Tell Me Baby

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Whereas The Gone Dead Train, Down On My Bended Knee, and Whoopee Blues all follow a similar kind of "mixed-bag" approach for Hill, Tell Me Baby is a bit of a different type of song in terms of structure. He really focuses on the melody of the tune, using his bottleneck slide to double on top of his vocals, and punches out some bass-notes in between the verses to mark out the harmony. He certainly still also uses some of that same language from those other songs, such as the ending "spider" lick at the chorus' ends.


Year of Recording
1936
Location
Unknown
Record Label
Champion 50022

Oh tell me baby, what fault you find of me?
I'm gonna pack my suitcase, beat it back to Tennessee

On my hands and crying, I've been treated so blind Lord
Oh, tell me baby, what fault you find of me?
I'm gonna pack my suitcase...

Nickel is a nickel, dime is a dime
Wish I had a love in my life, love me all the time
Call her baby...
I'm gonna pack my suitcase...

Nickel is a nickel, dime is a dime
Got a house full of children, ain't no ne'er one mine
Oh, tell me baby...

Babe, I can't see, honey to save my life
Why we can't get along just like man and wife
Oh tell me baby, what fault you find of me?
I'm gonna pack my suitcase...

I said think mama told me, papa told me too
Don't need whiskey and women, gonna beat around on you
I'll call my baby, what fault you find...?