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Bill wrote at 2006-08-22 01:23:29
I actually know how to play this song. Open E tuning with lots of slide and plain old boogie pickin'. Anyone interested can email me and I'll chord it out according to the lyrics for you. I can across the song on an old blues recording on CD that I found at the library

Bill wrote at 2006-08-22 01:29:16
One other thing I just noticed...on the original I heard, the lyrics were not...she's gone...they were...she was gone, gone, gone, gone

Dave wrote at 2013-06-28 19:49:09
the snippet in the original question "... she used to love to dance that old grizzly bear - I bet she's gone to 'Frisco and is dancin' it there, 'cause when I woke up this morning, she was gone, solid gone." was from the song "Grizzly Bear" released as a single by the Youngbloods in 1966 and was included on their album "Youngbloods" in 1967.  the song is credited to Jerry Corbitt, but it looks like he "borrowed" it from Jim Jackson.  

what identifies the snippet as belonging to the Younbloods version is the use of "solid gone" which was not in the Jackson original.  here is a link to the wikipedia page:

here is a link to a youtube of the youngbloods on american bandstand, with Jerry Corbitt talking about how he "wrote" the song:

GB was one of my favorites from back in the day.  i just recently heard the Jim Jackson original - now i know where it came from.  thanks much for posting the original lyrics.

- Dave

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Mike Turner


Folk Music, particularly the Child Ballads and that great body of industrial and work-related songs which arose during the Industrial Revolution. I am well-versed in the history of the Folk Revival, and I have a particular interest in political and agit-prop songs, as well as in traditional Irish dance music. For ten years I was a committee member and resident singer/song-writer/musician with the Grey Cock Folk Club in Birmingham (the pre-eminent traditional club in the English midlands, which was founded by Charles Parker of `Radio Ballad` fame).

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