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Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)

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WHOA BACK BUCK
WHOA BACK BUCK (2)


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Subject: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: Max
Date: 25 Aug 97 - 03:26 PM

I'll be damned if I can understand him and I can't find them anywhere.

Click for related thread


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHOA BACK BUCK (Leadbelly)^^
From: Barry Finn
Date: 25 Aug 97 - 07:11 PM

Max, let me know if this might be the one.

Whoa, back, Buck, git over Paul
You steppin on my cotton, say, one & all.
Whoa, back, Buck, git over Lamb,
You steppin on my cottobn like you don't give a damn.
I'm a rowdy soul, Im a rowdy soul
Don't see a nigger in a mile or mo.

Took my gal to the party-o,
She sat on a steeple,
She let a fart & broke my heart
And ______ (shit?) all over the people.
Tell my wife when you go to the hills,
I'm here workin at the sorghum mill.

Last year was a good crop year
And everybody knowed it.
Paw didn't raise but a bushel of corn
And some damn rascal stole it.
I'm a rowdy soul, I'm a rowdy soul.
I'm rowdy all around my red asshole.


Good luck & thanks for all Max.
Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: Max
Date: 26 Aug 97 - 10:29 PM

Yup, that's it. Thanks.


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Subject: Looky, Looky Younder
From: GUEST,Vick
Date: 04 Nov 00 - 01:16 PM

I´ve got a LeadBelly CD music and there is a song I like very much. But I´m not from an english tongue Country so It´s a bit difficult to me to understand the words. So if is there anybody who can give me the Lyrics I would appreciate it very much. The song is called LOOKY, LOOKY YOUNDER and it is followed by BLACK BETTY. I have them in a CD called In The Shadows Of Gallows Pole.

Thank you.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHOA BACK BUCK (Leadbelly)^^
From: Mrrzy
Date: 04 Nov 00 - 03:45 PM

Wow, I have a totally other one, by Gibson, I think. Is that a version of this one or a totally other song with parallel evolution or something?
Chorus: Whoa back buck and gee by the lam, who made the back bend?
Whoa, Cunningham! (bis)
Me and my gal a-walking down the road
And her knees knocked together playing "sugar in the gourd"
Sugar in the gourd and the gourd in the ground
If you want a little sugar got to roll the gourd around
Cho
My old man was a good old man
Washed his face in a frying pan
Combed his hair with a wagon wheel
And he died with a toothache in his heel
Cho
Eastbound train on the westbound track
Westbound train on the eastbound track
Both those trains were running fine
But what a terrible way to run a railroad line!
Cho
Repeat first verse ^^


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: Mrrzy
Date: 04 Nov 00 - 03:47 PM

Hmmm, something hjhiccupped. The lines above rendered Me and my gal a-walking down the roadSugar in the gourd and the gourd in the ground should have read:
Me and my gal a-walking down the road
And her knees knocked together playing Sugar in the gourd
Sugar in the gourd and the gourd in the ground...


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: tradman
Date: 05 Nov 00 - 01:36 PM

I checked Black Betty in the Digital Tradition and it's not Leadbelly's version. My dad learned the song from Leadbelly himself many years ago, this is what I remember of it:

Hey Black Betty Bam da lam

Hey Black Betty Bam da lam

Black Betty had a baby, Bam da lam

Black Betty had a baby, Bam da lam

Dat thing gone crazy (x2)

Dat thing gone crazy Dat thing gone blind

Was the captain's baby Warn't none of mine

Hey Black Betty (x4)


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: GUEST,Vyick
Date: 09 Nov 00 - 03:44 AM

Thanks for the words of Black Betty, tradman. thak you very much.


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: Doctor John
Date: 09 Nov 00 - 01:43 PM

Looky looky yonder (x3)
Where the sun done gone.

The captain can't hold em (x3)
The way I do

Ada got a gold mine (x3)
Way above her knee.

Shake 'em etc break em...on the "Black Betty"


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: Mrrzy
Date: 09 Nov 00 - 02:35 PM

So, anyone know where the one I have comes from? This is very interesting...


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Subject: ADD: Whoah Back Buck, by Leadbelly ^^
From: Doctor John
Date: 09 Nov 00 - 05:59 PM

Whoa back buck and gee by the lamb
Who made the back band?
Whoa Goddam!
Whoa Goddam and Whoa Godaam!
Who made the back band!
Whoa Goddam

("Whoa Goddam "was changed to "Old Cunningham" in later recordings maybe because for commercial recordings it was thought to be in better taste. It also makes slightly more sense!)

18, 19 ,20 years ago I took my gal to a party-o
All dressed up in calico
But I wouldn't let her dance,
But I set her so.

Whoa...etc

Me and my gal come a-walking down the road
Wind from the feet knocking sugar in the gourd
Sugar in the gourd and the gourd on the ground
If you wanna get the sugar gotta roll the gourd around.

Dr John

If anyone out there can understand the words to LB's "Yellow Jacket" or that "We'll find Pigmeat there" verse from Pig Meat (or explain what they mean) it would solved a very old mystery and I'd be very grateful!^^


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: GUEST,Smokey
Date: 09 Nov 00 - 06:08 PM

part of the lyrics that you wrote was a song my father used to sing called "Old Dan Tucker"


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: Jacob B
Date: 09 Nov 00 - 06:20 PM

I've heard Dr. John's version. The other version I've heard is from the singing of Sam Hinton. It went:

It takes two hands to carry a load
It takes two mules to pull double
Let me get this crop put in
And I won't cause no trouble

Tighten on the back band, loosen the bow
And I won't quit pickin' on the banjo, so

Jacob


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: BanjoRay
Date: 09 Nov 00 - 06:50 PM

I heard a slightly different version to Dr John:

18,19,20 years ago
took mah gal to a party oh
took mah gal to a country store
dressed mah gal in calico

Cheers
Ray


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Subject: My mondegreen
From: mousethief
Date: 09 Nov 00 - 06:53 PM

I always heard it "who made the black man po[or]? Goddam." This is on the "Alabama Bound" CD sung with the Golden Gate Quartet.

Just my idiosyncratic ears, I guess.

Alex
O..O
=o=


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: Bud Savoie
Date: 09 Nov 00 - 10:27 PM

I hear it as "I wouldn't let her dance but a set or so." In other words, he's keeping an eye on her and he's jealous.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHOA BACK BUCK (Leadbelly)^^
From: GUEST,Fred Burns
Date: 11 Nov 00 - 12:38 AM

In Alan Lomax's Folk songs of North America, he says, "This is Lead Belly's variant of a Negro ploughman's song, which occasionally satirizes the poor whites; known from Texas to Miss." He lists it as Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Lead Belly, copyright 1936.

This man was drivin' twenty yokes of oxen. He was a long ways from home an' it was a slow, drizzlin' rain and the man was cold. He was tryin' to git his oxens to hurry up a little faster, so ev'y once in a while he'd cut down on um—TI-YOW! he'd pop that long blacksnake whip. But you know about how much speed oxen has got. 'Stead of them gettin' faster, they was speedin' up slower . . .

  1 Tom done buck and Bill won't pull, 
Papa gonna cut that other little bull.
Whoa back. Buck, an' gee, by the Lamb!
Who made the back-band? Whoa, goddam !
CHORUS:
Whoa, Buck, an' gee, by the Lamb!
Who made the back-band? Whoa, goddam!
(or)
Whoa, goddam, an'-a whoa, goddam!
Who made the back-band? Whoa, goddam!

2 Eighteen, nineteen, twenty years ago,
I taken Sal to the party-o,
I taken Sal to the party-o,
Wouldn' let her dance but a set or so. (CHO.)

3 Me an' my gal come walkin' down the road,
Wind from her feet knockin' Sugar in the Gourd.
Sugar in the gourd and the gourd on the ground,
Want to get the sugar gotta roll the gourd around.
(CHO.)

4.Chicken in the bread-tray, mighty good stuff,
Mama cook him chicken an' he never get enough,
Jawbone eat an'-a jawbone talk,
Jawbone eat with a knife an' fawk. (CHO.)^^


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: GUEST,clu norwood
Date: 05 Apr 01 - 07:52 AM

I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK GOD THERES STILL SOME LEADBELLY FANS OUT THERE,AND YA'LL GOT SOME GOOD EARS.


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: texastoolman
Date: 05 Apr 01 - 12:38 PM

check out napster they have the alabama bound version the last time i checked fred burns (guest) comes as close as i can remember but check out napster and see for yourself tex


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: richardw
Date: 05 Apr 01 - 12:50 PM

"Whoa Cunningham" or "Old Cunningham" rather than "Whoa, Goddamn" only makes more sense if you are not a teamster. When I am driving and the team won't stop when I tell them or signal with the lines, then "Whoa Goddamn" makes a lot of sense.

Cunningham would only make sense if that was one of the oxen's names, and I doubt that was what was meant with Whoa Goddamn.

Seems to me the bull wacker is also cursing the maker of the back band, part of the harness, as it seems to be failing.

When one ox does not work he threatens to replace him with another by suggesting his "pappa is going to cut that other little bull" and make him an ox (which of course is a castrated bull).

Twenty yoke of oxen is a huge team and very unlikely in the example Leadbelly gives. A 20 yoke would only make sense in pulling several freight wagons.


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 20 Sep 05 - 02:06 PM

That's typical teamster talk. The Mormon character, J Golden Kimball, I believe, picked up that sort of language from teamsters.
Twenty yoke sounds like story teller exaggeration.


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 20 Sep 05 - 03:19 PM

Lonnie Donegan does a version of this song. Lonnie sang several of Leadbelly's tunes. Mudcat's own Jerry Rasmussen sings a very nice version of this. I don't remember if it is on one of his records, or not.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: PIg Meat Papa
From: GUEST
Date: 24 May 06 - 12:11 PM

can anyone help me out with the lyrics to pig meat papa and WE Shall Be Free with woody guthrie????


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHOA BACK BUCK (Leadbelly)
From: GUEST,WAveryguest
Date: 29 May 06 - 11:37 PM

To the best of my ability, these are the lyric's to Leadbelly's 1939 a capella version of "Looky, Looky, Yonder/Black Betty/Yellow Woman's Doorbell" medley.

But I could use some help. First words in parentheses- ( ) - are there to clarify the true word from it's- sometimes very different- phonetic use in the song.

Second, words in brackets- [ ] - are those words I'm not sure are right. If anyone can fill in these blanks, that would be fantastic.

Also, if I screwed up the lyrics anywhere else, I'd love to hear about it.

Leadbelly is an amazing historical musical legend, and this song practically possessed me to put together the lyrics. But I've searched all over the web and this thread is the best (free) source I've found.

Please be kind to all copyrights, etc.



Looky looky yonder
Looky looky yonder
Looky looky yonder
Where the sun done gone.

The cap'in' [captain] can't hold 'em
Cap'in' can't hold 'em
Cap'in' can't hold 'em
The way I do.

Yes Addie gotta gold mine
Addie gotta gold mine
Addie gotta gold mine
Way above her knee.

Looky looky yonder
Looky looky yonder
Looky looky yonder
Where the sun done gone.

[I's just] walking
[I's just] walking
[I's just] walking
All day long.

[She's] been talking
[She's] been talking
[She's] been talking
Babe, all day long.

Looky looky yonder
Looky looky yonder
Looky looky yonder
Where the sun done gone.

Oh Black Betty, Bam da lam
Oh Black Betty, Bam da lam

Black Betty had a baby, Bam da lam
Black Betty had a baby, Bam da lam

Damn thing gone crazy, Bam da lam
Damn thing gone crazy, Bam da lam

Oh Black Betty, Bam da lam
Oh Black Betty, Bam da lam

Oh baby Black Betty, Bam da lam
Oh baby Black Betty, Bam da lam

Black Betty had a baby, Bam da lam
Black Betty had a baby, Bam da lam

Damn thing gone crazy, Bam da lam
Damn thing gone crazy, Bam da lam

Baby wasn't none of mine, Bam da lam
Baby wasn't none of mine, Bam da lam

Damn thing gone blind, Bam da lam
Damn thing gone blind, Bam da lam

Yeah Black Betty, Bam da lam
Whoa Black Betty, Bam da lam

Black Betty, Black Betty, Bam da lam
Black Betty, Black Betty, Bam da lam

Looky here, Black Betty, Bam da lam
Looky here, Black Betty, Bam da lam

Jump steady, Black Betty, Bam da lam
Jump steady, Black Betty, Bam da lam

Last Monday, baby I was arrested
        [Lawd [Lord], lawd, lawd]

On Tuesday, I was locked up in jail
        [Lawd, lawd, lawd]

On Wednesday, my child was attested
        [Lawd, lawd]

On Thursday, [nobody's gonna call my bail,] here's some mo'

Almost done, here's some mo'
Almost done, here's some mo'
Almost done, [Lawd, lawd]

And I ain't gonna, ain't done, [ya'll don't gimme no bail]
        [Lawd, lawd, lawd, lawd]

Last Monday, baby I went a'walking
        [Lawd, lawd]

On Tuesday, I shot me a'dog
        [Lawd, lawd, lawd]

On Wednesday, we was sittin' down a'talking
        [Lawd, lawd]

On Thursday, she pawned all of my clothes
        [Lawd, lawd, lawd]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 May 06 - 01:12 AM

I suspect it's "On Wednesday, my trial was attested."


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: GUEST,Max Pittman
Date: 23 May 07 - 07:08 AM

First two lines, last verse of 'Yellow Womens Doorbell' always seemed to me to be:
On Monday, me and my baby went a-walking;
On Tuesday, she shut me out of doors!

(together with Wednesday and Thursday, she's obviously an unpredictable lass)

But if the last line of the chorus is
I ain't gonna ring them yellow womens' doorbell

that makes terrific sense! I always heard 'I ain't gonna bring them yellow women no bills' - with bills meaning money; but I never felt it was right. Much prefer the doorbells. I assume the yellow women were mixed race, not accepted by whites or blacks, and had to go on the game to survive.


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Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Woah Back Buck, by Leadbelly
From: GUEST,Paul Townsend
Date: 27 Oct 07 - 03:46 PM

In Lonnie Donegan's version of Whoa Buck the expression "Sugar in the Gourd" is said to be "a dance". The last line of the chorus as he sings it (corresponding to the "Whoa goddam" or "Old Cunningham" above) sounds more like "some old man".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)
From: GUEST,Chuck
Date: 04 Mar 08 - 07:33 PM

I've always heard it "Whoa back, Buck, and gee by the Lamb; Who made the black man? Whoa, goddam!"

"Who made the back band" makes no sense to me at all.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 05 Mar 08 - 01:08 PM

Art Podell and Paul Potash, a couple of talented Greenwich Village boys from the late '50's and early '60's, recording as "Art & Paul," did a version of this song on an early LP, "Songs of Earth and Sky," backed by Dick Rosmini on guitar. Both later performed with The New Christy Minstrels, among others. Some would argue that this version was "over-arranged," but it was a powerful song. That some of the lyrics were undecipherable didn't seem a problem - the words fit the rhythm like a glove.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)
From: Banjovey
Date: 05 Mar 08 - 07:10 PM

Check out Tom Brad and Alice's CD "Carve that Possum" for words to Whoa Back Buck.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)
From: GUEST,Bob O
Date: 09 Jul 08 - 08:36 PM

Sorry, I'm not a leadbelly fan, but I have a recording saved from the 1960s that seems related to what you folks have posted. It's definitely not Leadbelly, but sounds to me more like Dave van Ronk.

The first few lines, as best as I can make out, are:

Sometimes I fly the ol' grey mare.
Sometimes I fly ol' mulee-o.
Soon as I get this cotton crop out,
I'm goin' home to Julie-o.

Whoa back buck and gee by the lamb.
Who made the back band Cunningham.
When was . . . . . . by in.
Carving my initials in a mules behind.

Anyone know the artist or title?

Bob O


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)
From: MarkS
Date: 09 Jul 08 - 09:42 PM

Bob O
That is from Van Ronk who attributed the song to Leadbelly

Sometimes I plow the old grey mare
Sometimes I plow old mulie o
Soon as I get this cotton crop out
I'm going home to Julie o

Whoa back Buck and gee by the lamb
Who broke the back band Cunningham
When I was skinnen for Jimmy Ryan
Carven my initials on a mules behind

I didn't plant no beans or peas
Had bad luck with the taters o
Cotton crop it didnt come out
But great God Almighty tomatos o

My gal dont wear high button shoes
Feets too big for gaters o
All shes good for is a pinch of snuff
And hillin yam potatos

18 19 20 years ago
Took my gal to the party o
All dressed up in calico
But I wouldnt let her dance but a set or so

Takes two mules to pull a load
Takes four mules to pull double o
Righty o Righty o
When you get your wagon loaded wont you let her go

I may have the last verse a bit off - but thats the idea
Mark


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 10 Jul 08 - 05:29 AM

The lyrics to Leadbelly's version have already been posted. However, I was listening just the other day to a radio programme which Leadbelly made in 1940. After he sang Whoa Back Buck the announcer said "If you want the words to that song, just send a postcard to ............. and we'll send them to you".

just 68 years too late.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 05:16 PM

Hi Mark,

You nailed the Van Ronk version. There are a couple of more verses that you didn't list but there's enough for a positive identification. Thanks.

If anyone would like an mp3 copy of my old recording, you may contact me at bobobz@yahoo.com

Bob O


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Subject: Lyr ADD: Whoa Mark Juba
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 09:15 PM

I'm not sure if this is related in any way to Leadbelly's rendition of Whoa Back Buck. In any event, I thought it might be prudent to post it just in case. I'm writing it as it is found in the journal.

Whoa Mark Juba

Source:The Black Perspective In Music Vol. 4, July 1976, Special Issue, Number 2, pp.148-149, "Negro Folk Songs", reprinted from "The Southern Workman" 24 {February 1895}, 30-32 {program presented by Hampton Folklorist Society of Washington, DC, meeting of the American Folklore Society}

Statement that prefaced the performance of the song:

"Among the Dance-songs may be included all those musical or rhythmical combinations of sounds which were used to set the time of the dances, plays, or marches in which plantation Negroes indulged when work hours were over. On some of these, the rhythmic expression is mainly through the beating of feet and the patting of hands, while the vocal expression is simply a rude chant. The whole effect of this music, if music it can be called, is as barbarous as if rendered in African forests at some heathen festival, A specimen of this class is the well known Juba..."

Marster had a yaller man
Talles' nigger in de land,
Juba was dat feller's name.
De way he strutted was a shame.
Juba, Juba, Juba, Juba (repeat several times)
Oh, twas Juba dis and Juba dat
Juba killed the yaller cat
To make his wife a Sunday hat-Juba.
His wife was ualler, tall an' fat;
He killed ole missis yaller cat
To make his wife a Sunday hat.
Juba, Juba, Juba, Juba
Marster had a yaller steer
Ol's de mountain to er year,
I tells yer dis for all 'er dat
He'd run away at de drop' o yer hat.
Whoa Mark.
See 'im comin up de road
Pullin in er monstrous load,
Git out'n de way mighty spry
Or he'll tho' you to de sky.
Whoa Mark.
Juba driv dat ole steer
Fer five an' twenty year,
Thu de rain and thu de snow
Juba an de steer'd go
Whoa Mark-Juba.
When de sun was shinin breight,
Ef twas dat, ef twas night,
Her him holler loud an' strong
Mark, why don't yer git er long.
Golong-Whoa Mark-Juba.
By'em by dat ole ox died,
Juba he jes cried and cried
Tell on day he ups an' die
I spec he's drivin in de sky,
Golong-whoa Mark-Juba.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)
From: GUEST,MSBluesman
Date: 11 Nov 08 - 11:25 PM

This is the version of Whoa Back Buck that I have, as best as I can piece it together from previous posts and from my own transcription.

Tom done buck and Bill won't pull,
Papa gonna cut that other little bull.
Whoa back. Buck, an' gee, by the Lamb!
Who made the back-band? Whoa, goddam !

Chorus:
Whoa, Buck, an' gee, by the Lamb!
   Who made the back-band? Whoa, goddam!
Whoa, Buck, an' gee, by the Lamb!
   Who made the back-band? Whoa, goddam!               
Whoa, goddam, an'-a whoa, goddam!
   Who made the back-band? Whoa, goddam!

Tom done buck and Bill won't pull,
Papa gonna cut that other little bull.
Whoa back. Buck, an' gee, by the Lamb!
Who made the back-band? Whoa, goddam !

(Chorus)

I taken my gal to the country store
I bought my gal some calico
Bought my gal some calico
I'm takin' my gal to the party, oh!

(Chorus)

Me and my gal come a-walking down the road
Wind from the feet knocking sugar in the gourd
Sugar in the gourd and the gourd on the ground
If you wanna get the sugar gotta roll the gourd around.

(Chorus)

I'm takin' my gal to a party, oh!
All dressed up in her calico
Takin' my gal to the party, oh!
I wouldn't let her dance but a set or so.

(Chorus)

Tom done buck and Bill won't pull,
Papa gonna cut that other little bull.
Whoa back. Buck, an' gee, by the Lamb!
Who made the back-band? Whoa, goddam !

Whoa, Buck, an' gee, by the Lamb!
   Who made the back-band? Whoa, goddam!


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Subject: Lyr. Add: Last Year Was a Fine Crap Year
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 12 Nov 08 - 12:16 AM

Lyr. Add: LAST YEAR WAS A FINE CRAP YEAR

1
Last year was a fine crap year
On corn and peas and 'taters;
My pa didn't raise no cotton and corn,
But, oh, good Lord, the 'taters!

Chorus:
Haw, Buck, haw, Buck, haw!
Who made de back band? Say you don't know?
Soon as I git my crap laid by
I'se gwine home to Julie.
2
Last year I ploughed de horny ox,
Dis year I ploughs de mulie.*
Soon as I git my crap laid by
I'se gwine home to Julie.

*'mulie' is an ox without horns. Song from Mississippi, in Dorothy Scarborough, 1925, Negro Folk-Songs, p. 187, "On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs," facsimile reprint by Folklore Associates, 1963.

A fragment also found in Randolph, "Couldn't Raise No Sugar Corn," coll. 1916, no. 281, vol. 2, Ozark Folksongs.

First recordings 1931 (See Traditional Ballad Index).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)
From: GUEST,Arthur
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 08:56 PM

seems to me if you are working with oxen you are gonna use words like gee, haw, whoa, back...the back pad and back strap are parts of contemporary gear with oxen...I have a dim recollection from the 30's that the cunningham is a strap...which I dunno, could be the britching over their cunning hams?

I also have a leadbelly book that has been in the family for many years...I was singing the whoa back song coming home today so I found you folk out there...I cut my teeth on leadbelly...he never leaves you...

The captins got a waterberry and its just like mine

But the captins Waterberry, It don't keep time!

Oh oh oh oh oh....

Arthur


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Apr 12 - 12:13 AM

did nobody notice the extremely racist comments towards the start of this thread?...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Apr 12 - 12:43 AM

No, Guest, but the topic does have race as an element.

I haven't read the thread closely, but as I read I remember hearing the "Looky, Looky, Yonder" song on one of Sam Hinton's LPs. I can't remember all of the words, but others have referred to his version. I have the album, so I'll pull it out next time I get a chance.

I've heard people refer to some terms that may get lost in translation, so I thought I'd add a note that that the Gee and Haw (i.e., "gee by the lamb") are directional terms used with oxen as draft animals. (Some info here.) This may pertain to that line.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Whoa Back Buck (Leadbelly)
From: GUEST,Jamesadamslh
Date: 07 Feb 13 - 02:31 AM

I remember a version of Whoa Back Buck with "who made your back bend? A mean old man" from the '60's. Also, "Eighteen, nineteen, twenty years ago, I took my gal to the party-o, took my gal to the party-o, but I wouldn't let her dance but to set or sew."


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