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Offline Rivers

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Re: Fred McDowell Lyrics Diving Duck
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2015, 04:31:26 PM »
Good one! I created a tag 'misheard lyrics', I couldn't find a previous discussion. The one I remember well though is Dab Bro's mishearing of a line in Mississippi John Hurt's Sliding Delta. It comes up on the quotes oracle, viz

"There ain't no 'taters, these frogs have a guilty vibe...", for "There ain't no 'taters, the frost done killed the vine".

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I Asked for Whiskey, She Brought Me Gasoline by Mississippi Fred McDowell
« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2015, 11:55:47 AM »
Hi everybody,
I just joined this forum because I'm trying to work out the lyrics of Fred McDowell's I Asked for Whiskey, She Brought Me Gasoline but I can't! Maybe because I'm italian, I don't know :D. Could you please help me? Thank you very much.

This is the youtube link for the song:



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Hi Djanni. What have you got so far? The usual thing here is to post your best guess transcription and ask for additions and corrections, rather than asking folks to do the whole job for you. That way people can join in with the effort as much and whenever they can.

also if you leave the s out of https then the vid should show up like this:

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Sorry guys, that's my best transcription, but I'm not sure about almost every word, excepted the "absolutely understandable" ones. Just wrote down what sounds like (this thing about the funeral, for example, I really don't know.. :-\)

And thanks Gumbo for the tips, I won't forget ;)


lord I hated/hate to go down the funeral(?!)
........................
don't care human cares, no
buddy have a Lord I

keep low down there

I leave 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 tell you
Count down blues you count down
women of my lord I tell

count down girl
count down baby
Lord o mine
count down blues mama
count down woman

well I leave poor black matty
she ain't got change ain't clothes
....... scared n ashamed ...........
woman I don't Lord.........

see that woman
lord that woman

(Da the??) meanest woman that I ever seen
ask for whiskey she got me
gasoline in dirty hand

meanest woman

well, I asked for whiskey
give me gasoline

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It's something like this I think:

Lawd I hate to go down that big road by myself
Lawd if I don't carry you won't  carry nobody else
Lawd I ...
big road by my... 
big road by my,...
big road by my...
big road by ...

Well its 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 tell you
Count down blues, you count those womens of mine
Lor I...
count down lor....
count down girl ....
count down baby...
Lawd of Mine...

Count down girl...
Count down babe...
Lor ,lor, lor...
Count down blues mama...
count down women...

Well its poor black mattie
She ain't got change of clothes
...scared n ashamed to see that woman I know
Lawd.....
See that woman...
see that woman....
Lawd that woman...
Lawd that woman...
Lawd...
Lawd is scared...
Scared and ashamed
See that woman.....Lawd no... Lawd I know....

That's the meanest woman that I ever seen
Ask for whiskey give me gasoline
The meanest...
meanest woman...
Lawd I ever...
Lawd I ever...
Did I ever...

Well I ask for whiskey
Give me...
Give me gaso...
Give me gasoline...
Meanest....
Lawd I ever....
Lawd I ever seen

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Thanks Harriett!

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Re: Fred McDowell lyrics
« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2015, 05:38:51 AM »
Hi all,
I merged the "I Asked For Whiskey, She Brought Me Gasoline" thread into the Fred McDowell Lyrics thread.
All best,
Johnm

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Fred McDowell - That's an old song
« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2016, 02:43:54 PM »
Hi all,
I?ve been delving into the music of Fred McDowell recently.  I have some of Tom Feldmann?s DVDs and the transcription book by Dan Bowden (both excellent resources), but I?ve been trying to figure out some songs that aren?t covered by those.  One thing that struck me is that the available transcriptions stick to Spanish and Vestapol tunes, but it seems to me that Fred also recorded a few numbers in standard and crossnote tunings, mainly dating back to his early days in Rossville, Tennessee.   A song which always appealed to me for its haunting quality is Fred?s take on Milk Cow Blues, which I think he?s playing in a low-pitched standard tuning, out of E position.  As is often the case, his playing starts slow and spare then builds tempo and density.  Attached is my attempt to transcribe the music and lyrics ? if anyone has any corrections then I?d be grateful to hear them.  I know TAB isn?t to everyone?s taste, but I find it useful so please indulge me. 
David
PS ? Fred?s 1962 recording of this song ends with him laughing and starting ?That?s an old song.  I ain?t played that ?? before fading out.  If anyone has a copy that contains the rest of his comments, I?d be curious to hear what he said.

« Last Edit: June 18, 2016, 02:02:58 AM by Longsands »

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Re: Fred McDowell - That's an old song
« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2016, 03:48:31 PM »
Hi Longsands,
Your identification of Fred McDowell's playing position on "Milk Cow Blues" as E position in standard tuning is right on the money.  Well done!
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Fred McDowell - That's an old song
« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2016, 01:47:44 AM »
Well, that?s a relief ? thanks John.  There was another thread yesterday which noted that the internet is awash with free crap, and I?m well aware that I might be adding to the pile.  My approach is to take whatever quality instruction I can get ? mainly DVDs from the likes of Mr Miller and Mr Feldmann - then try to apply what I?ve learned by working out some songs myself.  I?m just posting up my findings in the hope that people can advise where I?m going wrong and help me along.  Anyone wanting reliable transcriptions is best parting with some cash to get something produced by a professional.
Anyhow, does anyone have any views on the ?cherry wine? bit of the 1966 lyrics?  I?m taking that as the name of his cow, but I might be mishearing completely.
David

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Re: Fred McDowell - That's an old song
« Reply #25 on: June 16, 2016, 02:03:08 AM »
Here's the link for the 1966 version:


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Re: Fred McDowell - That's an old song
« Reply #26 on: June 16, 2016, 09:44:34 AM »
I hear
"Lord, you milked old Chaney, turned old Cherry dry"

Chris

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Re: Fred McDowell - That's an old song
« Reply #27 on: June 17, 2016, 05:21:10 AM »
I'm wondering if the name wasn't something he got and repurposed from listening to Tommy Johnson - "Cherry Red" appears in Big Road blues - or another blues player from that era. I attempt some of Mcdowell's songs in open tunings only and I have found from also following the lyrics on Weeniecampbell and listening to other country blues players that he seems to composite from other players lyrics and add his own in some of his songs.

If I remember correctly Banjo Chris identified something of his that was originally in a Blind Lemon Jefferson Tune.

He listened to both Tommy Johnson and Blind Lemon according to the liner notes from Alan Lomax on his first recordings

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=10815.0

Harriet

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Re: Fred McDowell - That's an old song
« Reply #28 on: June 17, 2016, 08:52:58 AM »
If I remember correctly Banjo Chris identified something of his that was originally in a Blind Lemon Jefferson Tune.

Fred sings the lines from "Weary Dogs" about he and his white dogs walking out in Jackson Park. I'm sure there must be others, too, but that one I remember.

"Cherry" or "Cherry Red" I would guess was a common nickname for a person or animal with a reddish complexion.

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Re: Fred McDowell - That's an old song
« Reply #29 on: June 17, 2016, 01:15:01 PM »
Thanks Chris and Harriet ? yes, there are a few of the liner notes / interviews that talk about Fred being influenced by records, including the quote ?When I was a boy, I think the first blues record I ever heard was Blind Lemon Jefferson singing Black Snake Moan.  'o-oh, ain?t got no mama now'.  Man, I tell you, I thought that was the prettiest little thing I?d ever heard?.   He does a version of Jefferson?s One Kind Favour (as Six White Horses) on the My Home is in the Delta CD from 1963, and covers Patton?s Pea Vine Special pretty faithfully (albeit with slide) on Levee Camp Blues from 1968.  Some of his church music probably came from Blind Willie Johnson records too, I would think.
On the Milk Cow lyrics, I agree with you Chris about the ?Chaney? line.  Here?s the updated lyrics, in case anyone had any problems opening the PDF:

From Mississippi Fred McDowell (1962) - pitched halfway between D and Eb:

Lord you see my milk cow, please drive her home,
See my milk cow, please drive her home
   
Lord I ain?t had no milk mama, since my cow been gone,
Had no milk, since my cow been gone
   
Lord there?s some black cow mama, ain?t been milked today,
Some black cow, ain?t been milked today
   
Well was soon one morning Lord, throwed my cow?s straw away
Soon one morning, my cow?s straw throwed away
   

From Mississippi Blues (1965) - pitched D (slightly sharp):

If you see my milk cow, please drive her home,
See my milk cow, please drive her home
   
I ain?t had no milk mama, since my cow been gone,
Had no milk, since my cow been gone
   
Well it?s some black cow, ain?t been milked today,
Some black cow, ain?t been milked today
   
Lord my cow strolled away, Lord my calf gone away
Cow strolled away, Lord my calf gone away
   
Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord
   
Instrumental
   
Ever since my pistol, baby been in pawn,
Since my pistol, Lordy been in pawn
   
Lordy me and my baby, we can?t get along,
Me and my baby, we can?t get along
   
Ever since my pistol, Lordy been in pawn


From Long Way from Home (1966) ? pitched halfway between D and Eb:

If you see my milk cow, please drive her home,
See my milk cow, please drive her home
   
I ain?t had no milk mama, since my cow been gone,
Had no milk, since my cow been gone
   
Lord you milked old Chaney Lord you, turned old cherry dry,
Milked old Chaney, turned old cherry dry
   
Some black cow baby she, ain?t been milked today,
Some black cow, ain?t been milked today
   
Lord it?s some black cow, ain?t been milked today
   
Calf went wild ah, mama she?s strolled away,
Calf went wild, mama she?s strolled away
   
Hurry milk cow, please drive her home,
Hurry my milk cow, please Lord drive her home
   
I ain?t had no milk honey since, my cow been gone,
Had no milk, since my cow been gone,
   
I ain?t had no milk, since my cow been gone
« Last Edit: June 18, 2016, 01:57:22 AM by Longsands »

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