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Origins: Daddy Roll Em :what'its about

BluesmanJames 06 May 11 - 11:02 PM
Art Thieme 07 May 11 - 04:30 PM
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Subject: Origins: Daddy Roll Em :what'its about
From: BluesmanJames
Date: 06 May 11 - 11:02 PM

You can always tell a great song when great artists can reinvent it over and over again. I came to this song from Roger McGuinn who credited Bob Gibson. Daddy Roll Em

Daddy Roll em Gibson and Camp live at the Gate of Horn

a href="">Daddy Roll em Gibson and Camp live at the Gate of Horn

It tells a story like their driving cattle or something. Gibson and Camp had incredible voices and Bob Gibson was a master 12 string player.

Now, I recently discovered a completely different version by Joe & Eddie

Joe and Eddie Roll on This one seems to be about some relationship "You know I love and I leave em" The vocals are incredible and the instrumentation sparse But that was Joe and Eddie's trademark. Does anyone know the origin and/or history about this song. And, I am not having any success with these "links"

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Subject: RE: Origins: Daddy Roll Em :what'its about
From: Art Thieme
Date: 07 May 11 - 04:30 PM

It's Gibson all the way. And love 'em and leave 'em was Gibson all the way too. Only later in life did Bob own up to how big an asshole he'd been to women in his life. And serial lady killing over the many years was "just my thing" -- a 60's attitude several performers ascribed to. And Bob wrote numerous songs saying just that.

But this song, I always thought, was more about rolling steel in a steel mill---than rolling headlong over his ladies. It's a big bragging working guy's song -- a tall tale of sorts. Like Moe Magarak or Paul Bunyan.

That said, I loved Bob when he sang folk songs. He influenced me early on---and quite a bit more than a lot.


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