Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind
DESCRIPTION: Singer tells of troubles with ex-sweetheart. She says he is the "meanest boy that ever lived or died." Later, she throws her arms around him "like grapevines round a gum." At his last visit, she had "Johnny's arms around her, and the baby on the floor."
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (recording, Fields and/or Crockett Ward)
LONG DESCRIPTION: Singer tells of troubles with ex-sweetheart; he goes to see her but she says he is the "meanest boy that ever lived or died." He goes again; she throws her arms around him "like grapevines round a gum." He tells listeners to tell her "if she goes to make her bread, to wash her nasty hands" and that "if she don't like my way of doin', to get some other fella." The last time he's seen her, she had "Johnny's arms around her, and the baby on the floor."
KEYWORDS: hardheartedness loneliness courting floatingverses dancetune baby lover
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: _Sing Out_ magazine, Volume 20, #5 (1971), p, 10, "Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind" (1 text, 1 tune, the J. E. Mainer version)
Allen Bros., "Ain't That Skippin' and Flyin'" (Columbia 15270-D, 1928) [see Notes]; "Skipping and Flying" (Victor V-40266, 1930/Bluebird B-5772, 1935; rec. 1928); "Skippin' and Flyin'", Vocalion 02939, 1935/ARC 6-12-57, 1936; rec. 1934) [see Notes]
Frank Blevins & his Tar Heel Rattlers, "Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind" (Columbia 15280-D, 1928; on Lost Prov1, GoinUpTown)
Sam Connor & Dent Wimmer, "Don't Get Trouble in Mind" (instrumental) (on OldTrad1, FarMtns1)
Grayson County RailSplitters, "Ain't That Trouble in Mind" (on StuffDreams1)
Mainer's Mountaineers, "Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind" (Bluebird B-7289, 1937)
Fields [and/or Crockett] Ward [& the Grayson County Railsplitters] "Ain't That Trouble in Mind" (OKeh 45304, 1929; rec. 1927)
cf. "Pig at Home in the Pen" (floating verse)
cf. "Shady Grove", "Darling Corey" (floating phrase)
cf. "Liza Jane" (floating verses)
cf. "cf. "Willy, Poor Boy" (floating verses)
NOTES [216 words]: While one verse and a phrase float, most of the rest of the song is original; the verses sound like floaters but aren't. If, as I suspect, Frank Blevins wrote the piece, it was a remarkable achievement; it's a brilliant song, his fiddling was superb, and he was all of fifteen years old when he recorded. - PJS
It appears to me that this song is actually closest to "Liza Jane"; a Stanley Brothers version has several stanzas in common with this piece. But it does appear to be at least an adaption of that framework. - RBW
I don't think so; Liza Jane is much more a collection of floaters, whereas this has a unifying theme of the singer's rejection by the girl. If the Stanley Brothers' version of "Liza Jane" -- recorded decades later -- includes overlapping verses, my guess is they were taken from this song, rather than the other way around.
Well, here's a conundrum; the Allen Bros. "Ain't That Skippin' and Flyin'" uses an identical tune with "Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind," but the verses are floaters, without the implicit plot of this song. Frank Blevins's recording of, "Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind" was made first -- by three days, and for the same record company. But then, the Ward recording predates both, and its title splits the difference. Its words are floaters as well. - PJS
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