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Lyr Req: Nasty Operation Blues

robd 23 Apr 01 - 07:25 PM
Sorcha 23 Apr 01 - 07:43 PM
Stewie 23 Apr 01 - 11:12 PM
GUEST,robd 03 Aug 16 - 01:58 PM
Sandra in Sydney 03 Aug 16 - 09:39 PM
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Subject: Nasty Operation Blues
From: robd
Date: 23 Apr 01 - 07:25 PM

"The Nasty Operation Blues", recorded by Big Bill Broonzy, and, supposedly by Homer Clemons and the Texas Swingbillies. I heard it from Magpie (Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner(sp?)).

Bring on that ether, bring on the gas
The doctor's got to cut you mama, yes, yes, yes
The doctor knows the fixin', the doctor knows just what to do.

It's borderline naughty, and a great song. I don't know if Magpie ever recorded it (I heard it at Old Dominion Folk Fest in about '78).

If anybody has the whole lyric to this one!?!?!...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nasty Operation Blues
From: Sorcha
Date: 23 Apr 01 - 07:43 PM

I don't know it, and didn't find it, but it sounds wonderful.....spaw needs to see this one, too!


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Subject: Lyr Add: OPERATION BLUES (from Homer Clemons)
From: Stewie
Date: 23 Apr 01 - 11:12 PM

I do not have a recording by Big Bill Broonzy, but I have the original 1947 recording, under the title 'Operation Blues', by Homer Clemons & His Swingbillies reissued on Various Artists 'Diggin': Hot Small Label Texas Swing 1946-55' Krazy Kat KK CD 24. This is a reissue of Swing 1001, recorded in January 1947. Some months later, Clemons' band (with some different personnel) recorded it again for Blue Bonnet. In 1950, Clemons recorded it yet again for Imperial and Modern reissued the Blue Bonnet as a 45 a few years later. The lyrics to the Swing recording differ from what you have posted - Clemons, who is credited with authorship in the KK collection, may have altered the lyrics with later recordings or they may have been changed by Broonzy and others. The Swing recording sounds like an old Paramount 78 - recorded underwater and pressed on corrugated cardboard - so there are bits missing in my transcription. There is not much to it anyway - seems more of a vehicle for some nice clarinet and piano. It is interesting that Home Zeke Clemons seems to have first surfaced as a member of Jimmie Davis' 1943-44 gubernatorial band in Louisiana - now there's a claim to fame! Here is what I can decipher from the record:

OPERATION BLUES
(Homer Clemons)
Now won't you climb up on the table,
Pull up that gown
Raise up that left leg,
Let that right leg down
Pull off them stockin's,
That silk underwear
'Cos the doctor's got to cut you, mama,
Don't know where

The doctor knows his business
The doctor knows just what to do

Too much of (?),
One old ( ?)
Two pair of step-ins
That's all I can say (save)
Your ribs are all loosened,
Your carburettor's stalled
I'll duck into your hood,
And clean your spark plugs all

The doctor knows his business
The doctor knows just what to do

(Long instrumental break)

Repeat all above lyrics

--Stewie.


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Subject: Lyr Add: TERRIBLE OPERATION BLUES (Georgia Tom)
From: GUEST,robd
Date: 03 Aug 16 - 01:58 PM

Better late than never:

TERRIBLE OPERATION BLUES
Thomas A. Dorsey aka. Georgia Tom - 1930

Bring in the next patient, nurse

Get up on this table, pull off that gown
Raise up that right leg, let that left one down
Pull off them stockings, that silk underwear
The doctor's got to cut you, mama, don't know where
You got two or three tumors, shaped like a cube
Two or three leaks in your inner tube
Bring on that ether, bring on that gas
The doctor's got to cut you, mama, yas, yas, yas
The doctor knows to fix it, the doctor knows just what to do

Oh doctor, can I have a glass of water?
Oh, not now
Oh doctor, I'm so sick!
Sh, be quiet, doctor ain't gonna hurt you
Oh, what you gonna do with that long knife?
Oh, that's just the doctor's tools
Oh doctor, what you gon' do with that saw?
Oh, we take off a legs with that, that's all
Ooooh!
Be quiet, now, just a moment
There you are, the doctor's through!
Oh doctor, what did you take out of me?
Oh, just a minute, I'll tell you, dear

Four monkey wrenches, two horse-shay
Pair of old britches and a bale of hay
Your ribs were kinda loosened, they moved about
if I hadn't sewed you up, everything would fell out
I put in new tubes, tightened up the exhaust
Went into your hood and cleaned your spark plugs off
Your body's kinda weak, don't be hard
From now on you'll be careful with them there connection rods
Alright, doctor!

The doctor knows to fix it, the doctor knows just what to do
Gee, doctor, but I feel better
That so?
Yes, I feel kinda like I wanna do a little messin' 'round
Fine, go ahead!
Ooooh, my my my my
That's the way patients do that come to this doctor, they don't die

Now, your body's kinda weak, don't be hard
From now on you be careful with them there connection rods
Alright, doctor!
The doctor knows to fix it, the doctor knows just what to do


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nasty Operation Blues
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Aug 16 - 09:39 PM

good one, Rob

this belongs with other medical songs such as Working Where The Sun Don't Shine (The Colorectal Surgeon's Song) and John Dengate's Rectal Bleeding Calypso which is on the same thread


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Subject: Lyr Add: OPERATION BLUES (Amos Milburn)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Aug 16 - 12:46 AM

OPERATION BLUES
As recorded by Amos Milburn, 1946.

--Doctor! Doctor! What's the matter with me?

You got bad blood, mama; yes, I believe you need a shot. (2x)
Now turn over here, mama; let's see what else you got.

Now my needle's in you, baby, and you seem to feel all right (2x)
'Cause when your medicine starts running down, I want you to hug me tight.

Well, here's some of your medicine now, baby; pull your big legs up on the wall. (2x)
I don't want to waste none, mama; I want you to have it all.


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Subject: Lyr Add: OPERATION BLUES (Hank Brown)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Aug 16 - 08:25 AM

This country swing version can be heard on YouTube:

OPERATION BLUES
As recorded by Hank Brown, 1953.

Now won't you climb up on this table, pull up that gown,
Raise up that left leg; let that right leg down.
Pull off them stockin's, that silk underwear,
'Cause the doctor's got to cut you, mama; don't know where.
The doctor knows his bus'ness; the doctor knows just what to do.

Two monkey wrenches, one ol' hoss shay,
Two pair o' britches; that's all I can say.
Your ribs are all loosened; your carburetor's soft.
I snuck into your hood and cleaned your spark plugs off.
The doctor knows his bus'ness; the doctor knows just what to do.

Now won't you climb up on this table, jerk up that gown,
Raise up that left leg; let that right leg down.
Pull off them stockin's, that silk underwear,
'Cause the doctor's got to cut you, mama; don't know where.
The doctor knows his bus'ness; the doctor knows just what to do.

Two monkey wrenches, one ol' hoss shay,
Two pair o' step-ins; that's all I can say.
Be careful, mama; what you gon' to eat?
Stop your runnin' round; don't take on too much meat.
The doctor knows his bus'ness; the doctor knows just what to do.


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