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Re: Hambone Willie Newbern Lyrics
« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2020, 05:08:36 PM »
Wow, Chris, that tagline on verse one is above and beyond the call of duty-- and it's spot on!  I would never have gotten that.  I'm going to stick with "turned and" in 5.1 and 5.2, mostly because the starting consonant sound seems pretty clearly "t" rather than "d", and there's a word break in his articulation there.  The corrections in verse 6 are all right on.  I found one also, I think in the tagline to verse four, he does sing "lawyers" rather than "laws", though he really swallows the second syllable and gets off of it very fast.  Thanks so much.  I wasn't even close on that tagline to verse one.  As it is, this one is ready to go into Weeniepedia.  Thanks!
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Re: Hambone Willie Newbern Lyrics
« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2020, 08:04:03 AM »
I'm sure about 4.2 the others are suggestions.

4.2 Police 'rest me, carried take me 'fore the judge

5.1 Well, the lawyer pleaded, and the judge he turned and wrote it down
5.2 Lawyer pleaded and the judge, he turned and wrote it down

6.2 And they stood me up, stared me right in the face

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Re: Hambone Willie Newbern Lyrics
« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2020, 08:16:57 AM »
Hi Harry,
It is "carried", not "take" in verse four.  The long "e" sound in carried is elided, but the front consonant is a hard "c" and the concluding consonant is a "d", not a "k" as in "take".  He does sing "turned and" in both lines of the next verse, though he chops off the front end both times, so that it sounds more like "'nd". He never says "right" in the next-to-last verse either--what you're hearing is the "r" he adds in between words that end with a vowel sound followed by words that begin with a vowel sound.
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Re: Hambone Willie Newbern Lyrics
« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2020, 08:31:14 AM »
I'm really hearing 4.2 as police 'rest me, take me 'fore the judge.

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Re: Hambone Willie Newbern Lyrics
« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2020, 08:55:30 AM »
Well, you're mistaken.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2020, 12:25:42 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Hambone Willie Newbern Lyrics
« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2020, 09:51:53 AM »
Hi all,
Another Hambone Willie Newborn song that seems like it might have come out of the vaudeville or minstrel show tradition is "Nobody Knows (What The Good Deacon Does)".  He accompanied himself out of C position in standard tuning, as he did for all of his recorded numbers except "Roll And Tumble Blues".  He must have been fun to see in person, because this is a really entertaining performance, with vocal asides commenting on the lyrics and scat singing.  Here is "Nobody Knows":



Say, you talk about your fly deacons, there was one from my home
Says, he done got busy 'bout all them good-lookin' womens, (What did he said?)
"I'm gon' leave all the mens alone."
They invited their great deacon down to our church last night
When the reverend who gives religion out, he said,
"I know you all won't act right." (Why?)
At night when the lights come on, you oughta heard them sisters moan (What did he said?)

There's nobody knows what the good deacon was doin', Lord, whilst the lights was out
Now I ain't no fortune-teller but I 'clare I know just what I'm talkin' about
There was one old brother by the name of Mo, got so happy, pulled off all of his clothes (Be quiet)
Nobody knows what the good deacon's doin', Lordy, whilst the lights was out

And I ain't no fortune-teller but I 'clare I know just what I'm talkin' about
There was one old sister by the name of Ewing, 'shamed to tell you, brother, what that sister was doin' (Shhh!)
Nobody knows what the good deacon was doin', Lord, whilst the lights was out

I ain't no fortune-teller, but I 'clare I know just what I'm talkin' about
There was one old sister, lived down on Vance, said, "I'd just be in that shimmy parlor if I had a chance."
Nobody knows what the good deacon's doin', Lord, whilst the lights was out

Says I ain't no fortune-teller but I 'clare I know just what I'm talkin' about
There was one old sister named Sister Green, jumped up and done the shimmy, Lord, you ain't never seen
Nobody knows what the good deacon was doin', Lord, once the lights was out

SOLO (During solo:  Mm, deacon, hi, deacon, dee, dee-dah, dee, dee-dah)
'Body knows what the good deacon was doin', Lordy, whilst the lights was out

I ain't no fortune-teller but I 'clare I know just what I'm talking' about
She pulled off one slipper and then one sock, got way back and doin' the double Eagle Rock
Nobody knows what the good deacon was doin', Lord, whilst the lights was out

SOLO (During solo:  good deacon, bad deacon, dah, dah-dahdle, dee, dee-dah
Dooo-doo, dee-dee, diddle-diddle, di-di-dah)

OUTRO

Edited 7/10 to pick up corrections from banjochris and Johnm

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« Last Edit: July 10, 2020, 11:00:05 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Hambone Willie Newbern Lyrics
« Reply #21 on: July 10, 2020, 04:45:34 PM »
I'm really hearing 4.2 as police 'rest me, take me 'fore the judge.

John, going back I hear "take" in 4.2 also (but just 4.2, it's "carried" in 4.1).
Chris

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Re: Hambone Willie Newbern Lyrics
« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2020, 04:54:49 PM »
Couple suggestions for "Good Deacon," some are pretty minor

1.5 When the reverend who gives that RELIGION out, he said, he pronounces it "reel-ish-ion"
1.6 "I know YOU ALL WON'T ACT RIGHT."

2.4 (the aside) I think is BE QUIET

3.2 I think it's shame to tell YOU, brother, ...
3.3 ...Lord, WHILST the lights was out

5.2 ...jumped up and DONE the shimmy...

6.2 ...pulled off ONE slipper...

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Re: Hambone Willie Newbern Lyrics
« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2020, 05:12:49 PM »
Well, If two close listeners heard "take" in 4.2 of "Shelby County Workhouse Blues", I needed to re-listen again.  I did and you were both right, and I was mistaken.  Thanks for the catch, Harry.  I've made the fix here and in Weeniepedia.  Thanks!  And I'm sorry for being crabby with you before, Harry.
All best,
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Re: Hambone Willie Newbern Lyrics
« Reply #24 on: July 10, 2020, 05:20:18 PM »
Thanks for the catches on "Nobody Knows", Chris, and your catches helped me make some more catches, I think.  In the last line of each refrain, I think it is "whilst" every time through.  In 2.2, I think it is:
   'SHAMED to tell you, brother, what that sister was doin'
I think the tail end of 3.2 is:
   "I'd JUST be IN that shimmy parlor if I had a chance
I'll make the fixes.  Thanks for all the help.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Hambone Willie Newbern Lyrics
« Reply #25 on: July 11, 2020, 08:04:46 AM »
Going back to a post from 2015, I was just listening to Hambone Willie Newbern's version of Roll and Tumble Blues again and I'd like to suggest a change. I think in the last line of the first verse he's singing, "And I rose this mornin', mama, and I didn't know right from wrong."

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Re: Hambone Willie Newbern Lyrics
« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2020, 12:23:50 PM »
Hi Jean,
I re-listened to "Roll And Tumble Blues" and I agree with you, so I made the change.  Thanks for the catch!
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