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Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Reply #30 on: January 05, 2013, 10:10:14 AM »
Hi all,
For "Going Up The Country", Barbecue Bob was working with a slide out of Spanish tuning.  He has enough ideas in his accompaniment for about three normal songs.  His time is very forceful, and kind of jagged--very straight-up-and-down, no swung eighth notes to be heard anywhere.  So much for the notion, "It Don't Mean A Thing, If It Ain't Got That Swing"; swing per se isn't the most important thing, rhythmic vitality is, and Barbecue Bob had that in spades.  Great singing as usual.

Don't your room seem lonesome when your gal pack up and leave?
Don't your room seem lonesome when your gal pack up and leave?
You may drink your moonshine, but your heart ain't never pleased

You may take my brown, you sure can't keep her long
If you take my brownie, you sure can't keep her long
I got a new way of loving, monkey mens can't catch on

SOLO

I done drunk so much whiskey, I staggers in my sleep
I done drunk so much whiskey, I staggers in my sleep
That brown in Chicago, sure Lord, worryin' me

SOLO

I wonder will the Dixie Limit' stay on that lonesome track
I wonder will the Dixie Limit' stay on that lonesome track
I want to get there, if I never come back

SOLO

There's a big red headlining in Chicago Defender news
There's a big red headlining in Chicago Defender news
Send my gal down South, got them up the country blues

Edited 1/6 to pick up correction from uncle bud

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Johnm
« Last Edit: January 06, 2013, 08:41:39 AM by Johnm »

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Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Reply #31 on: January 05, 2013, 10:32:11 AM »
Hi all,
I merged three other earlier topic from elsewhere in the Lyrics board dealing with Barbecue Bob lyrics into this thread, so his lyrics are all in one place now.
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Johnm

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Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Reply #32 on: January 05, 2013, 12:16:12 PM »
Hi John - a couple more minor things in California Blues:

They can lead me like a little Airedale, only seven weeks old
They can lead me like a little Airedale, that only seven weeks old
They can lead me to the water, shake my head, "No, no, no."

I hear an S in 3.2: They can lead me like a little Airedale, that'S only seven weeks old

He does sing Airedale clearly to me, although it seems like such a strange choice when compared with other blues dogs like greyhounds, bulldogs and hellhounds.

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The longest train I ever rode was seventy-nine coaches long
Longest train I ever rode was seventy-nine coaches long
But if the man hadn't sent me around the mountain, I'd've been gone

I hear But if the man hadn't SAVED me, 'round the mountain...

I am not sure what either statement would actually mean, whether it's saved or sent.

And then the last verse, last line: "Honey, I'm from Missouri, you have to excite me."  This is what I hear as well, although I don't quite understand it. Usually the line would be "you have to show me".
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Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Reply #33 on: January 05, 2013, 03:26:09 PM »

There's a big red headlinin' in Chicago Defender news
There's a big red headlinin' in Chicago Defender news
Send my gal down South, got them up the country blues


Just throwin' this out there, but I hear this as:

There's a big red headline in the Chicago Defender news (x2)
says/said: My gal down South's got them up the country blues

Awesome tune!
« Last Edit: January 05, 2013, 03:27:11 PM by LeftyStrat »
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Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Reply #34 on: January 05, 2013, 06:51:08 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions, uncle bud.  I took the "that's" and made the fix.  I'm going to stick with "sent" rather than "saved", I think.  The sound is not conclusively one way or the other to me, and I can imagine "sent" making sense, but can not imagine how "saved" could make sense.  I think that since Barbecue Bob was not actually from Missouri, we needn't assume that he would characterize a Missourian in accordance with the standard reputation.  "Excite" seems pretty clear to me.
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Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Reply #35 on: January 05, 2013, 06:55:24 PM »
Hi LeftyStrat,
Thanks for the suggestion.  I think your hearing of the first line makes more sense, but Barbecue Bob sings "headlining in" both times he sings the line.  There's an extra syllable in the line over the way you have it.  I think it is "Send" in the last line, because his girl is in Chicago, he's down South, and he's saying he wants her sent home, so he can lose his up the country blues.  I agree with you, it's a terrific song!
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Reply #36 on: January 06, 2013, 08:16:54 AM »
Don't your room seem lonesome when your good gal pack up and leave?
Don't your room seem lonesome when your good gal pack up and leave?
You may drink your moonshine, but your heart ain't never pleased

Hi John - re. Going Up the Country. In lines 1.1 & 1.2 I don't hear "good gal", just "gal".

Another killer song. Are you working from the Chocolate to the Bone record? Seems so from the songs you've done so far. Despite having Bob on Document, I got that one and have never regretted it, that's for sure. The sound is really quite superior and the selection of tunes is just superb. It's one of my favorite Yazoos.


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Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Reply #37 on: January 06, 2013, 08:52:43 AM »
Hi Andrew,
Thanks for the catch, I made the fix.  You guessed right--I have been working from "Chocolate To The Bone".  I don't have the complete Barbecue Bob on Document, and apart from this Yazoo compilation I just have a few fugitive tracks from various other anthologies on Yazoo, RBF and Roots.  It is a wonderful collection, and for some reason I never listened to it that much when I first got it.  It's great to be getting into Barbecue Bob so much now and seeing what I had been missing.
All best,
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Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Reply #38 on: January 06, 2013, 02:35:34 PM »
Hi all,
Barbecue Bob's recording of "She Shook Her Gin" was never released in the first place, but turned up on the Yazoo compilation, "Chocolate To The Bone".  Bob backed himself out of Spanish tuning with a slide, and it is a rocking number.  When he solos, he doubles his slide part with a scatted falsetto octave doubling that is really cool.  It was discussed in one of the earlier Barbecue Bob lyric threads, and the discussion can now be found starting on page one of this thread, but it was never exactly settled on.  I'll post what I have, with changes to the previously posted version capitalized.  Most of them are just little things, and I welcome correction/corroboration.

I got a GAL on Second Avenue
She can do THING no other girl can do
'Cause she shakes her gin, she SHAKE her gin
And YOU'RE bound to feel better, when you shake her gin

My friend went to see her on the Saturday night
What she done to him must have been all right
'Cause she shook her gin, she shakes her gin
And the way he WAS wobblin?, I know she shook her gin

Now GRANDPAPA Joe went to see her on HIS CANE
When he COME back he was shakin? that thing
'Cause she shook her gin, oh, she shook her gin
The way he was steppin?, she must have shook her gin

SOLO

THAT'S Hot Shot Jack he?s the jelly roll king
He went to see and he shook his thing
When she shook her gin, oh, she shook her gin
He shook it and rolled it but she kept shakin?her gin

Now Deacon JOE he come to town
He went to see HER and laid his bible down
'Cause she shook her gin, yes, she shook her gin
She?ll make you feel better just by shakin? her gin

I been with A GAL WAS just too tight
But THIS little girl is just alright
When she shakes her gin, yeah, she SHAKE her gin
You just can?t stop HER when SHE start to shakin? her gin

SOLO

I may be HARD and a little bit rough
But this little girl is just enough
When she shakes her gin, AH, she shakes her gin
You bound to feel better when she starts shakin? her gin

Take ON your liquor INTO WHERE you might
But shakin? that gin is just too tight
WHEN she shakes her gin, AH, she SHAKE her gin
No matter how you do it but keep on shakin? your gin

Shake it in the sun time, shake it in the shade
Nineteen THIRTY MODEL just won't 'HAVE
When YOU SHAKE YOUR gin, AH, she shook her gin
And you?re bound to feel better when she keeps shakin? her gin

All best,
Johnm
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Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Reply #39 on: January 06, 2013, 07:48:10 PM »
Hi LeftyStrat,
Thanks for the suggestion.  I think your hearing of the first line makes more sense, but Barbecue Bob sings "headlining in" both times he sings the line.  There's an extra syllable in the line over the way you have it.  I think it is "Send" in the last line, because his girl is in Chicago, he's down South, and he's saying he wants her sent home, so he can lose his up the country blues.  I agree with you, it's a terrific song!
All best,
Johnm

Hmm...could he be referring to an advertisement for the Big Red (a train, i suspect), as opposed to the actual headline, in the first two lines then? 

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Re: Barbecue Bob Lyrics
« Reply #40 on: January 07, 2013, 10:47:22 AM »
Hi LeftyStrat,
The idea of the Big Red being a train is a cool idea.  I googled last night, "Was there a train called the Big Red?", and it didn't come up with anything--the closest thing was some municipal subway lines that have a red line train.  I think the way Barbecue Bob used "headlining" would be sort of like saying "announcing in a headline", which is a hell of a lot more klunky than saying headlining.
All best,
John
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« Reply #41 on: January 07, 2013, 11:56:45 AM »
Big red headline does seem strange to me. Would any paper in the 1920s have produced a red headline? Something seems amiss. "Red" could be "read", I suppose, but then "big read headlinin'" makes no real sense. Mayor Edward Kelly was sometimes referred to as "Big Red" by blacks in Chicago, but he was mayor 2 years after Bob's death.

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« Reply #42 on: January 07, 2013, 12:12:35 PM »
I take "There's a big red headlining in Chicago Defender news" to mean that the headline in the Defender is about some woman who is big and red complexioned and whom Barbecue Bob wants sent down south so she can be with him.  A more poetic way of saying "My girl's in Chicago.  I wish she were here with me." 

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« Reply #43 on: January 07, 2013, 12:19:17 PM »
There's a similar line in Bessie Smith's "Chicago Bound Blues" from 1923--

"Big red headline, tomorrow Defender news" (x2)



It's at the end. There are several transcriptions at various websites.
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« Reply #44 on: January 07, 2013, 12:23:38 PM »
And it turns out the Defender did use red headlines, according to http://www.thefullwiki.org/Chicago_Defender:

As a northern paper, the Defender had more freedom to denounce issues outright, and its editorial position was very militant, attacking racial inequities head-on. Sensationalistic headlines, graphic images, and red ink were utilized to capture the reader's attention and convey the horrors of lynchings, rapes, assaults and other atrocities affecting black Americans. The Defender did not use the words "Negro" or "black" in its pages. Instead, African Americans were referred to as "the Race" and black men and women as "Race men" and "Race women".

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