The Last Shot Got Him

by Scott Ainslie

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The First Shot Missed Him (Mississippi John Hurt) Well, the first shot missed him, a mile away The last shot got him, so they say Oh, the last shot got him The last shot got him. She cooked good biscuits, so they say She cooked good biscuits, so they say Oh, she cooked good biscuits, She cooked good biscuits, so they say. Well, She got good business, so they say She got good business, so they say Oh, she got good business She got good business. I wanna stay with you, I wanna stay with you, I wanna stay with you.
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Avalon Blues (Mississippi John Hurt) Avalon, my hometown, always on my mind. Avalon, my hometown. Pretty mamas in Avalon, want me there all the time. I left Avalon this mornin’, about half-past nine I left Avalon this mornin’, Pretty mamas in Avalon, want me there all the time. Leavin’ Avalon this morning, throwin’ kisses and wavin’ at me Leavin’ Avalon this morning, Sayin’, “Come back, daddy, stay right here with me.” Hate to tell you pretty mama, but you’ve got to know, Hate to tell you pretty mama, Leavin’ Avalon this morning and I ain’t coming back no more. New York’s a good town, but it’s not for mine New York’s a good town. Pretty mamas in Avalon, want me there all the time. Avalon’s a small town, got no great big trains It’s a small town, man, Pretty mamas in Avalon, they sure will spin your chain. There’s just one thing, I can’t understand Just one thing, man, All those pretty mamas in Avalon, and I’m just one man. Avalon, my home town, always on my mind. Avalon, my home town, Pretty mamas in Avalon, want me there all the time.
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Love In Vain (Robert Johnson) I followed her to the station, with her suitcase in my hand, Well, I followed her to the station, with her suitcase in my hand. Well, it’s hard to tell, it’s hard to tell, when all your love’s in vain, All my love’s in vain. When the train, it rolled into the station, I looked her in the eye, When that train rolled into the station, I looked her in the eye. Well, I was lonesome, I felt so lonesome; I could not help but cry. All my love’s in vain. When the train, it left the station, with two lights on behind, Well, the train, it left the station, with two lights on behind, Well, the blue light was my blues, and the red light was my mind. All my love’s in vain. Uumh, Willie Mae, Uumh, You know that’s her name, Uumh uumh, Be my woman. All my love’s in vain. I followed her to the station, with her suitcase in my hand, And I followed her to the station, with her suitcase in my hand. Well, it’s hard to tell, it’s hard to tell, when all your love’s in vain, All my love’s in vain.
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Say It Isn't So (Irving Berlin) Say it isn’t so. Say it isn’t so. Everybody’s saying you don’t love me. Say it isn’t so. Everywhere I go, seems like everyone I know, whispers you’re growing tired of me. Say it isn’t so. Somebody’s saying that you found somebody new And it won’t be long before you leave me. Say it isn’t true. Just say that everything is still okay, that’s all I want to know, And what they’re saying, Say it isn’t so. Everywhere I go, seems like everyone I know, whispers you’re growing tired of me. Say it isn’t so. Somebody’s saying that you found somebody new and it won’t be long before you leave me. Say it isn’t true. Just say everything is still okay, That’s all I want to know, And what they’re saying, Say it isn’t so. What they’re saying, Say it isn’t so.
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Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me (Myer/Rogers/Hurt) Blues out on the ocean, blues all in the air. Can’t stay here much longer, I got no steamship fare. When my earthly trials are over, cast my body out in the sea. Save all the undertaker’s bills, let the mermaids flirt with me. My wife controls my happy home, a sweetheart I can not find. The only thing I can call my own, is a troubled and a worried mind. When my earthly trials are over, cast my body out in the sea. Save all the undertaker’s bills, let the mermaids flirt with me. I do not work for pleasure, earthly peace I’ll see no more. The only reason I work at all, is drive the world from my door. When my earthly trials are over, cast my body out in the sea. Save all the undertaker’s bills, let the mermaids flirt with me. Blues all in my body, my sweetheart’s forsaken me. If I ever see her face again, I have to swim across the sea. When my earthly trials are over, cast my body out in the sea. Save all the undertaker’s bills, let the mermaids flirt with me. Blues out on the ocean, blues all in the air. Can’t stay here no longer, I got no steamship fare. When my earthly trials are over, cast my body out in the sea. Save all the undertaker’s bills, let the mermaids flirt with me. Save all the undertaker’s bills, let the mermaids flirt with me.
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Got The Blues, I Can't Be Satisfied (Mississippi John Hurt) I got the blues, I can’t be satisfied (2x) You can keep those blues, gonna catch that train and ride. Well, whisky straight can drive the blues away, That being the case, I’ll take a quart today. I bought my gal a great big diamond ring, Come right back home and caught her shakin’ that thing. I said, “Baby, what make you treat me this-a-way?” “Tell me honey, what make you treat me this-a-way?” She says, “you wouldn’t miss the things I give away. I got my gun and I broke the barrel down, I shot my baby, put her six feet under the ground. I cut that joker so long deep and wide, I got the blues, I’m still not satisfied. I got the blues I can’t be satisfied. You can keep those blues, gonna catch the train and ride.
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When I See An Elephant Fly (Oliver Wallace/Ned Washington) I’ve seen a peanut stand, heard a rubber band seen a needle that winked its eye But I do believe I will have seen ev’rything When I see a elephant fly. I’ve seen a front porch swing, and heard a diamond ring seen a polka-dot railroad tie. But I do believe I will have seen ev’rything When I see a elephant fly. BRIDGE: I’ve seen a clothes horse rear up and buck. They tell me that a man had a vegetable truck. I didn’t see that, I only heard. But just to be sociable, I’ll take their word. The other day by chance, I saw an old barn dance So, I’m a gullible kind o’ guy. But I do believe I will have seen ev’rything When I see an elephant fly. BRIDGE: I’ve even heard a chocolate drop went into a store, saw a bicycle shop You can’t deny the things you see But I know there’s certain things that just can’t be. I’ve seen a garden walk, and a banana stalk And a pig with an awful sty. But I do believe I will have seen everything When I see an elephant When I see an elephant When I see an elephant Fly…
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Sally Whiskey (Rev. Gary Davis) Old man Peter was a mighty man, Combed his head with a frying pan, Washed his face in a wagon wheel, Died with a toothache in his heel. Sally, where’d you get your liquor from? Where’d you get it? (Man downtown.) All you’re good for, woman, is to get drunk and clownin’ Where’d you get your liquor from? (Man downtown.) Sally you just ain’t no doggone good I would get rid of you Sally, if I could. The old mule kick, the little cow prance. Big sow whistled while the little pig dance. Tell me, where’d you get your liquor from? Where’d you get it? (Man downtown.) The only thing you’re good for, woman, is just gettin” drunk and clownin’ Where’d you get your liquor from? (Man downtown.) I come in one evening about half past four. Sally got my food and strewn it all over the floor. There’s just one thing Sally, I’m going to do:< I’m going to get me a woman treat me better than you. Sally went up on the hill with a glass in her hand. Trying to find another drunk so she can raise some more sand. You ain’t worth the salt that goes in your bread. Ain’t worth the ounce o’ lead ‘takes to make you dead. Bullfrog jumped up on the pulpit stand. He preached the gospel good as a natural man. I can get your liquor just any old day. But all these good looking women they just won’t let me pay.
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Hey, Honey, Right Away (Mississippi John Hurt) Hey, Hey…Honey, right away. Hey, Honey right away. Right away. Honey, right away. Hey, Honey right away. You told me we’d marry. Hey, Honey right away. Right away. Honey, right away. Hey, Honey right away. Go down to the court house, get our license read. Hey, Honey right away. Right away. Honey, right away. Hey, Honey right away.
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Ain't Misbehavin' (Fats Waller, Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf) No one to talk with. All by myself. No one to walk with. But I’m happy on the shelf. Ain’t misbehavin’, I’m savin’ my love for you. (For you, for you, for you.) I know for certain, the one I love. I’m through with flirtin’. It’s just you I’m thinkin’ of. Ain’t misbehavin’, I’m savin’ my love for you Like Jack Horner, in the corner Don’t go nowhere, what do I care? Your kisses are worth waitin’ for, Believe me. I don’t go out late. Don’t care to go. I’m home about eight, just me and my radio. Ain’t misbehavin’, savin’ my love for you.
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Monday Morning Blues (Mississippi John Hurt) I woke up this morning… woke up this morning… Woke up this morning, with the Monday morning blues. I couldn’t hardly find… couldn’t hardly find… Couldn’t hardly find, my Monday morning shoes. Monday morning blues… Monday morning blues… Monday morning blues, made me leave my home. I’ve been laying in jail… been laying in jail… I’ve been laying in jail, six long weeks today. Lord, tomorrow morning… Lord, tomorrow morning… Lord, tomorrow morning, gonna be my trial day. Monday morning blues… Monday morning blues… Monday morning blues, searched all through my bones. Lord, I asked the judge… Well, I asked the judge… Well, I asked the judge, what might be my crime? Get a pick and shoveL.. Get a pick and shovel… Get a pick and shovel, let’s go down in the mine. That’s the only time… That’s the only time… That’s the only time, I ever felt like cryin’. Well, my heart struck sorrow…My heart struck sorrow… My heart struck sorrow, tears come rolling down. Mister change a dollar…mister change a dollar, Mister change a dollar and give me a lucky dime. I woke up this morning… I woke up this morning… Woke up this morning, with the Monday morning blues.
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Late Last Night (Scott Ainslie) Late last night, rich and powerful men Set the dogs loose – on our throats again: Break out the flags, strike up the band…. It’s the money, – you know it is. Somebody pulls a trigger – and somebody gets rich. But there ain’t a thing in this whole wide world Worth the life of one boy, or the life of one girl: That’s something that money can’t buy. No use crying – over a little spilled milk, When someone makes a killing, somebody gets killed. There’ll be no cross by the side of the road: No photographs. No plastic rose. And what wouldn’t I give for a kiss on the cheek, the touch of your hand, my knees get weak. That’s something that money can’t buy. Late last night, rich and powerful men Set the dogs loose – on our throats again: Break out the flags, strike up the band….
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Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson) I went down to the cross road. Fell down on my knees I went down to the cross road. Fell down on my knees. Asked the Lord above for mercy, “save a poor boy if you please.” Standing at the cross road. I tried to flag a ride. Standing at the cross road. I tried to flag a ride. Didn’t nobody seem to know me. Everybody pass me by. Well, the sun’s goin’ down, child. Oh, that dark’s gonna catch me here. Well, the sun’s goin’ down, child. Oh, that dark’s gonna catch me here. And I haven’t got no lovin’, sweet woman who loves and feels my care. You can run, you can run, tell my friend, boy, Willie Brown. You can run, you can run, tell my friend, boy, Willie Brown. Well, that I’m standin’ at the cross road, babe. I believe I’m sinkin’ down.
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Over The Rainbow (Music: Harold Arlen; Lyrics: Yip Harburg Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high There’s a land that I’ve heard of, once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue And the dreams that you dare to dream, Really do come true. Someday I’ll wish upon a star And wake up where the clouds are far be-hind me. Where troubles melt like lemon drops, Away above the chimney tops, That’s where you’ll find me. Yeah. Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly. Birds fly over the rainbow, Why then, oh why can’t I? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, Why, oh why can’t I?

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A collection of songs suited to (and chosen by!) a little 1934 Gibson L-50 archtop guitar that was built when Robert Johnson was 23 years old. Delta and ragtime blues, Irving Berlin, Yip Harburg...all music the guitar would have been called on to play when it was just a young thing (1928-1941) with one original, an antiwar song, written in the harmonic style of that time.

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released September 22, 2014

Solo acoustic music played on a 1934 Gibson archtop L-50. Stripped down production, beautifully recorded and mastered. You can test your high-end audio system with this one and hear the voice of a fine singer and a great, vintage instrument standing together, alone.

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Scott Ainslie Brattleboro, Vermont

A long history with older black blues and gospel players in the mid-South marks Ainslie's work deeply. He transcribed all of Robert Johnson's recorded songs for "Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads" (Hal Leonard, 1992) and has a teaching DVD on Johnson's music. A fine songwriter with a social conscience and a belief in the power of music to move and inspire, Ainslie's voice is a great force for good! ... more

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