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I've been sick with the flu, then I had pneumonia on both sides... that was two weeks before Christmas, but now, all the blues I've been playin', think I'll give y'all a couple of church numbers. I ain't never through with the blues yet, but you know, I gotta get well first before I play too many blues. Church songs now, cause, you know, I might die... - Furry Lewis, 1969, from Fourth & Beale, Lucky Seven CD9202

Author Topic: Lyrics by BB Hawkins, Patton, etc.  (Read 8352 times)

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Offline banjochris

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Re: Lyrics by BB Hawkins, Patton, etc.
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2007, 11:45:35 AM »
I got your message -- I think I must have posted my last thing at the same time you were editing your post. You definitely have that right with the "I'm the only man" -- good work.


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Re: Lyrics by BB Hawkins, Patton, etc.
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2007, 11:15:54 AM »
Thanks everyone for such attentive listening. The disc should appear in March or April (latest) and I'll post info then.

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Re: Lyrics by BB Hawkins, Patton, etc.
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2007, 12:24:26 PM »
I've just spent a lot of time listenint to the "That's called that ..." section of "A Rag", trying it at different speeds and with different EQs, and I'm 90% convinced that the full phrase is "That's called that sharp ball."  I'd had an idea that it might be "sharp balling", with the "i" sort of swallowed and the "g" dropped so it was pronounced "sharp balln", but I just can't find an "n" on the end of the phrase.

Then it occurred to me, in a bit of a "D'oh!" moment, that "A Rag" is on the Revenant Charley Patton boxed set, so its lyrics are transcribed there.  Dick Spottswood and crew agree with "I'm the only man can play this here rag, call it "A Rag"", but unfortunately give the line currently in question as "That's called that "shocko".", with "shocko" presumably carrying the definition: "Darned if we can tell, but it sounds like this".  Not a lot of help!

So unless someone convinces me otherwise, I'll live out the rest of my days hearing "That's called that sharp ball".


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