What makes a good blues lyric?

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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby srvlives » Mon Oct 28, 2002 11:21 am

>>>As I think of my favorite lyrics, they're all about sex!
>>>
>>Where do you think I got my nick from?
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>'cos you're a wazack?
>
>only joking ;)

Makes me wonder how big the holes are in your Jelly Rolls, then I have to wonder why I'm wondering about that at all...

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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby jellyroll baker » Tue Oct 29, 2002 1:20 am

>>>>As I think of my favorite lyrics, they're all about sex!
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>>>Where do you think I got my nick from?
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>>'cos you're a wazack?
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>>only joking ;)
>
>Makes me wonder how big the holes are in your Jelly Rolls,
>then I have to wonder why I'm wondering about that at all...
>

Actually, I used to play harp in a "lets get together with some brews and jam" type band called the JellyRoll Chasers. Alas, we broke up and the singer moved away so my nick is a bit of a tribute.

Besides, I always like dirty jokes that go over the heads of people who aren't initiated into out-of-date slang. Like the "finger-pie" line from Penny Line. What WAS Paul McCartney singing about I wonder?
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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby gcd revue » Fri Dec 13, 2002 2:50 am

Speaking of sex...a lot of blues is about GOOD times too...one reason for the popularity of innuendo (and the occasionally explicit) in blues is that sex is not only something that everyone can relate to on some level, but also something that everyone thinks they should be having...

or it could just be musical masturbation.

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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby houndog » Fri Jun 20, 2003 9:26 pm

>>>As I think of my favorite lyrics, they're all about sex!
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>>Where do you think I got my nick from?
>
>'cos you're a wazack?
>
>only joking ;)
>
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>"Blues don't know where you're going,
>they don't care where you been.
>Looks like blues done got me again "

Taff,
wazack must be one of thoose migratory Celtic word, my childhood was spent in the NE of Scotland, and wazzock meant a couple of things ..namely a divot of grass and a clod( is daft person)...interesting as they are the same thing divot/clod.

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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby houndog » Fri Jun 20, 2003 9:31 pm

>Speaking of sex...a lot of blues is about GOOD times
>too...one reason for the popularity of innuendo (and the
>occasionally explicit) in blues is that sex is not only
>something that everyone can relate to on some level, but
>also something that everyone thinks they should be having...
>
>or it could just be musical masturbation.
>
>Keep the rubber side down

Hello,
the one that really hit me on a number of levels was Jerry Lee's
"I'm like a one eyed cat peeping round a seafood store"...that is a mindblowing thing to be singing at 1950's teenagers ...I can't believe he sang it...brilliant...

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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby jellyroll baker » Tue Jul 08, 2003 9:15 am

>Hello,
> the one that really hit me on a number of levels was Jerry
>Lee's
>"I'm like a one eyed cat peeping round a seafood
>store"...that is a mindblowing thing to be singing at 1950's
>teenagers ...I can't believe he sang it...brilliant...

Reviving an old thread, but another Old Rocker corrupting Americas youth was Little Richard with his "good golly Miss Molly, she sure likes to ball..."
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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby ricochet » Tue Jul 08, 2003 1:19 pm

There were more folks who understood that and the following about "when you're rockin' and a-rollin', I can hear your mama call" than you might think. There were whole towns that banned rock and roll music for its perceivedly immoral content and anticipated effects on young people's behavior. Waddaya think, were they wrong? (About the effects, I mean.)
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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby houndog » Tue Jul 08, 2003 8:45 pm

Hello Rico,
but the thing was ..

1/The more it's banned it the more we want it.Alice Cooper made it in Uk after a R wing critic, Mary Whitehouse got him banned from Tv etc.Alice reports that he sent her flowers everyday in thanks for the "promo".

2/Lou reed also got first recognition in Uk , after a broadcast was called off and a radio technician slipped "Walk on the wild side" on the playlist.
So I take from this that you can't stop good music/tunes...it gotta come through..

3/ Music is cyclic and what was "wow!!!" 10/20 years ago is now being used to sell cars via adverts on prime time TV.

In summary...great y'cant stop the boogie...but there are age and stage limits for kids.

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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby ricochet » Tue Jul 08, 2003 10:22 pm

Oh, I don't disagree with any of that. But I think we can all agree that rock and roll (which started out as blues) had a big part in opening up sexuality in Western society.
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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby david » Wed Jul 09, 2003 3:21 am

This may be one of those chicken and the egg things (or a duck and the hat thing!). I always thought it was the opening up of sexual attitudes that fueled rock and roll.

You unleash all that previously repressed energy and its got to manifest somehow. You keep it repressed and you end up with priests behaving poorly.

Personally, I prefer blues and rock and roll. The energy is there, its just a question of whether you direct the duck to the little red hat of your own choosing, or repress it till the duck baloons out in some behavioral anorism (has that got one "n" or two?).

(I'm sorry, but that red hat made a real impression on me.)


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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby jellyroll baker » Wed Jul 09, 2003 4:31 am

>Oh, I don't disagree with any of that. But I think we can
>all agree that rock and roll (which started out as blues)
>had a big part in opening up sexuality in Western society.

Society had to be ready for it first, or they wouldn't have bought the records.
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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby michaelc » Sat Apr 08, 2006 1:30 pm

look at all the great blues songs.most of them have a poetic
side to them. then they have a humor side ,even if it`s sad.
and on top of all that there`s a great story line too.
"i`ll be at the barnyard-when the cows come home"
"i`ll be at the train station when the whistle blow"
"i`ll B4U2 baby when i get home"
blues lines are first,a statement line.[question]
then another statement line.[question]
then a turnaround line. [answer]
A good study of WILLY DIXON lyrics will give you the best
idea of what blues imagery is all about.
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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby lorilu » Tue Apr 11, 2006 2:51 pm

How true. There are just so many good songs.
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RE: What makes a good blues lyric?

Postby santo » Sat May 06, 2006 4:14 pm

Willie Dixon is a great example study for this topic. His writing strikes me as definitions of Blues and Early Rock & Roll lyrics. They are exactly what this topic is asking. They are the base elements and relationships of lifes journey. They examine the dark, lusty, humorous, miserable side of life, then flavor it with knowledge and wisdom that comes from doing something absolutely right, just to have it blow up in your face. At that point, there ain't nothing else to do but, pull the cork on a bottle, light up, go on to see that oldtime use-to be or go fishing.
It's the hardship of life tempered with a attitude of realization that a certain irony is always lurking in our being. That irony take many forms.

Study the lyrics of Spoonful.
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