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Posted By: Barry Finn
21-Sep-06 - 11:26 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
Subject: RE: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
Years ago I read something about that line & can't quite recall what was said but nothing here sounds familiar so I'll keep digging. In the meantime I went searching other diamond Joe's here's a version that's doesn't seems to be in the DT but I posted it years ago.

Barry


Subject: Lyr Add: DIAMOND JOE
From: Barry Finn - PM
Date: 23 Apr 02 - 11:14 PM

John Lomax recorded a version of this from Charlie Butler in 1937, at Parchman (SP?) State Farm, Miss. I used to sing this a long time ago, so I can't say for certain how accurate I'll be but I don't think I'll be to far off base. I can't believe I can still read my notes (probably at least 20 yrs here too) on this but can hardly make out any the words.

Went up on a mountain give my horn a blow
Thought I heard Miss Maybelle say
You gonna come or go


CH Diamond Joe come to get me(3x)
Diamond Joe


Ain't gonna work this country
Don't need no part of this farm
I'm gonna sit till my Maybelle come
And she keep on calling me home


CH Diamond Joe come to get me(3x)
Diamond Joe


Ain't gonna tell no stories
Neither word nor lies
When I hear my maybelle singing
...............??????


CH Diamond Joe come to get me(3x)
Diamond Joe


Diamond Joe where'd you find him (3X)
Diamond Joe

CH Diamond Joe come to get me(3x)
Diamond Joe


Hope it helps. Still have the tune but I don't know how to post it. I cound sing it into a phone message machine if needed. Good Luck, Barry