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Willie Mctell

Postby bluesmouse » Thu May 15, 2003 8:15 pm

I can't remember the exact song or words and I can't be bothered to go and look but I like the line from Blind Willie McTell's 'Talking To Myself':
Something like this: 'Took a trip to the ocean, down to the deep blue sea. Saw a crab and a shrimp, doing the Shimmy-Shee'

What the?!!
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RE: Willie Mctell

Postby ricochet » Fri May 16, 2003 1:26 pm

I've always been amused by blues innuendoes.

Don't know whether Blind Willie originated it, but Taj Mahal sang in "Statesboro Blues":

Goin' up to Memphis
To get my hambone boiled
(Repeat)
Been layin' round here in Clarksdale
Till my little hambone almost spoiled.
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RE: Willie Mctell

Postby ricochet » Fri May 16, 2003 8:46 pm

Actually, Mr. Mahal didn't use that in "Statesboro Blues" (though I've stuck it there myself, in place-name-modified form.) He used it in "The Celebrated Walking Blues" on his first album. Just listened to it.

That's one of those generic blues lines that could go in anything, of course.
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RE: Willie Mctell

Postby bluesmouse » Sat May 17, 2003 1:55 pm

Seems like bluesmen are always having their jelly roll stolen too!
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RE: Willie Mctell

Postby jellyroll baker » Sun May 18, 2003 11:19 am

>Seems like bluesmen are always having their jelly roll
>stolen too!

Hey, nobody gonna kidnap me.

...oh, I get it now. Had me scared for a moment.
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