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Thread #15511   Message #1116753
Posted By: GUEST,Albert Calleros
16-Feb-04 - 02:28 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Cocaine Blues 4 (Luke Jordan)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cocaine Blues 4
Hey Stewie,

Thanks mucho for the transcription to "Cocaine Blues". I've been trying to untangle the song for years (in my head) and now you've given me some great clarifications. I've gone through and added my corrections/suggestions in brackets. I hope that at least a few of them are good. By the way, have you ever tried to transcribe Luke Jordan's "Church Bell Blues?"


Oh [Ah] go on, gal, don't you take me for no fool
I'm not gonna quit you, pretty mama, while the weather's cool
Around your back door, oh [said] honey, I'm gonna creep
As long as you make those two and a half a week

Now I got a girl, she works in the white folk's yard
She brings me meal, I can swear she [breaks the law] brings me lard
She brings me meat, she brings me lard
She brings [bring] me everything, I swear, that she can steal

Now [Barnum & Bailey, poorly pronounced] Barn and Beale's (?) circus came to town, they had an elephant looking good and brown
They did not know it was against the law for the monk(ey) [monks, meaning blacks?] to stop at a five fine] drugstore
Just around the corner, just a minute too late, another one's standin' at the big back gate
I'm simply wild about my good cocaine [I always though that this was "I sniffed awhile about my good cocaine", but I like your interpretation better]

I called my Cora, hey hey
She come on sniffin' with her nose all sore, the doctor swore (she's) [he wasn't, but run together into "hewan'"] gonna smell [sell] no more
Sayin', run doctor, ring the bell ["ring the bell" was sometimes used as a slang term for stimulating the clitoris- no offense]- the women in the alley
I'm simply wild about my good cocaine

Now the [that] furniture man came to my house, it was last Sunday morn
He asked me was my wife at home and I told him she had long gone
He backed his wagon up to my door, took everything I had
He carried it back to the furniture store and I swear I did feel sad

What in the world has anyone got for dealing with the furniture man
If you got no dough, you stand no show ["standin' fo' sho', as in nothing left to sit on], it's certain he'll back you back
He'll [He will] take everything from an earthly plant, from a skillet to a frying pan
If [it ever was a devil] ever there was a devil born without any horns, it must have been a furniture man

I called my Cora, hey hey
She come on sniffin' with her nose all sore, doctor swore (she's) [he wasn't] gonna smell no more [sell her more]
Sayin' coke's for horses, not women nor men
The doctor said it will [it'd] kill you, but he didn't say when
I'm simply wild about my good cocaine

Now the baby's in the cradle in New Orleans, it [he] kept a-whippin' till it got so mean
It [he] kept a-whippin had to fix it so (indecipherable) [the judge would laugh at her and sell her more?]
Saying, run doctor, ring the bell the women in the alley
I'm simply wild about my good cocaine

I called my Cora, hey hey
She come on sniffin' with her nose all sore, the doctor swore (she's) gonna smell no more
Sayin', run doctor, ring the bell - the women in the alley
I'm simply wild about my good cocaine

albert calleros
micronaut@adelphia.net