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We used to go to different people's houses, you know. In those days I mean they could hear music and - if somebody could play an instrument, man, they would get up at night, from one o'clock; and they'd fix food and they'd have drinks and they'd stay up till five, six o'clock in the morning and give you money. It wasn't a dance but a serenade; we'd go from house to house. In those days there wasn't too much things like juke boxes, high fidelity sound, wasn't nothing like that then; and whenever somebody could play and could play well, he was considered as somebody; he could go anywhere and he had it made, you know? - Baby Doo Caston, on playing music in Natchez in the 1920s, interview with Jeff Todd Titon

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Offline pete12string

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Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #180 on: October 23, 2012, 02:07:52 PM »
I tried to transcribe the lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey".  Any help, comments, suggestions on what I've come up with is greatly appreciated!  I marked one spot (?) in particular that I had no idea what was being sung. 

Thanks in advance!  Pete



Chainey, Chainey, she?s dead and gone
Left me here to carry this good time on
Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like-a Chainey do

Chainey, Chainey, she?s an angel above
Nobody love me like the girl I love
Oh, Lord, Lord, Lord, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like-a Chainey do

Chainey, Chainey, poor girl?s dead
I look on the pillow where she laid her head
Lord, Lord, Lord, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like-a Chainey do

Chainey, Chainey, she left me here 
Nothin? more that I?ll have to fear
But a Lord, Lord, Lord, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like Chainey do

Poor girl?s dead, ain?t it sad
She left me here now ain?t it bad
Good Lord, Lord, Lord, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like Chainey do

Chainey, Chainey, poor girl be gone
Left me here now to weep and moan
 Oh, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like Chainey do

Chainey, Chainey, she?s gone down
Nobody here now to take me around
Oh, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like-a Chainey do

I even loved her in the summer also in the fall
?Know? a  year she?s my all in all
Oh, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like Chainey do

Chainey, Chainey, poor girl?s dead
Go look on the pillow where she laid her head
Oh, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like Chainey do

She just left me this afternoon
Let?s go looking, poor girl?s room
Oh, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like-a Chainey do

Lord, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like-a Chainey do
« Last Edit: July 16, 2020, 05:49:41 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #181 on: October 24, 2012, 10:36:52 AM »
I love this song, and love playing it.  I think your lyrics are mostly good..I hear:
v2 "..nobody like her like the girl I love
v3  .."go look on .."
v4 tough one  "..know" is basically what I hear and what seems to make sense
v10 "..let's go look in .."

I'm most unsure about v4 'know' .  I've slowed it down in Transcribe and it's still obscure. 
Hope this helps..Tom

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #182 on: October 24, 2012, 02:36:47 PM »
Hey Tom,
Thanks for the help.  All of your suggestions sound correct after going back and listening yet again!  I've made those changes.  I still struggle with the line

?Know? a  year she?s my all in all

Anybody with any clue what Mr. McTell is singing here please chime in!

Pete

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #183 on: October 24, 2012, 04:48:59 PM »
 don't have this one but youtube does! Well most of it!
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i'd say the line is "Nobody else, she's my all in all"
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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #184 on: October 24, 2012, 04:50:51 PM »
All I can contribute to the mystery line is an attempted phonetic translation of what I hear, with no attempt to make sense of it:

Knowin' here she's lon', a lon' lon' bar

or

Nobody here she's lon', a lon' lon' bar

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #185 on: October 24, 2012, 05:42:43 PM »
Sounds like "Love her here, she's my all in all" to me.
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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #186 on: October 24, 2012, 06:11:10 PM »
I concur it might well be 'Love her here . . .'

Not sure about the end of the line, there's something after all-in-all. Maybe '. . . she's my all-in-all, long gone'.

Which makes sense. I think we're getting pretty close.
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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #187 on: October 24, 2012, 08:40:28 PM »
The end of the line is just "oh lord", the beginning of the next line sung as a pick-up.

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #188 on: October 25, 2012, 07:00:34 AM »
"..nothin' more that I'll have to give"..

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #189 on: October 25, 2012, 09:00:10 AM »
Thought I'd mention that the tagline in some verses is sung "Nobody rock me like old Chainey do" (and I think it's "like old" in the taglines, not like-a).
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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #190 on: October 25, 2012, 01:24:30 PM »
Chris, agreed, I hear 'rock' three times..

So this song is unusual for BWM in that he's in open D, w/o slide.  Octave 2nd string?  Tom
« Last Edit: October 25, 2012, 01:25:51 PM by onewent »

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #191 on: October 25, 2012, 02:05:17 PM »
Here's the new and improved version - Thanks to all the input. 
I still can't hear the line
?Know? a  year she?s my all in all
clearly.  After listening to it again and again (what seems like a thousand times!) my best guess is
Now all year she?s my all in all

I think I hear "rock" instead of "love" in v1 but it sounds like "love" in the rest of the verses.  onewent, what verses do you hear "rock"?  The only time I can clearly make out "old Chainey" is the last line.  I'm not so sure about the rest.  But hey - whatever - I think it is pretty close now.  If you think there are spots that are not correct, please let me know.  I'll keep listening - that's half the fun!  Thanks again!!!

Chainey, Chainey, she?s dead and gone
Left me here to carry this good time on
Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Nobody rock me like-a Chainey do

Chainey, Chainey, she?s an angel above
Nobody like her like the girl I love
Oh, Lord, Lord, Lord, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like-a Chainey do

Chainey, Chainey, poor girl?s dead
Go look on the pillow where she laid her head
Lord, Lord, Lord, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like-a Chainey do

Chainey, Chainey, she left me here 
Nothin? more that I?ll have to fear
But a Lord, Lord, Lord, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like Chainey do

Poor girl?s dead, ain?t it sad
She left me here now ain?t it bad
Good Lord, Lord, Lord, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like Chainey do

Chainey, Chainey, poor girl be gone
Left me here now to weep and moan
Oh, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like Chainey do

Chainey, Chainey, she?s gone down
Nobody here now to take me around
Oh, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like-a Chainey do

I even loved her in the summer also in the fall
Now all year she?s my all in all
Oh, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like Chainey do

Chainey, Chainey, poor girl?s dead
Go look on the pillow where she laid her head
Oh, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like Chainey do

She just left me this afternoon
Let?s go look in, poor girl?s room
Oh, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like-a Chainey do

Lord, Lordy, Lord
Nobody love me like old Chainey do


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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #192 on: October 25, 2012, 02:41:26 PM »
v1 'rock me' instead 'love'
v4 'give' instead of 'fear'
v8 'know all year she's my all and all' and 'nobody rock me..' in that verse

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #193 on: October 25, 2012, 03:57:10 PM »
I think the second line in verse eight is:  "Love her all year, she's my all in all", with "all year" very quick and  slurred together.  I don't hear a "know" or "no" sound at the front end of the line at all.
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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #194 on: October 25, 2012, 04:05:08 PM »
Chris, agreed, I hear 'rock' three times..

So this song is unusual for BWM in that he's in open D, w/o slide.  Octave 2nd string?  Tom

Do you think this was played in Vestapol tuning?  I'm tuned down B to B standard tuning and play it basically out of the "D" chord position.  I'll have to play around with it in Vestapol...

 


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