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Offline Cleoma

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Charlie McCoy Lyrics
« on: March 24, 2009, 10:31:17 AM »
I got most of part 1, but Part 2 -- I can barely understand a word!  Anyone???

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Offline banjochris

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Re: Charlie McCoy's "It Is So Good Part 2"
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2009, 10:57:03 AM »
I've got the whole thing transcribed at home -- I'll put it up tonight unless someone beats me to it.
Chris

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Re: Charlie McCoy's "It Is So Good Part 2"
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2009, 03:51:10 PM »
This is what I have - still can't make out the tail end of the first line...  seems like it's the name of a food, but I can't make it scan:

I got a girl in a cafe downtown, where the [] [] []
She can't cook a decent meal but I do love her dessert
Oh, it is so good, oh, it is so good
But if you taste it once, you want to taste it twice
The reason of that, it tastes so nice
Because it is so good, oh, it is so good
It's just as good, good as it can be

The reason I love my good girl so, the reason I treat her right
She got everything that suit my appetite
Oh, it is so good, oh, it is so good
Well, it smell like flowers and it taste like mince
It don't make you think you ain't got good sense
Because it is so good, oh, it is so good
Well, it's just as good, good as it can be

My girl come home one afternoon, sun was way up high
She give me something make me wring my hands and cry
Oh, it was so good, oh, it was so good
Well, it wasn't no whiskey or neither no gin
Whatsoever it was, I hope she bring it again
Because it is so good, oh, it is so good
Well, it's just as good, good as it can be

Offline banjochris

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Re: Charlie McCoy's "It Is So Good Part 2"
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2009, 07:56:47 PM »
Frankie -- I have for the first 2 lines --
I got a girl in a cafe downtown, where they make things gay
She can't cook a decent meal but I do love her to say,

I like the dessert idea, pronounced dessoit, but this was the closest I could get it to make sense.
Chris

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Re: Charlie McCoy's "It Is So Good Part 2"
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2009, 08:07:30 AM »
Thanks! 
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Re: Charlie McCoy's "It Is So Good Part 2"
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2009, 04:27:22 PM »
Chris - your suggestion does make internal sense, but presents two problems -  for me, anyway.  The first is that the verse as you suggest it doesn't really fit with the theme of the rest of the verses - certainly not a huge issue with prewar blues lyrics, but the whole cooking/food theme does seem rather carefully worked out in this tune for him to have blown it off in the first verse.

The second is that at the end of the first line, "make things gay" scans well enough, but "they" doesn't fit at all.  I'm fairly certain of "dessert" at the end of the first line, both from the sound and from the sense - it fits...  it's just that damn end of the first line...  I'd certainly sing your verse as an interim alternative, though.

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Re: Charlie McCoy's "It Is So Good Part 2"
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2009, 06:06:40 PM »
Yeah, I think dessert is right too, what I have is just my phonetic cop-out. I'll keep listening to it, though. Of course, if you're doing both parts, a verse or two could easily be excised.
Chris

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Re: Charlie McCoy's "It Is So Good Part 2"
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2009, 03:56:14 AM »
The line is very close to "I got a girl in a cafe downtown, where the MADE THINGS WAIT".  I know that doesn't make a lot of sense, but the audible consonant and vowel sounds are "MAY THINS WAY".  It could be "MADE THINGS WAIT", talking about baked goods or some such thing, but I really don't like that solution.  Or it could be "MAID [?] WAIT", if Charlie's girl is a waitress.   

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Re: Charlie McCoy's "It Is So Good Part 2"
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2009, 06:20:57 AM »
After a bit more listening, I think it's ""I got a girl in a cafe downtown, where THEY MAKE THINGS SWEET", with "they" shortened almost to "the", and "sweet" pronounced as "swait".  It makes sense as something that would happen in a cafe, and fits with the "dessert" theme.

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Re: Charlie McCoy's "It Is So Good Part 2"
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2009, 07:21:56 AM »
The first time I listened to this I heard "where THEY MAKE THINGS RIGHT" and I'm still hearing that. THEY is more like THA' or THE as dj notes. The sense of this doesn't necessarily work with the girl not being able to make a decent meal.

My 2 cents.

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Your Valves Need Grinding--Would appreciate confirmation!
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2011, 08:57:51 AM »
How do.  I finished transcribing the lyrics to "Your Valves Need Grinding" from the Document "Complete 1928-1932 Recordings" of Charlie McCoy.

Here's what I got--didn't seem too tough which usually means I've REALLY screwed up somewhere  ;).

I said your valves need grinding won't hit on four no more
I said your valves need grinding won't hit on four no more
Good times all round handle it with care
use it for the hills without shifting your gears
But now your valves need grinding...

I said your valves need grinding won't hit on four no more
I said your valves need grinding won't hit on four no more
Screw up on your carburetor, tighten down on your coil
Use this good Gulf gas and the best of oil
Because your valves need grinding


I said your valves need grinding won't hit on four no more
I said your valves need grinding won't hit on four no more
When I had you baby you was in good trim
Now since I left you running on her rims
And your valves need grinding?

I said your valves need grinding won't hit on four no more
I said your valves need grinding won't hit on four no more
Wheels ain't no good spokes all out
You don't know about that you gonna have a blow out
Because your valves need grinding?

I said your valves need grinding won't hit on four no more
I said your valves need grinding won't hit on four no more
Step on your gas refuse to crawl
Take it to a mechanic and get it overhauled
Because your valves need grinding...

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Re: Your Valves Need Grinding--Would appreciate confirmation!
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2011, 11:39:49 AM »
Hi Fkeller,

Looks darn close to me. A couple minor things.

3.4 Now since I left you running on THE rims

4.4 You KNOW BY that you gonna have a blow out


Thanks for posting those.


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Re: Charlie McCoy's "It Is So Good Part 2"
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2012, 09:56:36 AM »
I hear "where they're making cake".
 
I find Charlie's accent quite unusual, "dessert" pronounced "dessoit", something I associate more with the urban Northeast, NJ, etc

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Re: Charlie McCoy Lyrics
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2019, 04:43:47 PM »
Candy Man Blues


Chicago 14/8/1934
Charlie McCoy voc,guitar
Chuck Segar piano
Unknown whasboard player

Mama told me, papa told me too
So much candy gonna be death o? you
But I love my candy all in the world I crave
And it seem like candy gonna carry me to my grave.

I looked at my mama forlorn and cry
?Good candy kill me, mama, let me die
Got to have my candy all in the world I crave
And it seem like candy gonna carry me to my grave.

Candy, candy?s gettin? very cheap
Can get good candy cheaper then market meat
That?s why I love my candy all in the world I crave
And it seem like candy gonna carry me to my grave.

Candy, candy ain?t hard to buy
Can get good candy for five and a dime
That?s why I love my candy all in the world I crave
And it seem like candy gonna carry me to my grave.

Run here baby and don?t come slow
Your daddy?s ready and he want to go
I want my candy all in the world I crave
And it seem like candy gonna carry me to my grave.

Look a-here baby, can?t you see
Doin? without candy is killin? me
That?s why I l want my candy, all in the world I crave
And it seem like candy gonna carry me to my grave.

My baby quit me for another man
Had to get a candy from a brand new stand
That?s why I love my candy, all in the world I crave
And it seem like candy gonna carry me to my grave.

Look a-here boys, bear this in mind
Real good candy is hard to find
That?s why I love my candy, all in the world I crave
And it seem like candy gonna carry me to my grave.

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Re: Charlie McCoy Lyrics
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2019, 04:47:19 PM »
Charity Blues


Chicago 14/8/1934
Charlie McCoy voc, guitar
Chuck Segar piano

I said charity, charity is my only friend.
I said charity, charity is my only friend.
When I lost my job, the charity took me in.

I said, you ain?t got no money and ain?t got no place to stay.
I said, you ain?t got no money and ain?t got no place to stay.
You better try to get you a job on the P.W.A.

I said, I?m goin? tomorrow out on Charity Street.
I?m goin? tomorrow out on Charity Street.
And ask Mr. Charity man, ?can I have some beans and meat?.

The rent man keep askin? , ?When is you gonna pay??
I said, the rent man keep askin? , ?When is you gonna pay??
I said, ?Just as soon as I get my money from the P.W.A.?

I said, the charity give me my groceries, even buy my shoes and clothes.
I said, the charity give me my groceries, even buy my shoes and clothes.
I say, who give me my lovin?, I swear nobody knows.




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