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Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« on: June 25, 2009, 09:28:49 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown probably qualifies as a forgotten figure in the country blues nowadays.  I have never heard a single one of his songs covered by a present-day player.  He was born in Florida in 1910, and was first recorded for the Library of Congress there in 1934, on a field trip in which he was introduced to Alan Lomax by the author Zora Neale Hurston, who already knew Brown from her hometown of Eatonville, Florida.  Lomax reputedly said Brown was the finest guitar player he ever heard, and considering the various guitarists that we know Lomax heard, that is really saying something.
A good place to find Gabriel Brown's music is the JSP set, "Shake That Thing!  East Coast Blues 1935-1953" from a couple of years back.  In addition to including 41 titles of Brown's, all but about four or five songs of his recorded output, the set also includes all of Dan Pickett's titles and all but one or two of Ralph Willis', too, I believe.
Brown's music has some unusual qualities.  He showed a very unusual predeliction for dropped-D tuning and recorded far more songs in that tuning than any other country blues player, particularly when figured as a percentage of his recorded repertoire.  He was a pretty technical player who was on occasion both flashy and sloppy, but the excitement and spontaneity of his playing carries the day.  He was also an expert slide player in Vestapol.  He always sounded like he was playing pretty poor instruments and like J.T. Smith, took a very relaxed attitude towards tuning, especially considering how strong a player he was.  Most of his lyrics do not draw from the common pool of blues lyrics and he was a strong writer.  In addition, he was a rhythmic singer who showcased his own compositions to great advantage.  He favored chorus blues and almost invariably started his songs with the chorus, on the IV chord.  He is a musician who is well worth examining for his own sake, but also if you're looking for material that hasn't been done to death and is very interesting.  

"I'm Gonna Take It Easy" is from a session Brown did in New York City on September 13, 1944.  He played it in Vestapol with a slide, and it bears a slight resemblance melodically to "Baby, Please Don't Go".  Like many or most players in the style, he accelerates markedly during the course of the rendition.  His solo is exciting and doesn't sound like any other slide player I've heard.  It's a great set of lyrics with a wry point of view.

   I'm gonna take it easy, I'm gonna take it easy
   I'm gonna take it easy, babe, that's what I'm gonna do

   Now, I started at the bottom and I stayed right there
   Don't seem like I'm gonna get nowhere
   I'm gonna take it easy, I'm gonna take it easy
   I'm gonna take it easy, babe, that's what I'm gonna do

   You can have a old job, it may be hard or soft
   You try to save something then they'll lay you off
   Now, I'm gonna take it easy, I'm gonna take it easy
   I'm gonna take it easy, babe, that's what I'm gonna do

   Now, what your bosses are doing, you can never tell
   They's always tryin' to cut the personnel
   Now, I'm gonna take it easy, I'm gonna take it easy
   I'm gonna take it easy, babe, that's what I'm gonna do

   SOLO

   I'm gonna take it easy, I'm gonna take it easy
   I'm gonna take it easy, babe, that's what I'm gonna do

   I've got myself together made my mind up now
   I won't have a doggone thing, nohow
   Now, I'm gonna take it easy, I'm gonna take it easy
   Now, I'm gonna take it easy, babe, that's what I'm gonna do

   Now, to make a good man you must come up hard and rough
   I'm twenty-one now, I don't need that stuff
   I'm gonna take it easy, I'm gonna take it easy
   Now, I'm gonna take it easy, babe, that's what I'm gonna do

All best,
Johnm
      
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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009, 09:40:37 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "Not Now, I'll Tell You When" at the same September 13, 1944 session that yielded "I'm Gonna Take It Easy".  Brown played "Not Now, I'll Tell You When" out of his favored dropped-D tuning, and it's a great set of lyrics.  Verse two is a beauty.  Brown's playing reminds me a bit of Buddy Moss in that he (Brown) almost never does any regular time-keeping with the thumb of his right hand, either alternation or monotonic bass.  His rhythmic sense is very strong, nonetheless.

   Not now, not now
   Not now, baby, I'm gonna tell you when

   Now, you used to go out, baby, dressed the finest kind of way
   I was just a beat-up boy, I couldn't have a thing to say
   Oh, but not now, not now
   Not now, baby, I'm gonna tell you when

   I tossed my money up, that was out of line
   Now, all came down was yours and what stayed up was mine
   Oh, but not now, hey, not now
   Not now, baby, I'm gonna tell you when

   Ah, the way things is goin' on is a pity and a sin
   If I'm gon' be your little dog, I'm gonna tell you when
   Oh, not now, hey, not now
   Not now, baby, I'm gonna tell you when

   SOLO

   Oh, not now, hey, not now
   Not now, baby, I'm gonna tell you when

   I've tried hard, day to day
   Now, we can't get together in no kind of way
   Oh, not now, hey, not now
   Not now, baby, I'm gonna tell you when

   I'll give you all the odds, baby, and I tried to play you fair
   But I reached the conclusion that you ain't nowhere
   Oh, not now, hey, not now
   Not now, baby, I'm gonna tell you when

All best,
Johnm

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2009, 10:14:06 PM »
An hilarious lyric - the sentiment is used as punch line (corollary) in a classic joke in which clergy from three different denominations explain to each other their approach to determining an appropriate financial tribute to their Maker. The last of them
explains that he throws his money into the air; what God wants, he keeps - and the clergyman claims that which falls back to the ground for himself. 
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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2009, 05:53:18 AM »
http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=128&topic=2610.0

Slightly off topic there's quite a lengthy discussion of GB and his recordings at the above link.

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2009, 02:45:37 PM »
Finding a Gabriel Brown record one day, along with records by Lighting Hopkins and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings is what got me interested in collecting 78's. And I still have that 78, (Cold Love/I've Got To Stop Drinkin') whiich I still enjoy listening to.

I think a couple of reasons why Gabriel Brown never caught on with collectors, and possibly as a result with musicians, is that his records are relatively common and most were recorded at the time when when record pressing quality was at it's worst and even new copies of his records play quite noisy.

Nonetheless, I'm glad to see Johnm talking about him and I agree that it would be nice to hear some of his stuff covered. I think the two titles that I listed above have a lot potential.

I think his style of playing, epitomizes what we think of, when we think of the urban country blues, street singer (if there is such a thing). 

regards, Phil

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2009, 04:37:52 PM »
That's great that you got into collecting via Gabriel Brown, Phil.  I'm a relative latecomer to his music, but the more I listen to him, the more I like it.  He was a fine singer and player, and almost all of his lyrics were original, which makes his music more interesting to me.
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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2009, 04:52:23 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "Good-Time Papa" at a session in New York City on October 26, 1944.  He accompanied himself out of E position, standard tuning, not a usual choice for him.  The song is a loosely structured 8-bar blues of the type that goes to the I7 chord in the second bar, like "How Long", rather than the V7 in the second bar, like "Key To The Highway", and is unusual in that it is up-tempo.  Most 8-bar blues that go to the I7 chord in the second bar are slow.  Brown takes two solos apart from the intro on the song, and his first solo, after the third verse is really free in its first half, with exciting riffing not adhering to any commonly encountered form.  The second half of that solo goes back to his 8-bar model, though he tweaks it considerably, going long every step of the way.
Brown's vocal really sells the idea of him as a good-time guy very well.  Re the last verse:  sometimes subtlety can be over-rated.

   Yes I love my good times
   That's all I've ever had
   Well, to talk about work
   It always make me mad

   I've got a house full of whiskey
   And I've got some gin
   So when I start to drinkin'
   I can drink any doggone thing

   You don't believe I'm right
   Just come on down the line
   Well, I sure don't mind if you
   See little Brownie sometime

   SOLO, X 2

   Ah, you may get bossy
   At each and every chance
   But you're supposed to wear the dresses
   'Cause I'm gonna wear the pants

   Now, we can get along, baby,
   And everything be tops
   Now, you can't hate me
   As long as you love my box

   SOLO

   Ah, remember, baby,
   And treat little Brownie right
   We will all get together and
   Ball, ball, ball all night

All best,
Johnm

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2009, 01:32:59 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "Going My Way" some time in 1942 or 1943, according to the discographical information in the JSP "Shake That Thing!" set.  The song is a slow 8-bar blues in the mold of Big Maceo's "Worried Life Blues".  Brown accompanies himself in dropped-D here, and his performance, both instrumentally and vocally, is superlative.  This must be one of the most low-down Country Blues pieces ever played out of dropped-D.  Gabriel Brown hits a lot of notes in his accompaniment that work well and that I have never heard anyone else use when playing in dropped-D, and his solo is sensational.  The over-all sound is very dark and dramatic without being stagey.  Gabriel Brown's phrasing is simultaneously very free and very natural sounding.

   Ah, baby, you done me wrong
   If this keeps up now, I can't last long
   That's all right, baby,
   You'll be tryin' to go my way someday

   Now, if you don't want me, tell me so
   I'll get together, pack up and go
   That's all right, baby,
   You'll be tryin' to go my way someday

   SOLO

   I'll dream about you night and day
   Tryin' to get you, change your ways
   That's all right, baby,
   You'll be tryin' to go my way someday

   How many day has gone by?
   I'll sit around, babe, all day and cry
   That's all right, baby,
   You'll be tryin' to go my way someday

All best,
Johnm
  

  

  
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2009, 01:49:22 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "Cold Love" at a session in New York City on August 26, 1943.  The song is a 12-bar chorus blues played out of the A position in standard tuning, and as was most often the case in Brown's recordings, he starts the song with the refrain.  The feel of the song is dark and intense, and the darkness is heightened by Brown's V chord voicing choice.  Rather than going to an E chord or E7 for his V chord, as would most commonly be the case when playing in the A position, Brown opts for the much darker E minor 7 chord, voiced so:  X-2-X-0-3-0, with its fifth in the bass.  Brown must have liked the sound of this voicing in the A position context very well, for it shows up in virtually all of his A position songs. This is another very strong "love gone wrong" song and performance.

   REFRAIN:  Goodbye, baby, for you see, your style is old
   I'd try to love you but your love has done got cold

   Now your love for me, baby, grows colder every night
   No matter what you try to do it don't seem to be just right
   REFRAIN:  Goodbye, baby, for you see, your style is old
   I'd try to love you but your love has done got cold

   Now, when you was hot stuff, mama, I know you remember those days
   But you just couldn't seem to realize that you couldn't last always
   REFRAIN:  Goodbye, baby, for you see, your style is old
   I'd try to love you but your love has done got cold

   I tried to get you hip, baby, see what it was all about
   But you just couldn't understand that iron and steel wears out
   REFRAIN:  Goodbye, baby, for you see your style is old
   I'd try to love you but your love has done got cold

   SOLO

   Now, if you had listened careful to what I had to say
   I wouldn't be leavin', baby, as these early days
   REFRAIN:  Goodbye, baby, for you see, your style is old
   I'd try to love you but your love has done got cold

All best,
Johnm
  
    
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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2009, 09:51:12 AM »
All that's required now is a discography from Stefan! Hint, hint. Only joking, honest.....

Done. Not joking, honest.....

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2009, 12:33:50 PM »
Done. Not joking, honest.....
Well done that man.

You've prompted me to unearth the Policy Wheel LP and its 12 page booklet, seven of which are devoted to lyric transcriptions of the songs present. I won't embarrass the author by scanning the booklet but he too specifically homes in on the second verse of Not Now I'll Tell You When and also notes that It's Getting Soft being a track "not suitable for airplay". Better get going on that one John M. ;)

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2009, 01:38:19 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "It's Getting Soft" at a session in New York City on May 2, 1945.  He accompanied himself out of C position in standard tuning on this number and it must be noted, his G string was woefully flat.  The song alternates a refrain with brief two-line verses and its form is a one-off.  Brown free-hands his intro and solos for the most part, picking single-string lines up the neck.  In his final solo, he performs a nifty slide of a chordal position in the treble, from X-X-X-9-8-8 to X-X-X-5-5-5, thus changing the left hand position in transit on a slide, a very sporting proposition.
Lyrically, the song adopts an unusual subject matter for a blues, the imminent melting of ice cream.  Brown adopts a surprising confiding tone in his vocal, considering the unusual but perfectly straightforward subject matter; it's almost as though he were singing about something else altogether.  The final verse admits the possibility of such an interpretation of the lyrics but there is no way of knowing what that alternative interpretation might be.  I suspect present-day blues scholars will never know the answer to this question.

   INTRO

   REFRAIN:  Hurry, baby, ah, baby
   I want you to hurry, well, you know it's gettin' soft

   REFRAIN:  Hurry, baby, ah, baby
   I want you to hurry, well, you know it's gettin' soft

   Now, I'll keep it right as long as I could
   It must keep sweet, mellow and good

   REFRAIN:  Hurry, baby, hurry, baby
   I want you to hurry, well, you know it's gettin' soft

   SOLO

   REFRAIN:  Hurry, baby, hurry, baby
   I want you to hurry, well, you know it's gettin' soft

   Now, get this one thing on your mind
   You can't keep it hard all the time

   REFRAIN:  Hurry, baby, hurry, baby
   I want you to hurry, well, you know it's gettin' soft

   It must be firm and hard like it should
   When it's soft it ain't no good

   REFRAIN:  Hurry, baby, hurry, baby
   I want you to hurry, well, you know it's gettin' soft

   SOLO

   REFRAIN:  Hurry, baby, ah, baby
   I want you to hurry, well, you know it's gettin' soft

   Now, take your mind out the gutter, you know what I mean
   It ain't what you think, it's only ice cream

   REFRAIN:  Hurry, baby, hurry, baby
   I want you to hurry, well, you know it's gettin' soft

All best,
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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2010, 04:22:56 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "The Jinx Is On Me" at a session in New York City on May 2, 1945.  It's a strong one-chord chorus blues played with a slide out of Vestapol.  Brown really was a  nice slide player, especially considering what a relatively small percentage of his recorded sides are played utilizing that technique.  He does a lot of slide responses to his vocal phrases on this number that are expecially nifty.  I'd appreciate any help with the bent-bracketed phrase.

   REFRAIN:  The jinx is on me, jinx is on me
   I can't have no luck at all, jinx is on me

   I was told to get a reading, that was the very best thing to do
   Well, that gypsy told me, "There ain't nothin' in the cards for you."
   REFRAIN:  the jinx is on me, jinx is on me
   I can't have no luck at all, the jinx is on me

   Me and my friends played a number, just as happy as happy could be
   Ev'ybody got paid for that number, ev'ybody got paid but me
   SPOKEN: I lost my stake!
   REFRAIN:  The jinx is on me, jinx is on me
   I can't have no luck at all, the jinx is on me

   I wanted to play a guitar, I just wore myself out tryin'
   I didn't learn how to do a doggone thing but make this guitar cry
   SPOKEN:  Listen at it!          Cry again, baby!
  
   I'm gonna catch myself a freight train, goin' way out in the west
   Now, any old place that's gonna take me out this mess
   REFRAIN:  The jinx is on me, jinx is on me
   I can't have no luck at all, the jinx is on me

Edited 1/18 to pick up correction from Bunker Hill

All best,
Johnm

  
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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2010, 10:51:40 AM »
   Me and my friends played a number, it just [had this happened to be]
   Ev'ybody got paid for that number, ev'ybody got paid but me
   SPOKEN: I lost my stiff!
I ain't convinced of what I'm hearing but fwiw

Me and my friends played a number, just as happy as happy could be,
Everybody got paid for that number, everybody got paid but me.
Spoken: I lost my stake.

Or is this just wishful thinking on my part? :)

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2010, 11:41:41 AM »
Thanks very much for your help, Bunker Hill, I believe you have it nailed.  "Just as happy as happy could be" is right on the money.  "Stake" makes a hell of a lot more sense than "stiff" in this context, too.  I'll make the changes.
All best,
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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2010, 02:30:58 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "Doing My Best" at a session in New York City on October 26, 1944, accompanying himself out of the A position in standard tuning.  Like many of his other songs, "Doing My Best" is a chorus blues in which Gabriel Brown starts the song with the refrain.  The song has a low-down feel as did most of Gabriel Brown's songs played out of A.  It's troubled only by his ongoing problems with tuning his guitar.  I go back and forth on how much I think it matters; it's not drastically out, but it is out enough to be a bit puckery.

   REFRAIN:  I'm gettin' tired now, 'cause I ain't that kind of man
   I ain't gonna beg you, 'cause I'm tryin' to do the best I can

   Now, I'm a easy person, I don't have much to say
   Don't take me for a fool, baby, because I let you have your way
   REFRAIN:  I'm getting tired now, 'cause I ain't that kind of man
   I ain't gonna beg you, 'cause I'm tryin' to do the best I can

   Now, you's a lovely person, your perfection can't be beat
   But if you make your bed hard, baby, that's where you'll have to sleep
   REFRAIN:  I'm getting tired now, 'cause I ain't that kind of man
   I ain't gonna beg you, I'm tryin' to do the best I can

   SOLO:

   I'll work myself down, I've done everything I could
   The only thing I can see now is that you don't mean me no good
   REFRAIN:  I'm getting tired now, 'cause I ain't that kind of man
   I ain't gonna beg you, I'm tryin' to do the best I can

   Now, I'm between two opinions, and I don't know what to do
   But if I thought that you was right, baby, I'd go down in hell for you
   REFRAIN:  I'm getting tired now, 'cause I ain't that kind of man
   I ain't gonna beg you, I'm tryin' to do the best I can

All best,
Johnm

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« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2011, 02:27:33 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "I'm Just Crazy" at a session on October 30, 1952, fairly near the tail end of his recording career.  He plays the song out of A position in standard tuning, and puts the guitar pretty firmly in an accompaniment role, for he doesn't even take one solo.  His guitar was not in tune for the song, as was normal for him, but it's not bad enough to make your teeth hurt, like it is on some of his performances.  After the first verse, the song evolves into a chorus blues.  Gabriel Brown almost always had original lyrics on his songs, and he delivered them well.  He does a falsetto leap on the first syllable of the second "crazy" in the tag line to his choruses.

   I've got a girl, see what she has done to me
   I've got a girl, see what she has done to me
   Got me crazy, crazy as I can be

   But I woke up this mornin', everything was turnin' 'round and 'round
   I put my clothes on, baby, but I put my pants on upside down
   REFRAIN: Hey, hey, mama, see what you have done to me
   Got me crazy, crazy as I can be

   I've had them a little thin and also nice an fat
   But I ain't had nothin' in my whole life that was stupid just like that
   REFRAIN: Hey, hey, mama, see what you have done to me
   Got me crazy, crazy as I can be

   I've got to get myself together, 'cause this love's gonna be my ruin
   I've just about reached the place now that I don't know what I'm doin'
   REFRAIN: Hey, hey, mama, see what you have done to me
   Got me crazy, crazy as I can be
   
   I always ran my own train, but that was what you see
   'Cause there's on thing sure, buddy, there's no love that's doggin' me
   REFRAIN: Hey, hey, mama (guitar finishes line)
   Got me crazy, crazy as I can be

   I admit that I am crazy, well, that's plain enough to see
   But I have found a real gone baby and she sure is sweet to me
   REFRAIN: Hey, hey, mama, see what you have done to me
   Got me crazy, crazy as I can be

All best,
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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2011, 03:22:25 PM »
His guitar was not in tune for the song, as was normal for him, but it's not bad enough to make your teeth hurt, like it is on some of his performances.

I guess it says something that this makes me want to listen to him!  ;)

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« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2011, 01:12:02 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded the oddly titled "Baby, Boy, Baby" on October 26, 1944 in New York City, accompanying himself out of his favorite, dropped-D tuning.  The title seems more plausible as "Baby Boy, Baby".  In any event, it tells the tale of a street operator.  Like many of Brown's songs, it is a chorus blues, and for this number, he liked to double the chorus.  I remember reading that "gage" was Louis Armstrong's favored term for marijuana.

   REFRAIN: Baby Boy, baby, Baby Boy, baby
   I'm the Baby Boy, baby, and I'm always on the ball

   REFRAIN: Oh, Baby Boy, baby, Baby Boy, baby
   I'm the Baby Boy, baby, and I'm always on the ball

   Now, I am the hepcat of this town
   You'll find me on the corner, jack, take it on down
   REFRAIN: Baby Boy, baby, Baby Boy, baby
   I'm the Baby Boy, baby, and I'm always on the ball

   REFRAIN: Oh, Baby Boy, baby, Baby Boy, baby
   I'm the Baby Boy, baby, and I'm always on the ball

   Now, if you wanta keep straight, you've got to be wise
   You got to follow all corners, diggin' all kind of jive
   REFRAIN: Baby Boy, baby, Baby Boy, baby
   I'm the Baby Boy, baby, and I'm always on the ball

   SOLO

   REFRAIN: Oh, Baby Boy, baby, Baby Boy, baby
   I'm the Baby Boy, baby, and I'm always on the ball

   Now, if you need to fib it ain't no sin
   Just to pull yourself together and fall in my den
   REFRAIN: Baby Boy, baby, Baby Boy, baby
   I'm the Baby Boy, baby, and I'm always on the ball

   REFRAIN: Oh, Baby Boy, baby, Baby Boy, baby
   I'm the Baby Boy, baby, and I'm always on the ball

   Now, I can get tea, that stuff they call gage
   Anything I can't get, it sure ain't made, 'cause
   REFRAIN: Baby Boy, baby, Baby Boy, baby
   I'm the Baby Boy, baby, and I'm always on the ball

   SOLO

   REFRAIN: Oh, Baby Boy, baby, Baby Boy, baby
   I'm the Baby Boy, baby, and I'm always on the ball

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2011, 02:05:01 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "Stick With Me" at the same October 26, 1944 session at which he recorded "Baby, Boy, Baby".  "Stick With Me" is an 8-bar chorus blues played out of A position in standard tuning, working out of the "Worried Life Blues" mold.  Gabriel Brown uses an unusual version of the A7 chord  behind his verses: 0-0-5-6-5-0, a voicing that was similarly utilized by Robert Johnson in his A position blues in the seventh and eighth bars.  (Johnson also used the position moved down in pitch one fret for an A diminished 7 chord.)  Like many players of 8-bar blues, Gabriel Brown shows a predilection for "going long" instrumentally at the tail end of the form.  At the end of the second verse and chorus, he does this to spectacular effect , riffing for seven bars (!) before going into a brief solo.  I admire Gabriel Brown's way of coming up with new lyrics all the time.

   Well, this world weren't never that way
   You've got to stick together from day to day
   REFRAIN: Don't leave me, baby
   We've got to stick together all the time

   Don't leave me, baby, you'll go astray
   I need you so much to go my way
   REFRAIN: Don't leave me, baby
   We've got to stick together all the time

   SOLO

   I want you to know, you can't never go
   My love for you, dear, you can never know
   REFRAIN: Don't leave me, baby
   We've got to stick together all the time

   Has been hard feeling and some tears
   We've had so much fun, dear, all through the years
   REFRAIN: Don't leave me, baby
   We've got to stick together all the time

   If you leave me and leave my home
   I can't help but miss you when you're gone
   REFRAIN: Don't leave me, baby
   We've got to stick together all the time

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #20 on: July 07, 2011, 10:02:02 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "Youngster's Blues" at a session in New York City on October 30, 1952, accompanying himself out of dropped-D tuning.  The song is a real poser, for Brown's sound is notably "dirty", and his tuning is dire, even by his standards.  The sound of the accompaniment is very much at odds with the song's lyric, which is really strange, venturing into Willie "61" Blackwell territory.  He definitely was not re-treading the same old blues cliches.

   I'm gonna build me a playhouse, and I'm build it up on the hill
   I'm gonna build me a playhouse, and I'm gonna build it up on the hill
   Now, if you don't have me, I know somebody else will

   I'll have myself a sand pile, get my sand from the deep blue sea
   I will have myself a sand pile, get my sand from the deep blue sea
   I have myself some pretty little girlies to play in my sand pile with me

   We'll make some mud pies, let them bake in the broiling sun
   We'll make some mud pies and let 'em bake in the broiling sun
   I'll be arrangin' my playhouse, Lord, 'til my pies get done

   I'll have a grass rope swing, hangin' from my back yard tree
   I'll have a grass rope swing, hangin' from my back yard tree
   I'll let my little playmates push my swing for me

   I was born a playboy, 'cause my Mommy used to play with me
   Yes, I was born a playboy, 'cause my Mommy used to play with me
   She say, "You better learn how to play, Junior, or your life will be misery."

All best,
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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #21 on: October 20, 2011, 10:46:14 AM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "Don't Worry About It" at a session in New York City on May 2, 1945.  He backed himself out of C in standard tuning on the song, and it works a lot of the same musical territory as did "It's Getting Soft".  Lyrically, he's working in a sort of hipster mode, and it suits him.  Every time he speaks the title phrase, he precedes it with a chordal shot that sets it off nicely.

   You could be happy all the time, you take my advice
   Broaden your smiles and lose your frowns, treat everybody nice
   You ain't got a dime, just to keep from cryin', get that off your mind
   SPOKEN: Don't worry about it!

   Well, if you don't rate, let me get you straight, don't be nobody's bait
   SPOKEN: Don't worry about it!

   SOLO

   Now you can be happy all the time if you take my advice
   Broaden your smiles and lose your frowns, treat everybody nice
   If you roamin' 'round, ain't got a friend in town, don't let that get you down
   SPOKEN: Don't worry about it!

   SOLO

   You could be happy all the time, you take my advice
   Broaden your smiles and lose your frowns, treat everybody nice
   Take life as it stands, you can't please every man, but do the best you can
   SPOKEN: Don't worry about it!

   OUTRO

   SPOKEN: Don't worry about it!

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2011, 03:59:23 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "I Get Evil When My Love Comes Down", at his first commercial recording session, in New York City in 1942 or 1943 (he had been recorded by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in Florida in 1935).  Brown accompanied himself out of dropped-D tuning in D, his favorite playing position, for the song.  His playing in that position was expert and original, at least among recorded players.  He was a guy who always sounded to be playing poor instruments, real tubs of guts, and he was not overly concerned with changing or tuning his strings.  His tuning for "I Get Evil When My Love Comes Down" is better than on many of his recordings.
The song is a chorus blues, and as was Brown's wont, he starts the form on the refrain.  He allows himself a lot of space for instrumental fills at the tail end of the form and routinely goes long.  His lyrics, as most often seems to have been the case, are original to him, a relative rarity in the blues world.

   REFRAIN: I get evil, hoo, evil
   Well I get evil, baby, when my love comes down

   Now look here, pretty mama, don't start foolin' around
   I gets awful evil, now when my love comes down
   REFRAIN: I gets evil, hoo, evil
   Well I get evil, baby, when my love comes down

   Now when I come home, think I'm doing well
   Keep me from bein' in trouble, you just start to raisin' hell, now,
   REFRAIN: That makes me evil, hoo Lord, so evil
   Yes, I get evil, baby, when my love comes down

   Hey, you told me that you loved me, but that was from the start
   Now ever since we've been together, you just keep on breakin' my heart, now,
   REFRAIN: That makes me evil, hoo Lord, so evil
   Well, I get evil, baby, when my love comes down

   You better wake up, pretty mama, 'cause you can never tell
   Now I may start out swingin', 'cause I ain't doin' so well, now,
   REFRAIN: You say I'm evil, hoo Lord, so evil
   Yes, I get evil, baby, when my love comes down

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #23 on: September 21, 2012, 08:32:19 AM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "I Am Just Hard Luck" at a session in New York City on December 15, 1952.  He backed himself out of A position in standard tuning.  He had a distinctive sound working in A, because he always played a minor V7 chord, E minor 7, when playing in that position, which gave his sound there a dark cast.
As was most often the case with Gabriel Brown, his lyrics appear to be his own, rather than ones drawn from the common pool of blues lyrics.  He delivers them strongly, and his way of having a lot of little interior pauses in the delivery of the lines makes them seem more conversational and less driven by meter.  This track, as with all of the tracks discussed in this thread, can be found on the JSP set, "Shake That Thing!  East Coast Blues 1935--1953", which also includes the complete recorded works of Dan Pickett and Ralph Willis.

Oh, hey, hey, somebody foolin' 'round my door
Hey, hey, somebody foolin' 'round my door
It may be my landlord, baby I sure don't know

If my landlord comes around, you know just what to do
If my landlord comes around, well, you know just what to do
Just tell him, "Monday, we gonna move away from you."

SOLO

I'm gonna start playin' the numbers, because my number just won't come
I'm gonna start playin' the numbers, because my number just won't come
I'm gonna start playin' the horses, 'cause them poor nags just won't run

Now if it wasn't for dollars, I don't know what I would do
If it wasn't for the women, I would never be blue
Now if it wasn't for dollars, well, I don't know what I'd do
Now if it wasn't for the women, Great God, I'd never be blue

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #24 on: October 07, 2012, 03:38:19 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "I've Done Stopped Gamblin'" at a session in New York City on October 26, 1944.  He accompanied himself in dropped-D tuning in D, his favorite playing position, for the song.  He really was quite expert in that position, and I wonder if his knowledge of the tuning was something he arrived at on his own, because there's next to no recorded precedent for much of what he played in dropped-D.  I find myself wondering, too, if Gabriel Brown's recordings in dropped-D provided the model for Lightnin' Hopkins' playing in that tuning and position, because I'm not aware of any Texas player prior to Lightnin' who specialized in dropped-D to the extent that Gabriel Brown did.

As was most often the case with Gabriel Brown's songs, his lyrics are strong and, I think, original.  He opens with his refrain, a favorite ploy of his.  He also goes long, instrumentally, at the back end of the form, as was his practice.  Something about Gabriel Brown's singing about gambling makes me think it was part of his life and not just a blues cliche for him, sort of like Leroy Carr singing about drinking.  And whether Brown had an involvement with gambling or not, the fact that I think he did means he sold his song pretty well through his singing.

REFRAIN: I done stopped gamblin', yes, I've got that off my mind
'Cause the Law of Average say that you must win sometime

Boys, I've done made up my mind and I know just what to do
That old playin' cards and shootin' crap, well I'm turnin' it all over to you
REFRAIN: I done stopped gamblin', yes, I've got that off my mind
'Cause the Law of Average say that you must win sometime

Now, I'm keepin' everything I earn, 'cause I ain't got a thing to lose
Now, before I'll gamble my money 'way, I will fire it all up in booze
REFRAIN: Done stopped gamblin', yes, I've got that off my mind
The Law of Average say that you must win sometime

SOLO

I had a box full of rabbits' feet, white elephants the other day
I got into a big-time game, they made me throw that stuff away
REFRAIN: Done stopped gamblin', yes, I've got that off my mind
The Law of Average say that you must win sometime

Now, they say you can't beat luck, keep on bettin' you're bound to win
But if the game ain't on the level, that doesn't mean a doggone thing
REFRAIN: Done stopped gamblin', yes, I've got that off my mind
The Law of Average say that you must win sometime

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2012, 03:16:09 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "You Have To Be Different" at a session in New York City on May 2, 1945, accompanying himself out of A position in standard tuning.  This song qualifies as a "mystery title" for its title phrase appears nowhere in the course of the lyrics.  It should be acknowledged that this is one of Gabriel Brown's songs on which his tuning is in real toothache-creating territory, it's just brutal.  There no solos here, but lots of nice playing and ideas, nonetheless.  In places Gabriel's feel and time are reminiscent of Robert Johnson's playing in Spanish on tunes like "Stones In My Passway" or "Terraplane Blues".

REFRAIN: You just get yourself together, you can't always have your way
Times brings about changes, you will get your turn someday

I been gettin' along in this world with everyone but you
You've got to meet me halfway with everything we do
REFRAIN: Just get together, you can't always have your way
Times brings about changes, you will get your turn someday

There will be no more of this carryin' on, about you lookin' out for yourself
And you takin' the best of everything, then I have to take what's left
REFRAIN: You just get yourself together, you can't always have your way
Times brings about changes, you will get your turn someday

Now, when you needs a favor, that's all you have to say
But when I go to you, you always turn the other way
REFRAIN: Just get yourself together, you can't always have your way
Times brings about changes, you will get your turn someday

I'm gonna change my way of livin', be the meanest man in town
If you can't help me up, baby, you sure won't drag me down
REFRAIN: Get yourself together, you can't always have your way
Times brings about changes, you will get your turn someday

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2012, 07:42:01 PM »
John, I agree, toothache territory on the tuning.  :P A position standard tuning for me always seems to be the one that is most noticeably out of tune.

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« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2012, 09:21:16 PM »
I hadn't thought about it, uncle bud, but I think you're right.  He's never as foul in dropped-D as he often is in A.  He can be pretty rugged in C, too.
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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #28 on: April 10, 2013, 02:30:20 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "Bad Love" at a session in New York City on August 26, 1943, accompanying himself out of dropped-D tuning.  Instrumentally, he is working a lot of the same territory that he explored on "Going My Way", a song he recorded around the same time (though "Going My Way" is an 8-bar blues and "Bad Love" is a 12-bar blues).  Taken on a continuum with being in tune at one end and being way out of tune at the other end, "Bad Love" probably falls somewhere around the middle, out of tune for most other people, but not too bad for Gabriel Brown.  As an aside, it would be interesting to find out how Gabriel Brown became so conversant with dropped-D tuning, and whether he came up with his sound there on his own, or was influenced by another player to take it up.
As with most of his songs, "Bad Love" uses lyrics that appear to be Brown's own, rather than drawn from the common pool of blues lyrics.  This ends up being one of the real strengths of his music, though it's not necessarily something that might grab you right off the bat.

I've been thinkin' and thinkin', Lord, what am I gonna do?
Been thinkin' and thinkin', Lord, what am I gonna do?
I'm always dreamin', and won't none of my dreams come true

Did you ever love someone, and that someone didn't love you?
Ever love someone, and that someone didn't love you?
Now you just tell me what you've done, and I can do that, too

I ain't gonna cry, babe, and I ain't gonna lose a tear
I ain't gonna cry, babe, and I ain't gonna lose a tear
I haven't done any cryin' for these lonely years

SOLO

Goodbye, goodbye, baby, fare you well, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, baby, fare you well, goodbye
I can't l-love you, and there ain't no need to try

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #29 on: August 22, 2013, 01:43:32 PM »
Hi all,
For "Cold Mama", recorded at a session in New York City on October 30, 1952, Gabriel Brown works out of the unusual, for him, playing position of E in standard tuning.  Perhaps his relative lack of familiarity with the position is reflected in his choice not to play any solos in the course of the rendition.  His tuning is pretty rugged, as per usual.  The song is a chorus blues, as most of his were, and the tagline of the chorus has a pretty irresistible crabbiness to it.

You say you're tired of me, baby, what in the world you gonna do?
Yes, you're tired of me, baby, what in the world you gonna do?
You claim you sick of me, mama, well, I'm sick of your cold self, too

Now when you got to bed, baby, your feet and hands is cold as ice
Asked you about a little lovin' , and you tell me it ain't no dice
REFRAIN: Now, you're tired of me, baby, what in the world you gonna do?
You claim you sick of me, mama, well, I'm sick of your cold self, too

You got a hot water bottle at your feet, a heatin' pad at your head
A great big electric blanket, spread it all over the bed
REFRAIN: And say, you're tired of me, baby, what in the world you gonna do?
You claim you sick of me, mama, well, I'm sick of your cold self, too

The you keep your wood gin old bottle on the dresser by your head
So you can get a warm milk toddy before you go to bed
REFRAIN:  And you're tired of me, baby, what in the world you gonna do?
You claim you sick of me, mama, well, I'm sick of your cold self, too

SOLO
You claim you was sick of me, baby, well, I'm sick of your cold self, too

Now if anybody should ask me about you, there ain't much I could tell
I don't believe we'd keep on, baby, if you was buildin' fires in hell
REFRAIN: Now, you're tired of me, baby, what in the world you gonna do?
You claim you was sick me, mama, well, I'm sick of your cold self, too

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #30 on: August 23, 2013, 08:42:26 AM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "Got No Money Blues" at a session in New York City on December 15, 1952, accompanying himself out of A position in standard tuning.  He has a nice loose phrasing on the song, often going long at the tail end of his phrases.  As was his practice when playing in A, he always played his V chord as an E minor 7, leaving the third string open.
This is a particularly interesting set of lyrics by Gabriel Brown.  How many blues songs can you think of in which the singer alludes to his "attainments"?  Gabriel Brown seems to have set store in coming up with his own lyrics, and they end up being one of the most distinctive aspects of his music.

When it's cold, cold weather, bye and bye it's gonna snow
When it's cold, cold, weather, bye and bye it's gonna snow
I've always been outdoors, ain't never had no place to go

I work too hard, baby, that's why I look so beat
I work too hard, baby, that's why I look so beat
I strain every nerve in my attainments, tryin' to make my poor ends meet

SOLO

Now, my home ain't here, and that's plain enough to see
Now, my home ain't here, and that's plain enough to see
Now, if my baby knew where I was, I'll bet she would send for me

We all work to get money, but you'll see I haven't got none
We all work to get money, but you'll see I haven't got none
There's a reason you see me happy, because I'm not the only one

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #31 on: March 26, 2014, 10:26:50 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "Education Blues" at a session in Eatonville, Florida on June 20, 1935.  He's joined by Rochelle French, seconding him on guitar, for the track, in which both musicians play out of A position in standard tuning.  Their duo sound was very strong and showed a lot of variety; the song starts out with Lemon Jefferson's opening lick from his "Matchbox Blues", and along about the second verse goes into a mean and nasty "Hernando A" sound much like Garfield Akers and Joe Callicott, and even more like Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie on "Something Bad Gonna Happen To You".  Hearing Gabriel Brown and Rochelle French work together makes one wish they had recorded more titles together because they sounded terrific together--loose in the best possible way.

All my school and education didn't mean a thing to me
All my school and education didn't mean a thing to me
When I met a good-lookin' woman, that was the end of me

So I left home with this woman, went out into this world alone
So I left home with this woman, went out into this world alone
Now I'm doggone sorry I ever left my home

SOLO

Now, ramblin' with this woman caused me to be down so low
Travellin' with this woman caused me to be down so low
And now my dear old Mother wouldn't allow me 'round her door

SOLO-16-bar

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #32 on: July 11, 2014, 04:30:38 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded a version of "Franky and Albert" for the Library of Congress in the 1930s that has recently been made available on youtube.  The recording starts with the song already in progress.  Gabriel Brown accompanied himself out of G position in standard tuning for his rendition, and on one of his later solos does a nice job of using the treble to take the bass for a ride.  Here is Gabriel Brown's version of the song:



". . . doctor, turn me over slow
Because that bullet in my right side, the one that hurt me so
She's my gal, but she done me wrong"

Frankie went to the barroom, asked for a drink of beer
And then she said to the bartender, "Albert Johnson here?
He's been gone, 'cause he done me wrong."

"Turn me over, doctor, turn me over slow
Oh well, the bullet in my right side, the one that hurt me so,
She's my gal, she's done me wrong."

"I ain't got no money, nobody cares for me
Well, I guess I'll go, baby, on back to Tennessee.
She's my gal, she's done me wrong."

SOLO

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #33 on: August 19, 2015, 05:47:33 PM »
Hi all,
For "Hold that Train", Gabriel Brown accompanied himself out of Dropped-D tuning in D position, probably his favorite playing position.  He had a huge bag of tricks playing this way.  Once again, his tuning baffles, but he's playing such great stuff.  You can decide if you think it's worth it.  Here is his rendition:



INTRO

Hold that train, babe, Lord, and let sweet papa get on board
Hold that train, Lord, and let sweet papa get on board
My home ain't here, it's way on down the road

Everything's so bad, I just can't live in this old town
Everything's so bad, I just won't live in this old town
I don't know nobody that's gonna have me hangin' around

SOLO

The train was rolling, I could hear that whistle blow
Train was rolling, I could hear that whistle blow
I ain't gonna leave you, and I ain't gonna see you go

I know you're leavin', that's why you see me blue
I know you're leavin', that's why you see me blue
I ain't got nothin' but memories of you

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #34 on: April 28, 2017, 05:23:33 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "Mean Old Blues" at a session in New York City on May 2, 1945.  He accompanied himself out of dropped-D tuning for the song, and his tuning was dire, even by his standards.  You can hear the song on the JSP set, "Shake That Thing".

INTRO

I've been forsaken, and that I know
There's nothing better, no place I go
REFRAIN: After all, I've got to go with those mean old blues

Everything I had, was just for you
If you go leaving, oh, what can I do?
REFRAIN: After all, I've got to go, with those mean old blues

You have been grown now, for a long time
I don't know nothing to change your mind
REFRAIN: After all, I've got to go, with those mean old blues

SOLO

REFRAIN: After all, I've got to go, with those mean old blues

You always told me, that I was fine
What did I do for you to change your mind?
REFRAIN: After all, I've got to go, with those mean old blues

SOLO

When I was with you, everything was fine
I was yours, but you weren't mine
REFRAIN: After all, I've got to go, with those mean old blues

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #35 on: September 01, 2018, 03:26:59 PM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "You Ain't No Good", working out of his favored dropped-D tuning, in New York City, some time in 1942 or 1943.  He really was a trail blazer in his use of dropped-D tuning, and I am convinced he influenced Lightnin' Hopkins and through him, Carolina Slim in their playing in dropped-D.  The song is a chorus blues, and as was his wont, Gabriel Brown came in singing the chorus after his intro.  Here is a link to the song, with apologies to non-U. S. weenies, who may not be able to view the video.



INTRO

REFRAIN: Now, you ain't no good, ain't no good
Well, you ain't no good, you ain't no doggone good

I gave you enough money to last all the week, Thursday, Friday, ain't a durned thing to eat
REFRAIN: You ain't no good, ain't no good
Well, you ain't no good, you ain't no doggone good

I saved my money, bought you a diamond ring, you told everybody didn't buy a doggone thing
REFRAIN: You ain't no good, ain't no good
Well, you ain't no good, you ain't no doggone good

You the durndest chick I've ever seen, can't see how a body could be so mean
REFRAIN: You ain't no good, ain't no good
Well, you ain't no good, you ain't no doggone good

Well, it's hell in the kitchen, same in the hall, fightin' in the bedroom and that ain't all
REFRAIN: You ain't no good, ain't no good
Well, you ain't no good, you ain't no doggone good

SOLO

Now, with someone else you may be all right, but when I come home it's hell every night
REFRAIN:  You ain't no good, ain't no good
Well, you ain't no good, you ain't no doggone good

I"d like to concrete the earth, let you dig, put a ring in your nose like you're a doggone pig
REFRAIN: 'Cause you ain't no good, ain't no good
Well, you ain't no good, you ain't no doggone good

All best,
Johnm
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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #36 on: September 01, 2018, 03:53:59 PM »
Hi all,
For "That's Alright", recorded in New York City on September 13, 1944, Gabriel Brown was working once again out of dropped-D tuning.  The song is an 8-bar blues, melodically similar to Big Maceo's "Worried Life Blues", and for that matter, very similar to Gabriel Brown's own "Going My Way".  Here is "That's Alright":



INTRO

Hummed verse

That's alright, that's alright, that's alright, that's alright
It's alright, that's alright, baby, that's alright

That's alright, any way you do, I'll be a baby waiting for you
REFRAIN: It'll be alright, that's all right, baby, that's alright

That's alright, I'll have a hard time, trying to get you to change your mind
REFRAIN: It'll be alright, that's all right, baby, that's alright

You have left me, time after time, but that don't make me change my mind
REFRAIN: It'll be alright, that's all right, baby, that's alright

SOLO

That's alright, don't act like that, when you get ready, come right on back
REFRAIN: It'll be alright, that's all right, baby, that's alright

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #37 on: September 08, 2018, 11:10:12 AM »
Hi all,
For "Down In The Bottom", recorded in New York City on August 15, 1943, Gabriel Brown was working again in dropped-D tuning.  He did a lot of chorus blues in dropped-D that shared essentially the same accompaniment, differing only in minor details.  "Here is "Down In The Bottom":



INTRO

REFRAIN: I'm goin' in the bottom, back down in the bottom
I'm goin' in the bottom where the weather suit my clothes

REFRAIN: I'm goin' in the bottom, back down in the bottom
Yes, I'm goin' in the bottom where the weather suit my clothes

Aw, this doggone place ain't no good for me, I'm going on back where I ought to be
REFRAIN: Back down in the bottom, down in the bottom
Well, I'm goin' in the bottom where the weather suit my clothes

SOLO

REFRAIN: I'm goin' in the bottom, back down in the bottom
Well, I'm goin' in the bottom where the weather suit my clothes

I got to turn you loose, baby, you're 'most too fast, goin' on back where I can last
REFRAIN: That's down in the bottom, down in the bottom
Well, I'm goin' in the bottom where the weather suit my clothes

SOLO

REFRAIN: I'm goin' in the bottom, down in the bottom
Well, I'm goin' in the bottom where the weather suit my clothes

Now, when you got money, everything is swell, you ain't got no money, catch a lot of hell
REFRAIN: That's why I'm goin' in the bottom, down in the bottom
I'm goin' in the bottom where the weather suit my clothes

REFRAIN: I'm goin' in the bottom, down in the bottom
Well, I'm goin' in the bottom where the weather suit my clothes

Now, down in the bottom everything gets checked, I have a million broads hangin' 'round my neck
REFRAIN: Down in the bottom, oh, down in the bottom
Well, I'm goin' in the bottom where the weather suit my clothes

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Re: Gabriel Brown Lyrics
« Reply #38 on: September 09, 2018, 09:36:56 AM »
Hi all,
Gabriel Brown recorded "I've Got To Stop Drinking" at the same August 26, 1943 session at which he had recorded "Down In The Bottom", and used dropped-D tuning for his accompaniment once again.  His tuning here is really rugged.  This is a great subject for a blues.  Here is the song:



INTRO

REFRAIN: I'm gonna stop drinkin', I'm gonna stop drinkin'
I'm gonna stop drinkin' to make myself again

REFRAIN: I'm gonna stop drinkin', I'm gonna stop drinkin'
I'm gonna stop drinkin' to make myself again

Now, when I was up and in the dough, don't see how I could fall so low
REFRAIN: I got to stop drinkin', I got to stop drinkin'
Yes, I got to stop drinkin' to make myself again

I done lost my home, even lost my wife, don't look out I'm gonna lose my life
REFRAIN: I got to stop drinkin', I got to stop drinkin'
I've got to stop drinkin' to make myself again

REFRAIN: I've got to stop drinkin', I got to stop drinkin'
Says, I got to stop drinkin' to make myself again

I had a big joint, right in town, I got drunk one night, burnt the durn thing down
REFRAIN: I got to stop drinkin', I got to stop drinkin'
Well, I got to stop drinkin' to make myself again

I've been drinkin' all day, the same at night, don't get the stuff, I don't feel right
REFRAIN: I got to stop drinkin', I got to stop drinkin'
Well, I got to stop drinkin' to make myself again

REFRAIN: I've got to stop drinkin', I got to stop drinkin'
Well, I got to stop drinkin' to make myself again

SOLO

I've been drinkin' some stuff they call home brew, any old thing 'cause it tastes like booze
REFRAIN: I got to stop drinkin', I got to stop drinkin'
Well, I got to stop drinkin' to make myself again

I'm so bad off, don't know what to do, close this deed and I am through
REFRAIN: I must stop drinkin', I must stop drinkin'
Well, I must stop drinkin' to make myself again

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