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Lyr Add: Jugband Song (David Bromberg)

puzzled 08 Apr 99 - 12:30 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: JUGBAND SONG (David Bromberg)
From: puzzled
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 12:30 AM

I remember hearing Dave Bromberg sing a tune that went like this:

She's got eyes like crystal water,
Lips like cherry wine,
A body like fine brandy,
And a soul like turpentine.
Oh, mama, you treat your daddy so damn mean.
When I ask for water she bring me gasoline.

I say, watch out now, mama.
Don’t treat big David bad.
You don't watch your step, you're bound to make big David mad.
I said, you treat your daddy so damn mean.
When I ask for water she bring me gasoline.

Oh, won't you tell me now, sweet mama,
How can you stand to see me cry?
She said, “Now look here, papa.
I could stand to see you die.”
I said, you treat your daddy so damn mean.
When I ask for water she bring me gasoline.

You know my woman, she so doggone evil,
She's evil all the time.
She wants you to kill me just so
You’ll have me on your mind.
I said, now, mama, you treat your daddy so damn mean.
When I ask for water she bring me gasoline.

Did he write this tune or is it an old blues tunes from someone else?

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 4-Feb-02.


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: GUEST,BMendelson@aol.com
Date: 08 Feb 00 - 10:10 AM

I know the song you are asking about. I am not sure where to find it in my Bromberg collection, but would appreciate it if you could tell me on which Bromberg album this song appears. i'm afraid I don't know who wrote it. I have heard of it under a different name. I have got to think about the name i know the song by. I will get back to you when i remember.


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 08 Feb 00 - 10:20 AM

I don't know the Bromberg version but many of the lines are familiar from other artists: ??Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Rushing??
RtS


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 08 Feb 00 - 10:38 AM

Nothing in the All Music Guide under this title but Mean Mama Blues is in versions by Rambling Jack Elliott,Marty Robbins, Doc Watson and Slim Gaillard. Muddy Waters' Meanest Woman Blues includes the line about asking for water and bringing gasoline
...John Lee Hooker's Mean mean woman and Roy Orbison's Mean Woman Blues are completely different.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: puzzled
Date: 08 Feb 00 - 11:39 AM

bromberg calls it "jug band tune" or maybe "jug band song". I believe that he is given the composer credit but i don't have the album to look it up. I love this song. I perform it a lot. It is way simple and way cool. I always get a good audience response. and harmonica players love playing along


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 09 Feb 00 - 01:22 AM

refresh

Harpgirl: Do you have the words to this song too???

JAB


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: harpgirl
Date: 09 Feb 00 - 07:54 AM

yes, JAB but I won't be able to transcribe them until later tonight...


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 09 Feb 00 - 12:22 PM

Thanks as allways. You are the cat's meow.. The bee's Knees.. The muse of the autoharp!

JAB


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: longhair
Date: 09 Feb 00 - 01:09 PM

Had to check this out, thought y'all might have been talkin' about my wife!! LOL!!! wait...oh quit....ouch!!I was only kiddin' honey!.....ouch! that hurt! honest babe it was only a joke!......put down that baseball bat!.....ooohhhh.....................


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: Amos
Date: 09 Feb 00 - 05:18 PM

Damn! 'S gotta smart!

Poor guy.

Glad I'm not the only guy 'round here with two feet in my mouth at once!

A


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: MikeJ
Date: 09 Feb 00 - 06:37 PM

This song is on "Demon In Diguise" and is credited to Bromberg. A fun borrowing from tradition.


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: GUEST,Smitty
Date: 09 Feb 00 - 08:53 PM

Jimmie Rodgers also had a version of Mean Momma Blues recorded about '34 or '35..


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Subject: Lyr Add: JUGBAND SONG (David Bromberg)
From: harpgirl
Date: 09 Feb 00 - 10:50 PM

...hey Bunch!

Jugband Song by David Bromberg

Well she's got eyes like crystal waters
Lips like sherry wine,
A body like fine brandy and a soul
Like turpentine.

Oh, Mama,
You treat your daddy so damn mean,
When I ask for water,
She brings me gasoline,
She brings me gasoline.

I say watch out now mama,
Don't you treat big David bad,
You don't watch your step
You're bound to make big David mad.

Oh, Mama,
You treat your daddy so damn mean,
Now,when I ask for water,
She brings me gasoline,
She brings me gasoline.

Oh won't you tell me now sweet mama,
how can you stand to see me cry?
She said, "Look out now, papa, I could stand to see you die."

I said, mama
You treat your daddy so damn mean,
Oh when I ask for water,
She brings me gasoline,
She brings me gasoline.

Y'know, my woman, she so
doggone evil,
She's evil all the time,
She wants you to kill me so you'll have
it on your mind.

Oh, mama,
You treat your daddy so damn mean,
Oh, when I ask for water
She brings me gasoline,
She brings me gasoline.

She's got eyes like crystal waters
Lips like sherry wine,
A body like fine brandy and a soul
Like turpentine

Oh, mama,
You treat your daddy so damn mean,
Now, when I ask for water,
She brings me gasoline, she brings me gasoline


compliments of the harpster


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 02 Jul 02 - 12:31 AM

Hey:

Does anyone have the chords to this song?

JAB


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: martoons
Date: 06 Oct 02 - 09:35 PM

I know it's been a while, but
Does anyone have the chords to this song?

It seems like a simple G through the first paragraph then

      C
Oh, mama,
                                                G          C -G
You treat your daddy so damn mean,
                      D                        C
Now, when I ask for water,
                                  G                               C   - G
She brings me gaso-line, she brings me gaso-line

Can it be this simple?

martoons


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Sep 05 - 03:41 PM


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Subject: RE: Mean Momma Blues
From: RiGGy
Date: 18 Sep 05 - 02:37 PM

My FAVORITE line from ANY song I've ever heard is in the Jimmie Rodgers version:
" I've been from several places, and I'm going to be from here "
As an old guy who seems to have moved at least every 18 months since I was 18, this lyric has the ring of intense truth.

Riggy


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Subject: RE: Origins: Mean Mama Blues
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jan 06 - 08:56 PM

How about posting the lyrics to Diamond Lil?

Would be most appreciated.

Meanwhile...it's your body & your soul/you save yours & I'll save mine


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mean Mama Blues
From: GUEST,WB
Date: 03 Jun 08 - 01:04 PM

This kind of borrowing and reworking is part of the fun of the blues tradition, IMO.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jugband Song (David Bromberg)
From: GUEST,Rick
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 04:58 PM

check out fretkillr on utube Jug band song. He does a terrific cover!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jugband Song (David Bromberg)
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 08 Jul 09 - 03:30 AM

Fretkillr's version of Mean Mama Blues

He does do a great job on it, I have to say ...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jugband Song (David Bromberg)
From: AlmostBlindDan
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 10:12 PM

The 3 basic chords are: C7, G7(with the little finger added on the second string 3rd fret), and F7. I can sort of play the rest, but I'm still figuring it out, because I'm mostly a finger picker.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jugband Song (David Bromberg)
From: GUEST,Jim B
Date: 20 Jun 11 - 10:21 AM

I'd love it if someone could tab David B's version....

Jim B

PS-Great tune, but I wouldn't recommend it for the first dance at a wedding....


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