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Lyr Req: Baby, Please Don't Go

asenauke@igc.apc.org 03 Mar 97 - 10:51 PM
alarose@ncwc.edu 04 Mar 97 - 06:10 PM
Barry 11 Mar 97 - 01:25 PM
GUEST 16 Feb 05 - 07:04 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler at the backdoor 16 Feb 05 - 09:26 AM
GUEST,Jim Dixon 16 Feb 05 - 09:49 AM
GUEST,Jim Dixon 16 Feb 05 - 09:57 AM
Mark Ross 16 Feb 05 - 11:22 AM
clueless don 16 Feb 05 - 01:01 PM
PoppaGator 16 Feb 05 - 01:32 PM
Bugsy 30 Aug 11 - 08:07 PM
Bobert 30 Aug 11 - 08:36 PM
melodeonboy 31 Aug 11 - 08:51 AM
Bugsy 01 Sep 11 - 04:36 AM
GUEST 01 Sep 11 - 04:56 AM
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Subject: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: asenauke@igc.apc.org
Date: 03 Mar 97 - 10:51 PM

Does anyone have lyrics to the blues song "Baby, Please Don't Go"?

Thanks, Alan Senauke


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Subject: RE: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: alarose@ncwc.edu
Date: 04 Mar 97 - 06:10 PM

I think I've heard a friend sing it. Try jjoplin@ncwc.edu.


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Subject: RE: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: Barry
Date: 11 Mar 97 - 01:25 PM

What I remember from the 60's went Baby, please don't go, Baby please don't go, Baby please don't go down to New Orleans you know I love you so Baby please don'y go,You know I walked the line(3x) with my shackles on, to the county farm, Baby please don't go, You put me way down here.... That's all I can recall. Ido remember it being sung at a fast clip, slowed down it would sound related to Another Man Done Gone, a prison holler,wih it's origins pre dating chain gang, coming out of slavery.


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Subject: RE: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Feb 05 - 07:04 AM

The song as covered by Them is on lots of cheapo early Van Morrison CDs


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Subject: Lyr Add: BABY, PLEASE DON'T GO (Big Joe Williams)
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler at the backdoor
Date: 16 Feb 05 - 09:26 AM

BABY, PLEASE DON'T GO
(Big Joe Williams)

1. Baby, please don't go.
Baby, please don't go.
Baby, please don't go back to New Orleans.
You know I love you so.

2. Turn your lamp down low.
Turn your lamp down low.
Turn your lamp down low, now baby, all night long,
Now baby, please don't go.

3. I believe your man done gone.
I believe a man done gone to the county farm,
He got his shackles on.

4. Afore I be your dog,
Afore I be your dog, I git you way down here,
I make you walk the log.

5. You got me way down here.
You got me way down here.
You got me way down here by a rollin' fog
You treat me like a dog.
Baby, please don't go.

6. Don't call my name.
Don't call my name.
Don't call my name; you got me way down here,
Wearin' a ball an' chain.

7. Baby, please don't go.
Baby, please don't go.
Baby, please don't go back to New Orleans.
You know I love you so.

RtS
(From the singing of Mississippi Fred McDowell & others)


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Subject: RE: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Feb 05 - 09:49 AM

I think the Amboy Dukes did the one I remember that got a lot of radio play in the late 60s. I pulled up a sound sample to try to confirm this, but the sample contained only a guitar solo, very psychedelic-sounding, so I'm not certain.

allmusic lists 468 recordings. Some of those who have recorded it, or some version of it: AC/DC, Aerosmith, Mose Allison, Big Bill Broonzy, Paul Butterfield, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, Bukka White.


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Subject: RE: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Feb 05 - 09:57 AM

It just occurred to me that SUSIE-Q has a very similar tune and structure.


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Subject: RE: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: Mark Ross
Date: 16 Feb 05 - 11:22 AM

It's a re-working of the old ANOTHER MAN DONE GONE.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: clueless don
Date: 16 Feb 05 - 01:01 PM

Yes indeed, GUEST,Jim Dixon, The Amboy Dukes recorded it on their first album (titled, as I recall, simply "The Amboy Dukes".) Considerably more up-tempo than the usual bluesy rendering. It was mainly a vehicle for Ted Nugent to do his guitar thing.

Don


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Subject: RE: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: PoppaGator
Date: 16 Feb 05 - 01:32 PM

I may be dead wrong, but in my mind's ear I think I can hear John Lee Hooker singing this one...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: Bugsy
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 08:07 PM

I remember Big Bill Broonzy recorded this sometime in the 50's. Can anyone tell me who wrote it and when it was written?

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: Bobert
Date: 30 Aug 11 - 08:36 PM

The best version I have heard is by the band Delta Moon, who BTW, won the IBC (International Blues Challenge) about 10 years ago in Memphis...

B~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: melodeonboy
Date: 31 Aug 11 - 08:51 AM

I believe it was written by Big Joe Williams.

Some zydeco and cajun bands (like mine!) add a verse in French, e.g. Pas t'en aller, pas t'en aller, pas t'en aller a New Orleans, tu sais je t'aime beaucoup.

I also sing the line "Let me ride in your mo'" (I'm blowed if I know where I got that from!). Perhaps that's a more recently written verse.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: Bugsy
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 04:36 AM

Apparently, Big Joe Williams first recorded it in 1935.


Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 04:56 AM

Bugsy,

In his note to Big Joe Williams 'Ramblin' and Wanderin'' Storyville SLP 163 (1965), Paul Oliver wrote that Williams composed the song whilst a prisoner on Parchman Farm, Mississippi, 'and sang his way out of jail with it'. Unfortunately, Oliver gave no specific date. At that time, the blues world knew Williams as 'Poor Joe'. He didn't become 'Big Joe' until the 50s.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: GUEST,sixtieschick
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 05:20 PM

Mose Allison sings a good version of the song too.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: Bugsy
Date: 01 Sep 11 - 07:37 PM

Thanks for that Stewie, and thanks again for your music at the "Top Half Festival". It was good to catch up again.

Cheers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: Stewie
Date: 02 Sep 11 - 05:09 AM

My pleasure, Bugsy. I did search my library for a precise date, but to no avail.

It was a great little festival. Have you been able to adjust back to normalcy after being a star? Regards to the memsahib.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby, Please Don't Go
From: Bugsy
Date: 03 Sep 11 - 07:49 PM

Almost back to "Normal", but I still insist on Breakfast in bed!


Cheers

Bugsy


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