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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #30 on: February 07, 2012, 11:04:47 AM »
Thanks for the tips, Chris.  I will give it a re-listen when I'm to my teaching space next week and make changes as appropriate.  It is odd that such a long form would lead to such a short rendition.
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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2012, 12:31:26 PM »
Hi all,
Bo Carter played "My Baby" out of his favored G6 tuning, DGDGBE.  The song incorporates a set piece solo at the end of each stanza, and is a terrifically fun piece to play and hear.  The premise of the lyric, that Bo takes his baby to various "stands" where she goes nuts for the proprietors, is pretty darn funny.  Bo worked in some great spoken asides, too, over the concluding solo.  He had a real zest for novelty material which makes his music in this vein wear well.

 

   I take my baby to the candy stand, she got stuck on the candy man
   I?m talkin' 'bout the little sweet girl of mine
   I'll take my baby to the candy stand, she got a fool about the candy man
   I?m talkin' 'bout the little sweet gal of mine (spoken: Yeah!)

   I take my baby to the peanut stand, she got a fool about the old nut man
   I?m talkin' 'bout the little sweet girl of mine
   I?ll take my baby to the peanut stand, she got a fool about the peanut man
   I?m talkin' 'bout the little sweet babe of mine

   I take my baby to the banana stand, she got a fool about the banana man
   I?m talkin' 'bout the little sweet girl of mine
   I?ll take my baby to the banana stand, she got a fool about the banana man
   I?m talkin' 'bout the little sweet gal of mine (spoken: Yas, baby)

   I take my baby to the whiskey stand, she fell on her face about the whiskey man
   I?m talkin' 'bout that little sweet girl of mine
   I?ll take my baby to the whiskey stand, she fell out about the whiskey man
   I?m talkin' 'bout that little girl of mine (spoken: Baby don't get crazy 'bout him.  I'm gon' make you some gosh.)

   I take my baby to the money stand, she fell on her face about the money man
   I?m talkin' 'bout the little sweet girl of mine
   I?ll take my baby to the money stand, she fell on her face about the money man
   I?m talkin' 'bout that little girl of mine (spoken: Baby, don't get crazy about him.  I got a few bucks.)

All best,
Johnm
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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #32 on: March 25, 2012, 09:13:45 AM »
Bo played "Shake 'Em On Down" out of his Half Spanish tuning, DGDGBE. Somewhere on weenie there is a discussion of what Bo is actually singing in the chorus that was not conclusive. I'm 99.9% sure that he sings "shuffle 'em on down" (as Chezztone suggested in that thread). Sometimes you can hear both syllables, although it is always sung quickly, and at other times Bo sings it more as one syllable, i.e., shuff', swallowing the -le,, or singing something that comes out as "shuff' lem on down". "Shuffle 'em on down" makes sense in the context of the set-up line, "Must I keep dealin'", as well.



Iin the third verse, Bo uses a formula that appears in other blues songs:

Now there's two big cars rolling side to side
You got my good girl, guess you satisfied.

For some reason, he sings this as scatisfied. Compare with Frank Stokes in "Sweet to Mama":

Lord there?s two bullyin' steamers running along side by side
Now you stole my good gal, I guess you?re satisfied

Like some other Bo Carter material, this song never really did it for me for a long time, and also like a lot of that other material, I've come to really like it. It's got a really nice guitar part that's laid-back and different, and Bo's vocal is pretty great to.

There is one line I'm not certain of, in verse 4.


Shake 'Em On Down - Bo Carter
DGDGBE tuning

(Boy, I was just sittin' here thinkin'
Must I keep dealin' or must I shuffle 'em on down)

Say, you laying round here, sweet baby, your face full of frowns
Must I keep dealin', must I shuffle 'em on down
Baby, must I keep dealin'
Or must I shuffle 'em on down
Baby, I done quit dealin', ooh, I got to shuffle 'em on down

Now, here's one thing, sweet baby, I really want you to know
You can push, you can pull, don't you tear my clothes
Babe, but must I keep dealin'
Or must I shuffle 'em on down
Baby, I done quit dealin', ooh, I got to shuffle 'em on down

Now there's two big cars rolling side an' side
You got my good girl, guess you scatisfied
Baby, must I keep dealin'
Or must I shuffle 'em on down
Baby, I done quit dealin', ooh, I got to shuffle 'em on down

(Shuffle 'em on down then, boys
That's what I'm talkin about
Shuffle 'em on down)

Now there's a big T for Texas, T for Tennessee
T for the girl feelin' care for me
Babe, but must I keep dealin'
Or must I shuffle 'em on down
Baby, I done quit dealin', ooh, I got to shuffle 'em on down

Says I went up to the station, looks up on the board
It's a good time here, better one round the road
Babe, but must I keep dealin'
Or must I shuffle 'em on down
Baby, I done quit dealin', ooh, I got to shuffle 'em on down

edited to pick up corrections from banjochris and dj
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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2012, 11:18:14 AM »
Hi uncle bud,
I think Bo's signature lick on "Shake 'Em On Down" is one of his best, just mean and nasty.  His timing on it is so particular, too.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #34 on: March 25, 2012, 11:57:34 AM »
Hi uncle bud,
I think Bo's signature lick on "Shake 'Em On Down" is one of his best, just mean and nasty.  His timing on it is so particular, too.

I've been playing it all weekend. It's so much fun.


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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #35 on: March 25, 2012, 02:12:34 PM »
I vote for "feelin'"
Chris

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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #36 on: March 25, 2012, 04:37:46 PM »
I agree, it's "feelin'".

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« Reply #37 on: March 27, 2012, 08:40:56 AM »
Thanks banjochris and dj. I made the change.

Here's one that was never really finalized way back when. Bo played "I Want You to Know" out of Half Spanish (DGDGBE) tuning. He later redid the song as "Don't Do It No More", a slightly wilder version, guitar-wise.

I think everything is accurate here, but corrections welcome.

I Want You To Know - Bo Carter
Half Spanish tuning


Babe, I want you to know
Babe, I want you to know
That little you been doin?, Lord
Baby, don?t you do it no more
 
Baby, I want you to know
Honey, I want you to know
That little you been givin?, Lord
Baby, don?t you give it no more 

?Cause I?m a stranger here, just dropped in your town
Ain?t none of these women, Lord, turn me down
They cryin', "baby, honey..."

Babe, I want you to understand
Honey, I want you to understand
I don?t mean you no more good now
Please get you another man

(2 instrumental verses and 1 instrumental bridge)

Baby, I want you to know
Honey, I want you to know
That little you been doin?, Lord
Baby, don?t you do it no more

Babe, I want you to know
Honey, I want you to know
That little you been givin?, Lord
Baby, don?t you give it no more 

?Cause I?m a stranger here, just dropped in your town
Ain?t none of these women, Lord, turn me down
They cryin', "baby, honey..."

Babe, I want you to understand
Honey, I want you to understand
I don?t mean you no more good now
Please get you another man


 

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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #38 on: March 27, 2012, 08:48:40 AM »
Like I said above, Bo later redid "I Want You to Know" (1931) as "Don't Do It No More" in 1935. Same song with a guitar part that Bo plays with a bit more edge, particularly in the solo. I could use some help in the third verse. Not sure if the phrase in square brackets is correct. File attached for reference.



Don't Do It No More - Bo Carter
Half Spanish tuning (DGDGBE)

Honey, I want you to know
Honey, I want you to know
That little you been doin?, Lord
Baby, don?t you do it no more
 
Babe, I want you to know
Sweet girl, I want you to know
That little you been givin?, Lord
Baby, don?t you give it no more 

I got so many women, don't know who I love
Gang around me like the angels above
They cryin', "baby, honey..."

Babe, I want you to understand
Honey, I want you to understand
I don?t mean you no more good now
Please get you another man

(2 instrumental verses and 1 instrumental bridge)

Honey, I want you to know
Honey, I want you to know
That little you been doin?, Lord
Baby, don?t you do it no more

Honey, I want you to know
Honey, I want you to know
That little you been givin?, Lord
Baby, don?t you give it no more 

I'm going out east for a change
So many women, they addle my brains
They cryin', "baby, honey..."

Baby, I want you to understand
Baby, I want you to understand
I don?t mean you no more good now
Please get you another man

edited to add correction from banjochris


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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #39 on: March 27, 2012, 09:33:25 AM »
Pretty sure it's "the angels above," but as I remember he stumbles a bit as he sings it.
Chris

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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #40 on: March 27, 2012, 09:39:37 AM »
Thanks Chris, that would make a lot more sense.  :P

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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #41 on: March 28, 2012, 01:24:30 AM »
Here's one that I have transcribed years ago. Have't checked it with the recording before posting, but at least the lyrics make sense (which they don't always seem to do when I transcribe them).



Don't Mash My Digger So Deep

Baby if you don't like my peaches, baby please don't ya touch my tree
Baby if you don't love my peaches, baby please don't touch my tree
And if you don't want me to have your potatoes, don't mash my digger down so deep

Say's when I get to  use my digger, I use it in different ways,
I dig potatoes for these women, both night and day
Baby and if you don't love my peaches, baby please don't touch my tree
And if you don't want me to have your potatoes, don't mash my digger down so deep

Says when I get to use my digger, I use it just like I should,
The women all cryin': "Your old digger, ya know, it digs and feels so good!"
Baby and if you don't love my peaches, baby please don't touch my tree
And if you don't want me to have your potatoes, don't mash my digger down so deep

SOLO

Says when I get to use my digger, I use the side and up and down,
I can dig your potatoes better than any man in this town
And if you don't love my peaches, baby please don't touch my tree
Iif you don't want me to have your potatoes, don't mash my digger down so deep

Sometimes it takes three inches to dig for 'tatoes, sometimes it takes four,
When I find 'em deep, you know, I mash it down some more
Baby and if you don't love my peaches, baby please don't touch my tree
And if you don't want me to have your potatoes, don't mash my digger down so deep
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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #42 on: March 28, 2012, 01:49:37 AM »
Here's another one from my hard-drive:



All Around Man

Now I ain't no butcher, no butcher's son,
I can do your cuttin' 'til the butcher man comes
'Cause I'm a all-around man, oh I'm a all-around man,
I mean I'm a all-around man, I can do most anything that comes my hand

Now I ain't no plumber, no plumber's son,
I can do your screwin' till the plumber man comes
'Cause I'm a all-around man, oh I'm a all-around man,
I mean I'm a all-around man, I can do most anything that comes my hand

Now I ain't no miller, no miller's son,
I can do your grindin' 'til the miller man comes
'Cause I'm a all-around man, oh I'm a all-around man,
I mean I'm a all-around man, I can do most anything that comes my hand

Spoken: Oh baby you know I?m an all-around man

Now I ain't no milkman, no milkman's son,
I can pull your titties 'til the milkman comes
'Cause I'm a all-around man, oh I'm a all-around man,
I mean I'm a all-around man, I can do most anything that comes my hand

Now I ain't no spring-man, no spring-man's son,
I can bounce your springs 'til the spring-man comes
'Cause I'm a all-around man, oh I'm a all-around man,
I mean I'm a all-around man, I can do most anything that comes my hand

Now I ain't no auger-man, no auger-man's son,
I can bore your hole 'til the auger-man comes
'Cause I'm a all-around man, oh I'm a all-around man,
I mean I'm a all-around man, I can do most anything that comes my hand

Modified to include banjochris' correction.
« Last Edit: July 16, 2020, 06:45:45 AM by Johnm »

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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #43 on: March 28, 2012, 06:36:22 AM »
Which broadcaster was it who called Bo the master of the single entendre?

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Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Reply #44 on: March 28, 2012, 11:10:49 AM »
Mr Mando -- one small correction from memory on All Around Man, in the last verse, I believe it's BORE your hole instead of blow!
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