRider, some trivial.    This topic started long before I was active on Weenie, so I might have the odd suggestion re the early lyrics.   I'll try to do this in a week or so.
 
Rolled From Side to Side Blues
 
1.1/2 MISTER FREDDIE, MISTER FREDDIE IS A MAN THAT YOU WOMENFOLKS KNOW
1.3 LORD, I'M tryin' TO get my sweet woman like MISTER FREDDIE got his girl
2.3 Pretty woman make HER man love her, people, and shake hands and go
3.1 DON'T never take no woman, I'm speakin' 'bout, to be your friend
3.2 I said man, DON'T never take no woman, I'm speakin' 'bout, to be your friend
3.3 Aww, she get all OF your money then look what a hole YOU'RE in
5.3 I didn't have no blues, UNDERSTAND THAT things weren't goin' ON right.
6.3 'CAUSE I've (no A) got one eye on my pistol, keep the other one on your trunk

 


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