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Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs

Fortunato 04 May 01 - 08:50 AM
GUEST,Rana 04 May 01 - 09:11 AM
Fortunato 04 May 01 - 09:27 AM
Jim the Bart 04 May 01 - 09:51 AM
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Subject: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Fortunato
Date: 04 May 01 - 08:50 AM

[Many song titles in this thread have been converted to links by a Mudelf.]

Hello Friends. I'm putting together an "Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs" act and I would love to have song suggestions from you to include in the repertoire.
We'll be doing some vaudevillesque comedy and songs like:
Brown's Ferry Blues
In the Jailhouse Now
Are You From Dixie

I'm looking for songs more than tunes since the emphasis will be on vocals, not instrumentals. I would love suggestions/sources for vaudeville and cornball comedy routines as well.

Thanks in advance. Cheers to all.

Chance Shiver


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,Rana
Date: 04 May 01 - 09:11 AM

Couple of web links I found might help (I hope)

vaudeville Resource Page

and this may have some leads

American Vaudeville Museum

Rana


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Fortunato
Date: 04 May 01 - 09:27 AM

Thanks, Rana, I'll check them out.

regards, chance


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Jim the Bart
Date: 04 May 01 - 09:51 AM

Homer and Jethro did parodies of popular songs; their catalog is rich with humor and great harmony, and the instrumental work is unbelievable.

Roger Miller is another guy with a great catalogue of singable stuff.


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Fortunato
Date: 04 May 01 - 03:06 PM

Thanks, again, Rana. Your links were helpful. I found some acts I knew nothing of and picked up a couple of good lines.

Now if I could just coax the Mudcatters to slip me a few of their favorite old time songs!

Hey you guys, how about a little help!

regards, Chance


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Arkie
Date: 04 May 01 - 04:16 PM

If you have time to weed through a couple of thousand recordings of thirty years of country music before the '70s go to this site. http://members.spree.com/entertainment/recordlady/main.htm You'll find Homer and Jethro, Bradley Kincaid, Jimmie Rodgers, and others. Some not found at this site you might have fun with are Dave Macon and Charlie Poole recordings.


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 04 May 01 - 04:55 PM

Previous Mudcat post...

* ARE YOU FROM DIXIE *


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 04 May 01 - 04:59 PM

another source of CLASSIC country Goldies...

* IN THE JAILHOUSE NOW *


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 04 May 01 - 05:01 PM

Brown's Ferry Blues is in DIGITRAD DATABASE--

* CLIK: TO Brown's Ferry Blues *


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 04 May 01 - 05:03 PM

In The Jailhouse Now was RE/Freshed earlier--

* Previous Post *


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Peter T.
Date: 04 May 01 - 06:33 PM

Ragtime Cowboy Joe is my personal favorite. It is a bit later than the 1920's but cheery.
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 May 01 - 07:19 PM

Look in the DT for WISH I HAD STAYED IN THE WAGON YARD

They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Aroun' is in an old thread, but in the DT it is called HOUND DOG SONG. (I had a hard time finding it because, wouldn't you know it, "dog" is spelled "dawg" in the lyrics. Someday we gotta address the problem of dialect in the DigiTrad.)


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Giac
Date: 04 May 01 - 09:16 PM

One of my favorites is in the DT, but doesn't come up when you search by title. I had to search for 'Jake'.

I Won't Go Huntin' With You Jake


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 May 01 - 09:21 PM

More!


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 09 May 01 - 11:28 PM

Hey Chance!

Do a search on the Hoosier Hotshots. They have a site that has many, many Novelty songs from their days playing the Barn Dance Radio Show.

JAB


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,Frogmore
Date: 09 May 01 - 11:41 PM

There are so many.....but don't forget the relatively new novelty songs of Tommy Thompson of the Red Clay Ramblers. Classics to me. By the way, how is he doing?


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Bill D
Date: 09 May 01 - 11:42 PM

oh, my, Chance...try this link I just posted on another thread! but brace yourself!

new link http://recordlady.webgcs.com/


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Tiger
Date: 10 May 01 - 09:43 AM


Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Does Your Chewing Gum (Spearmint) Lose Its Flavor?
A Gangster's Warning
Huggin' and Chalkin'
I'm My Own Grandpa
I'm Ragged but I'm Right
I've Got Rings on my Fingers
I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
K-K-K-Katy
Last Night on the Back Porch
Lydia, the Tattooed Lady
The Man on the Flying Trapeze
Oh, Johnny! Oh, Johnny!
One Meatball
Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis
Never Swat a Fly
Song of the Prune
Teddy Bears’ Picnic
The Thing


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Tiger
Date: 10 May 01 - 09:50 AM

Sorry, I hit SEND too quickly there.

Anyway, here are some real oldies from my personal list, all lots of fun and mostly recognizable.

All the above, plus:

If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie
Side by Side
Tiptoe through the Tulips
Wait 'til the Sun Shines, Nellie
Walloping Window Blind
When You Wore a Tulip
The Yankee Doodle Boy


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Bill D
Date: 10 May 01 - 09:52 AM

Just found my album of Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers "Corn Likker Still in Georgia"...you could steal that..*grin*...(you know where to find me, Fortunato)


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Pinetop Slim
Date: 10 May 01 - 09:53 AM

I think these novelty numbers were done by Little Jimmy Dickens:
I Never See Maggie Alone
Sleepin’ at the Foot of the Bed
Take an Old Cold Tater and Wait
and my personal favorite, Fertilizer
(My pappy's name was Ferdinand, my mammy's name was Liza; so between the two of them, they named me Fertilizer.....Fertilizer had so many other little brothers, they took up all the names while naming all the others)


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Fortunato
Date: 10 May 01 - 10:08 AM

Thanks, everyone! Lotso good stuff.

Best regards, Chance

Bill, I'll be in touch.

Hey Gutbucketeer, thanks a heap


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 10 May 01 - 10:29 AM

I say, I say, I say. My cat's got no nose!

Oh, really, how does he smell?

Awful....

For me the 'I say' jokes epitomise the vaudeville/music hall comedy routines. Looked for a source but couldn't find any I'm afraid.

Songs?

Usual 'My old man', 'left me in the lurch' etc plus the more uncommon like 'When the gorgonzola cheese went wrong'[=That Gorgonzola Cheese].

More up to date (40's/50's) try anything by our local Lancashire hero - George Formby. And learn the ukelele! Look here for more info.

Turned out nice again, has it?

Cheers and enjoy

Dave the Gnome


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Fortunato
Date: 10 May 01 - 10:47 AM

thanks, Davethegnome. I've seen almost nothing of the "I say, I say" since movie shorts when I was a kid.

And George Formby is entirely new. Perhaps he wasn't well know here in the states.

regards chance


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 May 01 - 10:54 AM

Some of my old favorites are:

Moving Day
Detour
Too Old to Cut the Mustard
I Like Molasses – (Summer it gets so full of flies, it resembles raisin pies, that's the way I like it best of all)

The Ship that Never Returned
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
The Little Rosewood Casket
I Didn't Hear Nobody Pray (Crash on the Highway)
Dust on the Bible
Turn Your Radio On


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: M.Ted
Date: 10 May 01 - 11:29 AM

George Formby is well known in the States, at least by Dr. Demento fans, for "When I'm Cleaning Windows"--

Anyway, I suggest "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal, You". Have you considered some of the old jump tunes, such as "Flat Foot Floogie", or "Hold Tight"--how about "Don't You Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes at Me", or "Cincinnati Dancing Pig"?


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,GENE
Date: 10 May 01 - 12:30 PM

To: Pinetop Slim...

Are You and I the only two people in the universe who recall that song; I have been looking for a copy for some 40/50 years...

As I faintly recall:

While walking down the street one day
I met a little fellar
When I asked him what his name was
He began to bellar
My Pappy's name was Ferdinand
My Mama's name was Liza
And so between the two of them
They Named me FERDI-LIZA


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 May 01 - 12:52 PM

Look in the DT for LIFE GETS TEEJUS, DON'T IT? [i.e. … Tedious…]


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Fortunato
Date: 10 May 01 - 12:56 PM

Thanks all, I'll chase many of them down.

regards, Chance


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,Frogmore
Date: 10 May 01 - 01:22 PM

A few that always work for me (when I'm losing the audience to likker or romance) are: KING OF BONGO BONG (Roy Eldridge), THE TROUBLE WITH MAN (is the brain), (I'D A WROTE YOU A LETTER BUT) I COULDN'T SPELL "!!*@!" (Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs), DRINK & GET DRUNK, and LOVE POTION NO. 9. Any silly re-write of any well-known song is cool too. Capt. Filthy Fred Davis has the most attention-getting repertoire I've ever heard but he's not here. Does anyone know this man? Probably down in Nevis. Lemme know please.


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Jim Krause
Date: 10 May 01 - 01:27 PM

OK, right up front I'll admit to the fact that I haven't read through all the posts on this topic. So, if I repeat someone else's suggestions, my apologies.

If you want novelty songs by an old-time country artist, then look up the songs Carson Robison wrote. Some of the titles I know are:

Life Gets Teejus, Don't It?
Settin' by the Fire
Way Out West in Kansas.

There are more, I'm sure. He was a prolific writer. Good luck.
Jim


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Fortunato
Date: 10 May 01 - 01:31 PM

Thanks, Jim.

Two of those were new additions, I think.

regards, Chance


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: The Walrus
Date: 10 May 01 - 04:44 PM

What time period do you consider "old time"? In the UK I would suggest some of the songs of Harry Champion like Doctor Shelley (1915), A Little Bit of Cucumber (1915) or Boiled Beef and Carrots (u/k) or Chevalier (1st name unknown, but not Maurice) with "My Old Dutch".

Good luck

Walrus


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,Fortunato/chance
Date: 10 May 01 - 09:19 PM

Mr. Walrus. Your time period is excellent. Being here in America I'm not sure where to look, but I'll begin with the 'net of course. thanks very much for the suggestions. cheers! chance


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 May 01 - 11:28 AM

Frogmore above asked how Tommy Thompson is doing. See Jessie's Letters, which is part of The Original Red Clay Ramblers web site. Jessie is Tommy's daughter and she posts monthly updates. For those who don't know: Tommy Thompson is in the slow decline of Alzheimer's disease, and is in a skilled-care facility (nursing home). Apparently he still enjoys music. The web site gives lots more details, and makes good reading.


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,Frogmore
Date: 11 May 01 - 12:29 PM

Jim, Thanks for that. Fond memories of those guys at The Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill. I run into Jim Watson now and then. I guess he's still with Robin and Linda. I have sung Tommy's "The Ace" many times and it always goes over. I am around Alzheimer's patients a lot nowadays and really appreciate what his daughter is doing for him. Frogmore


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: M.Ted
Date: 11 May 01 - 12:33 PM

Walrus,

Thanks for reminding us of Harry Champion--no one has mentioned "I'm Henery the Eighth I Am"--and it brings to mind all those Weston and Lee novelty songs from back when entertainment was still entertaining--


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Chicken Charlie
Date: 11 May 01 - 02:44 PM

Being a hard-core [hard corpse?] tradist (or is it tradite?) I like these--

"Get up, Napoleon." Intro we picked up elsewhere and stuck on it goes, "This is a song about a man who named his horse Napoleon. If you're wondering why a man would name his horse Napolean, well--it was because of all the Boney Parts." A-one, a-two. I sinned and didn't check DT, but if it ain't there, we'll talk.

"One Meatball" has been mentioned. I heard it as a mere youth by maybe the Andrews Sisters and assumed it was a Depression thing. In truth it goes back at least to late 1850's though it was then called "The Lone Fish-Ball."

Don't know the age, but "Barefoot Boy with Boots On" is novel all right. If that's not the title, the first line is, "Oh, the night was dark and stormy and the sun was shining bright." It's almost a talking blues, if you end up with words but no music.

"The Cat Came Back" is older than I naively assumed. I heard Tim Morgan do it in the sixties, pulling a great bend on an E7 chord to sound like the cat meowing. Now I guess it really goes back to the 1890's, at least.

"Suzanna's a Funicle Man"--look for a recent thread.

"The Pig and the Inebriate." "Four Wet Pigs." Pigs just ask for it, I guess.

We call it the Trading Song, but title might be "Johnny Got His Fiddle." Story about a guy who starts with a horse and trades down to a mole. Last line of each verse is as title; if you have a large and/or versatile group, you can change the instrument named each time and do a break with that instrument.

Finally, "The Auctioneer," though that takes practice, as you have to imitate an auctioneer on the chorus.

"Cigareetes, Whusky and Wild, Wild Women," by Red Engels and the Natural Seven, c.1940.

The road goes ever on ....

CC


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,LWood
Date: 12 Mar 04 - 03:34 PM

Who did the song "I had a horse I called Napoleon?" I have been looking for the lyrics FOREVER. It was one of my mom's favorite songs to sing to us and now that she is gone, I would really like to get the "real story" behind it.


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Stewie
Date: 12 Mar 04 - 04:36 PM

LWood, you will find some info in this thread: CLICK HERE.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Ferrara
Date: 12 Mar 04 - 09:40 PM

Lwood, I typed in a song on your other thread that may be what you're looking for.

Fortunato, I NEVER SEE MAGGIE ALONE is much older than the 40's, I think Dale Music said once they can order the sheet music. If you do -- I want to see it! Looked for it once, for an open sing. An old (literally) friend sang it as part of the Takoma Mandoliers, and even earlier, on vaudeville.

Rita


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,Guest Debbie
Date: 19 Jun 07 - 12:27 PM

I just came across this... I guess it's called a "thread"? Was looking to see who all knows "The Little Rosewood Casket."

To "Chicken Charlie:"

I am curious where you learned/heard "The Barefoot Boy With Boots On?" My father used to sing it, tho at the moment I can't remember what he told me about it. He was born in 1908 in Virginia, and when he moved to California in the 1920's he decided to start collecting unusual songs, drawing many from ballads and folk songs his parents and grandparents used to sing well into the night.

In California he formed a group known as "The Possum Hunters" and he was "West Virginia Slim." They performed on live radio out of San Bernardino (KFXM I think?), and during summers at Camp Curry in Yosemite National Park. His group was good friends with the Leonard Sly (later know as Roy Rogers), and the original Sons of the Pioneers.

My father never became famous other than to those who knew him, as his career in the National Park Service took him away from Hollywood. I am familiar with about 150 songs he sang regularly, and discovered he also had a collection of around 500 songs not even my mother had ever heard him sing... In the early 1990's he finally began compiling a book of "his" songs, but he died unexpectedly in 1995, sill very active physically, and still singing/yodeling, one month shy of his 88th birthday. My mother says someday she will finish the book and get it published...

Anyway, I am curious to know what information you have on The Barefoot Boy With Boots On. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: Bill D
Date: 19 Jun 07 - 12:53 PM

Debbie...do note that the last post was over 3 years ago. There's no guarantee that Chicken Charlie will still be around....still, others may well have information.


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 19 Jun 07 - 01:37 PM

"Oh, I won't go huntin' with you, Jake,
But I'll go chasin' women
.
So put your hounds back in their pen,
And stop your silly grinnin'!
The moon's just right,
And I'm half tight,
And life is just beginnin',
So, I won't go huntin' with you, Jake,
But I'll go chasin' women."

Phil Harris had an album back in the '50's, which included "The Preacher and the Bear," "The Thing" and other oddities.

"Mountain Dew" can still work.


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Subject: RE: Help: Early Country, Old-time, Novelty Songs
From: GUEST,Black Hawk at work
Date: 20 Jun 07 - 03:07 AM

TJ

In Jimmy Deans version I always heard that as .........

Oh, I won't go huntin' with you, Jake,
But I'll go chasin' women.
So put your hounds back in their pen,
And quit that silly grinnin'!
For the moon is bright,
And I'll have light,
for my lifes just beginnin',
I won't go huntin' with you, Jake,
But I'll go chasin' women."


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'LL BE GLAD WHEN YOU'RE DEAD YOU RASCAL…
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Sep 16 - 03:50 PM

M. Ted mentioned this on 10-May-2001:

(I'LL BE GLAD WHEN YOU'RE DEAD) YOU RASCAL YOU
Words and music by Sam Theard.
As recorded by Coot Grant and Kid Wilson*

You sure is a rascal!

I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you.
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you.
When you're dead in your grave,
No more women will you crave.
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you.

I trashed[or "trust"?] you in my home, you rascal you.
I trashed you in my home, you rascal you.
I trashed you in my home.
You wouldn't leave my wife alone.
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you.

I fed you since last fall, you rascal you.
I fed you since last fall, you rascal you.
I fed you since last fall,
Then you got your ashes hauled.
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you.

You asked my wife to wash your clo'es, you rascal you.
You asked my wife to wash your clo'es, you rascal you.
You asked my wife to wash your clo'es
And somethin' else, I suppose.
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you.

You know you done me wrong, you rascal you.
You know you done me wrong, you rascal you.
You know you done me wrong.
You done stole my wife an' gone.
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you.

You asked my wife for a meal, you rascal you.
You asked my wife for a meal, you rascal you.
You asked my wife for a meal
And somethin' else you tried to steal.
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you.

Please don't let me find you, rascal you.
Please don't let me find you, rascal you.
Please don't let me find you
'Cause you'll leave this world behind you.
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you.

Ain't no use to run, you rascal you.
Ain't no use to run, you rascal you.
Ain't no use to run.
I done bought a gatlin' gun
And you're through havin' your fun, you rascal you.

I'm gone kill you just for fun, you rascal you.
I'm gone kill you just for fun, you rascal you.
I'm gone kill you just for fun.
The fuzz[or "bugs"?] gon' have you when I'm done.
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you.

You done messed with my wife, you rascal you.
You done messed with my wife, you rascal you.
You done messed with my wife
And I'm gonna take your life.
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal you.


[* According to "Coot Grant and Kid Wilson Vol. 2 (1928-1931)" Document Records DOCD-5564. However, this discography lists a recording during this period by Wesley Wilson a.k.a. Socks Wilson. I suspect they are the same person.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: SETTIN' BY THE FIRE (Carson Robison)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Sep 16 - 04:53 PM

Jim Krause mentioned this on 10 May 2001. I was unable to find Robison's recording online (actually, The Bud Billings Trio, of which Robison was a member), but I found this:


SETTIN' BY THE FIRE
Written by Carson Robison. 1949.
As recorded Leon Redbone & Merle Haggard, 1994.

Ev'ryone says I'm lazy,
And it suits me to a tee,
'Cause if ev'ryone knows I'm lazy,
They won't expect so much from me.

Never had no ambition
To be called a millionaire,
So I never waste my time wishin'
In the good ol' rockin' chair.

Settin' by the fire
With my hound dog by my side,
We're as happy as the bees.
I'm toastin' knees; he's scratchin' fleas.

Nothin' to worry about,
'Less the doggone fire goes out,
Then I'll throw on a log for me and my dog,
Settin' by the fire.

Some people's cravin' keeps them a-slavin',
Savin' ev'ry dollar bill,
And then when they're buried, the kids all get married,
And start to fightin' over the will.

I don't have to grieve
'Bout the dough I'm goin' to leave.
I ain't got a dime to bother my mind,
Settin' by the fire.

Yes sir, we get along fine,
Me and this old houn' dog of mine.
You know, he ain't got no pedigree,
But I like him and he likes me.

I know ev'rything is well
When the old boy wags his tail.
He's gettin' to be just about as lazy as me,
Settin' by the fire.

Holes in my britches don't need no stitches
Unless the weather switches 'round
Then when it's breezy, I take it easy
That's a good excuse to sit down

I need lots of rest
Must've been born tired, I guess
We'll make it up, me and my pup
Settin' by the fire


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