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vi5 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:29 PM
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Dumb question: who sang "I Ain't Got No Home" (modern version)
I know the song was originally done by Clarence "Frogman" Henry but I also remember a more off kilter, modern version with pitched up and pitched down vocal verses.

I heard this song in the supermarket today and was trying to describe it to my wife but she had no idea what I was talking about.
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:31 PM
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1. Woody Guthrie wrote it
And Springsteen covered Guthrie's version in the late 80's.
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:33 PM
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2. Yep, I always thought it was a Guthrie tune
Might want to go to All Music Guide and look it up in the search bar--just change the dropdown from 'name' to 'song'.

Or see if this link works:

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=17:...
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minkyboodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:38 PM
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3. don't think they are the same song
Edited on Sun Jul-25-04 06:40 PM by minkyboodle
"Ain't got no home" is credited to Henry (on allmusic from his page)and is a different song than the Guthrie song of the same title. One is about being a drifter and not having a home any more and the other is about singing like a girl and a Frog :) Different songs different lyrics although I must say I am cracking up right now imagining Guthrie singing these lyrics

I got a voice.
I love to sing.
I sing like a girl
And I sing like a frog.
Im a lonely boy.
I aint got a home.

Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo-ooo ooo

(Frogs voice :)
I aint got a mudder.
I aint got a fadder.
I aint got a sister.
Not even a brudder.
Im a lonely frog,
I aint got a home.

Oh, what you say to me.
Please say to me.
Oh, what you say to me.
Please say to me.
Im a lonely frog,
I aint got a home.

(from the Henry version) :hi:
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:39 PM
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4. Well, Woody did sing 'Froggie Went A-Courtin'
But I get what you mean. :D Never heard of that song.
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minkyboodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:45 PM
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7. I think it is in a Scorsese film
I'm thinking Casino but it might be Goodfellas.. It is a pretty damn funny song not many have the range that extends from girl to frog..
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:41 PM
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5. ah, ok lol
Definitely a different song.
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MorseMoose Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 07:07 PM
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8. Diner
This song is also in the great movie DINER. I remember Daniel Stern singing it while it played on the radio, driving around Baltimore at night. This version is from the 50's.

Morse
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MorseMoose Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 07:12 PM
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9. Diner, again
I just looked, and the version in Diner is by Clarence Frogman Henry.

Morse
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robertarctor Donating Member (831 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:44 PM
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6. It was the Band.
Edited on Sun Jul-25-04 07:13 PM by robertarctor
The Band did a cover of Clarence "Frogman" Henry's "Ain't Got No Home" on their covers album, Moondog Matinee. It came out in the mid-'70s on Capitol Records.

I believe that's the one you're looking for.
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