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Author Topic: Blind Roosevelt Graves Lyrics  (Read 3216 times)

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Offline Parlor Picker

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Re: Roosevelt Graves w/Leroy Graves--"I'll Be Rested"
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2012, 06:23:44 AM »
Who will be the first to change their Weenie name to Uaroy?  ;D
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Hi all,
The other song that Roosevelt and Uaroy recorded with the same instrumental and vocal format as "I'll Be Rested" was "Woke Up This Morning with my Mind on Jesus", one of the most joyful religious performances ever recorded and a wonderful companion piece to "I'll Be Rested".  Once again, Roosevelt accompanies the brothers out of Spanish tuning and sings lead, while Uaroy plays tambourine and sings the response lines.  The brothers' hair's breadth timing of their vocal parts is wonderful to hear, and the sort of counter-punching of Uaroy's vocal responses can make you laugh out loud.  His vocal part is all the more amazing when you realize that he is harmonizing with Roosevelt on all of the lead lines and fitting in the responses too, which are shown parenthetically here.  I'll include a YouTube video that accompanies their performance for those of you who have not heard it before--I envy you you're first hearing of it!





   SOLO

   I woke up this morning with my mind (don't you know that I was) standing on Jesus
   I woke up this morning with my mind (thank you, Lordy) standing on Jesus
   I woke up this morning with my mind (don't you know that I was) standing on Jesus
   Hallelu (oh, thank God), Hallelu (my Lordy) Hallelu-lujah

   I'm walkin' and talkin' with my mind (don't you know that I was) standing on Jesus
   I'm walkin' and talkin' with my mind (thank you, Lordy) standing on Jesus
   I'm walkin' and talkin' with my mind (don't you know that I was ) standing on Jesus
   Hallelu (oh, thank God), Hallelu (my Lord) Hallelu-lujah

   SOLO

   I woke up singin' with my mind (don't you know that I was) standing on Jesus
   I woke up singin' with my mind (thank you, Lordy) standing on Jesus
   I woke up singin' with my mind (don't you know that I was) standing on Jesus
   Hallelu (oh, thank God), Hallelu (my Lord) Hallelu-lujah

   I'm prayin' my prayers with my mind (don't you know that I was) standing on Jesus
   I'm prayin' my prayers with my mind (thank you, Lordy) standing on Jesus
   I'm prayin' my prayers with my mind (don't you know that I was) standing on Jesus
   Hallelu (oh, thank God), Hallelu (my Lord) Hallelu-lujah

   I woke up moanin' with my mind (don't you know that I was) standing on Jesus
   I woke up moanin' with my mind (thank you, Lordy) standing on Jesus
   I woke up moanin' with my mind (don't you know that I was) standing on Jesus
   Hallelu (oh, thank God), Hallelu (my Lord) Hallelu-lujah

   I woke up this morning with my mind (don't you know that I was) standing on Jesus
   I woke up this morning with my mind (thank you, Lordy) standing on Jesus
   I woke up this morning with my mind (don't you know that I was) standing on Jesus
   Hallelu (oh, thank God), Hallelu (my Lordy) Hallelu-lujah

All best,
Johnm       
« Last Edit: February 16, 2012, 04:13:03 PM by Johnm »

Offline RB

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I can't now remember when and how I first heard these two recordings.  It was before I bought the Wardlaw volume 'Chasing ...' I know, because I was interested to read in their about Roosevelt Graves and his death in Gulfport Ms, maybe especially so as I'd been to Gulfport several times by that time, first in 1970, then again in 1971, and then again in 1991, I think.

The two songs are on that Revenant records that is pictured about? When was that put out? I bought it fairly early, perhaps that is where I heard these and thought so well of them.  I'd already bought in the mid to late 1960's and liked quite well the Mississippi Jook Band cuts on an RBF album, I think.  At some point I bought the Documenty cd of all of the Graves; (I think) music.

You folks must know that 'I Woke up this Morning ... ' was sung in the African-American rights movement as 'I woke up tis morning with my mind on freedom.'

What is quite apparent is how fine these two songs are, how easily likable they are, and how much more interesting they are than the other Graves recordings.  I wouldn't be surprised, though i wouldn't be too pleased, either, if they became a lot more widely known.  I passed these two on to others, for example, had a fellow playing them quite well here (he may have played them in standard tuning, I think so, I'll have to ask).


Offline Randy Meadows

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Roosevelt was in Tunica in 1930 with his brother... listed as Uary Graves.
Both are listed as musicians



But in 1941, listed as musician in Jackson Ms with a "Evan Graves"

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Blind Roosevelt Graves Lyrics
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2019, 12:56:33 PM »
heya. Can anyone help me out with the lyrics to "I'm  Pressing On"?  The part after the third verse in particular. i know its wrong, but ive been singing "My dog Tuesday, what he said. he got sick and he rand for bed"   thanks  !


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Re: Blind Roosevelt Graves Lyrics
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2019, 01:29:18 PM »
Hi Cub,
Please post what you already have and folks will add on as they feel they have solutions.  Thanks.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Blind Roosevelt Graves Lyrics
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2019, 03:46:11 PM »
I'm Pressing On - Blind Roosevelt Graves

I'm pressing on, on, on I know
I'm pressing on, on, everywhere I go
I'm pressing on to that city,  what he built and prepared for me

I'm mourning on, on, on I know
I'm mourning on, on, everywhere I go
I'm mourning on to that city,  what he built and prepared for me

I'm pressing on, on, on I know
I'm pressing on, on, everywhere I go
I'm pressing on to that city,  what he built and prepared for me

Well might die Tuesday, might he said
healed the sick and he raised the dead
I'm pressing on to that city

I'm praying on, on, on I know
I'm praying on, on, everywhere I go
I'm praying on to that city,  what he built and prepared for me

I'm pressing on, on, on I know
I'm pressing on, on, everywhere I go
I'm pressing on to that city,  what he built and prepared for me

Well might die Tuesday, might he said
healed the sick and he raised the dead
I'm pressing on to that city, what he built and prepared for me





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Re: Blind Roosevelt Graves Lyrics
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2019, 04:36:24 PM »
Hi Cub,
In that verse, I'm hearing,
   WELL, I might die Tuesday, might, He said (mighty sad?)
   Heal the sick and He raised the dead

I"m wondering if in the refrain they sing,
   WHAT He built and prepared for me

I know that the phrase "healed the sick and raised the dead" appears in other songs.  I hope some of this helps.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Blind Roosevelt Graves Lyrics
« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2019, 06:48:51 PM »
Thanks a bunch John! yea that all sounds right and I can't unhear it now. gonna edit these in. thanks again!

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Re: Blind Roosevelt Graves Lyrics
« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2019, 10:25:44 PM »
I'm glad to help, Cub.  That's a really nice song to do.
All best,
Johnm

 


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