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Offline davet

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Re: Memphis Minnie Lyrics
« Reply #120 on: December 11, 2016, 05:12:19 PM »
Thanks all for your comments. I have done some more digging. Memphis Minnie used to go to New York to do recording. New York has a district known as Yonkers. It is separated from the Bronx by McLean Avenue.

So my current thinking is that the verse goes

He must dance in the basement, was seen in my bedroom
Tramping through the Yonkers, i'm gonna catch him one day soon
Yes he is one black rat, some day I'll find his trail
Then I'll hide my shoe somewhere near his shirt tail

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Re: Memphis Minnie Lyrics
« Reply #121 on: December 12, 2016, 08:37:42 AM »
I'm dubious about your idea for the verse, davet.  Yonkers is a proper noun, not a plural.  No one who had been there would speak of "the Yonkers".  It would be akin to saying "Tramping through the Manchester".
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Offline frailer24

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Re: Memphis Minnie Lyrics
« Reply #122 on: December 13, 2016, 12:21:29 AM »
If memory serves me right, "Yoncers" was slang for the police I remember hearing in some long-forgotten film.
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Re: Memphis Minnie Lyrics
« Reply #123 on: March 17, 2017, 04:09:09 PM »
Working on lyrics for She Put Me Outdoors, last verse?


She Put Me Outdoors - Kansas Joe McCoy & Memphis Minnie

What?s the matter now, you put my clothes outdoors
What?s the matter now, you put my clothes outdoors
Well you know about that, I don?t want you no more

The snow is falling, the wind began to blow
The snow is falling, the wind began to blow
That?s the way pretty poppa, I made change for you to go

Let me in now, Just want to warm my hands
Let me in now, Just want to warm my hands
I?d like to accommodate you, but I just got another man

That?s alright now, that?s alright for you
That?s alright now, that?s alright for you
You can go and head home now, I?ve got nothing you can do

One early morning, gonna bury and fare you well
One early morning, .....gonna bury and fare you well
And if you come back here, you will catch .....a taste of hell.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2017, 04:11:09 AM by Wilson »

Offline Wilson

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Re: Memphis Minnie Lyrics
« Reply #124 on: March 18, 2017, 03:43:18 PM »
She Put Me Outdoors - Kansas Joe McCoy & Memphis Minnie
12 Bar, Capo 4th fret.

Intro:

Kansas Joe McCoy:
D                D                A                 A
What?s the matter now, you put my clothes outdoors
D                D                A                 A
What?s the matter now, you put my clothes outdoors
Memphis Minnie:
E7              D7               A                 A
Well you know about that, I don?t want you no more


The snow is falling, the wind began to blow
The snow is falling, the wind began to blow
That?s the way pretty poppa, I made change for you to go

Let me in now, Just want to warm my hands
Let me in now, Just want to warm my hands
I?d like to accommodate you, but I just got another man

Solo:

That?s alright now, that?s alright for you
That?s alright now, that?s alright for you
You can go and head home now, I?ve got nothing you can do

One early morning, gonna bury and fare you well
One early morning, gonna bury and fare you well
And if you come back here, you will catch a taste of hell.
« Last Edit: March 23, 2017, 05:54:22 PM by Wilson »

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Re: Memphis Minnie Lyrics
« Reply #125 on: March 18, 2017, 04:58:09 PM »
Hi Wilson,
In the last verse, I believe  Joe is singing:
   One early morning, gon' bid you, "Fare you well."
Joe is playing the song out of D position tuned a half-step low.  Each of the first two four-bar phrases starts on the IV chord, G.  Minnie sounds like she is capoed to the seventh fret, playing out of G position in standard tuning (tuned a half-step low).
All best,
Johnm
« Last Edit: March 18, 2017, 09:01:39 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Memphis Minnie Lyrics
« Reply #126 on: March 23, 2017, 04:50:10 PM »
Thank you John, for your help with the lyrics, positions and half-step low tunings. I have to give a group lesson on this song in about two weeks, so this has helped a lot. And last line is starting to sound like "And if you come back here, you will catch or take a heel."

She Put Me Outdoors - Kansas Joe McCoy & Memphis Minnie
12 Bar, tuned a half-step low.

Kansas Joe McCoy: D position, tuned a half-step low.
G               G               D                 D
G               G               D                 D
A7              G               D                 D

Memphis Minnie: G position in standard tuning, tuned a half-step low, capped at the seventh fret.
C                C                G                 G
C                C                G                 G
D7              C                G                 G

Intro:

Kansas Joe McCoy:
What?s the matter now, you put my clothes outdoors
What?s the matter now, you put my clothes outdoors
Memphis Minnie:
Well you know about that, I don?t want you no more

The snow is falling, the wind began to blow
The snow is falling, the wind began to blow
That?s the way pretty poppa, I made change for you to go

Let me in now, Just want to warm my hands
Let me in now, Just want to warm my hands
I?d like to accommodate you, but I just got another man

Solo:

That?s alright now, that?s alright for you
That?s alright now, that?s alright for you
You can go and head home now, I?ve got nothing you can do

One early morning, gon' bid you, fare you well
One early morning, gon' bid you, fare you well
And if you come back here, you will catch or take a heel.
« Last Edit: March 28, 2017, 07:34:49 PM by Wilson »

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Re: Memphis Minnie Lyrics
« Reply #127 on: October 29, 2017, 04:07:35 AM »
Working on 'You Stole My Cake' by Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy, need help with some of the lyrics.

I had a cake, it's nice and brown,
I never missed a piece, until you come up to hang around
You stole my cake, Yes you stole my cake
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today

You were there when I baked it, you were there when I put it away
You were the last man in my house, this very day
You stole my cake, Yes you stole my cake
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today

Oh look a mama told me, papa told me too
You don't won?t that boy steel that bread away from you
You stole my cake, Yes you stole my cake
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today

(Solo)

Now look a here boy, I thought you ?. ?..
Went to see my mother, ?. ?.
You stole my cake, Yes you stole my cake
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today

I went to you house, fell down on the floor
Done something to me, say you ?. ?. do no more
You stole my cake, Yes you stole my cake
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today

(Solo)

I won?t you to hug me baby, hug me good and tight
I?ve be trying all day, and I can?t ?. my life
You stole my cake, Yes you stole my cake
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today

Now look a here boy, I know you ain?t right
Feel my cake, both day and night
You stole my cake, Yes you stole my cake
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today.

« Last Edit: October 29, 2017, 04:08:55 AM by Wilson »

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Re: Memphis Minnie Lyrics
« Reply #128 on: October 29, 2017, 02:46:04 PM »
Hi Wilson,
I'll see if I can get any of it.

1.1  I had a cake, COOKED nice and brown
1.2 I never missed NAR' a piece 'til you come up to hang around

2.1 You were there when I COOKED it,  you were there when I put it away
2.2 You the last man I LEFT in my house this very day
2.3 You DONE stole my cake

3.1 'CAUSE my Mama told me, Papa told me, too
3.2 "IF you don't WATCH that boy, he'll STEAL that bread away from you."

4.1 Now, look-a here, boy, I thought you WOULD ACT FAIR
4.2 WHY'D YOU SAY my Mother stole WHAT SHE HAD FROM THERE

5.1 I went to YOUR house, fell OUT on the floor
5.2 YOU done somethin' to me YOU say you WASN'T GONNA do no more

6.1 I WANT you to hug me, baby hug me good and tight
6.2 I've BEEN tryin' all day, and I can't, TO SAVE my life

7.1 Now, look-a here, boy, YOU know you ain't right
7.2 STEAL my cake, both day and night

I think it's worth getting Joe's response lines on the choruses.  The song is much more interesting with them in there.

All best,
Johnm

Offline Wilson

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Re: Memphis Minnie Lyrics
« Reply #129 on: October 30, 2017, 02:00:45 AM »
Thanks Johnm...
You Stole My Cake - Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy

Intro:

I had a cake, cooked nice and brown,
I never missed nar? a piece ?til you come up to hang around
You done stole my cake, ?you taking about me?
Yes you stole my cake ?I ain?t seen no cake?
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today
 
You were there when I cooked it, you were there when I put it away
You were the last man I left in my house this very day
You done stole my cake, ?I swear I haven?t?
Yes you stole my cake ?I haven?t seen no cake?
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today
 
?Cause my Mama told me, papa told me, too
If you don't watch that boy, he'll steal that bread away from you
You done stole my cake, ?but I haven?t seen no cake?
Yes you stole my cake ?I swear I didn?t??
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today
 
Solo:
 
Now, look-a here, boy, I thought you would act fair
Why?d you say my mother stole what she had from there
You done stole my cake, ?I haven?t seen no cake?
Yes you stole my cake ?I swear I haven?t?
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today
 
I went to your house, fell out on the floor
You done somethin' to me you say you wasn?t gonna do no more
You done stole my cake, ?but I ain?t seen no cake?
Yes you stole my cake ?what kind of cake? jellyroll
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today
 
Solo:
 
I want you to hug me, baby hug me good and tight
I've been tryin' all day, and I can't, to save my life
You done stole my cake, ?I ain?t seen no cake?
Yes you stole my cake ?I swear I haven?t?
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today
 
Now, look-a here, boy, You know you ain't right
Steal my cake, both day and night
You done stole my cake, ?I swear I haven?t?
Yes you stole my cake ?I swear I didn?t?
Yes you stole my cake, nobody been in my house but you today.
« Last Edit: November 01, 2017, 05:44:33 AM by Wilson »