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Offline uncle bud

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Re: Rev. Gary Davis Lyrics
« Reply #30 on: January 29, 2014, 02:54:03 PM »
Hi John - I agree a great performance.

In verse one I hear:

1.3 THERE'LL BE A TIME that you FINALLY answer
1.4 ANOTHER VOICE AND CALL

Not sure about verse 2. In another version from Live and Kickin', it sounds like he sings:

2.2 His voice to obey HERE, don't make no MATTERS where. I.e. it doesn't matter where. (There's no HERE in this version you've transcribed.)

I hear verse 3 a bit different:

3.2 You're NEVER ALL ALONE to bear it ALL
3.3 Just ask for strength and keep on toiling (no YOU'LL)

6.2 In him there relief FROM every pain or care

7.2 You're NEVER LEFT ALONE to bear it ALL
7.3 Just ask for strength and JUST keep on toiling (no YOU)
« Last Edit: January 29, 2014, 02:55:24 PM by uncle bud »

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Re: Rev. Gary Davis Lyrics
« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2014, 03:40:39 PM »
Thanks for the help, uncle bud, I made a bunch of your changes.  In this version at least, he seems to say "find the answer" pretty clearly in the first verse.  The last line of the first verse I was not hearing at all.  I think he says in that one other line, "You're never there, alone to bear it all".  "Matters where" is great, I sure wasn't hearing that.  I agree that the "you'll" I had in those two places was wrong, but I'm pretty sure he sticks in a quick little "you" in both places.
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Re: Rev. Gary Davis Lyrics
« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2014, 04:06:32 AM »
There's a small handful of recordings of "He Knows How Much We Can Bear," but the one on "If I Had My Way" is my favorite of the bunch. It's a fine, relaxed performance and he also omits a double-time section that shows up in all the other recordings, iirc....  personally, I prefer the slower, more meditative pace. The performance of "Twelve Gates To The City" from this CD is also wonderful in this way.

The song that follows it on that CD is also excellent, and is a personal favorite. The title on the CD, "A Friend Like Lonely Jesus," accurately reflects what Rev. Davis sings, but is a garbling of the correct title: "A Friend Like Lowly Jesus." Like "He Knows How Much We Can Bear," it's played out of F position and has a wonderful, flowing break - every note sounds inevitable. Like many of the songs that he sang, these are fairly common church songs, but his approach to them is unique.



A Friend Like Lonely Jesus - Reverend Gary Davis

There's not a friend like the lone, lonely Jesus
No, not a one
No, not one
No, not one
There's none like Him can heal our diseases
No, not one
No, not one
Oh, yes

Now Jesus, He knows all about, all about our troubles
Now He will surely guide us 'til our days are done
Oooh, there's not a friend like the lone, lonely Jesus
Oh, no, not one
No, not one
Oh, yes

spoken: Talk to me, now
spoken: Talk to me
spoken: Talk to me, then
spoken: Talk to me

Oh Jesus, He knows all about, all about our troubles
Now He will surely guide us 'til our days are done
Oh, there's not a friend like the lone, lonely Jesus
Oh, not one
Ooooo oooo
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Re: Rev. Gary Davis Lyrics
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2014, 08:19:15 AM »
Thanks Frank :) 
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Re: Rev. Gary Davis Lyrics
« Reply #34 on: February 05, 2014, 06:24:59 AM »
I assumed this song was an old traditional given the Gary Davis treatment but I'm not sure now, I can't find any other examples of it.  I could be looking in the wrong places.  So did he write it? 

There was one word I couldn't hear but through the course of writing this post I've just figured it out so it should be complete now!  He recorded a few different versions of this but there's something special about this one (in my humble opinion!)

Transcribed from album: At The Sign of the Sun Ė 1962



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There's Destruction In This Land

Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see? Canít you see?
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see? Canít you see?
Men and women are passing away, into judgment every day,
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see?

Now youíll see how God is a-ridin', through this old sinful land,
So it pays you to be ready, have your ticket in your hand.
Well my God is still a-riding, and heís taken on every hand.
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see?

Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see? Canít you see?
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see? Canít you see?
Men and women are passing away, into judgment every day,
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see?

Godís moving by the waters, and heís moving by the wind
Heís moving by the lightning, yes, heís moving by the storm.
So it pays you to be ready, to rest in Jesusí arm.
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see?

Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see? Canít you see?
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see? Canít you see?
Men and women are passing away, into judgment every day,
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see?

Some are leaving their wives and families, to do the very best they can.
They realize death keep a-riding, in a way they canít understand.
So it pays you to be ready, to join this Christian band.
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see?

Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see? Canít you see?
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see? Canít you see?
Men and women are passing away, into judgment every day,
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see?

Now friend thereís something I wants to tell you, and I want you to know,
Oh, death it keeps on a-riding, and it knockiní on every door.
Heís a-calling for the rich, just as well as for the poor.
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see?

Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see? Canít you see?
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see? Canít you see?
Men and women are passing away, into judgment every day,
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see? ListenÖ

Now friend there is no use of moaning, there is no use of crying,
You just set your house in order, and prepare yourself for dying.
You just keep this world behind ya, and get Jesus on your mind,
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see?

Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see? Canít you see?
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see? Canít you see?
Men and women are passing away, ah, into judgement every day,
Thereís a destruction in this land, canít you see?
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Re: Rev. Gary Davis Lyrics
« Reply #35 on: February 05, 2014, 06:55:35 AM »
I assumed this song was an old traditional given the Gary Davis treatment but I'm not sure now, I can't find any other examples of it.  I could be looking in the wrong places.  So did he write it?

He actually did write it, and had sheet music published for it during his lifetime. I saw a copy once when I was at Stefan Grossman's house about 13-14 years ago or so.

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Re: Rev. Gary Davis Lyrics
« Reply #36 on: February 05, 2014, 12:05:26 PM »
Thanks, Frankie. I thought you might know the answer to that. I like this song even more knowing he wrote it!

I don't think Stefan ever put this song into any of his TAB books unfortunately....
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« Reply #37 on: February 08, 2014, 02:45:17 PM »
Here's a short and sweet one. This is on Volume 1 of the Demons and Angels set. I couldn't find any other examples of this song which reminds me of the "Casey Jones" story.  You want him to break into telling us the story but we are left with these scant few lines.
It has one of those complex sounding, hypnotic melodies that I love so well in these songs and don't tire of the repetition at all (unlike a certain RGD tune which will remain nameless..)  It's played out of F, I think.



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Baby, What You Going To Do

Oh my baby what you gonna do?
Oh babeÖ
Oh babeÖ
..my baby what ya gonna do?

Death got my baby
Headiní on the train
He found the head, then he found the body

Death got my baby
Down on the train
He found the head, an' he found the body, yeah

Oh Lord, oh G..
Oh baby what are you gonna do?
Oh baby what you gonna do?
Oh baby what you gonna do?
Oh baby Ďt ya gonna do?

Now what I want to sis(?) stamp(?) back my letter to the soldiers camp

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2.1 I'm hearing "got" but thinking about it, it could be "cut" and it sounds more like that in 3.1
3.3 "an' they" could be "an' he" {edit 15/2 - changed "They" to "He" in 2.3 and 3.3}
5.1.1 Think this could be a mash-up of "to" and "do is" so it came out like "sis"?
5.1.2 Sounds like it should be "send" but left in "stamp" because...err..it rhymes.

Edit: 3.3 sounds like "he" in both places where I have put "they"
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Re: Rev. Gary Davis Lyrics
« Reply #38 on: February 10, 2014, 03:14:22 PM »
There's nothing quite like transcribing a charming tale of domestic violence before bedtime.. ::)
Frankie has the version from Demons and Angels written down somewhere online - this version is from the "At Newport" album has many more verses and really gets into all the gory details. I'm thinking it's in C.  Enjoy!



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She Wouldn't Say Quit

I had a little girl and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
I had a little girl and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

I begin talk to her and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Begin talk to her  and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

I hugged and kissed her and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Hugged and kissed her and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

I took her out to ride and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Took her out to ride and she wouldn?t say quit
Please don?t tell nobody!

I took her to the bar and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Took her to the bar and she wouldn?t say quit
Please don?t tell nobody!

I bought a drink of liquor and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Bought a drink of liquor and she wouldn?t say quit
Please don?t tell nobody!

I tried to make her drunk and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Tried to make her drunk and she wouldn?t say quit
Please don?t tell nobody!

I spent all my money and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Spent all my money and she wouldn?t say quit
Please don?t tell nobody!

I took her to the river and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Took her to the river and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

Tried my best to drown her and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Tried my best to drown her and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

I took her to the thickets and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Took her to the thickets and she wouldn?t say quit
Please don?t tell nobody!

I begin to slap her and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
I begin to slap her and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

I throwed her out the car and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Throwed her out the car and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

I put my foot on her and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Put my foot on her and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

I begin to stomp her and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
I begin to stomp her and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

I cut me a hickory and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Cut me a hickory and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

Well I begin to whip her and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
I begin to whip her and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

Well, she begin to holler but she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She begin to holler and she wouldn?t say quit
Please don?t tell nobody!

I took her back home and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Took her back home and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

Well, well..
I throwed her in the bed and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Throwed her in the bed and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

Well, I jumped in with her and she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
Jumped in with her and she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

Well, well, well?
We begin to wrestle but she wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say quit
She wouldn?t say...
We begin to wrestle but she wouldn?t say quit
Oh, please don?t tell nobody!

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Re: Rev. Gary Davis Lyrics
« Reply #39 on: February 10, 2014, 04:53:43 PM »
It's definitely in C -- there's video of Rev. Davis playing it from that University of Washington session. This song has always bugged me, not so much because of the violence, which is on a pretty silly level, but I always thought there should be a punch line where she finally did say quit, like the end of Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe's Can I Do Something For You? There should be a verse about something he does that really crosses the line!
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Re: Rev. Gary Davis Lyrics
« Reply #40 on: February 15, 2014, 04:05:04 PM »
Thanks for clarifying the key, Chris.  Yes, there is something sinister about how this song doesn't seem to resolve...
Here is something of a contrast.  It is from the "Bring Your Money, Honey" LP.  He accompanies himself with harmonica.

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Time Ain't So Long

I got a hand from angels, time ain?t so long
I got a hand from heaven, time ain?t so long
I got a hand from heaven, the time aint so long
Oh, it pay me to get ready, the time ain?t so long

I got a message this morning, time ain?t so long
I got a message this morning, the time ain?t so long
I got a message this morning, the time ain?t so long
Well ya?d better get ready, time ain?t so long

I got the answer in judgement, time ain?t so long
I got the answer in judgement, the time ain?t so long
I got the answer in judgement, the time ain?t so long
Thank God, I got all my work before me

You better get religion, time ain?t so long
You better get religion, the time ain?t so long
You better get religion, the time ain?t so long
My God?s gonna call in judgement

I gotta meet my mother, time ain?t so long
I?m gonna meet my mother

You better get ready, time ain?t so long
You had better get ready, time ain?t so long
You had better get ready, time ain?t so long
My God gonna call in judgement

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« Reply #41 on: February 17, 2014, 07:58:06 PM »
Thanks for that, Laura. The song and  LP title didn't ring a bell with me and I found this thread: http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=2259.0

I presume it still hasn't been rereleased. Anyone know any different?

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« Reply #42 on: February 19, 2014, 11:24:39 AM »
Hi UB.  It's not been re-released.  A UK record shop has the LP on Ebay right now but they want 40 pounds for it (why doesn't my keyboard have a pound sign???) which is about $65.  I'm not a collector myself so don't know whether that's a good deal or not!

Here is my transcription of "Lord, Stand By Me"  which I've been listening to and playing lots over the last few weeks.  This version is from his Early Recordings album and if anyone is up for a challenge, it contains two spoken word verses with a couple of places I've never been able to hear.



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Lord, Stand By Me
Standard tuning key of C

Stand by me, stand by me
Lord, ya never lost a battle, stand by me.

Stood by my poor old mother, stand by me
Lord you stood by my old mother, stand by me.

Stand by me, stand by me,
Lord, ya never lost a battle, stand by..

(spoken)
This hereís a song which I composed, when I was on my bed sick and that all Christian people, that know that God is a God to stand by in a time of trouble even with sickness, even death youíll never put nobody before God But when the doctors canít do you no good, God has always got something for every remedy to try on you, to do you good, ya know, and when I was lyiní there, nothiní I could do to help myself and the doctor had given my case up, I looked towards the sky and thought about what a man that he was, able to speak to the winds and the wind would obey him and command the sun to go out, and it would obey him and command the stars to fall from the silver socket and fall to the ground and they were able to understand God and that God was a God and they would obey, I begin to cry with a loud voice sayin;

Lord ya always been my doctor, stand by me
Lord you always been my doctor, stand by me

Stand by me, stand by me
Lord ya never lost a battle, stand by me

(spoken)
All youís that it were been locked behind a prison bar, and nothing could do ya no good mothersí crying and tryiní to find somebody to, to take pity upon you that would If they thought money would do ya any good to get a lawyer and a lawyer done (?) play at the trial try to get you out of a case of electrocution, cryiní, and sittiní behind the bars and nothin can do you no good, when you hear the judge begin to say to you that ya must die in electric chair and nothing to do ya no good you can look towards the sky and cry;

Lord ya always been my lawyer, stand by me
Lord you always been my lawyer, stand by me

Stand by me, stand by me
Lord ya never lost a battle, stand by me

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Re: Rev. Gary Davis Lyrics
« Reply #43 on: February 19, 2014, 01:49:57 PM »
I think in the first spoken part it might be "even death" and "for every remedy to try on you." This is from memory, so you never know...
Chris

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« Reply #44 on: February 21, 2014, 08:46:00 AM »
Thanks a lot Chris, you have a good ear..and good memory, too!  Those parts sound just right.

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