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Lyr Req: I'm a Stranger Here

Debbie 11 May 98 - 06:03 PM
steve t 11 May 98 - 06:53 PM
Debbie 12 May 98 - 06:47 AM
steve t 13 May 98 - 03:29 AM
Debbie 15 May 98 - 02:39 PM
Nora 15 May 98 - 09:24 PM
steve t 16 May 98 - 05:46 PM
Debbie 18 May 98 - 04:17 PM
Jim Dixon 15 Sep 10 - 11:57 AM
GUEST,leeneia 15 Sep 10 - 11:25 PM
Jim Dixon 16 Sep 10 - 08:26 AM
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Subject: I'd go home but brother, i'm a stranger there
From: Debbie
Date: 11 May 98 - 06:03 PM

Hi Guys, Sorry to impose on you like this, i know i'm asking a lot since i'm here for the first time and all, but i'll be moving house soon, and i want to give some frineds a goodbye present. One of them is like a brother to me, and i wanted to give him the lyrics to a song i can only half remember. I checked out the database, on the keywords part, and i couldn't find anything on "stranger" and when i checked out brother it cut off saying there was an error halfway. Now the lyrics that i know of go like this "A stranger here, A stranger there, A stranger everywhere And i'd go home, but brohter i'd be a stranger there...." but as i only heard it sung very badly, i can't help wiht the tune. Also, as my internet time here is limited (don't want people to find out, or it won't be a surprise anymore, will it?) i was wondering if i could impose agian, and ask anybody who finds the lyrics, or knows them, ot send it to Debcq@hotmail.com

Thanks a heap, I"d be very gratefull

Debbie


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Subject: RE: I'd go home but brother, i'm a stranger there
From: steve t
Date: 11 May 98 - 06:53 PM

Just a note for other people searching: it's definitely not in mudcat or the international lyrics server.


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Subject: Thanks-i think
From: Debbie
Date: 12 May 98 - 06:47 AM

Thanks Steve for trying in any case.... Now i know i'm not a total clutz wiht computers! Any hints or suggestions where i could try?

Debbie


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Subject: RE: I'd go home but brother, i'm a stranger there
From: steve t
Date: 13 May 98 - 03:29 AM

You might post questions to the USENET newsgroups:

rec.music.folk uk.music.folk alt.music.blues alt.music.blues.delta rec.music.bluenote.blues uk.music.rhythm-n-blues

But sometimes you just don't get lucky. There are a couple of songs I thought were well known that nobody from Mudcat has been able to help me with.


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Subject: RE: I'd go home but brother, i'm a stranger there
From: Debbie
Date: 15 May 98 - 02:39 PM

Ok, i managed to get so far as typing "usenet", but i cant seem to access any of the messages~! (i am so far just double clicking them), are you by any chance a computer wizzard as well as a source of good ideas? Funny.. it had the feel of a well known song about it...

Thanks

Debbie


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Subject: RE: I'd go home but brother, i'm a stranger there
From: Nora
Date: 15 May 98 - 09:24 PM

It seems like there's a recording of something very much like that on a Sweet Honey in the Rock LP I lost somewhere along the line. I looked at the two CDs I have and the tapes in the car and there is nothing there that looks right, but I can hear it in my head. I think Debbie's right, it's a pretty familiar sounding blues tune once you get to it. My blues knowledge is mighty slim, though.

There's stuff in the tune I'm thinking of about drinking muddy water, sleeping in a hollow log, putting on yr walking shoes, etc. Unless I'm mixing it up with a hundred other blues tunes.

Anybody?

Nora


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Subject: RE: I'd go home but brother, i'm a stranger there
From: steve t
Date: 16 May 98 - 05:46 PM

Regarding USENET, I've started a seperate thread.


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Subject: RE: I'd go home but brother, i'm a stranger there
From: Debbie
Date: 18 May 98 - 04:17 PM

I only heard that last verse, but it was sung by a guy in jail, so it had a definate blues idea to it, it wasn't a country or western, i know that theme pretty well, and it wasn't anything popular, if htat helps any. Thing is, i'm going away a year, and i know somebody whome those words would fit perfectly, and i'd like to do something, like put it on paper pretty and have it framed or something to remember me by. it's so appropriate! could it be from say.. the seventies or something?.. it has an old feel about it to me, nothing ninetees or maybe just maybe early eighties.. anybody out there who's that old? ;-)... or likes that old music? But it sounds about right, muddy water, and walking shoes.. i think you might just have the right one there Nora! thanks, now i know i'm not hallucinating...

Steve, i'll check out your usenet thread... thoroughly. thanks for helping, both of you

Debbie


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M A STRANGER HERE (from Lomax, et al.)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Sep 10 - 11:57 AM

I think this is part of a family of related songs, some of them called IT TAKES A WORRIED MAN or WORRIED MAN BLUES.

From Our Singing Country by John Avery Lomax, Alan Lomax, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Harold William Thompson (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1941), page 372:


I'M A STRANGER HERE

1. Hitch up my buggy, saddle up my black mare,
Hitch up my buggy, saddle up my black mare,
Goin' to find me a fairy in this world somewhere.

CHORUS: I'm a stranger here; I'm a stranger ev'rywhere,
I would go home but, honey, I'm a stranger there.

2. I'm worried now, but I won't be worried long,
I'm worried now, but I won't be worried long,
It takes a worried man to sing a worried song.

3. Baby caught that Katy; she left me a mule to ride,
Baby caught that Katy; she left me a mule to ride,
When the train pulled out that mule laid down and died.

4. Looked down that road as far as I could see,
Looked down that road as far as I could see,
And a little bitty hand kept a-wavin' back at me.

5. When you get a woman, man, you better get you two,
When you get a woman, boy, you better get you two,
'Cause you never can tell what a woman goin' to do.

6. I'm goin' back home, I'm goin' to settle down,
I'm goin' back home, Lord, I'm goin' to settle down,
'Cause I ain't no dog and I won't be dogged around.


[Songs called I'M A STRANGER HERE have been recorded by Blind Boy Fuller, Frank Hamilton (where have I heard that name?), Richie Havens, Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Tampa Red, Doc Watson, Mac Wiseman, and several others—but I don't guarantee that they all had the same lyrics.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm a Stranger Here
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 15 Sep 10 - 11:25 PM

"Baby caught that Katy..."

The Katy (KT) was the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad.

pictures here:

KTPX

(I hope this link works. It was so long, I couldn't see if it was all highlighted when I copied it.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm a Stranger Here
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Sep 10 - 08:26 AM

Leeneia: Your link didn't work. Maybe something like this is what you had in mind?

If you're not sure a link will work, you can use the "preview" function and test it before you post.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm a Stranger Here
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 16 Sep 10 - 10:47 AM

That's it precisely. Thanks, Jim.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm a Stranger Here
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Apr 14 - 01:25 PM

Debbie -- the ONLY place I've ever heard that song was in an episode of _Alias Smith and Jones_, "Jailbreak at Junction City". It was only one verse and it was, yes, sung by a guy in jail.

And until two minutes ago, I didn't think it was a real song. I thought they made it up for Kid Curry (lovely voice, BTW)to have something to sing that they didn't have to pay royalties on. But, what do you know? Some group called Lambchop has done a cover of it.

http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/118944/

And here's the scene from AS&J: http://youtu.be/c1Shk-4WS-Q?t=34m


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm a Stranger Here
From: Stringsinger
Date: 04 Apr 14 - 07:21 PM

Jim, I think we used to know each other many years ago.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I'm a Stranger Here
From: Stringsinger
Date: 04 Apr 14 - 07:22 PM

I learned it from Bess Lomax Hawes, sister of Alan, probably a song from Texas where they grew up.


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