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Blues is a natural fact, is something that a fellow lives. If you don't live it you don't have it. Young people have forgotten to cry the blues. Now they talk and get lawyers and things - Big Bill Broonzy

Author Topic: Buddy Moss Lyrics  (Read 24028 times)

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Offline buddy guy

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Re: Buddy Moss Lyrics
« Reply #195 on: March 23, 2013, 05:20:34 AM »
Hi Johnm,

Thank you for the information, I looked for the lyric through the searcher but I didn't see it.

All best
Buddy Guy
« Last Edit: March 23, 2013, 05:22:17 AM by buddy guy »

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« Reply #196 on: March 23, 2013, 01:36:10 PM »
Johnm, I'm hearing, "then I get down in the snail-letter trappin' flap" in that verse. In your verse there's a repeated "and" that goes with the fast rhythm; "and snake-(like-and)" is sung so quickly I can't tell whether the second 'and' is really there. In the "Take 2" version, I don't hear the "like" at all, it sounds more like "letter" on its own beat. The "k" sound in snake may be a sound-effect, the result of the enunciation of the only voiced vowel in that phrase, or a way to further distinguish between words that begin and end with the same consonant (snail-g-letter).

There was airmail around during the 30s, so ground mail was "snail mail" in comparison. Now whether there were mail-slots on doors, I really don't know. The light would be the rays of light on the floor instead of a snake's light movements. It would be like, "I feel like jumpin' through a keyhole in your door", only creepier. Either way, it's quite a tongue twister, I can't really decide which verse to sing now, yours or mine; they both kind of make sense.  ;D

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« Reply #197 on: March 23, 2013, 02:00:11 PM »
Hi cru423,
I believe the term "snail mail" to be of much more recent vintage than when Buddy Moss made the record.  "Snail mail", as I've heard it used, contrasts not the relative speed of air mail vs. ground mail, but rather, the speed of email vs. USPS mail.  I never heard the term snail mail used before the advent of email.  Buddy completely stiffs the line and many of the rest of the lyrics in take 2, so I wouldn't set great store by what he did there.  I'm hearing the strong "k" sound in the take where he enunciates it cleanly.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Buddy Moss Lyrics
« Reply #198 on: March 23, 2013, 03:29:25 PM »
snake like tappin the grass?

...the words "Snake" "Like" and "Grass" are definitely in there on the first take
...so blue I shade a part of this town.

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Re: Buddy Moss Lyrics
« Reply #199 on: March 24, 2013, 03:27:24 PM »
Here's another idea, after knocking and getting no reply, Buddy does a Voodoo hot-foot ritual on her porch:

"Then I get down in my snake-leather stamped flap/ sift lye cross your floor"

lol, John, I'm just having trouble with the snake slithering under the door and into the house. Usually these lines end with resignation, "well, I ain't coming here no more".


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« Reply #200 on: August 22, 2013, 01:08:43 PM »
Hi all,
Buddy Moss's recording of "Pushing It" appears on his "Atlanta Blues Legend" album on the Biograph label.  He is joined by a harmonica player on the track, who I really wish wasn't there, because Buddy is really ripping it up, playing at a tremendous clip, and changing things up greatly as he goes.  Basically, the harp player can't keep up with him at his level.  Buddy is working out of A position in standard tuning, and although that was a position he particularly excelled in, he works in a lot of stuff I've not heard on his other recordings.  His singing is superb, too. 

Yes, and I wonder, do my baby think of me
I wonder, do my baby think of me
Well, I'll be back tomorrow but things ain't like they used to be

SOLO

Well now, you told me that you loved me, I found out that you were lying
Says, you told me that you loved me, babe, I found out you were lying
Said now, you were just lovin', babe, to pass away the time

SOLO X 2

Well, goodbye, I've got to leave you and I'll be gone a great long while
Be, goodbye, I've got to leave you, I'll be gone, gone a great long while
I'm gonna find me somebody, babe, to treat me nice and kind

SOLO X 3

All best,
Johnm
   
« Last Edit: August 22, 2013, 08:33:03 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Buddy Moss Lyrics
« Reply #201 on: August 22, 2013, 01:21:46 PM »
Thanks John, you got me putting my Altlanta Blues Legend CD on, and you aren't overstating one bit about the guitar work of Moss! It's really something!

Cheers

Pan

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« Reply #202 on: August 22, 2013, 01:44:31 PM »
He's smoking isn't he, Pan?  Whew!

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« Reply #203 on: September 05, 2013, 10:45:36 AM »
Hi all,
Another very strong number from Buddy Moss's "Atlanta Blues Legend" CD on Biograph is "Every Day Seems Like Sunday", which Buddy played out of A position in standard tuning.  The track, taken from a concert performance, clocks in at 5:05, and it is a special treat to hear Buddy stretch out and play at such length.  And what remarkable playing it is--as the Berea College footage shows, at this stage of his career, Buddy sometimes sounded like a cross between his youthful self and someone like T-Bone Walker, in terms of the single string lines he was playing.  Buddy's singing is great, too.  He had a wonderful vocal instrument and sounds a lot like the late Soul Pop singer Lou Rawls.  He sets up the opening line of his last verse with a spoken aside, and it does draw some laughs from the audience, when sung by the snow white-haired Buddy.  He responds in kind to their mirth.

INTRO SOLO

Every day seem like Sunday, when I have you in my arms
Every day, every day seem like Sunday, babe, when I have you in my arms
Well now, tell me that you love me, don't do me wrong

SOLO

Yes, you're just like a doll, wrapped all in cellophane
Yes, you're just like a doll, wrapped all in cellophane
Well, there's nothin' satisfy me more, just to hear you call my name

SOLO X 3

I've got a woman, think the world 'n' all of me
Yes, I've got a woman, think the world 'n' all of me
Well now, you high-priced chicks, you better go ahead and let me be

I don't need no woman, mistreat me all the time
Don't need no woman, gonna mistreat me all the time
Well now, I need you baby, help me ease my worried mind

SOLO (Spoken: This sounds strange.)

I don't need no woman, baby, when I'm old and grey
I don't need no woman, baby, when I'm old and grey (Spoken: I shoulda said that years ago, shouldn't I?)
Well now, I need you, baby, help me drive, drive my blues away

SOLO

All best,
Johnm
   

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Re: Buddy Moss Lyrics
« Reply #204 on: July 13, 2020, 03:31:37 PM »
Hi all,
If any of you feel like doing some heavy immersion listening to Buddy Moss, I have added links to this thread, all fourteen pages of it.  I was able to find links for all but three or four of his pre-'60s recordings and a decent number of his post-rediscovery recordings that have been transcribed in the thread, over sixty titles.  I also added links to the Frank Stokes Lyrics thread which is currently on page 2 off the Country blues Lyrics board.
All best,
Johnm

 


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