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Peetie Wheatstraw Lyrics
« on: November 30, 2016, 04:23:19 PM »
Hi all,
Peetie Wheatstraw accompanied himself out of E position in standard tuning for "Police Station Blues".  I sure wish he had backed himself on guitar for more of his recordings, for his piano-accompanied songs tend to be very repetitious.  His singing was expert, and evolved into probably as heavily stylized an approach as the blues has ever seen, abounding in mannerisms.  Those mannerisms make transcribing his lyrics challenging, for me, at least, so I'd appreciate correction/corroboration on any of the bent bracketed passages below.  Here is his "Police Station Blues":



INTRO

Well now, well, mama, that is some old rainy day
Whoo-whoo-mm, babe, I say, some old rainy day
Well, well, now, you're gonna be sorry, whoo-whoo, babe, now you walked away

Well, well, sun just rose, mama, now, just above the trees
I said, now, when the sun rose, mmm-mmm-mm, just above the trees
Well, now, I went to the police station, asked them, "Hey now, give me my little girl, please."

Now, now, now, your days are lonesome, mama, your nights so dreadful long, whoo, cryin', and I mean it
Whoo-whoo-mmm, babe, now your nights so dreadful long
Well, well, been so many lonesome days, whoo-whoo, well, babe, since I been gone

SOLO

Well, babe, 'morrow's Sunday, whoo-whoo-mm, babe, day, your next day was Christmas Eve, whoo-whoo, well, knows I mean it
I say, honey, now tomorrow's Sunday, whoo-whoo, next day was Christmas Eve
Well, we'll haven't got a present, mama, placed on your little Christmas tree

Baby, now when are you gon' give me, whoo-whoo-mm, mama now, that you promised me, Lord, I'm cryin', know now I mean it
Whoo-whoo-mmm, mama, now that you promised me
Well, well, now I don't see why, baby, now, you so hard on me

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« Last Edit: November 30, 2016, 04:44:29 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Peetie Wheatstraw Lyrics
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2018, 04:28:49 PM »
Hi all,
"Long Time Ago Blues" is from pretty early in Peetie Wheatstraw's recording career, 1934, and he played it on guitar, working out of E position in standard tuning, where he seems to have had pretty much a set piece accompaniment that he used for several songs.  His guitar playing had exciting time-keeping and a sort of "bundle of nerves" quality that seems like it must have really influenced Robert Johnson.  Here is "Long Time Ago Blues":



INTRO

It was one morning, long time ago
Mm-hmm well, brown, sayin', a long time ago
Well, that day I got in trouble, hmm, well, brown babe, now I've gotta go

I gotta leave here, now I can't stay here no more
Ooo-hoo, well, brown, sayin', now I can't stay here no more
Well, these troubles, they have got me, mmm, well, Lord, and I gotta go

Ain't it hard to have you a home, and you can't go there no more?
Now, ain't it hard to have a home, and you can't go there no more?
Well, but now I've got in trouble, well now, brown babe, and I got to go

SOLO

Well, babe, I got up this morning, babe, I walked out in the street
I was sayin' I got up this mornin', mama, I walked out in the street
And, you know, I met a man, ooo well, brown, he was tryin' to raise a fuss with me

Well now, you know that's the reason, I'm away from home today
Mmm-mmm well, that's the reason, I'm away from home today
Well, well, well, troubles, they have caused me, hoo well, brown, that I'd be away today

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« Last Edit: February 14, 2018, 05:24:16 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Peetie Wheatstraw Lyrics
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2020, 03:34:04 PM »
Peetie Wheatstraw - Third Street's Going Down

November 2, 1937, Chicago, IL

Peetie Wheatstraw - voc, piano  possibly Charlie Jordan - guitar





We used to have luck in the valley but the girl had to move way out of town
We used to have luck in the valley but the girl had to move way out of town
Some moved in the alley ooh-well-well because Third Street‘s going down

I had a girl on St. Louis Avenue but Third Street she hung around
I had a girl on St. Louis Avenue but Third Street she hung around
But the law got so high/hot ? ooh-well-well until Third Street's going down

I wake up one mornin' my face all full of frown
Wake up one mornin' my face all full of frown
I nothin' about my baby ooh-well-well Third Street's going down

The city hired Mr. Keeler to put a highway through that part of town
I said the city hired Mr. Keeler to put a highway through that part of town
The law told the girls to move ooh-well-well why because we're tearing Third Street down
« Last Edit: March 15, 2020, 03:38:01 PM by harry »

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Re: Peetie Wheatstraw Lyrics
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2020, 08:24:40 PM »
That's some interesting guitar playing, and the solo seems to veer off into different territory to my ear.  If I remember correctly, Peetie was the High Sheriff of Hell.  Is there a weenie thread focused on St. Louis players?  If not there should be.  So many great players.
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