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Author Topic: John Lee Ziegler Lyrics  (Read 256 times)

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John Lee Ziegler Lyrics
« on: January 15, 2020, 04:15:27 PM »
Been listening to the George Mitchell Collection over the last couple days and keep coming back to John Lee Ziegler's "If I Lose, Let Me Lose" a truly beautiful performance.

I thought I'd have a stab at the lyrics, and there are a couple of places I'd appreciate some help; his diction is a bit unusual. I've indicated the places I'm having the most issue with with brackets. The first word of the piece should be "Ducks" but he comes in a little late, so I didn't include that.

... in the millpond, birds flying over,
Tell them [fool] gals, I'm comin' over,
Step back black gal, you can't shout,
I've got a yellow gal, to [beat your time],
Oh lose my money, let me lose,
If I lose my money, let me lose.

Lose my money, let me lose,
Lose my money, let me lose,
Lose my money, let me lose, let me lose,
If I lose my money, oh lose.

Up to the courthouse, back to the jail,
Look mighty cloudy but it ain't gonna hail,
If I lose my money, let me lose,
If I lose my money, let me lose.

Lose your money, don't you lose your mind,
Lose your woman, don't you mess with mine,
If I lose my money, let me lose,
If I lose my money, let me lose.

[Old] Dirty Red said, before he died,
One more road, I just got to ride
If I lose my money, let me lose,
If I lose my money, let me lose.

Ducks in the millpond, and geese is flyin' over,
Sally in the bed, and she couldn't turn over,
If I lose ... money, let me lose,
If I lose my money, let me lose.

Goin' up Cripple Creek, coming down Main,
Look mighty cloudy but it ain't gonna rain,
If I lose my money, let me lose,
If I lose my money, let me lose.

Chris
« Last Edit: July 05, 2020, 08:52:52 AM by Johnm »

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Re: John Lee Ziegler Lyrics
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2020, 05:36:51 PM »
Whoops! Should have included this:


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Re: John Lee Ziegler Lyrics
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2020, 07:39:45 AM »
The couple of bent bracketed passages you have all sound right to me as you heard them, Chris.  I didn't hear anything that seemed like it required a change.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: John Lee Ziegler Lyrics
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2020, 10:03:23 AM »
Thanks, John!

 


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