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That's the guitar I play all the time. My children wanted to get it for me as a birthday present so they borrowed money from me to buy it - Jerry Ricks, on his Martin D76 guitar (a US Bicentennial model)

Author Topic: Sam Collins Lyrics  (Read 23451 times)

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Re: Sam Collins Lyrics
« Reply #105 on: December 19, 2010, 05:19:35 PM »
Thanks very much for the help LD50.  As soon as I read your post, I could hear Sam singing "come" in that verse rather than "comes", just as you said.  I've made the correction.
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Re: Sam Collins Lyrics
« Reply #106 on: June 22, 2011, 08:58:41 AM »
Hi all,
Sam Collins recorded "Signifying Blues" in 1931, accompanying himself with a slide in Vestapol.  His playing is very strong here, and on a couple of occasions he goes to a two-fingered IV chord at the base of the neck, something he did not do on his earlier recordings.  The way he goes long on the taglines to his second and third verses is unusual and really effective--in the second verse it's almost as though he did a lyrics break on that one line.  I hadn't listened to him for a little while and returned the last two days--what a singer!  Here is "Signifying Blues":



   My woman signify that my blacksnake was dead
   My woman signify my blacksnake was dead
   But she never knowed it until I went to bed

   I want to tell everybody what a signifyin' man will do
   I'm gonna tell everybody what a signifyin' man will do
   He will come to my house and he talk about you,
   Go to your house and talk about me,
   But he better learn, he ain't gonna signify no more

   Lord, this signifyin' man, I'll tell you what it's all about
   He's a signifyin' man, I'll tell you what it's all about
   She looked down the street and seen me comin'
   She put that low-down rascal out

   I'm gonna tell you what you ought to do
   I'm gonna tell you what you ought to do
   If you don't b'lieve me you can aks everybody in my neighborhood

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Johnm
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Re: Sam Collins Lyrics
« Reply #107 on: June 30, 2011, 11:55:06 AM »
Hi all,
Sam Collins recorded "I'm Still Sitting on Top of the World" in 1931, accompanying himself with a slide in Vestapol.  I realize that I'm inclined to assume that cover performances are by definition somewhat second-rate, despite having encountered numerous instances in which cover performances are superlative, like Robert Pete Williams' version of "Louise".  "I'm Still Sitting on Top of the World" is another example of a terrific cover of a popular number.  Sam Collins' singing is wonderful, as per usual for him, and his playing is every bit as strong.  His lyrics are different than those of the original, too, except for the refrain, and are mostly not ones I've heard elsewhere.  Once again, I'm having a tough time hearing some of the lyrics, and would very much appreciate help with the problem spots.  Here is "I'm Still Sitting On Top of the World":



   SOLO

   The day you left me, you throwed me down
   Went and hurt me so bad, babe, talk's over town
   REFRAIN: And now she's gone, I sure don't worry
   I'm sitting on top of the world

   Because I'm broke, all down and out
   You up and quit me and put me out
   REFRAIN: And now she's gone, and I ain't gon' worry
   I'm sitting on top of the world

   Went to the Nations, lived town to town
   Gonna catch me the first train, I've got to go
   REFRAIN:  And now she's gone, and I ain't gon' worry
   I'm sitting on top of the world

   You brushed my jumper, my overhalls
   Goin' up to the station, meet the Cannonball
   REFRAIN: And now she's gone, and I ain't gon' worry
   I'm sitting on top of the world

   I'd rather walk the streets all night
   To be uneasy, be treated right
   REFRAIN: And now she's gone, and I ain't gonna worry
   I'm sitting on top of the world

   I give 'er my money and a diamond ring
   Now come her fatmouth, beat me shakin' that thing
   REFRAIN: And now she's gone, and I ain't gon' worry
   I'm sitting on top of the world

   The day you left me, goin' almost blind
   I write you a letter for speakin' back
   REFRAIN: And now she's gone, and I ain't gon' worry
   I'm sitting on top of the world

All best,
Johnm 
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Re: Sam Collins Lyrics
« Reply #108 on: December 05, 2015, 11:45:31 PM »
Well, I might's well get in on this.

This is the only Sam Collins tune I have (I guess he's not a big favorite on anthology compliers), Graveyard Digger's Blues.

Very unusual. The repeated line (I ain't got no lovin' baby now) is the last line of one verse and the first line of the next.

Guitar could use a tuning.

I have trouble with the bracketed parts. I'll post an .MP3 a bit later.

Graveyard Digger’s Blues

Sam Collins

Introduction (2 bars)

1) I went to the grave and I fell down on my knees.
I said "Graveyard digger, give me back my fair brown please".
Lord I ain’t got no lovin’ baby now.

2) I ain’t got no lovin’ baby now.
I went to the line, Lord some old train will run.
Take me back, to my baby, honey where I come from, Lord.
I ain’t got no lovin’ baby now.

3) I ain’t got me no mo’ lovin’ baby now.
I’d rather be dead, and buried in my grave.
Then to be ‘round here, mama treated this a-way, honey.
I ain’t got no lovin’ baby now.

4) Instrumental verse

5) I ain’t got no lovin’ baby now.
Said I dreamed last night, my bed was fallin’ down.
But it ‘twas my woman, she was makin’ her last go round, Lord.
I ain’t got no lovin’ baby now.

6) ‘Cus I ain’t got no lovin’ baby now.
I’d rather see my coffin come rollin’ in my door.
Hear my woman say, that she don’t want me no more, Lord.
I ani’t got no lovin’ baby now.

7) I ain’t got no lovin’ baby now.
My baby done quit me, b’lieve she throwed me down.
It would hurt me so bad, but the talk’s all over town, Lord.
I ain’t got no lovin’ baby now.

Alex

Note: edited to reflect Johnm comments below.


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I been playing this, and it's A position chord progression It's in standard but the tuning is lower than D, the chords are A, A7, D, Dm, E,E7, A,A, B7,E, A...  B,B7,E, A. But you know... there's a lot of bridge single notes, alternating bass and other than simple chords...
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Re: Sam Collins Lyrics
« Reply #109 on: June 24, 2020, 04:58:37 PM »
Hi all,
I got back in this thread and added links to Sam Collins' performances of all of the songs.  Enjoy!
All best,
Johnm

 


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