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Offline pete1951

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J B Lenoir "Good Advice"--J B Lenoir Lyrics
« on: April 02, 2010, 10:00:40 AM »
Just can`t get the first  line , [of the 1st  verse]
the last word  is gamble, so at the moment I sing` Don`t bite off more than you can handle, The wise man begs but the fool he gamble.

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Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: jb lenoir good advice
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2010, 10:20:48 AM »
It's a Willie Dixon song and also recorded by Koko Taylor and I can't make it out in either version other than "the wise man begs but the fool he gamble". Stupid thing is that Dixon also recorded it as Weak Brain, Narrow Mind and the first part is still indecipherable.

Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: jb lenoir good advice
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2010, 11:19:30 PM »
My good friend John Newman - who has far better ears than I and also knows his Bible (which I don't) - puts forward this proposition for the missing words:

Matthew xxiii:24 "Ye blind guides strain at a gnat and swallow a camel"

I'll leave it up to others to Google the context of the original phrase.

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Re: J B Lenoir "Good Advice"--J B Lenoir Lyrics
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2018, 06:22:33 PM »
Hi all,
Here is J B Lenoir's "Alabama Blues", which he played out of E position in standard tuning, capoed to the fourth fret.  It is very much a set piece arrangement--he even plays the thumb lead fill at the end of each verse exactly the same until he gets to the coda.  Even in the '60s, J B Lenoir was exceptional in how explicitly his lyrics protested civil rights injustices.  Here is the song:



INTRO

I never will go back to Alabama, that is not the place for me
I never will go back to Alabama, that is not the place for me
You know, they killed my sister and my brother, and the whole world let them peoples down there go free

I never will love Alabama, Alabama seemed to never have loved poor me
I never will love Alabama, Alabama seemed to never have loved poor me
Oh God, I wish you would rise up one day, lead my peoples to the land of peace

My brother was taken up from my Mother, and the police officer shot him down
My brother was taken up from my Mother, and the police officer shot him down
I can't help but to set down and cry sometime, think about how my poor brother lost his life

Alabama, Alabama, why you want to be so mean?
Alabama, Alabama, why you want to be so mean?
You've got my people behind the barbed wire fence, now you're tryin' to take my freedom away from me

All best,
Johnm 
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Re: J B Lenoir "Good Advice"--J B Lenoir Lyrics
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2018, 06:02:39 PM »
Hi all,
Here is J B Lenoir's "I Feel So Good", from his "Alabama Blues!" album.  He accompanies himself here out of E position in standard tuning, and it's really great the way he played chordal partials up the neck against open strings in the treble--it's such a cool sound.  I don't know who the drummer or the harmony singer on the last verse are.  The only thing wrong with this cut is that it's too short!  Here is the track:



Well, I feel so good I don't know what to do
Well, I feel so good I don't know what to do
Well, I feel so good, babe, I feel like I want to play wit' you

Well, I feel so good I feel like playin' my box
Well, I feel so good I feel like playin' my box
If I had me one more shot, I believe I would blow me my natural top

SOLO

I'm so glad I know what's on your mind, I'm so glad I know what's on your mind
I'm so glad I know what's on your mind, I'm so glad I know what's on your mind
I'm so glad, glad, glad, glad, glad, I'm so glad I know what's on your mind

SOLO

All best,
Johnm
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Re: J B Lenoir "Good Advice"--J B Lenoir Lyrics
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2018, 12:02:26 AM »
Could it be Freddie Below on drums and harmonies?


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Re: J B Lenoir "Good Advice"--J B Lenoir Lyrics
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2018, 06:39:56 AM »
That's a good thought, Prof, thanks!  I checked the back of the album at Stefan Wirz's website and no credit for the drums and vocal were given in the album's liner notes, but we know from that film footage of J B and Freddie doing "The Whale Swallowed Me" that they had played together as a duo, at least in performance situations.  I'll make a note in Weeniepedia that it may be Freddie Below handling the drums and back-up vocal.
All best,
Johnm

 


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