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Lyr Req: Married Life Blues (Oscar Ford)

GUEST,Spoutnik 28 Sep 15 - 12:31 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Married Life Blues - Oscar Ford
From: GUEST,Spoutnik
Date: 28 Sep 15 - 12:31 PM

Hi,
I'm searching the lyrics of Married Life Blues from Oscar Ford. He recorded it in 1929. Riley Puckett play the guitar on that song. There is a verse toward the end where I hear Ku klux klan. I hope that the connotation is not racist, I lack the words to contextualize its reference. English is not my primary language.
Here's so far, what I've got.
Thanks in advanced

I took a notion few years ago that I'd start out in life
The first thing I thought that I had to have was me a pretty wife
I had those lonesome lovesick blues                

Way around a            honeymoon, way out in Arkansas
When I got back to my old home town I met my mother-in-law
I had the disappointed blues                                                

So I            started out to keepin' house, started out with a good will
I got drunk and I lost my job and I couldn't pay the grocery bill
I had those alcoholic blues                        

Then my wife she got mad at me, oh so my mother-in-law
The neighbors all set in a blustery, I thought we started a war
I                                     blues                                        

Then I got too late             , didn't come home till three
My wife was standing in the door with the rolling pin for me
I had those                naggy blues                                

Then she stood me forty boards and alimony, too
I didn't have but fifteen cents and I didn't know what to do
I had those desperation blues

               her name was Julia-ann
The second time I took her out, I met the Ku klux Klan
I      

                take me for a ride         rope
Every time they dust my pan, she see a         of smoke
I       Lord


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Married Life Blues - Oscar Ford
From: 12-stringer
Date: 28 Sep 15 - 01:22 PM

I took a notion a few years ago that I'd start out in life
First thing I thought I'd have to have was me a pretty little wife
I had the lonesome lovesick blues

Went around the world on our honeymoon, way out in Arkansas
When I got back to my old home town I met my mother-in-law
I had the disappointed blues

Finally we started out to keepin' house, started out with a good will
I got drunk and I lost my job and I couldn't pay the grocery bills
I had those alkyholic blues

Then my wife got mad with me, also my mother-in-law
The neighbors all said from the ?fussery [not a word but sounds like what he's saying] they thought we'd started war
I had those hen-pecked husband blues

Then I got to layin' out late, didn't come home till three
My wife was standin' in the door with a rolling pin for me
I had those Jiggs and Maggie blues

Then she sued me for divorce and alimony too
I didn't have but fifteen cents and I didn't know what to do
I had those separation blues

Soon I found me another little girl, her name was Julia Ann
The second time I took her out I met the Ku Klux Klan
I had the blue-hoo-hoo-hoo Lord!

Those fellas took me for a ride, tied me with a rope
Every time they'd dust my pants, you'd see a puff of smoke
I had the blue-hoo-Lord Lord Lord!

Nothing racial in the song. The KKK were self-appointed guardians of morality in the 1910s and 1920s and were known to extend a bit of corporal punishment to people caught getting frisky in Tin Lizzies out on country roads. That's what Ford is referring to here. Lester Pete Bivins' cover of this song, from the late 1930s, includes those verses, but they are omitted in the 1940 cover by Byron Parker's Mountaineers.

"Jiggs and Maggie" were characters in a popular comic strip of the day. It played on Irish stereotypes and featured a lot of domestic violence (ALWAYS woman-on-man!) with Maggie using a rolling pin to keep her cheerfully drunken husband in line. (Jiggs was a day laborer who had won the lottery or otherwise had a lucky strike and brought his shanty Irish ways to Park Avenue, much to Maggie's disgust.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Married Life Blues - Oscar Ford
From: GUEST,Spoutnik
Date: 28 Sep 15 - 02:13 PM

Thanks for the lyrics and the explanation!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Married Life Blues - Oscar Ford
From: cnd
Date: 28 Sep 15 - 03:01 PM

You can listen to it here: https://archive.org/details/OscarFord-MarriedLifeBlues

Also, I had some slight changes as I heard it. I'll put them here so you don't have to look through the whole thing for the differences
"Way around the world we have our honeymoon"
"Then my wife, she got mad with me
"you'd see a cloud of smoke"

MARRIED LIFE BLUES
(Oscar Ford)

I took a notion a few years ago that I'd start out in life
First thing I thought I'd have to have was me a pretty little wife
I had the lonesome lovesick blues

Way around the world we have our honeymoon, way out in Arkansas
When I got back to my old home town I met my mother-in-law
I had the disappointed blues

Finally we started out to keepin' house, started out with a good will
I got drunk and I lost my job and I couldn't pay the grocery bills
I had those alkyholic blues

Then my wife, she got mad with me, also my mother-in-law
The neighbors all said from the fussery they thought we'd started war
I had those hen-pecked husband blues

Then I got to layin' out late, didn't come home till three
My wife was standing in the door with a rollin' pin for me
I had those Jiggs and Maggie blues

Then she sued me for divorce and alimony too
I didn't have but fifteen cents and I didn't know what to do
I had those separation blues

Soon I found me another little girl, her name was Julia Ann
The second time I took her out I met the Ku Klux Klan
I had the blue-hoo-hoo-hoo Lord!

Those fellas took me for a ride, tied me with a rope
Every time they'd dust my pants, you'd see a cloud of smoke
I had the blue-hoo-Lord Lord Lord!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Married Life Blues - Oscar Ford
From: cnd
Date: 28 Sep 15 - 03:15 PM

Not major, but also, it should be "the first thing I did"

Also, the more I think about it, it's probably "Went around the world 'n have our honeymoon."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Married Life Blues (Oscar Ford)
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 09:59 AM

Came across this just now and have to say something about the description given of the KKK: "The KKK were self-appointed guardians of morality in the 1910s and 1920s and were known to extend a bit of corporal punishment to people caught getting frisky in Tin Lizzies out on country roads." This description strikes me as bizarre. The Ku Klux Klan were not "self-appointed guardians of morality" extending "a bit of corporal punishment to people caught getting frisky." They were (and are) a white supremacist organization aimed at suppressing minorities, especially black americans, with violence, including lynchings, bombings, and intimidation. (http://www.history.com/topics/ku-klux-klan)

The last line of this song refers to a practice that often resulted in death in a horrible way, including in relatively recent times in a well-publicized instance in Texas; dragging someone behind a vehicle. The song makes it sound humorous, but humorous it is not. I would avoid this song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Married Life Blues (Oscar Ford)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Jan 18 - 06:43 PM

Roscoe Holcomb also has a recording called "Married Life Blues":

The liner notes for the Folkways album are here:

They don't have a transcription of the song, and I can't understand it well enough to transcribe it. Doesn't sound like the same song as the others in this thread. Stewie posted a transcription of the Roscoe Holcomb song in this thread (click). Stewie's a better man than I am.

-Joe-


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