For the Willie Nelson album, see Milk Cow Blues (album). "Milk Cow Blues" Single by Kokomo Arnold B-side "Old Original Kokomo Blues" Released October 1934 Format 10-inch 78 rpm record Recorded September 10, 1934 Genre Blues Length 3:07 Label Decca Songwriter(s) Kokomo Arnold Kokomo Arnold singles chronology "Gitfiddle Jim" (1934) "Milk Cow Blues" (1934) "Back to the Woods" (1934) "Milk Cow Blues" is a blues song written and originally recorded by Kokomo Arnold in September 1934.
In 1935 and 1936, he recorded four sequels designated "Milk Cow Blues No. 2" through No. 5. The song made Arnold a star, and was widely adapted by artists in the blues, Western swing and rock idioms. Kokomo Arnold song Lyrical themes The lyrics of the Kokomo Arnold record combine the threads of: Blues on awakening – Good morning, Blues Blues how do you do? Do mighty well this morning, can't get along with you.
 The loss of a dairy cow – Says, I woke up this a-morning and I looked outdoors Says, I knowed my mamlish milk cow pretty mama, Lord, by the way she lowed Lord, if you see my milk cow, buddy, I said, please drive her home Says, I ain't had no milk and butter, mama, Lord, since a-my cow been gone A breakup with his lover – How can I do right, baby when you won't do right yourself? Lord, if my good gal quits me well, I don't want nobody else A warning that she will have regrets – Now you can read out your hymndbook, preach out your Bible Fall down on your knees and pray, the good Lord to help you Because you going to need you going to need my help some day Mama if you can't quit your sinning please quit your lowdown ways.
 These four themes are found in the lyrics of later versions of the song. The metaphor of a milk cow for a female lover was already established in recordings with the same title (see below). It is also found in "Mean Tight Mama" by Sarah Martin in 1928: Now my hair is nappy and I don’t wear no clothes of silk But the cow that’s black and ugly has often got the sweetest milk and in "My Black Mama Part 1" by Son House in 1930, also in a four-line verse, but one formed by repetition: Well, you see my milk cow tell her to hurry home I ain’t had no milk since that cow been gone If you see my milk cow tell her to hurry home Yeah, I ain’t had no milk since that cow been gone Melody Arnold uses basically two melodic structures, according to the number of lines in a verse.
For three-line verses such as the following, he sings a melody interspersed by guitar in the first two lines: All in good morning, I said, “Blues, how do you do?” All in good morning, I said, “Blues, how do you do?” You’re mighty rare this mornin’, can’t get along with you. For four line verses such as the following, he sings the first two lines to a melody uninterrupted by guitar: Takes a rockin’ chair to rock, mommy, a rubber ball to roll, Takes a tall cheesin’ black, pretty mommy, to pacify my soul.
Lord, I don’t feel welcome, please, no place I go, Oh that woman that I love, mommy, have done drove me from her door. In the section described by Elijah Wald as a 'bridge", he modifies this four-line melody, most notable with falsetto leaps on the words "need" and "please": Now you can read out your hymnbook, preach out your Bible, Fall on your knees and pray, the good Lord will help you. Cause you gonna need, gonna need my help someday.
Mama, if you can’t quit your sinnin’, please quit your lowdown ways. These three melodies, and the device of a falsetto leap were used if following versions of the song. Other songs with the same title The earliest documented recording of a song titled "Milk Cow Blues" was by Freddie Spruell in 1926. The lyrics are largely on the lost dairy cow theme: She's a full-blood Jersey, I'm going to tell you boys the way I know People just screamin' for my milk cow, I don't care where my Jersey go with one hint at a lost lover: Say my bed is lonesome my pillow now it sure won't do I wake up out of the midnight I really have those milk cow blues A different song was recorded by Sleepy John Estes in 1930.
 The lyrics make no mention of a cow, and the relationship with a lover are not hostile but encouraging: Well, she looked at me, she began to smile Says, I thought I would use you for my man a while That's if you just don't let my husband catch you there Now, if just-just don't let my husband catch you there There is some similarity between the melody used by Estes and the melody used by Arnold for his four-line verses of his record.
Some have concluded that Estes's song is an earlier version of the same song. This is disputed by Boyd and Kelly. Another different song was recorded by Big Bill Broonzy in March 1934. Melodically it differs from all the songs with the same title. Lyrically, it shares with the Kokomo Arnold song: A diary cow theme – I haven't seen my milk cow in three long weeks today I haven't had no rich cream, mama since my milk cow strayed away Have you seen a big brown cow she have no horns at all You don't need a chair to milk her she will back right in your stall and a departed human lover – When I got up this morning she had had every dime I had I said that's all right, mule cow your daddy understand Robert Johnson song Robert Johnson recorded a version of Sleepy John Estes' song, re-titled "Milkcow's Calf Blues", at his last recording session on June 20, 1937.
 It was released by Vocalion Records in September 1937 as the B-side to "Malted Milk." Johnnie Lee Wills version In 1941, Johnnie Lee Wills (younger brother of Bob Wills) recorded a version which was released the same year by Decca Records as "Milkcow Blues" by Johnny [sic] Lee Wills & His Boys. It was sung by Cotton Thompson. Bob Wills also recorded it on the Tiffany Transcriptions with a vocal by Tommy Duncan.
The Wills/Duncan release "Brain Cloudy Blues" is heavily influenced by "Milk Cow Blues" too. Elvis Presley & the Blue Moon Boys version "Milkcow Blues Boogie" Single by Elvis Presley, Scotty and Bill A-side "You're a Heartbreaker" Released January 8, 1955 Format 78 & 45 rpm records Recorded November or December 1954 Studio Sun, Memphis, Tennessee Genre Rockabilly Length 2:39 Label Sun Songwriter(s) Kokomo Arnold Elvis Presley, on guitar, accompanied by Scotty Moore on guitar recorded a rockabilly version retitled "Milkcow Blues Boogie" at Sun Records in November or December 1954.
 The arrangement was closer to Wills' version than to the Arnold original. Sun Records released the song as a single in January 8, 1955, with "You're a Heartbreaker" as the flipside.RCA Victor Records also released the single in December 1955. It was later included on Presley's 1959 album A Date with Elvis. Other versions The McGee Brothers (Sam and Kirk) recorded a version of the song.
1946: Cotton Thompson on King Records. This is sometimes incorrectly credited to Moon Mullican because Cotton was part of Moon's band and recorded this after a Mullican session in 1946. Available on two Mullican CDs titled "New Milk Cow Blues". 1947: The Maddox Brothers and Rose. 1955: Mike Seeger recorded a banjo version that was inspired by the Johnnie Lee Wills version. 1956: Bob Crosby B-side of Bob Crosby and his Orchestra in Hi Fi album with Nappy Lamar on vocals.
1960: Ricky Nelson B-side of single with "You Are the Only One", also included on album Million Sellers and compilation Legendary Masters. 1962: Eddie Cochran on the posthumous album Never to Be Forgotten 1962: George Lewis on his album Endless the Trek Endless the Search 1965: The Kinks on their album The Kink Kontroversy (although credited to Sleepy John Estes on the UK release). 1967: The Chocolate Watchband on the 1994 CD reissue of their album No Way Out.
1970: We Five on their album Catch the Wind. 1971: Mungo Jerry on the second side of their maxi-single, "Lady Rose". 1976: Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen on their live album We've Got A Live One Here. 1977: Levon Helm & the RCO All-Stars on their self-titled album as 'Milk Cow Boogie'. 1977: Aerosmith their album Draw the Line. 1977: Pirates former Johnny Kidd's band recorded the song.
It appears on their 1977 live album Out of Their Skulls. 1979: Jerry Lee Lewis recorded on the Elektra label. 1981: Glen Campbell recorded the song on his album Glen Campbell Live. 1990: Dead Moon on their 1990 album, Defiance. 1990: Aerosmith on their 1990 MTV Unplugged Live Performance in New York. 1991: George Strait on his 1991 album, Chill of an Early Fall. 2000: Willie Nelson on his 2000 album, Milk Cow Blues.
2001: Doc Watson on his album, Doc Watson at Gerdes Folk City, recorded live in 1962 and 1963 but never released until 2001. 2002: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, featuring Doc Watson, on the 2002 album Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Volume III 2004: Eric Clapton on his 2004 tribute to Robert Johnson, Me and Mr. Johnson, titled "Milkcow's Calf Blues". 2009: Obits on their debut album I Blame You. 2016: The Kinks featured a live version on their 2016 Record Store Day exclusive album, The Kinks in Koncert 1965.
Mississippi Fred McDowell recorded "Milk Cow Blues" on a self-titled album. Tyler Hilton recorded it for the film Walk the Line. References ^ a b c d e f g Dixon, Robert M. W.; Godrich, John; Rye, Howard (1997). Blues and Gospel Records 1890-194 (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-816239-1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Boyd, Jean A.; Kelly, Patrick (2012). "The Many Faces of Milk Cow Blues".
Journal of Texas Music History. 12: 17–35. ISBN 0-19-816239-1. ^ Wald, Elijah (2004). Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues. New York City: Amistad. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-06-052427-2. ^ Hatch, David; Millward, Stephen (1989). From Blues to Rock: An Analytical History of Pop Music. Manchester, England: Manchester University Press. pp. 42–43. ISBN 0-19-816239-1. ^ Sackheim, Eric; Shahn, Jonathan (2003).
The Blues Line: Blues Lyrics from Leadbelly to Muddy Waters. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-19-816239-1. ^ a b Russell, Tony (2007). Country Music Originals: The Legends and the Lost. New York City: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-532509-5. OCLC 85822512. ^ a b c The Complete 50's Masters (Box set booklet). Elvis Presley. New York City: RCA Records. 1992. pp. not numbered. 07863 66050-2. v t e Robert Johnson Albums King of the Delta Blues Singers King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol.
II The Complete Recordings Original78 rpm records (chronological) "Terraplane Blues" / "Kind Hearted Woman Blues" "32-20 Blues" / "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" / "Dead Shrimp Blues" "Cross Road Blues" / "Ramblin' on My Mind" "Come On in My Kitchen" / "They're Red Hot" "Sweet Home Chicago" / "Walkin' Blues" "Hellhound on My Trail" / "From Four Until Late" "Milkcow's Calf Blues" "Stones in My Passway" "Stop Breaking Down" "Me and the Devil Blues" "Love in Vain" Later song releases "If I Had Possession over Judgment Day" "When You Got a Good Friend" "Travelling Riverside Blues" Related Discography The Search for Robert Johnson Me and the Devil Blues (manga) Me and Mr.
Johnson/Sessions for Robert J The Robert Johnson Songbook Johnson's guitars Crossroads (1986 film) v t e Elvis Presley singles discography 1954 "That's All Right" / "Blue Moon of Kentucky" "Good Rockin' Tonight" / "I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine" "You're a Heartbreaker" 1955 "Baby Let's Play House" "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" / "Mystery Train" 1956 "Heartbreak Hotel" / "I Was the One" "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" / "My Baby Left Me" "Don't Be Cruel" / "Hound Dog" "Blue Suede Shoes" / "Tutti Frutti" "Money Honey" "I Got a Woman" "Tryin' to Get to You" "Blue Moon" "I'll Never Let You Go (Lil' Darlin')" / "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)" "Shake, Rattle and Roll" / "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" "Love Me Tender" 1957 "Too Much" / "Playing for Keeps" "All Shook Up" "Peace in the Valley "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" "Paralyzed" (UK) "Jailhouse Rock" "Party" / "Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do!" (UK) 1958 "Don't" "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck" "Hard Headed Woman" / "Don't Ask Me Why" "King Creole" (UK) "One Night" 1959 "I Need Your Love Tonight" / "A Fool Such as I" "A Big Hunk o' Love" 1960 "Stuck on You" / "Fame and Fortune" "It's Now or Never" "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" 1961 "Surrender" / "Lonely Man" "I Feel So Bad" / "Wild in the Country" "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" / "Little Sister" "Can't Help Falling in Love" / "Rock-A-Hula Baby" 1962 "Good Luck Charm" / "Anything That's Part of You" "She's Not You" "Return to Sender" / "Where Do You Come from" 1963 "One Broken Heart for Sale" "(You're the) Devil in Disguise" "Bossa Nova Baby" / "Witchcraft" 1964 "Kissin' Cousins" / "It Hurts Me" "What'd I Say" / "Viva Las Vegas" "Such a Night" / "Never Ending" "Ask Me" / "Ain't That Loving You Baby" "Blue Christmas" 1965 "Do the Clam" / "You'll Be Gone" "Crying in the Chapel "(Such an) Easy Question" "I'm Yours" "Puppet on a String" / "Wooden Heart" 1966 "Tell Me Why" / "Blue River" "Frankie and Johnny" / "Please Don't Stop Loving Me" "Love Letters" "Spinout" / "All That I Am" "If Every Day Was Like Christmas" 1967 "Indescribably Blue" "Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On)" / "That's Someone You Never Forget" "There's Always Me" / "Judy" "Big Boss Man" / "You Don't Know Me" 1968 "Guitar Man" "U.
S. Male" / "Stay Away" "You'll Never Walk Alone" "Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby" / "Let Yourself Go" "Almost in Love" / "A Little Less Conversation" "If I Can Dream" / "Edge of Reality" 1969 "Memories" / "Charro" "How Great Thou Art" "In the Ghetto" / "Any Day Now" "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" "Suspicious Minds" / "You'll Think of Me" "Don't Cry Daddy" 1970 "Kentucky Rain" "The Wonder of You" "I've Lost You" "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" / "Patch It Up" "I Really Don't Want to Know" / "There Goes My Everything" 1971 "Rags to Riches" "Life" / "Only Believe" "I'm Leavin'" "It's Only Love" "Merry Christmas Baby" / "O Come All Ye Faithful" 1972 "Until It's Time for You to Go" "He Touched Me" "An American Trilogy" / "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" "Burning Love" / "It's a Matter of Time" "Separate Ways" / "Always on My Mind" 1973 "Steamroller Blues" / "Fool" "Raised on Rock" / "For Ol' Times Sake" 1974 "I've Got a Thing About You Baby" "If You Talk in Your Sleep" / "Help Me" "Promised Land" / "It's Midnight" 1975 "My Boy" / "Thinking About You" "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" "Bringing It Back" / "Pieces of My Life" 1976 "Hurt" / "For the Heart" "Moody Blue" 1977 "Way Down" "My Way" / "America the Beautiful" 1978 "Unchained Melody" / "Softly as I Leave You" Category v t e Eddie Cochran Studio albums Singin' to My Baby Posthumous studio albums Never to Be Forgotten My Way (UK) Compilations 12 of His Biggest Hits Summertime Blues Legendary Masters Series The Very Best of Eddie Cochran Great Hits Live albums On The Air Singles "Sittin' in the Balcony" "Drive In Show" "Twenty Flight Rock" "Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie" "Summertime Blues" "C'mon Everybody" "Teenage Heaven" "Somethin' Else" "Hallelujah I Love Her So" "Three Steps To Heaven" "Lonely" "Sweetie Pie" "Weekend" "My Way" Movies The Girl Can't Help It Untamed Youth Go, Johnny, Go! Associated acts Jerry Capehart Sharon Sheeley Gene Vincent Related articles Liberty Records Cash Records Ekko Records Crest Records Freedom Records Gold Star Recording Studios Gretsch Book:Eddie Cochran Retrieved from "https://en.
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..... help some(G)day Lawd you (D) goin to be sorry (C) You treated me, this a(G)way. (D7) INSTRUMENTAL : PLAY FULL VERSE INSTRUMENTAL : PLAY FULL VERSE VERSE THREE / VOCAL (G)Sail on sail on . Sail on little gal sail on (C) Sail on sail on. Sail on little gal sail (G) on You're gonna (D) keep right on sailin .... till you (C) loose...your happy (G) home. (D7) INSTRUMENTAL : PLAY VERSE VERSE FOUR / VOCAL (G) Well good evenin , don't that sun look good goin down I said (C) well good evenin .
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if (G) you don't think I'm leavin big momma just(G) count them days I'm (G) gone TAGG ( CONTINUE VOCAL) (C)You ain't gonna see me . ain't gonna see my sweet face no (G) more . You (D) gonna be wondrin honey (C) where in the world ....I'm (G) gone