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Lyr Req: Alabama Jubilee (Yellen/Cobb)

Old Timer 22 Oct 97 - 11:43 AM
Gene 22 Oct 97 - 12:25 PM
Old Timer 22 Oct 97 - 01:33 PM
Wolfgang Hell 23 Oct 97 - 07:48 AM
Dale Rose 23 Oct 97 - 07:35 PM
Jim Dixon 17 Oct 01 - 12:25 PM
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masato sakurai 17 Oct 01 - 07:32 PM
John in Brisbane 03 Sep 04 - 07:30 AM
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Subject: Alabama Jubilee
From: Old Timer
Date: 22 Oct 97 - 11:43 AM

I'm in need of lyrics to this old song. I can not find it in any of the 'net sources I know about. I would also like to know any history or background for this song, as I have been told it is very old- perhaps written in the 1800s (minstrel?).

Thanks OT


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALABAMA JUBILEE^^
From: Gene
Date: 22 Oct 97 - 12:25 PM

Here's one version that I found at the local library, quite some time back.

ALABAMA JUBILEE

You ought to see Mister Jones when he rattles his bones
Old Colonel Brown foolin' 'round like a clown
Miss Virginia who is past eight three
Shoutin' I'm full o' pep
Watch yo' step, watch yo' step
One legged Joe danced around on his toe
Threw away his crutch and hollered, "Let 'er go"
Oh, honey, Hail! Hail!
The gang's all here for the Alabama Jubilee.

Jack Yellin and George Cobb

And here's a version that I recall from many years ago - do not remember who recorded it. - maybe Red Foley?

ALABAMA JUBILEE

You ought to see Deacon Jones when he rattles his bones
Old Parson Brown dancin' 'round like a clown
Ole Aunt Jemima, past eight three
Shoutin' out full o' pep
Watch yo' step, watch yo' step
One legged Joe dancin' 'round on his toe
Thows away his crutch and hollers, "Hey, let 'er go"
Oh, honey, Hail! Hail!
The gang's all here for the Alabama Jubilee.


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Subject: RE: Alabama Jubilee
From: Old Timer
Date: 22 Oct 97 - 01:33 PM

Thanks Gene. Somehow I knew you would be on top of this one!

OT


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Subject: RE: Alabama Jubilee
From: Wolfgang Hell
Date: 23 Oct 97 - 07:48 AM

written in 1915, two sources in the web (without further information) said. Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Alabama Jubilee
From: Dale Rose
Date: 23 Oct 97 - 07:35 PM

I have a twin fiddle instrumental recording by Bill Helms' Upson County Band, c. 1928 somewhere. Bill Helms was one of those wild Georgia fiddlers who played with the Skillet Licker, etc. ensemble on occasion.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALABAMA JUBILEE (Yellen/Cobb)^^
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Oct 01 - 12:25 PM

This ought to be the definitive version. Who knew it had two verses as well as a chorus?

ALABAMA JUBILEE
(Music by George L. Cobb. Words by Jack Yellen, 1915)

Mandolins, violins,
Hear the darkies tunin' up, the fun begins.
Come this way. Don't delay.
Better hurry, honey dear, or you'll be missin'
Music sweet, ragtime treat,
Goes right to your head and trickles to your feet.
It's a reminder, a memory finder of nights down home in Alabam'.

CHO: You ought to see Deacon Jones when he rattles the bones,
Old Parson Brown foolin' roun' like a clown,
Aunt Jemima who is past eighty-three,
Shoutin', "I'm full o' pep! Watch yo' step, watch yo' step!"
One-legged Joe danced aroun' on his toe,
Threw away his crutch and hollered, "Let 'er go!"
Oh, honey, Hail! Hail! The gang's all here for an Alabama Jubilee.

Hear that flute, it's a beaut,
And the tunes it's tootin', tootsie, ain't they cute?
Let's begin. It's a sin
To be missin' all this syncopated music!
Oh, you Jane, once again
Give your legs some exercise to that refrain.
Boy, that's what makes me so dreamy and takes me back home to my old Alabam'.

CHO.

[From the Lester H. Levy Collection of Sheet Music. Recorded by Robert Crumb, Merle Travis, the Skillet Lickers, Mance Lipscomb, Chet Atkins, Hank Snow, Doc Watson, Leon Redbone, the Seldom Scene, and many others. JTD]


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Subject: RE: Alabama Jubilee
From: annamill
Date: 17 Oct 01 - 12:50 PM

I have this song on an old Jerry Reed album and it is one of my favorites. I haven't listened to it for a while. I think I'll get it out tonight.

Love, Annamill


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Subject: RE: Alabama Jubilee
From: masato sakurai
Date: 17 Oct 01 - 07:32 PM

The sheet music of "Alabama Jubilee" is in The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music (1 item) and American Memory (3 items). They are the same, though one in American Memory is of "professional copy". The images in American Memory are clearer.

(1) Levy's description:
Title: ALABAMA JUBILEE
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Music by Geo. L. Cobb. Words by Jack Yellen.
Publication: New York: Jerome H. Remick & Co., 1915.
Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: Mandolins, violins, hear the darkies tunin' up
First Line of Chorus: You ought to see Deacon Jones when he rattles the bones
Performer: [Elizabeth Murray]
Engraver, Lithographer, Artist: photo of Elizabeth Murray by Aveda, N.Y.; Walton Process Chicago

(2) American Memory

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Alabama Jubilee
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 03 Sep 04 - 07:30 AM

A great tune that I've only discovered in the last year or two. Can anyone confirm whether we have the dots. If not I'll provide.

Regards, John
    As far as I know, we don't have it, John.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Alabama Jubilee (Yellen/Cobb)
From: GUEST,twbryant
Date: 07 May 12 - 06:47 PM

From my grampa who said that this was a very old tune that was played in southern church revivals just after the civil war. I have no references to give, just his recollection. Thus, he said that old Aunt Jemima and one legged joe (from the confed) danced together in church! That is all I know from his accounts... I bet this song is older than any of the recorded versions though.


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