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Lyr Req: Down in Mississippi (Bruce Murdoch)

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Subject: Folklore: Down In Mississppi
From: Beer
Date: 28 Aug 05 - 12:03 AM

Not quite sure if this is the correct place to put this. Meaning "Folklore", But Bruce back in the 60's (I think I'm correct in the approxmate years), wrote this song that is very powerful. He probabaly was around Seventeen at the time.
Will be in touch soon Bruce.
Beer (Ad.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr req: Down In Mississppi
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Aug 05 - 12:20 AM

Hi, Beer - I think it's supposed to be a lyrics request. At Mudcat, "folklore" is resefved for non-music things that directly pertain to the production of music.
Is this a Burce MURDOCH song?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr req: Down In Mississppi
From: DonMeixner
Date: 28 Aug 05 - 12:36 AM

Yup Joe, Sure is. On the Electra recording "The Singer/Songwriter Project" Bruce Murdock, Patrick Sky, Richard Farina, and Savid Blue.

Don


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Subject: RE: Lyr req: Down In Mississppi
From: fat B****rd
Date: 28 Aug 05 - 02:20 PM

I have this by J B Lenoir, any use ?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Mississppi
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Sep 05 - 09:30 AM

allmusic lists many recordings called DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI.

One attributed to J. B. Lenoir has been recorded by Spencer Bohren, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Ry Cooder, Jim Dickinson, Terry Evans, The Ford Blues Band, J. B. Lenoir, and The North Mississippi Allstars.

One attributed to Jimmy Reed has been recorded by Jimmy Reed and by Omar & the Howlers.

Various other versions have been recorded by Pinetop Perkins, L. V. Banks, Doug Duffey, The Jackson Singers, Roy Rogers, Roebuck "Pops" Staples, and Johnnie "Geechie" Temple.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Mississppi
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Sep 05 - 01:38 PM

Here's a description of the Elektra album "Singer Songwriter Project". It confirms that Bruce Murdoch sang DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI but it doesn't say who wrote it.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI (Jimmy Reed)
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Sep 05 - 02:08 PM

Here are the lyrics to two songs entitled, "Down in Mississippi."

I couldn't find lyrics to the version by JB. Lenoir, but there is a music download at:
http://www.musicoutfitter.com/store/item/730182606829/vietnamblues.html,
Also, it's on Ry Cooder's album, "Crossroads."

Hope these help.

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Down In Mississippi, by Jimmy Reed
recording of 1962, Chicago, Illinois
by Jimmy Reed (Archive Of Folk And Jazz 234) originally issued as Vee-Jay 616

Down in Mississippi where cotton grow tall,
get arrested for trouble you got to call the hound dog
Oh uh, down in Mississippi, whoa yeah, where the cotton grow tall
Yes, and on the other hand, baby, boll weevil wearing overalls
Go to work in the morning, you know, 'bout 4 o'clock
Uh, if the mule don't holler, yeah, I don't know when to stop
Down in Mississippi, baby, uh whoa yeah, where the cotton grow tall
Well, and on the other hand, baby, boll weevil wearing overalls
I go to church in the morning, baby, you know, down the railroad track
Late over in the evening
they bring, bring the preacher back
He eat up all the chicken now but uh right to the neck
Look over at my baby and he eat up all the rest 'cause he was uh down in Mississippi
Uh oh yeah, where the cotton grow tall
Well now, and on the other hand, baby, boll weevil wearing overalls
__________

Down In Mississippi (Up To No Good)
by Sugarland

Friday, payday, Lordy got to get away
Had it with the wife thing, living on a shoe string
What's a poor girl got to do just to have some fun?
All these years without any help
Guess what, honey, clothes just don't wash themselves!
Neither do dishes, neither does the bathroom floor

So, now if anyone asks, not that they would
I'll be down in Mississippi and up to no good

No more, what a bore, had enough, I'm out the door
Headed for a breakdown, had it with the small town
Gonna call Lisa, gonna call Carla Sue
Now we're gonna let it roll, gonna let it rip
Gonna get us a nice room down on the strip
Not that we'll need it, there won't be any sleepin' tonight

So, now if anyone asks, not that they would
We'll be down in Mississippi and up to no good

Hammer down, here we go
Runnin' for the riverboat
All you're gonna see is asses and elbows
Luck's about to change for these three queens
Tired of getting' jokers, deal us up kings

Snake eyes, roll the dice, double down and hit me twice
Cashin' in the big chips, gonna leave a big tip
Hotter than a two dollar pistol, baby, I'm on fire

So, now if anyone asks, not that they would
I'll be down in Mississippi and up to no good
If anyone asks, not that they would
I'll be down in Mississippi and up to no good


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Mississppi
From: bobad
Date: 04 Sep 05 - 08:39 PM

Neither of these is the song recorded and credited to Bruce Murdoch on "Singer Songwriter Project".

This recording was made in 1965 when Bruce was 17 years old. The song addresses racism and segregation in Mississippi as it was at the time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Mississppi
From: Peace
Date: 04 Sep 05 - 09:49 PM

First stanza:--all the writer can recall. Not a very good song, IMO.

I'm sorry little girl, but your face is Black,
So don't show me nothin' but the colour of your back,
Following your footsteps to a dirty little shack,
Down in Mississippi.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Mississppi
From: Peace
Date: 04 Sep 05 - 09:50 PM

No offense, Adrien.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Mississppi
From: bobad
Date: 04 Sep 05 - 10:24 PM

I like the verse that goes:

"Besides my daddy is a mighty nice man
He takes me to meetings
Of the Ku Klux Klan
Let's you people know
Just where you stand
Down in Mississippi"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Mississppi
From: Peace
Date: 04 Sep 05 - 10:27 PM

How many stanzas left, Bobad, do you know?


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI (Bruce Murdoch)
From: bobad
Date: 04 Sep 05 - 10:47 PM

Down in Mississippi

I'm sorry little girl, but your face is black
Don't show me nothin' but the colour of your back
Following your footsteps to a dirty little shack,
Down in Mississippi

My mummy always tells me just what to do
She says I'm not supposed to play with you
Your face is brown and you ain't got no shoes
Down in Mississippi

Besides my daddy is a mighty nice man
He takes me to meetings of the Ku Klux Klan
Let's you people know just where you stand
Down in Mississippi

So run away black girl run away home
To the single room house where your whole family's grown
Wish to God you'd never been born
Down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Mississppi
From: Peace
Date: 04 Sep 05 - 10:49 PM

Good Lord.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in Mississppi
From: Beer
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 07:50 AM

No offence taken Bruce. After I heard from you I didn't contribute to thread any further out of respect. The thread did come up twice following but again I chose to ignore it. However, since it has taken a further step ( all words are published) I want to say that when I heard this song I was immediately taken to it (thanks Bobad). As sad as it is, this song speaks the truth. I don't think prejudice is as bad as it was back when you wrote this song but it is still there in many forms. The melody is also very well done. When I met Bobad last month and he introduce it to me he was also very impressed. I have met a number of people who knew you when you were living in the Montreal area and all speak of what a great writer you are. And Penny Lang is right at the top of this list.
Beer (Ad.)


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