Tommy McClennan - Bottle It up and Go - rare 78rpm blues record





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Tommy McClennan
- Bottle It up and Go -
rare 78rpm blues record
recorded on RCA label

This is one of my favorites. THIS guy's attitude really comes out in his music. He's not talked about as much as other early blues players...more people should know about him!!!

Yes, yas

Got to bottle it up an go
Got to bottle it up an go
Now, 'em high-power women

Now, she may be old
Ninety year
She ain't too old
For the shift them gears

She gots (guitar)
'Got to do what, tell me 'gain?'
'Got to bottle it up and go'
Now, them high power women

Now, I told my girl
Week 'fore last
The gate she jus' came in
Just a little too fast

She had to bottle it up an go
She had to bottle it up an go'd
An them high-power women
Yes, yeah

Now, the nigger and the white man
Playin', set 'em up
Nigger beat the white man
Was scared to pick it up

'He had the bottle up and do what?'
Had to bottle it up and go
And them high-power women

Now, look-a-here, baby
You stay last night?
Ain't none a yo' business
You don't do me right

'You got t'
'Gotta do what?
Tell me again, I don't understand?'
I've got the bottle up and go'd
I ain't gon' bother with 'em
Now, them high-power women

Now, nickel is a nickel
A dime is a dime
I don' need no girl
If she want wine

She has to
Had do what?
Had to bottle up and go
And them high-power women

Now, my mama killed a chicken
She thought it was a duck
She put him on the table
With the legs stickin' up

He had-a (guitar)
Had to do what?
He had the bottle it up and go'd
An them high-powered women
Sho' got the bottle up and gone

'Yeah, play it man-a

Be-da, bee, bop, bop, bop
Bo, de-dum, be-dum, bop, bop
Bo, bom, bom, bom, bom
Bee-da, bee-um, bop-um, bop-um, bop
Bo, bop-um, bop-um, bop-bop, be-ba
T-dee-da, t-dee-da




Got the bottle up and go
Got the bottle up and go
Now, you high-power women
Sho' got to bottle 'em up and go.


*Note: (Bluebird insert notes by M.K. Aldin)
(brief & condensed) notes about this song )

Big Bill Broonzy told Tommy not to use the 'n' word.
But he got mad at Bill and said, 'Hell no, I'll
Never change my song'. Big Bill said he knew
Tommy was right, the way he felt about it because
He had sang the same words in another song of his
Before Tommy was born but knew better than to do
It in the North...
The next night Big Bill took Tommy to a party, Tommy
Sang his version of 'Bottle It Up And Go.' The song flopped
And Big Bill had to put Tommy out the window and they
Ran 5 miles to one of Big Bill's friend's house.

Physical, intense Mississippi blues. Underrated guitar player.
Born on a farm in April, 1908, and grew up in nearby Yazoo City, Mississippi. Played across the South Delta in towns like Greenwood, Indianola and Itta Bena during the 1920s and through the 1930s, sometimes with his only local rival, and stylistic "sound-a-like", Robert Petway. Reportedly, McClennan was a very nervous and slightly built man, but he must have really rocked in those Mississippi juke joints. There's been a lot of negative writing about McClennan in the past, but Big Tony is telling you: this is one of the great Delta artists. He's a powerful and convincing vocalist, and his playing has both impact and nuance; this is one of the Big Guys.
Lester Melrose arranged his first recording session, for Bluebird in November, 1939; and around 1940 Tommy moved to Chicago. His first recordings sold rather well, and he was back in the studio in May, 1940, and again in December the same year. In 1941 he did a session in September, and in 1942 he recorded his last songs in February. All his recordings was made in Chicago for the Bluebird label. At each recording session he cut eight songs, which makes a total output of 40 titles.
McClennan is thought to have stopped performing about 1952. A decade later he died, destitute, in the Chicago ghetto; another victim of changing tastes and the retreat into alcohol abuse.
As Honeyboy Edwards once described Tommy's style in an interview:

"He just play the blues. Play straight blues. There wasn't nothin' betwixt nothin'. Just straight go.

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