E -- 2 -- 2 -- 1 -- 1 - - 0 -- 0 -- 3 -- 0 - B -- 1 -- 1 -- 0 -- 0 - - 1 -- 1 -- 1 -- 1 - G -- 2 -- 2 -- 0 -- 0 - - 0 -- 0 -- 0 -- 0 - D -- 0 -- 0 -- 0 -- 0 - - 2 -- 2 -- 2 -- 2 - A - 3 3 E C C6 E -- 0 5 - - 5 5 5 B -- 1 5 - - 5 5 5 G -- 0 5 - - 5 5 5 D -- 2 5 - - 5 5 5 A -- 3 E Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got em for sale.
Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got em for sale. I got a girls, say she long and tall - Sleeps in the kitchen with her feets in the hall. I mean - Yes she got em for sale, yeah. She got two for a nickel, got four for a dime - Would sell you more but they ain't none of mine.
I mean - Yes she got em for sale, yes, yeah. I got a letter from a girl in the room - Now she got something good she got to bring home soon, now. Its hot tamales and they're red hot, yes she got em for sale, I mean, yes she got em for sale, yeah.
They're too hot boy! The billy got back in a bumble bee nest - Ever since that he can't take his rest, yeah. Hot tamales and they're red hot, yes you got em for sale. C2K Delta Blues Norton Paperback ed. New York City: W. ISBN Retrieved May 26, Retrieved June 4, II The Complete Recordings. Authority control MBW work: e40a55cfdbcfdec8ae5. Hidden categories: Articles with short description Short description is different from Wikidata Articles with hAudio microformats Articles needing cleanup from October All pages needing cleanup Cleanup tagged articles with a reason field from October Wikipedia pages needing cleanup from October All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from October Articles with unsourced statements from June Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz work identifiers.
Namespaces Article Talk. Former neighbours report that Johnson learned "How Long" from Carr's record in the year following its release. Komara suggests that Johnson's thumbed bass lines in "Come On in My Kitchen" were directly inspired by Carr's piano in "How Long" and that part of humming and slide guitar playing copied the violin of Lonnie Chatman of the Sheiks on "Sitting on Top of the World". The repeated refrain gives textual unity to the song, and generally sets an emotional tone to which the couplet verses conform.
In his two takes, Johnson created two texts based on the refrain and on a consistent emotional projection. In both, his opening verse is a wordless hum, and his central verse is the spoken address to his woman "Can't you hear that wind howl" as his guitar imitates the sound of winter wind. Only two sung verses are common to both takes.
One describes the isolation of the woman: "Everybody throws her down". The other establishes the regretful retrospective mood of the singer:. Some critics believe that Johnson copied the verse either directly from James or indirectly through Johnny Temple   The issued second take has three other verses, all of which could fit easily into other songs.
His woman "is up the country, won't write to me". The singer "went up the mountain" only to see that "another man got my woman". He is an orphan: "Ain't got nobody to care for me" The unissued first take was slower, with time for only two other verses. These are perhaps closer to the central mood with themes of separation and of winter. The woman won't come back: "I've taken the last nickel, out of her nation sack". A "nation sack" was a pouch for carrying money and personal effects, originally a juke joint keeper's "donation sack" to hold the takings.
The phrase has changed its meaning, but originally meant "without a cause" or "that's just how it is". Johnson recorded the song on November 23, , at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas — his first recording session.
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