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Offline Chezztone

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Re: "Falling Down Blues"
« Reply #30 on: September 17, 2006, 10:23:59 PM »
Well I didn't have to travel far to find the person who understands this line: Taizz has a great idea. It's about a thunderstorm. "She caught the rumbling (of thunder), I caught the falling down (of rain)." That sounds right. But still the scene a bit mysterious. The couple is parting at the beginning of a storm, and she gets out of there before it really starts coming down?

   She caught the rumbling, Lord I caught the falling down
   She caught the rumbling, I caught the falling down
   I never see her, I never turn around

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Re: "Falling Down Blues"
« Reply #31 on: September 29, 2006, 07:10:23 PM »
Hi Chezz,
I think Taizz's read on this lyric is right on the money.  I take the conclusion of the verse to mean that Furry's gal split so hurriedly upon hearing the thunder that she was gone before he saw her take off.  Sounds like he missed the thunder and got drenched.
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Re: "Falling Down Blues"
« Reply #32 on: September 30, 2006, 09:23:49 AM »
I agree, Chezz, hats of to Taizz. That certainly seems like a more than plausible reading of the lines.

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Re: Furry Lewis Lyrics
« Reply #33 on: January 13, 2007, 03:50:51 PM »
Hi all,
I was doing a little Site maintenance and thought to combine a number of separate threads focusing on Furry Lewis lyrics into one thread, so that there would be a single source for finding lyrics that have been transcribed or posting new ones.  The songs currently transcribed/discussed in the new thread are "Black Gypsy Blues", "Dry Land Blues", "Creeper Blues" and "Falling Down Blues".  I've left the titles to the individual posts with the title of the thread they were originally posted to, to create ease of following the discussions if they bounce around, though it's pretty clear anyway. 
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Re: Furry Lewis Lyrics
« Reply #34 on: January 13, 2007, 09:22:52 PM »
Falling Down was never completely posted, so here's what I have:

Falling Down Blues - Furry Lewis
Vestapol tuning



I got the blues so bad, it hurts my feet to walk
Got the blues so bad, it hurts my feet to walk
I wouldn't hate it so bad but it hurt my tongue to talk

Mama I feel like jumping through the keyhole in your door
I feel like jumping through the keyhole in your door
I can jump so easy your man will never know

Some people said worried blues ain't tough
Some people said the worried blues ain't tough
But if they don't kill you, handle you mighty rough

Hitch up my buggy, please saddle up my black mare
Hitch up my buggy, saddle up my black mare
I'm going to find my woman on the road somewhere

She caught the rumbling, I caught the falling down
She caught the rumbling, I caught the falling down
If I never see her, I never turn around

She caught the rumbling, Lord I caught the falling down
She caught the rumbling, I caught the falling down
I never see her, I never turn around
« Last Edit: January 14, 2007, 09:32:58 AM by uncle bud »

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Re: Furry Lewis Lyrics
« Reply #35 on: January 14, 2007, 08:58:14 AM »
Here's my take on Kassie Jones, Parts 1 and 2. There are a couple rough spots. Furry runs his words together fairly often, so it can be danged hard to get sometimes!


Kassie Jones Parts 1 and 2 ? Furry Lewis
In Spanish tuning



I woke up this mornin', four o'clock
Mister Casey told his fireman get his boiler hot
Put on your water, put on your coal
Put your head out the window, see my drivers roll
See my driver roll
Put your head out the window, see my driver roll

Lord, some people said Mister Casey couldn't run
Let me just tell you what Mister Casey done
He left Memphis, it was quarter to nine
Got in Newport News, it was dinnertime
It was dinnertime
Got in Newport News, it was dinnertime

I've sold my gin, I've sold it straight
Police run me to my woman's gate
She come to the door, she nod her head
She made me welcome to the foldin' bed
To the foldin' bed
Made me welcome to the foldin' bed

Lord, the people said to Casey, "You're runnin' over time"
"You'll havin? a collision with the one-o-nine"
Casey said, "This engine's mine
I'll run it in close just to make my time"
Said to all the passengers, "Better keep yourself hid
Natural' gon shake it like Chainey did
Like Chainey did
I?m natural' gon' shake it like Chainey did"

Mister Casey run his engine in [a miles of place]
Number four stabbed him in the face
The depot told Casey, "Well, you must leave town"
"Believe to my soul I'm Alabama bound"
"Alabama bound"

Instrumental break

"Believe to my soul I'm Alabama bound"

Missus Casey said she dreamt a dream
The night she bought her sewin' machine
The needle got broke, she could not sew
She loved Mister Casey, 'cause she told me so
Told me so
Loved Mister Casey, 'cause she told me so

There was a woman named Miss Alice Fry
Said, "I'm gonna ride with Mister Casey 'fore I die"
I ain't good looking but I takes my time
A rambling woman with a rambling mind
Got a rambling mind


Part 2

Casey looked at his water, water was low
Looked at his watch, his watch was slow

On the road again
Natural born eastman on the road again

Lord, there's people tell by the throttle moan
The man at the fire's Mister Casey Jones
Mister Casey Jones

Mister Casey said, before he died
One more road that he wants to ride
People tells Casey, "Which road is he?"
"The Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe
Santa Fe"

This mornin' I heard someone was dyin'
Missus Casey's children on the doorstep cryin'
?Mama, mama, I can't keep from cryin'
Papa got killed on the Southern line
On the Southern line
Papa got killed on the Southern line?

"Mama, mama, how can it be
Killed my father on the first degree"
"Children, children, won?t you hold your breath
Draw another pension from your father's death
From your father's death"

On the road again
I'm a natural born eastman on the road again

Tuesday mornin', it looked like rain
Around the curve came a passenger train
Under the boiler lay Mister Casey Jones
Good old engineer, but he's dead and gone
Dead and gone

On the road again
I'm a natural born eastman on the road again

I left Memphis to spread the news
Memphis women don't wear no shoes
Had it written in the back of my shirt
Natural born eastman don't have to work
Don't have to work
I'm a natural born eastman, don't have to work


edited as per banjochris's corrections
« Last Edit: January 15, 2007, 06:12:16 PM by uncle bud »

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Re: Furry Lewis Lyrics
« Reply #36 on: January 14, 2007, 09:12:00 AM »
Here what I have for Everybody's Blues, Furry's first recorded tune.


Everybody's Blues ? Furry Lewis
in C



Hey baby, tell me what's the matter now
Hey baby, tell me what's the matter now
Lord you tryin' to quit me, baby and you don't know how

I ain't got no good girl, ain't got no lady friend
I ain't got no good girl and I ain't got no lady friend
I ain't go nobody to say, ?Furry, where you been??

If you don't want me, won't you tell me so
If you don't want me, baby, why don't you tell me so
Then you won't be bothered with me round your house no more

Hey-ey baby, you don't treat me right
Hey-ey baby, said you don't treat me right
Ah the way you treat me, take my appetite

I'd rather see my coffin come rollin' from my door
I'd rather see my coffin come rollin' from my door
Lord than to hear my good girl says ?I don't want you no more?

Oh baby, what you goin' do with me?
Ba-aby, what you goin' do with me?
Way you doin' me baby, I declare I sure can't be

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Re: Furry Lewis Lyrics
« Reply #37 on: January 14, 2007, 09:25:33 AM »
Here's the flip side of Everybody's Blues -- Rock Island Blues.

Rock Island Blues ? Furry Lewis
In Spanish tuning


Got the Rock Island blues, waiting on the Rock Island train
Rock Island blues, waiting on the Rock Island train
Got a girl in Texas and I'm scared to call her name

Don't you wish your girl was long and tall like mine
Don't you wish your girl was long and tall like mine
Lord she ain't good looking, but I 'clare she takes her time

Bab-aaay, where you stay last night?
Baby, baby, where you stay last night?
Lord you didn't come home till the moon was shining bright

I'm gonna wash my face in the Gulf of Mexico
I'm gonna wash my face in the Gulf of Mexico
I'm gonna eat my breakfast a thousand miles below

Wonder will my suitcase hold my clothes?
Wonder will my suitcase hold my clothes?
I ain't got so many, but I got so far to go

I ain't got no woman, I ain't got no lady friend
I ain't got no woman, ain't got no lady friend
I ain't got nobody to say, Furry, where you been?

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Re: Furry Lewis Lyrics
« Reply #38 on: January 14, 2007, 09:45:15 AM »
In what year did Furry record "Falling Down Blues" and for which label? It's my favorite Furry Lewis song.

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Re: Furry Lewis Lyrics
« Reply #39 on: January 14, 2007, 09:46:03 AM »
Here's "I Will Turn Your Money Green", take 1.


I Will Turn Your Money Green (take 1) ? Furry Lewis
In Spanish tuning

When I was in Missouri, would not let me be
When I was in Missouri, would not let me be
Wouldn?t rest content until I came to Tennessee

If you follow me babe, I?ll turn your money green
Follow me babe, I?ll turn your money green
I?ll show you more money, Rockefeller ever seen

If the river was whiskey, babe and I was a duck
River was whiskey, babe and I was a duck
I?d dive to the bottom and I never would come up

Woman I hate, I see her every day
Woman I hate, I see her every day
But the woman I love, she?s so far away

Talk about sweethearted, I declare I?m an honest man
Talk about sweethearted, I declare I?m an honest man
Give my woman money and broke her apron string

All she give me was trouble, trouble all the time
All she give me was trouble, trouble all the time
I been troubled so long, trouble don?t worry my mind

I been down so long, said it seem like up to me
I been down so long, seem like up to me
Woman I love, heart like a rock in the sea

I would holler murder but the fakin? town too small
I would holler murder but the fakin? town too small
Woman quit me, throwed my trunk outdoors
« Last Edit: November 02, 2010, 12:22:29 PM by uncle bud »

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Re: Furry Lewis Lyrics
« Reply #40 on: January 14, 2007, 09:47:28 AM »
In what year did Furry record "Falling Down Blues" and for which label? It's my favorite Furry Lewis song.

1927, for Vocalion.

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Re: Furry Lewis Lyrics
« Reply #41 on: January 14, 2007, 10:06:06 AM »
Here's "Furry's Blues", one of those dark humour pieces. How's about that second verse? Yikes...


Furry?s Blues ? Furry Lewis
in Spanish tuning


I believe I?ll buy me a graveyard of my own
Believe I?ll buy me a graveyard of my own
I?m gonna kill everybody that have done me wrong

If you wanna go to Nashville, mens, ain?t got no fare
Wanna go to Nashville, mens, ain?t got no fare
Cut your good girl?s throat and the judge will send you there

I?m gonna get my pistol, forty rounds of ball
Get my pistol, forty rounds of ball
I?m gonna shoot my woman just to see her fall

I?d rather hear the screws on my coffin sound
I?d rather hear the screws on my coffin sound
Then to hear my good girl says, ?I?m jumpin? down?

Get my pencil and paper, I?m gonna sit right down
Get my pencil and paper, I?m gonna sit right down
I?m gonna write me a letter back to Youngstown

This ain?t my home, I ain?t got no right to stay
This ain?t my home, I ain?t got no right to stay
This ain?t my home, must be my stoppin? place

When I left my home, you would not let me be
When I left my home, you would not let me be
Wouldn?t rest content until I come to Tennessee
« Last Edit: January 14, 2007, 11:26:13 AM by uncle bud »

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Re: Furry Lewis Lyrics
« Reply #42 on: January 14, 2007, 10:18:48 AM »
Furry's version of Bessie Smith's "Mean Old Bedbug Blues". Humour of a different kind...

(Can you tell I like Furry yet?)


Mean Old Bedbug Blues ? Furry Lewis
In E position



Man, the bedbug sure is evil, he don't mean me no good
Man, the bedbug sure is evil, he sure don't mean me no good
He thinks I'm a woodpecker and he takes me for a chunk of wood

When I lay down at night, I wonder how can a poor man sleep
When I lay down at night, I wonder how can a poor man sleep
When one holdin? your hand while the other one eatin? your feet

Bedbug's big as a jackass, he will bite you and stand and grin
Bedbug's big as a jackass, will bite you and stand and grin
Drink up all the bedbug poison, come back and bite you again

Somethin' was moanin? in the corner, Lord, I tried so hard to see
Somethin' was moanin? in the corner, Lord, I tried so hard to see
It was a mother bedbug, Lord, prayin' for some more to eat

I have to sit up all night long, my feet can't touch the floor
I have to sit up all night long, my feet can't touch the floor
?Cause the mean old bedbug told me I can't live there no more

« Last Edit: November 02, 2010, 10:55:08 AM by uncle bud »

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Re: Furry Lewis Lyrics
« Reply #43 on: January 14, 2007, 10:33:11 AM »
Here's "Good Looking Girl Blues". Missing a line in the 2nd verse. Any help appreciated.

Good Looking Girl Blues ? Furry Lewis
in Spanish tuning


Don?t you wish your good girl was long and tall like mine?
Don?t you wish your good girl was long and tall like mine?
Lord, she ain?t good lookin? but I ?clare she takes her time

Said my good girl says she didn?t want me no more
Lord my good girl says she didn?t want me no more
But she?s on my daniel, Lord, everywhere I go

Lord the train I ride is sixteen coaches long
Train I ride is sixteen coaches long
And she don?t haul nothin? but chocolate to the bone

I?m worried now, I been worried all day long
I?m worried now, I been worried all day long
Babe, I?m gonna be worried until the day I?m gone

Lord, it?s some say yellow but gimme my black and brown
Lord, some say yellow but gimme my black and brown
When your high brown quit you, your black will run you down

I wanna see, wanna see the girl I?m so crazy ?bout
I wanna see, wanna see the girl I?m so crazy ?bout
I?ll be so glad, I sure can?t help but shout
« Last Edit: May 07, 2010, 02:53:41 PM by uncle bud »

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Re: Furry Lewis Lyrics
« Reply #44 on: January 14, 2007, 10:43:03 AM »
Here's "I Will Turn Your Money Green".


I Will Turn Your Money Green ? Furry Lewis
In Spanish tuning

When I was in Missouri, would not let me be
When I was in Missouri, would not let me be
Wouldn?t rest content until I came to Tennessee

If you follow me babe, I?ll turn your money green
Follow me babe, I?ll turn your money green
I?ll show you more money, Rockefeller ever seen

If the river was whiskey, babe and I was a duck
River was whiskey, babe and I was a duck
I?d dive to the bottom and I never would come up

Woman I hate, I see her every day
Woman I hate, I see her every day
But the woman I love, she?s so far away

Talk about sweethearted, I declare I?m an honest man
Talk about sweethearted, I declare I?m an honest man
Give my woman money and broke her apron string

All she give me was trouble, trouble all the time
All she give me was trouble, trouble all the time
I been troubled so long, trouble don?t worry my mind

I been down so long, said it seem like up to me
I been down so long, seem like up to me
Woman I love hard like a rock in the sea

I would holler murder but the fakin? town too small
I would holler murder but the fakin? town too small
Woman quit me, throwed my trunk outdoors

Ah this would appear to be the alternative take which first appeared on the Yazoo Lewis compilation (L-1050) the released version as found on Frank Stokes' dream (L-1008) has a line like

"Give my woman so many dollars it broke her apron string"

and totally different final verse which, from memory, runs

What's the need of me hollerin', what's the need of my cryin', woman I love don't pay me no mind.

along with other minor lyric variations.

BH the pedant strikes again.

 


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