Vicksburg Blues
Hugh Laurie Lyrics


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Alright lets go gents!...
Piano intro...
Now when I went up Mulberry.Un-huh
Boys and I turned up clay.
Now when I went up Mulberry,
(My) Boys and I turned up clay.
I was looking for my sweet baby...
But she had moved away.
Some said she done moved out on Walnut.yeah.
Some say she done moved out on Pine.
Some said she done moved out on Walnut.hey hey
Some say she done moved out on Pine
Now wherever she really is partner,
She restin' on my mind.
Now just as soon as that train - Baby! Mama! Honey?...
Honey... Make up in the yard!
Now soon as that train pretty baby? Pretty baby!
Darlin' make up in the yard.
Now I'm Vicksburg bound...
That's if them boys don't have me barred!
Instrumental. ...Yeah!
Now just as soon as that train - Baby! Mama! Honey!
Make up in the yard!
Now... Just as soon as that train Baby. Mama? Honey!
Make up in that yard!




Now, I'm Vicksburg bound,
That's if them folks don't have me barred.

Overall Meaning

The song "Vicksburg Blues" by Hugh Laurie is a blues song that tells the story of a man who is searching for his lover who has moved away. He went up Mulberry looking for her but couldn't find her. Some people tell him that she moved out on Walnut, while others say she moved out on Pine. He doesn't know where she really is, but he can't stop thinking about her.


The man hears a train whistle and sees the train coming into the yard. He knows that he has to catch that train to go to Vicksburg, but he's not sure if the boys will let him board. The repetition of the line "Just as soon as that train" creates a sense of urgency and excitement. The man is hopeful that he can find his lover in Vicksburg and maybe start a new life together.


The lyrics of "Vicksburg Blues" are simple, but they paint a vivid picture of a man who is searching for his lost love. The repetitive piano riff and the rhythmic beat of the drums add to the bluesy feel of the song. The instrumental break also gives the listener a chance to absorb the emotions and the mood of the song.


Line by Line Meaning

Now when I went up Mulberry, Boys and I turned up clay.
I and my friends went to Mulberry and turned up the clay in search of my beloved.


I was looking for my sweet baby... But she had moved away.
I went searching for my sweetheart but she had already moved away from the place I was searching.


Some said she done moved out on Walnut.hey hey Some say she done moved out on Pine.
Some people told me that my sweetheart may have moved to Walnut or Pine and I continued to search for her.


Now wherever she really is partner, She restin' on my mind.
Regardless of where my sweetheart is, my thoughts are always occupied by her absence from my life.


Now just as soon as that train - Baby! Mama! Honey?... Honey... Make up in the yard!
As soon as the train stops, I hope to meet my beloved who I address with affectionate names like Baby, Mama, and Honey.


Now I'm Vicksburg bound... That's if them boys don't have me barred!
I plan to travel to Vicksburg but only if my contemporaries do not stop me or prevent me from doing so.




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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Roberta Brown

All right, let's go, gents!!
Now when I went up from Mobile, uh-huh, my boys and I turned up late
Now when I went up from Mobile, heh-heh, my boys and I turned up late
I was lookin' for my sweet baby, but she had moved away

Some say she done moved out on Walnut, yeah,
  some say she done moved out on Vine
Some say she done moved out on Walnut, yeah,
  and some say she done moved out on Vine
Now, wherever she w'is, Father, she rest there on my mind

Now as soon as that train, baby, mama, honey, honey, make up h'in the yard
Now as soon as that train, pretty baby, pretty baby, darlin', make up in that yard
Now I'm Vicksburg bound, baby, that's if, uh-huh, them bulls don't have me bar'd



Ignacio Rodriguez Ciampa

Vicksburg Blues

Hugh Laurie

Alright lets go gents!...
Piano intro...
Now when I went up Mulberry.Un-huh
Boys and I turned up clay.
Now when I went up Mulberry,
(My) Boys and I turned up clay.
I was looking for my sweet baby...
But she had moved away.
Some said she done moved out on Walnut.yeah.
Some say she done moved out on Pine.
Some said she done moved out on Walnut.hey hey
Some say she done moved out on Pine
Now wherever she really is partner,
She restin' on my mind.
Now just as soon as that train - Baby! Mama! Honey?...
Honey... Make up in the yard!
Now soon as that train pretty baby? Pretty baby!
Darlin' make up in the yard.
Now I'm Vicksburg bound...
That's if them boys don't have me barred!
Instrumental. ...Yeah!
Now just as soon as that train - Baby! Mama! Honey!
Make up in the yard!
Now... Just as soon as that train Baby. Mama? Honey!
Make up in that yard!
Now, I'm Vicksburg bound,
That's if them folks don't have me barred.



All comments from YouTube:

DuneAquaViva

I know this thing by heart and always loved it, the earliest take Little Brother Montgomery recorded of it, this catches that early original feel even if the lyrics Taj is singing are different..a great job by Hugh Laurie and all involved..

Lady Goth

wonderful voice!!! I love it!!!

Patrícia Martins Ferreira

Amo demais este ator e músico !! Meu sonho, tocar um dia uma música de meu país, Brasil, com ele !! uma Bossa Nova, ou mesmo Jazz e blues, que amo também !!! Bravo !!!

MrTimBranston

Lovely rendition of a beautifully tricky piece Hugh! thanks.

Paul Sonderman

This is sublime

Zilegil

The ad beforehand was Hugh advertising a deodorant

That man is taking over the planet

Alma Locum

i hope so

Roberta Brown

All right, let's go, gents!!
Now when I went up from Mobile, uh-huh, my boys and I turned up late
Now when I went up from Mobile, heh-heh, my boys and I turned up late
I was lookin' for my sweet baby, but she had moved away

Some say she done moved out on Walnut, yeah,
  some say she done moved out on Vine
Some say she done moved out on Walnut, yeah,
  and some say she done moved out on Vine
Now, wherever she w'is, Father, she rest there on my mind

Now as soon as that train, baby, mama, honey, honey, make up h'in the yard
Now as soon as that train, pretty baby, pretty baby, darlin', make up in that yard
Now I'm Vicksburg bound, baby, that's if, uh-huh, them bulls don't have me bar'd

SpaceRanger Richie

Should be "Now when I went up Mulberry, un-huh, boys and I turned up Clay"

In Vicksburg, Mississippi, Mulberry Street runs north and south down near the waterfront and was the location of most of the houses of ill-repute in the middle of the 20th century. Clay Street is a major street from the waterfront, heading east, toward Jackson, Mississippi.

Odin029

@Roberta Brown The song is referencing street names from Vicksburg, Mississippi. You can go to Google Maps and see the names of the streets actually. The song starts at Mulberry and then goes to Clay. That makes the second verse with Walnut and Vine streets make more sense.

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