Re: [Harp-L] Re: Zep tunes [When the Levee Breaks]
This is a Jimmie Rodgers line from "T for Texas."
"Gonna buy me a pistol, just as long as I am tall...
Gonna shoot poor Thelma just to see her jump and fall. "
Peg Leg Howell, Sadie Lee Blues:
"Gonna buy me a pistol, long as I am tall...
I'm gonna shoot li'l Sadie, see her rise and fall"
This is a line from Ma Rainey's See See Rider:
"I'm gonna buy me a pistol, just as long as I am tall...
Shoot my man, and catch a cannonball."
From Sonny Terry:
Well, I'm gonna buy me a pistol, little woman, made up on a .44 frame...
Well, you can look down in the ground, little woman, whoa, you know, you
can see that undertaker man
From "Mean Mama Blues" maybe somebody did it earlier, but the guy I'm
thinking of is Ernest Tubb, who did it in 1941:
Iâm gonna buy me a pistol Iâll think Iâll get a 44...
And when I get through shootinâ that girl wont step no more
You KNOW Jimmie Rodgers got it somewhere else- I love these kind of songs-
it was rural, southern music (no color)
These are travelin' lyrics, they can can go in all kinds of songs- my band
mate, Rick Nestler, has a head full of lyrics
and loves to mix 'em up, and he sure can yodel in "T for Texas"- he's got a
big voice and his "Neanderthal slash"
on his Taylor twelve string let's me just let loose on harp (but not when
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