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Posted By: PHJim
21-May-13 - 04:05 PM
Thread Name: Origins: 'Talkin' Songs (Bob Dylan, PP&M and...)
Subject: RE: Origins: 'Talkin' Songs (Bob Dylan, PP&M and...)
Chris Bouchillon, billed as is credited with creating the "talking blues" form used by Woody, Ramblin' Jack, Dylan... with the song "Talking Blues".

Ain't no use in me workin' so hard,
I got a gal in the (rich/white) folks yard.
They kill a chicken, she brings me the head.
She thinks I'm workin' but I'm layin' in bed,
Dreamin' 'bout her...and three other women.

Sing Out! magazine has had many contributions in their "Folk Process" column. There have been talkin' blues written about Richard Nixon, Playing the guitar, Jimmy Swaggart, unfair bosses, World War III, home renovation and going to folk festivals:

Headed to Newport, we loaded the car
With a banjo and two guitars,
A dulcimer and a mandolin too,
An old mouth harp and a new kazoo.
You never know what you're gonna need
At a folk festival.

Though we were speedin' it wasn't a cop
But a traffic jam that made us stop.
They were goin' to Newport so we didn't mind
Any friend of folk music's a friend of mine.
Sons o' bitches...

These all use Boucillon's original talking blues rhythm pattern and changes, but there are other "talking songs" with different patterns and changes. One example is "Life Get's Teejus".

The sun comes up and the sun goes down,
The hands on the clock go round and round.
I just get up and it's time to lie down.
Life gets teejus, don't it.

My old hound dog sounds so forlorn.
He's the laziest dog that ever was born.
He's howlin' 'cause he's a-settin' on a thorn,
But he's just too tired to move over.

I once heard a disc jockey who was unfamiliar with this song, introduce it as "Life Get's To Jesus, Don't it?"