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Origins: Corrina, Corrina / Corrine, Corrina

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Lyr Req: Corina (8) (closed)
Lyr Req: Sweet Corrinna ('Corrina' / 'Corinna') (12)
Tune Add: Corinna, Corinna (3) (closed)


hartley 30 Jun 97 - 02:23 PM
Mountain Dog 30 Jun 97 - 04:48 PM
Gene 30 Jun 97 - 05:50 PM
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Gene 30 Jun 97 - 06:19 PM
Barry Finn 01 Jul 97 - 03:00 AM
Gene 03 Jul 97 - 10:54 AM
Sorcha 20 Jul 00 - 02:15 AM
Clinton Hammond2 20 Jul 00 - 02:33 AM
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Cruiser 06 Apr 05 - 09:17 PM
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Stewie 07 Apr 05 - 02:18 AM
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Linda Mattson 07 Apr 05 - 02:49 AM
rich-joy 07 Apr 05 - 06:18 AM
Cruiser 07 Apr 05 - 11:23 AM
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Subject: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: hartley
Date: 30 Jun 97 - 02:23 PM

Haven't found any lyrics in DT for this song. I have several versions, but am looking for additional verses. I have version by B. Dylan and S. Hopkins. Any suggestions of web sites?


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Mountain Dog
Date: 30 Jun 97 - 04:48 PM

Dear Hartley,

Taj Mahal does a great version (lots of syncopation) on his album "Recycling the Blues and Other Related Stuff" from Columbia Records, 1972. You can find a complete discography of Taj's work at the following website:

http://www.taj-mo-roots.com

(...and for another COMPLETELY different take on Corrina, you could also check out the version by Steppenwolf on "Steppenwolf Live", a double album from 1970 (don't recall the label). This is Heavy metal meets the Mississippi Delta; not recommended for the blues purist. I recall my grandfather hearing that album and asking if it might happen to be titled "Train Wreck on the Mississippi"?)


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Gene
Date: 30 Jun 97 - 05:50 PM

TRY: http://www.roughstock.com/cowpie

SEARCH for [ CORINNA ] or look under H/HAGGARD


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Subject: Lyr Add: CORINNA, CORINNA^^
From: Les Blank
Date: 30 Jun 97 - 05:56 PM

For a really different, yet, appealing take on this old traditional, try Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen version on their "Live in Concert" at the Arc CD. The arrangement by Bruce Langhorne is very different and Steve and Cindy's vocals and string work is simply beautiful.

CORINNA, CORINNA

Corinna, Corinna, gal where you been so long? (Repeat)
Been thinking about you baby, since you been gone.

Got a bird that whistles, Got a bird that sings.(Repeat)
If I can't have Corinna, life don't mean a thing.

Corinna, Corinna, gal you been on my mind. (Repeat)
Been thinking about you baby, just can't keep from crying.^^


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Gene
Date: 30 Jun 97 - 06:19 PM

CORRECTION: TO ABOVE SEARCH FOR CORRINA, CORRINA...

go to http://www.roughstock.com/cowpie

look under W/Wills, Bob {For some reason it got filed there?)


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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: CORINNA, CORINNA (Lomax) ^^
From: Barry Finn
Date: 01 Jul 97 - 03:00 AM

Corinna (Lomax's Sp.)

CORINNA

Corinna, Corinna, where'd you stay last night?
Tell me Corinna where'd you stay last night?
Your shoes ain't buttoned, girl, don't fit you right.

Corinna, Corinna, where you been so long?(2x)
Ain't had no loving since you been gone.

Corinna, Corinna, what's the matter now?(2x)
You done bad, babe, ain't no good no how.

Corinna, Corinna, way across the sea,(2x)
Ain't done no good, babe, since you left me.

I love Corinna, God knows I do,(2x)
And I hope some day, she come to love me too.


#312 in Lomax, The Folk Songs of North America, collected and arranged by Alan Lomax from negro sources in the 1930s.
Barry^^
X:1
T:Corinna, Corinna
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:160
K:D
z2 F2 F>F E2|B,>D-D6|z2 D>E D2 D>F-|-F8| z2 A,2 A,>B, A,2 |A,>E-E6| z2 G>G F2 A2||FE D6||
z2 F2 F>F E2|B,>D-D6|z2 D>E D2 D>F-|-F8| z2 A,2 A,>B, A,2 |A,>E-E6| z2 G>G F2 A2|F-E-D-D6||


(Tune from Sorcha)



alternate tune from Mbo)

X:1
T:CORINNA, CORINNA
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:160
K:D
z2 F2 F>F E2|B,>D-D6|z2 D>E D2 D>F-|-F8| z2 A,2 A,>B, A,2 |A,>E-E6| z2 G>G F2 A2||FE D6||
z2 F2 F>F E2|B,>D-D6|z2 D>E D2 D>F-|-F8| z2 A,2 A,>B, A,2 |A,>E-E6| z2 G>G F2 A2|FE D6||


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: CORRINE, CORRINA (from Haggard)^^
From: Gene
Date: 03 Jul 97 - 10:54 AM

Here's Merle Haggard's version and some extra verses. Seems that everyone who records these OLD songs puts a different twist to it!

CORRINE, CORRINA -
Recorded by Merle Haggard -
Traditional

[D] I love Corrina; tell the world I do ... [D7]
I love Cor-[G] rina; tell the world I [D] do
Just a little more [A7] lovin'; Let your heart beat [D] true.

[D] Corrine, Corrina; Where've you been so long? ... [D7]
Corrine, Cor-[G] rina; Where've you been so [D] long?
Ain't had no [A7] lovin'; Since you've been [D] gone.

Corrine, Corrina; Where'd you stay last night? (2x)
Came home this mornin'; Sun was shinin' bright.

Goodbye Corrina; This is fare thee well (2x)
When I get back, Babe; Lawd! you never can tell.

[Extra verses not on Merle Haggard version:]

I met Corrina; far across the sea (2x)
She didn't write me no letter; She doesn't care for me.

I love Corrina; I'll tell the world I do
Oh, I love Corrina; I'll tell the world I do
Can't wait'll Corrina, says: "I love you too."

TAG: Sweet, sweet Corrina; say you love me too.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 13-Oct-02.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Sorcha
Date: 20 Jul 00 - 02:15 AM

We'll try a Lyrics Add here and see if this gets found that way. Still not in the database that I can find.
Duly noted. You guys are keeping me busy.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 20 Jul 00 - 02:33 AM

Garnet Rogers does a great midnight blues sorta version on Night Drive... pretty cool for a dyed in the wool Sensitive New Age Folkie Guy like him...

James Keelaghan claims that Corrina Corrina was partially responsible for inspiring his song "Red River Rising" which has the repeated line 'Corry's on the other side'...

Good Hunting!

[~`


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Subject: Lyr Add: CORRINA, CORRINA^^
From: Barbara
Date: 20 Jul 00 - 03:18 AM

M'self, I like Michael Cooney's version, which I think derives from Hudie Ledbetter's, and includes verses like:

Weepin' willow, and the mournin' dove
Corinna, Corinna, you the one I love

Sometimes I think, babe, you're too sweet to die.
Other times I feel, you oughta be burned alive.

I'll chop your wood babe, I'll even tan yo' hide
I'll make you happier than any man alive

Goin' down to the river, gonna set down on a log
If I can't be the one you love, I sho' won't be your dog.

Is this the same song y'all are talking about? I think it's called "Corinna" or "Sweet Corrina".
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Cruiser
Date: 06 Apr 05 - 09:17 PM

I liked Ray Peterson's rendition the most. Ray had a unique 4½ octave range.

Corinna, Corinna (Different spelling from thread Subject Corrina)
Producer:        Phil Spector
Debuted:        12/19/60
Position:        Peaked at 9
Charted:        For 9 weeks in the Top 40
Label/No.        Dunes (Ray's own record label) #2002

Ray recently died on 01/25/05 from cancer at 69 years old.

Cruiser


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Cruiser
Date: 06 Apr 05 - 09:25 PM

Corinna, Corinna
Ray Peterson
(Parish-Chapman-Williams)


I love Corinna, tell the world I do
I love Corinna, tell the world I do
I pray at night she'd like to love me too

Corinna, Corinna
Corinna, Corinna
Corinna, Corinna
I love you so

Oh little darling where you've been so long?
Oh little darling where you've been so long?
I ain't had no lovin' since you've been gone

Corinna, Corinna
Corinna, Corinna
Corinna, Corinna
I love you so

I left Corinna way across the sea
Oh me I left Corinna way across the sea
If you see Corinna send her home to me

Corinna, Corinna
Corinna, Corinna
Corinna, Corinna
I love you so

Corinna, Corinna
Corinna, Corinna
Corinna, Corinna
I love you so
Oh darling don't you know
I love you so
FADE:
Darling don't you know
I love you so


Cruiser


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Apr 05 - 09:28 PM

Looks like this was first recorded by Blind Lemon Jefferson in 1926.
Any earlier records?


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Peace
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 12:50 AM

Yo, Cruiser. I remember that song vividly. Melody is great and so was the 45. The melody was very different compared to Dylan's version of the song (for example). Thanks for posting the lyrics. I recall the tune and likely the chords, but many of the words had slipped into the tunnel of time and were filtering away.

Bruce M

"I pray at night she'd like to love me too"

I remember this as being "I pray every night, she'll learn to love me too".

Is that my memory doin' its thang?

BM


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Stewie
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 02:18 AM

For an interesting essay on the song see: CLICK. I posted a link to this in the forum ages ago but, surprisingly, the essay is still available on the Net.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Stewie
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 02:41 AM

Q, Blind Lemon's 'Corinna Blues' is a different song, mostly made up of 'floaters' - 'See see rider', 'Blues ain't nothin'...' etc. You can find it on 'Best of Blind Lemon Jefferson' Yazoo CD 2057.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Linda Mattson
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 02:49 AM

I love Susie Thompson's version of Corinna Corinna (I think she's singing to her daughter Corinna).

-Linda


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: rich-joy
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 06:18 AM

Hey Stewie, aren't we "allowed" to post it all into here from elsewhere on The Net - coz it's very much folk/blues music-related??!!
(and therefore in case it disappears ...)

Cheers! R-J

PS I only really know the Ray Peterson version, but it was always a favourite!!


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Cruiser
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 11:23 AM

Stewie: Thanks for the link to the most extensive treatise on the song I have seen (and have searched for). For those that have not read this article, I suggest that you do so.

brucie: I think you may be correct about the verse you mentioned. I will dig out my 45 rpm or CD and check the lyrics. However, at our ages, we are likely to have misremembered the words, right OLD buddy?

Cruiser


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Peace
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 11:35 AM

LOL

Thanks for bringing back that memory. Named my daughter after that song (and no, her name is Corrina, NOT Corrina, Corrina). Thought I'd better make that clear considering the roll yer on. LOL

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Cruiser
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 11:58 AM

brucie: you are right about the one verse! I am listening to the song now and it is:

"And I pray every night she'll learn to love me too"

There is another small correction to the lyrics I copied and pasted above:

"I left Corinna way ON across the sea, oh me"

I should know better than to copy/paste lyrics from the Web without checking them out!

The song I am listening to is from the CD: Good Old Rock & Roll, Vol 1. 28 Great Hits, Original Artists   Hyland Music, 1987. This is one of my favorite albums with Jimmy Clanton, Carl Dobkins Jr, Jack Scott, The Impalas, Dobie Gray, Billy Joe Royal, et al.

brucie: if I had a daughter I would have named her Corinna.

Cruiser


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Peace
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 08:17 PM

Gawd, I loved that song when I was young. I still do. Even though I am a fan of Dylan, the best treatment is the one you posted. You know, I think I'll start singing it just for the helluvit. I owe you one, Cruiser.

Bruce M


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Cruiser
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 09:36 PM

Now for the origins of the song; here are similar quotes from 2 different web pages:

{Quote}
Corinna, Corinna" was an old Scottish folk song that had been adapted as "Corine, Corinna" by Red Nichols and his jazz band, and later by Joe Turner, who had a Top 2 rhythm and blues record with it in 1956.

Corinna, Corinna" is actually an old song. It first charted in 1931 as "Corinne Corinna" by the Red Nichols Jazz Band, and rode to #2 on the R&B charts in 1956 as recorded by Big Joe Turner.
{End Quote}

An old Scottish folk song?

Now if Masato and/or Q could do some in-depth research to help sort this out.

Bruce: No charge. I could never repay you for the laughs and music info you have provided on Mudcat. How neat it is for others to appreciate the same music and have similar musical memories of Oldies and Folk songs.

Cruiser


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Cruiser
Date: 07 Apr 05 - 09:43 PM

A small excerpt from the link Stewie provided:

{Quote}

The substantive focus of my talk today is a song, the venerable Corrine Corrina. First recorded in 1928 by the Mississippi-born guitarist and singer Bo Chatmon (a.k.a. Bo Carter), Corrina is a blues, in the well-known 12-bar, AAB-texted form. It is also an 'old-timey' country song, with roots in the southern 'common stock' tradition (Russell 1970:28); and a pop tune, carefully crafted to appeal to a extensive and heterogeneous audience. Chatmon's recording was subsequently 'covered' by musicians working in a great variety of genres and stylistic contexts, including Red Nichols, Art Tatum, Muddy Waters, Albert Ammons, Mississippi John Hurt, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bob Wills, Merle Haggard, Floyd Cramer, Freddy Fender, Asleep at the Wheel, the Texas Wanderers and the Tennessee Drifters, cajun music pioneer Leo Soileau, Big Joe Turner, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Phil Spector, Bobby Vinton, Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, and (my favorite musical trio) Steppenwolf, Lawrence Welk, and George Winston.

My lecture today intercepts the song's complex 70-year trajectory from several angles. In the first part of the talk I locate Bo Chatmon's 1928 recording of Corinne Corinna within a broader musical and social terrain, and attempt to account for the marginal status to which both the song and the musicians who performed it have been relegated in subsequent journalistic and academic writing about American music. In the second half, I present a series of analytical 'snapshots' of subsequent recordings (or 'cover versions') of Corrina, in an attempt to highlight the song's complex and shifting relationship to evolving discourses of racial difference, identity, and commensurability.

{End Quote}

Cruiser


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Corrina, Corrina
From: Chris in Wheaton
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 11:30 AM

There is a great version by the 70's band, Redhead. It has a great, understated break by Jethroe Burns. Sure wish Mike Dunbar would re-release it. He also did my favorite version of the Dutchman on that record. Google on Mike and ask him to re-lease it!
When I sing the song - I changed the words in the 80's to
"...... don't get no letters, not a fax to me....."
Any ideas on how to update it?
Chris in Wheaton


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Subject: Origins: Corrine, Corrina
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Oct 14 - 04:35 AM

I think I learned this song from the 1960 recording by Ray Peterson. My copy of Who Wrote That Song? (Jacobs & Jacobs) attributed the song to J. Mayo Williams, 1932, with additional verses by Mitchell Parish. Then I got to the Traditional Ballad Index, and found it has a much more complicated history:

    Corinna, Corinna

    DESCRIPTION: "Corinna, Corinna, where you been so long? (x2) Ain't had no lovin' since you've been gone." "Corinna, Corinna, where'd you stay last night? Your shoes ain't buttoned...." "I love Corinna, tell the world I do, And I hope someday babe, you'll love me too."
    AUTHOR: unknown
    EARLIEST DATE: 1926 (recording, Blind Lemon Jefferson)
    KEYWORDS: courting infidelity loneliness
    FOUND IN: US
    REFERENCES (2 citations):
    Lomax-FSNA 312, "Corinna" (1 text, 1 tune)
    Silber-FSWB, p. 76, "Corinna, Corinna" (1 text)

    Roud #10030
    RECORDINGS:
    Alabama Washboard Stompers, "Corrine, Corrina" (Vocalion 1630, 1931)
    Arthur (Brother-in-Law) Armstrong, "Corinna" (AAFS 3987 B1)
    Ashley and Abernathy, "Corrina, Corrina" (Banner 32427/Oriole 8129/Romeo 5129/Perfect 12800, 1931; on GoingDown)
    [Clarence] Ashley & [Gwen] Foster "Corrine, Corrina" (Perfect 12800/Banner32427/Romeo 5129, Oriole 8129, 1932; rec. Dec. 2, 1931)
    Tom Bell, "Corinna" (AAFS 4068 B2)
    Milton Brown & his Musical Brownies, "Where You Been So Long, Corrine?" (Bluebird B-5808, 1935)
    Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers, "Corrine Corrina" (Decca 5350, 1937)
    Matt Caldwell, "Corinna" (AAFS 1421 B2)
    Cab Calloway, "Corrine, Corrina" (Perfect 15551, 1932)
    Bo Carter [pseud. for Bo Chatmon] [& Charlie McCoy], "Corinne, Corrina" (Brunswick 7080, 1929; Vocalion 02701, 1934)
    Clint Howard et al, "Corrina, Corrina" (on Ashley03)
    Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon, "Corinne Blues" (Vocalion 1424, 1929)
    Blind Lemon Jefferson, "Corrina Blues" (Paramount 12367, 1926; on Jefferson01, JeffersonCD01) [as is typical of blues, this is not "pure" Corinna, but the last verse clearly comes from this song]
    Bascom Lamar Lunsford, "Corinna" (AAFS 1797 A2)
    Jonesie & James Mack & Nick Robinson, "Corinna" (AAFS 1047 A3)
    Wingy Manone & his orchestra, "Corinne Corrina (Where You Been So Long)" (Bluebird B-10289, 1939/Mongomery Ward M-8355, 1940)
    Bob Nichols & Hugh Cross, "Corinne, Corrina" (Columbia 15480-D, 1929)
    Leo Soileau and his Aces "Corrine, Corrina" (Decca 5101, 1935)
    Lottie Stankey & Frank Starnes, "Corinna" (AAFS 3317 A1)
    Tampa Red, "Corrine Blues" (RCA Victor 20-2432, 1947 -- presumably a reissue)
    Taylor & Anderson, "Corrine, Corrine" (Supertone 9646, 1930)
    Sonny Terry [pseud., Saunders Terrell], "Women's Blues (Corrina)" (on Terry01)
    Saul Tippins, "Corinna" (AAFS 705 B)
    Joe Turner, "Corrine Corrina" (Atlantic 1088, 1956)
    Turner Brothers, "Connene, Corrina" [sic?] (Radio Artists 203, n.d.)
    Mr. & Mrs. Crockett Ward, Fields & Frances Ward, "Corinna" (AAFS 4083 A3)

    NOTES: Lomax reports that this "also occurs as Alberta or Roberta." If so, they are not the songs usually found under these names [i.e. "Alberta, Let Your Hair Hang Low"]. - PJS, RBW
    It should be noted that many do think them related, and Roud appears to lump them. But the form is simply too different in my book. - RBW
    Last updated in version 2.8
    File: LoF312

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