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The blues? Ain't no first blues. The blues always been - Nelson "Big Eye" Delisle, early New Orleans jazz clarinetist, in response to an Alan Lomax question in 1940

Author Topic: Blind Willie McTell lyrics  (Read 53771 times)

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Offline Johnm

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #270 on: October 18, 2020, 10:10:26 AM »
Hi Harry,
That's a great tune. I'm hearing a few things differently:
 
   1.2 COULD I get you . . .
   2.3 (Spoken: Play that thing for me, boy!)
   4.1 Going to Savannah, T' make some jack
   4.4 (Spoken: Aw, play it for me now.)
   5.3 (Spoken: Yeah!)
   6.1 . . . like SANTY CLAU'
   7.2 She gets to SHOOK IT like a shaggy dog

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Johnm 

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #271 on: October 18, 2020, 04:11:46 PM »
Thanks both,  I don't hear your 4.1 suggestion John.

Santa Claus/Santy Claw bit is still puzzling me. Could be "Santa Claus" with a very weird speech.
I might incorporate spoken parts in my future transcriptions.

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #272 on: October 18, 2020, 04:24:27 PM »
Hi Harry,
4.1 he says "to make some jack" (earn some money), but elides the vowel sound at the end of "to". That's what I was suggesting. You need an infinitive there. He is saying "Santa Claus", but pronouncing it "Santy Clau' or "Claw", as Lyndvs had it. Santa Claus looms large in blues lyrics, and not for giving gifts.
All best,
Johnm

Offline harry

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #273 on: October 18, 2020, 04:42:42 PM »
Ah, should have checked "Barrelhouse Words" first;

Santa Claus - Pudenda

Mississippi Bracy - Cherry Ball
Won't give my baby no more cherry ball
Lord, she may get drunk, Lord, and show her Santa Claus
« Last Edit: October 18, 2020, 04:57:07 PM by harry »

 


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