I always thought the first one was "spreading the rhythm with . . ." If you want a real treasure trove of enigmatic phrasing, check out Curley Weaver's Ticket Agent, if you already haven't.
: Can anyone help me decipher the lyrics of
: Blind Willie McTells A to Z Blues? I think
: I've managed to work out most of it, but
: there are a few parts (shown underlined with
: question marks), where I have no idea what
: he's saying.
: Thanks for any help.
: A to Z Blues.
: Look-a here mama.
: Canít get along.
: Honey I really tried to treat you right.
: Now when I come in from work.
: Give ya my check.
: You wants to raise sand, fuss an fight.
: Get a chance to stay out all night.
: You left last night at eight.
: Going to a show.
: Aní come smoothing in this morning at four.
: You even had the nerve honey.
: Bring another man.
: Let him drive you up to my front door.
: Say youíre through.
: Ya got all my money too.
: Come here woman let me tell ya what Iím
: gonna do to you.
: Iím gonna cut your head four different ways.
: Thatís Long, short, deep and wide.
: When I get (??? rhythm) of this rusty
: black handle razor
: youíre gonna be booked out for an ambulance
: Ďcause Iím gonna cut A, B, C, D on top of
: your head
: Thatís gonna be treating you nice like mama
: you ainít gonna be dead.
: Cut E, F, G right across your face.
: H, I, J, K thatís where runniní bound to
: take place.
: Cut L, M, N cross both your arms.
: Youíll (Sell ??????? aní pedal/peddle)
: gal your whole life long.
: Cut N, O, P, Q thatís gonna be trouble too.
: Ďcause Iím gonna grab you mama and turn you
: every way but loose
: Cut R, S, T to hear you cry
: Thatíll be the last time tears a run from
: over your eyes.
: Cut U, V, W on the bottom of your feet.
: Thatíll be the last time you walk up aní
: down 25th street.
: ? marking cross your bosom with X, Y, Z.
: When I get through with this alphabet
: youíll quit your messing with me.
: Play that thing.
: yeah, Iím gonna trim her down.
: Trim her down to my size.
: ????? (check it aní see).
: Thatís the last of the A and Z.
: ????? (Tell her boy).