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Origins: Spoonful (Willie Dixon)

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Subject: Lyr Req: 'Spoonfull' by Willie Dixon
From: GUEST,Peter Woodruff
Date: 15 Jun 04 - 07:54 PM

Can't find "Spoonfull" lyrics in Digitrad. I can't believe it's not blues!

Peter


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Subject: Lyr Add: SPOONFUL (Willie Dixon)
From: Sorcha
Date: 15 Jun 04 - 08:19 PM

Here tis...

Spoonful
It could be a spoonful of coffee
It could be a spoonful of tea
But one little spoon of your precious love
Is good enough for me

Chorus: Men lie about that spoonful
Some cry about that spoonful
Some die about that spoonful
Everybody fight about that spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful

It could be a spoonful of diamonds
It could be a spoonful of gold
But one little spoon of your precious love
Could satisfy my soul

It could be a spoonful of water
To save you from the burning sand
But one spoon of lead from my forty-five
Will save you from another man

From: http://www.bluesrock.webz.cz/l_m/W_Dixon/jmeno49.html#Spoonful


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Spoonfull' by Willie Dixon
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jun 04 - 08:44 PM

Thank you Sorcha!

Peter AKA wdyat12


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Spoonfull' by Willie Dixon
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jun 04 - 08:49 PM

I can't believe I'm only a GUEST!

Peter Woodruff AKA wdyat12


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Spoonfull' by Willie Dixon
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jun 04 - 08:53 PM

Spoonful? Yes!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Spoonfull' by Willie Dixon
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Jun 04 - 09:39 PM

Correct spelling is crucial. If you had tried searching for "spoonful" you would have found these threads:

Lyr Req: 'Bout A Spoonful
Lyr Req: Charley Patton's 'A Spoonful Blues' (which also contains Willie Dixon's SPOONFUL).


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Subject: ADD Coffee Blues: Mississippi John Hurt
From: mousethief
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 05:53 PM

Was this song written by Mississippi John Hurt, or was he along an earlier work? My (admittedly poor) google-fu couldn't come up with anything.

Lyrics here: Spoonful

O..O
=o=

Blues Lyrics - Mississippi John Hurt
Coffee Blues

Mississippi John Hurt
recording of 19
from Coffee Blues (Vanguard 19032),

(spoken:
This is the "Coffee Blues", I likes a certain brand
- Maxwell's House - it's good till the last drop,
just like it says on the can. I used to have a girl
cookin' a good Maxwell House. She moved away.
Some said to
Memphis
and some said to Leland,
but I found her. I wanted her to cook me some
good Maxwell's House. You understand,
if I can get me just a spoonful of Maxwell's House,
do me much good as two or three cups this other coffee)

I've got to go to Memphis, bring her back to
Leland
I wanna see my baby 'bout a lovin'
spoonful,
my lovin' spoonful
Well, I'm just got to have my lovin'
(spoken: I found her)
Good mornin', baby, how you do this mornin'?
Well, please, ma'am, just a lovin' spoon,
just a lovin' spoonful
I declare, I got to have my lovin' spoonful
My baby packed her suitcase and she went away
I couldn't let her stay for my lovin',
my lovin' spoonful
Well, I'm just got to have my lovin'
Good mornin', baby, how you do this mornin'?
Well, please, ma'am, just a lovin' spoon,
just a lovin' spoonful
I declare, I got to have my lovin' spoonful
Well, the preacher in the pulpit, jumpin' up and down
He laid his bible down for his lovin'
(spoken: Ain't Maxwell House all right?)
Well, I'm just got to have my lovin'


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Subject: RE: Spoonful
From: ichMael
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 07:28 PM

The title "Spoonful" made me think of the Willie Dixon song, but the lyrics don't seem to match up. Dixon wrote and recorded his Spoonful song. The rock band Cream did a version. Howlin' Wolf did an excellent version.


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Subject: ADD Versions: Spoonful
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 07:33 PM

Alex, you titled the thread "Spoonful," but the link you posted was to Mississippi John Hurt's song which had a different title. There apparently are several "Spoonful" songs, and they don't seem to be related. I'll steal the Willie Dixon song from this page: http://digitaldreamdoor.nutsie.com/pages/lyrics_blues/wd_spoonful.html - I listened to the Willie Dixon recording and made corrections.

Spoonful
Written & Recorded by Willie Dixon (1960)



It could be a spoonful of coffee
It could be a spoonful of tea
But one little spoon of your precious love
Is good enough for me

Men lie about that spoonful
Some cry about that spoonful
Some die about that spoonful
Everybody fight about a spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful

It could be a spoonful of water
To save you from the desert sand
But one spoon of lead from my forty-five
Will save you from another man

Men lie about that spoonful
Some cry about that spoonful
Some die about that spoonful
Everybody fight about a spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful

It could be a spoonful of sugar
It could be a spoonful of tea
But one little spoon of your precious love
Is good enough for me

Men lie about that spoonful
Some cry about that spoonful
Some die about that spoonful
Everybody fight about a spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful



Spoonful
Lyrics As Recorded by Cream
Album: Fresh Cream (1966)


Could fill spoons full of diamonds,
Could fill spoons full of gold.
Just a little spoon of your precious love
Will satisfy my soul.

Men lies about it.
Some of them cries about it.
Some of them dies about it.
Everything's a-fightin' about the spoonful.
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful.
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful.
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful.
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful.

Could fill spoons full of coffee,
Could fill spoons full of tea.
Just a little spoon of your precious love;
Is that enough for me?

Men lies about it.
Some of them cries about it.
Some of them dies about it.
Everything's a-fightin' about the spoonful.
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful.
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful.
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful.
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful.

Could fill spoons full of water,
Save them from the desert sands.
But a little spoon of your forty-five
Saved you from another man.

Men lies.
Some of them cries about it.
Some of them dies.
Everything's a-fightin' about it.
Everything's a-cryin' about it.
Everything's a-dyin' about it.
Everything's a-cryin' about it.
Everything's a-lyin' about it.

Little old, little old spoonfull.
Dyin' about it
Cryin' about it
That spoon, that spoon
Little old, little old spoonfull

That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful.
That spoon, that spoon, that spoonful.
Everything's a-dyin' about it.



Also recorded by:
Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley,
Shadows of Knight, Paul Butterfield Blues Band,
Canned Heat, Grateful Dead, Ten Years After,
Willie King & The Liberators


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Spoonful' by Willie Dixon
From: ichMael
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 07:44 PM

Hey, that's like....magic. That's the spoonful song I was thinking of.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Spoonful' by Willie Dixon
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 07:46 PM

Charley Patton, Charley Jordan and Papa Charlie Jackson all recorded it pre-war. All 3 versions are on the Patton 75 Year Anniversary Edition compilation.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Spoonful' by Willie Dixon
From: mousethief
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 10:20 PM

You're right, sorry Joe. Does anybody know where the "Coffee Blues" comes from (other than from drinking bad coffee, boy have I heard that joke enough times)? Clearly different song from Spoonful as shown above. Any thoughts on its origin?

O..O
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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Spoonful' by Willie Dixon
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 09:54 AM

I love Charley Patton's version best. This video includes a transcription of the lyrics if you click more info. It is loud so turn your speakers down first.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Spoonful' by Willie Dixon
From: GUEST,Méreg
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 11:41 AM

naaaa the Canned Heat version is mind blowing. I think it is one of the best pieces of Rock blues I have ever heard! Sadly no one seems to have ever heard of it.... :(


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Spoonful' by Willie Dixon
From: The Villan
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 12:31 PM

Spoonful - Canned Heat

Spoonful - Howlin Wolf

Spoonful - Wllie Dixon

But my favourite is leagues ahead

Spoonful - Cream


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Spoonful' by Willie Dixon
From: Arkie
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 02:00 PM

I will make no claim as to the best version of Spoonful; in fact I have yet to hear a version that I did not like although Dion's version comes close. The Blues Project, John Hammond, Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Mike Seeger have also recorded the song. I think the Greatful Dead recorded it as well. In my opinion it is a great song and there is no wonder that it has been recorded by so many artists. I have not made a list of my 100 favorite songs but when and if I do, Spoonful will be there and near the top.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Spoonful' by Willie Dixon
From: GUEST,JonR
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 02:34 PM

I remember a great version by the Yardbirds, played live on a radio sesson back in 65 I think (probably Beck on lead). Unlike the heavy Cream version, this one had a nice jazzy swing 4 feel:

Someone else seems to have taped it off the radio back then like I did...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Okyd8Aei08


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Spoonful' by Willie Dixon
From: PoppaGator
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 02:44 PM

Mississippi John Hurt's "Coffee Blues" is an entirely different song from the "Spoonful" credited to Willie Dixon.

My guess is that MJH probably wrote it himself. He isn't usually thought of as a songwriter, more as a "songster" (performer/interpreter of others' material) ~ to the extent that even those of his songs which are entirely original are thought of as "traditional" or public-domain songs put to original arrangements.

At any rate: "Coffee Blues" includes the oft-repeated line "...just a lovin' spoonful," after which John Sebastian named his popular folk-rock band. That is, or at least was, a very well-known story ~ might help to explain the confusion between the song entitled "Spoonful" and the entirely different song that famously includes the word "spoonful."

MJH gets so little credit for "originality" because he directed his creativity towards reworking ideas and phrases already deeply ingrained in the blues tradition.

He has to have been aware of Charley Patton's earlier "Spoonful Blues," and to have adopted at least that one key phrase, but his "Coffee Blues" is an original work of his own. Similarly, John Hurt's "Stack-O-Lee" is not so much a "version" of the venerable ballad as a retelling of the story, using some traditional phrases in the lyrics and setting them to an entirely original tune.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Spoonful' by Willie Dixon
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 05:42 PM

This song is an absolute classic. I hadn't known about the Mike Seeger and Canned Heat versions. I enjoyed the Canned Heat version on a YouTube video, but can't find the Mike Seeger version - can anybody tell me what album it's on?

-Joe-


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