High Water Everywhere

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High Water Everywhere

Postby nizer » Mon Aug 29, 2005 11:07 pm

Well, backwater done rose all around Sumner now,
drove me down the line
Backwater done rose at Sumner,
drove poor Charley down the line
Lord, I'll tell the world the water,
done crept through this town

Lord, the whole round country,
Lord, river has overflowed
Lord, the whole round country,
man, is overflowed
You know I can't stay here,
I'll go where it's high, boy
I would goto the hilly country,
but, they got me barred

Now, look-a here now at Leland,
river was risin' high
Look-a here boys around Leland tell me,
river was raisin' high
Boy, it's risin' over there, yeah
I'm gonna move to Greenville,
fore I leave, goodbye

Look-a here the water now, Lordy,
Levee1 broke, rose most everywhere
The water at Greenville and Leland,
Lord, it done rose everywhere
Boy, you can't never stay here
I would go down to Rosedale,
but, they tell me there's water there

Now, the water now, mama,
done took Charley's town
Well, they tell me the water,
done took Charley's town
Boy, I'm goin' to Vicksburg
Well, I'm goin' to Vicksburg,
for that high of mine

I am goin' up that water,
where lands don't never flow
Well, I'm goin' over the hill where,
water, oh don't ever flow
Boy, hit Sharkey County and everything was down in Stovall
But, that whole county was leavin',
over that Tallahatchie shore
Boy, went to Tallahatchie and got it over there

Lord, the water done rushed all over,
down old Jackson road
Lord, the water done raised,
over the Jackson road
Boy, it starched my clothes
I'm goin' back to the hilly country,
won't be worried no more

- Charley Patton
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RE: High Water Everywhere

Postby bighollowtwang » Tue Aug 30, 2005 12:29 am

>Lord, I'll tell the world the water,
>done crept through this town

should be:
Ain't no tellin; what the water done to Joe Lee's town


>fore I leave, goodbye

should be:
Fore I bid goodbye


>Well, they tell me the water,
>done took Charley's town

should be:
Done took "short little town"


>Well, I'm goin' to Vicksburg,
>for that high of mine

should be:
Well I'm goin' to Vicksburg
Over that higher mound


>I am goin' up that water,
>where lands don't never flow
>Well, I'm goin' over the hill where,
>water, oh don't ever flow
>Boy, hit Sharkey County and everything was down in Stovall
>But, that whole county was leavin',
>over that Tallahatchie shore
>Boy, went to Tallahatchie and got it over there

should be:
Well I'm goin over the hill
where water oh it don't ever flow
"Boy, Sharkey County an everything was down in Stover"
Bolivar County was inchin'
over that Tallahatchie skid
"Boy went in Tallahatchie to find it over there"
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RE: High Water Everywhere

Postby nizer » Tue Aug 30, 2005 12:56 am

Thanks for the corrections zak.
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RE: High Water Everywhere

Postby bighollowtwang » Tue Aug 30, 2005 1:31 am

The lyrics are from the Calt & Wardlow book (highly recommended, by the way) "King Of The Delta Blues" - I don't think it's still in print but it is a must-have for any serious Patton fan.

Figuring out his lyrics can be a guessing game sometimes...
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RE: High Water Everywhere

Postby ricochet » Tue Aug 30, 2005 1:44 am

I can't understand enough of what he's saying to have any idea who's right.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."
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RE: High Water Everywhere

Postby bighollowtwang » Tue Aug 30, 2005 2:34 am

It actually gets easier (beliueve it or not) with practice haha.
I've been listening to Patton since....um...around '83 or '84, it sort of gets easier to understand with time!

If anyone has trouble deciphering his lyrics I will attempt to help...
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