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Lyr Req: Last Kind Words Blues

GUEST,annideluc 05 Jul 01 - 09:38 PM
Mrrzy 05 Jul 01 - 09:40 PM
Stewie 06 Jul 01 - 01:13 AM
IanC 06 Jul 01 - 04:46 AM
Jim Dixon 18 Mar 02 - 11:30 PM
Rolfyboy6 19 Mar 02 - 12:44 AM
Stewie 22 Feb 03 - 01:27 AM
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Subject: Last Kind Words Blues
From: GUEST,annideluc
Date: 05 Jul 01 - 09:38 PM

Does anyone know where I can find or know the lyrics for the "Last Kind Words Blues" as sung by Geeshie Wiley?

Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Last Kind Words Blues
From: Mrrzy
Date: 05 Jul 01 - 09:40 PM

Got any fragments? Sounds nice, but not enough info for me...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Last Kind Words Blues
From: Stewie
Date: 06 Jul 01 - 01:13 AM

The track has been reissued on Various Artists 'Before the Blues Vol 2' Yazoo CD 2016.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Last Kind Words Blues
From: IanC
Date: 06 Jul 01 - 04:46 AM

There's an audio version here.

Cheers!
Ian


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Last Kind Words Blues
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Mar 02 - 11:30 PM

"Last Kind Words Blues" [or "Last Kind Word Blues"] was recorded by Geeshie [or Geechie] Wiley and Elvie Thomas. This recording has been reissued on several anthologies:

"Mississippi Girls (1928-1931)," 1991.
"Mississippi Blues: Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1," 1994.
"Crumb," (the soundtrack album) 1995.
"Before the Blues, Vol. 2," 1996.
"Little Rock Blues: The Essential Recordings of Country Girls," 2000.
"American Pop: An Audio History," 2000.
"Country Blues: The Essential," 2001.

The only artists I have found that recorded the song recently were the Asylum Street Spankers on "Live," 1997.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Last Kind Words Blues
From: Rolfyboy6
Date: 19 Mar 02 - 12:44 AM

I too want the words to this song. It's great. I just found it on the "Mississippi Masters" CD from Yazoo. A fabulous subtle song with great blue notes. As good as anything that came from the Delta before the war. The liner notes say nothing is known about Geeshie Wiley or Elvie Thomas. So many great musicians got lost before the war. If I get any time this week I'll make a stab at transcribing the words. Maybe we can have a project. "Mississippi Masters" on Yazoo--recommended.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Last Kind Words Blues
From: Stewie
Date: 22 Feb 03 - 01:27 AM

I decided to have a go at transcribing this. At least, it will be a start. The problematical bits that I am not sure of are in square brackets. With the help of a few more pairs of ears, we should be able to nail this. Rolfyboyo has it, and I believe I recall that Rick and Peter T. have it, as no doubt do a few others - how about giving it a listen and correcting my transcription? This is how I hear it:

LAST KIND WORDS BLUES

The last kind words I heard my daddy say
Lord, the last kind words I heard my daddy say
If I die, if I die, in the German war
I want you to send my body, send me to my mother [lord]

If I get killed, if I get killed, please don't bury my soul
Aaah, just leave me out, let the buzzards eat me whole
When you see me comin', look 'cross the rich man's field
And if I don't bring you flour, I'll bring you [ both a meal]    [could be ? and meal]

I went to the depot, I looked up at the sun
Cried, if some train don't come, there'll be some walkin' done
My mama told me just before she died
Lord, [she said], daughter don't you be so wild

The Mississippi River, you know it's deep and wide
I can stand right here, see my face from the other side
What you do to me baby, it never gets out of me
[I mean I'll] have to cross the deep blue sea

Source: transcription Geeshie Wiley 'Last Kind Words Blues' recorded in Grafton, Wis, circa March 1930 and issued as Paramount 12951. Reissued on Various Artists 'Before the Blues Vol 2' Yazoo CD 2016 and elsewhere [see above posting by Jim Dixon].

Note: according to Dixon & Godrich, this is Geeshie Wiley solo. There is a suggestion in a posting above that Elvie Thomas was also present. Thomas was with her only for 'Pick Poor Robin Clean' and 'Eagles On A Half' and, with Thomas as main artist, for 'Motherless Child Blues' and 'Over To My House'.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Last Kind Words Blues
From: Stefan Wirz
Date: 22 Feb 03 - 05:56 AM

Lately (2002) 'David Johansen and the Harry Smiths' did a version on their CD 'Shaker' (Chesky JD236); here you can hear a sound clip


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Last Kind Words Blues
From: GUEST,kenboom
Date: 13 Jul 14 - 03:28 AM

THE LAST KIND WORDS BLUES.

Geeshie Wiley. 1930.

The last kind words I heared my daddy say
Lord, the last kind words I heared my daddy say
If I die, if I die in the German war
I want you to send my body, send it to my mother, lord

If I get killed, if I get killed, please don't bury my soul
I p'fer just leave me out, let the buzzards eat me whole

When you see me comin' look 'cross the rich man's field
If I don't bring you flour I'll bring you bolted meal

I went to the depot, I looked up at the stars
Cried, some train don't come, there'll be some walkin' done

My mama told me, just before she died
Lord, precious daughter, don't you be so wild

The Mississippi river, you know it's deep and wide
I can stand right here, see my babe from the other side

What you do to me baby it never gets outta me
I may not see you after I cross the deep blue sea



The last kind word I heard my daddy say
Lord the last kind word I heard my daddy say

If I die, if I die in the German War
I want you to send my body, send it to my mother-in-law

If I get killed, if I get killed, please don't bury my soul
I (p'fer) just leave me out, let the buzzards eat me whole

When you see me comin', look 'cross the rich man's field
If I don't bring you flour, I'll bring you bolted meal

I went to the depot, I looked up at the sign
Cry some train don't come, there'll be some walkin' done

My momma told me, just before she died
Lord, (since the dawn, I thought you'd be so wise?)
(Oh precious daughter, don't you be so wise)

The Mississippi River, you know it's deep and wide
I can stand right here, see my (babe?) (face?) from the other side

What you do to me baby, it never gets out of me
I mean I'll see you, after I cross the deep blue sea

The last kind words I heared my daddy say
Lord, the last kind words I heared my daddy say

If I die, if I die in the German war
I want you to send my body, send it to my mother-in-law

If I get killed, if I get killed, please don't bury my soul
I cry just leave me out, let the buzzards eat me whole

When you see me comin' look 'cross the rich man's field
If I don't bring you flour I'll bring you bolted meal

    **BREAK **

I went to the depot, I looked up at the sign (sounds like sun)
Cried, some train don't come, Lord, be some walkin' done

My mama told me, just before she died
Lord, precious, daughter, don't you *weep and whine* (could be 'be so wild')

The Mississippi river, you know it's deep and wide
I can stand right here, see my face from the other side

What you do to me baby it never gets outta' me
I may not see you after cross the deep blue sea


LAST KIND WORDS BLUES

The last kind words I heared my daddy say,
Lord, the last kind words I heared my daddy say,

"If I die, if I die in the German war,
I want you to send my body, send it to my mother-in-law".

If I get killed, if I get killed, please DON'T TELL a soul.
I cry, just leave me out, let the buzzards eat me whole.

When you see me comin', look 'cross the rich man's field.
If I don't bring you flour, I'll bring you boulted meal.

I went to the depot, I looked up at the sun.
Cried, some train don't come, GON' be some walkin' done.

My mama told me just before she died.
Lord, SAID, "GOOD daughter, don't you WEEP AND WHINE."

The Mississippi River, you know IS deep and wide.
I can stand right here, see my BABE'S ON the other side.

What you do to me, baby, it never gets OUT OF me.
I may not see you, HAVE TO cross the deep blue sea.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Last Kind Words Blues
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Jul 14 - 07:49 AM

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=377.55;wap2


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