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Lyr Req: Della and the Dealer (Hoyt Axton)

12 Jul 97 - 07:15 AM (#8552)
Subject: Della and the Dealer?
From: Bobby O'Brien

Does anyone have a copy of the record "Della and the Dealer" as written and recorded by Hoyt Axton?

I would like to either purchase the record, or a tape of it, if anyone of you fine folk have it :)


13 Jul 97 - 06:55 PM (#8574)
Subject: RE: Della and the Dealer?
From: Les Blank

Bobby:

Della appears on two of ole Hoyt's albums:

1. A Rusty Old Halo, 1979 on Jeremiah 2. Hoyt Axton LIVE, 1981 also on Jeremiah.

Both are very hard to come by these days and very rare on CD -- however, you can try The Nashville Connection at 1-800-505-6685 for the second one listed above.

Good searchin'

Les


14 Jul 97 - 02:11 PM (#8634)
Subject: RE: Della and the Dealer?
From: Mountain Dog

Dear Bobby,

You can find the lyrics to this and a few other Hoyt tunes at the following URL:

http://www.roughstock.com/cowpie/cowpie-songs/a/axton_hoyt

Good tune by a wonderfully gifted and prolific songwriter.

Enjoy!


15 Jul 97 - 06:21 AM (#8692)
Subject: RE: Della and the Dealer?
From: Bobby O'Brien

Thanks for the album info~! Hoyt has done albums for a few different labels (including hiz own!) and this is what made it hard to track down.


02 Aug 10 - 03:41 PM (#2956898)
Subject: Della & the Dealer & a Cat named Kalamazoo
From: Genie

You can watch and hear Hoyt sing Della And The Dealer on YouTube.

Also, here are the lyrics, as Hoyt sings them:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZHSIhdYSZY

DELLA AND THE DEALER
Hoyt Axton

It was Della and a dealer and a dog named Jake
And a cat named Kalamazoo
Left the city in a pick-up truck,
Gonna make some dreams come true.
Well they rolled out west where the wild sun sets
And the coyote bays at the moon,
Della and the Dealer and a dog named Jake
And a cat named Kalamazoo.

Cho: If that cat could talk what tales he'd tell
About Della and the Dealer and the dog as well
But the cat was cool
And he never said a mumblin' word.

Down Tucson way there's a small cafe
Where they play a little cowboy tune,
The guitar picker was a friend of mine
By the name of Randy Boone.
Well, Randy played her a sweet love song
And Della got a fire in her eye.
The Dealer had a knife and the dog had a gun
And the cat had a shot of rye.

Cho.

Well the Dealer was a killer; he was evil and mean
And he was jealous of the fire in her eye.
He snorted his coke through a century note
And he swore that Boone would die.
Yeah, the stage was set when the lights went out,
There was death in Tucson town.
Two shadows ran for the bar back door,
One stayed on the ground

Cho.

Two shadows ran from the bar that night
And a dog and a cat ran too.
And the tires got hot on the pickup truck
As down the road they flew.
It was Della and her lover and a dog named Jake
And a cat named Kalamazoo
Left Tucson in a pickup truck,
Gonna make some dreams come true.


I know, it's in the DT too, but there are some errors. E.g, in the DT it says "bodies" where Hoyt sings "shadows."
Also, it was the dealer who had the knife and the dog who had a gun.
Couple of other lyric discrepancies too.


12 Aug 14 - 01:08 PM (#3650460)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Della and the Dealer (Hoyt Axton)
From: Mr Happy

On the record, the dog's name sounds like 'Jig' not 'Jake'

Anyone know which?

Also, I performed this song in a sesh yesterday & a query arose whether the dealer was a gambler/ cardsharp or a drug pusher.

Suggestions?


14 Aug 14 - 01:47 PM (#3650987)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Della and the Dealer (Hoyt Axton)
From: Jim Dixon

I listened to the recording on YouTube (see the link above, in Genie's message) and I find that the words he sings exactly match what Genie posted (except for a few insignificant words like "well" and "yeah").

And I believe he sings "Jake."

I have not heard the studio recording.

By the way, Spotify has several recordings of this song by other artists, but it doesn't have the one recorded by Hoyt Axton.

It even has a German version called "Della und der Dealer" and (I think) a Czech version called "Della" sung by Karel Gott.