By Stephen Calt

ISBN-10: 0252033477

ISBN-13: 9780252033476

This attention-grabbing compendium explains the main strange, vague, and curious phrases and expressions from classic blues tune. using either documentary proof and beneficial interviews with a couple of now-deceased musicians from the Twenties and '30s, blues student Stephen Calt unravels the nuances of greater than twelve hundred idioms and correct or position names chanced on on oft-overlooked "race files" recorded among 1923 and 1949. From "aggravatin' papa" to "yas-yas-yas" and every little thing in among, this really designated, racy, and compelling source decodes a missed speech for normal readers and researchers alike, providing necessary information regarding black language and American slang.

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With] a piece of lodestone, some kind of red cloth; they got it mixed up together” (Willie Moore). 22 bl ac k bottom black is evil They say black is evil, and they don’t mean you no good But I would not quit my black woman, baby if I could. —Leroy Carr, “Good Woman Blues,” 1934 A black catchphrase of the blues era, used to denigrate black-hued African Americans, and applied in blues song exclusively to females. See evil. black snake My woman signified, my black snake was dead But she never knowed it, till I went to bed.

Lovin’ Sam Theard, “That Rhythm Gal,” 1934 Slang for African American. aggravatin’ papa When I find that aggravatin’ papa, that tried to two-time me I know I’ll spend a great long sentence in the penitentiary. —Barbecue Bob, “Ease It To Me Blues,” 1928 A noted seducer of other men’s girlfriends or wives, to the point of being a general aggravation to men. The Indianapolis blues singer Leroy Carr (1905–35) was locally known as “Aggravatin’ Papa” because “he fucked everybody’s wife” (Pete Franklin).

In the blues era, commercially manufactured whiskey was dispensed to black Southerners only at barrelhouses; the product offered at plantation juke joints was corn liquor. See also habits, to have one’s on. ” —Charlie Spand, “Soon This Morning Blues,” 1929 Barrelhouse habitués, also called (in Mississippi) Saturday night people, expressions used with the implication that their subjects had no interests other than carousing. Cf. Saturday night. barrelhouse ways I believe I believe, I will stop my barrelhouse ways For I feel myself sinkin’ every day.

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