Frankie Jean
Memphis Minnie Lyrics


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One time my papa had a horse, his name was Frankie Jean
Man, that's the running'est horse the world I ever seen
And it just do me good to ride old Frankie Jean
And it do you good to sit and listen at him sometimes
When he's coming down that plank road, almost making his feet talk
Man, that's the singlest-footing horse the world I ever seen
Something kind of like this
Go on, Frankie Jean, go on
I had him out with me once and he got loose
I couldn't catch him to save my life
I called Frankie Jean and I called him
He didn't seem to pay me no mind
I went and told my papa, ""How would you do if you want to catch a horse?""
He said, ""How did you do?""
I said, ""I called mine called Frankie Jean and called him
He didn't seem to pay me no attention""
Said, ""That's a horse, you can't, you didn't call him right
You must whistle when you want your horse to come to you
Something like this

Then he come single-footing to me
So I took him out again he got loose from me
I called him and called him
He didn't seem to pay me no attention
I thought about what papa said
You's a horse, I must whistle for you, something like this

Then he comes single-footing to me
I had him out on a race once
I had five thousand dollars betting on Frankie Jean
Folks, I wasn't scared at all, 'cause I know he wasn't going to let me lose
'Fore he let me lose, he'd run off all of his shoes
Something like this





Go on, Frankie Jean

Overall Meaning

In Memphis Minnie's song "Frankie Jean", she tells the story of her father's remarkable horse, Frankie Jean. She describes how fast he is during races and how he is the singlest-footing horse she has ever seen. She even compares riding him to a rejuvenating experience, claiming that it does her good to ride him, and listening to him is just as good.


The interesting thing about the song is that Frankie Jean is not just any ordinary horse. Memphis Minnie uses Frankie Jean's story to portray the importance of horse-whispering and building a rapport with animals. She tells of how she couldn't catch Frankie Jean when he got loose, but her father, who understood the horse better, could make him come to him with a whistle. She then imitates the whistle, and Frankie Jean comes single-footing to her.


Another interesting aspect of the song is the gambling element. Memphis Minnie admits to putting five thousand dollars on Frankie Jean in a race and not being scared because she knows he won't let her lose. This shows the trust and bond that she has with her father's horse.


Overall, "Frankie Jean" is a captivating song that tells the story of a remarkable horse while also showing the importance of communication and understanding with animals.


Line by Line Meaning

One time my papa had a horse, his name was Frankie Jean
My father once owned a horse named Frankie Jean


Man, that's the running'est horse the world I ever seen
Frankie Jean is the fastest horse I've ever seen


And it just do me good to ride old Frankie Jean
Riding Frankie Jean brings me joy and happiness


And it do you good to sit and listen at him sometimes
Just listening to him can bring you happiness


When he's coming down that plank road, almost making his feet talk
When he runs down the road, his hooves make a rhythmic sound like he's talking


Man, that's the singlest-footing horse the world I ever seen
Frankie Jean is the smoothest-moving horse I've ever seen


Go on, Frankie Jean, go on
Encouraging Frankie Jean to keep running


I had him out with me once and he got loose
Once Frankie Jean got away from me


I couldn't catch him to save my life
I couldn't catch him no matter how hard I tried


I called Frankie Jean and I called him
I tried calling Frankie Jean to come back to me


He didn't seem to pay me no mind
Frankie Jean ignored me and kept running


I went and told my papa, "How would you do if you want to catch a horse?"
I asked my father how to catch a horse


He said, "How did you do?"
My father asked how I tried to catch the horse


I said, "I called mine called Frankie Jean and called him
I told him I tried to call Frankie Jean, but he didn't come to me


He didn't seem to pay me no attention"
Frankie Jean ignored my calls


Said, "That's a horse, you can't, you didn't call him right
My father explained that I didn't call the horse correctly


You must whistle when you want your horse to come to you
Whistling is the appropriate method to call a horse


Then he come single-footing to me
Frankie Jean came to me when I whistled


So I took him out again he got loose from me
I took him out again, but he got away from me


I thought about what papa said
I remembered my father's advice


You's a horse, I must whistle for you, something like this
I realized that I need to whistle to get Frankie Jean's attention


I had him out on a race once
I once raced Frankie Jean


I had five thousand dollars betting on Frankie Jean
I bet $5,000 on Frankie Jean winning the race


Folks, I wasn't scared at all, 'cause I know he wasn't going to let me lose
I wasn't afraid of losing because I trusted Frankie Jean's speed


'Fore he let me lose, he'd run off all of his shoes
Frankie Jean would run so hard that he would wear out all of his horseshoes before he let me lose




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Written by: LAWLERS, MINNIE

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Comments from YouTube:

Michael Hughes

Wow! What a great performance: the guitar playing, the singing and the whistling. Amazing!

Sir Jänskä

Just add some volume and distortion with an electric guitar and this could go for an AC/DC riff. Timeless sound

riverraisin1

This is just plain brilliant.

Elise Clifton

Memphis Queen👑

Greg Parker

Super 'story about horse' blues / sound effects-guitar !!

Dom Bat

And she didn't sing, but she spoke... and whistle ! Incredible to this time !!!

MrMusiquemonamour

Lovely to hear those trotting feet! I wonder if she ever had a horse. Don't suppose so.....

MrMusiquemonamour

And here's the text:

MrMusiquemonamour

Frankie Jean

Spoken:
One time my papa had a horse, his name was Frankie Jean
Man, that's the running'est horse the world I ever seen
And it just do me good to ride old Frankie Jean
And it do you good to sit and listen at him sometimes
When he's coming down that plank road, almost making his feet talk
Man, that's the singlest-footing horse the world I ever seen
Something kind of like this:

Go on, Frankie Jean, go on

I had him out with me once and he got loose
I couldn't catch him to save my life
I called Frankie Jean and I called him
He didn't seem to pay me no mind
I went and told my papa, "How would you do if you want to catch a horse?"
He said, "How did you do?"
I said, "I called mine; called Frankie Jean and called him
He didn't seem to pay me no attention"
Said, "That's a horse, you can't, you didn't call him right
You must whistle when you want your horse to come to you
Something like this:"
Then he come single-footing to me

So I took him out again; he got loose from me
I called him and called him
He didn't seem to pay me no attention
I thought about what papa said
You's a horse, I must whistle for you, something like this:
Then he comes single-footing to me

I had him out on a race once
I had $5000 betting on Frankie Jean
Folks, I wasn't scared at all, 'cause I know he wasn't going to let me lose
'Fore he let me lose, he'd run off all of his shoes
Something like this:

Go on, Frankie Jean