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SouthernCelt Origins:Jickson Johnson/Johnson Jinkson/3 Butchers (13) Lyr Req: 'Jickson Johnson' by Ian & Sylvia 22 Sep 07

The revived request on "National Hotel" reminded me of one I've been meaning to ask about

A bit of history: I & S had a committment to do two MGM albums. The first was Lovin' Sound which had Nat'l Hotel and a number of others that are fairly well-known among I & S fans. The second album called Full Circle, which Ian insisted be more under their control, probably had fewer songs that made it into fans' I & S favorites but did give Sylvia a chance to do a little more of her type of music. She went on to re-issue at least one ("Woman's World) of hers on a solo album after they split.

A really up-tempo, somewhat bluegrassy, folk-tale sounding song on the second album, "Jickson Johnson", is probably my favorite from the whole album. Sylvia sings the lyrics but the mix of instruments (heavy on the fiddle)overpowers a lot of the words making them hard to understand. I had forgotten all about this song until I got the double album reissue and heard it again. Anyone have the lyrics? I've done web searches a couple of times but never came up with more than a reference to the album containing the song, never lyrics.

The song begins:

Johnson he went riding as fast as he could ride
When he thought he heard a woman, he heard a woman cry...
after that every line has at least one difficult to understand word and trying to figure them out takes away from the enjoyment of the overall sound of the song.



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