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dubharlin
Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 12:43 pm Reply with quote
Lil' Birdie Joined: 01 Jun 2006 Posts: 36
Down Home Girl
-version transcribed from A Prairie Home Companion on May 27, 2006

Here’s the link
http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/2006/05/27/

It’s segment 1 and starts at 29:48

Line 1: alternate A and G
Line 2: alternate A and G
Line 3: D
Line 4: alternate A and G
Line 5: E D ..then alternate A and G

Well I swear your perfume babe is made out of turnip greens
Well every time I kiss you girl it tastes like pork and beans
Even though you’re wearing those uptown high heels
I can tell from your giant step you’ve been walking through the cotton fields
Ohhhhhh you’re so down home…girl

Every time your monkey jive ‘takes my breath away
Well every time you move like that I got to get down and pray
Girl you know that dress you wear is made out of fiber glass
Well every time you shake it baby I got to go to Sunday mass
Ohhhhh you’re so down home…girl

Solo

I’m going to take you to the muddy river and push you in
So I can watch the water roll on down your velvet skin
I’m gonna take you down to New Orleans down in Dixie land
So I can watch you do the second line with an umbrella in your hand
Ohhhhh you’re so down home…girl

Solo
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krazykarl
Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 12:56 pm Reply with quote
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hey thanks for all your hard work...introduce yourself and stick around.... Razz
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buggin
Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:59 pm Reply with quote
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way to go DUB 4 post and I already like ya
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dubharlin
Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:12 pm Reply with quote
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you're welcome. if you guys have any other songs from live shows from the new album coming out that haven't been transcribed yet send them my way and i'll transribe them when i get a chance.

1. Down Home Girl -did it
2. Cocaine Habit -already posted
3. Minglewood Blues - *hasn't been done
4. My Good Gal - already posted but under a longer name *send it anyway
5. James River Blues - did it
6. New Virginia Creeper - *hasn't been done
7. Union Maid - *hasn't been done
8. Let It Alone - *hasn't been done
9. God's Got It - did it
10. I Hear Them All - did it
11. Don't Ride That Horse - hasn't been done
12. Bobcat Tracks - *hasn't been done
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dubharlin
Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 6:53 am Reply with quote
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album version lyrics uses this line instead. there are a few differences but nothing big. i think this was the biggest one.

every time you move like that girl i've got to go to sunday mass
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Kitty
Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:22 pm Reply with quote
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Sometimes I am not the fastest horse in the race.... today is one of those days that I truly realize that!

Listening to DJ Rodge's show from last night and the Rolling Stones version of Down Home Girl.... it finally hit me the meaning of the line "So I can watch you do the second line with an umbrella in your hand". And it has nothing to do with eating pork and beans, moving in a certain way, or water rolling off skin as I had previously thought.

Must have been that season of Treme.

Oi vey - glad it is Friday!
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GumboStu
Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:05 pm Reply with quote
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i would have thought 'moving in a certain way' would have something to do with it, but yes ... the umberella is for the sun, i think? Very Happy

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therodge
Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:32 pm Reply with quote
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Kitty, thanks for the support!

At first I thought they were talking about the second line of the song... which I'd never remember what the second of the song was, haha! Now I'm thinking "second line of cocaine?"

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Kitty
Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:36 pm Reply with quote
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No no no!!! Second-lining is a New Orleans style of parading. So imagine a marching band going down the street.... then a bunch of your friends and neighbors just following and dancing, whooping, and hollering along. I have friends that have second-lined.... but honestly don't know what space my brain was in today that I was like "OOOOOoooohhhhhh!!!!!!'

From Wikipedia...
Second line is a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans, Louisiana. The "main line" is the main section of the parade, or the members of the actual club with the parading permit; those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the "second line." The second line's style of traditional dance, in which participants walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called "second lining." It has been called "the quintessential New Orleans art form — a jazz funeral without a body."

And sorry if you all are just pulling my leg and trying to make me feel better. But maybe you, like me, never had that realization.... But now you know.

And knowing is half the battle.


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therodge
Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:43 pm Reply with quote
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ooooooooooh! I get it now. Never been to NOLA so that's a whole culture I haven't experienced yet... I gotta get down there!

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GumboStu
Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:04 pm Reply with quote
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Kitty
Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:09 pm Reply with quote
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Was that the second line at your wedding, Stu?? Laughing Laughing Laughing
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GumboStu
Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:21 pm Reply with quote
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Laughing yeah - that's me on the left Laughing

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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:07 pm Reply with quote
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That's awesome! I was sure it was a drug reference.
Learn something new every once in a while 'round here.

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Chigger
Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:33 pm Reply with quote
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Kitty wrote:

Second line is a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans, Louisiana. The "main line" is the main section of the parade, or the members of the actual club with the parading permit; those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the "second line." The second line's style of traditional dance, in which participants walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called "second lining." It has been called "the quintessential New Orleans art form — a jazz funeral without a body."


I agree, Whistle!
I just love this place. Learn somethin' every day- Thanks Kitty!

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therodge
Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:01 pm Reply with quote
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Just found this.

More History on Down Home Girl

"Greetings all.

I’m a little tired (the stay at home dad thing is not an occupation conducive to piling up a surplus of sleep), but happy that spring appears to be here in both the de jure and de facto senses. Of course that means it’s time to get the mower tuned up and the rake out of the shed so that the perimeter is once again presentable (I believe the old phrase my Pop used to use was “Police the area!”), balancing the joy of breathing fresh Spring air with the pain associated with manual labor (and of course pollen….oh the humanity!?!?).

That said, tapping away at the laptop, so that the blogging might continue requires almost no (physical) labor at all.

What better way to get things going than with a very groovy cover of one of my all time favorite records ‘Down Home Girl’.

First waxed in 1964 by the mighty Alvin Robinson for the Red Bird label (one of my all time fave records), ‘Down Home Girl’ was written by Jerry Lieber and Art Butler. In it’s original form (produced by Lieber and Mike Stoller and arranged by Joe Jones) it is one of the grittiest pieces of New Orleans-associated soul ever to hit wax.

The following year, the Rolling Stones, knowing a good thing when it crawled into their ears, recorded a version of their own.
The version I bring you today see’s Lieber and Stoller taking the song out for a stroll once again, with one of their favorite groups, the legendary Coasters. By 1966, when the group went into the studio with L&S (Stoller producing) they were a few years past their last big hit (‘Little Egypt’ hit the Top 40 in 1961).

The 45 that ‘Down Home Girl’ appeared on – bearing the extremely cool ‘Soul Pad’ (possibly the greatest/only soul song to namecheck Thelonious Monk) on the flipside really should have been a hit. It’s possible that the audience of 1966/67, newly attuned to all things far out may have associated the Coasters name with a bygone era of good time-y rock and roll, but like their contemporaries the Platters, they were clearly up to the task of making era-appropriate sounds.

The Coasters version of ‘Down Home Girl’ – taken at a slightly more deliberate pace than Robinson – opens with a horn/drums/vibes riff that is verily begging to be looped by some enterprising producer, and features some classic group harmony. Much of the humor associated with the Coasters is there, though it gets delivered not via the performance itself, but rather through Lieber’s hyperbolic lyrics. Where Robinson’s reading of the song is dripping with unbridled lust (thanks in large part to his awesome, soulful growl) the Coasters vocal arrangement, with tenor and bass trading lines allows them to highlight the absurdity of some of the lines.

It really is a lost classic, and one of the finer versions of a truly great song.
I hope you dig it and I’ll be back on Friday.

Peace

Larry"

Alvin Robertson - Down Home Girl

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