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She got up this mornin', come-a-tippin' 'cross the floor. Said mama, in her lovin' stockin' feet: "Honey, fare thee, Papa fare the well. I done all in the world I could trying to get along with you - Blind Lemon Jefferson, Stocking Feet Blues

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Offline arlotone

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Re: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics
« Reply #75 on: October 01, 2017, 04:55:25 PM »
What do you all think about "Little Green Slippers"? Here's how I've been singing it...

Little green slippers, honey, little brown hair
I'm following my baby everwhere
Little green slippers, honey, little brown hair
I spend more money than a millionaire
You had your dog, baby, I had my horse
Drinking beer and champagne, 'til I lose my horse
Little green slippers, honey, little brown hair
I'm following my baby everwhere

Little green slippers, honey, little brown hair
I'd give you everything that your heart can bear
Little green slippers, honey, little brown hair
Still following my baby everwhere
Everybody knows, what it's all about
I spend my money, I let it all run out
Little green slippers, honey, little brown hair
I'm following my baby everywhere

...but I think the parts in bold are wrong. Instead of "horse" it could be "I had my one" and "I lose my home." I'm also not totally sure about "honey little brown hair," but it does fit the rhyme.

BTW, there's a 1932 recording of this that I'd dearly love to hear, issued on Champion but apparently never reissued. I asked Joe Bussard, but he doesn't have it. The commonly reissued version is from 1934.
« Last Edit: October 01, 2017, 05:01:16 PM by arlotone »

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Memphis Jug Band - I'll See You In The Spring, When The Birds Begin To Sing
« Reply #76 on: February 01, 2018, 04:14:05 PM »
Hi guys,
please do you know where to find the lyrics?

I tried to search here at the forum but I couldn't find it.

Thank you
Josef

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Re: Memphis Jug Band - I'll See You In The Spring, When The Birds Begin To Sing
« Reply #77 on: February 08, 2018, 05:14:03 PM »
I've changed this to incorporate Anthony's suggestion:

You gonna keep on fooling around, you be six foot in the grave
It?s fare you, honey fare you well
You gonna keep on fooling around, you be six foot in the grave
It?s the last time, honey it?s the last time

I?ll see you in the spring, when the birds begin to sing
It?s fare you, honey fare you well
I?ll see you in the spring, when the birds begin to sing
It?s fare you, honey fare you well

Instrumental section
V - - - / I - - - / V - - - / I - - -/
IV ? I - / IV -  I - / II V I - /

You gonna keep on fooling around, you be six foot in the grave
It?s fare you, honey fare you well
You gonna keep on fooling around, you be six foot in the grave
It?s fare thee, honey fare you well


I?ll see you in the fall, When you have no friend at all
It?s fare you, honey fare you well
I?ll see you in the fall, When you have no friend at all
It?s the last time, honey it?s the last time


And I?m going away, just to worry you off my mind
You keep me troubled honey all the time
And I?ll see you in the spring, when the birds begin to sing
It?s fare thee, honey fare you well

« Last Edit: February 19, 2018, 08:46:54 PM by Suzy T »

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Re: Memphis Jug Band - I'll See You In The Spring, When The Birds Begin To Sing
« Reply #78 on: February 09, 2018, 02:44:00 AM »

I hear 'when you have no friend at all'
Cheers
Anthony

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Re: Memphis Jug Band - I'll See You In The Spring, When The Birds Begin To Sing
« Reply #79 on: February 10, 2018, 02:08:50 PM »
That makes a lot more sense!  Not that sense is exactly what I'm looking for in these MJB lyrics....

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Re: Memphis Jug Band - I'll See You In The Spring, When The Birds Begin To Sing
« Reply #80 on: February 16, 2018, 01:06:45 PM »
Thank you very much!!! I really appreciate that!
Have a good day guys!

Josef

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Re: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics
« Reply #81 on: February 18, 2018, 01:34:44 PM »
Hi all,
I merged the recent thread on "I'll See You In The Spring, When The Birds Begin To Sing" with the pre-existing Memphis Jug Band Lyrics thread.
All best,
Johnm

Offline Lordy Lord

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Re: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics
« Reply #82 on: July 01, 2018, 08:50:48 AM »
Here's what I hear, in case that makes sense :

Man drop down drop down mama just like the drops of rain
Rain drop down drop down mama like the drops of rain
Boy, every once in a while I think I hear my baby call my name
(Yeah boy what she said?)

Aw she got a man on a man, just gotta keep men, although she can?t keep
I ain?t man on a man, just gotta keep men although she can?t keep (hey now)
She?d meant and got so funny?. Mama just cannot keep it hid
(What kind of gal was that?)

And don?t you wish your easy roller was little and cute like mine?
(I said oh now sugar baby)
Ain?t wish your easy roller little and cute like mine?
(hey now)
But every time she rolls oh lordy, she?d let her life behind (lordy lordy lord)

And if I did somebody baby, I ain?t gonna do it no more
(I said oh now sugar baby)
I ain?t some for your baby, I ain?t gonna do it no more
I?ve could have done lot of woman, let my good time roll (lordy lordy lord)

I, I ain't gonna do it no more (sugar baby lord)
I ain't gonna tell no more (hey now)
Baby if you did not want me, (mama) why don?t you tell me so ?(lordy lordy lord)

And if I?d stuck with you mama you did not have no man at all (I said oh now sugar baby)
I ain?t stuck with you baby did not have no man at all (what?d you do boy?)
(hey now)
Now baby you must want me, for to be your lowdown dog (what?d you tell her ?)

Eh aaw, baby what?s the matter now (oh sugar baby lord)
Aaw, mama what?s the matter now (hey now)
I?d say you trying to quit me, mama and you don?t know how (lordy lord lord)

I said you ever dream lucky ?fore wake up cold in hand (I said oh now sugar mama)
You ever dream lucky, wake up cold in hand (hey now)
When you aint? got a dollar, lord your woman got another man (lordy lord lord)

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Re: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics
« Reply #83 on: July 04, 2018, 06:42:31 AM »
Hi Lordy Lord,
Welcome to Weenie Campbell.  Could you edit your post to indicate the title of the song for which you provided the lyric transcription?  Thanks.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Memphis Jug Band Lyrics
« Reply #84 on: October 11, 2018, 01:47:33 PM »
The song Lordy Lord is talking about is "Memphis Jug-Blues" (take one). Here are some of my corrections/suggestions:
Verse 1: "showers of rain" instead of "drops"
Verse 2: "She got a man on her man, done got a kid man on her sheikin kid"
Verse 3: "But every time she walks she reels and rocks behind"
Verse 4 is difficult! He does something for her that he ain't gon' do no more. I think something about a "thousand-dollar woman" in the last line?

 


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