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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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« Last Edit: July 12, 2020, 09:17:16 AM by Johnm »

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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.
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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

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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.
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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...
« Last Edit: July 12, 2020, 09:18:13 AM by Johnm »

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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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It Ain't No Good - Part 1 - Charlie McCoy
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2017, 07:52:36 PM »
It Ain't No Good - Part 1 - Charlie McCoy
Actual pitch: D
Main guitar position: E-flat
Fiddle position: E-flat
Mandolin position: n/a
Second guitar position: D figures up the neck



Lyrics:
Every night when I go home, I knocked on the door
All I can hear my landlady say, "You can't live here no more"
Oh, it ain't no good, oh, it ain't no good
I done used it all the summer, done used it all the fall
Now it done got sore, I can't use it at all
Because it ain't no good, oh it ain't no good
It ain't no way to make it fit your size

Walking along the street one night with a bottle of corn
Here come a flapper with a few clothes on and she wanted to take me home
Oh, she was no good, oh, it was no good
It was made too big, it was made too wide
It was no way to hew it down to my size
Because it was no good, oh it was no good
It ain't no way you can make it fit your size

Oh, it was no good, oh, it was no good
Now when you go down to her home
You better back out of there and leave that alone
Because it ain't no good, oh it ain't no good
It ain't no way you can make it fit your size

Me and my girl had a falling out, this is what it was all about
She run around every night until she wore it out
Oh, then it was no good, oh, it was no good
Well I went home with a girl last night
I got up this morning and the things wasn't right
Because it was no good, oh it was no good
It ain't no way to make it fit your size

Oh, it was no good, oh, it was no good
Well I love that girl, it's a natural fact
But she ought to give me some of my money back
Because it was no good, oh it was no good
It ain't no way to make it fit your size
« Last Edit: July 14, 2020, 06:11:23 PM by Johnm »

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Re: It Ain't No Good - Part 1 - Charlie McCoy
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2017, 07:53:41 PM »
It Ain't No Good - Part 2 - Charlie McCoy
Actual pitch: E-flat
Main guitar position: E-flat
Fiddle position: E-flat
Mandolin position: n/a
Second guitar position: D figures up the neck



Lyrics:
I went out with [a sweet] girl last night, hoping she would be mine
But when I found everything out, it was a waste of time
Oh, it was no good, oh, it was no good
I met that girl and she looked mighty fine
But when I found out, she's the sorriest kind
Oh, she was no good, oh she was no good
And it ain't no way to make it fit my size

I buys her shoes and clothes and pays the house rent, too
But when I looked the matter over, I seed that she would not do
Oh, she was no good, oh, she was no good
She treats me kind, she treats me good
I would love her if I could
But she ain't no good, oh she ain't no good
And it ain't no way to make it fit my size

Oh, it ain't no good, oh, it ain't no good
I use tobacco, have every day
But now it done got so they givin' it away
Because it ain't no good, oh it ain't no good
And it ain't no way to make it fit my size

Oh, it ain't no good, oh, it ain't no good
You used to could get it at the courthouse square
But now you can get it most any old where
Because it ain't no good, oh it ain't no good
And it ain't no way to make it fit your size

Oh, it ain't no good, oh, it ain't no good
It ain't no bee but it sure will sting
If you want to feel good, don't bother that thing
Because it ain't no good, oh it ain't no good
And it ain't no way to make it fit your size
Oh, it ain't no good, oh, it ain't no good
Once you get a taste, it'll go to your head
But now if you smell it, it will knock you dead
Because it ain't no good, oh it ain't no good
And it ain't no way to make it fit your size
« Last Edit: July 14, 2020, 06:12:01 PM by Johnm »

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