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Author Topic: Robert Curtis Smith Lyrics  (Read 800 times)

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Robert Curtis Smith Lyrics
« on: April 21, 2014, 03:36:29 PM »
Hi all,
"I'm Going Away" was included on the one Robert Curtis Smith album that came out on Prestige Bluesville.  I think it may have been recorded by Paul Oliver and Chris Strachwitz, but I'm not sure of that.  Smith played the song out of E position in standard tuning, and what a ripping guitar part it is!  I taught this a number of years ago at Port Townsend and possibly at EBA BluesWeek  and had forgotten about it.  I need to learn it again!  It illustrates in a way, that if you accompaniment is cool enough, you don't need a solo.  I'll attach a video for those of you who have not heard it before.

Robert Curtis Smith ~ I'm Going Away

Well, I'm goin' away, just to worry you off my mind
Well, I'm goin' away, just to worry you off my mind
Lord, I stay 'round here, I'd be bothered all the time

Well, if you don't want me, baby, please don't dog me 'round
Well, if you don't want me, baby, please don't dog me 'round
Well, just like you found me, you can put me down

Well, it ain't but one thing, one thing I did wrong
Well, now it ain't but the one thing, one thing I did wrong
Well, I let you mistreat me, little bit too long

Well, I ain't never loved but just four womens in my life
Well, I ain't never loved but just four womens in my llfe
That's my mother and my sister, my sweetheart and my wife

All best,
Johnm
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Re: Robert Curtis Smith Lyrics
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2014, 07:15:07 PM »
Hi all,
Robert Curtis Smith also recorded "Council Spur Blues" on his Prestige Bluesville album, accompanying himself out of E position in standard tuning.  The song is a rarity among blues, a pointed and specific complaint at the treatment Mr. Smith received from his employers.  It was probably hard for him to continue living where he did after the record came out, if his employers ever heard it.  By his own account, it was already a hard place to live.  In fact, Robert Curtis Smith relocated to Chicago, and I believe was living there at the time of his death a few years ago.  Here is his performance of the song:



Somebody help me get away from Council Spur
Somebody help me get away from Council Spur
That's kinda my little headquarters, and it's not too far

The man that run it, he is awful mean
Yeah, that man who run it, he is awful mean
And his name is Mr. Walker, the meanest man I ever seen

One day it rained, I was playin' my guitar
One day it rained, I was playin' my guitar
You know, Mr. Walker wanted to shoot me, settin' right there, where I was

I had a white friend stand between me and him
I had a white friend stand between me and him
You know, I didn't want to be bothered, didn't want to be shot by them

You know, it mean, I don't know what to do
Yes, he's mean, so mean I don't know what to do
Yes, if I could make me enough money, yes, I would leave there too

You ask for money, he'll give you a order to the store
You ask for money, he'll give you a  order to the store
Then, if you eat that up 'fore the week is out, man, you don't get no more

You think that's bad, we're workin' for thirty cents an hour
You think that's bad, a-workin' for thirty cents an hour
You stick around awhile, and let me tell you 'bout Mr. Roy Flauver

Mr. Roy Flauver don't pay but two dollars a day
Mr. Roy Flauver don't pay but two dollars a day
Yes, and once you are there, he dare you to leave away

Mr. Roy Flauver, in the wintertime, he's got a habit
Mr. Roy Flauver, in the wintertime, he has a habit
When you go to him for food, he'll tell you to catch some rabbit

There's a peg-leg man, went to Mr. Roy Flauver one day
Yeah, that was bad, the way Mr. Flauvers turn him away
He say, "What I'm gonna do?", Mr. Flauvers says, "And pay me right, is too."

You know, I'm goin', if I ever get a chance
Yes, I'm goin', if I ever get a chance
'Cause I don't get but three dollars a day, choppin' all that doggone grass

All best,
Johnm
 

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Re: Robert Curtis Smith Lyrics
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2018, 11:08:54 AM »
Hi all,
There is an interesting spoken word piece by Robert Curtis Smith on the CD, "From Mississippi To Chicago", on the Hightone label.  The piece is called "Lye Water Conversion", and Robert Curtis Smith accompanies himself out of dropped-D tuning while telling the story.  Here it is, beginning at 2:47 in the video, which includes all of Robert Curtis Smith's tracks from the CD:



(SPOKEN)  It first began when my sink stopped up, and I didn't not, wondering about how I was got to unstop that thing.  And I didn't want to get a plumber to come in, because I didn't have no money, to pay for, and I decided to do it myself.  And the people telling me, "Don't bother with it.", because that lye was dangerous.  And I know that I had been dealing with lye for a long time.  And I decided after everybody was gone, I just decided to try it.  Take that lye and pour it in the sink, and let it unstop the sink.  But it didn't work that way because , as I poured the lye in the sink, I was standin' there lookin' down in there, and had me some water trapped in there, somewhere--and when it hit that water, it blew up.  And blew back in my face.  And I was, it was, I was in trouble, because it's all in my eyes, and my mouth, and my nostrils.  And, the devil tried to make me run, went out where somebody could see me, they could help me.  Then, once I had run a few minutes, my flesh would have fell off my bones.  And the Spirit led me to stand still, and not panic.  And wait, and try to find out where my water was--I'd feel around there and find something that I could recognize.  Then I know how to get to the water, and then that a-way I could wash it out. 

So, that's what I did.  I climbed, and went to a poles, I knew where the poles was.  And I knew which way the water was from there.  And I started washing, but it was so hot, just couldn't hardly sit still.  Then I thought about right away, that when I was in the world, I was doin' everything, and when I stopped, decide to serve God, then, this what happen.  And I told God, I say, "I stopped doin' what I was doin', and follow You, You got to save me.", cause I wanted to read the Bible and know what the word said.  And at that minute, it's like a cool breeze came down over me, like a cool wind blew on me . . . and stopped that lye burnin', and point blank.  And I knew, from that point, God was the powerfullest thing I had ever come in contact with in my life.  And I had a aloe vera plant there.  And I went and took that aloe vera plant and broke it down, squirt the juice out of it on my face, still lookin' for my skin to come off.  But it didn't.  It stopped burnin', and no skin come off or nothin'.  And I went on with the bed, to sleep. 

When I woke up, I was the same color--black (laughter)!  And I went back to work that Monday, and my boss sent me back home, they wouldn't let me work 'cause my eyes was so red.  Told me to go, and go to the doctor.  And I called my wife, she got off of work, went to the doctor with me.  And the doctor looked at my eyes, said, "This is amazing!"  I said, "What's that?"  He said, "The white of your eyes cooked!"  He said, "But the sight ain't been took."  'Cause I asked God to spare my sight, and it was so bad, you could see the white turnin' loose from the ball, it was coming' loose from around the ball.  But God, he changed all of that, and I serve Him now, with all I got.  Jesus is the answer.

All best,
Johnm   
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