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Origins: Milk Cow Blues

ZORRO 16 Jul 98 - 08:37 AM
Benjamin Bodhra/nai/ 16 Jul 98 - 08:47 AM
Earl 16 Jul 98 - 09:51 AM
Brian Hoskin 16 Jul 98 - 11:48 AM
Chet W. 16 Jul 98 - 06:29 PM
Gene 16 Jul 98 - 07:18 PM
Gene 16 Jul 98 - 07:23 PM
Earl 17 Jul 98 - 05:15 PM
Mr. Bill 18 Jul 98 - 04:48 PM
Gene 18 Jul 98 - 07:12 PM
Brian Hoskin 19 Jul 98 - 10:19 AM
ronparker76@hotmail.com 18 Oct 98 - 07:33 AM
Ralph Butts 18 Oct 98 - 08:51 AM
GUEST,bessie info@doctorhealthynet.com 23 Feb 01 - 11:50 AM
GUEST,Gene 23 Feb 01 - 12:06 PM
GUEST,Gerry 06 Dec 15 - 12:47 AM
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Subject: MILK COW BLUES
From: ZORRO
Date: 16 Jul 98 - 08:37 AM

Does anyone know who wrote Milk Cow Blues. Last night a lady told me she thinks Hank Williams Sr. wrote it, but I don't think so? I realize the song is more country than folk, but I thought someone would know. ??? Thanks.


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Subject: RE: WHO WROTE:
From: Benjamin Bodhra/nai/
Date: 16 Jul 98 - 08:47 AM

Well Robert Johnson did a variation of it with Milkcow's calf Blues and I think I have heard the Milkcow blues done also in that era. So HW snr could have written it, but it's more of a bluesy origin than straight country and to me seems that it was probably not him. And that early recording of Milkcow blues was by Kokomo Arnold sometime before 1937 (Just went and grabbed a book on RJ)

Hope that leads towards something

Benjamin


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Subject: RE: WHO WROTE:
From: Earl
Date: 16 Jul 98 - 09:51 AM

Sleepy John Estes did a song called "Milk Cow Blues" which never mentions milk cows.


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Subject: RE: WHO WROTE:
From: Brian Hoskin
Date: 16 Jul 98 - 11:48 AM

The earliest recorded version of the song that I know is by Freddie Spruell (25 June 1926). Sleepy John Estes recorded his version 13 May 1930, Big Bill recorded it 23 March 1934 and Kokomo Arnold 10 September 1934. Arnold must have liked the theme though, because he went on to record 'Milk Cow Blues No. 2' in Feb. 1935, 'Milk Cow Blues No. 3' and 'Milk Cow Blues No.4' in Sept. 1935 and did a test pressing (never released) of (you guessed it) 'Milk Cow Blues No.5' in Feb. 1936.

Brian


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Subject: RE: WHO WROTE:
From: Chet W.
Date: 16 Jul 98 - 06:29 PM

I heard an old 78 of Milk Cow Blues by Barbecue Bob.

Chet W.


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Subject: RE: WHO WROTE:
From: Gene
Date: 16 Jul 98 - 07:18 PM

BMI lists the following for Milk Cow Blues::

* BMI *

ASCAP lists the following for Milk Cow Blues:

* ASCAP *


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Subject: RE: WHO WROTE:
From: Gene
Date: 16 Jul 98 - 07:23 PM

OOOOPS! Found out you can't LINK like that from either Bmi or Ascap!!!


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Subject: RE: WHO WROTE:
From: Earl
Date: 17 Jul 98 - 05:15 PM

If it's BMI or ASCAP you probably have to pay to link.


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Subject: RE: WHO WROTE:
From: Mr. Bill
Date: 18 Jul 98 - 04:48 PM

Robert Johnson


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Subject: RE: WHO WROTE:
From: Gene
Date: 18 Jul 98 - 07:12 PM

Authors of MILK COW BLUES according to ASCAP/BMI


ASCAP-MILK COW BLUES

1. KOKOMO ARNOLD

2a. FARLEY FRANK
2b. SPENCE JOHNNIE
2c. GREEN MICHAEL R



BMI-MILK COW BLUES

1. ESTES, JOHN ADAM

2a. STONE, ROY M
2b. WISE, ROBERT RUSSELL
3. YORK, WILLIAM

4. MOORE, KATHY LYNN

5. SWAIM, JOHN ERIC


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Subject: RE: WHO WROTE:
From: Brian Hoskin
Date: 19 Jul 98 - 10:19 AM

Just to clear one point up, Robert Johnson's 'Milkcow's Calf Blues' is a combination of Kokomo Arnold's version of 'Milk Cow Blues' (which was released on the B-side of 'Old Original Kokomo Blues' - a song which, incidentally, influenced Johnson's 'Sweet Home Chicago') and some lyrics from Son House's 'My Black Mama'.

Brian.


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Subject: Lyrics to Milk Cow Blues
From: ronparker76@hotmail.com
Date: 18 Oct 98 - 07:33 AM

Does anyone have the lyrics to the milk cow blues? I seem to remember Merle Haggard on an old tribute to Bob Wills album doing it. I sure would appreciate any help.

Thank you in advance,

Ron Parker


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Subject: Lyr Add: MILKCOW BLUES BOOGIE (Kokomo Arnold)
From: Ralph Butts
Date: 18 Oct 98 - 08:51 AM

From the Elvis Presley Database at:

http://members.aol.com/petedixon/elvis/index.html

MILKCOW BLUES BOOGIE
Kokomo Arnold

Oh well, I woke up this morning,
And I looked out the door,
I can tell that old milk cow
By the way she lowed.

    Hold it fellows, that don't move me.
    Let's get real, real gone for a change.

Well, I woke up this morning,
And I looked out the door,
I can tell that that old milk cow
I can tell the way she lowed.

Now, if you've seen my milk cow,
Please drive her on home.
I ain't had no milk or butter
Since that cow's been gone.

Well, I tried to treat you right, day by day.
Get out your little prayer book
Get down on your knees and pray.
For you're gonna need,
You're gonna need your loving daddy's help someday.
Well, then you're gonna be sorry
For treating me this way.

    Oh let's milk it, Yeah!

Well, believe me, don't that sun look good going down?
Well, believe me, don't that sun look good going down?
Well, don't that old moon look lonesome
When your baby's not around?

Well, I tried everything to get along with you.
I'm gonna tell you what I'm gonna do.
I'm gonna quit my crying,
I'm gonna leave you alone.
If you don't believe I'm leaving,
You can count the days I'm gone.

I'm gonna leave.
You're gonna need your loving daddy's help someday.
Well then, you're gonna be sorry you treated me this way.


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Subject: need lyrics to Milk Cow Blues (trad.)
From: GUEST,bessie info@doctorhealthynet.com
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 11:50 AM

I am trying to find the lyrics for the traditional "Milk Cow Blues" for a guy who plays acoustic bass with a group. He can get started on the song but he has to adlib. Some of the phrases I remember are: "If you see my cow ascomin', comin' round the bend" and "I haven't had no milk and butter since she's been gone." I don't even know if those were adlibs or not. Everytime they perform, someone requests the song. It would help if they guy could learn the lyrics. Thank you so much for the lyrics!


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Subject: RE: need lyrics to Milk Cow Blues (trad.)
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 12:06 PM

For Elvis Presley version -
* CLICK TO: Previous MUDCAT FORUM Post *



For George Strait Version -
* CLICK TO: Cowpie Lyrics Site *


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Milk Cow Blues / Milk Cow Blues Boogie
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 06 Dec 15 - 12:47 AM

Tom Rush recorded (a version of) Milk Cow Blues on the first album he did for Elektra. Dylan used bits and pieces of Milk Cow Blues in his song, Quit Your Lowdown Ways, see http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~skulick/edlis/quit-your-lowdown.html


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