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Re: Evening Breeze / Spark Plug Smith
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2015, 12:55:34 PM »
Hi Roi,
I'll give it a shot.  Here goes:

1.4 WHY I'S SEEKING HER,

2.1  PLEASE, breeze that blowed my gal away
2.3  THAT SUNDAY morning
2.4  You can't always sing THROUGH the trees
2.5  And when I woke up this morning she was gone, AH, BUT GEEZ,

3.3 JUST hear my plea
3.4 HEAR me, beggin' from my knees
3.5 Please blow back, SWEET evening breeze

I hope this helps.  And I'll add the performance to the list of songs played in F position.  This is a neat find, Roi!
All best,
Johnm 
« Last Edit: May 07, 2016, 06:25:59 AM by Johnm »

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Re: Evening Breeze / Spark Plug Smith
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2015, 01:38:10 PM »
Thanks for the help, John! I think the fourth line might be "why I'm seeking FOR her" but really good catch on that one.


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Re: Evening Breeze / Spark Plug Smith
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2015, 03:05:26 PM »
This is an old pop tune written in 1919 as Breeze (Blow my Baby Back To Me). It was recorded by many jazz and country artists over the years and is somewhat of a standard. Artists who recorded it include The Shannon Four, Riley Puckett, Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds Of Joy, Cowboy Copas and Jim Reeves. I've never heard the Spark Plug Smith version before and I really like it. Here are the original lyrics if they can help you any;


Breeze (Blow My Baby Back To Me)                                                             Geier, Werner/Hunter, Rodney/Conquest, L . 1919


It's an ill wind that blows nobody good
Blows nobody good they say
It's an ill wind that blows nobody good
But it blew my gal away

Breeze, you blew my gal away
I've had the blues all day
Since early dawn, early dawn
You come a whisperin' through the trees
Little breeze
When I woke up this morning she was gone, she was gone
Breeze, you blew her from my side
She was my blushing bride
Oh, hear my plea, hear my plea
Hear me begging you upon my knees
Blow her back sweet evening breeze
Blow my baby back to me

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Re: Evening Breeze / Spark Plug Smith
« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2015, 12:15:12 AM »
Lignite - thank you very much for this! I wasn't aware of this at all! That really helps with the lyrics, and lines 2, 3 and 4 in the 2nd section finally make sense!
There the complete Spark Plug Smith version:

There?s a mean old breeze that blowed my gal away
I hope it will blow back someday
As far as anyone wants to know
Why I was seeking for her

Please, breeze that blowed my gal away
I?ve had the blues all day
Since early mornings
You came a-whispering through the trees
And when I woke up this morning she was gone, oh but gee

breeze, you blew her from my sight
She was my blushing bride
Just hear my plea
Hear me begging on my knees
Please blow back sweet evening breeze
Oh blow my loved one back to me

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Re: Spark Plug Smith
« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2015, 04:17:21 PM »
Hi all,
This Spark Plug Smith Lyrics thread currently has three song threads which were merged to make it.
All best,
Johnm
« Last Edit: April 05, 2015, 04:20:05 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Spark Plug Smith Lyrics
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2016, 06:29:22 AM »
Hi all,
Spark Plug Smith accompanied himself out of C position in standard tuning for his recording of "Vampire Women".  The song begins with an unusual two-stanza intro, followed by a segue into the chorus, at which point it becomes a common raggy progression.  Spark Plug Smith had a kind of mild, sedate delivery which was really droll, especially considering his subject matter.  Here is his performance:



Now, vampire women, they've taken the day
Causing all these married men to go astray
You can see them standing, each and every day
Waiting for some vamp to come their way

She'll ast him for five, he'll give her ten
Says, "If that ain't enough, mama, call around again."
Now, he'll go stone crazy and he'll go stone wild
Go home and mistreat his wife and his child

Now, married men, that's not right
Go home and treat your own wife right

For if you dress your wife like you do the women in the street
Believe me, you'll have a vampire, too
Running around here, messin' with every single woman you meet
That will never do
Says, you wake up some of these mornings, she'll be feeling bad
She'll give you the biggest black eye that you've ever had
Just dress your wife like do the women in the street
B'lieve me, you'll have a vampire, too, I mean,
B'lieve me you'll have a vampire, too

SOLO

I said, dress your wife like you do the women in the street
Believe you'll have a vampire, too
Now, runnin' around here messin' with every single woman you meet
That will never do
Now, you wake up some of these mornings, another mule in your stall
Vampire women gon' be the cause, it all
Dress your wife like you do the women in the street
Believe you'll have a vampire, too

All best,
Johnm
« Last Edit: November 17, 2016, 06:34:20 AM by Johnm »

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Re: Spark Plug Smith Lyrics
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2016, 12:35:19 PM »
Hi all,
I realize it's a long while since the song has been posted to, but I think what Spark Plug Smith sings for the mystery line in "New Blue Heaven" is:
   In our little shelter home, every night
with "our" pronounced "oura".  Here are the lyrics for "New Blue Heaven" with a couple of other minor changes.

INTRO

Me and my old lady, that's name was Sadie
Don't get along so well, that's why you hear me yell

Neighbors are squabbling
'Bout the way me and my wife keeps arguing
In our little shelter home, every night

Last Saturday night, while things were quiet
I had a big fight in my blue heaven
I've turned to the right, then I turned out my light
Oh, how we did fight in my blue heaven
I mean, a rolling pin struck me under my chin, then a brick or two
When I awoke my jaw was broke and both eyes were blue
Just Molly and me, my mother-in-law, she made three
They whupped the devil out of me in my blue heaven

SCAT SOLO

GUITAR SOLO

I turned to the right, then I turned out my light
Oh, how we did fight in my blue heaven
I mean, a rolling pin struck me under my chin, then a brick or two
When I awoke my jaw was broke and both eyes were blue
Just Molly and me, my mother-in-law, she made three
They whupped the devil out of me, in my blue heaven
All best,
Johnm
« Last Edit: November 17, 2016, 12:49:56 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Spark Plug Smith Lyrics
« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2017, 01:40:03 PM »
Hi all,
For "Deserted Man Blues", Spark Plug Smith chose to accompany himself out of E position in standard tuning.  The way he opens the song and his later solo are reminiscent of Luke Jordan's "Church Bell Blues".  Smith has a lot of nifty touches in his playing, and his time is so straight-up-and-down.  He goes a bit awry on his outro.  Here is his performance:



INTRO

My wife left me, what in the world am I to do?
My wife done left me, what in the world am I to do?
I wouldn't hate it so bad, but she left me feeling blue

When she left me this morning, the peacock was crowing for day
She left me this morning, the peacock was crowing for day
She put me on a pallet, 'cause I had nowhere to stay

When your good girl leave you, what in the world for you to do?
When your good girl leaves you, what in the world is for you to do?
Then you go to your other one, and she will leave you, too

SOLO

The reason I know, I had it on my hands
The reason I know, I had it on my hands
And my best girl left me, just for another man

I ain't gon' worry, ain't gon' even get mad
I ain't gonna worry, I ain't  gon' even get mad
'Cause, for it's my own fault, that I lost the best pal I had

All best,
Johnm
« Last Edit: February 11, 2017, 02:33:08 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Spark Plug Smith Lyrics
« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2018, 01:48:23 PM »
Hi all,
Spark Plug Smith accompanied himself out of A position in standard tuning on his version of "Motherless Boy".  His intro is really unusual, but once he starts singing he returns to more familiar territory, with his somewhat sedate and very straight-up-and-down time.  The last verse communicates an odd reason for gratitude.  Here is the song, with apologies if it is not viewable for non-U.S. weenies:



INTRO

My Mama left me, before I was a man
My Mother left me, before I was a man
And she left me in the world, just living from hand to hand

Say, when your mother leaves you, you have no friends at all
When your mama leaves you, you have no friends at all
No one to pity you, when you have your downfall

Mmmm, something really worries me
Mmmm, something really worries me
It may be my troubles, I don't know what it can be

They taken my mother, they laid her in a tomb
They taken my mother, they laid her in a tomb
Ever since that day I've been wondering what will be my doom

Mmmm, I ain't gon' worry no more
Mmmm, I ain't gonna worry no more
Have all of my friends telling me, "Please leave from my door."

But the Lord have been good to me since He taken her away
But the Lord have been good to me since He taken her away
He's caused me to live from day to day

All best,
Johnm

 


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