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murray@mpce.mq.edu.au Mac Wiseman (23) RE: Mac Wiseman 08 Sep 01


"Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" was originally a Carter family recording, recorded Nov 25 1929 in Atlanta Georga. They have more than one version, I think. Certainly Jeanette Carter sings different lyrics from what Sara originally did and she pairs two verses together before the guitar break. The song has no chorus for voice, but rather the chorus is done by guitar (which is what I am calling the "guitar break". Here are the original lyrics:

Jimmie Brown the Newsboy

by A.P. Carter

I'm very cold and hungry, sir, my clothes are worn and thin
I travel about from place to place, my daily bread to win,
Then Maybelle's beautiful guitar break and on to verse II

But never mind sir how I look don't stare at me and frown.
I sell the morning papers sir, my name is Jimmie Brown.

Guitar Break

My father was a drunkard, I've heard my mother say,
But I am helping mother as I go along my way.

Guitar Break

I Sell the morning paper, sir, my name is Jimmie Brown.
Most everybody knows I am the newsboy of the town.

Guitar break and ending chord.

It is one of my favorites.

Murray


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