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Thread #43819   Message #641958
Posted By: GUEST,MCP
04-Feb-02 - 09:58 AM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Req: Don't You Feel My Leg
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Don't You Feel My Leg
Interesting song - banned for a while (on presidential authority apparently) because of it's lyrics, reissued later under the title of Don't You Make Me High. The Blu Lu Barker should be the earliest because it was apparently written by her and husband Danny Barker. Seems to have been recorded several times in recent years, Maria Muldaur's recording being quite popular.

I couldn't find you a transcription of the Blu Lu version, but here's one from another 1938 recording by Merline Johnson - The Yas Yas Girl. The recording can be found on this Buster Bennett page, real audio Don't You Make Me High (ram file). Big Bill Broonzy may be the guitarist on this.(The song credit is given as "Johnson", including the quotes)

Here's my transcription. The words marked with (*) are unclear and I haven't time to run them through any noise reduction at the moment (going out and won't be back until late - Martin Carthy etc with Jools Holland tonight). (The only other sound clip I found of it - Frank Rogala - omits only those 2 lines!). If I get a chance I'll look at it tomorrow, if it hasn't been sorted by then.

Mick


DON'T YOU FEEL MY LEG

  Don't you feel my leg, Don't you feel my leg.
Cos if you feel my leg you're gonna feel my thigh.
And if you feel my thigh you're goin' to go up high
So don't you feel my thigh.

Don't you buy no rye, don't you buy no rye.
Cos if you buy some rye you're goin' to make me high.
And if you make me high you're goin' to tell a lie.
So don't you make me high.

You said you'd take me out and treat me fine
But I know there's something you've got on your mind.

If you keep drinking you're gonna get (frayed)*

And you will wind up asking for (fine brown turkey)*.

Don't you feel my leg, Don't you feel my leg
Cos if you feel my leg you're goin' to feel my thigh
And if you feel my thigh you're goin' to go up high
So don't you feel my thigh.

Instrumentals - vocals over
Don't you feel my leg now.
You know why.
Cos I ain't goin' to let you feel my thigh.
Yes, you might go up high.


Don't you feel my leg, Don't you feel my leg.
Cos if you feel my leg you'll want to feel my thigh.
And if you feel my thigh you'll want to go up high.
So don't you feel my leg.