Over To My House

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Example Pre-War Blues Video Lesson

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Overview

Here’s a song played by Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas which follows the same framework as the great classic, Walk Right In, by Gus Cannon. Although the lyrics follow the same pattern as Walk Right In, Wiley and Thomas don’t quite spell out the chords completely, preferring to stay mostly on the root chord throughout. They use alternating basslines as well as very classic picking patterns on the treble-side to move through the tune.

Workstation

Standard — but each string detuned one half-step, so Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb

Come right on over to my house, ain’t nobody here but me
I been listless for the last six months and I could not see
You can shake it, you can break it, you can hang it on the wall
You can throw it out the window, run and catch it ’fore it falls
Come on over to my house, ain’t nobody here but
I’m crying, ain’t nobody here but me

Come right on over to my house, cause there ain’t nobody here but me
I been listless for the last six months and I could not see
I say you need not think because you’re little and cute
I’m gonna buy you a box-back suit
Come on over to my house, ain’t nobody here but
I’m crying, ain’t nobody here but me

Come right on over to my house, cause there ain’t nobody here but me
I been listless for the last six months and I could not see
When I was sitting in my parlor just (… smell?)
But I wasn’t too drunk to hear the back door slam
Come on over to my house, ain’t nobody here but
I’m crying, ain’t nobody here but me

Come right on over to my house, cause there ain’t nobody here but me
I been listless for the last six months and I could not see
I’m gonna grab me a picket off a my back fence
Gonna whip your nappy head until you learn some sense
Come on over to my house, ain’t nobody here but
I’m crying, ain’t nobody here but me

Come right on over to my house, cause there ain’t nobody here but me
I been listless for the last six months and I could not see
I cry ashes to ashes and sand to sand
Every married woman got a backdoor man
Come on over to my house, ain’t nobody here but
I’m crying, ain’t nobody here but me

Song History

Grafton, WI
Paramount 12977

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