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Gene E Lyr Req: Shake 'Em On Down (Bukka White) (10) Lyr Add: SHAKE 'EM ON DOWN (Fred McDowell) 25 May 98


Dear not named,

Bukka was only one of a number of bluesmen that performed a version of Shake 'Em On Down. I know of Napoleon Strickland, Bukka White and Fred McDowell versions. As I understand it, all three men knew each other and probably performed the song together from time to time.

In fact Fred McDowell had a nick name in his neighborhood, "Shake 'Em" because every time they got a chance to hear him play, they wanted him to play the song. Here is Fred's version (or one of them):

SHAKE 'EM ON DOWN
Fred McDowell

If you come to my house, you gonna find me around, Lordy,
Somewhere, baby. Lordy, shake 'em on down.
Lordy, must I, Lord.

If you see my baby, Lordy, standin' round,
You know we getting ready now, we gonna, shake 'em on down.
Lordy, must I, Lord.

[Guitar interlude]

Put your knees together, baby. Let your backbone move.
Ain't no one in town can shake 'em down like you.
Lordy, must I, Lord.

[Guitar interlude with:]
Oh, Lord, you, . . . Oh, Lord, you.

Goin' way up on the hill. Goin' get some ice.
'Fore we get back gonna shake 'em down twice.
Lordy, must I, Lord.

Pretty cool, huh, baby? :}


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