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murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 04 Feb 98 - 07:01 PM
Art Thieme 05 Feb 98 - 10:24 AM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 05 Feb 98 - 10:54 PM
Joe Offer 06 Feb 98 - 02:16 AM
Art Thieme 06 Feb 98 - 09:11 AM
Art Thieme 08 Feb 98 - 12:27 PM
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Subject: Hard Coal and The Stovewood Man
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 04 Feb 98 - 07:01 PM

Does anyone know who performed, and what the full lyrics are, to a song that starts out:

Woke up this morning about five o'clock
Got me some eggs and a nice pork chop
Cheap cigar and a magazine
Went and made a run for the six-fifteen

????????????????????

Let me tell you something that I know
Man made a run for the five-forty four
Cut off his arm and it broke his head
Did the pore man live, no the pore man's dead

??????????????????????

Hard coal and the stovewood man
Hard coal and the stovewood man
I aint got but a little bit left
If you don't come use it gonna burn it myself

My recollection is that it is sung by a black blues singer with only a guitar as accompanyment.

Thanks,

Murray


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Subject: RE: Hard Coal and The Stovewood Man
From: Art Thieme
Date: 05 Feb 98 - 10:24 AM

I know that Jerry Rasmussen does this song. Can't recall if it's on any of his recordings. Contact him at the Stamford (CT.) Museum & Nature Center where he's the head honcho. Scofieldtown Road--Stamford, CT. 06903 Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Hard Coal and The Stovewood Man
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 05 Feb 98 - 10:54 PM

Thanks Art. Soes Jerry Rasmussen have a web page or an electronic address?

Murray


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Subject: RE: Hard Coal and The Stovewood Man
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Feb 98 - 02:16 AM

Well, here is the Web site for the Stamford Museum. Hope that helps.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Hard Coal and The Stovewood Man
From: Art Thieme
Date: 06 Feb 98 - 09:11 AM

No, Jerry doesn't have a personal address. I've been trying to see if the museum site address will get to him.But he's a geat guy (anybody who plays this song in key of F must be pretty amazing.) But he loves to write letters on virtual paper and will definitely respond. He and I've done that for l5 years.--Art Thieme


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Subject: Lyr Add: COAL MAN BLUES (Peg Leg Howell)
From: Art Thieme
Date: 08 Feb 98 - 12:27 PM

Howdy Murray,
Finally got around to digging out the old recording of "Coal Man Blues" (the real title to this song). It was recorded by Peg Leg Howell on November 8, l926.(also recorded at this same session was "Tishomingo Blues" & I suspect later today I’ll try to figure out those lyrics too for that thread.) As my old uncle used to say, "If it wasn't for time we'd have to do everything all at once."

Woke up this mornin' bout five o’clock,
Got me some eggs & a nice pork chop,
Cheap cigar and a magazine,
Had to run pretty fast to catch the 5:15.

Let me tell ya something that I seen,
Coal man got run over by the 5:15,
Cut off his arms and it crushed his ribs,
Did the poor man die? No, the poor man lived.

Let me tell you something that I know,
Coal man got run over by the 5:44,
Cut off his arms and it crushed his head,
Did the poor man die? No, the poor man lived.

CHORUS: Hard coal and the stove wood man,
Hard coal and a stove wood man,
I ain't got but a little bit left,
If ya don't come get it I'm gonna burn it myself.

Get the wood in the stove and the match in your hand,
Wood in the stove and the match in your hand,
Wood in the stove and the match in your hand,
You run to the door and "stop"(?) the telephone man.

Sell it to the rich, I sell it to the poor,
Sell it to the rich, I sell it to the poor,
I sell it to the rich and I sell it to the poor,
Sell it to the nice brown that's standin' in the door.

Furnish your wood and I furnish your coal,
Furnish your wood and I furnish your coal,
Furnish your wood and I furnish your coal,
Make you love me, doggone your soul.

Got your water I got your gas,
I got your water and I got your gas,
Got your water and got your gas,
You mistreat me mama, that's your last.

Let me tell you mama what's the matter now,
Let me tell you mama what's the matter now,
Let me tell you mama what's the matter now,
I you don't want me take me anyhow.

Sweet mama, sweet mama, what's on your mind,
Mama, sweet mama, what's on your mind,
Mama, sweet mama, what's on your mind,
You can't quit me--no need o' tryin'.

I'm goin' up the country, don't ya want to go?
I'm goin' up the country, don't ya want to go?
Goin' up the country, don't ya want to go?
I'm leaving her---coming back no more.

Me and my rider and 2 or 3 more,
Me and my rider and 2 or 3 more,
Me and my rider and 2 or 3 more,
We're goin' up the country, don't you want to go?

Went down the road feelin' bad,
Went down the road, mama, feelin' bad,
Went down the road, mama, feelin' bad,
Feel so worried, worst I ever had. (?)

I'm going away and it won't be long,
I'm goin' away and it won't be long,
Goin' away and it won't be long,
You don't believe me count the days I'm gone.


C


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