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Hi all,
I was talking about "Lawdy Lawdy Worried Blues" over on the "Vocal Phrasing--the Long and the Short of it" thread and thought some of you might like the lyrics for it.  Here is "Lawdy Lawdy Worried Blues":

   What's on your worried mind?
   You keep your poor man worried and bothered all the time.
   REFRAIN:  Lawdy, Lawdy, Lawdy

   Lawd, Lawdy, Lawd, Lawd, Lawd, Lawd
   I'm a poor old boy been treated just like a dog

   Got a new way, baby, of spelling Memphis, Tennessee
   Double m, double e, double t, double xyz

   Baby, baby, what makes you mistreat me so?
   I've done all that a poor boy could do

   I helped you, baby, when your kinfolks turned you down
   Now you're loving someone else, babe, and you done left this town

   Looky-here, baby, what more you want me to do
   I've sacrificed my mother just to get along, 'long with you

   Ever lay down laughing and wake up hollering and crying?
   And you think about the woman you treated so nice and kind

   Take me back, baby, and try poor me one more time
   I'll bet you a hundred dollars I will change your mind

   When you've got money your friends will hear your plea
   When you ain't got no money, you'll have to come home to me

   Take my woman, I won't get mad with you
   'Cause she three times seven and she knows what she want to do
   Woke up this morning, I was half-most dead
   I was borne down with a low and ache-aching head

   Baby, baby, won't you forgive me please?
   You're the only woman to give my poor, poor heart ease

Edited 5/5 by Johnm to pick up correction
Edited 5/14 by John to make correction

All best,

Hi all,
Here are lyrics from another great Teddy Darby tune, "Deceiving Blues".? I am not sure if it is on the Juke.  Here is "Deceiving Blues":

You deceived me, babe, done the things I did not want you to do (2)
Now I've lost confidence in you because you won't be true.

I regarded you like I were your baby child (2)
But when it comes to find out you was misusing me all the while.

But me and my baby gonna make everything all right (2)
And if we don't tomorrow, we will tomorrow night.

Seems to me, baby, me and pork chops do not agree (2)
I love you, baby, but I don't like the way that you are jivin' me.

I'll work up to you, or you'll slip down to me someday (2)
And you're going to be sorry that you done me this-a-way.

What is it about St. Louis musicians and lyrics? I generally feel like they are right at the top of the heap in that regard. Clifford Gibson, Henry Townsend, Teddy Darby and Walter Davis were all masters of Blues lyrics. Re the last verse of "Deceiving Blues", sometimes it is possible to know each other a little too well. Tough.

Edited to add:  Teddy Darby played this out of E, standard tuning, with a pretty lax approach to tuning his instrument.  The form is unusual; it is kind of like a 16-bar blues minus the first four bar phrase, because each of the first two 4-bar phrases begin on the IV chord, A7, as the second and third four bar phrases would in a 16-bar blues.  There are so many variants of the blues forms.
All best,

Hi all,
Another wonderful Teddy Darby tune is "Built Right On The Ground", a song that is oddly titled with a phrase that occurs nowhere in the lyrics.  I recorded this years ago as "I Never Cried", and missed more than half the lyrics, for reasons I can't remember now.  Teddy Darby's version is in Spanish tuning, and employs a kind of brushing right hand motion along with occasional thumb lead that is probably closest to Marshall Owens' "Try Me One More Time" or Ishmon Bracey's "Suitcase Full Of Blues" in terms of right hand approach for tunes in Spanish that I have heard.  Despite sharing the same carefree attitude toward tuning that is found on "Deceiving Blues", this is really a beautiful song, and the accompaniment suits the vocal perfectly.  The lyric employs a "stammering" archetype that is discussed on the "Blues and Vocal Phrasing" thread.  Here is "Built Right On The Ground":

   I never cried 'til my babe got on the, on the train, and I
   Never cried 'til my babe got on the train
   And the tears run down, Great God, like drops of rain

   And it's let me tell you what the mean old train will, train will do, now
   Let me tell you what that mean old train will do
   It will take your woman and blow the smoke at you.

   Says, ah my baby don't treat me good no, good no more, and it's
   Ah my baby don't treat me good no more
   And I ain't got no babe, I ain't got nowhere to go

   Well the woman that I'm lovin', she don't pay me no, me no mind, and the
   Woman I'm lovin' don't pay me no mind
   And she keep me worried and bothered all the time

   I believe, I believe I will stop my barrelhouse, barrelhouse ways
   I believe, I believe I will stop my barrelhouse ways
   For I feel myself sinking every day

   (Instrumental opening line)
   And it's oh, my baby don't act right no more
   And I don't feel welcome, babe, nowhere I go

   If whiskey don't kill me, say I'm doomed to lose my, lose my mind,
   If whiskey don't kill me I'm doomed to lose my mind
   For I'm worried and I'm bothered and I'm drinking all the time

   Farewell, farewell, I bid this world good, world goodbye,
   Farewell, farewell, I bid this world goodbye
   Little babe done quit me and I've given up to die.

This tune can be found on the Juke.
All best,

Hi all,
Another great number from Teddy Darby is "My Laona Blues", which like "Built Right On The Ground" has a title that is not referred to anywhere in the lyrics--odd.  The re-issue I have of the song says that the piano accompanist may be Roosevelt Sykes; if so he was in an unusually subdued mood.  The guitar and piano join in a really nice countermelody behind the first two vocal phrases.  Teddy Darby's accompaniment is in E, standard tuning, and could easily be Charley Jordan's, were it not for Teddy's less forceful right hand touch.  It serves as a reminder that it is next to impossible to trace clear lines of influence in the St.Louis guitarists of the period.  Their playing often had so much in common, and they were so close to being the same age that the question of who first played what is pretty unresolvable at this point.  Moreover, the first player to get a chance to record, may not have been the first to play a particular accompaniment.  Here is "My Laona Blues":

   (Instrumental opening line)
   You can mistreat me, baby, drive me from your door
   But the Good Book say you got to reap just what you sow.

   Mama told me, she hung her head and cried
   Uh my mother she told me, hung her head and cried
   Says, "Some woman's gonna be the death of my only child."

   Get a good woman, do pin her to your side
   If you get a good woman, do pin her to your side
   For these women don't know nothing but slide, oh slide, back-slide

   Get a good man, woman, treat him nice in every way
   If you get a good man, woman, treat him nice in every way
   For a wife to tell you a good man ain't found every day

   Men and women equally on the square
   (Instrumental)     equally on the square
   You can't find good men and women everywhere

   Treat me good, baby, I'll stop my barrelhouse ways
   If you treat me good, baby, I'll stop my barrelhouse ways
   If you don't treat me good I'll barrelhouse all my days

   Catch you a Market car, transfer to the Broadway line
   Catch you a Market car, transfer to the Broadway line
   Forty-two-hundred South, find your daddy peepin' through the blinds.
All best,

uncle bud:
Thanks for posting all these Teddy Darby lyrics, John. I only have a couple tunes on compilations - Lawdy Lawdy and Built Right On the Ground (a favorite). Seeing these lyrics together makes me think I have to buy the Document disc. The two aforementioned tunes are certainly great songs and interestingly quirky as well.


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