Son House lyrics..

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RE: Son House lyrics..

Postby spud camp » Thu Dec 29, 2005 7:16 pm

Ok, sorry to mislead BHT.
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RE: Son House lyrics..

Postby boogiechillun85 » Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:11 pm

Well, he sang the lyrics from "Death Letter" all the time.. lol.. "my black mama" has most of the same words towards the end there. So why did he carry the lyrics over from 40 years prior unless they meant something to him?
And how do you know it's "kid gal"? I've never heard the term before.. is there an interview with him or something?
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RE: Son House lyrics..

Postby bighollowtwang » Fri Dec 30, 2005 2:05 am

> Well, he sang the lyrics from "Death Letter" all the
>time.. lol.. "my black mama" has most of the same words
>towards the end there. So why did he carry the lyrics over
>from 40 years prior unless they meant something to him?

When Son was rediscovered in the 60s he had completely forgotten most of his early repertoire and had to be taught to play his old songs by Al Wilson. Obviously he learned his old lyrics as well.

> And how do you know it's "kid gal"? I've never heard the
>term before.. is there an interview with him or something?

Numerous interviews with Son in the 60's...quoted at length in the Charley Patton book. "Kid Gal" was not an uncommon term in the rural south in the 20s.
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