From Four ‘Till Late

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Overview

A gentle and almost “confessional” song (professing unrequited love, or something of the sort), From Four ‘Till Late is really a gem out of gems.

It appears somewhat akin to Lonnie Johnson, as if certain characteristics of the song draw from Lonnie’s style. Mostly, that thought comes from that chromatic double (or perhaps triple) stop that Johnson plays in sequence to lead into the 4 chord and then again prior to the 5 chord. Although, that monotone bassline that does get played certainly expresses his fingerprint.

The chord progression of this song is slightly more intricate than his usual 12 bar blues– there’s some more depth and color with the more unusual shapes he plays. It seems to make this one that much more special and unique.

Workstation

Standard — EADGBE

From four ’till late, I was wringin’ my hands and cryin’
From four ’till late, I was wringin’ my hands and cryin’
I believe to my soul, that your daddy’s Gulfport bound

From Memphis to Norfolk, is a thirty-six hours ride
From Memphis to Norfolk, is a thirty-six hours ride
A man is like a prisoner and he’s never satisfied

A woman is like a dresser, some man always ramblin’ through its drawers
A woman is like a dresser, some man always ramblin’ through its drawers
It cause so many men, wear an apron overall

From four ’till late, she get with a no-good bunch and clown
From four ’till late, she get with a no-good bunch and clown
Now, she won’t do nothin’, but tear a good man’ reputation down

When I leave this town, I’m gon’ bid you fare, farewell
And when I leave this town, I’m gon’ bid you fare, farewell
And when I return again, you’ll have a great long story to tell

Song History

19 June 1937
Dallas, Texas
Vocalion 03623