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Subject: candy man
From: GUEST,Jack
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 11:35 PM

Does anyone know the words or chords to the Fred Neil song "candy man"? Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: candy man
From: Amos
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 11:59 PM

Candy man
Salty dog
Candy man
Salty dog
Candy man
Salty dog
IF you won't be my candy man, I wont be your salty dog

Little red light
Little green light
Stop on the red, go on the green
Don't mess with me daddy in between

Run get the buggy
Get the babby some beer
I'd do anything in the god-almight y world if you just keep my candyman here.



From memory, from the van Ronk version


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: candy man
From: Stewie
Date: 06 Mar 00 - 04:22 AM

This was on his 'Bleecker and MacDougal' album which, more is the pity, no one has seen fit to reissue on CD as yet. I have not heard it, but would love to. In the meantime, the 2 CD set on Collector's Choice 'The Many Sides of Fred Neil' is a fine, but incomplete, chronicle of his work.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: candy man
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Mar 00 - 01:25 PM

I suppose this is as good a place to ask as any:

What is a candy man? (I assume it's not just a man who sells candy.)

What is a salty dog?

p.s. I seem to recall there was a verse that ended: "I wish I was in New Orleens and a-sittin' on a candy stand."


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Subject: ADD: Candy Man (Fred Neil Version)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Jun 16 - 09:11 PM

There's a YouTube recording of Fred Neil's version from the 1965 Bleecker and MacDougal album Here:

CANDY MAN
(as recorded by Fred Neil)

Come on baby
Let me take you by your hand
Ah come on sweet thing
Let me take you by the hand

Can't you see I wanna be your candy candy
Your candy man

Come on sweet thing
I love you honey
Lovin' your honey lovin' ways
Come on sweet thing
I love you honey
Lovin' your honey lovin' ways

Can't you see oh you're for me
I wanna be your candy candy
Your candy man

Come on sweet thing
Gonna treat you right
Makin' candy kisses now
Every single night
Candy man candy man
Candy candy candy
Can't you see

I wanna be talk about your candy candy
Your candy man
Candy man now
Candy man
Candy man
Candy man
Candy man


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: candy man (Fred Neil Version)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jun 22 - 07:09 PM

if that is Fred's version, who wrote the version with the salty dog lines, as I have heard both.


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Subject: ADD: Candy Man (Van Ronk Version)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Jun 22 - 08:01 PM

I think you're thinking about the 1964 Dave Van Ronk version.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjJfi8FC9k4

CANDY MAN (from Van Ronk, 1964)

Candy man, salty dog
Candy man, salty dog
Candy man, salty dog
You won't be my candy man, I won't be your salty dog

Little red light, little green light
Little red light, little green light
Little red light, little green light
Stop on the red and you go on the green, don't you mess with Mr. Inbetween

Run and get the buggy, get the baby some beer, yeah, run and get the buggy, get the baby some beer
Run and get the buggy . . . yeah, go on, get outta here
Run and get the buggy, get the baby some beer
I'd do anything in this god-almighty world just to keep my candy man home

Ginger bread man, Santa Claus
Ginger bread man, Santa Claus
Ginger bread man, Santa Claus
Ginger bread man with raisins for his eyes, I'm gonna eat him just as quick as I can

Candy man, been here and gone
Candy man, been here and gone
Candy man, been here and gone
I wish I was in New Orleans, y'know, sittin' on a candy stand

It was more-or-less the same in 1981: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RghYYmpaaKI

Live in Monterey (date not shown): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrERTFxMrls

In 1971 lived in an apartment two blocks away from the Monterey County Fairgrounds, where so much wonderful music happened in the 1960s. By the time I was there, it was all gone.


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Subject: RE: ADD: Candy Man (Fred Neil & Van Ronk Versions)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Jun 22 - 08:16 PM

I came across a fascinating page titled "The Annotated 'Candyman'":

The Annotated "Candyman"

An installment in The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics.
By David Dodd
Kraemer Family Library, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Copyright notice
"Candyman"
Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh
Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission

Come all you pretty women
with your hair hanging down
Open up your windows 'cause
the Candyman's in town
Come on boys and gamble
Roll those laughing bones
Seven come eleven boys
I'll take your money home

Look out
Look out
The Candyman
Here he come
and he's gone again
Pretty lady ain't
got no friend
till the Candyman
come round again

I come in from Memphis
where I learned to talk the jive
When I get back to Memphis
be one less man alive
Good Mornin Mr. Benson
I see you're doin well
If I had me a shotgun
I'd blow you straight to Hell

Look out
Look out
The Candyman
Here he come
and he's gone again
Pretty lady ain't
got no friend
till the Candyman
come round again

Come on boys and wager
if you have got the mind
If you got a dollar boys
lay it on the line
Hand me my old guitar
Pass the whiskey round
Want you to tell everybody you meet
the Candyman's in town

Look out
Look out
The Candyman
Here he come
and he's gone again
Pretty lady ain't
got no friend
till the Candyman
come round again


"Candyman"

Musical details:
  • Key: C
  • Time signature: 4/4 (12/8 feeling)
  • Chords used: B-flat, F, C, G, Gm, Dm, Am7
  • Songbook availability:
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"Candyman" was debuted live on April 3, 1970, at the Field House, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. It appeared in the middle, acoustic set of a three set show, following "Deep Elem Blues" and preceding "Wake Up Little Susie."

Since its debut, it has remained in the repertoire, appearing almost exclusively in the first set.

Deadlit topic number 85 on the WELL is about "Candyman," and contains several possible interpretations as to the identity of the protagonist.


Come all you...

A typical folk song opening, and in fact, a genre of folk songs is called "Come-all-ye's", which Alan Lomax, in Folk Song USA, says is a term synonymous with Irish street ballads. (p. 485)

Candyman

According to Blair Jackson in The Golden Road:
"Another popular character in early 20th Century black music is the "Candyman," though most of the rural Southern tales about him are considerably more lascivious than Hunter's more involved story (e.g. 'He's got a stick of candy nine inches long,,' etc.)"

According to The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang:

"Candyman n. 1. CANDY KID 2.Narc. a seller of illicit drugs, esp. in capsule form.

Candy kid 2.a. a fellow who is lucky, successful, or held in high favor, esp. with women."

In other words, a nice, ambiguous term.

The Mississippi John Hurt version of the "Candy Man Blues" has these words:

"Well all you ladies gather 'round
That good sweet candy man's in town
It's the candy man
It's the candy man

He likes a stick of candy just nine inch long
He sells as fast a hog can chew his corn
It's the candy man...

All heard what sister Johnson said
She always takes a candy stick to bed

Don't stand close to the candy man
He'll leave a big candy stick in your hand

He sold some candy to sister Bad
The very next day she took all he had

If you try his candy, good friend of mine,
You sure will want it for a long long time

His stick candy don't melt away
It just gets better, so the ladies say" (The Blues Line, p. 229.)


roll them laughing bones

This note from a reader:
Subject: Insight on Candyman
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 1997 21:09:37 -0700
From: Tim Paulman

Hello David...

I was reading the lyrics to Candyman when the phrase "Roll those laughing bones" caught my attention...I remembered having read somewhere that dice used to be made out of bone. So I got on the web and went to a site that dealt with Anglo-Saxon entertainment. Here I found the following:

"Dice were made of antler for the most part, although examples of bone, walrus ivory and jet are also known. More perishable materials, such as wood and horn, were also likely to have been used. They were often rectangular, with the 1 and 2 on either end and the 3,4,5, and 6 on the four long sides. "--(Games of the Viking and Anglo-Saxon Age, by Ben Levick and Mark Beadle.)
While Hunter's allusion to dice is quite obvious, I never quite made the complete connection until now...

Thanks again for your time and deadication...
- Tim
paulmatr@flyernet.udayton.edu/~paulmatr/


jive

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "jive" as
"talk or conversation; spec. talk that is misleading, untrue, empty, or pretentious; hence, anything false, worthless, or unpleasant."
The dictionary says that the origin of the word is unknown.

Mr. Benson

This is a character from the song "Midnight Special": "Sheriff Benson will arrest you..." if you go to Houston, the song warns. The sheriff in the song may have a historical basis in an actual sheriff, T.A. Binford, county sheriff of Harris County, Texas, from Dec. 1918 to Jan. 1, 1937. Indeed, Leadbelly sang "Binford",not "Benson" in his version of "Midnight Special."

Binford was involved in the infamous 1917 "mutiny" in Houston, as a colleague of Lee Sparks, who was city detective at the time of the incident. (Haynes, Robert V.: A Night of Violence: the Houston Riot of 1917. LSU Press, 1976.)

In James Lee Burke's excellent novel, Lost Get-Back Boogie, a character retorts: "Well, thanks, Mr. Benson,"which is an indication that the word is a synonym for "the man". In this sense, it is a similar appellation to Mr. Charlie, referred to in the song of the same title.


Hand me my old guitar...

Compare the opening line of the folk song, "F.D.R.'s Back Again" (via Digital Tradition) "Just hand me my old Martin" -- referring to a Martin guitar. (New Lost City Ramblers Song Book, p. 246.)
keywords: @gambling, @guitar, @alcohol
DeadBase code: [CAND]
First posted: March, 1995
Last revised: May 1, 1997

I'll have to fix the links later. Gotta do chores.


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Subject: RE: ADD: Candy Man (Fred Neil & Van Ronk Versions)
From: Mark Ross
Date: 19 Jun 22 - 01:12 PM

The Van Ronk recording of Candyman is from the singing of Rev.Gary Davis.

Rev. Gary Davis recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL6WwHxPitI


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Subject: RE: ADD: Candy Man (Hot Tuna Version)
From: GerryM
Date: 19 Jun 22 - 10:11 PM

Many recordings on YouTube of Hot Tuna doing Candyman. The web says their lyrics go

CANDY MAN (from Hot Tuna)

Well now candyman, I said been here and gone
Well candyman, I said been here and gone
Well, candyman I said been here and gone
Wish I was in New Orleans just sittin' on a candy stand

Well now candyman I said salty dog
Well candyman I cried salty dog
Well candyman I said salty dog
I can't be your salty dog and I won't be your candyman

Well now run to the corner get the baby some beer
I said run a to the corner get the baby some beer
Well run a to the corner get the baby some beer, said
Run to the corner get the baby some beer
Now run a to the corner get the baby some beer
Said wish I was in New Orleans I was sittin' on a candy stand

Well now candyman I said been here and gone
Candyman I said been here and gone
Well candyman he been here and gone
Wish I was in New Orleans yeah sittin' on a candy stand

Hot Tuna recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEzssaVHnwI


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Subject: RE: ADD: Candy Man (Fred Neil & Van Ronk Versions)
From: PHJim
Date: 19 Jun 22 - 10:22 PM

Sharon, Lois & Bram did this version on their children's album:

Candy man (Candy man)
salty dog (salty dog)
Candy man (Candy man)
salty dog (salty dog)
Candy man (Candy man)
salty dog (salty dog)
If ya gonna be my candy man, I'm gonna be your salty dog
(If ya gonna be my candy man, I'm gonna be your salty dog)

A little red light (a little red light)
A little green light (a little green light)
Stop on the red and go on the green, don't mess with mister in between
(Stop on the red and go on the green, don't mess with mister in between)

Gingerbread Man
Santa Claus
Gingerbread man with the raisins for your eyes
Gonna eat you quick as I can


Sharon, Lois, & Bram: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEzssaVHnwI

Sharon, Lois, & Bram (live version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke9dfP7WlH8


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Subject: RE: ADD: Candy Man (Various Versions)
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 20 Jun 22 - 01:25 AM

The S&M Man is a variation/spoof.

Lyrics will be found on Muscat in the "Monkey Boy" thread.

The mudcat memberJohn Mehlberg has a sound clip in wikipedia.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_S%26M_Man.ogg

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

immortalia Who Raw


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Subject: RE: ADD: Candy Man (Various Versions)
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 20 Jun 22 - 07:04 AM

Dionovan Leitch made a version of Candy man in the 1960s..... https://youtu.be/5OpUa_dauU8


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