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Thread #1075   Message #1397369
Posted By: Goose Gander
02-Feb-05 - 10:02 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Deep Elm Blues
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Deep Elm Blues
The Dust Bowl version follows other variants more or less:


When you go down in Deep Ellum for to have a little fun
You must have fiteen dollars ready when that policeman comes

Oh, sweet mama, daddy's got them Deep Ellum Blues (2x)

Once I knew a preacher, preached the Bible through and through
But he went down in Deep Ellum, now his preaching days are through
(repeat refrain)

Once I had a sweet girl, meant the world to me
But she went down in Deep Ellum now she aint what she used to be
(repeat refrain)

When you go down in Deep Ellum, put some money in your shoe
'Cause the women in Deep Ellum got them Deep Ellum Blues
(repeat refrain)

It's a good example of the overlap between blues and hillbilly, which reflects the relationship between black and white string bands and the black/white hybrid nature of old tymey music

Here's the Ballad Index entry:

Deep Elem Blues
DESCRIPTION: The listener is advised to be prepared when going to (Deep Elem): "If you go down to Deep Elem just to have a little fun, You'd better have your fifteen dollars when the policeman comes." The singer details his experiences with the women there
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (recording, Cofer Brothers)
KEYWORDS: whore money police theft trick sex warning crime humorous clergy
REFERENCES (2 citations):
BrownIII 501, "Went Down Town"; 502, "Standin' on de Street Doin' No Harm" (2 fragments, consisting of little more than a declaration of innocence and a statement "along came the police and grabbed me by the arm," also found in some versions of this song)
The Cofer Brothers, "The Georgia Black Bottom (Black Bottom Blues)" (Okeh 45111, 1927)
Lone Star Cowboys, "Deep Elm Blues" (Victor 23846, 1933)
Prairie Ramblers, "Deep Elem Blues" (Perfect 5-11-51, 1935)
The Shelton Brothers, "Deep Elem Blues" (Decca 5099, 1935; Decca 46008, 1946)
Shelton Brothers, "Deep Elem Blues - No. 2" (Decca 5198, 1936)
Shelton Brothers, "Deep Elem Blues - No. 3" (Decca 5422, 1937)
Notes: "Deep Elem," according to Michael Cooney, refers to Elm Street, the red light district in Dallas, Texas (for the reputation of this area, see also, e.g., "Take a Whiff On Me"). It's not clear whether the Cofer Brothers' "Black Bottom Blues" or the Shelton Brothers' "Deep Elem Blues" is the older form; the latter seems to have inspired more recordings. - RBW
File: DTdeepel

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