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Lyr Add: Bye and bye

Wolfgang 19 May 00 - 10:27 AM
MudGuard 20 May 00 - 07:47 AM
Joe Offer 20 May 00 - 03:11 PM
Art Thieme 20 May 00 - 10:16 PM
Joe Offer 21 May 00 - 03:50 AM
Wolfgang 22 May 00 - 04:23 AM
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Subject: Bye and bye ^^
From: Wolfgang
Date: 19 May 00 - 10:27 AM

A transcription from Art Thieme's 'The older I get the better I was' CD. Don't praise me for the work, a native speaker did it for me. Thank you, Scott.



x1: Oh the time of the year that I like the best,
The time when the mule walks round the press,
Gals put on their gingham dress,
Bye and bye.

x2: The leaves are red and the ground is cold,
Sap's gonna rise so I've been told,
We don't care if the frost is coming,
Bye and bye.

Down the road came an old tar heel,
on his back a sack of meal,
by his side an old hound dog,
Bye and bye.

Well he traded the meal and the hound dog too
for a kiss from the gal that's dressed in blue,
prettiest gal he's ever seen,
Bye and bye.

x1 x2

Well folks come from here and there,
Folks come from everywhere,
the old mule keeps going around,
Bye and bye.

Well they come for to dance, come for to sing,
Come for to make the rafters ring,
Come for the cane and they come for the sorghum,
bye and bye.

x1 x2

Well folks come from all around
Wagon tracks tearing up the ground
Come for the cane and they come for the spark
Bye and bye.

So we built a fire 'neath the old iron pot
Cook up the cane 'til it's boiling hot
In the dark we'll steal a kiss
Bye and bye.

x1 x2

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Bye and bye
From: MudGuard
Date: 20 May 00 - 07:47 AM

What does the x1 stand for?
x2 seems to be the second verse, but x1 is undefined
MudGuard (Andreas)

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Subject: ADD: Sorghum Syrup ^^
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 May 00 - 03:11 PM

In the notes for his album, Art says "Bye & Bye" is a version of the same song as "Sorghum Syrup."
-Joe Offer-

I been to the North and I been to the South
In times of flood and times of drought,
I've travelled all over Europe,
Never saw the like of the sorghum syrup.

By and by before I die
I'll marry me a girl with a right blue eye.

A soldier was a-settin' by the road one day
And be was lookin' very gay,
By his side he had some meal,
He's just stolen from an old tar-heel.

He made his fire to bake his bread,
And when it was done be laughed and said,
'In all the world, there's none surpasses
Good cornbread and sorghum molasses.'

In a canteen by his side
That he was tryin' hard to hide,
From the eyes of those who were passin'
Was a quart of sorghum molasses.

As I went up Atlanta street,
A tar-heel girl I chanced for to meet.
Says she to me, are you a traveller?'
'Yes, by ginger, I'm a goober grabbler.'

There's Alabama, thus you see.
Tennessee or what you please,
South Carolina, tar and rawsum,
Good old Georgia, goobers and sorghum.

tar-heel: a native of North Carolina
goober grabbler: a peanut farmer
rawsum: resin

Whatever the political and economic issues at stake, Johnny Reb went to war to defend the proposition that the South was in all respects superior to the North; that southern cooking was tastier, southern whisky smoother, southern horses faster, and southern women sweeter. This is the spirit of this rebel song from North Carolina (the state of the peanut or goober grabbier), learned from an ex-cowboy in Texas, with additional verses from Brown, Vol. III, page 460. (Alan Lomax, The Folk Songs of North America, 1960)

JRO ^^

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Bye and bye
From: Art Thieme
Date: 20 May 00 - 10:16 PM


Thanks for doing that. I do think it's a fine song and I was glad I had a decent tape (pretty much) to use in the record. Good job Mr. H.

And Joe,

The song you've posted seems longer than the version I remember in FOLKSONGS OF NORTH AMERICA. I'm really glad to have it. Thanks so much. If, indeed, it is longer than the one in Lomax, where did you find it?

All the best,


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Bye and bye
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 May 00 - 03:50 AM

Nope, Art, I found it right where you said it was, Folksongs of North America. I like your version better, but I'm prejudiced.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Bye and bye
From: Wolfgang
Date: 22 May 00 - 04:23 AM

x1 is the first verse, but some elf has that made clear by now.


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