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Haven't you heard, the older the buck the stiffer the horn - Yank Rachell, during one of his later hospitalizations, amourously cornering a nurse. As quoted in Blues Mandolin Man

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Sweet Bone Willie

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Blind Blake Lyrics
« on: January 17, 2005, 12:38:46 AM »
Can anyone help me out with the second verse to this song?  It starts out:  The wind in Chicago winter and fall, is what caused me to wear my overalls.  Got broke was my fault, been used to eating porkchops meat and salt.

After that I'm not entirely sure what he is singing.  The recording I heard had only two verses.  Is there another version with more than two verses?  Thanks.

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Re: Blind Blake's "That'll Never Happen No More"
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2005, 11:35:01 AM »
Try this....not sure about verse 3, line 2???
Prof S


I met a girl at the the cabaret/ Said 'Pretty Papa, I'm goin' your way'
Her man know what it all about/ Waiting home just to throw me out

Broke my nose, split my chin/ Don't let me catch you  here again
Whipped me from the kitchen back to the door/ Beat me with the chair till my head got sore

That'll never happen no more x2

Was in Chicago Winter and Fall/ Caused me to wear my overalls
Got broke, it wasn't my fault/ Used to eatin' porkchops and leavin' the salt

I met a woman with a beckoning smile/ big fat mouth , neat parloured hair
She pulled a  gun and kicked my door/ Didn't even holler and I didn't get sore

Chorus x2 to end...

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Re: Blind Blake's "That'll Never Happen No More"
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2005, 04:43:22 PM »
From memory, so a couple of words might be off, the second verse is:

Wind in Chicago winter and fall
Caused me to wear my overalls
Got broke, it was my fault
Used to eatin' pork chops, and leavin' (the) salt.

Met a woman in a big mink fur,
Big fatmouth me followed her
(She) pulled a gun, took all my dough,
Didn't leave me hard up, I didn't get sore

Dave van Ronk sang a third verse about smoking pot at a party; I'm sure there are other third verses out there.
Chris

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Re: Blind Blake's "That'll Never Happen No More"
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2005, 07:57:30 PM »
Thanks for the help fellas, this really helps me out!

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Re: Blind Blake's "That'll Never Happen No More"
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2005, 09:56:46 AM »
Hi:

I hear an almost identical first verse to the Prof. However the second sung verse I hear:

Weather in Chicago, winter and fall
(??) me caused me to wear my overalls
Got broke was my fault
I's used to eatin' porkchops 'n meat 'n salt.
I met a woman with a big mink fur
Big fat mouthed me followed her
She pulled a gun, took my dough (??)
Didn't even hollar and I didn't get sore
That'll never happen no more, That'll never happen no more

Alex

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Re: Blind Blake's "That'll Never Happen No More"
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2005, 10:13:08 PM »
What about:

I met a woman she was a pigmeat some
Big fat mouth, I followed her home
She pulled a gun and broke my jaw
Didnt leave me hard on, I didnt get sore

Whatever....They're all great lyrics. Pick and choose


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Depression's Gone From Me Blues by Blind Blake
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2005, 08:47:05 AM »
Howdy:

As part of my 1930 schtick I've been trying to do something with possibly the most covered country blues tune of all time, "Sittin' on Top of the World" by the Mississippi Sheiks, which was recorded in 1930. The original is not very guitar-friendly (the melody is taken by a fiddle), so I've decided to approach the tune through two of it's well- known (at least to me) copies, BB Broonzy's "Worrin' You Offa My Mind" and Blake's "Depression's Gone From Me Blues" (incidently the very last tune he ever recorded, in 1932), which Mary Flowers gave an outline of at PT.

Anyway some parts of the last two verses of the lyrics have me stumped and I hope that some of you can help.

PS: I had to trim the .mp3 a bit to get it to fit under the limit.

Depression's Gone From Me Blues
Blind Blake
1932

Key of E
Capo III

1) Introduction

2) All that winter and all that fall
I didn't have nobody to worry me at all

Refrain: But now she's gone, I ain't worrin'
'Cus depression has gone from me.

3) No need to runnin', holdin' out your hand
I can get a woman, same as you can a man
(refrain)

4) instrumental verse

5) When I first met you, you had your diamonds on
Since I done left you, you got 'em all in pawn
(refrain)

6) instrumental verse

7) Don't need to runnin', hollerin' and cryin'
I'd take you back if you was dyin'
(refrain)

8) Come on baby and try me one more time
When I left I didn't have my right mind
(refrain)

9) instrumental verse

10) ????? with my head hung down
?????? out of town
(refrain)

Coda.

Thanks,
Alex
« Last Edit: March 28, 2005, 09:09:09 AM by Pyrochlore »

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Re: Depression's Gone From Me Blues by Blind Blake
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2005, 10:21:08 AM »
8) Come on baby and try me one more time
When I left I didn't have my right mind
(refrain)

I'm almost positive the third word is NOT baby.  At regular speed, I hear "dadding" or "dedding", but when I slow it down, it sounds like "daddy".  Also, "try" sounds like "tell" to me.  So my best guess at this verse is:

8) Come on daddy and tell me one more time
When I left I didn't have my right mind

10) ????? with my head hung down
?????? out of town
(refrain)

Here's my best guess at the last verse -- brackets [first choice / second choice]  indicate a choice of words:

10) [You'll / We'll] need a set in with my head [held / hung] down
Since [I'm not / my mind] oughtta getto out of town

I know "set in" and "oughtta getto" don't make sense, but they are the closest words I can find to what I hear -- maybe they'll help someone else figure out what they really are.

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Re: Depression's Gone From Me Blues by Blind Blake
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2005, 01:55:04 PM »
I hear the following:

2) All that winter and all that fall
I didn't have nobody to worry me at all

All last winter and all last fall

Quote
Refrain: But now she's gone, I ain't worrin'
'Cus depression has gone from me.

I don't hear a "But" the first time round, and I hear "for depression has gone..."

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3) No need to runnin', holdin' out your hand
I can get a woman, same as you can a man
(refrain)

No need runnin'...

Now you're gone [can't hear this word]...

I still hear "For depression"...

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4) instrumental verse

5) When I first met you, you had your diamonds on
Since I done left you, you got 'em all in pawn

Now I'm gone and please don't worry...

Quote
7) Don't need to runnin', hollerin' and cryin'
I'd take you back if you was dyin'
(refrain)

No need a-runnin'...
I'd take you back baby...

Now I'm gone and you better not worry...

Quote
8) Come on baby and try me one more time
When I left I didn't have my right mind

I hear "Come on daddy..." (Is Blake taking the lyrics from a female singer?)

Quote
10) ????? with my head hung down
?????? out of town
(refrain)

My guess would be "Ain't no need a-standin' with my head hung down"
'Cause I'd rather get on out of town

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Re: Depression's Gone From Me Blues by Blind Blake
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2005, 01:58:18 PM »
Oh yeah, Alex, it's Mary FLOWER, no S. Singular.  >:D

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Re: Depression's Gone From Me Blues by Blind Blake
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2005, 02:33:37 PM »
Howdy:

Thanks UB and Paul. Unkie Bud was especially hot on this one.

I'm still not completely sure of the last line, any other insights from anyone else?

The amended lyrics are set out below, with all the refrains written out.

Depression's Gone From Me Blues
Blind Blake
1932

Key of E
Capo III

1) instrumental verse

2) All last winter and all last fall
I didn't have nobody to worry me at all
Now she's gone, I ain't worrin'
For depressions has gone from me.

3) No need runnin', holdin' out your hand
I can get a woman, same as you can a man
Now you're gone, baby, and I ain't worrin'
For depression has gone from me.

4) instrumental verse

5) When I first met you, you had your diamonds on
Since I done left you, you got 'em all in pawn
Now I'm gone and please don't worry
For depression has gone from me.

6) instrumental verse

7) Don't need a-runnin', hollerin' and cryin'
I'd take you back, baby if you was dyin'
Now I'm gone and you better not worry
For depression has gone from me.

 Eight) Come on daddy and try me one more time
When I left I didn't have my right mind, no!
 'Cause you've gone and I ain't gonna worry
'Cause depression is gone from me.

9) instrumental verse

10) Ain't no need a-standin'?with my head hung down
Guess I'd oughtta get on out of town
Now youse gone and I swear I ain't gonna worry
For depression has gone from me

Coda
(refrain)

Thanks again!

I'd rather keep you and mistreat you myself,
Alex
« Last Edit: April 20, 2005, 03:04:49 PM by Johnm »

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Re: Depression's Gone From Me Blues by Blind Blake
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2005, 11:48:46 AM »
Hi,
Another great interpretation of Sittin on Top of the World is Charley Patton's Some Summer Day. Check it out. He does a great job of substituting slide for fiddle.
Aaron

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Re: Depression's Gone From Me Blues by Blind Blake
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2005, 12:03:16 PM »
Aaron, you're so right, this is a real fun interpretation and a Patton tune that rarely gets mentioned. Thanks for the reminder!

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Blind Blake Rope Stretchin' Blues 1&2
« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2006, 01:07:33 PM »
Elsewhere there's been a discussion of the chords and key of this Blake two-parter but I think the dark lyric needs an airing too!

Although the matrix indicate that the second section was recorded prior to the first (?!)I've sequenced as 1 and 2. I ain't much good at this sort of thing so feel free to question the transcription which is done from a 1966 Riverside LP!:

I caught a stranger in my house and I busted his head with a club.
I caught a stranger in my house, I busted his head with a club.
I laid him out cold, with his heels in a tub.

I seen the sheriff comin' and I jumped for the door.
I seen the sheriff comin', then I jumped for the door.
But I jumped too late, the sheriff had done jumped before.

They buried a man, Thursday, just two short days, you see.
They buried a man Thursday, just two short days, you see.
And it makes me wonder what they're gonna do to me.

I killed a man and that's the how and how.
I killed a man and that's the how and how.
I'm sittin' here wonderin' if a woman's worth it now.

Mmm, rope is stretchin' all day long.
Mmm, rope's stretchin' all day long.
In just a few more days, I won't even be able to sing my song.
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Don't trust no woman who mistreats her man.
Don't trust no woman who mistreats her man.
When you think she's in your kitchen cookin', she's got a stranger by the hand.

Ain't no need of you chasin' women, brother, if you really haven't got the cash.
Ain't no need of chasin' women, brother, if you really haven't got the cash.
Other men get all the chicken and all you get is hash.

I has a lot of women but I sure don't want none now.
I has a lot of women but I sure don't want none now.
They always milks me dry, quicker than you ever milked a cow.

Mmm, rope stretchin' all day long.
Mmm, rope is stretchin' all day long.
I'm singin' now mama, because it won't be long.

It wouldn't be so bad if the rope would just get slack.
Oh, it wouldn't be so bad if the rope would just get slack.
I wouldn't mind at all but I just got a crick in my back.

When it's all over mama, and you're alone by my side.
When it's all over mama, and you're all alone by my side.
Just keep the flies from buzzin' 'bout me and then I will be satisfied.

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Re: Blind Blake Rope Stretchin' Blues 1&2
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2006, 03:05:34 PM »
Those lyrics look good to me, Bunker Hill.  I've always thought the line, "Found a stranger in my house, I busted his head with a club", one of the funniest opening lines in the Blues.  What a grabber!
All best,
Johnm

 


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