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My fav from Son

Postby tinman » Fri Jan 03, 2003 2:37 am

I'm gonna get religion,
I'm gonna join the Baptist Church.
I'm gonna get religion,
I'm gonna join the Baptist Church.
Gonna be a Baptist Preacher,
So's I'z don't gots to werk.

Late '20's... :)
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RE: My fav from Son

Postby ricochet » Fri Jan 03, 2003 4:27 am

Oh yeah, I LOVE that one! :7
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RE: My fav from Son

Postby rwlyo » Fri Jan 03, 2003 2:10 pm

Our pastor had cut himself pretty badly putting together a rack for folding chairs. A friend and his wife were discussing the injury at their dinner table. Their son asked where Pastor J was when he cut himself, my friend replied "at work". His son asked "When did Pastor J get a job?"
Of course, we don't let the pastor forget that comment, we even use it ourselves!!

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RE: My fav from Son

Postby david » Fri Jan 03, 2003 9:07 pm

I remember getting in trouble when I was about seven for asking the preacher how come it was alright for him to work on Sunday when he kept saying nobody else should.


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RE: My fav from Son

Postby tinman » Wed Jan 08, 2003 2:32 am

:) Thanks for the stories guys...now I got a couple of new things to laugh about when I listen to this tune.
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RE: My fav from Son

Postby jellyroll baker » Thu Feb 13, 2003 5:15 am

Lomax's "Land Where the Blues Began" cites a number of folk-tales where the lazy, never-done-a-days-work preacher is portryed as a villain a bit like a less likable version of the fox. I suspect that if some research was done Son's song might prove to be only one of a genre. Can anyone find some examples?
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RE: My fav from Son

Postby david » Thu Jun 05, 2003 2:39 am

{... the lazy, never-done-a-days-work preacher is portryed as a villain a bit like a less likable version of the fox. ... Can anyone find some examples?}


Yeah, I've got a neighbor that is a perfect example of that.


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RE: My fav from Son

Postby srvlives » Thu Jun 05, 2003 2:47 am

Stephen King wrote a short story about a tv evangelist turning into a snake... my memory is vague at the best of times, I'll have to dig it out and re-read it.

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RE: My fav from Son

Postby badfinger » Thu Jun 05, 2003 9:37 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Jun-05-03 AT 06:05 AM (EST)]Or, as Geoffrey Chaucer wrote in the following extracts, sometime around 1385:

"A frere ther was, a wantowne and a merye...
He hadde maad ful many a mariage, Of yonge wommen at his owene cost.
Ful wel biloved and famulier was he, With frankeleyns over al in his contree,
And eek with worthy wommen of the toun...
Ful swetely herde he confessioun, And plesaunt was his absolucioun:
He was an esy man to yeve penaunce, Ther as he wiste to have a good pitaunce...
His typet was ay farsed ful of knyves, And pynnes, for to yeven faire wyves.
He knew the tavernes wel in every toun, And everich hostiler and tappestere,
Bet than a lazar or a beggestere...
And over al, ther as profit sholde arise, Curteis he was and lowely of servyse.
And rage he koude, as it were right a whelp. In love-dayes ther koude he muchel help..."



In translation (tho' it loses much):

"A friar there was, a wanton and a merry...
He had arranged full many a marriage, Of women young, and this at his own cost.
Well liked by all and intimate was he, With franklins everywhere in his country,
And with the worthy women of the town...
He heard confession gently, it was said, Gently absolved too, leaving naught of dread.
He was an easy man to give penance, When knowing he should gain a good pittance...
His tippet was stuck always full of knives, And pins, to give to young and pleasing wives...
In towns he knew the taverns, every one, And every good host and each barmaid too,
Better than the poor or lepers...
And so, wherever profit might arise, Courteous he was and humble in men's eyes...
And he could romp as well as any whelp - On love days could he be of mickle help..."


So, 'twas ever thus!

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RE: My fav from Son

Postby bluesmcgoo » Thu Jun 05, 2003 10:17 am

Just goes to show, some things never change.
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RE: My fav from Son

Postby sandy » Thu Jun 05, 2003 10:33 am

"I got the Geoffrey Chaucer, nun's priest's wife's brother-in-law, walking to Canterbury in April Blues"
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RE: My fav from Son

Postby badfinger » Thu Jun 05, 2003 11:58 am

...and his yeoman and dog!

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RE: My fav from Son

Postby jellyroll baker » Fri Jun 06, 2003 1:49 am

"Some people say a preacher won't steal,
But I found one in my corn field."
-Muddy Waters "Can't get no Grind" but probably from a traditional source.
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RE: My fav from Son

Postby laughing boy » Thu Jul 10, 2003 3:25 am

That line was first heard on the Beale St. Shieks (Frank Stokes and Dan Sane) "You Shall" circa 1928-29 on Paramount.
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RE: My fav from Son

Postby jellyroll baker » Thu Jul 10, 2003 4:23 am

Hey, thanks for the info.

Makes me wonder if anyone has ever actually created an original blues lyric or if they're just floating around in the air.
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