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Lyr Req: Frankie and Albert (Charlie Patton)

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FRANKIE AND ALBERT
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Roberto 08 Dec 07 - 11:47 AM
Roberto 24 Dec 07 - 02:32 PM
Bill D 24 Dec 07 - 03:57 PM
Goose Gander 24 Dec 07 - 07:50 PM
Stewie 24 Dec 07 - 10:44 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: FRANKIE AND ALBERT (Charlie Patton)
From: Roberto
Date: 08 Dec 07 - 11:47 AM

I got this from Patton's Yazoo lp cover, but I'm not sure everything is correct. Please, take the chance to listen to this recording and check the text... Thank you. R

Well Frankie went down to Albert's house
"How late Albert's been here?"
Oh Albert's sittin' down some cheap gal's lap,
Buyin some cheap gal's beer
"Hey he was my man, but he done me wrong"

Well Frankie, she called Albert
She called him some two three times
Look down the road by the moonlit block
You mighta seen Little Albert fly
"Hey he was my man, but he done me wrong"

Well Frankie she was a good old gal
An' everybody know
She would pay one half a hundred
For the makin' of her man's clo'
"Hey he was my man, but he done me wrong"

Well Frankie went down to the court house
To hear Little Albert's trial
Oh Albert was convicted, Frankie hung her head an' cried
"Hey he was my man, but he done me wrong"

Say you 'member all on last Sunday
Twentieth day of May
You 'buked me and you cursed me
Oh baby all the day
"Hey he was my man, but he done me wrong"

Tell you some gonna give you a nickel
And it's some gonna give you a dime
But I'm gonna kill your frownin' face
For I know you was a man of mine
Kill a man, go kill a man

Well Frankie went to the cemetery to
Fell down on her knee
"Oh lord will you forgive me
And give my poor heart ease?"
Say: "He was my man, but you done me wrong"

Well Frankie's mother come runnin'
Come a-whoopin', screamin' an' cryin'
"Oh lord, oh lord, my only son is dyin'
He kill a man, judge he kill a man"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Frankie and Albert (Charlie Patton)
From: Roberto
Date: 24 Dec 07 - 02:32 PM

A Christmas refresh for this and the other Frankie and Albert (by Lead Belly), that got not a reply. R


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Frankie and Albert (Charlie Patton)
From: Bill D
Date: 24 Dec 07 - 03:57 PM

You won't find a lot of folks that even have the Charlie Patton version. I've never heard it.

(You ought to learn to create MP3 files and edit them with something like Audicity, so you could post sections for folks to just click on and listen to.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Frankie and Albert (Charlie Patton)
From: Goose Gander
Date: 24 Dec 07 - 07:50 PM

Well, I'm getting a Charlie Patton collection for Christmas, so I'll report back if I can add anything.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Frankie and Albert (Charlie Patton)
From: Stewie
Date: 24 Dec 07 - 10:44 PM

Merry Xmas, Roberto. Below is John Fahey's transcription of Paramount 13110 exactly as it appeared in the appendix to his Studio Vista book on Patton. I reckon it's mostly right. However, I agree with the transcription that you posted that it is 'down' in S1L4, 'everybody' in S3L2 and 'on Sunday' in S5L1. Also, to my ears, it could as easily be 'moonlit block' as what Fahey gives. It could be 'handful' of dollars rather than 'hatful', but impossible to tell.

FRANKIE AND ALBERT

Well, Frankie went down to Albert's house
'How late Albert's been here?'
Old Albert's sitting in some kid girl's lap,
Buying some kid gal's beer
Hey, he was my man,
But he done me wrong

Well Frankie, she called Albert
She called him some two - three times
Looked down the road about four o'clock
She must 'a seen Lil' Albert flyin'
Hey, ...

Well Frankie she was a good old gal
As anybody knows
She would pay one hatful of dollars
For the makin' of her man's clothes
Hey, ...

Well Frankie went down to the court house
To hear Little Albert tried
Old Albert was convicted,
Frankie hung her head and cried
Hey, ...

'Can you remember all last Sunday
Twentieth day of May?
You 'buked me and you cursed me
Oh baby all that day'
Hey, ...

'Tell me some folks give you a nickel
And it's some folks give you a dime
But I'm going to give you a smile instead
For I know you was a man of mine
Oh, killed her man (x2)

Oh, Frankie went to the cemetery
Fell down on her knee
'Oh lord, will you forgive me
And give my poor heart ease?'
Hey, ...

Well, Frankie's mother come runnin'
Come a-whooping, screaming and crying
'Oh lord, oh lord,
My only son is dying
She killed her man
Yes, she killed her man

I think the Studio Vista book is available with the Revenant collection. Perhaps the transcription has been revised.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Frankie and Albert (Charlie Patton)
From: Roberto
Date: 25 Dec 07 - 02:12 AM

Thank you very much, Stewie. Bill D: it is a pity and a bit strange that people that love traditional music and blues don't know Charlie Patton. But I'm interested in what you suggest about Audicity: please, explain me what to do. Thanks. R


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