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Offline pete12string

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #195 on: October 25, 2012, 04:12:17 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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John, I think you're right about the "all year" being very quick and slurred together.  "Love her all year" would make sense for that line, but I keep hearing the word "Know" or maybe "Now" - I suppose both "Love" and "Know/Now" having the O sound, might be making me think I hear "Know".  Probably the best thing for now is to give listening to it a break - I think I'll try using your suggestion, "Love her all year".  It makes more sense in the context.

Thanks!
Pete

 

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #196 on: October 25, 2012, 04:13:33 PM »
definitely in vestapol, tuned down to about A or lower. definitely an octave on the 2nd string. the whole LoC session has it.

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #197 on: October 25, 2012, 04:17:31 PM »
John, I agree w/ the 'love her all year' .. fits the summer fall context. ..Frankie, thanks, that's what I suspected..  Tom

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #198 on: October 25, 2012, 06:23:23 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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Johnm

John, definitely what I am hearing now as well. And makes the most sense to boot.


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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #199 on: October 25, 2012, 07:07:25 PM »
But there's something after 'all in all' I reckon. 'Long gone' or 'done gone' are my guesses, without counting syllables, which I may do when I get through blocking the juke dedication spammer.

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #200 on: October 25, 2012, 07:32:03 PM »
The end of the line is just "oh lord", the beginning of the next line sung as a pick-up.

The above is what follows the line, Mark.
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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #201 on: October 25, 2012, 08:02:56 PM »
Got it. I'll listen again.
« Last Edit: October 25, 2012, 08:04:27 PM by Rivers »

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #202 on: October 26, 2012, 08:24:12 AM »
definitely in vestapol, tuned down to about A or lower. definitely an octave on the 2nd string. the whole LoC session has it.


Frank,

What's the "LoC session"?  I'd be interested in checking it out!

Thanks,
Pete

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #203 on: October 26, 2012, 08:43:47 AM »
What's the "LoC session"?

Library of Congress session = 1940 Lomax recordings, available e.g. in Document BDCD-6001

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Re: Lyrics to Blind Willie McTell's "Chainey"
« Reply #204 on: October 26, 2012, 10:46:32 AM »
L(ibrary)o(f) C(ongress) Sessions - turns out that's the recording of "Chainey" that I have.  I guess that's Lomax at the beginning of the recording saying "Go ahead and play it". 

Also, I tried it out tuning down to A Vestapol - that's it!  It flows out so smoothly now.  Thanks for that tip!!!  Great stuff.   :)

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #205 on: November 08, 2012, 06:39:21 PM »
Hi all,
I merged the thread on Willie McTell's "Chainey" into the existing Willie McTell Lyrics thread.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #206 on: July 01, 2014, 12:17:33 PM »
Talkin' To You Mama - Pig 'n Whistle Red



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I wonder why the rooster, crows early in the morning 'fore day
Let the hustling man know that the working man is on his way

She'll get up in the morning, about an hour and a half 'fore day
Say she'll give you your breakfast, then rush you away

She'll say come in sweet papa, come o'er work-ox done gone
But I swear she can't tell when work-ox coming back home

That one thing about women,  I ain't never learned to understand
Cook corn bread for the husband, biscuit for the doggone man

I've got two women, swear ya can't tell 'em apart
I got one in my bosom, the other one in my heart

Oh now the one in my bosom, somewhere in Tennessee
But the one in my heart, don't give a darn for me

Now I got three women, that's a yella, brown and black
Take the governor of the U.S to judge the one I like

One of (them) Tennessee yella, one's an Alabama brown
One of 'em a Florida black, yeah, she'll turn ya damper down

Play it!

Well you can't watch your wife, watch your kid-gal, too
But you're watching that kid-gal, I'm telling what that wife might do

Now the rooster he's outdoors, just praying to the hen upstairs
You can (get) another man, but I'm a get me another girl

I want all you men, strictly understand
every front-door woman have a doggone back-door man

Play it!

I used to say a married woman, was the sweetest woman ever was born
Then would break your heart, the booger(?) got to go back home

Now love ain't nothing, single women loving married men
Well It'll do for a while, but It'll jam you at the end

I wanna tell you, hot mama, exactly who I am
When I walk out of my front door, hear my back door slam (Now play it)

Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord
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« Last Edit: July 16, 2020, 05:52:04 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #207 on: July 01, 2014, 02:19:24 PM »
In the seventh verse, I think that's "Take the governor of the U.S. to judge the one I like"; also, I'm hearing the ninth verse as

Well you can't watch your wife, watch your kid-gal, too
While you're watching that kid-gal, no telling what that wife might do

Todd Brown

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #208 on: July 02, 2014, 02:30:34 AM »
Thanks for the help, Todd.  I've changed those parts.

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #209 on: October 12, 2014, 08:05:58 AM »
Bell Street Lightnin - Willie McTell 1933



Gumbo put up the 1935 version "Bell St.Blues" a couple of years ago.
The song is clearly based on Sloppy Henry's "Canned Heat Blues" recorded in Atlanta in 1928. (Posted separately)

I lay down in Bell Street,  just as drunk as I can be
I'm down in Bell Street,  just as drunk as I can be
Seems like them Bell St. crow janes done got rough with me

She'lldrink so much Bell St. whiskey they won't sell her no more
I drink so much Bell St. whiskey they won't sell her no more
Got the cans and the labels lying all around her door

This Bell St. whiskey'll make you sleep all in your clothes
This Bell St. whiskey'll make you sleep all in your clothes
When you wake up next morning, feel like you have laid outdoors

You can get some booze down on Bell St. at two bits and a half a pint
You can get booze down on Bell St. at two bits and a half a pint
Say it'll make you [cuss the judge] out the jailhouse door

Walked in my room, the other night
Man come in, he want to fight
Took my gun, my right hand
Hold me people, I don't want to kill no man
We I said that, rapped me across my head
The first shot I fired and the man fell dead
I said canned heat whisky drove me to the county jail
Got me laid back here in my bunk and got nobody to go my bail
« Last Edit: July 16, 2020, 05:52:58 PM by Johnm »

 


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