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Lyr Add: Blues in the Bottle (Prince Albert Hunt)

Stewie 05 Nov 99 - 04:25 AM
Vixen 05 Nov 99 - 08:54 AM
Mike Billo 05 Nov 99 - 09:53 AM
Amos 21 Sep 01 - 11:36 PM
GUEST,Prince Albert Hunt Jr. 30 Dec 08 - 09:23 PM
Barry Finn 30 Dec 08 - 09:39 PM
GUEST,Denis McFarling 18 Aug 09 - 10:44 PM
Amos 18 Aug 09 - 11:09 PM
Genie 27 Nov 09 - 06:52 PM
GUEST,Prince Albert Hunt Jr. 21 Feb 10 - 01:05 PM
GUEST,Bill S 14 Mar 11 - 01:57 PM
GUEST,Judy Painter 01 May 14 - 01:45 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: BLUES IN THE BOTTLE (Prince Albert Hunt^^
From: Stewie
Date: 05 Nov 99 - 04:25 AM

BLUES IN THE BOTTLE

Blues in the bottle, blues in the bottle
Where do you think you're at, pretty mama
Blues in the bottle, where do you think you're at
You went and kicked my dog
And now you've drowned my cat

Goin' to Chattanoogie, goin' to Chattanoogie
See my ponies run, pretty mama
Goin' to Chattanoogie to see my ponies run
If I win a prize
I'll give my baby some

Rooster chews tobacco, rooster chews tobacco
Hen uses snuff, pretty mama
The rooster chews tobacco and the hen uses snuff
The baby chickens don't take nothin'
But they just strut their stuff

Goin' to Sillypuddie (?), goin' to Sillypuddie
Sorry I can't take you, pretty mama
Goin' to Sillypuddie, sorry I can't take you
I can't abide no woman
Who goes round sniffin' glue

Traditional/ P. Stampfel

Source: The Holy Modal Rounders '1 & 2' Big Beat CDWIKD 170. (Big Beat is an Ace subsidiary).

This is the first track of the first Holy Modal Rounder album back in 1964. 'Acid folk' was a term coined by rock critics to describe an exotic offshoot of the 1960s folk revival movement. The progenitors of the genre were Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber who emerged from such cheery aggregations as Mac Grundy's Old Timey Wool Thumpers, The Temporal Worth High Steppers and the Merry Order of St Bridget String Band to establish the archetypal acid folk group – the Holy Modal Rounders. In the fullness of time, this acoustic duo – fiddle, banjo and guitar – was transmogrified into a full-blown folk rock ensemble that produced time warp classics such as 'The Moray Eels Eat the Holy Modal Rounders'. The impact of this ebullient band of lunatics on the American folk scene was practically zilch. Nevertheless, as they cavorted in their neglected musical corner with sublime indifference to the outside world, they attracted a not inconsiderable number of devotees (yours truly included) whose sensibilities were attuned to their particular brand of insanity. The Rounders inspired the name of an important roots record label, spawned other groups such Jeffrey Frederick and the Clamtones (who at least had the decency to ask their mothers for forgiveness) and collaborated briefly with kindred souls on the fringes of the American rock and underground poetry scene, the Fugs, to produce 'Fugs 4 Rounders Score'. Their most successful collaboration, however, was with Michael Hurley, master chronicler of life in the breakdown lane, and the Clamtones, to form the Unholy Modal Rounders. This combination produced the incomparable 'Have Moicy' album in 1976 which even the stuffy 'New York Times' included in its list of highly recommended albums that year.

I mention all this because there seems to be something of a revival occurring – at least in terms of album reissues etc. The original Holy Modal Rounder albums on Prestige are now reissued back to back on a single CD, much of the Hurley canon is now on CD (alas, not the gloriously mad albums on Jesse Colin Young's long-gone Racoon label) and he has recorded new albums. And the Rounders have a new album 'Too Much Fun' which I have been unable to obtain as yet - I have been told that it is not yet out, but I have seen some mention of it. Does anyone actually have a copy?

The Rounders wrote original songs and refashioned old ones. It was said that Stampfel had a passing acquaintance with every song ever written but that Weber had difficulty in remembering any of the words of a song he had written 5 minutes earlier. Of 'Blues in a Bottle', Stampfel wrote: 'This goody was learned from a tape sent to Luke Faust and us by Bill Barth of Takoma records. It was originally recorded by Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers around 1930. I made up new words to it because it was easier than listening to the tape and writing words down. Besides I prefer saying my own words to saying someone else's, unless I really like someone else's words. The "rooster chews tobacco" verse is an example of someone else's words I really like. I remembered that verse the first time I heard the song. I still can't remember any of the other verses'. Stampfel's fractured fiddling is always a joy.

I have no idea of the place in the last verse of the Rounders version, but 'Sillypuddie' is what it sounds like.

Prince Albert Hunt's version follows. Hunt's records are marvellous – particularly, 'Wake Up Jacob' on the Smith 'Anthology'. He was a wonderful fiddler who often appeared in rural medicine shows. Although he was only 27 when he recorded 'Blues in a Bottle', his unusual, gravelly voice made him sound like he was going on 70. He was shot and killed in 1931. 'Tadinoodie' is what it sounds like in the last verse – he does not seem to be saying 'Chattanoogie'. The change in protagonist from verse 1 to verse 3 is just how it is. Stampfel was right: the song is worth preserving for the inspired 'rooster' verse alone - and the fiddle parts are great as well.

BLUES IN THE BOTTLE

Blues in the bottle, blues in the bottle
Trouble in my hands, pretty mama
Blues in the bottle, trouble in my hands
I'm goin' back to Fort Worth
Find me another man

Dig your taters, o dig your taters
It's tater diggin' time, pretty mama
O dig your taters, it's tater diggin' time
Old man Jack Frost
Done an' killed your vine

Asked my baby, asked my baby
Could she stand to see me cry, pretty mama
Asked my baby could she stand to see me cry
She said, whoa black daddy
I can stand to see you die

Rooster chews tobacco, rooster chews tobacco
The hen uses snuff, pretty mama
That rooster chews tobacco and the hen uses snuff
The little chickens don't take nothin'
But they strut their stuff

Went to Tadinoodie (?), went to Tadinoodie
See my pony run, pretty mama
Went to Tadinoodie, see my pony run
If I win some money
Gonna give my baby some

Traditional

Source: Prince Albert Hunt 'Blues in the Bottle'. Recorded in San Antonio 1927. Reissued on CD on Various Artists 'Times Ain't Like They Used To Be: Early American Rural Music Vol 1' Yazoo 2028.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blues in the bottle - 2 versions
From: Vixen
Date: 05 Nov 99 - 08:54 AM

Well this is interesting!

I heard this song on a John Sebastion LP...I'll have to dig it out and figure out which version he does...

V


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blues in the bottle - 2 versions
From: Mike Billo
Date: 05 Nov 99 - 09:53 AM

Atta Boy Stewie! The Rounders rule. The first big influences I had (and still love), were the Rounders and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. I wanted to play music like that. I am a member of an e-mail discussion group devoted to the the Rounders, Hurley, Jeffery Fredrick, and associates, called have Moicy. The discussion groups home page is at http://www.timshome.com/hmr/ Drop in and say hi. Vixen; The Sebastian/Lovin' Spoonful version came from the Rounders, as did Kweskins.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blues in the bottle - 2 versions
From: Amos
Date: 21 Sep 01 - 11:36 PM

The Rounders sang it, "Goin' to Chatanoogie", which was a corruption of Chatanooga, Tennessee, where one would logically got "to see my pony run".

A


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blues in the Bottle - 2 versions
From: GUEST,Prince Albert Hunt Jr.
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 09:23 PM

I want to thank you folks for taking an interest in my grandfathers music. (Archie Albert Hunt (Prince Albert was his recording name). You are going to really be surprised at some of the information that will be made public in '09. In reading the different sites that have "info" on Prince Albert and his music, I start chuckling at the errors. Early in '09, you will be able to go to the Prince Albert Hunt homepage to get the real scoop. Due to some upcoming events, I really can't discuss a lot at this time. If you liked his style, you're going to love what's coming.
Thank You,
Prince Albert Hunt Jr.
PAH5295@aol.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blues in the Bottle - 2 versions
From: Barry Finn
Date: 30 Dec 08 - 09:39 PM

I was having trouble trying to remember who I knew this from, John Sebastian or Jim Kweskin, thanks, it was both. They were both strong early influences on me & I still love what they did.

Barry


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLUES IN THE BOTTLE (Holy Modal Rounders)
From: GUEST,Denis McFarling
Date: 18 Aug 09 - 10:44 PM

Here are corrected lyrics for the 'Holy' version. Chattanooga, Tennessee is famous for racing horses, the 'ponies' mentioned and the most traditional verse here. Lightnin' Hopkins and The Loving Spoonful also recorded versions (also known as Blues in a Bottle and Blues in My Bottle)around the same time. Silly Putty is a silicone polymer that was marketed to kids at the time. It was created by mistake in WWII in search of a rubber substitute. I used to use it to transfer the Sunday funnies to my arms as a weekly tattoo. However, in this lyric content, it was at the time a street term for Psilocybin mushrooms (Psycho-delic). The East Village, 1964, what a place and a time...

Blues in the bottle, blues in the bottle
Where do you think you're at, pretty mama
Blues in the bottle, where do you think you're at
You went and kicked my dog
And now you drowned my cat

Goin' to Chattanooga, goin' to Chattanooga
See my ponies run, pretty mama
Goin' to Chattanooga to see my ponies run
If I win a prize
I'll give my baby some

Rooster chews tobacco, rooster chews tobacco
Hen uses snuff, pretty mama
Rooster chews tobacco and the hen uses snuff
The baby chickens don't take nothin'
But they just strut their stuff

Goin' to Silly Putty goin' to Silly Putty
Sorry I can't take you, pretty mama
Goin' to Silly Putty, sorry I can't take you
I can't abide no woman
Who goes 'round sniffin' glue


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blues in the Bottle - 2 versions
From: Amos
Date: 18 Aug 09 - 11:09 PM

Thanks, Dennis, exactly as I remember them. (Which is a bit remarkable in itself!).


A


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Subject: Video links: Blues in the Bottle - many versions
From: Genie
Date: 27 Nov 09 - 06:52 PM

I found many versions of "Blues In A [The] Bottle" at YouTube.

Here is an early recording (the first one?), by Prince Albert Hunt and the Texas Ramblers

and here's a live performance of 'Blues In The Bottle by Jim Kweskin et al..

But I hear Jerry Rasmussen has a great version too. Where can I hear that?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blues in the Bottle - 2 versions
From: GUEST,Prince Albert Hunt Jr.
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 01:05 PM

Over a year ago I thanked the fans of Prince Albert Hunt and the Texas Ramblers. At that time I predicted an upcoming Prince Albert Hunt Home website. An adopted son of mine(in some respects) in London, England has worked unbeliveably hard to put the correct history of Prince Albert Hunt in film and written versions. While visiting him in London and reviewing the progress, I was absolutely over-whelmed. There has nothing been previously said or put together that comes anywhere near matching this. Unfortunately, there are still some outlet contracts that aren't finalized, so to say too much at this time would be getting the cart before the horse. Hopefully,website and release date will be this year.I can respond, to some degree, to any "Headlinners" or agents thereof, who might be interested in doing any of Prince Alberts' music with the correct lyrics. So far, no one has them all correct.
Thank You,
Prince Albert Hunt Jr.
pah5295@aol.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blues in the Bottle - 2 versions
From: GUEST,Bill S
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 01:57 PM

I believe the lyric (from the Spoonful's version) is "I bought you silly putty."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Blues in the Bottle (Prince Albert Hunt)
From: GUEST,Judy Painter
Date: 01 May 14 - 01:45 PM

Hi, I am in the process of recording Blues in the Bottle and am trying to find out where and who to pay licensing for this. It's really more the Holy Modal Rounders version we are doing, but I would still like to pay proper recording fees to the correct source. Any help would be appreciated. I will also be emailing Print Albert Hunt Jr. Thanks!

Judy Painter
Austin Texas
kimballnpainter@aol.com


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