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Lyr Add: Cakewalk into Town (Taj Mahal)

21 Aug 98 - 11:50 AM (#35534)
Subject: Lyr Add: CAKEWALK INTO TOWN (Taj Mahal)
From: Mountain Dog

Here's one of my favorite tunes from one of my all-time favorite master musicians:

CAKEWALK INTO TOWN
Written and Performed by Taj Mahal

CHORUS: (Open with it and sing after each verse)
I had the blues so bad one time
It put my face in a permanent frown
But now I'm feelin so much better
I could cakewalk into town.

1. Oh, my baby, yeah, my baby
You know I-I love the way she walk
And when the girl get sleepy-eyed
I love the way she baby-talk

2. Well, I got up this mornin
I felt so good I lay back down again
Throw your big leg over me, mama
I might not feel this good again

3. I wanna go on a picnic in the country
Mama, ooooh, I wanna stay all day
I don't care if I don't do nothin,
Jus' while my time away.

4. Oh, work, you know it done got scarce
And, mama, work well it done got hard
I spend my whole day stealing chickens
Baby, from the rich folks' yard.


21 Aug 98 - 02:51 PM (#35550)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cakewalk Into Town
From: Tinwhistler

Hey Dog, I love this one. In fact, I'm crazy about Taj. Thanks for posting.

Know where I can get the music (tab or std) for Guitano Negro?


21 Aug 98 - 02:53 PM (#35551)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cakewalk Into Town
From: Tinwhistler

Oh--and what about chords/key for this song?


21 Aug 98 - 02:54 PM (#35553)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cakewalk Into Town
From: Art Thieme

Denzel Washington sings this in a pretty fine film---THE MIGHTY QUINN


21 Aug 98 - 02:58 PM (#35555)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cakewalk Into Town
From: Tinwhistler

Denzel Washington SINGS? Cool! Another Renaissance man! Huzzah!


15 Nov 09 - 08:48 AM (#2766375)
Subject: Taj Mahal song lyrics...
From: GUEST,jeff

Checked all the usual suspects(lyrics.com, etc), but can't remember the title. Some of the lyrics are:

Work it done got scarce and work it done got hard
Spend the whole day pretty mama stealin' chickens from the rich folks yard

I'm gonna go out for a picnic in the country
gonna lay around all day
I might just do nothin', but just while my time away

Well, I woke up feelin' so good I'm gonna lay back down again
Throw your big leg on me mama I might not feel this good again.

The title might be 'Cakewalk Into Town', but I'm not sure. There're more verses as I recall. Any leads or additional lyrics would be greatly appreciated. Used to do this song years ago, but it was never a mainstay in my set list(s), so my level of recall is compromised. Thank you in advance. Jeff


15 Nov 09 - 09:49 AM (#2766396)
Subject: Lyr Add: CAKEWALK INTO TOWN (Taj Mahal)
From: dwditty

CAKEWALK INTO TOWN
Written by Taj Mahal
As sung by Taj Mahal on "Recycling the Blues & Other Related Stuff" (1972)

I had the blues, so bad one time, it put my face in a permanent frown,
But I'm feelin' so much better, I can cakewalk into town.

I woke up this mornin' feelin' so good, you know, I laid back down again.
Th'ow your big leg over me, mama; I might not feel this good again.

My baby, oh, my baby, I love the way she walk.
When the girl gets sleepy, I love the way she baby-talk.

My work done got scarce, honey, aw, and work it know got hard.
I spend my whole day stealin' chickens, mama, from the rich folks' yard.

[Whistled verse.]

I got the blues so bad one time, it put my face in a permanent frown.
You know I'm feelin' so much better, I can cakewalk into town.

I want to go on a picnic in the country, mama, aw, and stay all day.
I don't care 'f I don't do nothin', just while my time away.

I got the blues so bad one time it put my face in a permanent frown.
You know I'm feelin' so much better, I can cakewalk into town.


15 Nov 09 - 10:06 AM (#2766399)
Subject: RE: Taj Mahal song lyrics...
From: GUEST,jeff

Thank you, dwditty!

Like I said, I tired googling lyric phrases, etc., but not the title as I wasn't sure if that's what the song was/is called. Thanks, so much for taking the time to type them up and posting them. jeff


06 May 15 - 09:21 PM (#3707025)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cakewalk into Town (Taj Mahal)
From: Joe Offer

There's a YouTube recording of this song here:
Is this a Taj Mahal original, or are there earlier versions?

-Joe-


07 May 15 - 10:05 AM (#3707169)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Cakewalk into Town (Taj Mahal)
From: GUEST,leeneia

Thanks for the link, Joe. That's fun.