Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafemuddy

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


Lyr Req: Poor Man (from Tom Rush)

Jeep man 28 Dec 02 - 08:43 PM
Sorcha 28 Dec 02 - 09:05 PM
Jeep man 28 Dec 02 - 09:13 PM
Sorcha 28 Dec 02 - 09:24 PM
bigchuck 28 Dec 02 - 09:50 PM
Jeep man 28 Dec 02 - 10:18 PM
Sorcha 28 Dec 02 - 10:42 PM
Stewie 28 Dec 02 - 10:42 PM
Thomas the Rhymer 28 Dec 02 - 11:41 PM
Jeep man 30 Dec 02 - 09:42 PM
Charley Noble 31 Dec 02 - 09:11 AM
bigchuck 31 Dec 02 - 10:44 AM
Jeep man 31 Dec 02 - 11:15 AM
Thomas the Rhymer 31 Dec 02 - 11:36 AM
Stewie 31 Dec 02 - 09:13 PM
Jeep man 31 Dec 02 - 11:02 PM
Stewie 01 Jan 03 - 01:25 AM
GUEST 02 Aug 13 - 01:30 AM
GUEST,Peter Frövik 15 Oct 13 - 07:50 AM
GUEST,Gerry 06 Dec 15 - 12:05 AM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:





Subject: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Jeep man
Date: 28 Dec 02 - 08:43 PM

I have searched the Forum and DT but can't find Tom Rush's version of this song. Help Please. Jeep


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Sorcha
Date: 28 Dec 02 - 09:05 PM

No luck yet, can you give me a few lyrics at all?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Jeep man
Date: 28 Dec 02 - 09:13 PM

Sorcha, my friend. "Ten little children gnawing a a bone,poorman",

this is all I know. Thanks from Jim's corner. Jeep


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Sorcha
Date: 28 Dec 02 - 09:24 PM

Well, I found out it is "D modal tuning" what ever that is, and a bunch of lyrics to other Tom Rush songs, but not that one. Sorry, Jim.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: POOR MAN (from Tom Rush)
From: bigchuck
Date: 28 Dec 02 - 09:50 PM

Well you walk the floor and scratch your head, poor man.
Repeat
Well you walk the floor and scratch yo head,
You got 6 hungry children just a cryin to be fed, poor man.

Yo well's gone dry and your meats all gone, now poor man.
Repeat
Yo well's gone dry and your meats all gone,
You got six little bellies just a moanin and a groanin, poor man.

Well a big wind took your barn away, now poor man.
Repeat
Well a big wind took your barn away,
Your cows and your horses gone astray, now poor man.

Well you see them rabbits hoppin round, now poor man.
Repeat
Well you see them rabbits hoppin round,
Grab your gun and call your hound, now poor man.

Got no shells for your gun, now poor man.
Repeat
Got no shells now for your gun,
Your hound's so hungry he can't run, poor man.

Well you like your coffee black and hot, now poor man.
Repeat
Well you like your coffee black and hot,
Ain't got no coffee, got no pot, poor man.

Thanks for reminding me of this fine tune that I've not sung in about 15 years. These are close, probably not exact lyrics. Tom credits the song to Dave Rankin. D modal (with slide) sounds right to me. I've always done it in Em and standard tuning.

Sandy


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Jeep man
Date: 28 Dec 02 - 10:18 PM

BigChuck strikes again. Good job, and thanks for the tuneing. I know it on my banjo but not my guitar. EM or Am sounds about right. Thanks to all. Jim


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Sorcha
Date: 28 Dec 02 - 10:42 PM

"Add" in the box for bigchucks post this thread at 28 Dec 02 - 09:50 PM Thanks, bigchuck!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: POOR MAN (Dave Rankin)
From: Stewie
Date: 28 Dec 02 - 10:42 PM

Bigchuck's memory is pretty good, but here are the lyrics from the inside sleeve of a Rush LP:

POOR MAN
(Dave Rankin)

Hey, you walk the floor and scratch your head, poor man.
Walk the floor and scratch your head, poor man.
Walk the floor and scratch your head,
Ten little children cryin' to be fed, poor man.

Well, you got no bread, your meat's all gone, poor man
Got no bread and your meat's all gone, poor man
Got no bread and your meat's all gone,
Ten little young'uns gnawin' on the bone, poor man.

Well, there's ten little young'uns gnawing on the bone, poor man.
Ten little young'uns gnawing on the bone, poor man.
Ten little young'uns gnawing on the bone
Tell little bellies moanin' and a-groanin', poor man

Well, there's a cyclone blown your barn away, poor man.
Cyclone blown your barn away, poor man.
Big wind blown your barn away
Hogs are dead and your cows astray, poor man

And where them hens that used to lay, poor man
And where them hens that used to lay, poor man
Where them hens that used to lay
They got hungry and flew away, poor man

Well you see them rabbits hoppin' round, poor man.
See them rabbits hoppin' round, poor man.
See them rabbits hoppin' round,
Grab your gun and call your hound, poor man.

Well, you got no shells for your gun, poor man.
Got no shells for your gun, poor man
Got no shells for your gun,
Your hound's so hungry, he can't run, poor man.

You like your coffee black and hot, poor man.
You like your coffee black and hot, poor man
Like your coffee black and hot,
You got no coffee, got no pot, poor man

Words and music by Dave Rankin. Copyright date and publisher unknown.

Source: transcription on inside sleeve of Tom Rush 'At The Unicorn' Night Light Recordings (Reissue) U-58011. Reissue of live recordings 16 February 1962/9 March 1962.

--Stewie.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 28 Dec 02 - 11:41 PM

Yep! Doze'r dem... Now uhhh JM, and I am speaking from experience here, cairfu' ow yeh preezent it, er saum peepole'r gonna reee zent it!
Yeh, this is one of the ones I've 'upset' people with... maybe I just had the wrong approach... changed my life tho... have fun, and best o luck! ttr


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Jeep man
Date: 30 Dec 02 - 09:42 PM

Sandy, what is your chord progression using Em and Am? Sounds like a good sound. Jim


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Charley Noble
Date: 31 Dec 02 - 09:11 AM

Always loved Tom Rush's heavy guitar on this one, and on his unique rendition of "Old Blue":

I dug his grave with a RUSTY spade,
And lowered 'im down in the DRIVING RAIN...

Charley Noble


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Chords Add: POOR MAN (Dave Rankin)
From: bigchuck
Date: 31 Dec 02 - 10:44 AM

Jim...bear in mind that I learned it long ago when I didn't have a clue. Ignore Midchuck's coming comment. Open tunings were not on the horizon during the dark ages.

Em
Well you walk the floor and scratch your head, poor man.
Em                                              B7
Well you walk the floor and scratch your head, poor man.
Em
Well you walk the floor and scratch yo head,
Am                                                 Em    B7 Em
You got 6 hungry children just a cryin to be fed, poor man.

Course I have been known to take minor liberties with melodies %}

Sandy


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Jeep man
Date: 31 Dec 02 - 11:15 AM

Thanks Sandy and Charlie. I like it that way. Jim


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 31 Dec 02 - 11:36 AM

I play it in DADGAD, and I'll bet Rush does too... This is one of the songs that learned me how! C'mon guys, try it! Ya'll'll figure it out right quick ahm sure as can be! Git on over to the DADGAD tuning, and stick yer ol' forfinger up there on the 'G' string... yep, that's it... the second fret... now, stoke the 'A' string, hammeron at the third fret 'C', stroke the middle 'D', hammeron at the 'F' and so on...

Yep! jes whot da wold needs... 'nuddah 'Poor Man' 'n dadgad... ttr


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Stewie
Date: 31 Dec 02 - 09:13 PM

Jeep Man,

You asked for Tom Rush's version. I took the trouble to type them out for you - they vary considerably from Sandy's memory. It took me 15 minutes to dig out the album and type the lyrics. I would have expected the courtesy of an acknowledgement. I won't bother in future.

--Stewie.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Jeep man
Date: 31 Dec 02 - 11:02 PM

I am red faced with shame Stewie. You have always been helpful to me and you deserve better. I hope I can improve. Thanks, Jim


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: Stewie
Date: 01 Jan 03 - 01:25 AM

It's okay, Jim. I was a bit irritable this morning from a New Year's eve hangover. All the best for 2003.

Cheers, Stewie.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man/// Tom Rush
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Aug 13 - 01:30 AM

You walk the floor and scratch your head, Poor Man Repeat 2X
Ye got 10 little children cryin' to be fed, Poor Man


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: POOR MAN (Louisiana Honeydrippers)
From: GUEST,Peter Frövik
Date: 15 Oct 13 - 07:50 AM

POOR MAN
(Dave Rankin)
As recorded by Jim Smoak & the Louisiana Honeydrippers

Walk the floor and scratch your head, poor man.
Walk the floor and scratch your head, poor man.
Walk the floor and scratch your head.
Ten little young 'uns got to be fed, poor man.

You got no bread and the meat's all gone, poor man.
You got no bread and the meat's all gone, poor man.
You got no bread and the meat's all gone,
Ten little young 'uns gnawin' on a bone, poor man.

[Fiddle]

Ten little young 'uns gnawin' on a bone, poor man.
Ten little young 'uns gnawin' on a bone, poor man.
Ten little young 'uns gnawin' on a bone,
Tell little bellies moanin' and a-groanin', poor man.

Cyclone blow your barn away, poor man.
Cyclone blow your barn away, poor man.
The big wind blow your barn away,
Hogs are dead and your cows astray, poor man.

Where's them hens that used to lay, poor man?
Where's them hens that used to lay, poor man?
Where's them hens that used to lay?
They got hungry and flew away, poor man.

[Banjo]

See them rabbits hoppin' round, poor man.
See them rabbits hoppin' round, poor man.
See them rabbits hoppin' round,
Grab your gun and call your hound, poor man.

You got no shells for your gun, poor man.
Well, you got no shells for your gun, poor man.
Well, you got no shells for your gun,
And your hound's so hungry, he can't run, poor man.

[Fiddle]

You like your coffee black and hot, poor man.
Well, you like your coffee black and hot, poor man.
Well, you like your coffee black and hot,
You got no coffee. You got no pot, poor man.

Words and music by Dave Rankin. Copyright date and publisher unknown. Source: transcripted from Jim Smoak & the Louisiana Honeydrippers LP "Bayou Bluegrass" (Arhoolie 5010) 1961.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Poor Man (from Tom Rush)
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 06 Dec 15 - 12:05 AM

The model for Dylan's Ballad of Hollis Brown.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 23 June 10:02 PM EDT

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.