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Lyr/Tune Req: Smokestack Lightnin' (Howlin' Wolf)

jacksue@lineone.net 12 Jul 99 - 02:10 PM
Roger in Baltimore 12 Jul 99 - 03:01 PM
catspaw49 12 Jul 99 - 06:03 PM
Art Thieme 12 Jul 99 - 10:39 PM
Susan 13 Jul 99 - 03:19 PM
Steve I 14 Jul 99 - 08:24 AM
Roger the zimmer 14 Jul 99 - 08:42 AM
Roger the zimmer 14 Jul 99 - 08:45 AM
14 Jul 99 - 09:16 AM
Roger in Baltimore 14 Jul 99 - 12:42 PM
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Subject: smokestack lightning
From: jacksue@lineone.net
Date: 12 Jul 99 - 02:10 PM

Hi, Can anyone help with the lyrics and guitar tablature to Smokestack lightning. It would be much appreciated. Thanks


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Subject: Lyr Add: SMOKESTACK LIGHTNIN'^^
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 12 Jul 99 - 03:01 PM

Jacksue,

For blues lyrics, try Harry's Blues Lyrics Online (new link: blueslyrics.tripod.com). It is an impressive resource and includes sound clips for many songs.

SMOKESTACK LIGHTNIN'
by Chester A. Burnett aka Howlin' Wolf

Ah-oh, smokestack lightnin'
Shinin', just like gold
Why don't ya hear me cryin'?
A-whoo-hooo, oooo
Whooo

Whoa-oh, tell me, baby,
What's the, matter with you?
Why don't ya hear me cryin'?
Whoo-hooo, whoo-hooo
Whooo

Whoa-oh, tell me, baby,
Where did ya, stay last night?
A-why don't ya hear me cryin'?
Whoo-hooo, whoo-hooo
Whooo

Whoa-oh, stop your train,
Let her, go for a ride
Why don't ya hear me cryin'?
Whoo-hooo, whoo-hooo
Whooo

Whoa-oh, fare ya well
Never see, a you no more
A-why don't ya hear me cryin'?
Oooo, whoo-hooo, whoo-hooo
Whooo

Whoa-oh, who been here baby since,
I-I been gone, a little, bitty boy?
Girl, be on
A-whoo-hooo, whoo-hooo
Whooo

The lyrics pale compared to the performance. What a powerful song with so little content.

OLGA, the OnLine Guitar Archive has a short tab for the intro of the song. Click here.

Enjoy the song!

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: smokestack lightning
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Jul 99 - 06:03 PM

Thanks RiB----Thought this might be another flatulence thread.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: smokestack lightning
From: Art Thieme
Date: 12 Jul 99 - 10:39 PM

I do think this lyric was originally,

Smokes like lightnin',
Shines like gold,
Why don't you hear me cryin'...

I believe that Wolf heard it wrong---from Walter Vinson with the MISSISSIPPI SHIEKS---and then recorded it wrong...

The rest is history. I knew Walter Vinson he was quite upset (to say the least) that wolf used so many of the Shieks songs without giving credit or payment---especially "SITTIN' ON TOP OF THE WORLD" that Walter Vinson told me he'd definitely written no matter what Sam Chatmon said.

Art Thieme


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Subject: smokestack lightning
From: Susan
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 03:19 PM

Hi, Can anyone help with lyrics and guitar tablature for Smokestack lightning. It would be much appreciated. Thanks


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Subject: RE: smokestack lightning
From: Steve I
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 08:24 AM

Try this.. I hope it is the one you want... http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Lounge/7736/lyrics.html


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Subject: RE: smokestack lightning
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 08:42 AM

For Howlin' Wolf's version try Harry's Blues Lyrics at:


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Subject: RE: smokestack lightning
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 08:45 AM

http://tinpan.fortunecity.com/kowalski/112/artistswithsongs/howlin_wolf_3.htm#smokestack_lightnin

Sorry! Done it wrong again, 'twas meant to be a blue clicky thang


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Subject: RE: smokestack lightning
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Date: 14 Jul 99 - 09:16 AM

If at twice you don't succeed, give up!

Click here for Smokestack Lightnin'

If I don't get it right, I'll never be able to look Joe "Just gimme the facts, mam" Offer in the thread again!


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Subject: RE: smokestack lightning
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 12:42 PM

Oooooh! Another deja vu thread. Even worse, on both threads Roger (two different Roger's, I think) linked two Harry's Blues Lyrics page.

For a link to guitar tab, a copy of the lyrics, and some interesting information from Art T., click here.

Roger in Baltimore


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