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Author Topic: "Ginseng Blues"--Kentucky Ramblers  (Read 567 times)

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Offline Johnm

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"Ginseng Blues"--Kentucky Ramblers
« on: July 19, 2018, 11:52:32 AM »
Hi all,
The Kentucky Ramblers recorded "Ginseng Blues" in 1930.  I don't know the personnel on the recording, apart from Larry Hensley, who played the mandolin in the group, I believe.  The structure and phrasing of this song is discussed in the "Vocal Phrasing:  The Long and the Short of It" thread.  I'd very much appreciate help with the bent bracketed passages.  Here is the song:



INTRO MANDOLIN SOLO

Ain't a-gonna dig no ginseng, well, I ain't a-gonna hunt no squirrel, ain't-a gonna do a doggone thing but love my dear sweet mama
REFRAIN: You can't read my mind
When you think I'm a-lovin' you, mama, I'm quittin' you all the time

YODELED REFRAIN

My home ain't here, it's down in Caroline, I got three chillens down in Georgia, but they sho' ain't mine, sweet mama
REFRAIN: You can't read my mind
When you think I'm a-lovin' you, mama, I'm quittin' you all the time

YODELED REFRAIN

I got a girl in Georgia, one in Dixie, too, if you treat me mean, sweet mama, I'll turn my back on you, good baby
REFRAIN: You can't read my mind
When you think I'm a-lovin' you, mama, I'm quittin' you all the time

YODELED REFRAIN

Well, I ain't a-gonna work on no tipple, ain't a-gonna load no coal, put my head out the window, watch the drivers roll, sweet mama
REFRAIN: You can't read my mind
When you think I'm a-lovin' you, mama, I'm quittin' you all the time

YODELED REFRAIN

Edited 7/19 to pick up correction from banjochris

All best,
Johnm

EDITED TO ADD:  Larry Hensley was a member of Walker's Corbin Ramblers, not the Kentucky Ramblers.   


 
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Offline banjochris

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Re: "Ginseng Blues"--Kentucky Ramblers
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2018, 01:31:47 PM »
He really swallows that line, but I do believe it's...

My home ain't here, it's down in Caroline, I got three chillun down in Georgia but they sho' ain't mine, sweet mama.

Chris

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Re: "Ginseng Blues"--Kentucky Ramblers
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2018, 02:06:14 PM »
Thanks, Chris--you've got it once again.  Thanks so much!  I really love this song and the band's rendition of it.
All best,
Johnm

 


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