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Lyr Add: Easy Monthly Payment Blues

Jim Dixon 02 Jan 14 - 10:31 PM
Joe Offer 02 Jan 14 - 11:58 PM
Jim Dixon 03 Jan 14 - 12:26 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: EASY MONTHLY PAYMENT BLUES
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 10:31 PM

A novelty record in a bouncy western swing style, from the late 1940s:


EASY MONTHLY PAYMENT BLUES
As recorded by Randy Hughes

1. I bought a car and a radio,
A mixer and a fishin' pole,
And fancy books to go up on my shelf,
A sweeper and a pair o' pants,
And a new device to kill the ants,
And a washer that'll run by itself.

2. The salesmen smile as they sing:
"Credit is the finest thing—
A dollar down and a dollar in a week"
But I didn't notice in the past
That the weeks were flyin' by so fast
Till the bills come pilin' in a heap.

CHORUS: I got the no-money-down, easy-monthly-payment blues.
Ev'ry thing I buy I'm bound to lose.
There's a man at the front door, one a-bangin' on the back.
I got those easy-monthly-payment blues.

3. I bought some books to make me laugh,
Some records for my phonograph,
Some jewelry just to keep my sweetie gay,
A fog light and a set of tires,
And a bathtub for that home of ours,
And a table that is always in the way.

4. A coupon from the magazine
Said I could try out their machine
For thirty days without a bit of pay,
Those thirty days is awful quick.
Their lawyers, too, are mighty slick.
They garnisheed my wages yesterday.

CHORUS AS ABOVE.

[The following additional chorus is from EASY PAYMENT BLUES performed by Roy Hogsed:]

CHORUS 2: I got the no-money-down, easy-monthly-payment blues.
Ev'ry thing I buy I'm bound to lose.
There's a man stuck in the chimney, one a-peepin' through the crack.
I got those easy-monthly-payment blues.

[The following additional verses and chorus are from EASY PAYMENT BLUES by Rudy Sooter:]

5. I bought a rug; I bought a chair.
I bought a thing to grow my hair,
And I bought a trap to bump off all the mice.
A kitchen stove and a coffee pot,
And a fence to go around my lot,
And plastic teeth that always look so nice.

6. All the news that I read's
Got pictures of the things I need,
And I hear about 'em on the radio,
Of vitamins and liver pills,
And things to cure up all my ills,
So I'd grab my hat and then away I'd go.

CHORUS 3: I got the no-money-down, easy-monthly-payment blues.
Ev'ry thing I buy I'm bound to lose.
With a warrant and a movin' van, they come to get my pots and pans,
And I can't even pay for my shoes.

* * *
DISCOGRAPHY:

78s:
Roy Hogsed, EASY PAYMENT BLUES, Capitol 40133, credited to Rudy Sooter, 1948
Randy Hughes and Band, THE EASY MONTHLY PAYMENT BLUES, Tennessee 778, 1951.
Zeke Manners, EASY PAYMENT BLUES, RCA Victor 20-3005, 1948.
Rudy Sooter Californians, EASY PAYMENT BLUES, Black & White 10023, date unknown.

CDs:
Roy Hogsed, on "Hillbilly Classics" and "Hillbilly, Bop, Boogie, & the Honky Tonk Blues, Vol. 1, 1948 – 1950"
Randy Hughes, on "The Best of Tennessee & Republic Records, Vol. 3, Hillbilly Honky Tonk"
Rudy Sooter, on "100 American Cowboy Classics"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Easy Monthly Payment Blues
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Jan 14 - 11:58 PM

Here's a very good copy of the Randy Hughes recording:The video includes the following:
    Randy Hughes was a singer before he managed Patsy Cline. He was also a non-instrument trained pilot, and piloted the plane that crashed in 1963 killing himself, Patsy, Hawkshaw Hawkins, & Cowboy Copas (who was also Randy's father-in-law).

Here's another recording, not so clear:


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Easy Monthly Payment Blues
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Jan 14 - 12:26 PM

All except the Zeke Manners recording are also on Spotify.


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