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    Hi everybody

    I'm a musician, and I would like to arrange a delta blues song from Robert Petway. But the problem is that I'm french, and the recording's qualitity is really poor... so I can't understand all the lyrics. I'm trying, but I don't know every words in English thus sometime my sentences make no sense. If anybody can help me, thank you so much


    Here's the link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJQGAM871hg


    Fabien,
    Last edited by Fabien Guidi; 04-09-2012 at 03:30 PM.

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    Hi and welcome.

    This is a great old blues number, sung in a style that even native speakers can find difficult.

    What have you managed to get so far?
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    Here is what I've got for the moment. I'm sorry because most of the time it doesn't make sense, but please don't judge me :

    No sweet mama, don't you see
    ????????? "upon me"

    I don't stop hollerin', well must I ride 'em on down
    I don't stop hollerin' moma, I believe I ('ll ?) ride em on down

    Tell my baby she, wait for ??? ( sounds like "less")
    Look my baby came just to, ???

    I say I don't stop hollerin', well must i ride em on down
    I don't stop hollerin' moma, Must I ride 'em on down


    Be my ??an, What you (done-done ?)
    Let me sweet moma name your thumb good ( yes i know it really makes no sense)
    I say I don't stop hollering...

    Hey ??? ( I hear "blowstep"") moma, Can't come down
    Look now man she loose a ?? Morning come
    I say i don't stop hollerin'...


    Shouldn't bother the seller, Man in the bin
    ??? ..


    Thank you for your help

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    I would never judge a fellow Blues connoisseur, especially a performing one as yourself.

    This is what I get, but please don't take it as totally correct, the blues has it's own slang.

    "I done stopped hollerin' " = I've given up shouting (presumably because it doesn't have any effect)

    Robert Petway - Ride 'em on down.

    No swing mama, don't you see,
    Shaking your thing mama sure about to get the best from me,
    And I said I, done stopped hollerin'
    Why must I ride 'em on down.

    I done stopped hollerin' mama,
    I believe I ride 'em on down.

    Tell my baby she, wait for lies,
    Let my baby (can yessir), lives too fast,
    I done stopped hollerin'
    Why must I ride 'em on down.

    I done stopped hollerin' mama,
    How must I ride 'em on down.

    She's my woman, what she gone done,
    Lemme swing mama now if I am good, may not come,
    I done stopped hollerin'
    Why must I ride 'em on down.

    Ride 'em on down man we don't care.

    I done stopped hollerin' mama,
    Why must I ride 'em on down.

    Play it man, play it louder.

    ......... ......, shake 'em on down,
    Look now mama the lights are on and the moon is down,
    I said ooh done stopped hollerin' mama,
    Why must I ride 'em on down.

    Yeah, I done stopped hollerin' mama,
    Why must I ride 'em on down.

    Cute little butter seller laying in the bed,
    I jumped and the last one sure fell dead,
    I said ooh done stopped hollerin' mama,
    Why must I ride 'em on down, yeah.

    I done stopped hollerin' mama,
    Why must I ride 'em on down.


    This may be of interest to you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shake_%27Em_on_Down

    Get your nightcap mama, and your gown
    Baby 'fore day we gonna shake 'em on down
    Hey done stopped hollerin', oh, must I shake 'em on down
    I done stopped hollerin' now, must I shake 'em on down
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    Woaw, now it makes sense lol. I was wrong everywhere ! You really helped me, thank you very much for spending your time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabien Guidi View Post
    Woaw, now it makes sense lol. I was wrong everywhere ! You really helped me, thank you very much for spending your time
    Hi Fabien,

    This singing style is very difficult to understand, I can't get all the words, and as you are a non-native English speaker, it's even harder.

    I'm glad I could make sense of it to you, and I hope you do it justice when you perform it.

    Bonne chance,

    Mixa.
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