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Obit: Hoyt Axton (1938-1999)

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voyager 26 Oct 99 - 02:29 PM
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Allan C. 26 Oct 99 - 02:48 PM
lamarca 26 Oct 99 - 03:03 PM
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katlaughing 26 Oct 99 - 03:11 PM
JedMarum 26 Oct 99 - 03:14 PM
Sandy Paton 26 Oct 99 - 04:31 PM
Mudjack 26 Oct 99 - 05:02 PM
catspaw49 26 Oct 99 - 06:22 PM
Roger in Baltimore 26 Oct 99 - 06:32 PM
Stewie 26 Oct 99 - 09:21 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: GREENBACK DOLLAR (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: voyager
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 02:29 PM

Lots to remember about Hoyt Axton. Here's one of the first folk songs I ever learned.

Voyager -
East Silver Spring, MD.

GREENBACK DOLLAR
The Kingston Trio 1963

Hoyt Axton and Ken Ramsey

Some people say I'm a no-'count
Others say I'm no good
But I'm just a natural-born travelin' man
Doin' what I think I should, oh yeah
Doin' what I think I should

And I don't give a damn about a greenback-a dollar
Spend it fast as I can
For a wailin' song and a good guitar
The only things that I understand, poor boy
The only things that I understand

When I was a little baby
My mama said "Hey son,"
"Travel where you will and grow to be a man
and sing what must be sung, poor boy"
Sing what must be sung

Now that I'm a grown man
I've traveled here and there
I've learned that a bottle of brandy and a song
The only ones who ever care, poor boy
The only ones who ever care

Some people say I'm a no-'count
Others say I'm no good

But I'm just a natural-born travelin' man
Doin' what I think I should, oh yeah
Doin' what I think I should

And I don't give a damn about a greenback-a dollar
Spend it fast as I can
For a wailin' song and a good guitar
The only things that I understand, poor boy
The only things that I understand
The only things that I understand, poor boy
The only things that I understand
^^
http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Music/9910/26/obit.axton.ap/

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 1-Mar-03.


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Fortunato
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 02:41 PM

When and how did Hoyt Axton die?

Great singer, not a bad actor.


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Allan C.
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 02:48 PM

Follow the link in voyager's post.


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: lamarca
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 03:03 PM

I remember hearing Hoyt as an opening act for a concert of Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie, at a race track outside of Chicago in '75. He got his children up with him to sing the "No No Song". He was a funny, warm and gracious performer, who seemed to love being up there doing his songs. I also loved his little bit role in the movie "The Black Stallion"...

Wishing your spirit love and rest, Hoyt...


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Fortunato
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 03:04 PM

thanks Allan C.

I got upset and quit reading. Hoyt Axton was ok.

Good song writer, too. He'll be missed.


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 03:11 PM

I am really sad to hear about this. We saw him perform at the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo, must've been 1977 or '78. Wonderful performer, very engaging and great with kids. My kids really loved his performance, too We almost wore out his Saturday Morning Songs for kids album.

Rest in peace, partner.

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: JedMarum
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 03:14 PM

Sorry to hear of his passing. He left behind some wonderful songs; my favorite at the moment is Evangelina.


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 04:31 PM

Severe heart attack a couple of weeks ago, but another while on the operating table (I'm told) was the final one. He'd had a stroke in 1996, and was mostly confined to a wheelchair since. That's the news from the FOLKDJ-L listserv.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Mudjack
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 05:02 PM

God rest ye merry gentle man.....
Hoyt was an early pioneer to the sixties definition of a troubador and will be missed.
Mudjack


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: catspaw49
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 06:22 PM

I did love Hoyt...what a great voice and what awonderful sense of humor. I guess it was often as much fun to watch him as listen and he was a real natural with the audience. Also very classic were his quips with others he shared the stage with. I'd heard it was very tough for him since the stroke, but he took it as he took life. Rest now Hoyt and "maybe things'll get a little better."

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 06:32 PM

No, no, no, I can't take it no more. I'm tired of gettin' up off the floor.

Hoyt Axton was one of those quirky artists who never made the real big time, just danced around the edges and gave pleasure to many us quirky fans (yes, that's some of you Mudcatters, quirky).

I think his music projected his warm-heartedness as well. And yeah, I liked his acting.

Was he really 19 when he wrote Greenback Dollar?

Last year it was Shel, this year it was Hoyt, more good-ol'-boy than Renaissance Man. Damn, this getting old means more of your heros and heroines passing away.

God rest ye, Hoyt. "Well, the rain's comin' down and the roof won't hold and I lost my job and I feel a little older"

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Stewie
Date: 26 Oct 99 - 09:21 PM

I too am saddened to hear of his death - a great voice and a fine songwriter. I was shocked to hear of it. It's barely a couple of months since Raven Records in Australia released Hoyt Axton 'Gotta Keep Rollin': The Jeremiah Years 1979-81' - probably the last compilation of his work issued in his lifetime.


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: ddw
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 12:01 AM

I just put Hoyt's obit in our paper and it really brought back memories. Like voyager, his Greenback Dollar was one of the first songs I learned — in fact, it was THE first one. Hoyt taught it to me one night after the Buddhi closed in Oklahoma City in about 1962 or '63.

I was just reminiscing with banjoman a couple of days ago about the OKC scene from that time and remembered going to a restaurant with Hoyt and some other people after the club closed. Hoyt amazed us all by how much he ate. But then, he was a big man — made him with a dreadnaught guitar look like me with a ukelele.

There was also the night he saw a fight on the street, ran over to break it up or get into it — I was never sure which, tho' he was a pretty gentle soul — and scared the combatants so much they took off in opposite directions.

As with so many other good people from those, I didn't stay in touch. Wish I had. He was a fine talent and a gentleman through and through.

david


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Art Thieme
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 12:29 PM

On a PBS program that Arlo Guthrie did there were some nice segments with Hoyt. At one point it was mentioned that Hoyt was related to Arlo & Woody. A cousin of some kind...

Art


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Mike Regenstreif
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 03:01 PM

Art,

A couple of years ago, Hoyt Axton's name came up in a conversation with Arlo and he mentioned to me then that Hoyt was his cousin.

Mike Regenstreif


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: BobLusk
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 05:50 PM

Does anyone have the words to "NO, no no"? by Hoyt.

Thanks, Bob


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: John Hindsill
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 08:08 PM

It was around 1962 or 3. Hoyt used to emcee the Monday night hoots at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. I've always thought of him as the west coast Dave Von Ronk. I knew of his stroke, but had heard little over the past few years. There is a new star in FolkSinger's Heaven.


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Art Thieme
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 09:51 PM

The Gate Of Horn was THE original folk club in Chicago. From 1958 through the earlier years of the 60s it was the place to hear folksongs sung well. Bob Gibson, Josh White, Paul Clayton, Leon Bibb, Theo Bikel, Bob "Hamid Hamilton" Camp, a barefoot Joan Baez opened for Gibson (then he took her to Newport), Brock Peters (yep, the same fine actor from To Kill A Mockingbird, Judy Collins, the New Lost City Ramblers---even Sandy Paton, freshly back from England, did the Sunday afternoon "Hootenanny" where we who were underage could pay our dollar to get in and drink Cokes. This was in the basement of the run-down Rice Hotel at Chicago and Dearborn. Al Grossman owned the club. It was a big success. Then there was a fire in the Rice Hotel and The Gate had quite a bit of water & smoke damage. Word went around that the club was gonna move. Time passed and The Gate Of Horn reopened in new digs at the junction of Rush Street and State Street on the posh near-north side.

The new place was not the old place. There were RUGS on the floor. It was an upscale watering hole (to use a modern term. But back then we called it anupperclass show club . The bar itself was downstairs. Upstairs was the "folk club" part of the place. It was all RED PLUSH wallpaper if I remember right. At this new place we saw not the New Lost City Ramblers, but The Tarriers (with Eric Weisberg), Ian and Sylvia, The Travelers Three, Bud and Travis, Josh White & Gibson & Camp too. We who, even then, were opinionated about what was traditional and what wasn't, enjoyed the new sounds but "it wasn't folk" to us.

THEN an upstart of a strummer named Hoyt Axton was brought in to play the club. Anything that could become a hit was suspect to us---and his "Greenback Dollar" was a big hit. Axton, we thought, was CALIFORNIA---and we didn't want to Californicate our pure, "ethnic" folk scene. We had "hoots" all over town then. Monday night's hoot was at a club in Old Town called MOTHER BLUES. (Hoyt Axton came in and did a guest set. As a matter of fact, he borrowed my guitar. After that night was over I was pretty upset with Mr. Axton. He had beat so hard on my guitar that he cracked the top. But we did try to go to see him at the Gate Of Horn's new club later that week.

There was an opening act that we didn't care to hear so we stayed downstairs in the bar. Hoyt Axton came down & sat around the bar too. He was a perfect gentleman even though, to protest what the club had become, we got truly drunk and dominated the jukebox by playing "Let's Twist Again Like We Did Last Summer" by Chubby Checker (a big hit then) at least a dozen times in a row. We were very young (some of us underage with phony IDs) and we were totally obnoxious. Finally the bouncer came downstairs and tossed us out of the place. Hoyt was laughing at the whole "protest" as we left---under pressure you might say.

Is this the right place for these memories to suface? I'm not sure. But they did. I just wanted to tell this tale here tonight. Just know that I truly respect and enjoy so much of this man's work. He will truly be missed by me---musically and otherwise.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Oct 99 - 09:57 PM

Art..your memories are a true treasure..you were there-near so much of it, and it is always fascinating to hear first hand stories of 'how it really was'...scattered thru the Mudcat threads are so many bits of history, and yours are right up there with the best of 'em!...keep it coming!


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: voyager
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 11:21 AM

In memory of the great HOYT AXTON I went out and rented a film this week which he starred in.

ENDANGERED SPECIES (1982) directed by Alan Rudolph http://us.imdb.com/Title?0083885

HOYT plays a Southern Colorado cattle rancher who gets involved with a Cattle Mutilation scare (sponsored by crazy anti-terroist kooks). Hokey plot but HOYT has a great part with a nasty ending.

Not a great film, but a reminder of his versatile skills.

voyager (aka Tim Weil)


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE NO-NO SONG (Hoyt Axton)
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 12:55 PM

Bob,

Here is how I remember it. But memory is a bit rusty.

THE NO-NO SONG
Hoyt Axton

I met a man who said he came from Majorca, Spain.
He smiled as if I did not understand.
Then he pulled out a ten pound bag of cocaine,
Said it was the best in all the land.

Oh, no, no, no,
I don't sniff it no more,
I'm tired of waking up on the floor,
No thank you please it only makes me sneeze,
And then it makes it hard to find the door.

I met a man who said he came from Co-lum-bia.
He smiled as if I did not understand.
Then he pulled out some marijuana, oh, oh.
Said it was the best in all the land.

No, no, no, no,
I don't smoke it no more.
I'm tired of waking up on the floor.
No thank you please, it only makes me sneeze,
And then it makes it hard to find the door.

I met a man who said he came from Tennessee-oh,
He smiled as if I did not understand.
Then he pulled out some moonshine whiskey, uh, huh.
Said it was the best in all the land.

No, no, no, no,
I don't drink it no more.
I'm tired of waking up on the floor.
No thank you please it only makes me queasy,
And then it makes it hard to find the door.

Enjoy the music.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Oct 99 - 10:55 PM

Thanks for the memories Art. Truly wonderful my friend.

I saw that Arlo piece too and as I recall the other guest was Steve Goodman....I've been looking for it ever since...only saw it once but it was musically great and also very funny.

BTW...Are any of you familiar with the "White Buffalo" guitar that Danny Farrington made for Hoyt? Great piece of work.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Mary
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 12:11 AM

I grew up listening to Hoyt and singing his songs. I only got to see him once, in a horse barn in Olympia. My sister and I looked all week for a babysitter, then when we got there we wished we had brought the kids. Now the grandkids know his songs. one of my favorites to sing is his prayer about 'Please God Don't Let me Live My Life in Vain' from My Grffin is Gone. Does anyone know the name of the album with "I Collect Hearts"?? Thanks for the music, Hoyt, we'll all sing you across.


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: thosp
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 02:09 AM

for some reason (my memory fails) Pistol Pakin Mama keeps running through my mind--- was that his?


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Stewie
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 06:31 AM

Thosp,

'Pistol Packin' Mama' is Al Dexter's main claim to fame - don't take it away from him!


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: JR
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 04:32 PM

Thanks for the music Hoyt. I wonder if what Poleroid did to "Joy to the World" is what did you in.


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Gene
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 07:17 PM

Thosp may be thinking of a line in a verse
of another Hoyt Axton song


I'm a wild bull rider and I love my rodeo
I'd ride that bull to hell and back
For the money and the show
Yea! my daddy was a pistol, I'm a son-of-a-gun
I ride wild bulls just to have some fun
And the higher they get is a little too low for me
Said the higher they get is a little too low for me.


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Cricket in Canyon Lake
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 09:40 PM

How very strange; just days before he died Kat (?) helped me set up a thread looking for his song "Sweet Misery." Am I wrong? That was Hoyt Axton, yes? "sweet misery. She loves your company..." Can someone post words and chords to this?


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Art Thieme
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 10:44 PM

Stwie---Howdy,

Al Dexter popularized "Pistol Packin' Mama" (and sold many of them) nbut it was Aunt Molly Jackson who was the writer of that song. I'm sure it has Dexter's name on it-----but we all know that happens sometimes. Check out the great Library of Congress recordings that Aunt Molly made. She tells the whole story on it----either that recording or the one she did for Sam Eskin that wound up on Folkways way back when. Aunt Molly Jackson was a great poet of the Appalachian miner's battle to unionize.

Art


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: SWEET MISERY (Hoyt Axton)
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 29 Oct 99 - 10:46 PM

Cricket,

Better late than never.

Posted

                       SWEET MISERY    

Words and music by Hoyt Axton
Sung by John Denver
from Farewell Andromeda (1973)

.G..................C
Heard you had some trouble
..G.................C
Thought I'd try to help you
G...............C............F...D...G
In my time I've had a little trouble too
G.................C
If you let it get you
.G..................C
Down you know I'll bet you
G................C..............F....D...G
It will get you down and walk around on you

G..........C..G
Sweet misery
...............C
She loves her company
..G.........C................F...D..G
She's in a crowd when she is all alone
..............C...G..........C
She doesn't care follow you everywhere
G...........C...............F.....D...G
She is most happy when she makes you moan

G................C
My dog had some puppies
G..................C
Would you like to have one
G................C..................F....D....G
He will be your friend and he will lick your face
G...............C
He will never cheat you
G................C
He won't try to beat you
G..............C............F..D...G
Help you be a winner in the human race

G..........C..G
Sweet misery
...............C
She loves her company
G...........C................F...D..G
She's in a crowd when she is all alone
.............C.....G..........C
She doesn't care follow you everywhere
G............C..............F.....D...G
She is most happy when she makes you moan

G.....................C
Heard you're feelin' better
G.....................C
Glad you found some happy
G................C...........F..D...G
In my time I've had a little happy too
G..............C
If you let it get you
G.................C
Up you know I'll bet you
G...............C...............F...D.....G
It will get you up and keep you smilin' through

G..........C..G
Sweet misery
.................C
Don't need your company
G...........C.................F..D..G
She's in a crowd when she is all alone
.............C....G..........C
She doesn't care follow you everywhere
G............C..............F.....D...G
She is most happy when she makes you moan

Enjoy the music.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Stewie
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 04:50 AM

Art

Thanks for that information. I was going by Malone who writes:

'Many songs demonstrated popular appeal in the early forties, but few were as commercially successful as 'Pistol Packin'Mama'. Although it was released by Okeh in March 1943, the song was inspired by the violence and turbulence of Texas oilfield days. Its performer and writer, Al Dexter (Albert Poindexter, born in Jacksonville, Texas, in about 1933) had been the proprietor of a honky-tonk near Longview, Texas. The idea for the song came to him one day when a gun-toting woman chased her husband's girlfriend (and one of Al's waitresses)through a barbed wire fence. Some years later he attached the words to a melody borrowed from Bob Wills' 'Take Me Back to Tulsa' and ultimately saw his song become one of the smash hits of American country and popular music ... The song sold more than 3 million copies and Dexter was still receiving royalties on it up into the 1960s'. (Bill C. Malone 'Country Music USA' p 196).

It seems that Malone got it wrong, but it would be interesting to know the source of his information.

Looking further, I note that Robert Shelton and Burt Goldblatt, 'The Country Music Story', write: 'Ironically, she (Aunt Molly Jackson) is best known as the original 'pistol-packin' mama', her song that was later made into a hit by commercial songwriter Al Dexter'. (page 191)

How close are the lyrics? Is the tune the same? Is it simply a matter of outrageous (and in this case very lucrative) plagiarism on Dexter's part? I have heard some Aunt Molly Jackson over the years, but not that one.

Thanks again, Art, one learns something new every day.


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 10:15 AM

I was checking out the chords for sweet misery. The chord change F to D doesn't sound right. I would substitue Bb to F. Sounds better to me.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: Lyr Add: PISTOL PACKIN' MAMA (Jesse Baker)
From: Art Thieme
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 11:51 AM

Stewie,

Who knows what came first I guess. Manny said it was her song and was "changed" when it became a hit. Tune is close. The LP I mentioned (which Smithsonian-Folkways can make you a custom cassette of) is FH 5457------THE SONGS AND STORIES OF AUNT MOLLY JACKSON. The stories are done by Molly herself. The songs are done by Prof. John Greenway---the aurhor of AMERICAN FOLKSONGS OF PROTEST (A.S.Barnes Co.--New York--1953 Perpetua edition 1961).

John Greenway says: "Aunt Molly Jackson was the original "pistol-packin' mama," and moreover, one that carried 2 guns. Several spoken introductions to these songs hint how easy it was for even a woman (sic) to use a gun in bloody Kentucky during the years of industrial strife, and Aunt Molly used hers more often than she was willing to tell.

PISTOL PACKIN' MAMA
as sung by Aunt Molly Jackson
The song says that JESSE BAKER wrote this song about Aunt Molly Jackson (his cousin). Does that make things clearer or does it muddy the waters more? "It's good though"---a Bruce Phillips used to say...
Art Thieme

Now, this song I'm a-goin' to sing,
Is about my brother Bill
Late one summer evenming,
He slipped of to a still.

His wife picked up her pistol,
And come to the foot of that hill,
And the very first words we heard her say,
"I'm a-comin' to get you, Bill."

Chorus)
Lay that pistol down, Ma,
Put that pistol down,
You pistol packin' woman
Lay that pistol down.

Then old Bill begin to trmble,
And then he looked around,
And Bill began to holler,
"Ma, put that pistol down."

Then my cousin Molly,
Put her husband on the run,
She chased him home to his children,
And broke up his drinkin' fun.

My cousin Molly carried a pistol,
And so did Cousin Bill,
And did he get drunk and raise old Ned,
When he went to the still.

One Sunday night old Bill got drunk,
And he fell against the wall,
His wife called out, "You drinkin' man,
That moonshine caused it all.

I don't drink strong moonshine, boys,
I'll tell you the reason why,
It caused me to mistreat my woman,
It caused my children to cry.

If anybody ask you,
Who composed this song,
Tell them it was Jesse Baker,
A man that's dead and gone.


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Stewie
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 08:54 PM

Art,

Many thanks for that - interesting indeed. Dexter's lyrics are totally different, but his chorus is almost identical:

Lay that pistol down, babe
Lay that pistol down
Pistol-packin' mama
Lay that pistol down


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Gene
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 11:47 PM

Pardon me THOSP! I jumped the GUN
...was a little TOO QUICK on the TRIGGER!
Hoyd did indeed record Piston Packin' Mama

HOYT AXTON EXPLODES [1982]
Pistol Packin' Mama

1. She's Too Lazy To Be Crazy
2. Pistol Packin' Mama
3. I Walk the Line
4. Don't Fence Me In
5. There Stands the Glass
6. Warm Storms and Wild Flowers
7. He Played Real Good for Free
8. James Dean and The Junkman
9. Indian Song
10. Fearless the Wonder Dog


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Cricket in Canyon Lake
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 11:28 PM

Roger in Balt, Thank you. I thought I had lost my mind and there never WAS a song Sweet Misery. It was nice to see it in "print." Now I have to figure out how to print up just your letter and not the whole thread.


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: thosp
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 11:41 PM

hi gene & thanks for tracking it down -- but 1982---i'm pretty sure he may have also recorded it on an earlier record circa late'50s-------


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Subject: RE: Greenback Dollar (Hoyt Axton 1938-1999)
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 02 Nov 99 - 05:35 AM

Cricket,

For most IBM and their browsers you can go to the top of the post and push down the left mouse button. While holding it down, scroll down to the bottom of the post, it should all be "highlighted". Release the left button. Go to the "edit" menu (usually at the top of your window) and click on "copy" in the drop down menu.

Now you can go to mosst any word processor, click on "paste" (usually in the "edit" menu) and the words you highlighted should appear on the screen.

You might have to do some adjustments to it, but you can print from there.

Hope this makes sense to you.

Roger in Baltimore


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