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Author Topic: Booker White Lyrics  (Read 18343 times)

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Offline bob long

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Booker White Lyrics
« on: July 01, 2006, 08:53:53 AM »
Can anybody help me with the lyrics of this song? Thanks in anticipation
« Last Edit: January 02, 2011, 03:13:42 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Bukka White: Jitterbug Swing
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2006, 03:40:31 PM »
Hi Bob, what have you got so far?

Also, RB just posted this song in the Back Porch - have you listened to his version?
« Last Edit: July 01, 2006, 03:41:44 PM by Slack »

Offline Stuart

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Re: Bukka White: Jitterbug Swing
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2006, 06:58:26 PM »
You can also check here:

http://www.dylan61.se/taft.htm

The accuracy and completeness leave something to be desired, but its better than nothing.

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Re: Bukka White: Jitterbug Swing
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2006, 07:01:37 PM »
Bob;

I found these lyrics on line at http://www.harptab.com/lyrics/ly2886.shtml   The lyrics I used on my recording are my take from listening to the original.

Thanks; RB

by
Booker T. Washington White a.k.a. Bukka White
recording of 19
from
The Complete Sessions 1930-1940 (Travelin' Man 3)
&
The Complete Bukka White (Columbia CK-52782)
Hey, come on you women, let's do the
Jitterbug
swing
When you do the Jitterbug swing, you know you will be doing a thing
Hey, I can't stand it long, I'm telling you women, I can't stand it long
Hey, every time I ask you, you won't let me follow you home
You must have some
rounder
, lyin' in your arms
Hey, you women workin' on my nerves
Hey, you women workin' on my nerves
Hey, you gonna drive me in my blood
Hey, please, m'am, don't say, "Uh uh"


Offline bob long

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Re: Bukka White: Jitterbug Swing
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2006, 03:42:05 AM »
Thanks guys!.....Very helpful!!!

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The Promise True and Grand
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2008, 10:09:44 AM »
Hi all -

The song "The Promise True and Grand" by Booker White came up in my random listening today. Does anyone know if it is based on a particular hymn or religious text? The lyrics seem like they're "pre-existing", i.e. not written by Booker. The song structure, too, seems to be coming from somewhere else. I don't have much familiarity with hymns and the like (being a heathen and all).

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Po' Boy Lyrics Bukka White
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2010, 07:35:53 PM »
Can anyone help with the lyrics for Charlie Patton's "Po' Boy." It is very difficult to make them out from the recording that I have.

I have amended this message since I originally wrote Charlie Patton when I meant to say Bukka White.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2010, 03:35:31 AM by littledog »
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Re: Po' Boy Lyrics Charlie Patton
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2010, 02:11:04 PM »
Hi littledog,
Do you mean "Poor Me"?
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Po' Boy Lyrics Charlie Patton
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2010, 03:31:54 AM »
Thanks Johnm.  I actually meant to say Bukka White....well the names are similar aren't they?  Seriously, I have a recording of Bukka White singing Poor Boy Long Way From Home (named on my version accessed from Limewire as "Po' Boy") I think the audio is taken from a film clip that is on YouTube. My problem is that whenever I try to find the lyrics I get something quite different to what he is singing on the clip. There is also a YouTube clip of KeniLee Burgess singing Poor Boy A Long Way Fom Home, but again his lyrics are not those sung on the Bukka White clip.
All the best
Littledog
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Offline banjochris

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Re: Po' Boy Lyrics Bukka White
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2010, 12:27:43 PM »
The problem is he sang it differently every time. If you could find the particular clip that would help.

Offline LD50

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Re: Po' Boy Lyrics Bukka White
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2010, 05:31:52 PM »
Do you mean the version of 'Poor Boy' that White recorded for Lomax in 1939?

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Re: Po' Boy Lyrics Bukka White
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2010, 11:37:04 PM »
I think this may be the Youtube clip under discussion :

Offline littledog

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Re: Po' Boy Lyrics Bukka White
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2010, 06:55:02 PM »
Yep that's the clip. Can anyone here the lyrics clearer than I can?
littledog

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Re: Po' Boy Lyrics Bukka White
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2010, 05:22:10 PM »
Po' Boy he was travellin'
he's heading on the road
Po' Boy he got hungry
he didn't even have nowhere to room

Po' Boy says a hateful
till evening sun go down
he say me rock fill my pillow
and the cold ground was sleeping frame

Po' Boy momma's come to see him
boys [sic] is heading river bound
when she looked and seen him
Oh she went screamin' and cryin'

She said to her Mother
Po' Boy must [sic] river bound
Oh she kneeled on her knee
Oh how Ole momma scream and cryin'

(spoken) Love her boy

`Fore she says goodbye
your mother's going to leave you alone
she says you be a good boy
you'll be home by and by
LISTEN TO BLUES MUSIC

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Re: Bukka White: Jitterbug Swing
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2010, 03:29:35 PM »
Hi all,
I was listening to "Bukka White--The Vintage Recordings (1930-1940), Document DOCD-5679 today, and found I was hearing this the best I've ever heard it.  This is what I heard today.  Booker White and Washboard Sam belong in the Time Hall of Fame for this rendition.  Here is "Jitterbug Swing":



   He-e-y, come all you women, let's us do the Jitterbug Swing
   Come all you women, let's us do the Jitterbug Swing
   When you do the Jitterbug Swing, then you know you will be doin' the thing

   He-e-y, I can't stand this long
   I'm telling you women, I can't stand this long
   He-e-ey, every time I aks you, you won't let me follow you home
   You must have some rounder layin' in your arms

   He-e-ey, you women workin' on my nerve
   Hey, you women, workin' on my nerve
   He-e-y, you gonna drive it in my blood

   He-e-ey, please, ma'am, don't say "Unh uh"

All best,
Johnm   
« Last Edit: June 17, 2020, 06:53:35 AM by Johnm »

 


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