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[Bull City] Red pulled his hat down over his eyes and said to her, "Cora Mae [Fuller's wife], I didn't get but one letter from you when I was in Virginia." To which [Blind Boy] Fuller replied, "Well, that was one too many." - Bull City Red, from an article about Richard Trice by David Menconi in the Raleigh [NC] News and Observer, 24Jun98

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Offline harry

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson lyrics
« Reply #705 on: December 29, 2015, 01:22:58 PM »
I think it's possibly "hard to rule"

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson lyrics
« Reply #706 on: December 29, 2015, 02:45:30 PM »
Hi Harry,
The sense is good with "rule", but I don't hear any "r" sound at the front end of that word at all.
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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson lyrics
« Reply #707 on: December 30, 2015, 12:08:06 PM »
Are we discussing take 1 (march 1926) or take 2 (may 1926) ? Although Lemon probably used the same word for both versions.

According to Stephen Calt's Barrelhouse Words it's "hard to rule"
According to Michael Taft's Talkin To Myself it's "hard to fool"

In the Taft book it's indicated that he transcribed take 1. Calt didn't make this clear.

On take 2, the one I was familiar with, I thought I heard "rule" too but now that I've listened to take 1 it's definitely "fool"

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson lyrics
« Reply #708 on: December 30, 2015, 12:53:35 PM »
I'll take a listen later today!

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson lyrics
« Reply #709 on: December 30, 2015, 07:47:06 PM »
Sounds to me that on the take from March he sings "fool", but on the take from May, which is the one that appears on the Yazoo "Best of...", it sure sounds like he does indeed sing "school", Johnm.

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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson lyrics
« Reply #710 on: December 30, 2015, 09:59:23 PM »
Yup, I have the Yazoo version, Wax.  Glad you're hearing it that way as well.
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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson lyrics
« Reply #711 on: January 01, 2016, 10:10:11 PM »
I agree with Wax -- there's 2 takes from March, both of which are "fool" (one of those takes is on the Document Too Late Vol. 11) and I hear "school" on the later take, which is the one on the Yazoo set.
Chris

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Blind Lemon Jefferson lyrics
« Reply #712 on: January 05, 2016, 04:13:29 AM »
Yes, I think I'm hearing it this way as well, through somewhat limited technology at the moment. The school/rule imagery pops up as well when Lemon sings about taking pigmeat to Sunday School in Chock House Blues.

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« Reply #713 on: February 25, 2017, 07:34:46 PM »
Online I find the lyric transcribed as "Lemon, get me a taxi to take me away from here
Lemon, get me a taxi to take me all away from here
I haven't had a good friend in this world, since they lead Lemon to the electric chair." 
But what I HEAR when listening to the song is "Lemon, get me a taxi to take me away from here
Lemon, get me a taxi to take me all away from here
I only have one friend in the world fixin' to be murdered in the 'lectric chair.

I am pretty sure I am hearing it right.   Thoughts?

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Re: Blind Lemon's Lectric Chair Blues
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Re: Blind Lemon Jefferson lyrics - 'Lectric Chair Blues
« Reply #715 on: Today at 08:36:27 AM »
I'm gonna shake hands with my partner and ask him how come he's here
I'm gonna shake hands with my partner and ask him how come he's here
I had a wreck with my family, they going to send me to the 'lectric chair?

Hi all,

Can you please explain what "to have a wreck with" means? Did he had a fight with his familiy? Is he responsible for an accident that killed his family?

Best regards
Percolate, Joe! Percolate!

 


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