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Tommie Bradley/James Cole Lyrics
« on: March 10, 2007, 03:05:05 AM »
Can someone please help me with the lyrics to that great song?

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Adam And Eve, T. Bradley - J. Cole help needed.
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2007, 01:34:14 PM »
Hi

I'm working on this one, and could use some help, as english is not my strong point. I'll include an mp3 to listen.

Adam And Eve

Tommie Bradley voc, gtr; James Cole vln; Eddie Dimmit mand; Richmond Ind., 27 September 1930


Adam and Eve, they?re in the Garden of Eden,
Surely must?ve shook that thing.
Adam and Eve,they?re in the Garden of Eden,
Surely must?ve shook that thing,
Because Adam said to Eve: ?You think you?re so cute,
You wouldn?t give me none of that forbidden fruit.?
Adam and Eve, they?re at the Garden of Eden,
Surely must?ve shook that thing, oh Lord,
Surely must?ve shook that thing.

Adam and Eve, they?re at the Garden of Eden,
Surely must?ve shook that thing.
Adam and Eve,they?re in the Garden of Eden,
Surely must?ve shook that thing.
They had one that's named Abel, one that's named Cain,
You know by that they must?ve shook that thing.
Adam and Eve, they?re at the Garden of Eden,
Surely must?ve shook that thing, oh Lord,
Surely must?ve shook that thing.

Here are the chord changes as far as I can tell:


||: C |  C Am7 | D7 G7 | C |

| C | C Am7 | D7 | G7 |

| C | C7(/Bb) | F(/A) | Fm(/Ab) |

| C |  C Am7 | D7 G7 | C  Am7 |

| D7 G7 | C :||

Thanks for any help

Pan

Edited as kindly suggested by dj


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Re: Adam And Eve, T. Bradley - J. Cole help needed.
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2007, 02:31:25 PM »
"They had one that's named Abel, one that's named Cain
You know by that they must've shook that thing.
Adam and Eve..."

I think everywhere you have "shooken", you should have "shook".

"English is not your strong point", eh?  You write better English than I do.   :) 

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Re: Adam And Eve, T. Bradley - J. Cole help needed.
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2007, 02:38:42 PM »
Thank you dj!

I edited my post accordingly.

Gratefully yours :)

Pan

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Re: Adam And Eve, T. Bradley - J. Cole help needed.
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2007, 10:48:15 PM »
If this is for performance or anything, you might want to fill it out with verses from Bogus Ben Covington (banjo, vocal, harmonica; 1928):

When Adam and Eve was in the Garden of Eden
They must have shook that thing
Well the leaves started fallin'
The snake started crawlin'
He must have give her a diamond ring
Adam said to Eve, "You just won't wait
Till I get out of this garden gate."
When Adam and Eve was in the Garden of Eden
They must have shook that thing

When Adam and Eve was in the Garden of Eden
They must have shook that thing
Well the leaves started fallin'
The snake started crawlin'
He must have give her a diamond ring
Eve said to Adam, "If you care for me
You'll eat this fruit from the Forbidden Tree."
When Adam and Eve was in the Garden of Eden
They must have shook that thing

When Adam and Eve was in the Garden of Eden
They must have shook that thing
Well the leaves started fallin'
The snake started crawlin'
He must have give her a diamond ring
Eve said to Adam, "Go sleep in the crib,"
Adam said to Eve, "I'm gon' sleep with my rib."
When Adam and Eve was in the Garden of Eden
They must have shook that thing

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Re: Adam And Eve, T. Bradley - J. Cole help needed.
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2007, 03:51:18 AM »
Thanks for the extra verses BB.

With only two verses, the song is quite short. especially if you play alone.

Cheers

Pan :)

p.s. I also must check out Bogus Ben Covington, who is knew to me.

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Re: Adam And Eve, T. Bradley - J. Cole help needed.
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2007, 02:41:05 PM »
Nothing to do with this song, but Adam and Eve were quite popular lyric wise, I recall they get a mention in Ellington's Chocolate Shake and can't I place the exact tune but Louis Jordan gives them a plug as well  :o
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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Re: Adam And Eve, T. Bradley - J. Cole help needed.
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2013, 01:24:05 AM »
Except I think Bradley screws up the lyrics in the second verse. He sings: "They had one named Cable, one named Nate..." instead of Abel and Cain, which would have been Biblically correct and rhymed better. I don't want to demean his knowledge about Adam and Eve's kids' names. I think it's an easy mistake to make, since usually Cain comes first in the pairing -- he combines Cain and Abel into "Cable" and then does the best with what's left!

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Window Pane Blues by Tommie Bradley
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2013, 01:30:18 PM »
Hi folks, Trying to decipher the words -- the fiddle part is so cool!!  Please give a listen and let me know if you hear something different.  Some of what I think I hear doesn't make any sense at all!
Thanks,
Suzy

Lord when I got up this morning, snow was on my window pane
I got up this morning, snow was on my window pane
I couldn?t even see my baby, Couldn?t even hear her name

Lawd and my baby?s leaving, Cryin? won?t make her stay
My baby?s leaving, cryin? won?t make her stay
Lord if I?m with you now, cry myself away

Lord and my room looks so lonesome, since my baby?s been gone
My room looks lonesome, since
Lord I ain?t got nobody, that I can call my own

Baby that you didn?t come to see me, Mama when I had so long
You didn?t come to see me, Babe when I had so long
If it?s in love with you baby, I would?ve been dead and gone

And you ain?t no good woman,You don?t mean no man no good
You no good woman, don?t mean no man no good
Lord if I don?t love you, I would not if I could


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Re: Window Pane Blues by Tommie Bradley
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2013, 01:42:31 PM »
Verse 2 line 3 I hear as closer to "Lord if crying would do nice, cry myself away" but that doesn't make much more sense either. I hear the rest as you've transcribed.


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Re: Window Pane Blues by Tommie Bradley
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2013, 02:31:39 PM »
Nice! What album is this from?

I agree with the
1.3 Lord if crying would do ?? cry myself away

3.2 is missing the "my baby?s been gone"

4.3 If IT'D BEEN love with ...

5.2 You'RE A NO ...
5.3 Lord N if I don't love you, I would not if i could


what a wonderfully obtuse set of lyrics - that 5.3 is the icing on the cake!

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Re: Window Pane Blues by Tommie Bradley
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2013, 06:20:32 PM »
It's from the Document "Tommie Bradley-James Cole Groups" CD, and it may also be on one of the Old Hat CDs (either "Violin sing the blues" or "He sure do pull some bow") but I can't remember right now.

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Re: Window Pane Blues by Tommie Bradley
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2013, 06:43:45 PM »
It's on Violin, Sing...

Also appears on JSP, A Richer Tradition and on Tompkins Square, People Take Warning, disc Man Vs Man

Verse 2 line 3 I hear as closer to "Lord if crying would do nice, cry myself away" but that doesn't make much more sense either. I hear the rest as you've transcribed.

I concur. The '??' word is tricky, I'm leaning toward 'nice' but not sure.

[edit: put a strikethough the Tompkins reference]
« Last Edit: May 08, 2013, 06:59:18 PM by Rivers »

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Re: Window Pane Blues by Tommie Bradley
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2013, 06:55:27 PM »
Jeez that was quick, must be a weenie record. You are correct sir. Quick search on 'window pane' through iTunes without double checking.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2013, 07:00:51 PM by Rivers »

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Re: Window Pane Blues by Tommie Bradley
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2013, 07:23:30 PM »
Maybe we should say that it isn't, but should be. I'll remove my post now that the correction has been made.

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Re: Window Pane Blues by Tommie Bradley
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2013, 04:07:32 AM »
I think 2.3 might be "Lord if I?m with you NIGHTS cry myself away". 

If this is what it is, I suppose there should be a comma either before or after "nights", depending on what meaning you prefer.  I'd put the comma before "nights", giving "Lord if I'm with you, nights cry myself away".

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Re: Window Pane Blues by Tommie Bradley
« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2013, 05:54:56 AM »
I think you're probably right with "nights". I'd thought it might be that instead of "nice" but my brain never parsed the line the way you did. Makes sense!


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Re: Window Pane Blues by Tommie Bradley
« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2013, 09:37:11 AM »
If it had to make sense I would suggest:

"Lord, If cryin' would do, might ... cry myself away"

but I'm not convinced logic should play any part in this one! :)

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Re: Tommie Bradley/James Cole Lyrics
« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2013, 11:08:07 AM »
Hi all,
These Cincinnati-based players had three separate song lyric threads, so I merged them into one.
All best,
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Tommie Bradley's "Four Day Blues"
« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2014, 03:21:05 PM »
Trying to decipher the last line of the second verse - here's what I've got so far. I must say that although I really like James Cole's fiddling on this one, I'd definitely have to do some rewriting if I was going to sing this. The misogynist attitude of some of these old songs makes me cringe!!

Four Day Blues -  Tommie Bradley & James Cole

Lord it?s early this morning, lord about four o?clock
Lord it?s early this morning, lord about four o?clock
There was something in my bedroom, began to reel and rock

Now have you ever been ?cused  baby, ain?t done nothing wrong (2x)
Lord it?s ?????, lord just as sure as you born

Lord but you can?t see my baby and someone else?s too
Lord you can?t see mine and, somebody else?s too
There can?t no one get you baby , lord until I get through

Oh you can always tell when a, when a woman loves a man (2x)
Lord she?ll take bad treatment and she?ll do the best that she can.

Here's a Youtube link: 



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Re: Tommie Bradley's "Four Day Blues"
« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2014, 04:23:31 PM »
Hi Suzy

Could it be

"Lord it?s a hard pill to swallow, lord just as sure as you born."?

Cheers

Pan


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Re: Tommie Bradley's "Four Day Blues"
« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2014, 07:16:35 PM »
Hi Suzy,
I think Pan got that one place, and I think in the third verse it is:
   Lord, but you can't BE my baby and someone else's too
   Lord, you can't BE mine and somebody else's, too

I"m not sure this is an improvement in terms of meaning!
I hope you're doing fine.

All best,
John

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Re: Tommie Bradley's "Four Day Blues"
« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2014, 10:34:47 PM »
Thanks you guys!  All is good here, and I was so pleased to be part of Mary Flower's weekend blues camp, Blues in the Gorge, and especially to get reaquainted with Rev. Robert Jones, who I met a number of years ago at Blues Week in Port Townsend. I've also been singing with my daughter Allegra and we're going to try to record a family band album next winter.  And Eric and I are part of an amazing new band called Blue Diamond Strings with Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin, Paul Shelasky and Paul Knight. The six of us have an enormous shared history and the music-making is so joyful. 

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« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2017, 04:11:30 PM »
Folks, I need some help figuring out the lyrics to the first (and repeated) verse of James Cole's "Where Have You Been So Long"...

I've been hearing:
"The weddings coming
And I've been wondering
Where have you been so long..."

But not sold on the first phrase.
Any help with well trained ears would be appreciated!
Thx

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Re: James Cole
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2017, 07:29:12 PM »
Hi CookinSherry,
It sounds to me like:
   Now, that is, darling,
   Lord, I've been a-wondering
   Lord, where have you been so long?

All best,
Johnm

P.S.  I moved this topic over to the Tommie Bradley/James Cole Lyrics thread.
« Last Edit: May 29, 2017, 07:35:02 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Tommie Bradley/James Cole Lyrics
« Reply #25 on: July 19, 2018, 11:17:16 AM »
Hi all,
Tommie Bradley did and ace version of "Nobody's Business If I Do", accompanying himself out of C position in standard tuning, capoed up a ways.  I don't know who the other players were on the track, but it sounds like it was just someone playing spoons or washboard.  Here is the recording:



INTRO SOLO

If I should take a notion, and jump into the ocean
Nobody's business if I do, do, love, do do
If I give her my last nickel, she leaves me in a pickle
Nobody's business if I do

SOLO

If I attend church on Sunday, and jamboree on Monday
Nobody's business if I do, do, love, do do
If I dislike my lover, and leave her for another
Nobody's business if I do

SOLO

My babes ain't got no money, I stake her all my money
Nobody's business if I do, do, love, do do
If I attend church on Sunday, and cabaret on Monday
Nobody's business if I do

SOLO

I'd rather she would hit me, then jump right up and quit me
Nobody's business if I do, do, love, do do
If I give her my last nickel, and, she leaves me in a pickle
Nobody's business if I do

SOLO

All best,
Johnm


 
« Last Edit: August 05, 2018, 08:22:19 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Tommie Bradley/James Cole Lyrics
« Reply #26 on: July 20, 2018, 03:42:25 PM »
Hi all,
Tommie Bradley and James Cole's recording of "Adam and Eve" was discussed earlier in this thread, but was never exactly nailed down.  Tommie Bradley backs himself out of C position in standard tuning.  Here is the recording, which also featured Eddie Dimmitt on mandolin and an unknown alto saxophone player:



FIDDLE INTRO SOLO

Adam and Eve, there in the Garden of Eden, surely musta shook that thing
Adam and Eve, there in the Garden of Eden, surely musta shook that thing
Because Adam said to Eve, "You think you're so cute, you wouldn't give me none of that forbidden fruit."
Adam and Eve, there in the Garden of Eden, surely musta shook that thing, oh Lord, surely musta shook that thing

FIDDLE SOLO

Adam and Eve, there in the Garden of Eden, surely musta shook that thing
Adam and Eve, there in the Garden of Eden, surely musta shook that thing
They had one was named Cabel, one was named Nate, you know by that they musta shook that thing
Adam and Eve, there in the Garden of Eden, surely musta shook that thing, oh Lord, surely must shook that thing

FIDDLE SOLO X 2

All best,
Johnm



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Re: Tommie Bradley/James Cole Lyrics
« Reply #27 on: July 21, 2018, 10:31:17 AM »
Hi all,
On "Please Don't Act That Way", Tommie Bradley, accompanying himself out of C position in standard tuning, is backed by either one mandolin tuned in octave courses or two mandolins.  I think it is two mandolins, which suggests it might be Eddie Dimmitt, the group's regular mandolin player and perhaps James Cole, switching off from fiddle.  Here is the song, with apologies to non-U.S. weenies who may not be able to view the video:



INTRO

Sometimes I wander, I want to go back home
Sometimes I wander, I want to go back home
Because my baby, have left me all alone

The clothes look lonesome, hangin' out on the line
The clothes look lonesome, hangin' out on the line
You can tell by that I've got, ramblin' on my mind

DUO MANDOLIN SOLO

And I said, "Lord, please, babe, don't act that way."
And I said, "Lord, please, babe, don't act that way.
Baby, when I leave you, I'm goin' away to stay."

I said, "Lord, what you want me to do?
Lord, what you want me to do?
I've took all my money and I, brought it home to you."

GUITAR SOLO

DUO MANDOLIN SOLO

All best,
Johnm



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Re: Tommie Bradley/James Cole Lyrics
« Reply #28 on: July 22, 2018, 11:09:46 AM »
Hi all,
"When You're Down And Out" was Tommie Bradley's version of "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out".  He played his version out of C position, where the song is most often played by guitarists working in the style, and he was backed once again by two mandolins (Eddie Dimmitt and James Cole?).  It doesn't sound like Tommie Bradley singing, but I don't know his musical associates well enough to hazard a plausible guess as to who else it might be.  Here is the group's performance of "When You're Down And Out":



INTRO

Lord, oncet I lived the life of a millionaire, spendin' my money, but I did not care
Take all my friends out for a good time, buyin' moonshine liquor, champagne and wine
But when I got busted then I fell so low, didn't have no friends and no place to go
If I get my hands on a dollar 'gain, gonna hold to it until the eagle grins

Nobody knows you, when you're down and out
In your pocket, not one penny, and your friends, you have not any
If I get lucky and I get on my feet again, then I want to meet my long-lost friends
Honest and true now, without a doubt, nobody knows you when you're down and out,
Lord, I mean when you're down and out

MANDOLIN SOLO

Well, I say nobody knows you, when you're down and out
In your pocket, not one penny, and your friends, you have not any
If I get lucky and I get on my feet again, then I want to meet my long-lost friends
Honest and true now, without a doubt, nobody wants you when you're down and out
Lord, I mean when you're down and out

MANDOLIN SOLO

All best,
Johnm


 
   


 


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