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Lyr Req: Walk, Tom Wilson, Walk (Uncle Dave Macon)

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Subject: Lyr Req: Walk, Tom Wilson, Walk
From: cnd
Date: 06 Aug 15 - 12:01 AM

There's a video for it here, but I for the life of me can barely make heads or tales of what he's saying. Here's my best stab at it.

Bring up my ?marbles?, get back to ?chores?
But don't knock that ?middle?, I'm gonna tell you so

Walk, Tom Wilson, walk ?out the noon?
Sweep that kitchen with a brand new broom

Well I just got back from ol' New York, where I never has been before
Ain't got me's much money as had when I left, but I know a whole lot more

Walk, Tom Wilson, walk ?out the noon?
Sweep that kitchen with a brand new broom

I thought when I left home I's a man of some renown
But in ol' New York I was on the boat just ?roo? from a one-horse town

Walk, Tom Wilson, walk ?out the noon?
Sweep that kitchen with a brand new broom

And gee, wizz what they done for me,
Lingers in my mem'ry from the early mornin' 'til the sun goes down
Got done pulled all around, cut more cables than a circus clown
Just a durned ol' ?roo? from a-one horse down

Walk, Tom Wilson, walk ?out the noon?
Sweep that kitchen with a brand new broom

I'd writ some letters on the train that I wanted to mail back home
Tell the folks just what I'd seed and just how far I'd come

Walk, Tom Wilson, walk ?out the noon?
Sweep that kitchen with a brand new broom

I saw a box all painted red and I dropped my letters in
Fire engines come from all around and a bell begin to ring

Walk, Tom Wilson, walk ?out the noon?
Sweep that kitchen with a brand new broom

And gee, wizz what they done for me, squirted water all over me
I grabbed a feller and I said to him,
"Pull me out, for I can't swim"
The crowd all shouted "Let 'im drown
's just a durned old fool from a one-horse town"

Walk, Tom Wilson, walk ?out the noon?
Sweep that kitchen with a brand new broom

Walk, Tom Wilson, walk ?out the noon?
Sweep that kitchen with a brand new broom

Walk, Tom Wilson, walk ?out the noon?
Sweep that kitchen with a brand new broom


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walk, Tom Wilson, Walk
From: GUEST,#
Date: 06 Aug 15 - 08:10 AM

A place for you to start. Page 7.

http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/folkways/FW02007.pdf


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walk, Tom Wilson, Walk
From: GUEST,#
Date: 06 Aug 15 - 08:19 AM

Not start, look. Sorry.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walk, Tom Wilson, Walk
From: Noreen
Date: 06 Aug 15 - 01:31 PM

Doesn't seem to be any connection between the song linked to by GUEST# above and the OP, apart from the title.

Can't help much with working out more words- but isn't the refrain likely to be
Walk, Tom Wilson, walk out the door?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walk, Tom Wilson, Walk
From: Noreen
Date: 06 Aug 15 - 01:56 PM

Someone else sings it on YouTube and it sounds like
Walk, Tom Wilson, walk out the room
which rhymes-

but have a look at this:

Uncle Dave Macon A Study in Repertoire

The song appears about half way down:

....And this was not the only time that Uncle Dave would mix up all sorts of verses together. Take the song Walk, Tom Wilson, Walk:

Bring up my marbles get back to talk,
But don't knock that meddler, I'm going to tell you so.

Chorus:
Walk Tom Wilson walk out the door,
Police start picking with a brand new dog.

Well I just got back from old New York,
Where I never had been before,
Ain't got as much money as I had when I left,
But I know a whole lot more.

I thought when I left home
I'se a man of some renown,
But in old New York I was on the board,
Just a rube from a one horse town.

And Gee Whiz what they done for me,
Lingered in my memory from the early morn till the sun goes down,
Got bunkoed all around. I couldn'twalk ever till the third confound,
Just a darned old rube from a one horse town.

I'd writ some letters on the train,
That I wanted to mail back home,
Tell the folks just what I'd see'd,
And just how fur I'd come.

I saw a box all painted red,
And I dropped my letters in,
Fire engines come from all around,
And the bells begin to ring.

And Gee Whiz what they done for me,
Squirted water all over me,
Grabbed a feller and I said to him, "
Pull me out for I can't swim."
The crowd all shouted "Let him drown,"
"It's a darned old goose from a one horse town.

"Walk, Tome Wilson, Walk has been re-issued on JSP7729.32

The song kicks off with a verse about Rolley Hole, a form of marbles that is still played today in parts of Tennessee and Kentucky. This is followed by the chorus, which gives the song its title, comprising a couple of lines from a Minstrel song, which also entered the Negro song tradition. (Or was it, perhaps, a Negro sing that was taken up by the Minstrel shows?)
...

and more about the original(?) minstrel song.

At least it explains the marbles! :@)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walk, Tom Wilson, Walk
From: GUEST,#
Date: 06 Aug 15 - 02:12 PM

"Doesn't seem to be any connection between the song linked to by GUEST# above and the OP, apart from the title."

You may be right, but I think not. Scansion is similar, and it seems it's one of those things made up as the player went along. I think it's the same song separated by 30 years of travel and oral tradition. I could be wrong.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walk, Tom Wilson, Walk (Uncle Dave Macon)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Aug 15 - 08:41 PM

There's another version of WALK TOM WILSON posted here but I don't think it will help you understand what Macon is singing.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Walk, Tom Wilson, Walk (Uncle Dave Macon)
From: cnd
Date: 07 Aug 15 - 10:17 PM

Thanks Jim. I saw that while I was looking for the lyrics, but I assumed it was a different song maybe since it was under the other page or something. Nonetheless, last time I re-posted a song with different lyrics, they combined the two pages. Would that happen this time, or are they going to stay different? The two versions are quite different from each other.


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