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Lyr Req: Shake 'Em On Down (Bukka White)

25 May 98 - 12:20 AM
Gene E 25 May 98 - 08:31 PM
Brian Hoskin 26 May 98 - 02:27 PM
Mark Brown 26 May 98 - 06:25 PM
Gene E 26 May 98 - 09:28 PM
27 May 98 - 06:34 PM
Jon W. 27 May 98 - 06:52 PM
GUEST,Justin Ellerby 09 Jun 13 - 01:53 PM
Jim Dixon 13 Jun 13 - 07:40 PM
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Subject: bukka white lyrics
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Date: 25 May 98 - 12:20 AM

hello

I was wondering if anyone knows the lyrics to SHAKE 'EM ON DOWN by Bukka White.

If you do, let me know

thanks baby!


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHAKE 'EM ON DOWN (Fred McDowell)
From: Gene E
Date: 25 May 98 - 08:31 PM

Dear not named,

Bukka was only one of a number of bluesmen that performed a version of Shake 'Em On Down. I know of Napoleon Strickland, Bukka White and Fred McDowell versions. As I understand it, all three men knew each other and probably performed the song together from time to time.

In fact Fred McDowell had a nick name in his neighborhood, "Shake 'Em" because every time they got a chance to hear him play, they wanted him to play the song. Here is Fred's version (or one of them):

SHAKE 'EM ON DOWN
Fred McDowell

If you come to my house, you gonna find me around, Lordy,
Somewhere, baby. Lordy, shake 'em on down.
Lordy, must I, Lord.

If you see my baby, Lordy, standin' round,
You know we getting ready now, we gonna, shake 'em on down.
Lordy, must I, Lord.

[Guitar interlude]

Put your knees together, baby. Let your backbone move.
Ain't no one in town can shake 'em down like you.
Lordy, must I, Lord.

[Guitar interlude with:]
Oh, Lord, you, . . . Oh, Lord, you.

Goin' way up on the hill. Goin' get some ice.
'Fore we get back gonna shake 'em down twice.
Lordy, must I, Lord.

Pretty cool, huh, baby? :}


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHAKE 'EM ON DOWN (Bukka White)
From: Brian Hoskin
Date: 26 May 98 - 02:27 PM

Here is Bukka White's version:

SHAKE 'EM ON DOWN.

Take off your nightshirt mama, and your gown.
Maybe 'fore day we're gonna shake 'em on down, eeh,
Bukka's stopped hollerin', oh, must I shake 'em on down
I done stopped hollerin', mama, must I shake 'em on down.

Too much of jelly to be throwed away.
Save this jelly for some old rainy day.
Bukka's stopped hollerin', oh, must I shake 'em on down.
I done stopped hollerin', mama, must I shake 'em on down.

Fix my supper and let me go to bed.
This white lightnin' done gone to my head, eeh,
Must I holler, oh, must I shake 'em on down.
I done stopped hollerin', mama, must I shake 'em on down.

I ain't been in Georgia, but I've been told.
Georgia women got the best jellyroll, eeh,
Bukka's stopped hollerin', oh, must I shake 'em on down.
I done stopped hollerin', mama, must I shake 'em on down.

See, see, mama what you done done.
Made me love you now your man done come, eeh,
Bukka's stopped hollerin', oh, must I shake 'em on down.
I done stopped hollerin', mama, must I shake 'em on down.

Baby got somethin', don't know what it is.
Make me drunker than an old whiskey still, eeh,
Bukka's stopped hollerin', oh, must I shake 'em on down.
I done stopped hollerin', must I shake 'em on down.


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Subject: RE: bukka white lyrics
From: Mark Brown
Date: 26 May 98 - 06:25 PM

Thank you kindly, how did you figure out those lyrics? Unless you found them written some where you're ear is on the same level as Jon W! Now I have another question though; what the Hell is he talking about? I assume shake 'em on down is slang for having sex but what does he mean by "i done stopped hollerin'" and what does "jelly" and "jelly roll" mean and what does it have to do with Georgia? I've heard a song by Guy Davis called "Geogia Jelly Roll" where it seems to be some sort of dance. And the first time I heard of Jelly in a blues song was in Oscar "Buddy" Woods' song, "Don't Sell It (Don't Give It Away)" where he says, "..I sold her some jelly I sure won't sell her no more."

Anyway THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! If you have the answers to any of the questions I just mentioned, I'd love to hear them but if not don't worry about it, you've done enough! If I can give you a hand with a song sometime feel free to e-mail me at pcbrown@interlog.com

Tanks Again,

mark brown


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Subject: RE: bukka white lyrics
From: Gene E
Date: 26 May 98 - 09:28 PM

Brian,

Thanks for the Bukka version.

Mark,

I think if you put yourself in a pretty rural frame of mind and try not to asign lofty simbalism to the words, you're imagination will tell you what the songs mean.

As for Georgia, it probably doesn't mean much, other than mayby a place one wants to go or has been and picked up fond memories.

I am certain about one thing, this song and it's close cousins were party songs, up beat and not in need of much deep meaning.

Just my opinion .. . . Gene E


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Subject: RE: bukka white lyrics
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Date: 27 May 98 - 06:34 PM

Gene

Yeah yer probably right. When I think of a modern dance tune I rarely come up with one that has a hidden meaning or profound symbolism. I just find I can sing a song with more entusiasm if I know what the slang in it means even if what it means is frivolous or actually just jibberish.

mark brown


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Subject: RE: bukka white lyrics
From: Jon W.
Date: 27 May 98 - 06:52 PM

This thread discusses the meaning of some common phrases in blues lyrics including jelly roll.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Shake 'Em On Down (Bukka White)
From: GUEST,Justin Ellerby
Date: 09 Jun 13 - 01:53 PM

I believe "jelly roll" can actually mean penis, vagina, or marijuana cigarette, depending on context.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHAKE 'EM ON DOWN (Bukka White)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jun 13 - 07:40 PM

The transcription posted above by Brian Hoskin is accurate (as far as I can tell), but this comes from a different (probably later, judging by the sound quality) recording:


SHAKE 'EM ON DOWN
As sung by Bukka White on "The Best of the Blues Vol. 3" and "Bukka White Revisited."

Get your nightcap, mama, and your gown.
Maybe 'fore day we gonna shake 'em on down.

CHORUS: Must I holler?* Ah, must I shake 'em on down?
I done stopped hollerin'; must I shake 'em on down?

Washed my dasher; scoured[or "scald"?] my churn,
Stirred the crap(?) until the butter come.

Baby got somethin', I don't know what it is,
Make me drunker than a whiskey still.

[Repeat previous verse]

See, see, baby, see what you done done:
Made me love you like your man done come.

Late last night, baby, come in, knocked on your door.
I heard him when he told you tell me she didn't want me no more.

Lookit, lookit, yonder, baby, comin' down the road.
My baby come and tried to tell me she don't want me no more.

[* holler – sometimes he pronounces it "hollow."]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Shake 'Em On Down (Bukka White)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jun 13 - 10:14 PM

SHAKE 'EM ON DOWN
As sung by Furry Lewis on "Shake 'Em On Down"

I went to the gypsy for to get my hambone done.
The gypsy said, "Furry, 'clare* you sure need one."
I—must I holler, or must I shake 'em on down?
Babe, I'm so tired o' hollerin', oh, I b'lieve I'll shake 'em on down.

[This line totally unintelligible to me]
I called my beef(?) off the killin' floor,
Cryin', must I holler, or must I shake 'em on down?
Oh, so tired o' hollerin', oh, I b'lieve I'll shake 'em on down.

I don't drink no whiskey, wine, neither gin.
If you see me sober, make me drunk again.
I—must I holler, baby? Must I shake 'em on down?
I'm getting' so tired o' hollerin' an' I b'lieve I'll shake 'em on down

I woke up this mornin', looked at the risin' sun.
Train gon' hurry or gon' be some walkin' done.
Baby, must I holler? Oh, must I shake 'em on down?
Oh, so tired o' hollerin', babe, I b'lieve I'll shake 'em on down.

Babe, I ain't good lookin' an' it ain't the clothes I wear,
But good kind treatment take me everywhere.
Baby, must I holler?
Oh, so tired o' hollerin', baby, an' I b'lieve I'll shake 'em on down.

Baby, you know you don't want me, y'ought to let me know.
Poor boy, done treat(?) me away from my home.
I'm so tired o' hollerin' an' I b'lieve I'll shake 'em on down.
Oh, so tired o' hollerin'; b'lieve I'll shake 'em on down.


[* 'clare = I declare]


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