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Lyr Req: Cornbread Peas and Black Molasses

27 Nov 02 - 08:12 PM (#836096)
Subject: Lyr Req: Cornbread peas and black molasses
From: GUEST,Tom Hamilton

Hello there,

I'm looking for the lyrics to a song called Cornbread peas and black Molasses. It was written by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.
So if anyone could help in any way I would be most grateful.

Thanks
Tom


27 Nov 02 - 09:59 PM (#836144)
Subject: Lyr Req: Cornbread peas and black molasses
From: toadfrog

It's short, and a bit repetitive.
CORNBREAD, MEAT AND MOLASSES


I don't want no cornbread, peas, black molasses.
I don't want no cornbread, peas, black molasses.
I don't want no cornbread, peas, black molasses.
At supper time, lord, lord lord at supper time.

I got a letter, letter from my momma this morning [etc.]
It said come home, lord, lord lord, son come home.

I ain't got no, got no ready-made money [etc.]
I can't come home, lord, lord lord, I can't come home.

[Repeat first verse.

I have that on an old Stinson disk, and I think actually you may maen Sonny Terry and Alec Steward. It isn't really a Brownie McGee type number.


27 Nov 02 - 10:01 PM (#836148)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread peas and black molasses
From: toadfrog

Sorry. Should have said "Alec Stewart."


27 Nov 02 - 10:06 PM (#836152)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread peas and black molasses
From: Sorcha

Just an Add in the box......


28 Nov 02 - 12:57 AM (#836232)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread peas and black molasses
From: Stewie

I have it on an old LP Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee 'In London' Astor GGS 988. The attribution on the label is to 'Terry-McGee'. It could be wrong attribution, of course, but they are both happily duetting on the recording. It has an extra stanza to that posted above:

If I could make a June, July and August [x3] [August pron. 'Auger']
Then I'll go home, lord, lord, lord, then I'll go home

--Stewie.


29 Nov 02 - 02:57 AM (#836943)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread peas and black molasses
From: GUEST,Tom Hamilton

Thanks for the information
Tom Hamilton


29 Nov 02 - 11:08 PM (#837562)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread peas and black molasses
From: toadfrog

Sorry Stewie, maybe I was being dogmatic. I also have it on an OLD LP. (So old, it proudly calls itself "MICRO-GROOVE RECORDING - 331/3 RPM!") It is called "CHAIN GANG Volume One," and has Woody Guthrie, Sonny Terry and Alek Stewart on it. On the Stinson label, which I suspect was no longer a viable brant by the time I got hold of the record in 1956.

If you say Brownie McGee also recorded it, I'm sure you are right. But people usually think of McGee when they think of Sonny Terry, and so far as I know Alek or Alec Stewart is probably a forgotten man, so I thought I might remind. I've only heard McGee play relatively urban sounding blues guitar, and the sound on my disk is very down home.


09 Dec 02 - 09:43 AM (#843820)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread peas and black molasses
From: Jim Dixon

AMG/All Music Guide presents a fascinating list of songs whose titles start with "Cornbread":

Cornbread - 30 recordings, notably by the Hal Singer Sexette, Wyzee Hamilton and Luther Patrick.
Cornbread & Black-Eyed Peas - 1 recording by the Bolton Brothers.
Cornbread (Earl & Me) - 1 recording by Dillinger
Cornbread and 'Lasses (Sassafrass... - 2 recordings by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Cornbread and Baklava - 1 recording by Tim Sparks.
Cornbread and Butterbeans - 1 recording by the Carolina Sunshine Trio.
Cornbread and Buttermilk - 1 recording by Little Jimmy Dickens.
Cornbread and Cabbage Greens - 1 recording by Joe Houston.
Cornbread Blues - 2 recordings: by Alger "Texas" Alexander (1927), and by Monti Blubinos Amundson.
Cornbread Boogie - 1 recording by Art Gunn
Cornbread Mafia - 1 recording by Molly Hatchet
Cornbread Moon - 3 recordings by Joe Ely
Cornbread, 'Lasses and Sassafras Tea... - 1 recording by Pee Wee King and His Golden West Cowboys
Cornbread, Meat & Molasses - 1 recording by Woody Guthrie
Cornbread, Meat and Molasses - 5 recordings by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, or Sonny Terry separately.
Cornbread, Molasses & Sassafras Tea - 1 recording by the Freight Hoppers
Cornbread, Peas and Black Molasses - 5 recordings by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, or Brownie McGhee separately; also the Chris Barber Jazz Band (Dixieland).


09 Dec 02 - 10:39 PM (#844273)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread peas and black molasses
From: Richie

Is the title- "Cornbread, Peas and black molasses" or "Cornbread, Meat and black molasses"?

-Richie


09 Dec 02 - 11:15 PM (#844290)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread peas and black molasses
From: Joe Offer

Depends whether you're vegetarian or not, Richie. We have carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores in my household - so it really gets confusing here. [grin]
-Joe Offer-


10 Dec 02 - 08:38 PM (#845006)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread peas and black molasses
From: toadfrog

Well. On my old disk, the Title is "Cornbread, Meat and Molasses." No "black" in the title. But they sing, "I don't want no-o Peas, Cornbread, black molasses." Very ad hoc song, that, and it seems to me some of the very best traditional songs defy logic and make no sense at all. Like the Carter Family's "Titanic." Or on the other side, some of those fine old Copper Family songs that string together three generations of glorious Mondegreens! It wouldn't be no fun at all if it had to make sense!


10 Dec 02 - 10:21 PM (#845066)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread peas and black molasses
From: Richie

I was just wondering "where's the beef?" If there's no meat in the lyrics I guess that would make it a nonsense song.

Richie


10 Dec 02 - 11:21 PM (#845087)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread peas and black molasses
From: BusbitterfraeScotland

it's a blues for people who don't like meat


08 Nov 09 - 02:28 PM (#2762248)
Subject: Lyr Add: CORNBREAD PEAS AND BLACK MOLASSES
From: Jim Dixon

This is what I hear in a video at YouTube:


CORNBREAD PEAS AND BLACK MOLASSES
As sung by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

I don't want no cornbread, and peas, black molasses.
I don't want no cornbread, and peas, black molasses
At suppertime, Lord, Lord, Lord, suppertime.

I got a letter, a letter from my mother this morning.
I got a letter, a letter from my mother this morning.
She said come home, Lord, Lord, Lord, son, come home.

I ain't got no, got no ready made money.
But I ain't got no, got no ready made money.
I can't come home. Mother, you know your son can't come home.

But if I can make, O Lord, June, July and August,
If I can make June, July and August,
Then I'll come home. Mother, you know your son will come home.

Then I heard him say, oh, no,
I don't want no cornbread, and peas, black molasses.
I don't want no more cornbread, and peas, black molasses
At suppertime, Lord, Lord, Lord, suppertime.


12 Apr 10 - 08:30 AM (#2884744)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread Peas and Black Molasses
From: GUEST,Andy

Thats what i like to see the real answer


15 Apr 10 - 08:54 AM (#2887161)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread Peas and Black Molasses
From: GUEST

can someone tab out cornbread peas and black molasses


15 Apr 10 - 09:40 AM (#2887187)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread Peas and Black Molasses
From: Richard Bridge

My memorCORNBREAD PEAS AND BLACK MOLASSES


Said I don't want no cornbread, peas, and black molasses.
Said I don't want no cornbread, and peas, and black molasses
I don't want no cornbread, and peas, and black molasses
At suppertime, Lord, Lord, Lord, suppertime.

I got a letter, a letter from my mother this morning.
I got a letter, a letter from my mother this morning.
I got a letter, a letter from my mother this morning.
She said come home, Lord, Lord, Lord, son, come home.

But I ain't got no, got no spending money.
I ain't got no, got no spending money.
I ain't got no, got spending money.
I can't come home. Lord you know I can't come home.

If I can make, June, July or August,
If I can make June, July or August,
If I can make June, July or August,
Then I'll come home. Lord, you know then I'll come home.

'Cos I don't want no cornbread, peas, and black molasses.
I don't want no cornbread, peas, and black molasses
I don't want no cornbread, peas, and black molasses
At suppertime, Lord, you know it hurts my pride.
y tells me Johnny Silvo did it as follows: -


15 Apr 10 - 11:48 AM (#2887273)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread Peas and Black Molasses
From: Roger the Skiffler

Chris Barber & Pat Halcox used to sing this in harmony, probably learnt when Sonny & Brownie toured with the Barber band.

RtS


16 Apr 10 - 01:46 AM (#2887705)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread Peas and Black Molasses
From: open mike

never heard the song, but it makes me hungry!
i got some black eyed peas the other say at the deli--
with onions, peppers and spices. they were called TEXAS caviar!


16 Apr 10 - 01:21 PM (#2888056)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread Peas and Black Molasses
From: GUEST,Dicky boy

jonny silvo is still singing the same song , He is still performing get to see him when he is over in the uk.


18 Apr 10 - 09:37 AM (#2889120)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornbread Peas and Black Molasses
From: goatfell

thanks again
Tom