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Lyr Add: Dallas Blues (L Garrett / H A Wand)

Q (Frank Staplin) 25 Apr 11 - 05:31 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 25 Apr 11 - 05:33 PM
pdq 25 Apr 11 - 09:03 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: DALLAS BLUES (L Garrett / H A Wand)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 25 Apr 11 - 05:31 PM

Lyr. Add: Dallas Blues
Words, Lloyd Garrett; music Hart A. Wand

1
When your money's gone, friends have turned you down,
And you wander 'round just like a houn', (a lonesome houn')
Then you stop to say, "Let me go away from this old town (this awful town)"
There's a place I know folks won't pass me by,
Dallas, Texas, that's the town I cry! (oh hear my cry!)
And I'm going back, going back to stay there till I die (until I die).

Chorus:
I've got the Dallas Blues and the Main Street heart disease (it's buzzin' 'round),
Buzzin' 'round my head like a swarm of little honey bees (of honey bees).
I've got the bees). D. S.

2
When I got up north, clothes I had to spare,
Sold 'em all to pay my railroad fare (my railroad fare)
Just to come back there riding in a Pullman parlor chair (a parlor chair).
Sent a telegram, this is what I said:
"Baby, bring a cold towel for my head (my aching head).
Got the Dallas Blues and your lovin' man is almost dead (is almost dead).

Chorus:
I'm goin' to put myself on a Santa Fe and go (I'm goin' to go),
I'm goin' to put myself on a Santa Fe and go (I'm goin' to go)
To that Texas town where you never see the ice and snow (the ice and snow).
I'm goin' to snow)-

Extra choruses.
1. I wonder if my sweet lovin' babe still waits for me (still waits for me),
I wonder if my sweet lovin' babe still waits for me (still waits for me),
Maybe someone else stole the juicy peaches off my tree (right off my tree).

2. I've heard a lot of folks talk about the blues before (the blues before),
I've heard a lot of folks talk about the blues before (the blues before),
It's the first time that blues have been a-knockin' at my door (at my front door).

3. Now if you've got a girl and she don't love you no more (love you no more),
Now if you've got a girl and she don't love you no more (love you no more),
Leave her all alone till her lovin' heart gets good and sore (gets good and sore).

Copyright 1918 by Frank K. Root & Co., Chicago/New York, Copyright 1917 by Hart A. Ward. British copyright secured.

University of Colorado digital sheet music collection.
http://uclibraries.colorado.edu/cgi-bin/sheetmusic.pl?WesternTrails&titlepages&1


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Dallas Blues
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 25 Apr 11 - 05:33 PM

Dallas Blues was sung by Paul Elwood. Other singers? Anyone ever heard it sung or have it on a recording?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Dallas Blues
From: pdq
Date: 25 Apr 11 - 09:03 PM

I think I have this on an old 78 by "Fats" Waller.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Dallas Blues
From: Stewie
Date: 25 Apr 11 - 11:00 PM

According to Russell's discography, Bob Wills recorded a song of this title in June 1937 for Vocalion, but the recording was not issued.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Dallas Blues
From: 12-stringer
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 12:11 AM

8 recordings of the song here:
http://www.jazz-on-line.com/pageinterrogation.php
(you'll have to search for Dallas Blues; I've never found any way to save search results on this site).

I d/l the one by Lee Morse, which is only 766K but the audio quality on it is dreadful. (Too bad, as it's a decent perf, with clearly enunciated lyrics and she's acc by a very good flatpicking guitarist.) She sings the two verses and I think the first 3 choruses. The Louis Armstrong version evidently has a vocal but I don't know about any of the others.

Lyrics and melody are completely unrelated but Leadbelly did a "Fort Worth and Dallas Blues" in 1935 which kicks off with "I've got the Fort Worth Blues and the Dallas heart disease."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Dallas Blues
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 01:39 PM

Thanks. I should spend some time with jazz-on-line.

The Lee Morse seems to be the only one using the Garrett lyrics. Although most singers and orchestras credit Garrett-Wand (some 200 recordings listed at allmusic), they use other lyrics and a faster tempo is used than is requested on the sheet music- "Tempo di blues. Very slowly."

Red Hot Jazz has a few Lee Morse recordings, but not Dallas Blues. (Could not search this collection for the title)


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