After Pap passed away I couldn’t bear to watch any of the videos we’ve filmed over the years. I guess I was afraid it would be like pouring salt into an open wound. Right from the start Granny and Paul both drew great strength from watching the videos and listening to the cds.
Once I got passed that initial feeling of not wanting to see or hear Pap, I became slightly obsessed with watching all the videos we’ve made. Hard to believe but we’ve uploaded 255 videos to my Blind Pig and The Acorn Youtube channel.
Although I’m a huge fan of our music, my favorite thing about the videos has nothing to do with the music.
I love the…well I love the love caught by the camera. Whether it’s Paul and Pap, the girls, or a mixture of all you can see them nod at each other, smile at each other, and sometimes even frown at each other if they don’t think the song is going so well. Sometimes you can hear the phone ring or someone knocking at the door. Often there is a piece of conversation at the beginning or end of the song.
For today’s Pickin’ and Grinnin’ in the Kitchen Spot I’m going to share a video we did way back in 2012 Deep Elem Blues (also Deep Elm/Deep Ellum). The song has been around since the 1930s and has been recorded by various artists over the years including The Grateful Dead. Deep Elm was a red light district in Dallas Texas you can go here to read more about the history of the song.
As is the case with many old songs, the lyrics vary depending on the person performing it. Here’s the ones Paul sings:
Well I went down to the bottoms to see my Mary Lou She was dancing with a stranger she had taken off her shoes Oh sweet Momma your Daddys got the Deep Elem Blues Oh sweet Momma Daddys got the Deep Elem Blues
Well I told that trifling woman Told her what I was going to do If she don’t quit her rambling I’m going ramble too Oh Little Momma your Daddys got the Deep Elem Blues Oh Little Momma Big Daddys got the Deep Elem Blues
Well I once knew a Preacher preached the Bible through and through till he went down to Deep Elem Now his preaching days are through Oh Little Momma your Daddys got the Deep Elem Blues I said oh now Momma Poppas got the Deep Elem Blues
Well I wish I was an apple hanging on the tree Every time Mary Lou came by she could take a bite of me Oh now Momma your Daddys got the Deep Elem Blues I said oh now Mommason Daddyson got the Deep Elem Blues
Paul’s flat-top picking is outstanding in this video and his vocals are top notch too. But the reason I love it is because of the little smile Paul throws towards Pap as he says Mommason Daddyson got the Deep Elem Blues.
Mommason was one of Pap’s terms of endearment for Granny and that’s the reason behind Paul’s smile. Hope you enjoyed the video!