My Favorite Line From A Blues Tune

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My Favorite Line From A Blues Tune

Postby pmc does blues » Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:14 am

I quote it all the time. I don't know who did it originally and it's been covered by several. The Line: "Sometimes it just be's that way."
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Postby houndog » Thu Mar 18, 2004 7:36 am

Hello,
after several years of playing and listening to the blues the most used line I have heard is.

" Is this in G ????"

I have often used this line, and heard such greats as Ry Cooder use it on stage.

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Postby jem » Wed Apr 07, 2004 8:39 pm

I DONT REMEMBER WHICH SONG ITS FROM, BUT THE FOLLOWING HAS ALWAYS STUCK IN MY MIND:--" I AINT GOT NOTHIN AND I AINT GOT NOTHIN TO PUT IT IN".......... I CONSIDER THIS VERY PROFOUND!
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RE: My Favorite Line From A Blues T

Postby boz » Thu Jul 29, 2004 6:01 pm

Just heard this from Dr. John's latest release.

"If you get yourself a little money
Better buy all you can get
Cause I ain't never seen a armored car
Follow'n a funeral yet."
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Too Much !!!
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RE: My Favorite Line From A Blues T

Postby david » Thu Jul 29, 2004 8:28 pm

Not lines from a song per se, but Junior Kimbrough had a couple of instrumental pieces with titles that sum up a whole lot of things:

*Most Things Haven't Worked Out

*Done Got Old
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RE: My Favorite Line From A Blues T

Postby seanmack » Sun Aug 01, 2004 2:49 pm

Gotta be 'ain't gonna be fattening no more frogs for snakes' from sbw's 'fattening frogs for snakes.'
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RE: My Favorite Line From A Blues T

Postby lightning terry » Tue Nov 30, 2004 7:10 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Nov-30-04 AT 02:12 AM (EST)]"Before you say wrong
or either do wrong
it has to be so long
or either...good-bye."

You gotta love Sonny Boy, each song was poetry.

"The first time I crossed my Heart
I was by your bedside down on my knees
And I was beggin' you darlin'
please...help...me...please."

The man was a consummate genius, how about...

"She borrowed some money
to go to the beauty shop.
He honked his horn,
she begin to stop.

She said take me Baby
around the block,
I'm goin' to the beauty shop
to get my hair a'sot."

Forgive me, I am prejudiced, I happen to think
that all songs by Sonny Boy Williamson II represent
the heart and essence of gut-rot Blues.

Milo. :)
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RE: My Favorite Line From A Blues T

Postby the lips » Mon Apr 25, 2005 8:54 pm

T-Bone Walker sang the line that really sums up the Blues for me in 'T-Bone's Blues' which goes

I'm in love with my baby, she's so mean to me

It's not profoud or clever, but it really seems to carry a lot of meaning, and in lyrical terms it defines the genre for me.
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RE: My Favorite Line From A Blues T

Postby bruneau » Fri Jun 24, 2005 2:07 pm

..."I fooled you, I fooled you"...
Leadbelly - Rock Island Line.
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RE: My Favorite Line From A Blues Tune

Postby thealmightydave » Thu Jul 07, 2005 2:22 am

In Muddy Waters' "Champaign and Reefer" "bring me champaign when i'm thirsty, bring me reefer when i wants to get high" I don't know if this song is considered blues but the lyrics are great.
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RE: My Favorite Lines From A Blues Tune

Postby bosco » Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:37 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Aug-08-05 AT 06:38 PM (EST)]There's a pair of shoes on the floor... where mine should be

A coat in the closet, that I know don't belong to me.

A hat on the table, beside the bed

A fifth of Old Taylor...almost dead

Now before you say "Well that just can't be!"
I'm telling you it can, because it happened to me.
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RE: My Favorite Lines From A Blues Tune

Postby jeffl » Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:47 pm

Each genre has its own way of turning a line. You have to give the country artists credit for figuring out that they can sell CDs just by building tunes around lyrical hooks,i.e. "Save a Horse,Ride a Cowboy",etc.,etc.,ad nauseum. It makes me puke,but I don't own a cowboy hat,or a big belt buckle.
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RE: My Favorite Line From A Blues Tune

Postby buster » Wed Aug 17, 2005 8:50 pm

bring me champagne when I'm thirsty,
bring me reefer when I want to get high.
bring me champagne when I'm thirsty.
bring me reefer when I want to get high.
when I'm lonely bring my woman, set her right down here by my side.

definitely blues. My favorite from Muddy:

I wish I was a catfish,
swimmin in the deep blue sea
I would have all you good lookin' women,
fishin after me

From his "Rollin Stone," though it appears the line was "borrowed," as a variation appears in "Catfish Blues," first recorded in 1928 by Jim Jackson:

I wished I was a catfish, swimming down in the sea;
I'd have some good woman, fishing after me

Other blues performers recognized what a great line this was before Muddy picked it up, and its history in different recordings is documented here:

http://www.earlyblues.com/essay_catfish.htm
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RE: My Favorite Line From A Blues Tune

Postby deferre » Mon Sep 12, 2005 11:26 am


If it wasn't for bad luck, I would have no luck at all


That's the blues for me.
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RE: My Favorite Line From A Blues Tune

Postby bighollowtwang » Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:47 pm

"I have a hard time missing you baby
With my pistol in your mouth
You may be thinking about goin' North
But your brains are staying South."

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