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Author Topic: Memphis Willie B. Lyrics  (Read 10032 times)

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Offline Johnm

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Re: Memphis Willie B. Lyrics
« Reply #45 on: January 22, 2010, 08:22:08 AM »
Hi all,
"Stop Cryin' Blues" is another of the songs that Memphis Willie B. accompanied out of G position in standard tuning with a racked harmonica.  It is a chorus blues of the type that Willie B. most often played. 

   I bought you a brand new shoe, give you knitted stockin' to wear,
   Send you downtown to the beauty parlor so you have good curly hair
   REFRAIN:  But you just keep on cryin', you ain't never satisfied
   You gon' keep on cryin', I'm gonna pack my things and ride

   You know I love you, did all I could do
   Behind kind treatment you won't be true
   REFRAIN:  Now, you keep on cryin', you ain't never satisfied
   You gonna keep on cryin', I'm-a pack my things and ride

   SOLO

   You leave me lonesome, you leave me all alone
   You go out big-timin', mistreatin' your home
   REFRAIN:  And just keep on cryin', you ain't never satisfied
   You gonna keep on cryin', I'm-a pack my things and ride

   Lord, I love you, baby, look like you want to treat me wrong
   You gonna keep around this mornin', baby, and find me gone
   REFRAIN:  And just keep on cryin', you ain't never satisfied
   You just keep on cryin', I'm gonna pack my things and ride

   SOLO

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Re: Memphis Willie B. Lyrics
« Reply #46 on: January 27, 2010, 06:28:19 PM »
Hi all,
The last two titles remaining from "Introducing Memphis Willie B." that have not already been transcribed in this thread are "Mailman Blues", from Sleepy John Estes, and "Everyday I Have the Blues", from Memphis Slim (Peter Chatmon).  Willie B. sings a couple of verses on "Mailman Blues" that were not on Sleepy John's recording, and that Sleepy John may have sung in performance or that Willie B. may have come up with on his own.  Willie B. accompanies himself out of G position in standard tuning, with harmonica played off a rack.

   Mr. mailman, please stop by my house today
   Mr. mailman, please stop by my house today
   I want to hear from my baby, and I want to hear from her right away

   Look like if she wouldn't write me, look like she would send me a telegram
   Look like if she wouldn't write me, look like she would send me a telegram
   And ev'y time I run across her mind, look like she would want to know just where I am

   SOLO

   Reason I ain't gettin' no letter, let me tell you what it's all about
   Reason I ain't gettin' no letter, let me tell you what it's all about
   You know, I b'lieve he gettin' drunk, leave my letter up at somebody else's house

   SOLO

   I ain't gonna write no more letters, I ain't gonna send no message by nobody else
   I ain't gonna write no more letters, send no message by nobody else
   Lord, in a few more days I'm gonna see her for myself

Memphis Willie B. backs himself with a flat pick on "Everyday I Have The Blues", and his accompaniment is excitingly effective.  In a way, the call-and-response aspect of the music is even more pronounced with the flat-picked back-up, for it is like another voice, without the full chordal sound that finger-picking generally provides.  Willie B. gives the vocal his all, as was his way.

   Ev'yday, ev'yday I have the blues
   Ev'yday, ev'yday I have the blues
   Drop my bad luck and troubles, but it's you I hate to lose

   Nobody love me, nobody seem to care
   Nobody love me, nobody seem to care
   Talkin' 'bout hard luck and trouble, I swear I have had my share

   SOLO

   I b'lieve I'll pack my suitcase, I b'lieve I'll move on down the line
   I b'lieve I pack my suitcase, b'lieve I'll move on down the line
   Ain't no need of me worryin', ain't no need of cryin'

   So now good-bye, baby, I ain't got no more to say
   So now good-bye, I ain't got no more to say
   Oh, the next man you got, baby, you won't treat him this-a-way

All best,
Johnm
   

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Re: Memphis Willie B. Lyrics
« Reply #47 on: January 28, 2010, 10:45:21 AM »
"Everyday I Have the Blues", from Memphis Slim (Peter Chatmon). 
Who first recorded it under the tile of "Nobody Loves Me" for Miracle in 1947 with an alternative take being issued on Federal some time later under the title of "Every Day I Have The Blues".

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Re: Memphis Willie B. Lyrics
« Reply #48 on: January 28, 2010, 11:14:53 AM »
Thanks for the additional information, Bunker Hill.  It's hard for me not to think of "Every Day I Have The Blues" as a B.B. King number.  At the stage of his career when I first saw him perform (late '60s), he opened every show with that song.
All best,
Johnm

 


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