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Lyr Req: Mama Lou (Larry Murray)

GUEST,Mescal 27 Jun 09 - 07:32 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 27 Jun 09 - 07:57 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 27 Jun 09 - 07:59 PM
Beer 27 Jun 09 - 08:11 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 27 Jun 09 - 08:13 PM
pdq 27 Jun 09 - 08:18 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 27 Jun 09 - 08:23 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 27 Jun 09 - 09:20 PM
GUEST,sojourner 31 Jan 11 - 05:05 PM
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Subject: Mama Lu
From: GUEST,Mescal
Date: 27 Jun 09 - 07:32 PM

Anybody know this song? I heard it once on the radio, around 1968.
Lyrics are something like:

In the bayou they named you.
The hard life has shamed you.
Not a good man will claim you,
Mama Lu, Mama Lu.

Sing the blue-oo-oos... et cetera...


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Subject: RE: Mama Lu
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Jun 09 - 07:57 PM

It is "Mama Lou," by Larry Murray.
Full lyrics at
old dogs lyrics


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Subject: RE: Mama Lu
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Jun 09 - 07:59 PM

Scroll way down. It is the next to last song.


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Subject: RE: Mama Lu
From: Beer
Date: 27 Jun 09 - 08:11 PM

Good for you "Q",I'm sure you have made our guest very happy.
I was watching this thread. Song sounds interesting and fun. Wish I could hear how the melody goes.
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAMA LOU (Larry Murray)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Jun 09 - 08:13 PM

Lyr. Add: MAMA LOU
Words and music by Larry Murray

Night time often finds me down at B Street and Third,
In a tavern better known as Eddie and Flo's "Golden Bird."
There an old gold toothed lady with a big bamboo fan,
She plays her piano and sings with an old Cajun band.

Chorus-
Sing the blues, ooh de oh oohs,
Where are your shoes, Mama Lou, Mama Lou?
In the bayous they named you, a hard life has claimed you.
Not a good man is gonna tame you.
Sing the blues, sing the blues, Mama Lou.

In the midnight hour at the old Golden Bird,
Mama Lou sings the blues like a prophet who's lived every word.
Smothered in blue lights and lost in her rhyme,
Mama Lou, Mama Lou, will sing you the blues for a dime.

Chorus-

Night time often finds me down at B Street and Third
In a tavern better known as Eddie and Flo's "Golden Bird."
There an old gold toothed lady with a big bamboo fan,
Plays her piano, and sings with an old Cajun band.

Chorus-


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Subject: RE: Mama Lu
From: pdq
Date: 27 Jun 09 - 08:18 PM

Mary McCaslin and Jim Ringer did this song as Mama Lou on their "The Bramble & The Rose" record, Philo 1055. One of my favorite records ever.


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Subject: RE: Mama Lu
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Jun 09 - 08:23 PM

On the cd "Bill Staines "Old Dogs," Red House.

On the cd "The Bramble and the Rose," Mary McCaslin and Jim Ringer.

Clips of both at allmusic.com, but I prefer the Staines.


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Subject: RE: Mama Lu
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Jun 09 - 09:20 PM

Getting back to Mescal's original post, this was on a Swampwater recording, "Swamp Water," 1971, RCA 4572, a collector's item, rarely seen.
The song may have been written and played a couple of years earlier.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mama Lou (Larry Murray)
From: GUEST,sojourner
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 05:05 PM

my favorite recording of this song is by Rita Coolidge.


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