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Lyr Req: Blow Liza Blow (from Lomax, Bahamas 1935)

chips1901 07 Aug 04 - 09:52 PM
Joe Offer 08 Aug 04 - 03:39 AM
masato sakurai 08 Aug 04 - 04:13 AM
Roberto 08 Aug 04 - 04:24 AM
Jim Dixon 17 Aug 04 - 10:42 PM
Melani 18 Aug 04 - 12:17 AM
GUEST,Dean Calin 19 Feb 16 - 05:50 PM
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Subject: RE: I Bid You Goodnight
From: chips1901
Date: 07 Aug 04 - 09:52 PM

I am looking for lyrics to Blow, Liza, Blow which was recorded by Lomax at the same time. Anybody know? Would love to teach the song to others if I could.


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Subject: RE: Blow Liza Blow (from Lomax, Bahamas 1935)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Aug 04 - 03:39 AM

Here's the entry from www.folktrax.org:
    POOR LITTLE LIZA - Shanty - ROUD#4698 - DAVIS & TOZER pp24-5 - HUGILL SSS 1961 p345 "Eliza Lee" -- J S SCOTT rec by James M Carpenter London c1928: 142 - Group of men from Andros Island, rec by Alan Lomax, Nassau, Bahamas Aug 1935: ROUNDER CD-11661-1822-2 1999 "Blow, Liza, blow" (AAFS 299B)

That Rounder CD is the first of two "Bahamas 1935" CD's in the Rounder Alan Lomax Deep River of Song Series. I have the second of the two. The entry from Hugill, "Eliza Jane," is in the Digital Tradition as Clear the Track (and let the Bulgine Run).

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Blow Liza Blow (from Lomax, Bahamas 1935)
From: masato sakurai
Date: 08 Aug 04 - 04:13 AM

Only one verse is transcribed in the notes:

Now but blow, Liza, blow,
Now but blow, Liza, blow,
O Liza, blow, Liza, blow,
Now but blow, Liza, blow.


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Subject: RE: Blow Liza Blow (from Lomax, Bahamas 1935)
From: Roberto
Date: 08 Aug 04 - 04:24 AM

The booklet adds that "except for occasional words, the rhyming verses of the lead singer and the refrain cannot be interpreted".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow Liza Blow (from Lomax, Bahamas 1935)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Aug 04 - 10:42 PM

There is a sound sample at allmusic but I find it mostly unintelligible. The only phrases I think I recognize are "spring and summer," "blow, Liza, blow," and "trouble in mind."

The song is sung in a contrapuntal style much like the more familiar I BID YOU GOODNIGHT which is also on the same album.

Lomax should have asked his sources to dictate the lyrics so he could write them down. I wonder if he did?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow Liza Blow (from Lomax, Bahamas 1
From: Melani
Date: 18 Aug 04 - 12:17 AM

Hi, Chips--

I never heard it, but if you've got the recorded version, bring it along and we can all try to decipher it. Sometimes that works.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow Liza Blow (from Lomax, Bahamas 1935)
From: GUEST,Dean Calin
Date: 19 Feb 16 - 05:50 PM

Bounding Main recorded this song for our Going Overboard CD. Gina researched the song extensively.

http://www.boundingmain.com/lyrics/blow_liza.htm

You can listen to it by scrolling to the bottom of this page: https://soundcloud.com/bounding-main


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