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Origins: I've Been Down Harder, Baby

GUEST,ecooperrider@yahoo.com 02 Oct 02 - 01:02 AM
Dave Bryant 02 Oct 02 - 07:37 AM
GUEST,Sorcha 02 Oct 02 - 09:29 AM
GUEST 10 Jul 08 - 02:54 PM
GUEST,Whistle Stop 11 Jul 08 - 10:07 AM
GUEST 27 Jan 09 - 01:08 PM
GUEST 02 Sep 09 - 03:15 AM
PoppaGator 02 Sep 09 - 01:45 PM
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Subject: Origins: 'i've been down harder, baby'
From: GUEST,ecooperrider@yahoo.com
Date: 02 Oct 02 - 01:02 AM

Kay, I'm really freaking out because I can't figure out the title or artist of a late eighties early nineties song that has an apparent sampling of a 60's-ish song in it with the lyrics "I've been down harder, baby" (sung by an older black man, I believe) The only help I can give is another line of the song that is something like "Ma Theresa's joined the mob and happy with her full time job". The lead singer sounds like a young, white, late eighties boy.    Help, it's driving me crazy. e-mail ecooperrider@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'i've been down harder, baby'
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 02 Oct 02 - 07:37 AM

A remark made by Monica Lewinsky to Bill Clinton ?


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'i've been down harder, baby'
From: GUEST,Sorcha
Date: 02 Oct 02 - 09:29 AM

I didn't find anything with the "been down harder" phrase, but I did find this, Click here, with the "ma teresa's joined the mob" phrase. Looks like it might be 2 different songs you are looking for.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'i've been down harder, baby'
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Jul 08 - 02:54 PM

well this thread is an age old, but for all, like me, who's in search.

check this link to listen:

http://www.last.fm/music/Primitive+Radio+Gods/?autostart=1

the band: Primitive Radio Gods
the song: Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'i've been down harder, baby'
From: GUEST,Whistle Stop
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 10:07 AM

I'm not a regular poster around here any more, but I drop by occasionally. I couldn't have told you who did the song, but the sample was from B.B. King's Live At The Regal album (one of the greatest live blues albums ever, in my opinion). The song was "How Blue Can You Get," and the line is "I've been downhearted baby."


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'i've been down harder, baby'
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 01:08 PM

its the song Standing Outside a Broken Phonebooth With Money in my Hand by the Primitive Radio Gods


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'i've been down harder, baby'
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 03:15 AM

thanks everyone <3


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Subject: RE: Origins: I've Been Down Harder, Baby
From: PoppaGator
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 01:45 PM

When I saw the thread title, my first reaction was the same as Whistle Stop's: what the singer has been is "downhearted," not "down harder," as expressed in the opening line of BB King's very-well-known "How Blue Can You Get."

An obvious "mondegreen."

After opening and actually reading the thread, I learn that things are more complicated than that. It would seem that a group of white punks on dope (presumably ~ I know nothing about the Primitive Radio Gods and never heard, or heard of, their song) misheard the original lyric and then built a whole new song around the altered phrase. Interesting ~ a whole new avenue for inspiration in songwriting!


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