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Lyr Req: greasy string

GUEST,oombanjo 04 Jan 09 - 09:55 AM
GUEST 04 Jan 09 - 08:45 PM
nickp 05 Jan 09 - 09:54 AM
GUEST,BanjoRay 05 Jan 09 - 10:30 AM
Jim Dixon 06 Jan 09 - 12:32 PM
GUEST 06 Jan 09 - 12:36 PM
GUEST,BanjoRay 06 Jan 09 - 05:48 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: greasy string
From: GUEST,oombanjo
Date: 04 Jan 09 - 09:55 AM

Tried all areas to find these lyrics to no avail. I remember the first verse "I don't drink and I don't smoke and I don't wear no greasy coat. Can ay one add to these? Cheers Oombanjo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: greasy string
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jan 09 - 08:45 PM

Is it possibly related to the following?

Rooty-toot-toot. Rooty-toot-toot.
We are the boys of the Institute,
And we don't smoke, and we don't chew,
And we don't go with the girls who do.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: greasy string
From: nickp
Date: 05 Jan 09 - 09:54 AM

Aren't Greasy Coat and Greasy String two totally different old time tunes?

Nick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: greasy string
From: GUEST,BanjoRay
Date: 05 Jan 09 - 10:30 AM

Tommy Jarrel used to sing words to his version of Greasy String (which as Nick says is different to Greasy Coat)

Run little feet, stop and sing,
Mash down harder on the greasy string

Jay bird whistles and the cat bird sings
Mash down harder on the greasy string.

My old lady is mad at me
'Cause I won't drink ginger tea;
She is good, she is bad,
She gives me the devil when she gets mad.


Greasy Coat had words like

I don't drink and I don't smoke and I don't wear no greasy coat
I don't smoke and I don't chew and I don't mess with those that do


I've heard people do other verses to Greasy Coat, but these seem to be spontaneously made up at the time of singing, like

I don't shout and I don't yell and I don't go with boys that smell


Cheers
Ray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: greasy string
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Jan 09 - 12:32 PM

Honking Duck has a recording of GREASY STRING performed by the West Virginia Coon Hunters, on Victor 20862, Issued August 1927. Click to play. It's an instrumental, with occasional interjected remarks, e.g.:

Kill your fool self.

Thanks, kid, I ...(?)

Tell me when you're comin' back.

...(?)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: greasy string
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jan 09 - 12:36 PM

yous right it is greasy coat. are there any more verses?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: greasy string
From: GUEST,BanjoRay
Date: 06 Jan 09 - 05:48 PM

The West Virginia Coon Hunters version of Greasy String sounds to me like a version of Shoot That Turkey Buzzard, and not at all like the Greasy String played by Burl Hammons or the other version played by Lee Hammons.
Ray


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