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I got a gal, she lives in town. I'm gonna see if I can run her down - James Cole's String Band, I Got A Gal

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Offline Lastfirstface

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Re: Charley Patton's Troubled 'Bout My Mother
« Reply #180 on: June 13, 2017, 10:24:03 AM »
Wow. I'd never heard that Lillie Knox recording. Thanks for posting that one, Frankie.

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Re: Charlie Patton lyrics
« Reply #181 on: July 20, 2017, 07:43:21 AM »
Hi all,
I merged the recent thread on "Troubled 'Bout My Mother" into the Charlie Patton Lyrics thread.
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Re: Charlie Patton lyrics
« Reply #182 on: March 31, 2018, 03:12:15 PM »
"Going to Move to Alabama"
I?m gonna move to Alabama, I?m gonna move to Alabama,
I?m gonna move to Alabama, You make Georgia be your home.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....,she's long and tall
the way she whups her meat'd make a panther squall
I?m gonna move to Alabam,a, I?m gonna move to Alabame,
I?m gonna move to Alabama, You make Georgia be your home.


I'm gon' show you common women, how I feel
Gonna get me 'nother woman fore I leave
I?m a' move to Alabam,a, I?m gonna move to Alabama,
Yeah, well al' move to Alabama, To make Georgia be your home.

Say mama's got the washboard, my friend's got the tub
My brother's got the whiskey and mama's got the jug
gone move to Alabama, I?m gonna move to Alabama,
I?m gonna move to Alabama, You make Georgia be your home.

Well these evil women sure make me tired
Gotta handful of gimme, mouthful ah much obliged
Ya musta been to Alabama, Ya musta been to Alabama, Ya musta been ta Alabama, To make Georgia be your home.

I got a woman, she's long and tall
But, when she whip it, she makes a panther squall
Have Ya been to Alabama, Have ya been to Alabama,
Have ya been to Alabama, To make Georgia be your home.

Say mama and papa both went to walk
Left my sister standin at the waterin' trough
Have ya seen Louisiana, ha' ya been to Alabama,
Have ya been to Alabama, To make Georgia be your home.

My mama told me -- Don be no foo
... not one woman sigh they can't love you
Have ya been to Alabama, Have ya been to Alabama,
Have ya been to Alabama, To make Georgia be your home.

I got up this morning my hat in my hand
Didn't have nowhere to roam, ah had no man.
Have ya been to Alabama, Have ya been to Alabama,
Have ya been to Alabama, To make Georgia be your home.

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A different Magnolia Blues
« Reply #183 on: June 23, 2018, 05:04:21 AM »
There's another Magnolia Blues that I found on YouTube, completely different from the one that starts
"When your way get dark,...":

https:/ /www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=132&v=fPUzRBy6P0g

Is it maybe mislabeled? I collect lyrics of songs that have the line, "I woke up this mornin' " or slight variations, whenever I run into them. At about 2:05 in the video the lines are:

Got up this mornin?, Tom Deely (?) was standin? ?round, umm-hmm.
Says he lose his love and now he?s runnin? from town to town.

Any idea if I got the name right or anything else wrong? Thanks.


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Re: Charlie Patton lyrics
« Reply #184 on: June 24, 2018, 03:08:53 AM »
Link doesn`t work.
The lyrics are:
I got up this mornin', Tom Day was standin' 'round
I got up this mornin', Tom Day was standin' 'round
If he lose his office now, he's runnin' from town to town
and they are from "Tom Rushen Blues".

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Re: Charlie Patton lyrics
« Reply #185 on: June 24, 2018, 07:30:10 AM »
Sorry about the link, it should have been

 and I should have read the two comments there that id'ed it correctly.
And funny how clear it sounds when you know what to listen for. Thanks for that.
I've got an mp3 that's labelled as Tom Rushen Blues but is actually Stone Pony Blues, so I've got a freakin' mess.

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Re: Charlie Patton lyrics
« Reply #186 on: December 07, 2019, 10:43:54 PM »
Charley Patton, Jim Lee Blues:

Got a kid on the wheeler and a bouncer on the plow
Got a plumb good man bringing down the Johnson bar

The singer has three male children:
a teen working on the Lee Line, a bouncing baby on the farm, and an adult on the railroad.
« Last Edit: December 08, 2019, 01:16:12 PM by catyron »

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Re: Charlie Patton lyrics
« Reply #187 on: December 08, 2019, 03:19:47 PM »
Charley Patton, Jim Lee Blues:

Got a kid on the wheeler and a bouncer on the plow
Got a plumb good man bringing down the Johnson bar

The singer has three male children:
a teen working on the Lee Line, a bouncing baby on the farm, and an adult on the railroad.


I'm skeptical that the singer is describing his three male children, or that "bouncer on the plow" means "a bouncing baby on the farm." Since this verse immediately follows the one where Patton sings "If you don't want me, just give me your hand / I'll get a woman quick as you can a man," isn't it likelier that it represents his interlocutor's response, in which she informs him that in fact she already has three other men?
« Last Edit: December 08, 2019, 03:20:48 PM by jtbrown »

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Re: Charlie Patton lyrics
« Reply #188 on: December 08, 2019, 03:53:31 PM »
Hi all,
I would second Todd's interpretation of the lyrics.  A "kid" in blues lyrics usually refers to a "kidman", a boy toy.  I believe it is a woman's voice speaking the lyrics in this verse, not a man.
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Johnm
« Last Edit: December 09, 2019, 06:15:14 AM by Johnm »

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