Viola Lee Blues Lyrics: The judge decreed it, clerk he wrote it / I say he wrote it down indeed / The judge decreed it, clerk he wrote it down / Give you this jail sentence you must be Nashville bound [5], At their meeting in 1907, Lewis introduced Cannon to the 13-year-old guitarist and singer Ashley Thompson, with whom Lewis had been playing in the streets of Ripley and Memphis for some time, and the three of them worked together over the next 20 years whenever Cannon was in Memphis and not away working medicine and tent shows. Some got one solid year indeed-e Some got six month some got one solid. The judge decreed it, the clerk he wrote it. You may know by that I've got a friend somewhere. / Clerk he wrote it down indeed-e He moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in his early teens, where he met Gus Cannon near Ripley in 1910. By the time of the band's third recording session, four days later, Avery had in turn been replaced with an old friend of Cannon's from the medicine and tent show circuit, the six-string banjo player and guitarist Hosea Woods. Blues: A Regional Experience. Lewis died in poverty, of gangrene brought on by frostbite, in Ripley, Tennessee, in 1961. It was this lineup that made the Jug Busters' first recordings, for Victor Records, in Memphis on January 30, 1928. Tracklist 12" Vinyl 1; 1 The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) The Mockingbird Foundation. [5] By that time he was already a respected original stylist on the harmonica, noted for his liquid tone and breath control, which allowed him to generate enormous volume from the instrument. Lewis' ability to generate volume led to him playing in string bands and brass marching bands around Henning and on the streets of Memphis. Clerk he wrote it down indeed-e Judge decreed it, clerk he wrote it down Give you this jail sentence you'll be Nashville bound. According to the biographies of both bassist Phil Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, the band released the … The Grateful Dead (1967) Anthem of the Sun (1968) The Grateful Dead is the debut album of the Grateful Dead.It was released by Warner Bros. Records in March 1967. The judge decreed it, the clerk he wrote it. Lyrics By: Noah Lewis. p. 238. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Noah_Lewis&oldid=988430359, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 13 November 2020, at 03:21. He is buried in the Moorer (aka Marrows) Cemetery, 5 miles southwest of his birthplace, Henning. The Mockingbird Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Phish fans in 1996 to generate charitable proceeds from the Phish community.. And since we're entirely volunteer – with no office, salaries, or paid staff – administrative costs are less than 2% of revenues! His songs "New, New Minglewood Blues", "Viola Lee Blues", and "Big Railroad Blues" were in the repertoire of the Grateful Dead. [6], Lewis recorded four solo tracks and another four sides with the Noah Lewis Jug Band, consisting of Lewis, Sleepy John Estes (guitar) and Yank Rachell (mandolin), in 1930.[3]. Clerk he wrote it down indeed-e Judge decreed it, clerk he wrote it down … Some got six month some got one solid. [2] He is buried in the Moorer (aka Marrows) Cemetery, 5 miles southwest of his birthplace, Henning.[7]. Viola Lee Blues Cannon's Jug Stompers (1928) Harmonica The judge he pleaded, clerk he wrote it, clerk he wrote it down indeedy The judge he pleaded, the clerk he wrote it down If you miss jail sentence you must be Nashville bound Harmonica and kazoo Some got six months, some got one solid, some got one solid year indeed, Lord Eagle, Bob; LeBlanc, Eric S. (2013). The band's lineup remained unchanged from then on. [2] The songs from that session included "Minglewood Blues", "Springdale Blues", "Big Railroad Blues" and "Madison Street Rag". Death. Clerk he wrote it down indeed-e Judge decreed it, clerk he wrote it down Give you this jail sentence you'll be Nashville bound Some got six month some got one solid. Lewis died in poverty, of gangrene brought on by frostbite, in Ripley, Tennessee, in 1961. In this Cumberland, Viola Lee Blues is alive and well. Jerry is clearly allowing all the exploration of that earliest of Grateful Dead “jams” to infuse and distil into his Cumberland solo work. References By the time of the band's next recording, on September 5, 1928, Cannon had replaced Thompson with Elijah Avery on banjo and guitar. I wrote a letter I mailed in the air, Mailed it on the air indeed-e ... Viola Lee Blues. Lyrics to 'Viola Lee Blues' by Grateful Dead. Noah Lewis (September 3, 1891 – February 7, 1961)[1][2][3] was an American jug band and country blues[4] musician, generally known for playing the harmonica. The judge decreed it, the clerk he wrote it. Music By: Noah Lewis. The judge decreed it, the clerk he wrote it. Tracklist 12" Vinyl 1; 1 The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) Lewis was born in Henning, Tennessee, and learned to play the harmonica as a child. I wrote a letter I mailed in the air, Mailed it on the air indeed-e I wrote a letter I mailed in the air. Lyrics for Viola Lee Blues by Grateful Dead. You may know by that I've got a friend somewhere. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger. Read or print original Viola Lee Blues lyrics 2020 updated! Watch the video for Viola Lee Blues from Grateful Dead's The Grateful Dead for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. When Will Shade's Memphis Jugband recorded and became popular in the late 1920s, Cannon added a coal-oil can on a rack round his neck and renamed the trio (Cannon, Lewis and Thompson) Cannon's Jug Stompers. His songs "New, New Minglewood Blues", "Viola Lee Blues", and "Big Railroad Blues" were in the repertoire of the Grateful Dead. I wrote a letter I mailed in the air, Mailed it on the air indeed-e I wrote a letter I mailed in the air. With the Jug Stompers, Lewis sang lead vocal and played a melancholy harmonica solo on "Viola Lee Blues". [5] By then he was also noted for his ability to play two harmonicas at once – one with his mouth and one with his nose,[5] a trick he probably taught to Big Walter Horton, who recorded briefly as a teenager with the Memphis Jug Band some 20 years later. Psychedelic Bluegrass to the highest degree. The judge decreed it, the clerk he wrote it.