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Thread #14622   Message #3295064
Posted By: Jim Dixon
23-Jan-12 - 02:15 PM
Thread Name: Going to German. What does it mean?
Subject: Lyr Add: GOING TO GERMANY
This is my transcription:


GOING TO GERMANY
Written by Noah Lewis
As sung by Cannon's Jug Stompers on "The Best of Cannon's Jug Stompers" (Shanachie, 2005)

I'm goin' to German; I'll be back some ol' day.
I'm goin' to German; I'll be back some ol' day.
I'm goin' to German; I'll be back some ol' day.

Please tell me, mama: what more can I do?
Tell me, mama: what more can I do?
Done all I knowed; I can't get along with you.

SPOKEN DURING HARMONICA BREAK:
(Aw, play, Mister Lewis; play, play, play!—Play it, Mister Lewis, play!)

Get 'way f'm my window; stop knockin' on my, stop knockin' on my door.
Go 'way f'm my window; stop knockin' on my door.
I got no woman; can't use you no more.

When you's in trouble; I worked an' paid yo', I worked an' paid yo' fine.
When you's in trouble, I worked an' paid yo' fine.
Now I'm just trouble; you don't pay me no mind.

SPOKEN DURING HARMONICA BREAK:
(Aw, play it, Mister Lewis! Play clean, ah!—Play it, Mister Lewis, play!—Aw, play it from down in Dixie, now. Play it right on from down in Dixie.)


[The same recording also appears on "Gus Cannon & Noah Lewis, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 2" (Document Records, DOCD-5033, 2005) and Gus Cannon, "Jug Band Essentials" (Master Classics Records, 2010). It was originally recorded October, 1929 and was released as Victor 38585 and Bluebird 5413.

[The title on all recordings was GOING TO GERMANY, but of course we don't know who decided to call it that. It may well have been the record company. The singer (Noah Lewis?) pronounces it "German."]