very common words in a blues tune

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very common words in a blues tune

Postby santo » Fri Jun 03, 2005 3:25 am

I was just thinking aabout how many times I've hear certain words in a blues tune and started to identify my favorites.
I guess it would not be The Blues with out:
Hardtimes and Trouble.

Like in:
Hardtimes and Trouble are my only friends.

I don't want Hardtimes and Trouble to carry me to my grave.
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RE: very common words in a blues tune

Postby tom » Fri Jun 03, 2005 12:14 pm

I like the lines
Minutes seem like hours, and hours are gonna seem like days.
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RE: very common words in a blues tune

Postby houndog » Sat Jun 04, 2005 10:18 am

what facinates me,is the themes introduced around money,loss and love.

Here in Scotland we have a dour calvanistic view on life ( based mainly on religious intolerance/beliefs of the last 400 years)this bolis down to the opposite of the American Dream and is "You are doomed to fail so don't get above yersel!".

Therefore like the blues we use wry takes on life, value the underdog and we know we won't succeed ( in Scotland anyway,we Scots built the modern world :D ) but we strive and strive.We are also incurable romantics and spend a lot of our time saying " I could have been a contender".

So for me the wry underdog humour in the blues has great resonance, the Tampa Red lines;

"The copper brought her in, she didn't need no bail
She shook it for the judge, and put the cop in jail".

to me are just fantastic.... the inversion of authority, the female underdog,the romantic/comic oportunities and the bent judge all tickle my Scottish view of life.

I heard a very subtle Scottish "blues" interchange on the radio last week, Jim Leishman was appointed to manage Dumfermline football team.

Commentator." Well Jim,are the fans sure about your appointment to the managers job?"

Jim Leishman " Well I'm a fan , and I'm not sure".

c'mon the wee man :D
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RE: very common words in a blues tune

Postby jellyroll baker » Sat Jun 04, 2005 2:51 pm

I love the way these common lines can be used to build up a whole song that tells a complete story with very little in the way of "original" lyrics. Stock lines are tied together, twisted in new ways and made to say something that's never been said beofre. Lightnin' Hopkins was a master of this, as was John lee Hooker and Robert Johnson. Bob Dylan is still doing it. I get the feeling that somehow mastering this lyrical appropriation is the secret at the heart of the blues.
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RE: very common words in a blues tune

Postby nizer » Sat Jun 04, 2005 5:15 pm

"I asked for water, she gave me kerosene"

... that one always stuck with me.
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