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Best BLUES lines

Jim Dixon 07 Dec 01 - 04:31 PM
Amos 07 Dec 01 - 04:35 PM
Stewie 07 Dec 01 - 04:57 PM
Jack the Sailor 07 Dec 01 - 05:09 PM
Rory B 07 Dec 01 - 05:09 PM
John MacKenzie 07 Dec 01 - 05:21 PM
Jack the Sailor 07 Dec 01 - 05:23 PM
catspaw49 07 Dec 01 - 05:26 PM
Jack the Sailor 07 Dec 01 - 05:30 PM
Lonesome EJ 07 Dec 01 - 05:46 PM
alanabit 07 Dec 01 - 05:54 PM
Joe_F 07 Dec 01 - 05:54 PM
Jack the Sailor 07 Dec 01 - 06:20 PM
Stewie 07 Dec 01 - 06:53 PM
Morticia 07 Dec 01 - 07:25 PM
Bert 07 Dec 01 - 08:04 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 07 Dec 01 - 08:28 PM
Rolfyboy6 07 Dec 01 - 11:09 PM
heric 07 Dec 01 - 11:15 PM
WyoWoman 08 Dec 01 - 01:16 AM
Kaleea 08 Dec 01 - 03:16 AM
reggie miles 08 Dec 01 - 12:48 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 08 Dec 01 - 01:15 PM
Amos 08 Dec 01 - 04:43 PM
Amos 08 Dec 01 - 04:47 PM
Arbuthnot 08 Dec 01 - 05:17 PM
Lonesome EJ 08 Dec 01 - 06:09 PM
GUEST,Alec 08 Dec 01 - 06:54 PM
kj... 08 Dec 01 - 10:43 PM
GUEST,The Burren Ranger 09 Dec 01 - 06:47 AM
GUEST,Frogmore 09 Dec 01 - 01:42 PM
Brian Hoskin 10 Dec 01 - 12:28 PM
pattyClink 10 Dec 01 - 05:46 PM
ddw 10 Dec 01 - 08:59 PM
GUEST,allie 10 Dec 01 - 09:18 PM
Stewie 10 Dec 01 - 10:24 PM
ddw 11 Dec 01 - 07:58 PM
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ddw 11 Dec 01 - 08:12 PM
LR Mole 12 Dec 01 - 11:27 AM
Lonesome EJ 12 Dec 01 - 12:29 PM
GUEST,Jenny the T 12 Dec 01 - 03:44 PM
John MacKenzie 12 Dec 01 - 04:21 PM
ddw 12 Dec 01 - 06:12 PM
Bobert 12 Dec 01 - 06:57 PM
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Lepus Rex 13 Dec 01 - 02:30 AM
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Steve Latimer 13 Dec 01 - 06:48 AM
Troll 13 Dec 01 - 07:39 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 14 Dec 01 - 06:53 AM
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Lonesome EJ 14 Dec 01 - 04:22 PM
gnu 14 Dec 01 - 04:34 PM
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Subject: Best BLUES lines
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 04:31 PM

There have been several threads about best lines from songs, but never one devoted to blues songs specifically, that I can find. I have been transcribing a 2-CD set of songs by Tampa Red, and I am struck by the number of good lines I have never heard before. That's surprising, since good lines tend to "float" and get used over and over in blues. (Or maybe I just don't get out enough.) Here are the ones I mean:

I'll kill your soul and dare your spirit to move.
--Title and refrain of song

Now, my food ain't fitting and my house ain't clean.
You're the dirtiest old woman I've ever seen.
--YOU'VE GOT TO DO BETTER

Now, if I should call you, mama, and you refuse to come,
Heart Spring Water sure won't help you none.
--GRIEVIN' AND WORRYIN' BLUES

Your road is clear and it ain't no hill.
Don't say you won't, 'cause I know you will.
--GIVE IT UP BUDDY AND GET GOIN'

Sweet woman, sweet woman, where did you stay last night?
Sweet woman, where did you stay last night?
You've got your dress on backwards and your clothes don't fit you right.
--SWEET WOMAN

Now you gonna catch hell because you stayed so long.
You just well to get it fixed before you carry it home.
--SHAKE IT UP A LITTLE

Baby, let's give a party, and let's have some fun.
I got the hot-dog, so you just bring the bun.
--I'M BETTING ON YOU

So when we get married, I'll never throw her down.
I will stay right with her till my mustache drags the ground.
--GOOD WOMAN BLUES

I'm not certain, but I think I understand. (2x)
You just cared less about me than you did for your other man.
--WAITING BLUES
(Note: I find the above line extraordinary for its plain-spokenness, and above all, humility – uncommon qualities in blues.)

I wasn't by myself. Everybody there saw it.
She was giving my jelly 'way and not getting nothing for it.
--SHE DON'T KNOW MY MIND

Now, I peeped in the window and this is what I saw:
A man crawling on his knees doing the cootie-cootie crawl.
--SHE DON'T KNOW MY MIND

For those interested in the old threads, here they are, oldest first, according to date started:
best single lines
YOUR Best original single lines.
Best single lines PART TWO
The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
BS: Best lines
Help: lines that jump out at you
BS: Your OWN best lines


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Amos
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 04:35 PM

Ya wanna know blues, tell you if I can
It's a two-dollar woman tied up to a one-dollar man

(Uncertain origin)

A


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Stewie
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 04:57 PM

Sometimes I think that you too sweet to die
Sometimes I think that you too sweet to die
And another time I think you oughta be buried alive

Richard 'Rabbit' Brown - 'James Alley Blues'

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 05:09 PM

I gave you a brand new car, Now you want a Cadillac
I gave you seven children Now you want to give them back

I don't know the song but I've seen B.B. King sing it three times in concert it always gets a big cheer from the audience.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Rory B
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 05:09 PM

I'm throwing away my dust mop Got a brand new vacuum cleaner You outta hear me when I holler Eureka! Eureka!

I need a young man....to drive away my middle aged blues.

Middle Aged Blues Saffire The Uppity Blues Women

hugggs Rory


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 05:21 PM

Well I woke up this morning.
Jock


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 05:23 PM

I gave you a brand new car, Now you want a Cadillac
I gave you seven children Now you want to give them back

I don't know the song but I've seen B.B. King sing it three times in concert it always gets a big cheer from the audience.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: catspaw49
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 05:26 PM

"It's plain to see it's you or me
.......And I ain't about to go.
Separation Blues, Pat Sky

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 05:30 PM

Well he walks right
He talks right
Plays guitar, that bluesy kind
He's got a way with women
And he just got away with mine!


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 05:46 PM

I'm like a one-eyed catfish peepin' in a seafood store...
Shake, Rattle and Rollamong others

Get outta that bed and wash your face and hands
Get in that kitchen make some noise with them pots and pans

You men eat your dinner...coal dust and beans
I eat more chicken any man ever seen Back Door Man Willie Dixon

On the seventh hour
Of the seventh day
Of the seventh month
The seventh Doctor say
"He was born for luck"
Woman can't you see
I got seven hundred dollars Baby
Don't you mess with me.... Mannish Boy Muddy Waters

If my baby don't love me no more
I know her sister will...Red House Blues Jimi Hendrix

I woke up this mornin' and got myself a beer
The future's uncertain and the end is always near...Roadhouse Blues Jim Morrison


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: alanabit
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 05:54 PM

I don't know which song it was, but I once heard the line: "I'm gonna kill you and make you dead..." And I always used to think it was bad enough just getting killed...


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Joe_F
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 05:54 PM

Don't need no whisky, I don't need no rum,
Just need you, baby, when the summer come.

...

Look on yonder, see that eagle rise.
He was born on land, but he sure enjoys the skies.


-- Eric von Schmidt


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 06:20 PM

Don't need no whisky, I don't need no rum,
Just need you, baby, when the summer come.

By Joe Summer


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Stewie
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 06:53 PM

A couple from the country lads:

My gal's got a mouse's ear
But she's gonna lose it when I shift my gear

Cliff Carlisle - 'Mouse's Ear Blues'

Gonna telephone to heaven to send me an angel down (x2)
If you haven't got an angel, St Peter, send me a high-steppin' brown

Jimmie Davis - 'Sewing Machine Blues'

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Morticia
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 07:25 PM

And the wind is blowing cold tonight
Goodnight, Louise, goodnight

Louise:Paul Siebel

Just give me one thing, that I can believe in
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go

Angel from Montgomery: John Prine

The joke was on me
There was nobody even there to blush

Tom Thumb Blues: Bob Dylan


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Bert
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 08:04 PM

I don't want no skinny woman
I want one with plenty of meat
I want a girl who will rock all day
she won't even stop to eat.
Jimmy Rodgers


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 08:28 PM

Hey, Stewie:

You my man. This is the second thread I've gone to post something, and see that you've already posted it. We must love the same stuff.

How about: Lookit that fellow right over yonder
Looks just like he'd like to ponder
Lookit that hair all around his mouth
Like he swallowed a mule and left the
tail hanging out.

From Mornin' Blues

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Rolfyboy6
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 11:09 PM

"She walks like she got oil wells in her backyard" - Lightnin' Hopkins "Katie Mae".

"You know her daddy musta been a millionare, I can tell by the way she walks" - Sonny Boy Williamson II "Eyesight To The Blind" ----

The Mudcat tongue-in-cheek anthem: "Don't Start Me To Talkin', I'll Tell You Everything I Know" Sonny Boy Williamson II (to be sung gleefully) :

" Goin' down to Rosie's, from Fannie Mae's, Gonna tell Fannie what I heard her boyfriend say.

Cho: "Don't start me to talkin, I'll tell you everything I know, We got to beak up this signifying, Oohh, somebody's got to go.

------

Muddy Waters: "My home is on the Delta, Way down that farmer's road I'm leaving for Chicago, people I sure do hate to go."

(Anon.) "There's a long, long night train gonna carry me 'way from home"


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: heric
Date: 07 Dec 01 - 11:15 PM

I don't think that I can take it cause it took so long to bake it and I'LL NEVER HAVE THAT RECIPE AGAAAIIIIN

But seriously:

She's my best friend's girl and she used to be mine.

Muddy Waters


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: WyoWoman
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 01:16 AM

If I can't sell it, gonna keep sittin' on it, I ain't gonna give this good stuff away ... (Ruth Brown)

I need a little sugar in my bowl (Nina Simone)

Your love done shrunk. I want my money back ... (Saffire)

You're my hot little cookie And you bring out the boogie in me (Sonny Terry/Brownie McGee)

I'm gonna lay my head on that cold old railroad line, Let the 2:19 train ease my troubled mind ... (Ibid)

I'm a little bit like a lawnmower, baby Kinda hard to get me started, but then I just won't quit ...

Oh... that was me.

nivver mind

WW


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Kaleea
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 03:16 AM

Wow, those are some gooduns. One of my favorites is the late great Louis Armstrong in an early recording singing: Why must I be so black, and so blue?


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: reggie miles
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 12:48 PM

I know a woman, this is what she'll do, she'll make you tall and crazy, then she'll leave you small and blue.
I know a woman, five foot three, all day I try to get her into bed at night with me.
Honey won't you kiss me, tell me that you'll stay, lie down here beside me, till my blues go away.

oops that's me too


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 01:15 PM

You're a good old wagon, Daddy, but you done broke down.

Bessie Smith

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Amos
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 04:43 PM

If you want to (huh)
Please yo' Captain
Dig it deep boy (huh)
And raise it high

Bessie Jones
Road gang chant


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Amos
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 04:47 PM

Well, I ride on a mailtrain, baby,
Can't buy a thrill.
Well, I've been up all night, baby,
Leanin' on the window sill.
Well, if I die
On top of the hill
And if I don't make it,
You know my baby will.

Don't the moon look good, mama,
Shinin' through the trees?
Don't the brakeman look good, mama,
Flagging down the "Double E"?
Don't the sun look good
Goin' down over the sea?
Don't my gal look fine
When she's comin' after me?

Takes a Lot to Laugh, Takes a Train to Cry
Bob Dylan/Warner Bros


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Arbuthnot
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 05:17 PM

There's a Blind Lemon Jefferson line:

I asked my baby for fifty cents, she said There ain't a John in the yard!

and a Memphis Minnie line:

Iknow you got a cold and you can't smell So I'm going to give you something that I can't sell

There! That should lower the tone a bit!


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 06:09 PM

If I had a nickel I'd find a game
If I won a dollar I'd make it rain
If it rained an ocean I'd drink it dry
and lay me down dissatisfied
Rex's Blues Townes Van Zandt


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Alec
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 06:54 PM

My li'll girl was hungry so I bought her a grocery store - Lightning hopkins

Squeese my lemon till the juice runs down my leg- ?


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: kj...
Date: 08 Dec 01 - 10:43 PM

Oh, when I die, please bury me In my ten dollar Stetson hat; Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain So my friends'll know I died standin' pat.

Get six gamblers to carry my coffin Six chorus girls to sing me a song Put a twenty-piece jazz band on my tail gate To raise Hell as we go along

St. James Infirmary of course.....but....who wrote it????


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,The Burren Ranger
Date: 09 Dec 01 - 06:47 AM

Blues in A Flat "Well I woke up this mornin' woke up yesterday mornin' too. Well I woke up this mornin' woke up yesterday mornin' too. And if I wake up tommorrow mornin' that'll be three days in a row." (anon)


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Frogmore
Date: 09 Dec 01 - 01:42 PM

My love is bigger than a Cadillac.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Brian Hoskin
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 12:28 PM

Ain't it hard to stumble when you got no place to fall
I ain't got no place in this world at all.

- that's from memory, and I can't remember who it's from, but I'm sure Stewie can remind me?


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: pattyClink
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 05:46 PM

I'd rather drink muddy water, and sleep in a hollow log


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: ddw
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 08:59 PM

Now don't you criticize the kind of folks who might gather
At my kind of place 'cause nothin' looks sadder
Than a self-rightous soul who falls off his high horse
And winds up stupified at the watering trough

From "My Kind of Place" by Paul Geremia


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,allie
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 09:18 PM

Why am I thinking of Blind Melon Chitlin?

Own-gong-ging-gong, o-way. -Cheech and Chong

allie


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Stewie
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 10:24 PM

Hey Brian, I can't place the artist either. I know it comes from a blues called 'I'm A Stranger Here'. I thought Sonny and Brownie, but their blues of that title is different. Here's what sticks in my mind - maybe it will prompt someone's memory as to who sang it:

Ain't it hard to stumble when you've got no place to fall?
Ain't it hard to stumble when you've got no place to fall?
In this whole wide world I've got no place at all

I'm a stranger here, I'm a stranger everywhere.
I would go home but, honey, I'm a stranger there

Hitch up my buggy, saddle up my black mare
Hitch up my buggy, saddle up my black mare
Goin' to find me a fair deal in this world somewhere

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: ddw
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 07:58 PM

kj,

I don't think you'll ever pin down who wrote St. James Infirmary. It's just a varient of The Unfortunate Rake and Streets of Loredo with the scene shifted to a Greenville, S.C. VD clinic. Somebody might copyright an arrangement, but I think the song is basically trad.

cheers,

david


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: ddw
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 08:08 PM

LEJ,

the words you posted above,

On the seventh hour Of the seventh day Of the seventh month The seventh Doctor say "He was born for luck" Woman can't you see I got seven hundred dollars Baby Don't you mess with me...

and attributed as being from Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters are also to be found, verbatim, in Willie Dixon's Hootchie Kootchie Man. Wonder which came first?

Not that it really matters, mind you, since blues tunes swap lyrics back and forth all the time and Willie did play bass in Muddy's band for a long time. Just a point of curiosity....

david


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: ddw
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 08:12 PM

Jim Dixon,

Thanks for posting that info about Tampa Red's 2CD set — it's one I'll definitely hunt down. I was just reading through your selection of great lines and realized you didn't post one of my favorites of his:

Copper brought her in, she didn't need no bail
She shook it for the judge and put the cop in jail

From "No Matter How She Done It."

Great song!

cheers,

david


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: LR Mole
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 11:27 AM

I'm gonna stop my cryin', and leave you alone
You don't believe I'm leavin, YOU CAN COUNT THE DAYS I"M GONE..
"Milkcow Blues Boogie"


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 12:29 PM

ddw...sometimes I wonder who invented these lines anyway. Jimmy Page stole it from Muddy, who stole it from Robert, who stole it from Son, who probably stole it from Blind Lemon, who probably stole it from somebody sitting on his porch playing a diddley bow. This stuff somehow has the strength of archetypal imagery, which is the magical thing about traditional music.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Jenny the T
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 03:44 PM

Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call? Well you ain't so big--you just tall, that's all.

(don't know the original author; it's been covered many times)

JtT


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 04:21 PM

When the women all heard that King Brady was dead
They went on home an' they dressed in red,
Came a-slippin' an' a-slidin' up an' down the street,
In their loose Mother Hubbards an' their stockin' feet Don't know what it's called or who wrote it, nor yet any more of the words, but it's on a Brothers Four album.

If it wasn't for bad luck, wouldn't have no luck at all. Clapton & others
Failte.....Jock


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: ddw
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 06:12 PM

Jock,

The first one is from Duncan And Brady (sometimes called Duncan's 'Lectric Car or King Brady). Not absolutely sure who the original tune was by, but (somebody correct me if my memory's faulty) I seem to remember it as a good 12-string piece done by either Leadbelly or Blind Willie McTell — more likely the former....

Hoyt Axton covered it well.

LEJ. Fully agree. Sometimes I think if you learned about 15 verses you could do 80 per cent of the blues tunes out there....

I think the magic is in how the music can make the words sound so good over and over. —— On second reading, that seems to be about the same thing you said, isn't it?

cheers,

david


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Bobert
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 06:57 PM

Brian,

Dylan must have been paying attention to your song because in his "She Belongs to Me" (approx. 1965) he wrote:

She never stumbles, she's got no place to fall She never stumbles, she's got no place to fall She's nobodys' child, the law can't touch her at all

As for a few of my favorite lines:

"I'm so evil, my shadow won't even follow me"

And of course Johnny Winter in TV Blues, "If you don't get the picture, I'm going to have to do so work on you."

And someone posted a Paul Siebel line from "Louise" I epecially like his last verses to "Legend of the Captain's Daughter"..."time is now and will be long ago" and his "Jasper"..."last time I saw Jasper, he was running down the road, with his botts on backwards just in case it snowed"


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Mudlark
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 01:57 AM

Don't know what this is from...it was sort of spoken....."Telephone ringin'......sounds like a long DIStance call..."


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 02:30 AM

Hah! I see this thread, open it up, thinking I'm going to add "I'll kill your soul and dare your spirit to move" to the list. And it's the first song in the first post. Damn! Now I've got to think about it... :)

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 02:33 AM

p.s.---That Tampa Red 2-cd set rocks. :)

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 06:48 AM

Mudlark,

That's from Muddy Waters' "Long Distance Call" the next line is a beauty. "Picked up the receiver, the caller said 'another mule's kickin' in your stall".

It occurred to me the other night when I was at Rick Fieldings "O' Brother" tribute night, where would Blues & Bluegrass music be if "bail" didn't rhyme with "jail"?


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Troll
Date: 13 Dec 01 - 07:39 AM

Goin' up the country, goin' to my childhood home (2X)
Been a long time comin' but I'm gonna be a long time gone.

Well, since you left me baby, I've had some time to myself.
Yeah, since you left me baby, I ain't even tried to find somebody else.
When you told me you was leavin', it almost came as good news.
I've sat down and thought it over. I think i'm better off with the blues.
Now that is some kind of bad woman. I don't know who did this song but it sounds very Chicago-ish. I heard it on the radio and this is all I can remember. I'd like the complete lyrics if anyone has them.
If no response here, I'll start a lyric thread.

troll


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 06:53 AM

"May seem funny honey, funny as can be
We have seven children and none of 'em look like me"
(Gonna move to the outskirts of town)
RtS (work Xmas nosh today then only 5 more working day, Yipeeee!)


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 04:16 PM

Sometimes I think that you're too sweet to die and another time I think you oughta be buried alive - Richard Rabbit Brown, James alley blues


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 04:22 PM

When the train left the station
It had two lights on behind
The red light was my Baby
The green light was my mind

Love in Vain by...er...Robert Johnson(?)


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: gnu
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 04:34 PM

Been kinda lonely in the saddle since my horse died... wait, that's country blues... sorry.

You picked a fine to leave me you bitch, four hungry children and the truck's in the ditch... damn !!!

You've painted up your tits and curled your pubic hair; Ruby, are you copulating, goin down somewhere ? Oh, RuuuuuuUUbyyyy, ..... I wonder if there's a meeting somewhere tonight ?

OK, I'll slink away now.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 04:36 PM

When the train left the station
It had two lights on behind
The red light was my Baby
The green light was my mind

Love in Vain by...er...Robert Johnson(?)


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: gnu
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 04:45 PM

A terse PM would have sufficed. That's more embarassing than my post.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 05:09 PM

Mudcat Gremlins?!

My above double posts went in 14 minutes apart.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: gnu
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 05:21 PM

Perhaps the gremlins are trying to tell me something ?


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Desdemona
Date: 14 Dec 01 - 10:32 PM

"What's that smell like fish, oh baby, I really would like to know? Oh, what's that smell like fish pretty mama I really would like to know? Said, that ain't puddin', baby, That ain't pie That's the stuff that I got you by...."


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: gnu
Date: 15 Dec 01 - 10:30 AM

Gee !!! Apparently, I had a few too many last night. Country Blues... how childish of me to write trash like that in a serious discussion. Real Blues... oh yeah... Lay down Sally, and spread your cream white thighs. I been waitin all night long just to hear you sigh...


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: DancingMom
Date: 15 Dec 01 - 09:43 PM

Hey, hey.

Doin' the shout, I'm gonna do the shout, Got a letter from my baby, she's on her way home, we're gonna lock up the door, if anybody calls, say we're not at home, if the telephone ring, we're not at home. We're doin the shout, me and my baby. Gonna shout all day, gonna shout all night, Me and my baby, I was so glad to see my baby back home. Shout, baby.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: DancingMom
Date: 15 Dec 01 - 09:56 PM

by The Bluesman, the Healer, John Lee Hooker. Sharon


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: CraigS
Date: 16 Dec 01 - 07:59 PM

Some people sing the blues just because they know the song, But hear me singing, you know my time ain't long

Little David Alexander


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 12:09 AM

From TRUCKING LITTLE WOMAN (Big Bill Broonzy):

"She can look up as long as you can look down."


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Pean O'Graffey
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 07:13 PM

See here how everything
leads up to this day
and it's just like any other day
that's ever been...
- Jerry Garcia (?)


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Mark Clark
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 01:26 AM

I always liked one of Furry Lewis' lines:

There's only three women I ever loved in my life, (2)
My mother, my sister, my girlfriend and my wife.

And I think it was Junior Wells who used to sing:

People come and ask me, how does a poor man do, (2)
Sews patches on his clothes, stuffs newspaper down in his shoes.

Brownie McGhee's “Pawnshop Blues” included the line:

I asked the pawnshop man what're those three balls doin' on the wall, (2)
He said “I'll bet you two to one buddy, you won't get your stuff out of here at all.”

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Blues=Life
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 04:54 PM

I got to play in a jam session at a 4th of July party with some incredible professionals, (didn't even take out the guitar, stayed with harmonica, "A man's got to know his limitations!" *g*), and 5 to 6 songs into the jam, the question arose... what next? I'm not shy, I took off with my theme song, "Built For Comfort" (I'm 6'4", 230 lbs., 42 years old, what else should I have for my theme song!)

Some folks are built like this, some folks are built like that,
but the way I'm built, Now don't you call me fat.
I'm built for comfort, baby. Ain't built for speed.
I got everything that a good girl ever needs.

What a band, what a night. Life is good. Blues


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: fogie
Date: 09 Jul 02 - 05:32 AM

I am just a city boy Im really not the country kind I miss city streets and the neon lights Train goin round the bend You know I've bin up a line to nowhere, but now I'm taking me back where I belong I've been here once and I dont think its too nice Train goin round the bend, Train goin round the be-e-e-nd. And how true those words are! Well done Lou.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: rube1
Date: 09 Jul 02 - 02:29 PM

I finally figured out just what it was The woman wanted convenience, but I want love Ain't but one thing that I done wrong Thinking about her life, and not my own But now I don't care no more I don't care what you do Babe, I don't care no more

-Sonny Boy Williamson


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 09 Jul 02 - 02:37 PM

'I asked for water and you gave me gasoline...'

'I got a letter this mornin', how do you reckon it read?..'


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Foe
Date: 09 Jul 02 - 03:43 PM

Cover that woman with chocolate syrup and boogie 'til the cows come home


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: John-S
Date: 09 Jul 02 - 03:52 PM

When I die I'll go to Heaven

Cos I've spent my time in Hell.

Keef


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Songster Bob
Date: 09 Jul 02 - 04:00 PM

Well, two lines or couplets come to mind, I don't know which one is better:

I gave sugar for sugar, now you get salt for salt. /
If you can't get along with me, it's your own damn fault.

(from "James Alley Blues," by Rabbit Brown)

OR

I got a good woman, but my man don't want her 'round.

(from a non-existent song Pete Kraemer suggested that I try writing)


Songbob


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Joe_F
Date: 09 Jul 02 - 08:32 PM

If I'm feeling tomorrow just like I feel today,
I'll pack my suitcase and make my getaway.

Probably the first blues I ever heard. When I was, oh, 3 or 4, there was some place we went & my parents let me put a nickel in the jukebox, and I always picked no. 4, St Louis Blues.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Pean O'Graffey
Date: 10 Jul 02 - 06:35 AM

The lyrics I attributed to Jerry Garcia in my earlier posting belong in fact to Bob Hunter. Unforgivable. Profoundest apologies Bob.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: fat B****rd
Date: 11 Jul 02 - 03:02 AM

"Have to go so far to get my hambone boiled" Barbecue Bob.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Oct 03 - 12:31 AM

Nobody loves me but my mother, and she could be jivin' too.
--B B King, "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother"


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Amos
Date: 09 Oct 03 - 12:35 AM

I have got the keys to the highway,
Lord I ain't got too far to go;
Bound to leave your town a-running,
'Cuz walking is a most too slow....


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,pdq
Date: 09 Oct 03 - 01:02 AM

Not sure I have the record anymore, but Tampa Red's "Let Me Play With Your Poodle" has some of the best lines.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Suzanne B.
Date: 09 Oct 03 - 04:39 AM

Troll - "Goin' up the country..."

I think that was Sippie Wallace.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,bluerailroad
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 05:02 PM

oh honey why do you treat your mean so mean
oh honey why do you treat your mean so mean
when i ask you for water you always bring me gasoline

I'm heartsick baby ever since the death of you
Yeah i'm heartsick baby ever since the death of you
I'm sorry now i killed you, i know that was a bad thing to do.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,SouthernCelt
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 08:47 AM

I think "Black Mountain" or "Black Mountain Blues" as some call it has some of the best lines:

On Black Mountain, little child will spit in your face (repeated once)
All the babies cry for whiskey, all the birds they sing bass

On Black Mountain, you can't keep a man in jail (repeated)
If the jury find him guilty, the judge gone go his bail

Goin' back to Black Mountain, me an' my razor an' my gun (repeated)
I'm gone cut 'er if she stand and shoot 'er if she run.

SC


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 09:28 AM

"She looks like a train wreck that happened last July" (Washboard Sam Soap & Water Blues.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Uncle Phil
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 09:32 AM

If you don't want me, mama, you don't have to call,
Cause I can get more women than a passenger train can haul.
Jimmie Rodgers


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 03:05 PM

Forgive me if I've restated a verse, but I just skimmed the entries above.

I ain't never had no two women at one time,
No, I never had no two women at one time,
To satisfy this boy takes six, seven eight or nine.

I prayed to the Lord to send me an angel down,
Yes I prayed to the Lord to send me an angel down,
He must've been outa angels 'cause he sent me old Thelma Brown.

What is it makes me love that Thelma Brown?
What is it makes me love that Thelma Brown?
Must be the same old thing makes a bulldog hug a hound.

What makes my grandma love my grandpa so?
What makes my grandma love my grandpa so?
He's got that same jellyroll he had fifty years ago.

I can't remember where I heard the first three, but the Grandma one comes from Lonnie Johnson.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 03:12 PM

We're sensitive guys and we sing old out-dated songs.
We're sensitive guys and we sing old out-dated songs.
This record won't sell and the women all think we're goons.

Nobody likes our music; they wanna hear stuff that's loud.
Nobody likes our music; they all want stuff that's loud.
Don't fit with the folkies. Don't fit with the disco crowd.

Gonna finish this verse and then I'm gonna quit this band.
I'll finish this verse then I'm walkin' out on this band.
I'll leave my sweet mama and move to some unknown land.

(Suit's Crybaby Blues - R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders)


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 03:39 PM

I always loved this line:

Blues jumped a rabbit, and he ran a solid mile.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: oggie
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 03:48 PM

Loving's for the summer,
Leaving's for the fall.
Better to have a love that's gone
Than have no love at all.

Heard in 197? at the Turks Head FC in Lincoln, author unknown

oggie


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,SouthernCelt
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 07:31 PM

Another tune Jimmie Rodgers did, a somewhat wierd little song called "Desert Blues", has somewhat odd lyrics:

Out on the wind-swept desert where nature favors no man
The buffalo found his brother at rest on the sun-baked sand
He says "Brother, what ails you? Has sickness got you this way?"
But his brother never said, 'cause his brother was dead, been dead since way last May.

Yes, big chief Buffalo Nickel, a mighty man in his day
Never once used a sickle to clear the bushes away
He'd go 'round from tent to tent and eat everything in sight
He loved him a squaw, every one that he saw, he loved a new one every night.

Last night on the wind-swept desert I heard a big Indian moan
I left my tent, I knew what it meant, and I knew I'd never more roam
It was gone when I made St. Fe, my legs were certainly sore
I'd lost fifty pounds on that hot desert ground and I'd lose that many more.

I've always wondered what hearing an Indian moan was supposed to mean and is St. Fe supposed to be Santa Fe shortened to fit the lyrical rhythm?

SC


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 07:42 PM

"I've got the blues before sunrise
Tears standing in my eyes
It's the most miserable old feeling
A feeling I do despise"

Blues Before Sunrise from LeRoy Carr


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: ragtimeangel
Date: 15 Jan 07 - 07:47 PM

Always loved "Leavin' Trunk": Gonna pack my leavin' trunk.
                               Ain't had no whiskey--
                               The blues have got me solid drunk
                                    --Taj Mahal, among many others

And of course: Saint Louis woman, with all her diamond rings--
                She got that man tied to her apron strings.
                Without that powder and paint and all that store-bought                                 
                     hair--
                You that man of mine, he wouldn't go nowhere.
                               --W. C. Handy


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 12:31 PM

How about:

Ever since my baby left me, I don't know what to think,
Ever since my baby left me, I don't know what to think,
Think I'll take another Valium and go and call my shrink.

I took my BMW down to the tune-up stand,
Yes I took my Beemer down to the tune-up stand
Said,"Fix the fuel injection - Please Mr. Tune-up Man."

Woke up this afternoon and found that both my cars were gone.
Yes I woke up this afternoon and both my cars were gone.
I got so goddamned mad I threw my drink across the lawn.

I can't remember where the first two came from, but the last one was from the star of Fernwood Tonight. And who says Yuppies can't get the blues?


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: fat B****rd
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 03:18 PM

Hello, Guest Jim. I have the third one by Martin Mull and was just thinking of posting it when I read yours.
Southern Celt. Yes, it's an odd little song and I also have it by Leon Redbone.
I've always liked "I'm gonna fall on my knees, gonna raise up my right hand" C. Burnett.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 04:41 PM

Yeah, Martin Mull. I couldn't think of his name. Thanks fat B****rd.

By the way, I read your letter to myself in a broad Scottish accent. Am I right?


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: fat B****rd
Date: 17 Jan 07 - 03:59 AM

Well, Jim. I AM moving to Scotland later but I was born in Cleethorpes on the Humber Delta of Sunderland born parents. So I sound pseudo hipster with dark brown undertones. But if you want to read my post with a BSA please feel free.
Good thread innit ?


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Declan
Date: 17 Jan 07 - 08:15 PM

I always liked these lines from Muddy Waters' Busdriver Blues -

My Baby took off with a Bus driver, and you know that don't seem right.
He used to give her rides in the daytime, now she gives hum rides at night.

Also a blues I heard once about a man whos girlfriend has taken to the drink called "My sugar has turned to Alcohol".


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Joe_F
Date: 17 Jan 07 - 08:21 PM

When the blues catch a rabbit, he run one solid mile.
Poor little rabbit, cry like a newborn child.

Wish I was a headlight on some eastbound train,
I'd shine my light on cool Colorado rain.


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Leadfingers
Date: 17 Jan 07 - 08:52 PM

First line of the blues is always repeated a second time X 2

So when you get to the third line you got time to think up the rhyme


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Leadfingers
Date: 17 Jan 07 - 08:55 PM

Never loan your mouthorgan not even to your dearest friend X2

Cos you may survive the blowin , but the suckin gonna get you in the end


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Subject: RE: Best BLUES lines
From: Leadfingers
Date: 17 Jan 07 - 08:56 PM

100 !!! and those previous two are from Richard Stilgoe .


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