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Lyr Req/Add: Georgia Buck

pam 09 Oct 99 - 04:45 PM
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Peace 08 Apr 05 - 06:23 PM
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Peace 08 Apr 05 - 06:37 PM
Peace 08 Apr 05 - 06:54 PM
RangerSteve 09 Apr 05 - 09:08 AM
GUEST,Bob Coltman 09 Apr 05 - 02:46 PM
Jim Dixon 11 Apr 05 - 09:56 AM
Azizi 11 Apr 05 - 12:12 PM
Dan Schatz 26 Feb 08 - 02:19 PM
Joe Offer 26 Feb 08 - 03:06 PM
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Subject: Georgia Buck Lyrics, please
From: pam
Date: 09 Oct 99 - 04:45 PM

Anybody have lyrics to Georgia Buck? All I have is " Georgia Buck is dead..... didn't want shortenin on his bread" and a lovely tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 06:21 PM

Refresh. Anybody want to add this song to our collection? It's probably too late to help Pam, though.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Peace
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 06:23 PM

http://www.bluegrassmessengers.com/master/georgiabuck5.html
The Bluegrass Messengers
Georgie Buck- Version 5

Georgie Buck

Traditional Old-Time, Breakdown- Southeast: Piedmont and Appalachian region, relatively rare banjo song;

ARTIST: Played on the banjo by Dent Wimmer at his home in Floyd, Floyd County, VA.

CATEGORY: Fiddle and Instrumental Tunes; DATE: Early 1900’s;

RECORDING INFO: Global Village C217, (Black fiddle and banjo players) Joe and Odel Thompson - "Old Time Music From the North Carolina Piedmont." Rounder CD 0382, Marvin Gaster - "Uncle Henry's Favorites."

OTHER NAMES: Georgie Buck; Barbara Buck; Old Georgie Buck;

SOURCES: "The tune was also in the repertoire of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, guitarist and banjo player Elizabeth Cotten, and was played by African-American fiddler Joe Thompson in GDGD tuning." (Kuntz, Fiddler's Companion, http://www.ceolas.org/tunes/fc). American Banjo Echoes in Appalachia by Cecelia Conway. 1995); Recordings by Dick Roberts and Joe Thompson & Odell Thompson (Smithsonian Folkways SF CD 40079) and Odell Thompson (Rounder CD 0439) clearly belong to Conway's banjo song genre, although a 1927 recording by The Hill Billies (reissued on Document DOCD-8041) treats it more like a regular song. A rather odd-sounding field holler version by Leonard Emanuel (Rounder CD 0071) is indicative of another way in which this song was used. Doc Watson also does a banjo version.

NOTES: "Heard in many parts of the South, but relatively rare" (Kerry Blech). The tune is known as a black Southern banjo song.

Georgia Buck belongs to what Cecilia Conway calls 'the banjo song genre'. Such songs are usually characterized by the following five musical features: 1) rhythmic and syncopated playing throughout the performance, especially when singing; 2) elaborated instrumental interludes; 3) compressed vocal lines of two or more syllables per beat; 4) occasional but irregular interruptions by instrumental interludes within the stanza; and 5) varied repetition of instrumental elements. (American Banjo Echoes in Appalachia by Cecelia Conway. 1995).

A single verse, Barbara Buck, collected by Cecil Sharp from Laura V Donald of Dewey, VA, EFSSA No. 196, shows some similarities.

  Here are the lyrics from Dent Wimmer:
Georgia Buck is dead, Those words he said,
'Don't give a (?) when we die. Don't give a (?) when we die'.

Oh, Georgia Buck is dead, last word he said,
'Come to my grave on a (sleigh?), Come to my grave on a (sleigh?).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Peace
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 06:29 PM

Don't give a (? ... Oh, Georgia Buck is dead, last word he said, ...
www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/GEO_GH.htm

More on a google of that site.


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Subject: ADD: Georgie Buck
From: Peace
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 06:37 PM

Georgie Buck

    Georgie Buck is dead
    The last thing he said
    "Don't put no shortnin' in my bread."

    Georgie Buck is dead
    The last thing he said
    "Don't put no shortnin' in my bread."

    Down the road
    Down the road I see
    Trouble in my way
    Trouble in my way
    Trouble in my way down the line.

    Georgie Buck is dead
    Last word he said
    "Don't let a woman have her way.
    "If she have her way,
    she be gone all day.
    Don't let a woman have her way."

    Whoah!
    Down the line
    Down the line
    Down the line I see
    Trouble in my way
    Trouble in my way
    Trouble in my way down the line.

    Georgie Buck is dead
    The last word he said
    "Don't put no shortnin' in my bread."
    Put no shortnin in my bread...
    Put no shortnin' in my bread...

    Down the line
    Down the line
    Down the line I see
    Trouble come my way
    Trouble come my way
    Trouble in my way down the line.

The above is from this site

www.doesthisblogmakemybuttlookbig.com/ 2004/03/monday_lyrics_p_1.html

or Google

Good Grief!: Monday lyrics post - Georgie Buck


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Peace
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 06:54 PM

Here it is again.

I am done, you'll be happy to hear. Sorry for the number of posts.

BM


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Subject: ADD Version: Georgie Buck (Doc Watson)
From: RangerSteve
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 09:08 AM

This is what I recall from Doc Watson's version, which is on his first Vanguard album:

My name is Georgie Buck,
Ain't never had no luck,
Always been treated this-a way, boys,
Always been treated this-a way,
Oh, me and it's oh, Lordy my,
What's gonna become of me.

George Buck is dead,
the last words he said
was "dig me a hole in the ground, boys,
dig me a hole in the ground"
Oh, me and it's oh, Lordy my,
what's gonna become of me

Georgie Buck is dead,
the last words he said
was "Never let a woman have her way, boys,
Never let a woman have her way.
You let her have her way,
she's gonna lead you astray,
never let a woman have her way.

First verse.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 09 Apr 05 - 02:46 PM

One of my great favorites, I first heard it from Bascom Lamar Lunsford.

Maybe we should be careful quoting the term "banjo song" as Cece Conway's; all honor to Cece, it was in use well before she was born.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Apr 05 - 09:56 AM

Variants of this song have been recorded under slightly different titles:

GEORGIE BUCK by The Bass Mountain Boys, Eugene Chadbourne, Jim & Jennie and the Pine Barons, Chris Jones, Dink Roberts, Doc Watson.

OL' GEORGIE BUCK by Taj Mahal.

OLD GEORGIE BUCK by Leonard Emanuel (on an amazing Rounder collection called "Hollerin'").

GEORGIA BUCK by Precious Bryant, Flatt & Scruggs, Marvin Gaster, Joe Thompson, and Odell Thompson

GEORGE BUCK by Elizabeth Cotten.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Apr 05 - 12:12 PM

I just wanted to share that the word 'buck' in the name George Buck is from the Spanish name for cowboy-'vaquero' which is comes from 'vaca'=cow; the 'v' being pronounced like an English 'b'.

See this site on the history of the vaquero in what is now the Western part of the USA

Buckaroos

Ther word 'buck' for a dollar bill has an entirely different etymology.

The word 'buck' as a referent for Black men has a stereotypical connotation as it a code word for an angry, bestial Black sexual superstud. An interesting read on this stereotype is Donald Bogle's 1973 interpretive history of Blacks in American films "Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mamies, and Bucks".

The name "Buck" was used in the 1972 film "Buck and The Preacher".
If I recall correctly, in that film the image of 'buck' was changed from the Black male as an angry and animal-like superstud was changed to that of a strong Black man who was a leader. That 1972 film was directed by Sidney Poitier and starred Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee and others. The movie told the story of the difficulties facing Blacks during the Civil War who were moving to the West.

Buck and The Preacher


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 26 Feb 08 - 02:19 PM

I'm looking for the origins of this particular song, and thought I'd revive this thread. I'm especially intrigued by Azizi's post of three years ago, since I have always thought the song had more the feel of an African American blues ballad than an Anglo-American lyric song. Is "buck" a tune that would ever have been used by someone to refer to himself? Was this song considered offensive? (I always thought it was just a name, but now I'm not so sure.)

Does anybody know? Thanks in advance.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Feb 08 - 03:06 PM

Not much in the Traditional Ballad Index:

Georgia Buck

DESCRIPTION: "Oh, my name is Georgia Buck, and I never had much luck." Various verses about Georgia's troubles and his wife, typically ending "Georgia Buck is dead, the last thing he said Was, 'Don't ever let a woman have her way" (or "Dig me a hole in the ground.")
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1913 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: marriage death
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
BrownIII 500, "Georgia Buck" (2 short texts plus a fragment)
Roud #3428
RECORDINGS:
Al Hopkins and his Buckle Busters, "Georgia Buck" (Brunswick 183/Vocalion 5182 [as the Hill Billies], 1927)
Notes: Roud lumps this with "The Southern Soldier Boy (Barbro Buck)," or at least some versions of it. That seems to be based solely on the word "Buck" in the title. - RBW
File: Br3500

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Bibiography
Go to the Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2008 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


Roud has 20 entries: (click)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Feb 08 - 03:13 PM

Georgia BucK was sung by Bascom Lamar Lunsford.

Three musical scores are given in F. C. Brown, "North Carolina Folklore," vol. 5, "The Music of the Folk Songs," ed. J. P. Schinhan, no. 500, pp. 323-325
One score is from Lunsford, the others from Mrs. Silas Buchanan and from Miss Jewell Robbins; North Carolina.

Additional texts in Brown, vol. 3.

I can find no reports of other than white versions of the song, but many of these songs were common to both groups.
Also see Traditional Ballad Index
_________________________________________________

Contrary to the post by Azizi, Buck is not an uncommon surname in England, esp. in Hereford and Worcester. Like Lyon and Bull, it probably has its origin in armorial bearings. it is very old.

As a first name, it often is an abbreviation of Buckley and the other English names beginning with 'Buck...', many people named Rogers used to be given the nickname 'Buck' after the space hero; uncommonly related to 'buckaroo,' possibly the horse opera hero Buck Rogers but I haven't looked into the etiology of his name.

'Buckra' was commonly applied to white men by African blacks; J. R. Russell, 1848, "Dictionary of Americanisms." In Jamaica, it means light-skinned, as well as white, and also is applied to the ruling or upper class. Blacks in the U. S. have turned it into a disparaging term.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GEORGIE BUCK (Bascom Lamar Lunsford)
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 26 Feb 08 - 06:27 PM

Figured it was time I added the Lunsford lyrics as I heard them. I should emphasize these may differ from others, as they came from a private recording.

Way it happened, I was visiting collector-singer Artus Moser in Swannanoa in 1955, and he played me a home cut disk he'd made of Lunsford singing the song. It was the first time I'd heard it and still the best ... Lunsford must be one of the earliest to record it, after Al Hopkins' band. You'll notice it's a little bit incoherent, but I swear these are the lyrics I heard off that record.

Other versions seem related to "Skillet Good and Greasy," "Lulie Let Your Bangs Roll Down," etc. but this one is related only to "Rabbit In the Log."

GEORGIE BUCK
As sung by Bascom Lamar Lunsford on a home cut disk, recording date unknown, made by or for Artus Moser 1955 or earlier.

Georgie Buck is dead,
And the last word he said,
Was never let a woman
Have her way.

Rabbit in the log,
And I ain't got no dog,
And 'twould never do to let it
Git out an' gone.

I'm standin' on the log,
With the shot preacher's dog,
And I never was so sorry
In my life.

Young rabbit on the level,
Killed out of the Devil,
Oh, how can I catch it,
Lord, Lord,

Georgie Buck is dead,
And the last word he said
Was never let a woman
Have her way.

Let a woman have her way,
She'll lay you in the grave,
Oh, never let a woman
Have her way.

Couple of traditional verses from other versions I usually add in with this are:

If you don't believe I'll fight,
Just follow me out tonight,
And I'll shoot you and I'll cut you,
God knows.

Georgie Buck he died,
And he laughed and he cried,
Rock me in the cradle,
Law, law.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 26 Feb 08 - 06:57 PM

One addition, a mystery verse. Heard it years ago, don't know where or from whom.

On the other hand I always felt it was the key to the song, giving a reason why Georgie Buck is so mean and ornery: he was a murderer and he was going to hang. He'd murdered the woman he threatened ("Follow me out tonight ..."), the one he didn't want to have her way ... and she was going to lay him in the grave just like the song says. Or something like that.

Well, I got me my gun,
And I killed my only one,
And I'm doomed to die tomorrow
'Fore day.

Anyone know a source for this?

What a song. None better for when feeling low down. Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: 12-stringer
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 01:52 AM

Two black versions of the song, from Folkways SF 40079, "Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia":

Joe and Odell Thompson (1974)

Georgie Buck is dead
Last word he said,
Don't want no shortnin' in my bread*

Caused me to weep
Caused me to mourn
Caused me to leave my home

Oh, it's oh me, oh my,
Trouble I do see

Georgie Buck is dead
Last word he said
Don't let a woman have her way

Lord, a woman have her way
Go and stay all day
Don't let a woman have her way

It rained and it popped
Old Black Annie got shot
Down by the barroom door**

repeat 3
repeat 1
repeat 2

*Odell's wife Susie Thompson knew this line as "Don't want no children in my bed."

**This verse is a crossover from "Black Annie"

Dink Roberts (1974)

Georgie
Georgie Buck is dead
Last word he said
Don't let a woman have her way
(spoken) What y'say, banjo?

Yes, if you let a woman have her way
(spoken) I ain't talkin' bout you, now
(sung) She'll lead you to astray
Said I'm goin' to the shack
Where the car Number Nine
(spoken) What say, banjo?

The CD notes, by Cecelia Conway, seem to imply that John Snipes also knew the song but the set doesn't include a rendition by him.

Elizabeth Cotten plays a version on her album "Freight Train," part of a medley of banjo songs. The vocals are not very well miked.

Georgie Buck is dead,
Last words he said
Don't want no shortnin' in my bread.

Shortnin' in my bread
Swimming (?) in my head
(last line not quite audible to me)

I've downloaded a couple of field recordings from the Digital Library of Appalachia. Black banjoist Rufus Kasey does a nice clawhammered instrumental version from 1984, and there are two 1979 takes by white fingerpicker J Roy Stalcup, with some discussion of the lyrics (he recites a couple of verses but doesn't sing them), as well as how the song crosses over with what he calls "500 Miles," i.e., "Old Reuben."

Compare the song "Since I Left My Father's Home," recorded from Clarence Tross of Hardy Co, WV, in 1960 and again in 1974. Both of these recordings are also in the DLA.

(1960 recording, a cap)
Oh me, oh my
I'm sorry I left my home
The day I left my father's house
That's the day I left my home.

Old John Brown is dead
Last words he said
Never let a woman have her way.
If a woman have her way
She'll lead a man astray
Never let a woman have her way.

It's rock, darling, rock,
Rock, darling, rock, Lord knows
Just 'hind the rock
Old Towser treed a fox,
And I'll hunt when I get ready[?], Lord knows.

Repeat one

I'm goin' down the street
Kiss the first girl I meet
And it's nobody's business but my own.
Well the greyhound's on my track
And the chicken's in my sack
And I'll [?] by the shanty, Lord knows.

The 1974 Tross recording, with vigorous banjo, is very poorly miked and the vocal is all but inaudible. Tross was born in 1884 and says he learned the song from his father, who was born abt 1850. I doubt that all the lyrics of the song are of that vintage, but it has some obvious similarities to "Georgie Buck," "Old Rattler," "Skillet Good and Greasy," and other banjo songs of black origin. The melody of the unaccompanied version sounds slightly more archaic to me than the one that he plays on banjo.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 08:38 AM

12-stringer, would you post the lyrics to "Black Annie" when you get a chance?

I've been interested in that song a long time. I know "Black Annie" refers to a wagon used to transport convicts, chain gang and other workers, maybe at times men headed for execution. Also a way of referring to blacktop guitars.

But lyrics for it are mighty scarce and I would sure like to see the ones you refer to.

Thanks as ever for an illuminating discussion!

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 12:50 PM

12-stringer, thanks for the black lyrics. Looks like I need that album.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLACK ANNIE (Dink Roberts)
From: 12-stringer
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 01:27 PM

Bob:

"Black Annie" from the singing of Dink Roberts on "Black Banjo Songsters":

[spoken]
Black Annie weep, Black Annie moan
Black Annie drinking of the glass

[sung]
Well, yeah, Black Annie went down to the barroom door
Calls for a four dollar jug
Hand it down, quick as you can
Don't let my man catch me here

[spoken]
What say, banjo?

[sung]
Way down, way down, way down in Egypt some time

[spoken]
What say, banjo?

[sung]
Hey, hand it down, quick as you can
Don't let my man catch me here

first shot he did make
Landed in the facing of the door

[spoken]
What you say, banjo?

[sung]
Next shot he did make
Landed in the facing of the door
Then the third shot he did make
Landed in Black Annie's side

Said y'oughta been there, hear her moan
Could not hear from cryin'.

[spoken]
What say, banjo?

[sung]
Way behind the hill
Poor Black Annie got killed
Never know the death that she died

Way down, way,
Black Annie weep, Black Annie moan
Black Annie dead and gone.

Textually, this is somewhat fragmentary, but this is generally true of Dink Roberts' songs. He talks and sings over his banjo picking, more allusively than narratively. Roberts learned the song about 1908 from a friend he thought might have composed it, based on a real event. Conway mentions a version on Hobart Smith's Folk Legacy LP that I haven't heard.

Q:

The Black Banjo Songsters set is well worth picking up. It features, principally, John Snipes, Dink Roberts, and Joe and Odell Thompson, with some individual tracks by other artists, including John Jackson, Etta Baker & Cora Phillips, Uncle Homer Walker, Lewis Hairston, and Rufus Kasey. A second volume is supposed to be forthcoming. Several of the artists, including Hairston, Walker, and Kasey, are included in the DLA audio files. See also Robert Winans' 1979 article on black banjo players of VA and WV, http://faculty.virginia.edu/vafolk/ffv1.htm, which names several additional musicians for some of whom DLA includes audio, as well as a cross referenced list of common repertoire songs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 01:59 PM

I may even have the Black Banjo Songsters collection, now that you mention it. I'll take a look.

It sounds to me like the song is indeed an authentic example of the African American blues ballad form. Lunsford, while a prodigious folklorist, is hardly an original source. I haven't been able to find anything out about the other sources mentioned.

I've been playing it on fretless gourd banjo - it works wonderfully.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 28 Feb 08 - 01:55 PM

12-stringer, many thanks.

The Georgia Yellowhammers recorded a "Black Annie" but offhand I can't remember what it's like. Instrumental maybe???   I need to chase it down among old tapes ...

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 11:55 PM

Here's a home recording of Georgie Buck, as I sing it and play on the fretless gourd banjo.

Dan


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Subject: Lyr Add: GEORGY BUCK (from Zora Neale Hurston)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jul 09 - 07:40 AM

These lines appear in the play De Turkey and de Law by Zora Neale Hurston, which has been reprinted in several volumes:

1. Georgy Buck is dead, last word he said
I don't want no shortenin' in my bread.

2. Rabbit on de log—ain't got no dog
How am I goin' git him, God knows.

3. Rabbit on de log—ain't got no dog
Shoot him wid my rifle, bam! bam!

4. Oh Georgy Buck is dead, last word he said
Never let a woman have her way.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: GUEST,Walt Stafford
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 08:38 AM

These are the words my grandfather used to sing (he was born in 1900.)

Georgie Buck is dead
The last word he said
was give me a little more water before die


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Artful Codger
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 02:29 PM

Spirited rendition by the Carolina Chocolate Drops: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goNs8GiuZd8


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 05:39 PM

Both Georgia Buck and Black Annie on Carolina Chocolate Drops cd "Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Georgia Buck
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 01:34 AM

Georgia Buck is also the name of a variety of sweet potato. This usage goes back at least to 1900, where I found it in an agricultural bulletin.


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: Georgia Buck
From: GUEST,Arkansas Red
Date: 02 Oct 10 - 06:25 PM

Sung by the late Aunt Sooty Callaway:

Georgie Buck is dead, the last words he said,
Don't put no short'nin in my bread,
In my bread, in my bread, don't put no short'nin is
my bread.

Georgie Buck I heerd never shaved his beard, his hair
it growed down to the ground,
To the ground, to the ground, his hair it growed down to the
ground.

Rabbit on the run and I ain't got no gun, cold greens and
cornbred fer my board,
Fer my board, fer my board, cold greens and cornbread fer my board.

Georgie Buck is dead, the last words he said, cool drink a
water 'fore I die,
'fore I die, 'fore I die, cool drink a water 'fore I die.


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: Georgia Buck
From: Mike Yates
Date: 03 Oct 10 - 07:02 AM

Dent Wimmer's version can be heard om Musical Traditions double CD "Far in the Mountains" volumes 1 & 2. MTCD501-2 (This issue number has recently been changed by MT to fit into their new American series).


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: Georgia Buck
From: GUEST,emiel
Date: 19 Oct 10 - 03:25 PM

"Shortnin' in my bread
Swimming (?) in my head
(last line not quite audible to me)"

I hear "swingin' in my head"


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: Georgia Buck
From: GUEST,Tom in Alaska
Date: 18 Dec 10 - 06:06 PM

Don't know where we got it from, but roomates & I used to play this on guitar/banjo a lot during study breaks in off campus housing, Dinkytown, Univ of Minnesota, @1965. May have been either Josh White, or Flatt & Scruggs:

My name is Georgia Buck
Ain't never had no luck,
Always been treated this-a-way, boys
Always been treated this-a-way

Refrain: Oh me, and it's Oh My,
          What's gonna become of me?

Georgia Buck is dead
As he lay on his bed
Said, never let no woman have her way, boys
Never let no woman have her way.

Refrain: If you let her have her way, she's gonna lead you astray
          Never let no woman have her way

Georgia Buck is dead
Last words he said, was
Dig me a hole in the ground, boys
Dig me a hole in the ground

Refrain: Oh me, and it's Oh My
          What's gonna become of me?

REPEAT First Verse & Refrain

Pretty much G - Em - D, with a few odd licks


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: Georgia Buck
From: GUEST,Tom in Alaska
Date: 18 Dec 10 - 06:55 PM

Re: previous entry. Did a little more research. We got Georgia Buck from Doc Watson, along with Deep River Blues and "Doc's Guitar", which took us weeks to figure out, and months to play half-way proficiently. Also had the opportunity years later to watch Doc close-up at the "Bottom Line" in Greenwich Village. Thrill of a guitar picker's lifetime!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Georgia Buck
From: Janie
Date: 03 May 18 - 10:18 PM

Odell and Joe Thompson.
Odell and Joe Thompson, Georgia Buck


Joe Thompson, several years after Odell died. Joe Thompson Georgia Buck


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Add: Georgia Buck
From: Joe_F
Date: 05 May 18 - 05:54 PM

One should remember that "buck" is the regular name for the male of many animals, and so gets applied to male human beings of races or other groups that the speaker regards as inferior. For plenty of examples of this nasty habit, see the OED under the first "buck" entry.


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