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Interview about childrens' games6610A1, 7-20-1942

Interview with Edwards about ring games he played as a child.

Marred by noise in the right channel at 2:17.

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Spread My Raincoat Down6610A27-20-1942,

Edwards tells Lomax this is the first song he learned.

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Interview about Spread My Raincoat Down and the meaning and origins of the blues6610B1, 7-20-1942

Discussion of the preceding “plantation song,” which Edwards learned as a boy in Shaw, Miss.; what the blues “are all about”; and the first time he had the blues.

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You Got To Roll (I)6610B27-20-1942,

Identified by Lomax as a “chain gang song.”

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You Got To Roll (II)6610B37-20-1942, ,

Followed by discussion of song’s origins and some of the lyrics, including Lomax asking Edwards why he changed the lyrics for the recording from “white folks” to “baby.” Also about his musician father and his repertoire.

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Stagolee6610B47-20-1942, , ,

A song (and in a style) learned from his father.

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Stagolee6610B47-20-1942, , ,

A song (and in a style) learned from his father.

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Just A Spoonful6610B57-20-1942, , ,

A song (and in a style) learned from his father.

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I Love My Jelly Roll6611A17-20-1942,

A song learned from a Ringling Bros. show: “a shine thing, a negro thing.”

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Interview about Edwards' interest in music, his music-making father, and sinful music6611A27-20-1942

Discusses his father joining the church and quitting music; a chord demonstration; and the blues as the Devil’s music.

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Hellatakin' Blues6611A37-20-1942Hesitation Blues,

Edwards sings this as “Hellatakin’,” and it’s cataloged as such on AFS card.

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Interview about church-going, learning to play, and playing for dances6611A47-20-1942interviewvocalclarksdalecoahomamississippi
Interview about traveling, playing dances,6611B7-20-1942

Talk on his travels as an itinerant musician, the dances he played, the musicians he played with (particularly in Memphis), various intoxicants, writing and recording blues. Discusses Bluebird Records and its talent scouts specifically, songwriting and songwriting/sales royalties vs. flat fees. Conversation continues about his preference for the North, and for integration. “Where you can be treated like a man,” Lomax said. More on country dances, dances, how much whiskey he’s drunk.

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Worried Life Blues6612A17-20-1942,

Followed by discussion of composing vs. improvising verses.

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Water Coast Blues6612A27-20-1942,

Preceded by several false starts and much blank disc.

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The Army Blues6612B17-20-1942, ,

Followed by discussion of the song, which he had written “about three weeks ago,” and the war.

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Tear It Down6612B27-20-1942Tear It Down (Bed Slats and All),

The item identified as “Ragtime Selection” in the AFS catalog (6612B3) is presumably this one.

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Toasts, folk tale, and interview (part 1)6614A7-22-1942

Title given is that on AFS card. Lomax and Edwards trade toasts from 10:30.

Identified by Lomax as the Delta Tourist Camp (suggested by Chris Smith to be the Delta Tourist Courts • 1600 N. State St. in Clarksdale)

Disc skips heavily for first six minutes.

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toasts, folk tale, and interview (part 2)6614B7-22-1942

Title given is that on AFS card. Largely an interview about catching trains, hobo musicians, and itinerancy. Lomax and Edwards discuss blues lyrics about rambling, being lonesome, and the “crossroads.” Ends with a Titanic toast.

Identified by Lomax as the Delta Tourist Camp (suggested by Chris Smith to be the Delta Tourist Courts • 1600 N. State St. in Clarksdale)

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Stories of a conjure man and blue-gummed people / Toast6615A17-22-1942, ,

Discussion of a conjuror (“conjur man”) named Uncle Tom; recitation of a dirty toast learned from a man from St. Louis; and talk on blue-gummed people.

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Do You Want A Little Bit of This?6615A27-22-1942,

Followed by discussion of the song and adolescent sexuality.

Identified by Lomax as the Delta Tourist Camp (suggested by Chris Smith to be the Delta Tourist Courts • 1600 N. State St. in Clarksdale)

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Test (Unidentified blues)6615B17-22-1942, , , ,

Identified as “test” on AFS card. Aural evidence suggests this could be Edwards’ performance that appears in Lomax’s Clarksdale film footage.

Marred by intense speed fluctuations.

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Wind Howlin' Blues6615B27-22-1942, ,

Identified by Lomax as the Delta Tourist Camp (suggested by Chris Smith to be the Delta Tourist Courts • 1600 N. State St. in Clarksdale)

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Roamin' and Ramblin Blues6615B37-22-1942, , , ,

Preceded by Lomax announcement of “a man who’s been all over the country, he’s a very experienced musician, same age as I am — 27 years old….”

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