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Lyr Req: Midnight Special (Delmore Brothers)

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Roberto 03 Oct 08 - 03:26 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Delmore Brothers' Midnight Special
From: Roberto
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 03:26 AM

Please, help me get the text of The Midnight Special as sung by the Delmore Brothers. Here is what I can get:

Oh, let the midnight special shine down on me
Let the midnight special shine it's ever light on me

Oh, Mister Policeman, have you seen my gal?
Please help me find her and …

I don't know why I ever loved Corinne
'Cause I'm so jealous, the only color I can see is green

Oh, the reason I loved her, she stood by me
When I got in jail, yeah, she never asked the … to set me free

She came to … on a midnight train
She would have come sooner but …

She would never fail me for she loved me too
…not worryin' … lovin' too


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Delmore Brothers' Midnight Special
From: masato sakurai
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 07:24 AM

Listen to The Delmore Brothers - Midnite Special (on YouTube).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Delmore Brothers' Midnight Special
From: Roberto
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 03:42 PM

Thank you, Masato Sakurai. Now, please, someone with English as mother language to help... R


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Subject: Lyr Add: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (Delmore Brothers)
From: Gene
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 12:41 AM

Sounds like this to me...

OH!
Refrain:
Let the midnight special shine down on me
Let the midnight special shine it's everlastin' light on me

Oh, Mister Policeman, have you seen my gal?
Please help me find her and you'll be my everlastin' pal
Well,

Refrain:

I don't know why-I ever loved Corinne
'Cause I'm so jealous, the only color I can see is green

Well,
Refrain:

Oh, the reason I love her, she stood by me
When I got in jail, yeah, she never asked the Judge to set me free

Well,
Refrain:

She came to *Parson on the midnight train
She would have come sooner but they wouldn't let her ride that plane

Refrain:

She will never fail me for she loves me true
and I'm not worried for she likes my kind of lovin' too

Well,
Refrain:

*Parson Jail


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Delmore Brothers' Midnight Special
From: Roberto
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 01:30 AM

Thank you very much, Gene. R


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Delmore Brothers' Midnight Special
From: Roberto
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 01:37 AM

Only one thing: I think the name of the jail is Parchman. R


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight Special (Delmore Brothers)
From: GUEST,Jerry Dallal
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 10:41 AM

"When I got in jail, yeah, she never asked the Judge to set me free"
Try
"When I got in jail, yeah, she never rest until she set me free"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight Special (Delmore Brothers)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 08 Dec 08 - 11:21 PM

Parchman Farm started as a cotton plantation & stayed that way after it became part of the prison system. It was a prison in name only & was always first & foremost run as a plantation with prisoners who were prisoners in name only & first & foremost treated as actuall slaves.


Here's Wikipedia's take on Mississippi's Parchman Farm, past of the state correctional system (not a Jail) but a work farm that's a penitentiary. There was a railroad that did bring prisoners to the prison at one time, don't know if that's still the case.

In Allen Lomax's "The Land Where the Blues Began" in chapter 6 titled 'Rise Up, Dead Man' Lomas starts off with a segment heading PARCHMAN & it reads from page 256 to page 283. He (Allen) recorded Midnight Special at Central State Prison Farm in Texas, Lomax also recorded a version from the singing of Frank Jordan & group at Parchman in 1936 & from Gus Harper, Jim Henry & Herman Jackson at Parchman in 1937. He recorded Ledbelly in prison at the Louisiana
State penitentiary at Angola in 1935.
Bruce Jackson recorded Jesse "Jazz" Hendricks along with Louis "Bacon & Porkchop" Huston, Matt Williams & CB Kimble doing "Midnight Special" in July of 1964 at Ramsey 2, locatedm in Otey, Texas, which incedently was also had it's birth as a plantation.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight Special (Delmore Brothers)
From: Richie
Date: 08 Dec 08 - 11:32 PM

Curiously the earliest recording comes from Oklahoma's Pistol Pete Cutrell. Cutrell with a handlebar mustache, one piercing black eye and two prominent front teeth, played guitar and sang. His most requested song was "Midnight Special," a song he kbew for many years.

On May 11, 1926 Billy McGinty's Oklahoma Cowboy Band (Otto Gray Director) cut their first record for Okeh in St. Louis. They did an instrumental "Cowboy's Dream" featuring Chief Rebird Sanders on fiddle and "(Pistol Pete's) Midnight Special" with Dave Cutrell on vocal and guitar).


Richie


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