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Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song

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Uncle Bud (from Steamboatin' Days, Mary Wheeler (1944))
Uncle Bud (from Randolph/Legman, Roll Me In Your Arms: Unprintable Ozark Folksongs and Folklore)


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Subject: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: John M.
Date: 04 Mar 05 - 05:25 PM

Hello everyone,

If you are easily offended, please STOP READING.   This thread is for mature audiences only.  Please don't post "dreadful song" or "worst song written" as you are not helping. 

Below is a traditional bawdy song titled:  Uncle Bud  (recording)


                Do you sing this song?  If so when/where did you learn it?


Any help is appreciated.

Sincerely,

John Mehlberg
john@mehlberg.com
~
My, mostly traditional, bawdy songs, toasts and recitations website: www.immortalia.com
~

               UNCLE BUD

Uncle Bud's fine; Uncle Bud is keen.
Uncle Bud's got plenty of gasoline.

Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud.

Uncle Bud's got this; Uncle Bud's got that.
Uncle Bud's got a dick like a baseball bat.

Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud.

Uncle Bud's got a wife.  She's big and fat.
She's got a cunt like a Stetson hat.

Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud.


Notes: This is transcribed from the LP "Unexpurgated Folk Songs of Men" by Mack McCormick.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: John M.
Date: 05 Mar 05 - 07:10 AM

Uncle Bud

DESCRIPTION: "Oh, Uncle Bud goin' down the road, Haulin' women by the wagon load, Uncle Bud (x3), Bud, Doggone it, Uncle Bud." About Uncle Bud's odd exploits, sexual anatomy, and extravagant farming methods, as well as poverty and perhaps the hope for salvation
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1928 (recording, Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers)
KEYWORDS: humorous drink death sex bawdy
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
MWheeler, pp. 95-97, "Uncle Bud" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #10035
RECORDINGS:
Anonymous singer, "Uncle Bud" (on Unexp1)
Grant & Wilson, "Uncle Joe" (QRS, 1929) (Decca, 1938)
Booker T. Sapps, "Uncle Bud" (AFS 370 A1, 370 A2, 1935)
Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers, "Uncle Bud" (on Columbia 15221-D, 1928)
Notes: Most versions of this song are bawdy, to a greater or lesser extent. A Texas variant, recorded by the anonymous singer on Unexp1, recounts stories about Uncle Bud Russell, who was in charge of transporting prisoners to the state prison at Huntsville -- but the song clearly existed in tradition before then, and was adapted to local use. - PJS
File: MWhee095

The Ballad Index Copyright 2004 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: John M.
Date: 07 Mar 05 - 02:24 PM

Further references:

"Uncle Bud", titled "O! Bud", is found in the 1928 "Six New Negro
Songs with Music" article by Nicolas Joseph Hutchingson Smith in
the Follow the Drinkin' Gou'd journal of the Texas Folk-lore
Society 1928.

A six stanza bawdy "Uncle Bud" with music can be found on pgs 249-50
of Roger Abrahams' "Negro Folklore in South Philadelphia"
unpublished 1962 dissertation.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: PoppaGator
Date: 07 Mar 05 - 02:32 PM

I wanna know about Uncle Bud's "extravagant farming methods"

???!???!!

Must be nasty....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: Stewie
Date: 07 Mar 05 - 08:18 PM

A version of 'Uncle Bud', as sung by a Texan songster, George Bernard, was issued on a 1981 LP produced for Rounder by Mark Wilson and Lou Curtiss: Various Artists 'Just Something My Uncle Told Me: Blaggardy Folk Songs from the Southern United States' Rounder Records O141. Wilson noted: 'George Bernard from Washington, Texas, is in his late sixties and now a Holiness preacher. Hearing Sam Chatmon perform some of his rowdy pieces at the San Diego Folk Festival induced George to come into Lou Curtiss' record shop and announce "OK, I'm going to put all this stuff down for you so you'll have it and then I'm never going to to mess with it no more". And he hasn't'.

Although fairly full, 'Uncle Bud' seems relatively tame compared to some of the other pieces on the album. Unfortunately, my copy of the album is in very poor shape - probably from playing with worn needles on a variety of record players at parties over the years. Because of the condition of the record, Bernard's slurring and also his vigorous guitar accompaniment at times, the words are almost impossible to decipher. However, it begins:

Oh Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, you know he's a man like this (x2)
You know, he caint get nothing from the women,
Always could do it to his fist

Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, you know he's a man and a half (x2)
They tell me his nuts hang down (indecipherable) below his arse

At the end of the song the 'nuts' verse is repeated with the line changed to: 'You know his nuts hang down, baby, just below his arse'.

Wilson noted that there are other versions on Flyright's Library of Congress series and 'a remarkably dry-cleaned' rendition on Roosevelt Charles' Vanguard record.

I also have an obscene recording by Gary B.B. Coleman which has traditional floaters as well as original verses by Coleman - for example, it has 'the baseball bat' stanza. To give the flavour of piece, it begins:

I'll tell you a story about a man you don't know
He's a diry mother-fucker from the word say go
I used to think that Uncle Bud was nice
Till the sorry mother-fucker he stole my wife

He lives alone all by hisself
Had ten wives and he fucked them to death
Uncle Bud's got this and Uncle Bud's got that
Uncle Bud's got a peter like a baseball bat

It gets worse after that, with references to the anatomical attributes of Uncle Bud's women and several scatalogical stanzas. In true traditional spirit, Uncle Bud goes to hell but is too much for the devil:

Uncle Bud he died and he went to hell
He grabbed Tom Devil and he fucked him well
All the little devils up beside the wall
[Said] release him, daddy, 'fore he fuck us all

The reference is: Gary B.B. Coleman 'Too Much Weekend' Ichiban Records ICH-1140-CD.

I hope the above is of some help in your quest.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: Stewie
Date: 07 Mar 05 - 08:35 PM

There is a sound sample of Coleman's 'Uncle Bud' at CDNow:

CLICK HERE.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 07 Mar 05 - 09:10 PM

A verse that I heard from a friend from western Oklahoma doesn't seem to fit the verse meters above

"Who in the hell in the God damned nation
Shit all over Uncle Bud's plantation?
Uncle Bud and the whole damned crew
Come here and help me saw this turd in two."


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Subject: ADD Versions: Uncle Bud
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Mar 05 - 10:06 PM

There's not much in Randolph/Legman Roll Me In Your Arms - five fragments, only one with a tune.

  1. There's corn in this town ain't never been shucked,
    There's gals in this town ain't never been fucked,
    Oh Bud, oh Bud, oh Bud
    Click to play

  2. When apples are red they orter be plucked,
    When gals are sixteen they orter be fucked,
    Oh, Uncle Bud, oh Bud.

  3. Ther ain't much corn Uncle Bud ain't shucked,
    There ain't many gals Uncle Bud ain't fucked,
    Oh Bud, oh Bud.

  4. Uncle Bud was a man like this:
    He had lots of money but he fucked his fist.

    Uncle Bud had a prick like a telephone pole,
    If he misses your pussy, look out ass-hole!

  5. There's corn in the field, there's corn in the shuck,
    There's girls in this world ain't never been touched,
    O Bud, Uncle Bud, O Bud, O Bud

Click to play (Randolph/Legman #99A)


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Subject: ADD Version: Uncle Bud
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Mar 05 - 10:18 PM

Here's the version from Wheeler's Steamboatin' Days (cited in the Traditional Ballad Index).

Uncle Bud

Oh, Uncle Bud goin' down the road,
Haulin' women by the wagon load.

CHORUS
Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, Bud, Dog-gone it, Uncle Bud.

Up he slipped an' down he fell,
Mouth fell open like a mussel shell.

He passed by here, an' sweepin' low,
Forgot his bottle an' overcoat.

Some of these mornin's, it won't be long,
I'll leave this town blowin' my horn.

Way down yonder where I come frum,
Feed them niggers off hard, parched corn.

Growed so tall, growed so fat,
Swelled up big, couldn't wear a hat.

Some folks say Uncle Bud wuzn't aroun',
It's a goddam lie, he's leavin' town.

Some folks say Uncle Bud wuz dead,
It's a goddam lie, he ought to be in bed.

Worked in the summer an' all the fall,
Now winter caught me in blue overalls.


Click to play


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: John M.
Date: 08 Mar 05 - 01:00 PM

Thanks everyone for the references. I have just purchased the 'Too Much Weekend' CD.

Yours,

John Mehlberg


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: GUEST,Hadaway
Date: 29 Nov 06 - 11:34 PM

Me and Uncle Bud's was Headin To town
Riden the Billygoats and stompin the clowns
UP.! JUMP the Billygoat...Jump!!
Me and Uncle Bud went stridden a stump..


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 06:17 AM

What was the provenance of this kind of song?

Presumably they weren't broadcast. But did they get onto jukeboxes in out the way country places. Or where godfearing country folk repelled by this sort of thing, and it was for college boys - not getting much sex, but drinking a lot and thinking about it a lot.

When were the Uncle Bud records made. The words have a very authentic sound to them - as though the writer/performer knew the audience they were singing to.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 11:12 AM

Stewie,

What about posting the entire Gary B.B. Coleman "Uncle Bud" lyrics? I (and perhaps others) would appreciate seeing the entire thing. And bluenoses can always skip over the message. Thanks, Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 11:12 AM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 11:35 AM

I've made several attempts to post this to the "RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song" thread without success (hope it doesn't eventually result in multiple postings). Trying again:

*******

"Race" records were able to get away with more innuendo than most others in the 78 rpm era. There were some humdingers, like Bo Carter's many songs -- "Banana in the Fruit Basket," etc.

The married duo of Leola and Wesley Wilson were a stage act known for their "blue" songs. We can assume their stage version got dirtier depending on the venue. They made lots of other records!   

This version of the traditional "Uncle Bud" is far from being their most suggestive song, in fact it's pretty mild. Their rewrite, changing the characters and creating their own verses, was evidently aimed at creating a copyrightable, distinct version that would be associated with them and nobody else.    Bob

UNCLE JOE

Leola B. Wilson and Kid Wesley Wilson (as COOT GRANT AND SOCKS WILSON) Paramount 12833 (also on QRS label), c. Feb 1929

Uncle Joe's got a horse flies through his field,
Horseflies from his tail like an automobile,
    Uncle Joe, good Uncle Joe

Uncle Joe took Sal through the market square,
She saw a hog, just start to rootin' right there,
    Uncle Joe, mean Uncle Joe.

Uncle Joe is a man just full of vim,
Ain't no man can paddle by him,
    Uncle Joe, sweet Uncle Joe.

Uncle Joe take a bath once every fall,
Cain't wash all over 'cause the tub too small,
    Uncle Joe, old Uncle Joe

    Ow de yow, yow, yow de yow yow etc. (scatting)

Uncle Joe, says, gal, what you got on yo' mind?
Ain't had no lovin' in a long, long time,
    Uncle Joe, sweet ol' Uncle Joe.

Uncle Joe went to call on Betty['s?] Bone,
He was too much man, so she sent him on home,
    Uncle Joe, good ol' Uncle Joe.

Uncle Joe sells cotton bale by bale,
He'll [hang a sign says?' Seeds For Sale,
    Uncle Joe, sweet Uncle Joe

Uncle Joe's no fool, he knows everything,
All the gals said Joe can sho' shake that thing,
    Uncle Joe, sweet Uncle Joe.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 08:02 PM

Hi Bob,

Some of the versions of Uncle Bud I have use the same melody and form as "Froggy Went a Courtin'." So I guess you could trace Uncle Bud songs back to the 1500's.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: Lighter
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 10:23 AM

Hi, Bob. All Catters who know stanzas of this poorly documented song should post them.

A couple of notes:

Hart Stilwell, "Border City" (1945): "He was singing a little ditty about Uncle Bud trying to look like a Jersey bull--a ditty calculated to bring conversation in a mixed crowd to a dead halt in a hell of a hurry."

N.Y. Times, June 1, 1998: "Mr. Wolfe still has to complete the last chapter of his 700-page-plus novel, which only recently was given the title of 'A Man in Full.' The name was inspired by a South Georgia or North Florida folk song, which Mr. Wolfe recited with zest to the conventioneers: 'Uncle Bud was a man in full. He had a back like a Jersey bull. He didn't like taters. He didn't like pears. He's got a gal that's got no hairs.'"

From Internet in 1999: "If you're gonna be a man, be a man in full, let your bag hang down, like a Jersey bull."

All are clearly related.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: Severn
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 03:52 PM

The late Boozoo Chavis does a cleaned up version on Rhino Records Cajun anthology "Alligator Stomp" (Vol.1). I believe the liner notes, which I don't have with my used copy, mentioned he'd privately recorded a raunchier version, but I don't know where.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: Barry Finn
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 03:52 PM

"Uncle" Bud Russel was the "Transfer Man" for the Texas Prison System
for 40 yrs starting in 1912. He had already beem in the employ since 1908 as assistant transfer agent. The transfer wagon was called originally the Black Maria, "We call Uncle Bud's old wagon Black Betty". "Then one morning I heard chains rattling down the corridor of the jail & somebody hollered that Uncle Bud had come & Black Betty was waiting" (290-291, The Land Where the Blues Began-Allan Lomax), Black Betty would take you there but it wouldn't take you away. Bud Russel would travel around picking up the convicted prisoners from around the different counties & bring them to Huntsville (also called "The Walls") which I believe would've been the "new man house" from there the "cons" or "victs" would be eventually be transfered to other state prisons or farms. When Bruce Jackson was collecting in the mid to late 60's "Bud Russel's name was still used throughout the system: 'We'll, let's go go get Uncle Bud's cotton,' or 'Let's get some a Uncle Bud's cows' Whatever it might be, it's still uesed"(p. 290-291 Wake Up Dead Man-Bruce Jackson). Bruce Jackson says that Bud's wagon was also called Black Annie.

From "The Midnight Special"

"Younder come Bud Russel, how in the world do ya know
I can tell by the his wagon & the chains he wore
(or I know him by his big hat & his 44)
Big pistol on his shoulder, big knife in his hand
He come-in to carry you back to Sugarland

He walks into the jail house, with his cahins in his hand
I heard him tell the captain "I'm the transfer man"


"Go Down OLd Hannah"

Well I see Bud Russel, WELL, WELL, WELL
Little boy, with his ball & chain, WITH HIS BALL & CHAIN
Little boys he gonna take you BACK TO SUGERLAND

"Sure Make A Man Fell Bad"

"Wouldn't mind working, IT SURE MAKE A MAN FELL BAD
For Uncle Sam, IT SURE MAKE A MAN FELL BAD
Workin for Uncle Bud IT SURE MAKE A MAN FELL BAD
It ain't worth a damn, IT SURE MAKE A MAN FELL BAD."

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 02 Dec 06 - 09:07 AM

Black Annie also resulted in a song, or at least a fiddle tune, by that title. I think the Georgia Yellowhammers recorded it. It may originally have been Afro-American.


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Subject: Lyr Add: UNCLE BUD (from Zora Neale Hurston)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 07:40 PM

The Library of Congress American Memory Collection, has a recording of Zora Neale Hurston singing this song. She was already a published novelist, and working for the Federal Writers' Project in Florida when she made this recording in 1939. Here's my transcription:

[Spoken:] UNCLE BUD is not a work song. It's a sort of social song for amusement, and it's so widely distributed, it's growing all the time by incremental repetition, and it is known all over the South. No matter where you go, you can find verses of UNCLE BUD, and it's a favorite song, and the men get to workin' in ev'ry kind o' work, and they just yell down on UNCLE BUD, and nobody particular leads it. Ever'body puts in his verse when he gets ready, and UNCLE BUD grows and grows and grows.

Q. ...is it sung before the respectable ladies?

A. Never! It's one o' those jook songs, and the woman that they sing UNCLE BUD in front of is a jook woman.

Q. Of course, you've heard it....

A. (Laughs) Yes, I've heard it from....

[Sings:] Uncle Bud's a man, a man like this:
He can't get a woman, gonna use his fist.
[Refrain after every verse:] Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud.

Go into town, gonna hurry back.
Uncle Bud's got somethin' I sure do like. (or "lack"?)...

Oh, little cat, big cat, little bitty kitten,
Gonna whup their tails if they don't stop shittin'....

Uncle Bud's got corn that sure needs shuckin'.
Uncle Bud's got gals that sure needs fuckin'. [ZNH deliberately muffles the last word.] ...

Uncle Bud's got gals that got no hairs.
Uncle Bud's got cotton ain't got no squares....

Oh, 'taint no use in you raisin' sand.
You gotta take that turd off o' grandpa's land....

Oh, who in the hell in the God-damned nation
Shits his turd on pa's plantation?...

Oh, little cat, big cat playin' in the sand,
Little cat fart like a nat'ral man....

Uncle Bud's a man, a man in full.
His nuts hang down like a Georgia bull....

Uncle Bud's got gals that's long and tall
And they rocks their men from wall to wall....

Uncle Bud's got gals long and tall
And they rock their hips like a cannonball....

[Spoken:] I don't know--. I know I know some more verses but right off, I just don't recall 'em.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: GUEST,xf
Date: 07 Jan 07 - 01:32 PM

The late Boozoo Chavis does a cleaned up version on Rhino Records Cajun anthology "Alligator Stomp" (Vol.1). I believe the liner notes, which I don't have with my used copy, mentioned he'd privately recorded a raunchier version, but I don't know where.

The unexpurgated version of Chavis' "Uncle Bud" appears on his late-nineties album Who Stole My Monkey?, along with another track in a similar vein entitled "Deacon Jones". These two earned Who Stole My Monkey? the distinction of being the only mass-released zydeco album to bear a parental advisory label. It'd be quite a shock to people who have only heard Buckwheat and think that zydeco is children's music.

I haven't been able to completely work out the lyrics, but the parts I can make out go roughly like this:

   Eighteen, nineteen, twenty years ago
   Uncle Bud beat the shit outta Cotton-Eyed Joe
   Uncle Bud!

   Some people say Uncle Bud is dead;
   It's a goddamn lie, he's sick in bed
   Uncle Bud!

   Uncle Bud got a daughter, her name is (Roan?)
   (?) like her father, make an old man moan,
   Uncle Bud!

   Uncle Bud got cotton ain't never been picked,
   Uncle Bud got corn ain't never been shucked,
   Uncle Bud got a daughter ain't never been fucked,
   Uncle Bud!

   Down in Louisiana where the grass grow green,
   They got more bitches than you ever seen,
   Uncle Bud!

   Uncle Bud got this, Uncle Bud got that,
   Uncle Bud got a pecker like a baseball bat,
   Uncle Bud!

   Big fish, little fish, (climbin'?) up the water,
   Some sonovabitch done fucked my daughter,
   Uncle Bud!

   (Jimmy?) come and knock with a pack on his back,
   He bring more cock than he can pack,
   Uncle Bud!

   Some people say (his penis?) ain't right,
   Done made him sick,
   It's a goddamn lie,
   Them Louisiana ho's
   (That run his crank?)
   Uncle Bud!

You can get Who Stole My Monkey? from Amazon.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: Richie
Date: 20 Jan 07 - 07:35 PM

I think this is the first recording of Uncle Bud by the Skillet Lickers in 1928. You can clearly see the relationship with "Froggie Went A-Courtin" including some of the lyrics. (If anyone knows the first line it would help- not sure of lyrics)

UNCLE BUD Skillet Lickers 1928

(Fiddle plays tune)

*I got a gal and she's at you Uncle Bud
I got a gal and she's at you Uncle Bud
I got a gal and she's at you
She don't wear no- yes she do, Uncle Bud

Where will the wedding supper be? Uncle Bud
Where will the wedding supper be? Uncle Bud
Where will the wedding supper be?
Way down yonder in a holler tree, Uncle Bud.

(Fiddle plays tune)

Uncle Bud gets married on Sunday morn, Uncle Bud
Uncle Bud gets married on Sunday morn, Uncle Bud.
Uncle Bud gets married on Sunday morn,
He's gonna bring back a gallon of corn, Uncle Bud.

(Fiddle plays tune)

I know a man they called Bud, Uncle Bud
I know a man they called Bud, Uncle Bud
I know a man they called Bud,
He carried his whiskey in his jug, Uncle Bud.

(Fiddle plays tune)

Big cat, little cat playin' in the sand, Uncle Bud.
Big cat, little cat playin' in the sand, Uncle Bud.
Big cat, little cat playin' in the sand,
Little cat yelled like a natural man, Uncle Bud.

(Cat sounds then fiddle)

Where will the wedding supper be? Uncle Bud
Where will the wedding supper be? Uncle Bud
Where will the wedding supper be?
Way down yonder in a holler tree, Uncle Bud.

* uncertain of lyrics here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 08 Feb 07 - 01:26 PM

The following is unexpurgated, but if you're this deep on the thread, that's no surprise to you. This, it seems, is one of our first looks at what "Uncle Bud" might have been like at its absolute bluest. Lyrics supplied courtesy of Richie:

UNCLE BUD

As sung by Gary B.B. Coleman 'Too Much Weekend' Ichiban Records ICH-1140-CD.
(R &B sound w/guitar, organ, bass and drums- intro)

I'll tell you a story about a man you don't know,
He's a dirty mother-fucker from the word say go,
I used to think that Uncle Bud was nice,
Till the sorry mother-fucker, he stole my wife.

Cho: Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, Goddamn him Uncle Bud.

He lives alone all by hissel,
Had ten wives and he fucked them to death,
Uncle Bud's got this and Uncle Bud's got that,
Uncle Bud's got a peter like a baseball bat.

Uncle Bud's got a gal and her name is Matt,
She got a twelve-pound pussy and it's big as a hat,
Uncle Bud's got a gal and her name is Emmaline,
Her ass keep cookin' like a watermelon rind.

Old Aunt Dinah come floatin' down the street,
With her ass and her body just a-twitchin' to the beat,
Doney, doney don't need to flirt,
Cause I see shit on your underskirt.

Who in the hell in this damned ol' nation,
Shit this turd on my plantation,
Don't give a damn if it's a woman or a man,
You gotta move this shit or I'm gonna raise some sand.

Some folks say Uncle Bud don't steal,
That's a Goddamn lie he's in my watermelon field,
Seed in the watermelon throwin' away the rind,
Preacher in the gospel lyin' all the time.

Here come a dog with his tail hushed up,
His ass all shinin' like a new tin cup,
Here come another one trottin' down the road,
The jaws of his ass 'bout to shiver in the cold

Bud's got a gal and her name is Christine,
She's got good pussy but she don't keep it clean,
He's got another girl and they call her Mutt,
You Ask her for her pussy she'll offer you butt.

Friends of mine know what I'm talkin' about,
Fucked ol' Mutt and he knocked her out.

Uncle Bud he died and he went to hell,
He grabbed Tom Devil and he fucked him well,
All the little devils up beside the wall,
[Said] release him, daddy, 'fore he fuck us all,

Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud Goddamn him Uncle Bud (Repeat and fade)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: GUEST,Tim Keene
Date: 24 Oct 08 - 06:16 AM

In "Foller de Drinkin' Gou'd" edited by J. Frank Dobie (Texas Folklore Society, 1928), there is a chapter entitled "Six New Negro Folk-Songs with Music" by Nicolas Joseph Hutchinson Smith. The last song mentioned is "O Bud!" The first verse is printed with the melody. Mr, Smith writes the following paragraph regarding the lyrics:

The nature of this song is such as to prohibit the printing here of the six collected stanzas that go with the music. The words are desposited in the Harvard College Library, as well as at the College of William and Mary. The song was sung for my benefit by Mr. Page W. Powell, in 1924; he said that he learned it in Northampton County, Virginia.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 24 Oct 08 - 05:00 PM

Adding to the post by Tim Keene-
The single verse, printed with brief 4/4 score:

O BUD
There's corn in the field, there's corn in the shuck,
There's girls in this world ain't never been touched.
O Bud, Uncle Bud, O Bud, O Bud, O Bud.

The melody does not differ in essentials from the one given in Randolph-Legman and the midi given by Joe.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Oct 08 - 05:54 PM

Note the lyrics in the old circa 1928 tune, "Mississippi Mud," recorded by many artists, including Paul Whiteman and Bing Crosby.
Could "Uncle Dud" have been inspired by "Uncle Bud?"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 24 Oct 08 - 05:54 PM

Apologies to the webmaster - that last post wuz mine.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: GUEST,robert blau
Date: 15 Mar 12 - 11:41 PM

uncle bud built his on the water
to keep us fellahs from screwing his daughter

three little nigger boys sittin on a gate
ass holes poppin like a ford V eight

little old girl why dont you run along
how can you fuck when you cant cum


uncle bud uncle bud uncle bud bud bud


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Oct 12 - 09:44 PM

The recording I have of Uncle Bud sung as a zydeco song by the late Boozoo Chavis is even cleaner than the one reported in this thread by guest.xf. Using his notes and listening to the recoding over and over, here's what I hear:

   Eighteen, nineteen, twenty years ago
   Uncle Bud beat the devil outta Cotton-Eyed Joe
   Uncle Bud!

   Some people say Uncle Bud is dead;
   But that's a damn lie; he's sick in bed.
   Uncle Bud!

   Uncle Bud got a daughter, her name is Roan.
   Body like his daughter, make an old man moan,      (My best guess)
   Uncle Bud!

   Uncle Bud got cotton ain't never been picked,
   Uncle Bud got corn that never been shucked,
   Uncle Bud got a daughter ain't never been touched,
   Uncle Bud!

   Big fish, little fish, climbin' up the water,
   Some son-of-a-gun done court my daughter,
   Uncle Bud!

   Down in Louisiana where the grass grow green,
   They got more women than you ever seen,
   Uncle Bud!

   Uncle Bud got this, Uncle Bud got that,
   Uncle Bud got a big old cow-boy hat,
   Uncle Bud!

   Jimmy come up with a pack on his back,
   He bring more cotton than he can pack,
   Uncle Bud!

Now if only I could figure out the music. Anyone have it?
-Rand.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: Dead Horse
Date: 09 Oct 12 - 04:51 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEgbfXdzb28
Not hard to find.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Oct 12 - 08:54 AM

I have listened on Spotify to Boozoo Chavis' "dirty" version of UNCLE BUD from "Who Stole My Monkey," and I believe I can make these corrections to the lyrics posted by GUEST,xf above:

3. Uncle Bud got a daughter, her name is Roan.
What I like about her, make an old man moan,
Uncle Bud!

9. Some people say peas an' rice
They made him sick; it's a god-damned lie.
Them Lousiana ho's they run his crank.
Uncle Bud!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Uncle Bud' Obscene Southern US Song
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Oct 12 - 09:23 AM

I've listened to Gary B. B. Coleman's recording of UNCLE BUD on "Too Much Weekend," and I believe I can make these corrections to Bob Coltman's transcription above (By the way, I think it's better represented as 2-line verses rather than 4-line verses.):


Uncle Bud's got a gal; her name is Emmaline.
Her ass stands open like a watermelon rind....

Old Aunt Dinah come floatin' down the stream.
[I couldn't make out the next line but I'm pretty sure it's nothing like Bob Coltman's version.]....

He's eatin' the watermelon, throwin' away the rind,
Preachin' the gospel, lyin' all the time....

Here come a dog with his tail hished up, [hoisted]
His asshole shinin' like a new tin cup....

Here come another one trottin' down the road,
The jaws of his ass like the sugar in a bowl.


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Subject: Lyr Add: UNCLE BUD (Gid Tanner's Skillet Lickers)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Oct 12 - 10:26 AM

Here's my transcription from the recording that I heard on Spotify:


UNCLE BUD
As sung by Gid Tanner's Skillet Lickers on "The Very Best Of (1926-1934)" (2012)
Originally recorded on Columbia 15134D, Nov. 2, 1926.

I got a gal and she's a chew, Uncle Bud.
I got a gal and she's a chew, Uncle Bud.
I got a gal and she's a chew.
She don't wear no—yes, she do, Uncle Bud.

Where shall the wedding supper be, Uncle Bud?
Where shall the wedding supper be, Uncle Bud?
Where shall the wedding supper be?
Way down yonder in a holler tree, Uncle Bud.

Uncle Bud gets married on Sunday morn, Uncle Bud.
Uncle Bud gets married on Sunday morn, Uncle Bud.
Uncle Bud gets married on Sunday morn.
He's a-gonna bring back a gallon o' corn, Uncle Bud.

I know a man, they call him Bud, Uncle Bud.
I know a man, they call him Bud, Uncle Bud.
I know a man, they call him Bud.
He carried his whiskey in his jug, Uncle Bud.

Big cat, little cat playin' in the sand, Uncle Bud.
Big cat, little cat playin' in the sand, Uncle Bud.
Big cat, little cat playin' in the sand.
Little cat yell like a nat'ral man, Uncle Bud.

Where shall the wedding supper be, Uncle Bud?
Where shall the wedding supper be?
Way down yonder in a holler tree, Uncle Bud.


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Subject: Lyr Add: UNCLE BUD (DOG-GONE HIM) (Tampa Red)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Oct 12 - 10:55 AM

Another of my transcriptions from Spotify:


UNCLE BUD (DOG-GONE HIM)
As sung by Tampa Red on "Tampa Red Vol. 2 (1929)" (2005).

1. They told me Uncle Bud was a mighty good fella
But my … boys, you will all know better.

CHORUS: Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud,
Uncle Bud, dog-gone him, Uncle Bud.

2. Let me tell you boys what Uncle Bud will do:
Steal your jelly, make a monkey of you.

3. Now I took Uncle Bud to be my right-hand friend.
He stole my jelly 'n' in my face he grinned.

4. He ain't got no sense 'cause he didn't go to school,
But the women all thinks he's a jelly-beatin' fool.

5. Now I ain't two bits; don't talk about my friend.
Gonna kill him if I catch him at my house again.

6. Now Uncle Bud's old lady, she's a good old soul,
But I just can't stand her; she's 'most too old.

7. You might think he's all right but don't pay him no mind.
He's a-whippin' your jelly 'most all the time.

8. Boy, if you catch him at your house, don't do him no harm.
Just ask the old man to be a-moving along.

9. He's built like a tadpole, shaped like a frog.
When he love your woman, she'll holler "Hot dog!"

10. Just keep it, young lady; Tampa Red don't want it.
Uncle Bud done had his ol' paws all on it.


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