SINGIN'THE BLUES (TIL' MY DADDY COMES HOME)
Bee Palmer's vocal in "Singin' The Blues" is noteworthy as an early example of vocalese, or singing lyrics written to fit a recorded instrumental solo. Here, lyrics were specially written by Ted Koehler to fit the solos of Bix and Tram from their 1927 Okeh recording of the song.
Bee Palmer (vocals) with FRANK TRUMBAUER AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Bix Beiderbecke (cornet); Frank Trumbauer (C-melody sax); Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet/alto saxophone); Bill Rank (trombone); Paul Mertz (piano); Howdy Quicksell (banjo); Chauncey Morehouse (drums); on 80393 only, Eddie Lang (guitar) replaces Quicksell and Miff Mole (trombone) replaces Bill Rank:
Singin’ The Blues (Til My Daddy Comes Home)
...... sung by Bee Palmer 10th January 1929, with Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecker etc
Cos I’m just singin’ the blues,
Til my daddy comes back home
Now all I do is sigh and cry since he went away
So would you, and you’d be blue too
You know it, every blues strain I hear,
Puts a pain into my weary heart
See I don’t care what becomes of me
What’s the good of living
When the man you love is not around
How can he stay away so long
When he knows I never did him wrong
If he would only come back to his Beebee
I’d hug him and kiss him I’d squeeze him and tease him
And that’s not all, that’s not all I’d do
God only knows how much he means to me
My man I love him so
Still I’m all alone
Now you don’t-
And I want you to know I do
Fala dee mama…..
Ratateep atootl lalala etc (Scat one whole verse)
Say I dare say I dare say
I’d even lay me down and die
Oh no Oh yes Oh no Oh yes
Say I’d even, yes I’d even lay me, lay me down and die.
* Bee Palmer and the other soloists on were in fact singing this number with the full Paul Whiteman Orchestra.
(Transcribed by Ms Pamela Molyneux - December 2011)