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Same melody as Digging My Potatoes

02 Jul 20 - 11:52 PM (#4062542)
Subject: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: MandolinPaul

Hey, y’all. I’ve noticed how whenever one of the old blues guys had a hit, they (no doubt at the urging of their record companies) would put out more songs with the same groove and melody. e.g. Listen to Howlin' Wolf's Smokestack Lightning, and then I Asked Her For Water, and a few others.

So I figure there must be a song with the same melody as Digging My Potatoes. Here’s Big Bill Broonzy's version that I’m most familiar with.

Anyone know anything?


03 Jul 20 - 01:10 AM (#4062548)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: The Sandman

thanks


03 Jul 20 - 06:04 PM (#4062656)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: Helen

I like the blues but it's not my favourite music, so although the tune sounds familiar I just can't remember which song it reminds me of.


06 Jul 20 - 04:09 PM (#4063129)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: cnd

I don't recognize the tune as being similar to another blues song, but I do listen less to blues than other music.


08 Jul 20 - 11:41 AM (#4063372)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: MandolinPaul

Thanks for trying, y'all. I'll keep looking.


08 Jul 20 - 12:13 PM (#4063378)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: GUEST,Hootenanny

Might I suggest "That's Alright Mama" by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup


08 Jul 20 - 05:15 PM (#4063409)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: Helen

Here's the link to a video, Hootenanny:

"That's Alright Mama" by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup

We've been waiting and hoping for someone who knows and loves the blues to come into this thread.


08 Jul 20 - 05:49 PM (#4063417)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: Helen

And the song I kept thinking of when I first heard Big Bill Broonzy's version of Digging My Potatoes after reading this thread was Going Up the Country performed by Canned Heat but I was fairly sure that was not what the answer was.

I just listened again to the Big Bill Broonzy song and I am still hearing Going Up the Country in my head.


10 Jul 20 - 02:29 PM (#4063675)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: MandolinPaul

Thanks, guys. Neither one of those options grabs me. I'll keep looking.

Playing the blues would be so much easier if I didn't feel the need to skip lyrics that obviously dislike women.


10 Jul 20 - 04:12 PM (#4063683)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: Helen

I know what you mean about that conflict between good music and lyrics which can be cringeworthy. One of my favourite Irish tunes which I've been learning to play is called The Limerick Rake. I heard it on an album by The Pogues but even though I don't sing, the song lyrics make me cringe and then I can't enjoy playing the tune. It's a first-person song about a womaniser.


10 Jul 20 - 07:30 PM (#4063709)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: Helen

Diggin’ My Potatoes
Big Bill Broonzy, Washboard Sam

Refrain:
Baby, they diggin' my potatoes
Lord, they trampin' on my vine
Now I've got a special plan now baby
Lord, that a-restin' on my mind

Now, I don't want no cabbage sprouts,
Bring me a solid head.
S'pose they call the wagon . . . (?)
I catched him in my bed
You know they -- (REFRAIN)

Now my vines is all green
'Tatoes they all red
Never found a bruised one
Till I caught them in my bed
You know they -- (REFRAIN)

Now, I've been all around
Lookin' up and down
Never found my baby
'Cause she was layin' in another town

I know she's diggin' my potatoes
Lord, she's trampin' on my vine
Yes, now I got a special plan now baby
Lord, that a-restin' on my mind
Yes, I've got a special plan now baby
Lord, that a-restin' on my mind

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Sunny Joe
Diggin’ My Potatoes lyrics © Leeds Music Corp., Universal-mca Music Publishing Div. Of Universal Music Corp.


10 Jul 20 - 11:38 PM (#4063727)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: MandolinPaul

I could be wrong, but to me, this song implies a sense of ownership and entitlement over his wife/girlfriend. I try not to be judgy of people who can look past these things (some performers are very serious about reproducing the original song), but I like to feel like I’m not promoting that sentiment.


10 Jul 20 - 11:52 PM (#4063729)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: MandolinPaul

Oops!Hit Submit too soon. Is that how you read it too?


11 Jul 20 - 01:25 AM (#4063732)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: Helen

I just listened to the lyrics sung by Big Bill Broonzy in the video and there are some differences to the lyrics I found and posted here.

Instead of:

"S'pose they call the wagon"

I think it is:

"I'm supposed to call the wagon" which I think means call the police.

There are also a couple of extra verses which are not included in the ones I found. I'm not good at hearing lyrics. Maybe someone else can add them here.

Paul, I would interpret this particular song as a man upset because his wife or girlfriend is cheating on him, he's expressing his anger and frustration, but also I think he's threatening to do some physical harm to the other man and possibly also to her.

I can understand the feelings he is expressing, but also I think there is a sense of ownership or entitlement. It's a tricky situation, and it's just human nature to feel upset, angry, hurt, and to want to try to fix the situation or take revenge.

In this particular case, it's hard for me to say that it is disrespectful of the woman but there are many, many other songs which are worse in my opinion. The jury is out on this one, I think.

Look at it this way, if you recognise the nature of the sentiment and are in two minds about singing the song, then you are probably more enlightened than some others who would sing it without a second thought.


11 Jul 20 - 01:40 AM (#4063734)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: The Sandman

Helen...Limerick rake, has a number of hidden meanings, twisting a cow that will never run dry. is a reference to drinking poteen. the vers that mentions stockings that are white, is a ref to her maidenhood   being unsullied, if you like the tune why not sing champion at keeping em rolling, by maccoll or farewell to the humber and dogger by yours truly, both use that tune, sorry for thread drift


11 Jul 20 - 03:03 AM (#4063736)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: Helen

Thanks for the alternative suggestions Sandman. I don't sing so it makes little difference out loud as to the lyrics, but if I could hear another set of lyrics in my head it might help. LOL It's a really good little tune.


11 Jul 20 - 04:17 AM (#4063737)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: GUEST,Jerry

Tom Paxton also used that tune for ‘The High Sheriff of Hazard’, on I think his first album. You can’t keep a good toon down...


11 Jul 20 - 06:19 AM (#4063741)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: GUEST,Hootenanny

Oh Dear,

If you are looking for blues to be PC you are going to have a problem.

Mostly blues singers tell it like it is (or told it like it was}.

Folk music and political correctness don't go together.


11 Jul 20 - 04:44 PM (#4063774)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: MandolinPaul

You’re right, of course, Hoot. It’s hard to be as PC as we’d like to be, but I like to keep above a certain line, anyhow. There are many songs way worse than this one, but I don’t sing them.


11 Jul 20 - 05:06 PM (#4063776)
Subject: RE: Same melody as Digging My Potatoes
From: Helen

It's difficult to judge songs from a bygone era based on current socially accepted standards. I guess you could introduce the song and explain what you think and feel about it before you sing it.