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Thread #8432   Message #2155901
Posted By: 12-stringer
23-Sep-07 - 07:12 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Deep Elem Blues / Deep Ellum / Deep Elm
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Deep Elem Blues (?)
Aside from those mentioned, Sam McGee set "Chevrolet Car" (1928) to the same melody. The Allen Bros used it for "Chattanooga Mama" and for "Tipple Blues," one of their bigger hits. The Kentucky Ramblers did a cover of "Tipple" under the title "Ginseng Blues."

Jimmie Davis, accompanied by the Musical Brownies, cut it for Decca in 1937 as "Honky Tonk Blues." This is just a slightly modified version of "Deep Elem," substituting "honky tonk" for the place name.

The pieces recorded by Joe Evans (1931) and Black Bottom McPhail (1932) as "Down in Black Bottom" are related lyrically but not melodically.

Tipple Blues
as sung by the Allen Brothers, Victor V-40003 (1928)

Ain't gonna work on no tipple, ain't gonna load no coal,
Put my head out the window, watch my drive wheels roll, sweet mama,
You can't read my mind,
When you think I'm lovin' you, mama,
I'll be quittin' you all the time.

My home ain't here, it's down in Caroline
Got some children down in Georgia but they sure ain't mine, sweet mama,
You can't read my mind
When you think I'm lovin' you, mama,
I'll be quittin' you all the time.

Ain't gonna marry, ain't gwine-a settle down,
Stay right here, my mama, run these married women down, sweet mama,
You can't read my mind
When you think I'm lovin' you, mama,
I'll be quittin' you all the time.

Chattanooga Mama
as sung by the Allen Brothers, Victor 23567 (1931)

Going down to Chattanooga, give you my hand,
Have a Chattanooga mama, kill a Chattanooga man,
Chattanooga mama, your daddy's coming to town
Gonna have you, sweet mama, if I have to run you down.

Now all my other women, I've put them on the shelf
My Chattanooga mama's tired of sleeping by herself,
Chattanooga mama, your daddy's coming to town
Gonna have you, sweet mama, if I have to run you down.

When I walked into your parlor, put my hat upon the rack,
You can telephone your husband, ain't no use him coming back,
Chattanooga mama, your daddy's coming to town,
Gonna have you, sweet mama, if I have to run you down.

Take you in my arms, sweet mama, I'll be nice and treat you right,
Then we'll fall asleep together, tell the whole darn world goodnight,
Chattanooga mama, your daddy's coming to town
Gonna have you, sweet mama, if I have to run you down.

If you want me to, sweet mama, tell you what I'll do,
String this old guitar and play these mean old blues for you,
Chattanooga mama, your daddy's coming to town,
Gonna have you, sweet mama, if I have to run you down.

Ginseng Blues
as sung by Kentucky Ramblers, Broadway 8271 (1930)

Ain't gonna dig no ginseng, ain't gonna hunt no squirrels,
Ain't gonna do a doggone thing but love a gypsy mama,
You can't read my mind
When you think I'm lovin' you, mama,
I'll be quittin' you all the time.

(yodel)

My home ain't here, it's down in Caroline,
Got three children down in Georgia, but they sure ain't mine, sweet mama
(chorus and yodel)

I got a girl in Georgia, one in Dixie, too,
If you treat me mean, sweet mama, turn my back on you, good baby
(chorus and yodel)

We ain't gonna work on tipple, we ain't gonna load no coal,
Put my head out the window, watch the drivers roll, sweet mama
(chorus and yodel)