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Posted By: GUEST,Richie
16-Oct-06 - 10:53 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Back Up and Push
Subject: RE: origin/lyrics: Back Up and Push
Here's some info and lyrics on Creole Belles. I've played through the score on American Memory (on the guitar). It's definately the melody or very similar one to Back Up and Push/Rubber Dolly. What probably happened is the melody became popular and lyrics were added.

Mississippi John Hurt has simialar lyrics. Did he write his based on the original? He probably heard this played and learned it.

I'd like to find more info on the origin of Rubber Dolly.

Here are the original lyrics. Note the title of the song is wrong (sic) Creole Bells (plural) while the lyrics have "Creole Belle"

Creole belles 1900; Lampe, J. B. (Jens Bodewalt), 1869-1929

OTHER TITLES First line: My Creole belle, I love her well

CREATED/PUBLISHED Detroit, Michigan, Whitney-Warner, 1900

Instrumentation: piano with lyrics on last strain

I love her well,
Around my heart she cast a spell
When stars do shine
I call her mine
My dusky baby, my Creole Belle.