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Lyr/Chords Req: Jug Band and Skiffle Songs

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Subject: Jug Band And Skiffle, How to define?
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 01:21 AM

I've been thinking about this for some time. There are many songs that we identify as "jug band" or "skiffle" tunes. However, they cover a wide range of styles from blues to ukelele tunes, from 20s Novelty numbers to more recent songs. Some songs recorded by jug bands aren't considered "jug band tunes". Some that weren't recorded by the classic jug bands are now included in my mind as jug songs.

What makes a song a Jug Band tune? What makes a song a skiffle tune?

I went through the Mudcat this evening and made blue clicky things for all of the past threads that concerned jug band or skiffle songs and provided lyrics and/or chords for them. The list is in the next message.

I would be very interested in additional jug band lyrics and/or chords if anyone has any.

JAB


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Subject: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyric and Chord Threads
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 01:24 AM

Threads concerning Jug band lyrics and chords:

Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues
Beedle Um Bum
Be there in the morning, if I live.. (My Gal)
Big Bad Bill is Sweet William Now
Blues in a Bottle 2 versions
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave to Me
Casey Jones 2 and queries
Chasin' Rainbows by Dallas StrBnd
Circle round the sun
Cocaine Blues 4
Dinah, Dinah show us a leg
Down in Savannah Eat'n Cream and Banana
The Egg Plant That Ate Chicago
Evolution Mama
Fare thee well Titanic, fare thee well
I Carried Water For The Elephant (Circus Song)
In the Jailhouse Now
Jug band music
Jug Band Music
Kassie Jones'
Keep on truckin mama?
Low Down Dog and Euphoria
Mean Momma Blues (Bromberg's Jug Band Song)
Memphis Tennesee
Minglewood Blues
Morning Blues
Mornin' Blues (I woke up early with
Mysterious Mose - Jug Band
Oh by Jingo! by Gee!
RaceTrack Blues
Rag Mama
Sadie Green (Vamp of New Orleans)
Singing in the Bathtub
Stealing back to my same old used to be .....
Sweet Lorraine
Take Your Fingers Off It
Ukelele Lady
Walk right in: Cannon's Jug Stompers
Washington at Valley Forge (vododedo)
Wild About My Lovin/Grizzly Bear
Wo Mule by Gus Cannon
Yazoo CD, 'Best of the Memphis Jug Band' Thread

Tired of You Driving Me: From Yazoo CD
A Black Woman is Like A Black Snake: From Yazoo CD
Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues: From Yazoo CD
Papa's Got Your Water On: From Yazoo CD
On The Road Again From Yazoo CD
K. C. MOAN From Yazoo CD
Cocaine Habit Blues From Yazoo CD
Coal Oil Blues From Yazoo CD
You May Leave But This Will Bring You Back: From Yazoo Cd
Memhis Yo Yo Blues From Yazoo CD
She Stays Out All Night Long: From Yazoo CD
Meningitis Blues From Yazoo CD
Stealin' Stealin' From Yazoo CD
He's In the Jailhouse Now From Yazoo CD
Takin Your Place From Yazoo CD
Ambulance Man From Yazoo CD
Beale Street Mess Around From Yazoo CD
Goin' Back To Memphis From Yazoo CD
State of Tennessee Blues From Yazoo CD
Insane Crazy Blues From Yazoo CD
Memphis Jug From Yazoo CD
Got A Letter From My Darlin' From Yazoo CD
You Ain't Talking to Me

Threads concerning Skiffle lyrics and chords (Mostly by Lonnie Donnegal)

Dixie Darling
Does your chewing gum loose
Does your Spearamint loose it's flavor and more songs
Gamblin' Man'
It takes a worried man
Jackhammer John /Jackhammer Blues
Last Train to San Fernando
Miss Otis..AND
Stagger Lee

Songs with Lyrics or Chords in this thread:

Beedle - Um - Bum
Boodle Am Shake
Caught Us Doing It
Coney Island Washboard Roundelay
Downtown Blues
Going To Germany
I Got Mine
I'm Satisfied With My Gal
Jug Band Muic
Jug Band Quartette
Mama Don't Allow
Newport News - Blues
On The Road Again
Overseas Stomp
Race Track Blues
Somebody's Been Using That Thing
The Sheik Of Araby
Viola Lee Blues
What's the Matter
You May Leave


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Subject: Lyr Add: BEEDLE-UM-BUM
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 01:08 PM

BEEDLE-UM-BUM
Tampa Red
on JIM KWESKIN AND THE JUG BAND
and Blind Willie McTell, LAST RECORDINGS

Down in Memphis, tennessee, there lives a girl named Cindy.
With a meat shop on her block, she's always got the gimme.
There's a meal called Southern eel that you can't resist from tryin'.
Every time you pass her by you can hear Miss Cindy cryin'

"Oh, the Beedle-um-Bum
Come and see me if you ain't had none.
Make a dumb man speak, A lame man run
You sure missed plenty if you ain't had none."

Oh, the Beedle-um-Bum
The Beedle-um-Bum.
She makes the best Beedle-Bum down in Tennessee.

From the Jug Band Rag


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: JUG BAND MUSIC (Memphis Jug Band)
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 01:11 PM

JUG BAND MUSIC
Memphis Jug Band
on Jim Kweskin:  JUG BAND MUSIC

C / C // F / C // G7 C

Way down south in Memphis Tennessee
The Jug Band Music sounds so sweet to me.

(chorus)
Sounds so sweet, it's hard to beat.
Jug Band Music cert'nly was a treat to me.

I was with me gal, put my hand on her knee.
She said, "You can't play the jug, you can't play with me.

I went back home turned on my radio
Jug band Music made me stomp on the floor.

I took of my socks, and I took off my shoes.
I danced all night to them Jug Band Blues


From the Jug Band Rag


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: I GOT MINE (Pink Anderson)
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 01:15 PM

From the Jug Band Rag

I Got Mine
Pink Anderson
on Sadie Green Sales Ragtime Jugband:  I Got Mine

C F C
C A D G7
C C7 F B7
C A D G7 C

Well I went down to a big crap game, it certainly was against my will
I lost every dog-gone nickel I had but a greenback dollar bill
They boys had a bet laying on the floor, and my buddy's point was nine
The police come in and got all of them, But I got mine.

I got mine, I got mine
I grabbed that money and out the back door I went flyin'
Ever since that big crap game I been living' on chicken and wine
I'm a leader in high society since I got mine.

Now I went down to a turkey feast, and that dinner certainly fine
Fifteen minutes 'fore the table was service, all the boys just fell in line
When they brought them gobblers in, Uncle Joe, how his eyes did shine
Talk about wrestlin' and grabbin', Now I got mine.

I got mine, I got mine
I grabbed that turkey and out the back door, I went flyin'
I tried to make it to a hidin' place, but I didn't get there in time.
Some rascal grabbed me by my coat and I got mine.

Well, I went over to my best gal's house, and the hour was just about nine.
I wasn't dressed up like Henry Ford, but I was feeling' twice as fine.
Caught her sittin' on another fella's lap, I didn't like that sign.
I told that fella what I thought of him, and I got got mine.

I got mine, I got mine
I grabbed my jacket and out the back door I went Flyin'
That rascal grabbed a big shotgun and he used it mighty fine
Talk about a rascal runnin', I got mine.

I know a place, it's over on North Fourth Street
It's the only place on a Saturday night we gamblers care to meet
Some go there for a haircut, and some go there for a scrap
But you see my buddy and me down there, we mean to shoot some crap.

I mean 7 come 11, won't you come come come
If I don't see those 11 dots, I'm done done done
If I see police 'fore he sees me, gonna run run run
I'm a leader in high society, since I got mine.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOWNTOWN BLUES (Frank Stokes, Dan Sane)
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 04:20 PM

From the Jug Band Rag

DOWNTOWN BLUES
Frank Stokes/ Dan Sane
on JIM KWESKIN AND THE JUG BAND
and SEE REVERSE SIDE FOR TITLE

Hey little mamma, the world done gone away.
Hey little mamma, the world done gone away.
I got a bad luck deal, give me troubling every day.

I'm going, I'm going, put a black crepe on your door.
I'm going, I'm going, put a black crepe on your door.
Tell 'em your man done ditched you, don't dome to your house no more.

I'm going downtown; I'm going down after dark.
I'm going downtown; I'm going down after dark.
Hey, little mamma, cause I'm about to carry on.

Look out baby, now mamma when I get back,
Look out baby, now mamma when I get back,
I don't want to find no monkey man lining my track.

I got a gal in the country, got two that stays in town.
I got a gal in the country, got two that stays in town.
The reason I treat 'em so nice is one might throw me down.

I'm going downtown; I'm going down after dark.
I'm going downtown; I'm going down after dark.
Hey, little mamma, cause I'm about to carry on.


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Subject: Lyr Add: OVERSEAS STOMP / LINDY-BIRD (Will Shade)
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 04:24 PM

OVERSEAS STOMP
Will Shade
JIM KWESKIN AND THE JUG BAND
and Memphis Jug Band)

I know they're gonna write to me
When they get across the sea
Every Chance when that Washington lands in France.

Oh momma, don't you weep amd moan,
Uncle Sam's got your man and gone,
Now he's doing that Linburgh across the sea.

Oh momma, how can it be?
You went way across the sea
Just to keep from doing that Lindy-Bird with me.

When I had my uniform on,
I could Lindy all night long.
Then I'll do that Lindy-Bird with you.

I asked for a glass of Key-Ola (=Cola)
She said, "Can I play the Blues on your Victrola,
Then I'll do that Lindy-Bird with you."

I asked her for a piece of banana.
She said, "Can I play the Blues on your piano,
Then I'll do that Lindy-Bird with you.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOING TO GERMANY
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 04:28 PM

From the Jug Band Rag

Also recorded by the Double Decker String Band

GOING TO GERMANY
Noah Lewis
on JIM KWESKIN AND THE JUG BAND

I'm going to German, I'll be back some old day.
I'm going to German, I'll be back some old day.
I'm going to German, I'll be back some old day.

Please tell me, mama, what more can I do?
Please tell me, mama, what more can I do?
'Bout all I know, I can't get along with you.

Stay 'way from my window, stop knocking on my door
Go 'way from my window, stop knocking on my door.
I got no woman, can't use you no more.

When you're in trouble, I worked and paid your fine.
When you're in trouble, I worked and paid your fine.
Now I'm in trouble, you don't pay me no mind.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ON THE ROAD AGAIN
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 04:35 PM

From the Jug Band Rag

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Memphis Jug Band
MEMPHIS JUG BAND

I would not get married, tell you the reason why.
A woman is evil, do things on the sly.
You go to your home, says your dinner is hot.
She never even put the supper in the pot.

(chorus)
She's on the road again.
Just as sure as you're born she's on the road again.
She's on the road again.
Just as sure as you're born she's on the road again.

I went to my window, my window was propped.
I went to my door, I found my door was locked.
Went back to my window, I put in my head:
A great big [nigger] in my folding bed.
I pulled out my shotgun, I shot through the glass.
I never seen a little woman run so fast.

(chorus)

My friend come to my home, he put down his hat.
He smiled at her, and said "Where's your husband at?"
I don't know, He's on his way to the pen.
Come on, mama, let's get on the road again.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHEIK OF ARABY
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 04:43 PM

From the Jug Band Rag

THE SHEIK OF ARABY
Smith, Snyder & Wheeler, from TIN PAN ALLEY (1940)
on Kweskin: GARDEN OF JOY, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THOSE GOOD OLD DAYS...

[NOTE:  The italicized lyrics are sung in the background by a second voice.  On Garden of Joy, Kweskin sang the lead and Maria Muldaur was the second voice.]

I'm the Sheik of Araby.
He's the Sheik of Araby, A very talented fella.
Your love belongs to me.
He plays piano in any key. You should hear him with the Dardenella.
At night while you're asleep,
His crescendo is tremendo. What a tune he can blow on a jug.
Into your tent I'll creep.
His obbligato is sweet and hot-o. Oh my, he even does the bunny hug.
Oh, the stars that shine above
He knows the latest ragtime songs. He plays Sheherezad-ee.
Will light our way to love.
And that is why my heart belongs, My heart belongs to Baghdad Daddy.
You'll rule this land with me,
Vo doedly-o doe, Vo doedly-o dee.
'Cause I'm the Sheik of Araby!
Sheik of Araby!


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Jug Band And Skiffle, How to
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 06:56 PM

Although not wishing to intrude on your monologue, surely it is more a question of delivery rather than actual material. For instance, a lot of early bluegrass was old time songs in a different musical arrangement. By definition a Jug Band needs a Jug - Skiffle doesn't! It is a question of style rather than content.
Apologies for intruding
Geoff the Duck!


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Jug Band And Skiffle, How to
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 07:59 PM

It's not a monolog, it's a compilation with an invite to participate, and now I wish I had opened it sooner!

GB, how about a pointer to some sound clips?

And, where is the Christian Skiffle-Jugband music kept?

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Jug Band And Skiffle, How to
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 11:02 PM

Thank heavens someone posted a message other than me!

Geoff I certainly do not want to be the only one posting to this thread! In fact I wish I could change the name to "LYR ADD: Jug Band and Skiffle Songs" or somethiing like that.

Also, I would disagree that the necessary ingredient for a jug band and/or song is that it include a jug in its instrumentation. There are several "Jug Bands" for example that used my favorite instrument the gutbucket. Others play what they call "jug band" tunes but use banjos, kazoos, harmonicas, guitars, washboards, and ukes and no jugs.

Also, Jug Band songs in the States seemed to come out of the urban blues, early "hot jazz" and novelty tunes. English Skiffle seemed to take american and english folk tunes, speed them up and add a sort of Rock beat.

Is this how other people see the two forms?

Susan: I am unaware of any Christian Jug Songs, but I am just in the process of really learning about the style.

JAB


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: I'M SATISFIED WITH MY GAL
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 11:30 PM

Music:
Jug Band Rag,
June, 2000
I'm Satisfied With My Gal
recorded by The Jim Kweskin Jug Band
by J. Trent/P. DeRose

Broadway Music Corp/The Songwriters Guild (ASCAP)

Suggested Easy Tablature:
G / E7 / A D G ...
C / G / A / D

Well now, She ain't got no
Yes, she does
No, she don't
Yes, she does
I'm satisfied with my gal
.
Well, she don't wear no
Yes, she does
No, she don't
You aint' never seen 'em
I'm satisfied with my gal (I don't know why)
.
She got great big legs, pretty teeth
and I love her little dimpled chin
Golden hair, what a smile
What a mama she has been
..
Now, will she let me?
No, she won't
Yes, she will
No, she won't
I'm satisfied with my gal


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Subject: Lyr Add: BOODLE AM SHAKE
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 11:43 PM

Music:
Jug Band Rag,
December, 1999
Boodle Am Shake
Jack Palmer
and Spencer Williams
Handy Brothers Music Co Inc. USA, 1926
[The 1926 sheet music is posted with the Free Music Downloads]
]

Down In Charleston land, I Heard a Charleston band
Play a brand new Charleston swing
Let me tell you now
That band it was a "wow"
Hot dog baby ain't no maybe
When the leader starts to sing

Down In Charleston land, I'll tell the world is grand
When they play this Charleston tune
Let me tell you now
That band it was a "wow"
Full of pepper
Ev'ry stepper you will hear those babies croon

Chorus
Boodle am Boodle am Boodle am now
Skoodle am skoodle am skoodle am wow
Gag a lag gag a lag gagh a lag too
Ska a lag ska a lag ska a lag do

1) I know this song don't mean a thing
just do that plain old Charleston swing, when you sing

Toodle am toodle am toodle am now
Boodle am Boodle am Boodle am wow

Additional lines
2) When you hear music blue and sweet
Yell Hey! Hey! then you shake yo' feet, and repeat

3) Just shoot yo' nelson all about
But when you do that real- cut out, you'll just shout

4) When Cornet Joe begins to toot
Play jazz tunes with his wha- wha mute. Hoot 'n hoot


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Subject: Lyr/Chord Add: NEWPORT NEWS BLUES
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 10:11 AM

From the Jug Band Rag September 1999

NEWPORT NEWS - BLUES
Memphis Jug Band

Will Shade, g/v; Ben Ramey, k/poss. sp; Will Weldon, g/poss. sp; Charlie Polk, j.
Memphis, Tenn. 24 February 1927
37944-1 Vi unissued

suggested tablature:
C // F C // G C

I'm goin' to Newport News, mama, gonna catch a battleship across the doggone sea. (What you goin' over there for, boy?)
I'm goin' to Newport News, mama, gonna catch a battleship across the doggone sea. (What you gonna do?)
For, lord, the woman that I'm lovin', great god, partner, do not care for me. (What kind of woman is that?)
.
And she's got a man.on her man, done got a kid man on her she can't kid.
She's got a man on her man, done got a kid man on her she can't kid. (Have mercy, have mercy.)
Kid man has got so buggish, great god, partner, just can't keep it hid. (What are you gonna do with him?)
.
Ah, don't you wish your easy roller, partner was little and cute like mine? (I sure do, boy.)
Ah, don't you wish your easy roller, partner was little and cute like mine?
For every time she walks, lord, she sure brings that jack to town. (I sure wanna see her.)


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Subject: Lyr/Chord Add: WHAT'S THE MATTER
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 10:21 AM

Another Beedle Am song! From Jug Band Rag September 1999

WHAT'S THE MATTER
Memphis Jug Band

Will Shade, g/leadv; Ben Ramey, k/v; Charlie Burse, g/v; Milton Hobie, vn; Jab Jones, j.
Memphis, Tenn. 17 September 1929
55530-2 vi v38551

suggested tablature:
C // C // F // F // C // G // C

Now yonder comes Jimmy, he's comin' down the street.
He's gotta knot in his back like Mr. Charlie's feet.
Now what's the matter with the thing?
Aw, beedle-am-bam.
Now what's the matter with the thing?
You hear me talkin' to you.
Now what's the matter, what's the matter?
I never seen such a thing before.

There was old lady Dinah, she was sittin' on a rock.
Had a forty dollar razor tryin' to shave that knot.
Now what's the matter with the thing?
Aw, beedle-am-bam.
Now what's the matter with the thing?
You hear me talkin' to you.
Now what's the matter, what's the matter?
I never seen such a thing before.

Yes my mother taught me, (Uh huh.) father taught me too. (Yeah.)
Son that thing in Memphis, gonna, be the death of you.
Now what's the matter with the thing?
Aw, beedle-am-bam..
Now what's the matter with the thing?
You hear me talkin' to you.
Now what's the matter, what's the matter?
I never seen such a thing before.

I'm gonna chew my bacca, I'm gonna spit my juice.
I'm gonna save that thing for your particular use.
Now what's the matter with
Aw, beedle-am-bam.
Now what's the matter with the thing?
You hear me talkin' to you.
Now what's the matter, what's the matter?
I never seen such a thing before.

Yes, the cold lady rose, about half past four.
Mama you don't mean me no good, I'll get touse you no more.
Now what's the matter with the thing?
Aw, beedle-am-bam.
Now what's the matter with the thing?
You hear me talkin' to you.
Now what's the matter, what's the matter?
I never seen such a thing before.

I went down on the lake about half past four.
I seed three bullfrogs doin' their courtin' down low.
Now what's the matter with
Aw, beedle-am-bam.
Now what's the matter with
You hear me talkin' to you.
Now what's the matter, what's
I never seen such a thing before.


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 12:31 PM

GB, go for it! You been having a TIME, eh?? *G* Let me know when the Christian variant comes along-- so far in every genre I have looked into, it's always turned up somewhere! *G* There IS even Christian polka music....

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Fortunato
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 01:03 PM

QUESTION! I want to sing Mobile Line/France Blues at Gutbuckteers workshop. I learned it from Jim Kweskin on a compilation album years ago, and I can't recall where it came from. Does any one know?

Whew. All these months of relative quiet and then my neighbor goes berserkers on us and posts the snot out of us. Man. There's a whole lot of great stuff there Jim, boy. Thanks for the education. Sorry I haven't signed in before. Sometimes I'm forced to work here at the orifice, uh, office.

Regards, Chance


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: RWilhelm
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 01:10 PM

In the 1920's and 30's jug band styles ranged from country blues to dixieland. In those days, by definition, a jug band had a jug player, sometimes more than one. Some of them were pretty damn good, taking it way beyond the novelty level.

In the 60's the definition was broadened by Jim Kweskin's band and others. Kweskin included 20's pop songs, blues, folk, old-time country and even rock'n'roll. Sometimes they used a jug and sometimes they didn't. That has been the model ever since.

I love jug band music and my only complaint with contemporary jug bands is they stick to closely to material recorded by Kweskin. There are dozens of real jug band songs yet to be covered and an infinite number of other songs that would sound good played by a jug band.

I don't know of any contemporary Christian jug bands but I have a compilation CD called "The Jug & Washboard Bands- vol 2 (1928-1930)" which includes two cuts by Rev. E. S. "Shy" Moore. Each is a hellfire sermon followed by a spiritual accompanied by a jug band.


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 01:54 PM

LOL! ROTFLMAO! Aw gee, now I have to have that!

What are the titles of the spirituals?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 02:00 PM

Thanks Earl Susan and Fortunato.

Earl: I saw that you have linked to some of the lyric pages of the Jug Band Rag in some of the threads. I've downloaded all of their lyric/chord files and am slowly trying to add them to the Mudcat here (see above). This is primarily to ensure that we don't lose the resource.

I also just found a discussion list called "jugband" in the yahoo groups pages. If you are interested in jug band and skiffle the list and it's archives are very informative.

it is here: Yahoo Jug Band Disussion Group


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: RWilhelm
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 03:50 PM

WYSIWYG - The titles are "Christ, The Teacher" and "The Solemn Warning" but I think they refer to the sermons. Its hard to make out but I think the songs are "Preach the Word" and "Get Right With God"

GutBucketeer - Sounds interesting, I'll subscribe to the group.


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 03:52 PM

Thanks Earl. I will keep an aye out for those as I assemble the titles index I am working on. And.... if you should feel like transcribing the song parts.... that would be nice.... in new threads would be great... a link here, a link in the spirituals thread....

Oy!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: RWilhelm
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 04:01 PM

W - I'll see what I can do with the songs, may be tough. Transcribing the sermons would be really cool, though.

GB - Looks like I am already a member of that group. I guess it has been a while since anyone posted.


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 04:17 PM

*G* Send them over....

~S~


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Subject: Lyr Add: VIOLA LEE BLUES
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 08 Sep 01 - 11:58 PM

Jug Band Rag, March, 1998

Viola Lee Blues
by Noah Lewis

The judge he pleaded, clerk he wrote it
Clerk he wrote it down indeedy;
The judge he pleaded, the clerk he wrote it down;
Ain't got jail sentence you must be Nashville bound.

Some got six months, some got one solid
Some got one solid year indeed, Lord;
Some got six months, some got one solid year.
But me and my buddy both got lifetime here.

Fix my supper, Mama, let me go to,
Let me go to bed indeed, Lord.
Fix my supper, let me go to bed
I been drinking white lightning; it's gone to my head.

I wrote a letter, I mailed it in the,
I mailed it in the air indeedy.
I wrote a letter, I mailed it in the air.
You know by that I have a friend somewhere


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Subject: Lyr Add: JUG BAND QUARTETTE
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 12:00 AM

Music:
Jug Band Rag, June, 1998

JUG BAND QUARTETTE
Memphis Jug Band

Chicago, November 8, 1934
C-807-1 OK-8966
on RST BDCD-600

You know, way down yonder in Memphis Tennessee.
The jug band music sounds sweet to me.
[chorus]
Sounds so sweet, it's hard to beat.
Jug band music certainly was a treat to me.
I heard the boys playing the other day.
You know those boys drove my blues away.
[chorus]
I went hone, turned on my radio.
I danced along until I broke in my floor.
[chorus]
You know that old lady down there, you know, sitting on a rock.
Had a 40 dollar razor trying to shave their knot.
[chorus]
I told those people way across that hall.
I'm playing this feast and you know that's all.
[chorus]
Now run here, doctor, won't you run here quick.
All he wants is trying to have my hammer fixed.


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 12:24 AM

Is THIS what Roger (our Skifflin' friend) has been up to?

OH. MY. GODDD!

~S~


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: CONEY ISLAND WASHBOARD ROUNDELAY
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 12:00 AM

This is a cool song that overlaps a lot with a Hoagy Charmichael song.

Find it with its sheet music here:

http://www.glass-artist.co.uk/music/history/coney.html

CONEY ISLAND WASHBOARD ROUNDELAY

Nestor / Shugart / Durand / Adams 1926

roundelay=rondelet: a short rounded rondel, usually of five or seven lines in one stanza
and a refrain consisting of the opening words.


Down by the beach there's the cutest little peach
And I must say, she has the cutest way
Playing a chord upon her washboard
Folks would gather 'round from everywhere in town
just to hear her play! (on a . . . )

(G)Coney Island washboard she would(E7) play,
you could (A7)hear her on the boardwalk every day
(D7)soapsuds all around, (G)bubbles on the (E7)ground
(A7)Rub a dub a dub in her little tub (D7)all those tunes she found
(G)thimbles on her fingers made a (E7)noise
she played (A7)Charleston on the laundry for the boys
she could (C)rag a tune right (Co)through the knees
of a (G)brand new pair of (E7)BVDs,
(A7)Coney Island (D7)Washboard rounde-(G)lay


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Dani
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 09:30 AM

So, help us neophytes understand this. Is jug band music about instrumentation? And what the heck is skiffle?

Dani


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 09:35 PM

While most jug bands of today use kazoos, jugs, washboards, or washtub basses I believe that "jug band" music has come to represent a certain type of music and style. Most Tunes performed by Jim Kweskin, Dan Hicks, Geoff and Maria Muldaur, R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serendanders, and many early Greatful Dead songs all fall into this swinging, happy go lucky, genre. It makes you click your fingers and puts a smile on your face.

I know it when I hear it, but can't put it into words.

See the threads on Skiffle for more information about what it is.

JAB


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 11:44 PM

Here is a great article that I found Here:

http://music-11.hypermart.net/folk/picks/articles_interviews/jug_jams.htm

Jug Jams

Who were the Dixieland Jug Blowers, Cannon's Jug Stompers, and the Mississippi Sheiks? Only some of the most popular and delightful groups of pre-Depression America.

by Alan Greenberg

Somewhere along the line, most likely in Louisville, Kentucky, around 1905, an inspired and indubitably drunken instrumentalist raised a just-emptied jug to his lips and, picking up the beat of the string band he was accompanying, started blowing like crazy. The deep belly of resonance he created was simultaneously dramatic, comedic, and danceable. Thus from festive early-century string bands emerged newfangled jug bands.

By the late 1920s, the new sounds of innovative jug bands dominated the American pop-music scene on such fronts as Birmingham, Alabama; Cincinnati; and Brooklyn, New York. The green fields of Flatbush produced the Five Harmaniacs, an eccentric quartet led by Sid "Red" Newman on banjo and harmonica that was among the first acts using a jug ever recorded. And although the four members of the Five Harmaniacs were white vaudevillians from New York and North Carolina, the group's bluesy flavor and appeal caused their recordings to be listed in the "race market" section of record-company catalogs.

It wasn't long before the jug novelty had significantly infiltrated the jazz- and country-music scenes. The Prairie Ramblers were a white string ensemble that featured future country luminaries Karl, Harty, and Red Foley; they used an earthen jug to produce bouncing bass rhythms. Ezra Buzzington's Rustic Revelers stylized a cornpone synthesis of jazz and country with their strings, clarinet, and jug in pop recordings such as "Little Brown Jug." Kentuckian Earl McDonald's Louisville Jug Band became renowned for its performances at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week, a spotlight gig that became a tradition for more than half a century.

In 1913, McDonald hired a teenager named Clifford Hayes to play fiddle with his band. Within a year the Louisville Jug Band was finding steady starring engagements in New York City that led to a successful two-year stand in Chicago. After McDonald caught his brilliant young protégé pocketing play-date cash to subsidize his lavish love life, Hayes started his own group rather than re-form. The men reunited, however, as part of the Dixieland Jug Blowers supergroup, which was assembled for two extraordinary studio recording sessions in 1926 and '27. "Love Blues," "Hey! I Am Blue," and "Everybody Wants My Tootelum" are remarkable for their aural and historical impact, elegance, and graceful sense of swing. Indeed, they anticipated developments for decades ahead.

While the stylish ensemble was dazzling at 78 rpm, its sophisticated repertoire did not resemble the street and club bands then drawing overflow crowds. In Tennessee, Will Shade's legendary, down-and-dirty Memphis Jug Band emphatically did capture the energy of a performing group. Inspired by the success of Earl McDonald and Clifford Hayes, Shade got his act together in Memphis's Handy Park, the meeting place for local blues and string band musicians that was not unlike an unending, open-air party.

Traveling medicine shows heavily influenced the Memphis Jug Band. The group initially employed comedian Charlie Polk as its long-standing jug blower. Superior musicians Furry Lewis (a great bluesman in his own right), Will Weldon, Tee Wee Blackman, Charlie Burse, Ben Ramey, Vol Stevens, and Jab Jones rounded out the outfit. The Memphis Jug Band's rich lode of tunes included "The Old Folks Started It," "Beale Street Mess Around," and "Stealin' Stealin'," the last lovingly covered by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman on Shady Grove. With the possible exception of Tampa Red's jug and "hokum" bands and Bo Carter's exceedingly popular Mississippi Sheiks, the Memphis Jug Band was closely rivaled primarily by Cannon's Jug Stompers, whose signature hit "Minglewood Blues" also found contemporary renewal with Garcia as the Grateful Dead's "New, New Minglewood Blues."

Another outstanding product of Handy Park (where he learned to simultaneously play a paraffin jug hooked to a wire rack and a banjo), Gus Cannon's band released such memorable jug hits as "Walk Right In," "Going to Germany," "Bring It with You When You Come," "Mule Get Up in the Alley," and "Viola Lee Blues." The group's brilliantly creative, imbalanced harmonica wizard, Noah Lewis, established (with contemporaries Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson, Robert Johnson the shamanic paradigm for latter-day razor's-edge blues artists along the lines of Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Kurt Cobain.

For a fine introduction to classic jug-band music in all its varied styles and guises, as well as a comprehensive journey across the zany American jugscape, try volumes 1 and 2 of Yazoo's Ruckus Juice & Chittlins. But before spinning these discs, do heed jug man extraordinaire Cannon's immortal warning: "Everybody's talkin' 'bout a new way of walkin' / Do you want to lose your mind?"

JAB


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GUEST,JohnB
Date: 11 Sep 01 - 12:27 PM

Many years back there was a group entitled "The Edison Bell Jug Band", Mike Harding was in it. They did a pretty good version of JS Bach's "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring". So, yeah! what is Jug Band Music? JohnB


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Subject: Lyr/Chord Add: CAUGHT US DOING IT!
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 11 Sep 01 - 11:44 PM

Another song from this site:

http://www.glass-artist.co.uk/music/history/mushist.html

CAUGHT US DOING IT

A "single entendre" song from the prohibition era recorded in several versions
by several versions of  THE HOKUM BOYS


I went to see my gal last night, a dainty little (G7)miss,
I took her in the parlour, and gave to her a (C)kiss.
The moon shone through the window, the stars were hanging (G7)low,
and as I moved to kiss her, her pa came through the (C)door.

And he caught us doing it, Hi Hi, ,caught us doing it, Hi Hi (G7)Hi,
caught us doing it (Gdim7)(doing what) he (G7)caught us making (C)love.

Me and my girl went out last night, we were walking in the park,
my feelings seemed to tell me to kiss her in the dark.
I put my arms around her, and pressed her lips on mine,
when a big policeman lit his lamp and a chill went down my spine.

And he caught us doing it, Hi Hi, caught us doing it, Hi Hi Hi,
caught us doing it (doing what) he caught us making love.

My partner's gal lives across the street, she's long and tall and thin
She hugs and kisses very sweet whenever he walks in.
He went to see her the other night and everything was swell
then her husband walked in through the door and he gave my buddy hell

And he caught them doing it, Hi Hi, caught them doing it, Hi Hi Hi,
caught them doing it (doing what) he caught them making love.

Pa Williams lives down on the side, he runs a liquor still
and every time you pass his door he's boiling brews to kill
Someone knocked on his back door, said make it corn or gin,
Pa thought that they were customers but two coppers they walked in

And they caught him doing it, Hi Hi, caught him doing it, Hi Hi Hi,
caught him doing it (doing what) they caught him making booze

They took him to the county jail, and threw him in a cell,
They said don't worry about the trial the judge will treat you well
Next morning when he came to trial the judge was feeling fine
He said "boy I'm going to be light on you I'm going to give you ninety-nine"

And now he's doing it, Hi Hi, now he's doing it, Hi Hi Hi
now he's doing it (doing what) now he's doing time


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU MAY LEAVE (Memphis Jug Band)
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 11 Sep 01 - 11:58 PM

Another from the Glass site: For a very interesting discussion of the origins of this song and similar lyrics in other songs such as Mississippi John Hurt's I'M SATISFIED see:

http://www.glass-artist.co.uk/music/history/satisfied.html

YOU MAY LEAVE
(Memphis Jug Band)

My father was a jockey, learned me to ride behind
You know by that I got a job anytime,
You may leave but this'll bring you back

CHORUS: I'm satisfied, satisfied, my toteloder shaker by my side
You may leave you may leave but this'll bring you back

I walked around the corner to the peanut stand
My gal got stuck on the peanut man
You may leave but this'll bring you back

You quit me pretty mama 'cause you couldn't be ma boss
But a rolling stone don't gather no moss
You may leave but this'll bring you back

A nickel's worth of meal a dime's worth of lard
Would buy everything in Geoff Burn's yard
You may leave but this'll bring you back

I'm built like a tadpole shaped like a frog
When I go with your woman, she'll holler hot dog
You may leave but this'll bring you back


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Subject: Lyr Add: SOMEBODY BEEN USING THAT THING
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 13 Sep 01 - 12:17 AM

Another Hokum Boys tune from the Heptone Web Site:

Somebody's Been Using That Thing Transcribed from vocals by The Hokum Boys, with the Three Shadows, recorded 1930,
From Sissy Man Blues, Mojo, CD-MOJO-304.

I took my whiskey jug to get a little shot,
Someone beat me to it, and they didn't leave a drop,
Mmm-hmm!
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
Mmm-hmm!
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
Just as sure as you're born, somebody's been usin' that thing!

I met the cutest little brown that I had ever seen,
But when she started lovin', I found she wasn't green,
Mmm-hmm!
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
Mmm-hmm!
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
Just as sure as you're born, somebody's been usin' that thing!

When Minnie was a girl, her mother kept her from men,
But Minnie had two children when she reached the age of ten,
Mmm-hmm!
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
I know,
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
Just as sure as you're born, somebody's been usin' that thing!

Oh, Jimmy Jones the gambler owned a pretty pair of dice,
He made his seven once and he made his 'leven twice,
That boy,
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
What joy!
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
Just as sure as you're born, somebody's been usin' that thing!

My friend picked a new girl in a little dance hall,
He used to be a high stepper, but now he can't walk at all!
What's the matter?
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
I thought it!
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
Just as sure as you're born, somebody's been usin' that thing!

The house on the corner is the funniest place,
The man who lives there puts paint and powder on his face.
Oh, stop now!
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
Oh, boy!
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
Just as sure as you're born, somebody's been usin' that thing!

I went down to the levee to watch the boats come in,
I saw a lot of women who walked and talked like men,
What's the matter?
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
Are you sure?
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
Just as sure as you're born, somebody's been usin' that thing!

When you see little school-girls skippin' down the street,
Shakin' and twisting from their head to their feet,
I know,
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
You can always tell,
Somebody's been usin' that thing,
Just as sure as you're born, somebody's been usin' that thing!



Return to the Heptune Jazz and Blues Lyrics Page.


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Dani
Date: 13 Sep 01 - 09:14 AM

Thanks, Jim. I think I know what y'all are talking about, and it puts a label on something I've heard a little bit of in lots of bands I like. Is there a stripe of this in the Squirrel Nut Zippers stuff? Would some of Leon Redbone be good examples?

Dani


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 13 Sep 01 - 09:33 AM

Yes, and Yes!

At least from my perspective most of what Leon Redbone does falls into the Jug Band Music Genre.

If you can contribute any L. Redbone lyrics and especially chords it would be fantastic!

JAB

P.S. See You at the Getaway!


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: LR Mole
Date: 13 Sep 01 - 02:18 PM

Anyone got chords(I found the words) to "Mysterious Mose"? How about words and chords to "Hello, Central, Give me Dr. Jazz"? Bob Brozman does both of them.


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 19 Sep 01 - 06:45 AM

Thanks for this thread GB. I consider skiffle/jug to be a style rather than a repertoire and enjoy both. I think it is true the US jug/washboard/kazoo bands always had more of a jazz/blues repertoire of popular numbers whereas the UK ones were more folk/blues/spiritual orientated.My repertoire is broad and uniformly badly performed!
RtS


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Sep 01 - 11:05 PM

We have a local band that is very well known (except to us) and we encountered them on the dinner/excursion train this evening... definitely a jug band. Heard they'd actually ventured over to your side of the pond recently-- Sadie Green Sales? Know 'em?

~S~


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: RWilhelm
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 05:17 PM

I've got a CD by Sadie Green Sales. They're one of the jazzier contemporary jug bands. The clarinet gives them more of a dixieland sound and they do a lot of kid's songs too. Great stuff, but then I never heard a jug band I didn't like.


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 03 Dec 01 - 09:55 AM

Here are somemore great links from Roger the Skiffler

Skiffle and JugBand Links

JAB


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Subject: Jug Band and Skiffle Song PermaThread™
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Dec 01 - 02:23 PM

The rest of this thread has tentative PermaThread™ status.

It will be controlled by GutBucketeer, and maintained/edited by Joe Offer. Messages posted after this may be edited, consolidated, or deleted, but messages already posted will be left alone (but I will consolidate GutBucketeer's previous links messages).
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 06:32 AM

I don't know whether to enshrine this information on this permathread as it may change...but...
There are now apparently two suppliers of washboards in the UK:
Voss of Germany have an agent in Derek Mason at derek@skiffle65.freeserve.com and 147 Tudor Drive, Kingston on Thames, Surrey KT2 5NT
and Thrift music (info@thrift-music.com) at 21 Connaught Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea, ESSEX, CO13 9PN who are new UK agents of the US Columbus Washboard Co of "Ahia".
RtS (other sources linked in out-of-date pages may no longer be in operation)


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 03:00 PM

There's a certain verse form that I've heard only in jug band music, and I don't know if it's ever been described or named. It sounds like the performer has taken a 3-line blues lyric (that is, one where the first line is repeated) and adapted it to a 4-line tune by padding out the first line until it is roughly double its natural length. This is done by repeating words or phrases, and by adding "floater" expressions like well, baby, mama, I mean, I said, I say, you know, and so on. Then the line is repeated without the added words.

As an example, here are the first 2 verses of RACETRACK BLUES as performed by The Nashville Jug Band:

I don't need no racetrack just to watch my pony,
Watch my pony, I mean, see her run.
I don't need no racetrack just to watch my pony run.
But I don't need no million dollars, people, to have my fun.

Well, the doctor said to slow down. He said, "Please slow down, 'cause I'd
Hate to see you, I mean, fall down dead."
Yeah, the doctor said to slow down 'cause he'd hate to see me fall down dead.
Well, he might know my body but he sure don't know my head.

(The other 2 verses in this song don't fit the pattern. To see them, click here.)

Does anyone else know of any other songs that fit this pattern? I'm sure I've heard some, but I can't think of them right now.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAMA DON'T 'LOW
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 11:21 PM

Mama Don't 'Low in the Dt:

MAMA DON'T 'LOW

Mama don't 'low no banjo playin' round here.
I say that mama don't 'low no banjo playin' round here
Well, I don't care what mama don't 'low,
Gonna play my banjo anyhow,
Mama don't 'low no banjo playin' round here.

Mama don't 'low no guitar playin' round here, etc.

Mama don't 'low no bass playin' round here, etc.

Mama don't 'low no talkin' round here, etc.,
Gonna shoot my mouth off anyhow, etc.

Mama don't 'low no singin' round here, etc.,
Gonna sing my head off anyhow, etc.

***********************************************************************

I played spoons in a jug band in college. On this song (our signature piece) each instrument could have a solo. The wash tub played for the bass. Then you can have spoons, kazoos, etc.


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 13 Feb 02 - 10:33 PM

Another good site for jugband and novelty tunes in this thread.

Thread to jugband/novelty tune site


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 14 Feb 02 - 04:17 AM

Sorry for the thread creep, and it will probably be edited out, but, Susan, I challenge you to find Christian Klezmer music! ;-)

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Feb 02 - 09:40 AM

As soon as I run into the Jews for Jesus contingent I will ask them, Mark. *G*

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 31 Aug 02 - 01:07 AM

Here is another link to a Jug Band Thread:

Lyrics: Round and Round, Jug Band Song


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 02 Sep 02 - 04:16 PM

More Jugband song threads:

River Blues per R. Crumb
Button Up Your Overcoat
When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 02 Sep 02 - 04:43 PM

I missed one that was just started:

I don't love nobody(Even Dozen Jug Band)


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Subject: Lyr Add: 99 YEAR BLUES (from Jim Kweskin)
From: GUEST,Jamal
Date: 03 Dec 04 - 04:25 PM

This is my humble contribution to the forum; however, being a guitar player of only four months, it was quite a challenge. It's only two chords (A and D7), but the song is pretty catchy. The lyrics are dark and humorous, but you could entertain children by substituting them with any standard nursery rhyme.

I am trying my best to work out Storybook Ball (also by Kweskin), but it's a struggle. If someone could post the chords to that one or Viola Lee Blues, I would be much obliged. Big Kweskin fan here, thanks!

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99 YEAR BLUES
Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band
From "Jim Kweskin's America"

(A)Give me my pistol and three round balls
Gonna kill everybody I don't like at all

at (D7)all, at (A)all
at (D7)all, at (A)all

(A)On'a Monday I was 'rrested, on'a Tuesday I was tried
Judge found me guilty, I hung my head an cried

I (D7)cried, I (A)cried
I (D7)cried, I (A)cried

(A)Well I asked that judge, what might be my fine
He said, pick an a shovel, take em down to a coal mine

coal (D7)mine, coal (A)mine
coal (D7)mine, coal (A)mine

(A)Well I said mister judge, I ain't been here before
He said I'll give you ninety-nine years and you ain't comin' back no more

no (D7)more, no (A)more
no (D7)more, no (A)more

*chords fig'red out by Jamal Traub, 2004*


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 04 Dec 04 - 07:00 AM

I never got a reply from the alleged UK agent for Voss washboards but, thanks to Lutz Eikelmann, here is the German site: http://www.waschbretter.de/

RtS
(Skiffle: the true way)


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: harpgirl
Date: 14 May 05 - 08:59 AM


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 15 May 05 - 12:58 AM

did you get the France Blues - I think I can remember all the words from Mark Spoelestra's version on The Blues Project - many moons ago.
remeber with particular affection Mark's 12 string solo (which was something like the chords for Baby let me follow you Down played fast and as the album notes said - catlike!)

big al


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GUEST,bearonweb@yahoo.com
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 10:45 AM

Hi. I think these are the words to Storybook Ball (from Kweskin's ablum).

Up in Mother Goose's book up in the nursery;
Simple Simon says I'm feelin' sad;
Says Peter Piper's daughter so am I, I think we oughter
Do somethin' that will make the kiddies glad;

Smarty Marty says I think we'll have a party
And he calls on the Old Woman in the Shoe;
Well the cat he got his fiddle, And he played hy-diddle-diddle
And what happened next I'm gonna tell to you;

Peter Peter pumpkin eater had a wife and couldn't keep her at the ball, and in the hall,
Humpty Dumpty met her and he said I bet I'll get her and I'll make her fall and that's not all
Ol' King Cole, that merry old soul, Helped poor Mother Hubbard blow his big bank roll
Buyin' lollipops and pretties for kiddies at the Storybook Ball.
Doo Bitty Do Be Doo.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, brought 'em to the ball, and that's not all,
Tom Tom the piper's son, stole a pig and away he run, through the hall, what a squall,
Polly put the kettle on, the peas got cold, They had to eat the porridge that was nine days old
Jack fell down and broke his crown and spilled the water, he hadn't oughter


Little Jackie Horner eating pie in the corner, stuck in his thumb, pulled out a plumb
Little Missie Muffett sitting on her tuffet and she said "yum yum won't you gimme some?"
Little Georgie Porgie with his puddin' and pie, kissed Mary quite contrary and made her cry
Little Bo Peep, lost her sheep and couldn't find them, all their tails behind them.

Four and twenty blackbirds were baking in a pie and they refused to sing, anything
Now wasn't that an awful way for little birds to act before a king and queen, such a terrible thing
Said the Knave and the King to the Queen of Hearts, come on over here honey and bring some tarts,
So she did, and the kids had a picnic at the Storybook Ball,

Yes she did and the kids had a picnic at the Storybook Ball.
Doo Bitty Doo Be Do!


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Chris in Wheaton
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 01:25 PM

Storybook Ball's a great song - a big hit for Billy Murray - circa 1915. I also like his "Baby Rose" - Rose and other Billy Murray songs are floating around the net, but not Storybook(??). But I think Lou Curtiss in San Diego has the record, if anyone wants a copy of the original.
I have the chords for Storybook, but have never figured out Jim's break - any help on that would be appreciated.
This would be a good for the great Juggernauts in Louisville to try. Are they the best current jug band? I'd say yes, unless the Todalo Shakers have re-formed (not reformed).
Chris


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 06:24 PM

Hey Chris:

Can you post the chords for Storybook? I would agree that the Juggernauts are a good band, but last time I saw them they had gone too electric for my tastes. Losing their fiddle player has changed their music some. In my opinion the best jug bands playing right now are Paul Moore and His Washboard Wizards, Mic Conway's Junk Band, or the Gutbucket Jug Band. However, they are all outside the U.S.

There is an unfortuneate trend in the U.S. to equate jug band music/playing with sloppiness and just lousy musicianship (the Juggernauts are the exception to this). I don't see why otherwise good musicians will put out under "jug band music" stuff that they would never allow to be released or performed in public for any other genre. As a case in point go here: http://www.humpnightthumpers.com/assembled/home.html

Gut
Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords From:
GutBucketeer - PM Date: 24 Feb 06 - 02:22 PM

I want to apologize regarding my comment on the Hump Night Thumpers out of Chicago. Arlo Leech is doing a fantastic job of promoting jug band music in the Chicago Area and increasing the number of those interested in playing it. I didn't realize at the time that the performance band was derived from the class that he teaches at the Old Towne School of Folk Music there and is made up of mostly beginning musicians.

Keep it up Arlo!

Gutbucketeer Jim Bunch


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Subject: Lyr Add: STORY BOOK BALL (Montgomery, Perry)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Sep 05 - 11:53 PM

Indiana University Sheet Music Collections has six copies of the sheet music, with various performers' pictures on the cover:
1. Mary Lewis
2. Eileen Beatty
3. Mary Lewis
4. Renee Close, Billy (sic) Montgomery, and George Perry.
5. Parsons and Irwin.
6. Billie Montgomery and George Perry.

STORY BOOK BALL
Billie Montgomery, George O. Perry, 1917.

VERSE 1. In Mother Goose's book up in the nurs'ry,
Poor Simple Simon said, "I'm feeling sad."
Said Peter Piper's daughter, "So am I, and think we oughter
Try to think of something that will make us glad."
So Smarty Smarty said, "I'll give a party,"
And they called on the Old Woman in the Shoe.
The cat she brought her fiddle, and she played "high diddle diddle,"
And what happened then, I'm goin' to tell to you.

CHORUS 1: Little Jackie Horner, eating pie up in the corner,
Stuck in his thumb, pulled out a plum.
Little Missy Muffet she was sitting on a tuffet,
And she said, "Yum, yum! Please give me some."
Little Georgie Porgie with his pudding and pie,
Kissed Mary Quite Contrary till he made her cry;
And Little Bo Peep she lost her sheep
And couldn't find 'em, their tails behind 'em.
Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater had a wife and couldn't keep her.
At the ball in the hall.
Humpty Dumpty met her, said, "Better that I get her
And I'll make her fall." That's not all.
Old King Cole, that merry old soul,
He fell for Mother Hubbard, blew his big bankroll
Buying lollipops and pretties for the kiddies at the Story Book Ball.

VERSE 2. They danced and sang till early in the morning.
They really didn't know just when to stop;
So as the day was dawning and the kiddies all were yawning,
They found out the mouse had run up in the clock.
Then Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick, he started,
And right over that big candlestick he flew.
Then Little Tommy Tucker started singing for his supper,
And then Poor Boy Blue said, "Gee, I'm hungry too."

CHORUS 2: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickling peppers,
Brought 'em to the hall, and that's no stall.
Tommy Tom the piper's son, he stole a pig and away he run
To the ball. Ah, that's not all.
Polly put the kettle on. The tea got cold.
They had to eat the porridge that was nine days old.
Then Jack fell down. Jill broke her crown
And spilled the water. She hadn't oughter.
Four and twenty blackbirds were baking in a pie,
And they refused to sing anything.
Wasn't that an awful way little birds to act
Before a queen and king? Such a thing!
Said the knave and the king to the Queen of Hearts,
"Come on. Hurry up, honey. Bring some tarts."
So she did and the kids had a picnic at the Story Book Ball.

[allmusic lists recordings by the following performers: Down Home Jazz Band, Clancy Hayes, Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band, Milano Hot Jazz Orchestra, Maria Muldaur, Royal City Saxophone Quartet, Omer Simeon, and Ian Whitcomb.]


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: magician
Date: 06 Sep 05 - 04:57 PM


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Amos
Date: 06 Sep 05 - 05:20 PM

The Jug Band sound is also found in songs like this one:

Stealin'




C----------------------------
Woncha put yer arms aroun'me,
C------C7-------------------
Like a circle 'round the sun
F---------------------
I wanna love ya, mama,
Fm__---------------------
Like yer easy rider done
C---------G-----------C-----
You don't believe I'm fallin'
F_------------C---G---C
Look what a hole I'm in
C-----------------G------C
You don't believe I love ya
F------C---------G---C
Look what a fool I been!

C--------------C7-----
I'm stealing, stealing
F--------------------Fm-------
Little mama doncha tell on me!
C-------------A7---------D7------G7-------C
I'm stealing back to my same ole used-to-be.

Now the owman I'm a -lovin',
She's just ny type and kind
Pretty married owman comes to
See me sometimes
You don't believe I'm fallin'
Look what a hole I'm in
You don't believe I love ya
Look what a fool I been!

I'm stealing, stealing
Little mama doncha tell on me!
I'm stealing back to my same ole used-to-be.


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 24 Feb 06 - 02:22 PM

I want to apologize regarding my comment on the Hump Night Thumpers out of Chicago. Arlo Leech is doing a fantastic job of promoting jug band music in the Chicago Area and increasing the number of those interested in playing it. I didn't realize at the time that the performance band was derived from the class that he teaches at the Old Towne School of Folk Music there and is made up of mostly beginning musicians.

Keep it up Arlo!

Gutbucketeer
Jim Bunch


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Janie
Date: 24 Feb 06 - 03:03 PM

Jim or anyone else--I am looking for the lyrics and chords to "All Worn Out." The Even Dozen Jug Band recorded it on "Jug Band Music & Rags of the South." I believe it is trad.

The last line of the chorus is

"cain't nobody use it, 'cause its all worn out."

Thanks.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 24 Feb 06 - 04:17 PM

Janie:

I'm pretty sure I have the lyrics, but will have to check about the chords when I get home.

BTW:

How's it going. Be sure to check out my myspace site at
www.myspace.com/gutbucketeer


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Janie
Date: 24 Feb 06 - 05:09 PM

I'm hangin' in there. Thanks for checking on the lyrics and chords for me.

Your link doesn't work. I'll try again later.

Happy Spring.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 25 Feb 06 - 12:05 AM

Try this:

http://www.myspace.com/gutbucketeer


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Mar 06 - 12:39 AM

Janie: The Even Dozen Jug Band's album "The Even Dozen Jug Band," originally released as an LP by Elektra in 1964, has been reissued as a CD by Collector's Choice Music in 2002. I was able to transcribe this from a couple of sound samples: (I don't know if the verses are in the right order.)

Old Aunt Jane's got a bad tale to tell.
She can't sell what she used to sell
'Cause it's all worn out, 'cause it's all worn out.
Can't nobody use it 'cause it's all worn out....

Old Uncle Jim's got a load on his mind.
Soon he's gonna leave this old world behind
'Cause it's all worn out, 'cause it's all worn out.
Can't nobody use him 'cause it's all worn out.

He went to the doctor with his head in his hands....


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Flash Company
Date: 01 Mar 06 - 09:40 AM

Amos... Stealin' back sounds like one that Jesse Fuller did, although I have to say that I can't be sure that the lyrics were the same. Jesse also did a song called 'The Monkey and the Engineer' which would make good jug band music. Can't remember all of it, but this was the start:-

Once upon a time there was an Engineer,
Drove a locomotive both far and near,
'companied by a monkey who sat on a stool,
Watcing everythin' that the Engineer move.
One day the Engineer wanted a bite to eat,
Left the monkey sittin' on the drivers seat,
Monkey pulled the throttle, locomotive jumped the gun,
And made ninety miles an hour on the main line run!

CH
The big locomotive, right on time,
Big locomotive comin' down the line,
Big locomotive, number Ninety-nine,
Left the Engineer with a worried mind.

THere were about three more verses, I think, Someone out there is bound to know them.

FC


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: Janie
Date: 01 Mar 06 - 05:51 PM

Thanks Jim!

I have to tell on myself--I have that CD--I ordered it last fall and forgot I had it. (*blush*) I went through my LPs several times looking for the original album, forgetting I had already determined that it was missing and so had ordered the CD.

JAB--nice place you have there on the web!

Janie


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 02 Mar 06 - 12:24 AM

I have the song, but wasn't able to find the words printed in my files. I'll try to transcribe them when I have a chance. They say its "traditional" on the album notes, and I know I have versions of the song under different titles, but I think the Even Dozen Jug Band was the only band to use that specific title for the song. I'm sure the Hokum Boys sing something very similar in It's all Gone Now and Somebody's Been using that Thing.

JAB


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Subject: RE: Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 02 Nov 06 - 12:46 PM

Amos just posted a great Jug Band Songbook for the 2006 Getaway Jug Band show. Check this thread out:

2006 Getaway Jug Band Workshop


JAB


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Jug Band and Skiffle Songs
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 01:22 PM

refreshing


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Jug Band and Skiffle Songs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 01:24 PM

Jug band music always is.... :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Jug Band and Skiffle Songs
From: PHJim
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 02:32 PM

Thanks for this thread.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Jug Band and Skiffle Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Oct 17 - 08:46 PM

Does anybody have the lyrics for You got to have that thing by the Picanniny Jug Band? It is almost inaudible and I can't make out the lyrics. Many thanks!


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Subject: Lyr Add: MOVE THAT THING (Hattie Bolten)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Oct 17 - 02:37 AM

I have listened to "You Got to Have That Thing," by the Piccaninny Jug Band, and it definitely is hard to understand. I think the key to understanding it, will be to find other recordings of similar songs. Here's a start:


MOVE THAT THING
As recorded by Hattie Bolten, 1938.

I went down to the pond 'bout half past four,
Saw two little frogs doin' the todalo.
They was a-movin' that thing.
They was movin' that thing.
Well, I mean it, baby, when I say they was movin' that thing.

Then I looked to the right, looked to the left,
Turned around, baby, now, I shook it myself.
I moved that thing.
I moved that thing.
Well, I mean it, baby, when I say I moved that thing.

Now old Uncle Bill told old Aunt Rose:
"That thing I been gettin', I don't need it no more.
You got to move that thing.
You got to move that thing.
Well, I mean it, baby, when I say move that thing."

I called you this mornin' 'bout half past six.
You wouldn't get ready to get at sticks(?).
You got to move that thing.
You got to move that thing.
Well, I mean it, baby, when I say you got to move that thing.

Now I knows an old man; he's stone blind,
Gets low in front and high behind
When he moves that thing,
When he moves that thing.
Well, I mean it, baby, when I say he moves that--moves, moves, moves that thing.


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