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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #270 on: October 18, 2020, 10:10:26 AM »
Hi Harry,
That's a great tune. I'm hearing a few things differently:
 
   1.2 COULD I get you . . .
   2.3 (Spoken: Play that thing for me, boy!)
   4.1 Going to Savannah, T' make some jack
   4.4 (Spoken: Aw, play it for me now.)
   5.3 (Spoken: Yeah!)
   6.1 . . . like SANTY CLAU'
   7.2 She gets to SHOOK IT like a shaggy dog

All best,
Johnm 

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #271 on: October 18, 2020, 04:11:46 PM »
Thanks both,  I don't hear your 4.1 suggestion John.

Santa Claus/Santy Claw bit is still puzzling me. Could be "Santa Claus" with a very weird speech.
I might incorporate spoken parts in my future transcriptions.

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #272 on: October 18, 2020, 04:24:27 PM »
Hi Harry,
4.1 he says "to make some jack" (earn some money), but elides the vowel sound at the end of "to". That's what I was suggesting. You need an infinitive there. He is saying "Santa Claus", but pronouncing it "Santy Clau' or "Claw", as Lyndvs had it. Santa Claus looms large in blues lyrics, and not for giving gifts.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #273 on: October 18, 2020, 04:42:42 PM »
Ah, should have checked "Barrelhouse Words" first;

Santa Claus - Pudenda

Mississippi Bracy - Cherry Ball
Won't give my baby no more cherry ball
Lord, she may get drunk, Lord, and show her Santa Claus
« Last Edit: October 18, 2020, 04:57:07 PM by harry »

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #274 on: December 27, 2020, 02:21:42 PM »
Low Rider's Blues


Blind Willie McTell Ė Vocals, Guitar
Curley Weaver - Guitar

October 31, 1931
Atlanta, Georgia





You called me a low rider I'm going back to Tennessee
I say you called me a low rider and I'm going back to Tennessee
And mama there's no reason why baby you should mistreat poor me

Baby you may quit your daddy change your lock and key
I say you may quit your daddy change your lock and key
But I mean it donít matter aw doggone with me

I got womens in Georgia Alabama and Tennessee
I got womens down here in Georgia Alabama and Tennessee
So I don't let no white gals worry me

Your good corn whiskey baby driving your daddy to ruin
I say your good corn whiskey driving your daddy to ruin
And this is one lesson baby I want you to learn

I love good corn whiskey but baby itís no good for me
I says I love my good corn whiskey but it ain't no good for me
But it tried to ruin you baby and you tried to mistreat poor me

Iíll be your doctor Lord and pay your doctor bill
I says Iíll be your doctor and pay your doctorís bill
And if corn whiskey donít kill ya baby I wonder what will
« Last Edit: December 28, 2020, 02:42:52 PM by Harry »

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #275 on: December 28, 2020, 02:37:07 PM »
Hi Harry,
I've got a couple of changes that are grammatical.
   3.1 and 3.2--it should be "womens", no apostrophe. "Women's" would either be a possessive, which it is not in this context, or a contraction, "women is", which it is not either. "Womens", "mens" and "peoples", are all double plural collective nouns that turn up a lot in blues lyrics.
   4.1 and 4.2--it should be "your good corn whiskey", not "you're good corn whiskey", which would mean "you are good corn whiskey".
I've made the changes in Weeniepedia.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Blind Willie McTell lyrics
« Reply #276 on: December 28, 2020, 02:51:30 PM »
English is not my first language so these grammatical errors probably will appear in my transcriptions from time to time.
Thanks for adding the song in Weeniepedia.

 


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