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Lyr Req: Don't Tell Mama (Brian Burns)

Fiddlin' Big Al 06 Jun 00 - 04:52 AM
Brendy 06 Jun 00 - 05:10 AM
Fiddlin' Big Al 06 Jun 00 - 06:26 PM
ddw 06 Jun 00 - 07:32 PM
Jim Dixon 30 Mar 03 - 10:49 PM
Jim Dixon 30 Mar 03 - 10:52 PM
open mike 31 Mar 03 - 12:28 AM
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Subject: Don't tell mama I'm a guitar player
From: Fiddlin' Big Al
Date: 06 Jun 00 - 04:52 AM

Had a request in 1984 that still haunts me. A fellow I met asked if I knew a song which he had once heard with the line or title "Don't tell mama I'm a guitar picker (or player), she thinks that I'm in jail." Several attempts at using my psychotic powers to write a new song around the idea succeeded - almost. Someone out there may know this one. If not, I'll keep writin'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't tell mama I'm a guitar player
From: Brendy
Date: 06 Jun 00 - 05:10 AM

I've been looking around. Zilch.

Is it a Country song?

B.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't tell mama I'm a guitar player
From: Fiddlin' Big Al
Date: 06 Jun 00 - 06:26 PM

origin unknown ... could be c&w - or a product of the fevered brain of my friend Ray, a demented retired San Diego cop. Song lyric false memory syndrome. Hope not. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't tell mama I'm a guitar player
From: ddw
Date: 06 Jun 00 - 07:32 PM

Sounds to me like something by either David Alan Coe or Steve Goodman. Sorry, other than that I have no idea.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T TELL MAMA (Brian Burns)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Mar 03 - 10:49 PM

Lyrics copied from http://www.brianburnsmusic.com/ao_song_06.htm

DON'T TELL MAMA
(Brian Burns, © 1999 – Brian Burns Music, BMI)

I was talking to a crusty old drunk in Ft. Worth one night and I asked him what he did for a living. "I'm an oilfield worker," he replied, "but don't tell my mama, she thinks I play piano in a whorehouse." I knew there was a Brian Burns song in there somewhere. The truth about my mother is that she never failed to encourage and support my "music habit," and that's the one and only reason I stayed out of jail (well, most of the time).

CHORUS: Don't tell Mama I'm a guitar picker.
She thinks I'm just in jail.
I been dreaming up lines and ringing up rhymes
And raising all kinds of hell.
Break Mama's heart if she saw me singing
With my hair in a ponytail,
So don't tell Mama I'm a guitar picker.
She thinks I'm just in jail.

I used to be a good ol' boy,
A clean cut kid, Mama's pride and joy,
Never stayed out late, never raised no kinda Cain.
Then I bought me an old guitar
And started out picking in a smoky bar.
If Mama finds out I've gone this far,
She'll be hanging her head in shame, so-- CHORUS

Mama loves her youngest son,
But if she ever saw me on stage with Gary P. Nunn,
She'd be plowing up my corn with a double shovel.
But I love those neon lights,
And those sexy, sultry Texas nights.
If Mama finds out what I'm doing with my life,
Good God, there's gonna be trouble, so-- CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Tell Mama I'm a Guitar Picker
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Mar 03 - 10:52 PM

Interesting that Fiddlin' Big Al said he got the request in 1984, but the song is copyright 1999. Is there more than one song out there with the same theme?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Tell Mama I'm a Guitar Picker
From: open mike
Date: 31 Mar 03 - 12:28 AM

i've seen this bumper sticker on a fire fighter's car:
" don't tell my mama I'm working at the fire house,
she thinks I play piano in a whorehouse."
I am glad momma has such a high opinion of musicians!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Tell Mama I'm a Guitar Picker
From: GUEST,riverboat annie
Date: 18 Dec 04 - 01:05 AM

anyone have the Bill Caswell version?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Tell Mama I'm a Guitar Picker
From: alanabit
Date: 18 Dec 04 - 05:19 AM

It is a great title and a great song. It reminds me of a similar line we buskers used variations of when we were working crowds. My version was to say, "No photos please! Oh well - if you must.. but don't send one to my Mum. She doesn't know I do this for a living. I told her that I just sell drugs to children!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Tell Mama (Brian Burns)
From: GUEST,gmurphy
Date: 18 May 10 - 01:58 PM

Bill caswell did a song on Austin City Limits John Prine and friends songwriters showcase. I can't find a copy of it or the lyrics, but I have a cassette I made of the show.


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