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If you can play the tune better than me, it's yours - Big Bill Broonzy

Author Topic: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics  (Read 19944 times)

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Offline thickpete

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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #45 on: May 12, 2013, 11:14:25 AM »
Great song! I hear:

V1L1 "don't let me CRY in vain"

V2L2 "I HAS [no while??a??] rushing"
V2L4 "the reason I CAN ease"

The best I have for Hattie's mystery line is "whip it till it brokes* like okra now" but I'm pretty sure I just want to make gummy okra/juicy jelly roll associations and that's not right....lol

*or "ropes"??
« Last Edit: May 12, 2013, 11:16:01 AM by thickpete »

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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #46 on: May 12, 2013, 11:15:39 AM »
Hi uncle bud,
In the last verse, I think Will shade sings, "Mama, you know the road is RUTTED . . . . "
In Hattie's "whup it" comment, I think I hear the word "grocer".
All best,
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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #47 on: May 12, 2013, 11:19:13 AM »
1.1 You see I'm OOZIN', wounded ...

2.2 I HAS no while a-rushing. Your daddy can ease your pain with THESE
2.4 That's the reason I ease your pains with THESE

Interjection: ???

5.3 RUTTED ?

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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #48 on: May 12, 2013, 11:21:36 AM »
I think it's "wounded and bleeding"
And I always sing "the road is rotten" but it could be rocky - I hear that same kind of "O" vowel sound.
Great song!  And it's another example of the minor chord in the blues.

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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #49 on: May 12, 2013, 11:24:30 AM »
The Carolina Chocolate Drops do a version where Dom interjects,

Ah Whip it til you get on Oprah!

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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #50 on: May 12, 2013, 11:57:42 AM »
I had been sort of hearing "ropes" and "okra", which turns out to be a phrase meaning give a good beating. So Hattie says, "Whup it till it ropes like okra now."

Maybe Dom is saying okra as well? Haven't heard their version.

Thanks for all the other suggestions, will listen some more and update.

Edit: Just noticed thickpete was already suggesting this, missed that post somehow. I think you're right, pete.
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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #51 on: May 12, 2013, 12:03:06 PM »
I'm not enough of a blues head much less learned like so many of the smart folks here - but if "ropes like okra" really is a phrase from back then I'd bet a lot that's what she's singing. Fits the dirty context perfectly. (For those who never cook okra turns into a yummy gummy mess when beaten and warmed up just right) I love it! lol

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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #52 on: May 18, 2013, 02:22:20 PM »
Maybe Dom is saying okra as well? Haven't heard their version.

Dom definitely says Oprah - it was live at the Will Shade Tribute in '08 and I think they enjoyed messing with the phonological ambiguity ;)

So Ropes like Okra is some kind of culinary innuendo?

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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #53 on: May 19, 2013, 07:35:14 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions. I've incorporated most of them. Line 2.2 is still mysterious. I added another mostly phonetic, non-sensical phrase in case it jars anything loose.

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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #54 on: May 20, 2013, 04:05:15 AM »
Could line 2.2 be "Ah there's no WORLD o' rushing. Your daddy can ease your pain with ease/these", with "world" sounding more like "wild"?

Also, given the sexual double entendre in the lyric, I think "ease your pain with ease" makes more sense than "ease your pain with these".

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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #55 on: July 14, 2013, 01:09:34 AM »
I've been doing a college Old Time (etc) radio show, and this thread is about fourth time in as many weeks that my bacon was saved with old time lyrics I couldn't find elsewhere. Good people!

Good song, too.

I didn't notice its dirtiness at first, of course.

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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #56 on: July 14, 2013, 08:35:21 AM »
Welcome Lucy!

All lyrics searches lead to this site it seems. Any chance your show is streamed/podcasted for those curious?

And FWIW - always assume dirty first and you'll be right more often than not!  ;)

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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #57 on: July 14, 2013, 09:59:14 AM »
Thanks! And yes, assumption of dirtiness is a great life rule.

Show streams on Wednesdays at 3 pm, but I shamefully violate genre and play punk rock, too. Dunno if y'all would run me out of town.

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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #58 on: July 14, 2013, 10:52:56 AM »
Hi Lucy
That's a curious notion. Do any weenie's run?
 ;)
Tis good to see you here.

Offline thickpete

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Re: Oh Ambulance Man
« Reply #59 on: July 14, 2013, 01:15:33 PM »
I shamefully violate genre and play punk rock, too. Dunno if y'all would run me out of town.

Personally I don't know what genres mean except as marketing devices and like all my music as street-oriented, DIY, and punk as possible. I'd rather listen to crusties picking these old songs on the street and making new lyrics than some reverential virtuosic recreation in a rich man's concert hall. Probably that's a minority view here but the range of tastes and opinions seems broad and folks are very helpful and friendly. Hang out awhile!

 


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