5.10.2012

Figplucker's 21st Century Blues: Junco Partner

Junco Partner is an old New Orleans classic blues, performed by luminaries like James Booker (my personal favorite version!), Dr. John, Professor Longhair, the Clash (!) and many more..., and tells the cautionary tale of a N'Awlins junkie. The original melody is the one that appears in Professor Longhair's brilliant 'Tipitina' + is lovely. Go check it out when you can, but til then, give this one a listen + let me know what you think of my version...

2 comments:

  1. Oh, down the road came poor little Junco
    Boys, he was loaded as he could be
    The poor man was knocked out, knocked out loaded
    And he was wobblin' all over the street.

    I heard him singing six months ain't no sentence
    He said one year was not no time
    He said he had friends still in Angola
    Serving from fourteen to ninety-nine

    You know, when he had plenty of money
    He had friends all over town
    Since he's been broke, hungry and sickly
    Not a single friend can be found

    Well, the poor man pawned his watch + his pistol
    Oh he tried to pawn his diamond ring
    He tried to pawn the woman he was lovin'
    But the poor girl couldn't sign her name

    She said give him water when he gets thirsty
    Tell him that water is mighty fine when you're dry
    Give him a tincture, yeah, when he gets sickly
    Give him the graveyard if he dies

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  2. Another 'un that kicks ass! I am digging this blues project thing, and you know I'm picky. :)

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