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Lyr Req: Bring Back Bootleg Whiskey and Wine?

greenblues 22 May 11 - 12:04 PM
Midchuck 22 May 11 - 12:42 PM
greenblues 22 May 11 - 12:48 PM
GUEST,999 22 May 11 - 01:01 PM
greenblues 22 May 11 - 01:05 PM
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12-stringer 22 May 11 - 02:35 PM
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Subject: bring back bootleg whisky and wine
From: greenblues
Date: 22 May 11 - 12:04 PM

Hello my first post to Mudcat. I'm trying to find lyrics to a bluesy jazzy type song that has the refrain "Bring back bootleg whisky and wine". Sounds like its from the 1930's era and also makes reference to "bathtub gin" Don't know much more about it I'm afraid!


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Subject: RE: bring back bootleg whisky and wine
From: Midchuck
Date: 22 May 11 - 12:42 PM

Not any of these, was it?

Peter


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Subject: RE: bring back bootleg whisky and wine
From: greenblues
Date: 22 May 11 - 12:48 PM

No, but some nice songs there. The style is more bluesy than folky and might be depression era as it's lamenting the bootleg whisky etc. Thanks anyway!


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Subject: RE: bring back bootleg whisky and wine
From: GUEST,999
Date: 22 May 11 - 01:01 PM

Are you sure of those lyrics in your first post?


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Subject: RE: bring back bootleg whisky and wine
From: greenblues
Date: 22 May 11 - 01:05 PM

Well it might have been liquor instead of whisky, otherwise they are what I remember


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Subject: RE: bring back bootleg whisky and wine
From: GUEST,999
Date: 22 May 11 - 01:08 PM

I'm comin' up empty, gb.


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Subject: RE: bring back bootleg whisky and wine
From: 12-stringer
Date: 22 May 11 - 02:35 PM

Are you looking for "What's the Use of Gettin' Sober (When You're Gonna Get Drunk Again)?" This was recorded in the 40s by Louis Jordan, starts off with a conversation between slow-talking Pappy and crack-voiced Sonny and then Pappy does the song itself. Most of the lyrics are as per:

What's the use of gettin' sober when you're gonna get drunk again?
Old Sam done somethin' fine
When he brought back good whiskey, beer, and wine.
I love my whiskey and I love my gin
Every time you see me I'm in my sin
What's the use of gettin' sober when you're gonna get drunk again?

swingy recitation begins:
I went out last nite 'bout half past one
Thought I'd boot it up a little and have some fun
I got me a pint about half past two
The way I was feeling you know what I wanted to do (&c)

Sung:
Now what's the use of gettin' sober when you're gonna get drunk again?
I keep drinkin' and I keep thinkin'
I guess I'm 'bout to lose my mind

The main strain is set to a slow swing drag based on the same chords as "Alice's Restaurant."

If by some chance this is it, head over to http://www.jazz-on-line.com/pageinterrogation.php and do a search for a free .mp3 download. "Sober" should be enough of a keyword to find it. It's also on one of the 70s Stash LPs -- "Pipe, Spoon, Pot, and Jug" I believe without looking at the jacket; that was where I learned it.


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Subject: RE: bring back bootleg whisky and wine
From: GUEST
Date: 22 May 11 - 04:30 PM

Thanks for all that info but that's not it I'm afraid that's not it.


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Subject: RE: bring back bootleg whisky and wine
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 22 May 11 - 07:35 PM

When (Year - Month) did YOU first hear it?

Where (Geographic Globe - Florida, California, (this certainly ain't a Brit thread)City, County, or Radio Station)

How - spoken or recording (tape, vinyle, friends, live, venue)

WHY - What is the connection of This song to YOU important? Mudcat can unravel many "Gordian Knots"... there are perhaps, a dozen GOOD researchers in a family of thousands, with a little personal background ... some might work harder.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle.


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Subject: RE: bring back bootleg whisky and wine
From: GUEST,vrdpkr
Date: 22 May 11 - 11:46 PM

Used to hear something like this around Dewey, AZ many years ago.
Had a refrain something like

Bring back bootleg whiskey (bootleg liquor?) again
That old white lightning and that bathtub gin
Stuff like that could make a dead man grin
Could make a dead man grin

Is that it?
I'd love to have the rest of that song.

Vrdpkr


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Subject: RE: bring back bootleg whisky and wine
From: GUEST
Date: 26 May 11 - 08:02 AM

Yes thats it! Thanks for that. If I knew the title, I'm sure I could find some recordings....


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Subject: RE: bring back bootleg whisky and wine
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 May 11 - 02:17 PM

The National Library of Australia has, in its Oral History and Folklore collection, a recording called "Performances at the Dan O'Connell Hotel [Carlton, Vic.] Folk Club recorded between 18 November 1982 and 2 December 1982 in the Randall Percy collection." One of the songs is BRING BACK BOOTLEG LIQUOR AGAIN performed by Chris Duffy & John Kane.


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