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Lyr Req: eyes like crystal, lips like cherry wine

retrancer 27 Jun 07 - 09:12 PM
katlaughing 27 Jun 07 - 10:31 PM
Joe Offer 28 Jun 07 - 04:23 AM
Jim Dixon 02 Jul 07 - 01:44 AM
paulthesinger 01 Oct 09 - 02:53 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: eyes like crystal, lips like cherry wine
From: retrancer
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 09:12 PM

the only part i can truly remember hearing is

She got eyes like crystal lips like cherry wine
Eyes like crystal lips like cherry wine
but oh good lord she got a soul like turpentine

The next two may or may not be verses

I asked her for water, she brought me gasoline
I asked her for water, she brought me gasoline
what in the world make her treat her man so mean

lord she bring me coffee lord she bring me tea
she bring me every damn thing but the jailhouse key
what make her treat me so mean

hope it is familiar to someone, thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: eyes like crystal, lips like cherry w
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 10:31 PM

Looks as though it is the Jugband Song as posted by harpgirl with a following posting with chords.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: eyes like crystal, lips like cherry wine
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Jun 07 - 04:23 AM

Now, I don't know if I believe these are the authentic, original lyrics, but here you go:

CHURCH LADY BLUES

She's got eyes like crystal waters,
Lips like cherry wine,
A body like fine brandy
and a soul that's just divine.

Oh momma, she treats me so damn fine.
When I ask for water,
She brings me holy wine,
She brings me holy wine,
Do, do, do, do.

from http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/read.cgi?id=20020721&tid=353131

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/read.cgi?id=20020721&tid=353131 attributes the song to David Bromberg, which seems more likely to me.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: eyes like crystal, lips like cherry wine
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 01:44 AM

The first verse that jstarwolf quoted above is indeed from JUGBAND SONG by David Bromberg. (See kat's link above.)

There are several blues songs that contain the verse about "coffee ... tea ... jailhouse key" or something very similar. Henry Thomas' song DON'T EASE ME IN, which was covered by The Grateful Dead. There is more information at this Grateful Dead fan site.

Leadbelly's song MIDNIGHT SPECIAL contains this verse:

"I don' believe that Rosie loves me", well tell me why
She ain't been to see me, since las' July
She brought me little coffee, she brought me little tea
Brought me damn near ever'thing but the jailhouse key.

John Lennon's song ANGELA (about Angela Davis?) contains this chorus:

They gave you sunshine.
They gave you sea.
They gave you everything but the jailhouse key.
They gave you coffee.
They gave you tea.
They gave you everything but equality.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: eyes like crystal, lips like cherry wine
From: paulthesinger
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 02:53 PM

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

chorus

I said hey darlin
How can you stand to see me cry
She said 'David
I could stand to see you die!'
can't remember 3rd verse I usually make one up!


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