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Author Topic: Sexual innuendo in blues songs  (Read 5325 times)

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Offline StoogeKebab

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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2015, 06:22:38 AM »
It is not unique to the blues, think how many British folk songs contain double entendres or code word for sex.?

I know a former British folk musician, released a few records, now working in a position [connected with the Church in fact] that would be incredibly undesirable for others to find out, she shudders at the quoting of some of the song lyrics, and even titles.

From a personal perspective when I perform some of the smutty stuff it's the women in the audience who really go for it and ask for more.

As for the performing, I find the same thing generally with my peers, the girls like it more than the boys who find it cheesy and just try to outdo me with some rap rubbish, but my teachers... Well they're a little more switched on than I thought. "Miss! I swear I was just talking about a car, no, really! I just wanted to go out ridin' I mean, I just learned to drive! What? Sex? No, why would I talk about such a thing..." - Real conversation following Chauffeur Blues/Let's Go Ridin' Medley a week after I got my Learners. Teacher didn't go for it, yet somehow I am still allowed to perform.

"Pencil In Your Fruit Basket", or "My Wiener Won't Write No More". 

This most definitely has potential. I think I will absolutely have to write something along these lines. Huh. I now worry about using the word write :P
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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2015, 09:23:21 AM »
My favorite verse is probably this one

I'm gon' get deep down in this connection, keep on tanglin' with these wires
And when I mash down on your little starter then your spark plug will give me fire

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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2015, 10:25:26 AM »
I try when ever I can to put double meanings in any song I write. Most people do not listen to the words of song with enough attention , so its innuendo and out the other.
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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2015, 12:31:34 PM »
I try when ever I can to put double meanings in any song I write. Most people do not listen to the words of song with enough attention , so its innuendo and out the other.
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A clever songwriter will leave the meaning and interpretation of the song to any individual listener.

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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2015, 11:25:48 PM »
Without wishing to be prurient - does anyone know of blues referencing oral sex - specifically or in entendre ?
Someone asked me this recently. There are certainly thousands in the modern rap genre.
I couldn't think of any in pre-war blues though

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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2015, 03:27:36 AM »
Ramrod Blues - Mississippi Sheiks


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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2015, 03:48:07 AM »
Robert Johnson - Milk Cow Blues

Your calf is hungry I believe he needs a suck
Your calf is hungry I believe he needs a suck
But your milk is turnin' blue I believe he's outta luck


An in depth case study of this song
The Many Faces of ?Milk Cow Blues? - Texas State University
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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2015, 04:52:51 AM »
I think this one might fit the bill... "draw on my cigarette until you make my good ashes come". I'm not sure it qualifies as double entendre tho.


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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2015, 05:36:29 AM »
Paul Oliver in his 1968 book Screening The Blues (Cassell, August 1968) devotes a chapter to The Blue Blues pages 164-261. He quotes many examples which today would be xxxed out. The once notorious Hopkins rendition of The Dozens, recorded by Mack McCormick on the LP Unexpurgated Folk Song of Men is reproduced in its entirety. Neither the LP nor book have ever been re-released.

I wonder why?  >:D

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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2015, 06:36:40 AM »
The once notorious Hopkins rendition of The Dozens, recorded by Mack McCormick

I have this particular song I believe, I use it to demonstrate connections of old blues to current rap.
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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #25 on: June 16, 2015, 06:45:51 AM »
It's been brought to my attention that DaCapo republished "Screening" in 1989 and was still listed in their 1999 catalogue.

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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #26 on: June 16, 2015, 06:59:16 AM »
Without wishing to be prurient - does anyone know of blues referencing oral sex - specifically or in entendre ?
Someone asked me this recently. There are certainly thousands in the modern rap genre.
I couldn't think of any in pre-war blues though

According to Stanley Edgar Hyman, it exists in Robert Petway's "Cotton Picking Blues." 
  She's a cotton pickin' woman, Lawd, she do's it all the time...

He writes that it is "one of the stock euphemisms for orogenital intercourse."  He also says Blind Lemon Jefferson sings of it with the line "She crochet all the time."
 

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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #27 on: June 16, 2015, 09:11:03 AM »
He also says Blind Lemon Jefferson sings of it with the line "She crochet all the time."
 

I always assumed this was a joke and a reference to "hooking."

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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2015, 10:55:05 AM »
He also says Blind Lemon Jefferson sings of it with the line "She crochet all the time."
 

I always assumed this was a joke and a reference to "hooking."

I've heard of hooking rugs so I looked up "crochet" and learned that it is done with a hooked needle.  Your suggestion makes more sense to me than Hyman's claim. 

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Re: Sexual innuendo in blues songs
« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2015, 07:04:35 PM »
'crochet', translated from French to English, is 'hook'.

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