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romeo623 12 Dec 11 - 08:37 AM
Jim Dixon 13 Dec 11 - 12:19 PM
Jim Dixon 13 Dec 11 - 02:06 PM
romeo623 13 Dec 11 - 04:08 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Eddie Taylor's 'Ride 'Em On Down'
From: romeo623
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 08:37 AM

Hi. I would appreciate any help on getting lyrics of this song from Bad Boy (Vee Jay)CD. English is my second language, so I only understand just a few of Eddie's words.

Thanks in advance.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RIDE 'EM ON DOWN (Eddie Taylor)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Dec 11 - 12:19 PM

Here's my attempt at a transcription. A couple of words are missing; several more are doubtful. Corrections are welcome.

This song is confusing to me too. It uses a lot of slang I'm not familiar with.

I think "dealing" here means playing cards and gambling; not selling drugs (its more usual meaning nowadays). I base this opinion on another version of this song on the album "Chicago Blues Festival '70" where gambling is explicitly mentioned. I don't know what "ride 'em on down" means.


RIDE 'EM ON DOWN
As sung by Eddie Taylor on "A Taste of the Blues, Vol. 2" (2007)

I'm a steel man, still dealing, yes, sir.
Keep on dealing down till I can find me a bed.
Now I know I done stopped dealing; babe, I believe I'll ride 'em on down.
Well I done stopped dealing; I believe I'll ride 'em on down.

Raised in the country, darling. Birthed in town.
Twenty-two kids on there look like mine.
I believe I'll have to stop dealing. Believe I'll ride 'em on down
Well, I done stopped dealing. I believe I'll ride 'em on down.

I'm dealing darling, by ... deck.
Seem like you want to even take me west.
I'm gonna stop dealing darling until I can ride 'em on down.
Well, I done stopped dealing; I believe I'll ride 'em on down.

Born in this city not a day before.
You come today knocking at my door.
Have to stop dealing darling; believe I'll ride 'em on down.
You know I done stopped dealing; I believe I'll ride 'em on down.

Go ahead; ride 'em on down.

Won't have to worry no more.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RIDE 'EM ON DOWN 2 (Eddie Taylor)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Dec 11 - 02:06 PM

The other version:

RIDE 'EM ON DOWN
As sung by Eddie Taylor on "Chicago Blues Festival '70" (2008)

I'm a gambling man, baby, [you] know, still gambling yet.
I'm gonna keep on gambling till I can find myself a bet.
I feel I'll have to stop dealing; I believe I'll ride 'em on down.
Now you know I done stopped dealing; I believe I'll ride 'em on down.

Born on a country holiday, birthed in town.
Four [or] five kids on there look like mine.
I'm gonna have to stop dealing; I believe I'll ride 'em on down.
I know I've done stopped dealing. I believe I'll ride 'em on down.

Since I been dealin', baby, know, I can't find a bet.
I'm gonna keep on betting till I know where I'm at.
I'm gonna have to stop dealing; I believe I'll ride 'em on down.
Yeah, know, I've done stopped dealing; I believe I'll ride 'em on down.

Born on a country holiday, birthed in town.
Four or five kids on there look like mine.
I'm gonna have to stop dealing; I believe I'll ride 'em on down.
Yeah, know I done stopped dealing; I believe I'll ride 'em on down.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Eddie Taylor's 'Ride 'Em On Down'
From: romeo623
Date: 13 Dec 11 - 04:08 PM

Thank you sooooo much, Jim!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ride 'Em On Down (Eddie Taylor)
From: GUEST,Mick (France)
Date: 10 Mar 17 - 04:23 AM

Here is, as far as I can make out, the lyrics to the Rolling Stones' version, from their 2016 "Blue & Lonesome" release:

Yeah! I'm a dealin' man, still dealin' yet.
I'm gonna keep on dealin' till I find myself a bet.
And I got to stop dealin', I believe I'll ride 'em on down.
Well, I've done stopped dealin', I believe I'll ride 'em on down.

Yeah! Raised in the country, got a place in town,
Got two kids and they all look like mine.
And I got to stop dealin', I believe I'll ride 'em on down.
Yeah, I've got to stop dealin', I believe I'll ride 'em on down.

Yeah! I'm dealin', darlin', bottom o' the deck.
Seem like somebody gonna take my shit.
Well, I got to stop dealin', I believe I'll ride 'em on down.
Oh, I've done stopped dealin', I believe I'll ride 'em on down.   Yeah!

Yeah ! Born yesterday and not a day before,
And here you come a-knockin' at my door.
And I've done stopped dealin', I believe I'll ride 'em on down.
Oh, I done stopped dealin', I believe I'll ride 'em on down.   Yeah!

Yeah, I've done stopped dealin', I believe I'll ride 'em on down.

Two live versions on Youtube (live Desert Trip, Indio, California, October 7, 2016 & Las Vegas, October 22, 2016) make the first line of the third verse more explicit:
"Keep dealin', darlin', from the bottom of the deck" (a gambler dealing cards from the bottom of the deck of cards, of course)


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