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Lyr Req: Butterbeans / Just a Bowl of Butter Beans

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Subject: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: GUEST,bernie
Date: 28 Jun 00 - 11:04 AM

I refcently heard a song to the tune of "Just s Close Walk with Thee." The chorus went:

Just a bowl of butter beans
Pass the cornbread if you please
I don't want no collard greens
Just a bowl of butter beans

I heard several verses, but didn't get them down. does anyoneout there know them?


--- Line breaks <br> added ---
-- PA --


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: kendall
Date: 28 Jun 00 - 05:22 PM

recorded by Smokey Green of Fort Ann N.Y. I can get them if no one else can.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: harpgirl
Date: 28 Jun 00 - 10:49 PM

...I'd liek to see the words, Kendall. This reminded me of that song Lyle Lovett does about the preacher at the church ceremony....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: paddymac
Date: 29 Jun 00 - 02:22 PM

Kendall - Add me to the list of those who would love to get those lyrics. I first heard it sung (actually, the only time I've heard it) sitting around the fire at a hunting camp on cool evening, long after the guns were put away and most of us had taken a shine to the 'shine.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Jul 00 - 08:01 PM

I just left a voice mail message for a friend who sings this song. If I don't post the lyrics in a few days, remind me.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: BK
Date: 01 Jul 00 - 11:14 PM

We video'd a group singing this, to the tune we mostly know as "just a closer walk w/thee," so it's likely the same one. We heard it at the Big Muddy Folk Festival in Booneville, MO, done by a group from southeast MO, around "the cape."

They always blame it on someone else - I wanna say Doc Watson - but I may be wrong - & they always apologize to the audience, as they really don't want to hurt any feelings. It doesn't really parady the song, just borrows the tune. It's cute; at any rate, my wife & I both like it.

The words SHOULD be easy to get off the tape - been meaning to learn it anyway, as well as a lot of other great songs I'm hearing here in MO. So, if I get moment, I'll take 'em down & try to post them here. If no one beats me to it.

Cheers, BK


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Subject: Lyr Add: JUST A BOWL OF BUTTER BEANS (parody)^^
From: BK
Date: 03 Jul 00 - 11:32 PM

Taken down from a tape made at a folk festival this year; chorus after every verse.

JUST A BOWL OF BUTTER BEANS

CHO: Just a bowl of butter beans,
Pass the cornbread if you please.
I don' wan' no collard greens. Oh, my no.
I just want a great big bowl o' butter beans.

1
Just a slice o' country ham,
Fried potatoes, strawberry jam.
I'm afraid I might bust my jeans. Yes, I might.
If I eat another bowl o' them butter beans.

2
See that big fat ugly lad.
He's made everybody mad.
They don't love him by any means. Oh, my no.
'Cause he ate the last o' the butter beans.

3
See that pretty girl over there.
She got ruby lips & shiny hair.
She's not expecting as it seems. Oh, my no.
She just had a great big bowl o' them butter beans

4
Well, I guess you heard ol' jack is dead.
He froze to death in his own bed.
The covers kept flyin' off, it seems. Yes, they did.
He'd just had a great big bowl o' them butter beans.

5
Well, the energy crisis has been solved at last.
Everybody's gonna heat usin' natural gas.
We'll capture that gas, boil that steam. Yes, we will.
Man's greatest discovery is that little ol' butter bean.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: harpgirl
Date: 04 Jul 00 - 12:43 AM

...many thanks BK!!!!! Was it Dave and Kathy Para? I guess not since no one has suggested this....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: BK
Date: 04 Jul 00 - 10:34 AM

Thanx for adding the line breaks, PA. (I was much too tired to get that much out of my remaining brain cells last night)

Harpgirl; it wasn't Dave & Cathy, but it was at the "Big Muddy" festival they help run; "big Jim" & 2 of his pals - I hate to admit it but CRS syndrome temporarily blocks me from remembering their group name - from the Cape Girardeau area do this song, & also MC the open mike every year. They also explain that the old hymnals say the tune for "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" is an old folksong melody, so things sometime come full circle..

GREAT little folk festival - worth travelling to. "The Big Muddy Folk Festival" in spring - usually April - every year, in Booneville, Missouri. Bob Dyer, Dave 'n Cathy, Jim from the cape & many volunteers work really hard to make it so, & always have a mix of regional, local & national talent w/something (actually many things) for everyone. This year we had John McCutcheon and Cindy Mangsun & Steve Gillette; they were fantastic.. Y'all come!!

Cheers, gotta go to work, BK


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Aug 01 - 10:22 PM

I'm pasting in messages I found in a duplicate thread. Gives me a reason to resurrect this inspirational song.
-Joe Offer-

05-Jul-00 - 11:17 AM (#252176)
Subject: Just a bowl of butter beans
From: GUEST,flatpicker


I'm looking for the verses to "Just a Bowl of Butter Beans" sung to the tune of Just a Closer Walk with Thee. The chorus I have is

Just a bowl of butter beans Pass the cornbread if you please I don't want no collard greens Just a bowl of butter beans


05-Jul-00 - 01:18 PM (#252261)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of butter beans
From: MMario


they are posted in this thread http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=22753&messages=10

Enjoy!


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Subject: The Butter Bean Song
From: GUEST,Big Byrd
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 05:07 PM

I'm trying to find words--various versions--to a song I first heard Jimmie Driftwood sing, called "The Butter Bean Song". I've located a version credited to Little Jimmy Dickens, but it differs from Driftwood's version. I know it's been recorded, but I don't know by whom. Any help or guidance?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 05:30 PM

Hi, Big Byrd. I moved you over here to this thread, which I think is about the same song. Also take a look at the Cornbread and Butter Beans thread (click). If you have versions we don't have, please post them. Also post what you know of the Jimmie Driftwood version. that will give us a good start.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: GUEST,Big Byrd
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 05:49 PM

Hey! BK and all the rest. I am the guy who did the song in Boonville at Cathy and Dave's Big Muddy festival! When I learned the song from Jimmie Driftwood there were only three verses he sang. I'm trying to rundown more. The "old Jack" verse and the "natural gas" verse are ones that I have added (along with a couple of others). You have no idea how astounded I am to see you refering to my group (The Shade Tree Folk Company) and remembering our singing of it!


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Subject: ADD: Butter Beans
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 06:09 PM

Butter Beans
(Little Jimmie Dickens)

Just a bowl of butter beans
Pass the cornbread if you please
I don't want no collard greens
All I want is a bowl of butter beans.

Just a little piece of country ham
Pass the butter and the jam
Pass the biscuits if you please
And some more of the good ol' butter beans.

Bread and gravy is all right
A turnip sandwich is a delight
But my children all still scream
For another bowl of butter beans.

When they lay my bones to rest
Place a rose upon my chest
Plant those blooming evergreens
But all I want, honey, is a bowl of butter beans.

Just a bowl of butter beans
Pass the cornbread if you please
I don't want no collard greens
All I want is a bowl of butter beans.

Butter Beans


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Subject: ADD: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: GUEST,Big Byrd
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 06:20 PM

For what it's worth, here are the verses I use for the Butter Bean Song---to the tune of "Just a Closer Walk With Thee". The stared verses are the ones I learned from Jimmie Driftwood. He said he got them from a professer in West Virginia.

Ch: *Just a bowl of butter beans
    Pass the cornbread, if you please.
    I don't want no collard greens,
    I just want a great big bowl of butterbeans!

*Just a slice of country ham;
Fried potatoes, strawberry jam.
I'm afraid I might bust my jeans
If I eat another big bowl of butter beans.

*See that pretty girl sittin' over there?
She's got ruby red lips and that fine (you pick the color) hair.
She's not expecting like she seems;
She's just had a great big bowl of butter beans!

*See that big, fat, ugly lad?
He's made everybody mad.
They don't love him, by no means-
He's the hog that ate the last of the butter beans!

I guess you've heard that old Jack's dead.
He froze to death last night in his bed.
The covers kept flying off; it seems
He'd just had a great big bowl of butter beans!

Funnel-shaped clouds fill me with fear,
And mushroom-shaped clouds mean Death is near.
But the scaryest clouds I've ever seen
Are those little brown clouds made by them butter beans!

(Insert name) likes turkey, and she likes duck, too.
Chicken or pheasant, any bird will do.
But if you wanna see her smile, and this is the truth,
All you gotta do is give ol' ______ a goose!

The energy chrisis has been solved, at last.
Everybody's gonna heat using natural gas.
We'll capture that gas; boil that steam.
Man's greatest discovery is that little old butter bean!

An alternate line for the last verse, second line is:

We're gonna hook a pipe line up to everybody's yas, yas, yas

       Enjoy the song!    Big Byrd


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 08:04 PM

Composer- Joe Pepin (ASCAP).
Also wrote Heinz Vinegar


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Aug 05 - 09:25 AM

The BMI Repertoire lists these songs:
BUTTER BEANS by Elliott Chavers;
BUTTERBEANS by Charles D Colvin, recorded by Johnny Russell;
BUTTERBEANS, also known as CORNBREAD AND BUTTERMILK, by Mark Randolph Russell.

allmusic says:
BUTTERBEANS, performed by Little Jimmy Dickens, was written by "Burnes, Burns, and Colvin."
JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE is listed as "Traditional."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: GUEST,Linda
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 03:36 PM

Just a bowl of butter beans
pass the cornbread if you please
I don't want no collard greens
all I want is a bowl of butter beans

Just a little piece of country ham
pass the butter and the jam
pass the buicuits if you please
and some more of the good ol butter beans

See that woman over there
with both hands up in the air
she not pregnate tho it seems
she'd just full of those good ole butter beans

when they lay my bones to rest
place a rose upon my chest
plant those bloomin evergreens
but all i want honey is a bowl of butter beans

just a bowl of butter beans
pass the cornbread if you please
I don't want no collard greens
All I want is a bowl of butter beans


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a bowl of Butter Beans
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 04:44 PM

I first heard this little ditty at a place called "Mickie Finn's" in San Diego, CA, in about 1968 or '69, by a great local saxophone player (and commercial photographer) with the unlikely name of "Birdie" Carter. When you see him, you know why he has the nickname. I know he had played in New Orleans and other areas, probably picking up the material somewhere along the way. He only did the first verse, as I recall. It's great to see the others. He is still around the area. I'll have to try and learn his source.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Just a Bowl of Butter Beans
From: GUEST,ccolvin
Date: 02 Jul 08 - 01:28 AM

the song Butterbeans was written by my father, Charles Colvin


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Butterbeans / Just a Bowl of Butter Beans
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Nov 08 - 04:02 PM

go to www.lyricsplayground.com
Linda


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Butterbeans / Just a Bowl of Butter B
From: GUEST,JT
Date: 11 Feb 09 - 03:13 PM

Who recorded the song, Just a Bowl of Butter Beans and possible album? I thought that Mickey Gilley did a recording of it but I haven't had any success in finding the info.

JT


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Butterbeans / Just a Bowl of Butter Beans
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Feb 09 - 03:45 PM

Little Jimmy Dickens is the one who had a hit with the song ("Butter Beans"). It is available in the box set "Out Behind the Barn," which ain't cheap.

I tried to find it in a current single cd, but no luck.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Butterbeans / Just a Bowl of Butter Beans
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 07:47 PM

Guest, if you haven't found who really recorded "Just a bowl of Butterbeans" it was recorded by a singer named Lil' David Wilkens, it used to be a favorite of mine back in the early 70's.

timmyluminais@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Butterbeans / Just a Bowl of Butter Beans
From: GUEST,Joanna
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 03:23 PM

Just a bowl of butter beans
Pass the cornbread if you please
I don't want no collard greens
All I want is a bowl of butter beans

Just a piece of country ham
Pass the butter and the jam
Pass the biscuits if you please
And some more o' them good ol' butter beans

Red eye gravy is all right
Turnip sandwich a delight
But my children all still scream
For another bowl of butter beans

Some folks think that cornpone's best
Some likes grits more than the rest
But if I was a man of means
I'd just want them good ol' butter beans

See that lady over there
With the curlers in her hair
She's not pregnant as she seems
She's just full o' them good ol' butter beans

See that big, fat, ugly lad
He's made everybody mad
They don't love him, by no means
He's the hog that ate the last of the butter beans

When they lay my bones to rest
Place no roses upon my chest
Plant no blooming evergreens
All I want is' a bowl of butter beans

Just a bowl of butter beans
Pass the cornbread if you please
I don't want no collard greens
All I want is a bowl of butter beans


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Butterbeans / Just a Bowl of Butter Beans
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 04:32 PM

Three versions posted but singer-source not listed. The information would be appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Butterbeans / Just a Bowl of Butter Beans
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Jul 11 - 02:10 PM

Just a bowl of butterbeans
Pass the cornbread if you please…
I don't want no collard greens
Just a bowl, a bowl of butterbeans.

See that pretty girl over there
With that ribbon in her hair
She's not pregnant as she seems
She's just full, full of butterbeans (repeat chorus)

When I die bury me deep
Place no posies at my feet
Gentle lay upon my chest
One last bowl, a bowl butterbeans (repeat chorus)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Butterbeans / Just a Bowl of Butter Beans
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Sep 14 - 11:14 PM

This was a favorite and most requested song for my daddy, Peanuts Fitch less singer and banjo player for the ruby reds band. :-)


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