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Thread #94873   Message #1840516
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
22-Sep-06 - 12:00 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
Subject: RE: Origins: Diamond Joe--'diamond studded jaw?'
That put me to looking at the Field Notes of the John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern Recording Trip. This may fill in a bit more to the Barry Finn post.

Diamond Joe- field Holler - by "Big Charlie" Butler- Texts of two recordings combined.
Refrain: Diamond Joe, come and git me,
Diamond Joe, come and git me,
Diamond Joe come and git me,
Diamond Joe.

Ain't goin' work in de country, (nor) neither on Forest's Farm
I'm gonna stay till Maybelle comes, an' she gonna call-a me home.

Went up on de (Blieve I'll go on de) mountin to give my horn a blow,
Thought I heard Miss Maybelle say, Yonder comes-a my beau.

Diamond Joe, where'd you find him, etc.

De woman I'm lovin' took de train an' gone
(Oh, my heart is lovin')
I jes' can't help it, Cap'n, can't stand it long,
I can't be contented, pardner, my doney done gone.

A recording also may be available at American Memory, but I can't look for it tonight. The Field Notes, if one listens to the recordings, sometimes are wrong. In some cases, they supplement what is heard on the recording.