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Fairy Blues


Overview


Fairy Blues, much like Howell's Low Down Rounder Blues, is quite a special song, with its odd tuning. Howell uses some of his favorite treble-side licks with this tune, playing this bends on the 3rd fret of the 2nd string into the 1st string open, after which he completes his lyric verses with that double-stop, descending bass run.

Workstation


Tuning
D F D F Bb D (from lowest to highest)
Capo Position

6th Fret

Song Lyrics

I got a lovin', sweet fairy, she treats me nice and kind
I got a lovin', sweet fairy, she treats me nice and kind
She treats me so lovin', she satisfy my mind

She may be your gal, but she tip to see me sometime
She may be your gal, but she tip to see me sometime
She sleeps with you, but she's got me on her mind

[Spoken]
To the man with the baby waitin', must be proper pain. Womens' get into mens' heads

She's low, she's squatty, she got baby ways
She's low, she's squatty, she got baby ways
She got elegant movements, sure will make you raise

Mama, mama, sweet mama, see what you done' done
Sweet mama, sweet mama, see what you done' done
You caused me to weep 'cause, I'made to leave my home

Song History


Year of Recording

20 April 1928

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Record Label

Columbia 14356-D