dinsdag 23 september 2014

Some Scream High Yellow (1926) / 32-20 Blues (1930) / 22-20 Blues (1931)


"32-20 Blues" is a blues song by Delta blues musician Robert Johnson. It was recorded during his second recording session in San Antonio, Texas, on November 26, 1936.
The title refers to .32-20 Winchester ammunition, which could be used in handguns as well as smaller rifles. The name .32-20 refers to the .32-inch-diameter (8.1 mm) bullet and standard black-powder charge of 20 grains (1.3 g).
The song is a remake of the Skip James song "22-20 Blues". Skip James refers to .22-20 caliber, which actually does not exist. This was done on the request of Paramount Records who wanted successful “gun blues” to cover Roosevelt Sykes’ .44 Blues

(SEE LINK ON THE BOTTOM OF THIS TOPIC)


But before Skip James, in 1930, Roosevelt Sykes cut a similar-titled song "32-20 Blues", with the same subject (about a woman cheating on his man) and the same blues-pattern.

http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=6521

http://www.keeponliving.at/song/32-20_blues.html

http://www.secondhandsongs.com/topic/6993



(o) Willie Kelly (=Roosevelt Sykes) (1930)  (as "32-20 Blues")
Recorded on June 12, 1930 - Cincinnati OH - 62901-2
Released on Victor 38619.

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Now I got a 32-20, shoot just like a 45.
Now I got a 32-20, shoot just like a 45.
Lord, if I ever go at my woman, I'm gonna bring her dead or alive.

Lord, I carry my 32-20 in my right hand.
Lord, I carry my 32-20 in my right hand.
Lord, I shoot my woman that waste her time with that monkey man.

Yes sir, all your men look alike to me.
Yes sir, all your men look alike to me.
Lord, if I catch you with my woman, you might as well be dead in the deep blue sea.

Lawd, I shoot steel jackets and no lead balls at all.
Lawd, I shoot steel jackets, well, no lead balls at all.
Lawd, if I ever shoot you, you will see St. Peter or St. Paul.

Now I see you going down thru the lonesome lane.
Now I see you going down thru the lonesome lane.
Now ev'rybody got this 32-20 of mine the same.

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(c) Skip James (1931) (as "22‑20 Blues")
Recorded in Grafton, Wis., c. Feb. 1931 (L‑765‑1)
Released on Paramount 13066.

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If I send for my baby and she don't come
If I send for my baby and she don't come
All the doctors in Wisconsin, they won't help her none

And if she gets unruly and gets so she don't wanna do
My baby gets unruly and she don't wanna do
I'll take my .32-20, I'll cut her half in two

You're talkin' about your .44-40, buddy, it'll do very well
Talkin' about your .44-40, it'll do very well
But my .22-20, Lord, it's a burnin' hell

I had a .38 Special, buddy, it's most too light
Aw, that .38 Special, buddy, it's most too light
But my .22-20 make the caps alright

Aw, if she gets unruly, thinks she don't wanna do
She gets unruly and she don't wanna do
I'll take my .22-20, I'll cut her half in two

I, I, I can't take my rest
I, I, I can't take my rest
And my .44 layin' up and down my breast

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(c) Robert Johnson (1936)  (as "32‑20 Blues")
Recorded in San Antonio, Texas on November 26, 1936 (SA‑2616‑1)
Released in February 1937 on Vocalion 03445.

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Also issued in April 1937 on Perfect 7-04-60 (1st number is year, 2nd/3rd number is month, and last digits are sequential issue number within month)
And in the same month on Oriole 7-04-60.

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'F I send for my baby, and she don't come
'F I send for my baby, man, and she don't come
All the doctors in Hot Springs sure can't help her none

And if she gets unruly, thinks she don't wan' do
And if she gets unruly and thinks she don't wan' do
Take my 32-20, now, and cut her half in two

She got a .38 special but I believe it's most too light
She got a .38 special but I believe it's most too light
I got a 32-20, got to make the caps1 alright

If I send for my baby, man, and she don't come
If I send for my baby, man, and she don't come
All the doctors in Hot Springs sure can't help her none

I'm gonna shoot my pistol, gonna shoot my gatling gun2
I'm gonna shoot my pistol, gotta shoot my gatling gun
You made me love you, now your man have come

Ahoh, baby, where you stayed last night
Ahah, baby, where you stayed last night
You got your hair all tangled and you ain't talking right

Her .38 special, boys, it do very well
Her .38 special, boys, it do very well
I got a 32-20 now, and it's a burning

If I send for my baby, man, and she don't come
If I send for my baby, man, and she don't come
All the doctors in Wisconsin3 sure can't help her none

Hey, hey, baby, where you stayed last night
Hey, hey, baby, where you stayed last night
You didn't come home until the sun was shining bright

Ahoh boy, I just can't take my rest
Ahoh boy, I just can't take my rest
With this 32-20 laying up and down my breast

Notes
1: "caps" were percussion caps, a paper or metal container holding an explosive charge, as for a pistol
2: "Gatling” or “Gat” was a common slang term for a revolver in the 1920’s."
3: Robert changed the reference to Wisconsin throughout the song to Hot Springs, Arkansas, except in the third from last verse when he forgets to do so and uses Skip's original text instead.
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Robert Johnson's "32-20 Blues" is also similar in melody to "Some Scream High Yellow".


(O) Bo Weavil Jackson (=Sam Butler) (1926)  ( as "Some Scream High Yellow")          
Recorded in Chicago, c. Oct. 1926 (2677‑2)
Released on Paramount 12423.

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Now, the rolling mill, Good Lord, burnt down last night
Now, the rolling mill, Good Lord, burnt down last night
And they ain't shippin' no iron in this town today

I think I will, travelin' on my mind
Sometime, I b'lieve, travelin' on my mind
I ain't got no right to leave, I ain't got no right to change my mind

Now, did you dream lucky and wake up cold in hand?
Now, did you dream lucky, wake up cold in hand?
Then you'll want to see some good gal, ah, ain't got no man

Now, sometime I think I will, again I think that I won't
Sometime I think that I will, again I think that I won't
Sometime I think that I do, Lord, then I think that I don't

Mmmmmmm, mmmmmm, mmmmmmm
Mmmmmmm, mmmmmm, mmmmmmm
Sometime I think that I will, and then I think that I won't

Some screamin' high yella, I screams black or brown
Some scream high yella, I screams black or brown
'Cause high yella may mistreat you but black won't turn you down

Mama, I got a notion, honey, and I believe I will
I got a notion, mama, and I believe that I will
Catch a long jumpin' Judy and go on across the hill

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The tune itself is also similar to many other Bluessongs like Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers' "Minglewood Blues" and Hambone Willie Newbern's "Roll And Tumble Blues".  (SEE LINK ON THE BOTTOM OF THIS TOPIC)


http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=4184

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollin'_and_Tumblin'

Minglewood Blues - Cannon's Jug Stompers:


Roll and Tumble Blues - Hambone Willie Newbern:




(c) Muddy Waters (1942)  (as "32-20 Blues")
McKinley Morganfield (v,g), Charles Berry (g)
Recorded July 1942 - Clarksdale MS?  (6667-B-3 Library of Congress unissued).
Finally released in 1993 on: The Complete Plantation Recordings, The Historic 1941-42 Library of Congress Field Recordings (Chess CHD 9344)

http://www.discogs.com/Muddy-Waters-The-Complete-Plantation-Recordings/release/791563

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(c) Rolling Stones (1972)  (as "32-20 Blues")
Outtake "Exile on Main Street" album
Recorded on June 23, 1972 in the Sumet-Burnet Recording Studio in Dallas

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(c) Bob Dylan (1993)  (as "32-20 Blues")
Recorded May 1993 in Malibu CA
Unreleased World Gone Wrong session
Finally released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 – Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989–2006

http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/32-20-blues

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(c) Keith Richards (1994)  (as "Keith's Boogie")





2004 - Eric Clapton (2004)  (as "32-20 Blues")

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Me_and_Mr._Johnson






(c) Rory Block (2006)  (as "32-20 Blues")
Released on The Lady and Mr. Johnson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady_and_Mr._Johnson

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As I said above "32-20 Blues" is sort of a follow-up of  Roosevelt Sykes' "44 Blues".

SEE NEXT LINK ON MY SITE: http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2014/09/44-blues-1929-vicksburg-blues-1930.html


The bluesscheme of the tune itself is also similar to other bluessongs like Walter Rhodes "Crowing Rooster", Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers' "Minglewood Blues" and Hambone Willie Newbern's "Roll And Tumble Blues".

SEE NEXT LINK ON MY SITE: http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2014/09/crowing-rooster-1927-minglewood-blues.html




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