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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #165 on: May 16, 2015, 12:06:38 PM »
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller accompanied himself out of E position in standard tuning for "Baby You Got To Do Better", a 12-bar chorus blues covered later by Dan Pickett.  Fuller's playing on this song shows a strong Buddy Moss influence.

SOLO

My woman went out this mornin', stayed out 'til both day and night
Come back jivin' me, say, "Daddy, I'm treatin' you right."
REFRAIN: Mama, you got to do better, babe, you got to do better
Babe, you got to do better, let another mama move in

I'm not rough, don't like to fight
Next woman I get she got to treat me right
REFRAIN: Baby, you got to do better, mama, you got to do better
Baby, you got to do better, let another mama move in

I met a gal this mornin', she was sixteen years old
Say, if I would beat your woman she would satisfy my soul
REFRAIN: Baby, you got to do better, (Spoken: Yes you is) baby, you got to do better
Baby, you got to do better, let another mama move in

SOLO (Spoken: Play that thing now, boy!)

Mama, you know you been talkin', 'bout you goin' and goin'
This mornin' will be your movin' time
REFRAIN:  Babe, you got to do better, (Spoken: That's what I'm talkin' 'bout) babe, you got to do better
Baby, you got to do better, let another mama move in

Get out of my kitchen, stop your hangin' around
You know a man gets tired of one woman all the time
REFRAIN: Baby, you got to do better, baby, you got to do better
Baby, you got to do better, let another mama move in

All best,
Johnm


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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #166 on: May 17, 2015, 09:10:50 AM »
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller was in C position in standard tuning for his recording of "Throw Your Yas Yas Back In Jail".  The song is one of the many 16-bar (18 bars with the tag) raggy progressions that he recorded.  He passes through an E7 chord on his way to A7 and hits a notable "sick" bend when he gets to A7.  He was either bending the second string at the first fret, a move that always amazes me, or reefing on the third string at the fifth fret, a much easier bend but less "under the hand".

If I catch you doin' I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail
If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail
Says, you told that man you were sixteen years old
Had him 'round the window tryin' to see your jellyroll, now,
If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail, I mean,
Your yas yas back in jail (Spoken: Yeah!)

SOLO

If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail
If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail
Said, a-when I'm on my wagon tryin' to sell a little coal
You was in the street, hollerin', "Who wants jellyroll?", now
If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail, I mean it,
Throw your yas yas back in jail (Spoken: Yeah!)

SCAT BREAK

If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail
If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail
Says, it's early this mornin', 'bout half past four
Seen a man runnin' out my woman's back door, now
If I catch you doin' what I caught you doin' last night, throw your yas yas back in jail, I mean it,
Throw your yas yas back in jail (Spoken: Yeah!)

SOLO (Scat singing on bridge)

All best,
Johnm


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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #167 on: May 20, 2015, 01:35:35 PM »
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller accompanied himself out of E position in standard tuning for "Sweet Honey Hole", and was joined by Bull City Red on washboard.  The song has a lively rhythm and shows a lot of Buddy Moss influence in the guitar part, utilizing a lot of the moves that Buddy recorded on "Hey Lawdy Mama". 

SOLO

Sweet honey, sweet honey hole
I say, sweet honey, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my soul

Said, I want my honey every morning, late at night
If I don't get my honey, don't b'lieve I'm treated just right
REFRAIN: Sweet honey hole, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my soul

Says, I want my honey in the mornin', late at night
If I don't get my honey don't b'lieve I'm treated just right
REFRAIN: Sweet honey hole, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my soul

Now, you talk about your pork chops and your jellyroll
Ain't anything sweeter than my sweet honey hole
REFRAIN: Sweet honey hole, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my soul

SOLO (Spoken: Yeah!)

Now, you talk about your honey, you haven't taste mine
You taste your honey, you gwonna lose your mind
REFRAIN: Sweet honey hole, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my roll

Now, you talk about your honey, better leave mine alone
You taste my honey, your woman can't keep you home
REFRAIN: Sweet honey hole, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my soul

Says, I can't see, to save my life
What a single man want with a married woman wife
REFRAIN: She got a sweet honey, sweet honey hole
Says, it even take my honey, satisfy my soul

All best,
Johnm

« Last Edit: May 20, 2015, 01:40:25 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #168 on: May 21, 2015, 06:32:54 AM »
Hi all,
This thread starts with Blind Boy Fuller's "Walking My Troubles Away", but the transcription was never completed. Fuller played the song out of the E position in standard tuning; it is a 12-bar chorus blues with an unusually pretty melody.  Fuller's opening solo is spectacular, as are his fills throughout the course of his rendition.  Here is his performance of the song:



Paperboy holl'in', "Extra!  Have you read the news?"
Shot the brown I love, I got them walkin' blues
REFRAIN: I keep on walkin', tryin' to walk my trouble away
I'm so glad trouble don't last always

You used to be my sweet milk, you soured on me
We won't be together like we used to be
REFRAIN: I keep on walkin', tryin' to walk my trouble away
I'm so glad trouble don't last always

I got the bad luck blues, my bad luck time done come
You say bad luck followin' everybody, seem like I'm the only one
REFRAIN: I keep on walkin', tryin' to walk my trouble away
I'm so glad trouble don't last always

SOLO (Spoken: Play that thing now, boy!)

I got coffee grinds in my coffee, boll weevil in my meal
Tacks in my shoes keep stickin' in my heel, and
REFRAIN: I keep on walkin', tryin' to walk my trouble away
I'm so glad trouble don't last always

All best,
Johnm
« Last Edit: May 21, 2015, 06:34:37 AM by Johnm »

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #169 on: May 21, 2015, 07:58:48 AM »
On 'When You Are Gone', the line in question is the 2nd verse, 3rd line

Hey, you no use of worryin', because these women back here worryin' me

I'm hearing 'YEAH, you no use of worryin', LEAVE all these women back here WITH me
Stand By If You Wanna Hear It Again . . .

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #170 on: May 21, 2015, 08:14:55 AM »
Thanks for the fix, Mike, you are certainly right.  I will make the change.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #171 on: June 15, 2015, 03:44:17 PM »
Hi all,
Blind Boy Fuller played "Thousand Woman Blues" out of A position in standard tuning.  The song has unusual phrasing, and Fuller puts some neat rhythmic twists in his rendition.  Lightnin' Wells does a great version of this song, as he does with many of Blind Boy Fuller's songs.

I ain't never loved but a thousand womens in my life
Wo-oh Lord, but a thousand womens in my life

Now, the love I have for you, woman, God knows, it sure is strong
Wo-oh Lord, I say, God knows, it sure is strong

Then if you love me now, woman, then you won't do nothin' wrong
Hey-hey Lord, and you won't do nuh-huhthin' wrong

Now, my woman, please don't worry, baby, while I'm out of your town
Hey-hey Lord, I say, while I'm out of your town

Now, the love I have for you, mama, God knows, it can't be turned around
Hey-hey Lord, and it can't be tur-hurned around

SOLO

Now, my little woman, I says, she's sweet as she can be
Hey-ey Lord, she's just as sweet as she can be

Every time I kiss her, then that cold chill run over me
Hey-ey Lord, then that cold chill run over me

All best,
Johnm
« Last Edit: June 15, 2015, 06:43:02 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #172 on: October 06, 2015, 06:03:00 PM »
Hi all

I'M trying to figure out the lyrics to this one, and could sure use some help, especially on the bent bracket parts. All suggestions and correction are welcome.


I'm A Stranger Here -Vestapol in F, with a slide.

Says, I'm a stranger here, just blowed in your town,
I'm a stranger here, just blowed in your town,
But just because I'm a stranger, (every)body wants to dog me around.

Says, I wonder do my good gal know I'm here?
Yes, I wonder do my good gal know I'm here?
I says if she do, she sure don't seem to care.

Then I wonder how can some people dog a poor stranger so?
Then I wonder how can some people dog a poor stranger so?
[I said he just remember, gonna reap just what he sow.]

Spoken: Oh play it now boy, play it for me now.

solo

Then I will stay up north, nothing here that I can do,
I will stay up north, nothing here that I can do,
But hang around a corner, singing poor stranger's blues.

Going back south [if] I wear 99 pair of shoes,
Then I'm going back south (if) I wear 99 pair of shoes,
Goin' where I'll be welcome, won't have the stranger blues.


Here's a YouTube video of the tune:



Cheers, and thank you!

Pan

Edited as suggested by Lignite.
« Last Edit: October 06, 2015, 06:50:15 PM by Pan »

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #173 on: October 06, 2015, 06:39:38 PM »
Last line; Goin' where I'll be welcome, won't have the stranger blues.

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #174 on: October 06, 2015, 06:49:06 PM »
Thanks Lignite, much appreciated!

I'll make the change.

Cheers

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #175 on: October 06, 2015, 07:07:20 PM »
I live in an area where recent blues musicians still used to freely interpret  Blind Boy Fuller as our local hero; http://picosong.com/SQUR

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #176 on: October 06, 2015, 08:18:51 PM »
Very cool.  Amazing in fact... the local tradition is carried on.

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« Reply #177 on: October 07, 2015, 07:15:51 AM »
What Slack said!

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #178 on: April 19, 2016, 02:37:00 PM »
Hi all,
I had never before particularly noticed or remarked upon Blind Boy Fuller's "Wires All Down", but found upon listening to it that it is one of the strongest East Coast blues I've ever heard in G position in standard tuning, just a ripping tune and rendition.  I have never heard it covered.  I'm having a tough time with the last verse and would very much appreciate some help with it.  Here is Blind Boy Fuller's performance of the song:



INTRO

Lord, I love a woman, I'm scared to call her name
I say, hey, hey, I'm scared to call her name
I said, she's a married woman, Lord, but I love her just the same

But now, my woman, she done quit me, black cat crossed my trail
I say, hey, my woman done quit me, black cat done crossed my trail
Says, and I reckon that's the reason now, mama, Papa Fuller sure can't get no mail

Says, it ain't but two women, sure can spend my change
I say, hey, hey, sure can spend my change
Says, one is my little wife, and the other one I'm scared to call her name

The wires all down, my woman done left town
Reckon that's the reason, I can't get the message to that brown of mine
Says, my woman, she done quit me, and news all over town

I jumped the fast mail rambler, almost went a-flyin'
I say, hey, hey, mama, almost went a-flyin'
I said, "Hurry, engineerman, 'cause I wanta see that woman of mine."

Edited 4/19 to pick up corrections from frankie

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Johnm   
« Last Edit: April 19, 2016, 09:22:14 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Blind Boy Fuller Lyrics
« Reply #179 on: April 19, 2016, 02:58:24 PM »
I jumped a [Fast Lane Rambler], almost [made her] flyin'
I say, hey, hey, mama, almost [end up] flyin'
I said, "Hurry, engineerman, 'cause I wanta see that woman of mine."

Hi John - I transcribed this for myself years ago in a fit of enthusiasm for Blind Boy Fuller's "blues in G" and this one was the top of the heap. At the time, I transcribed the last verse like this, but I'll go back later tonight for a fresh listen:

Oh I jumped the fast mail rambler, almost went-a-flying
I say hey, hey mama, almost went-a-flying
I said "Hurry, engineerman, 'cause I want to see that woman of mine"

 


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