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Via my jazz buddy here, Michael FitzGerald, I heard about a

by Ziks511 / March 3, 2009 10:55 AM PST

Dinah Washington song that I had previously known only through the work of David Bromberg who has moved from New York State and performing, to Chicago to learn how to build violins, to Baltimore and is now the authority on violins and fiddles particularly those made in the United States. He regularized the sale of old instruments and pushed their prices back up where they belonged, I may be wrong but I don't think he performs much any more.

Judge, your Honor, hear my plea before you open up your court.
I don't crave no sympathy, for what I'm 'bout to report.
I caught him with a Gamblin' Gal I'd warned him about before.
I drew may pistol, and I went insane, the rest you already know.

Judge, Judge, Judge, Judge, send me to the 'Lectric Chair,
Judge, Judge, Good kind Judge, boyn [burn} me cause I don't care.
First I shot him with my pistol and then I kicked him in the side,
Then I stood oer him laughin' while he buckled up an' died
Judge, Judge, Judge,, Judge Send me to the 'Lectir Chair.

Judge, Judge, Mr. Scalia please, send me to the 'Lectric Chair
I shot my sweet patootie I gotta reap just what I sowed.
Judge judge judge judge Send me to the 'Lectric Chair.

Sorry about the missing lines, I'll have to get my tapes back and listen.

CBC Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has a 1959 get together with her singing it live.


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From the other side, via Mose Allison:
by drpruner / March 3, 2009 12:49 PM PST

[Parchman Farm]

"Well, I'm gonna be here for the rest of my life,
and all I did was shoot my wife!"

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Yeah, I always wanted to do that one, but was yellow over
by Ziks511 / March 3, 2009 2:31 PM PST

the reaction I would have gotten. Saw him in Britain while we lived there at Ronnie Scott's legendary jazz club down in Soho. I was so completely blissed out by the experience, being in Ronnie Scott's. seeing Mose Allison whose records I'd been hoarding and cherishing for years. I could kick myself for not bringing a couple of early ones for his signature.


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The version of Send Me To the 'Lectric Chair I first learned
by Ziks511 / March 3, 2009 2:37 PM PST

ran, "First I cut her with my Barlow, then I kicked her in the side, and I stood O'er her laughing etc etc. David could carry off anything without causing offence, being one of the wittiest performers I'd ever seen.


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Send Me to The Lectric Chair (lyrics & chords)
by jonah jones / March 3, 2009 7:05 PM PST

Send Me to The Lectric Chair

Composer George Brooks

Originally Recorded by Bessie Smith 3-3-1927

I transcribed this from the album
Wanted Dead or Alive (1974)
by David Bromberg

any question or comment you
can contact me at alanz1357@gmail.com

G G7 C Eb
He said Judge your honor Hear my plea

G D G D7
Before you open up your court

G G7 C Eb
I don't crave no sympathy

for what I have to report

I caught her with a gambling Joe

I had warned her about once before

I pulled my knife, and I went insane

A A D7 D+
the rest you already know

G G7 C Eb
he said Judge Judge good kind judge

G D G D7
send me to the lectric chair

G G7 C Eb
he said Judge Judge hear me Judge

I want to get out of here

I want to take a journey to the devil down below

I sliced up my sweet petootie

I gotta reap just what I sow

G G C Eb
So Judge Judge here me Judge

G D G D7
and send me to the lectric chair

G G7 C Eb

G D G D7

G G7 C Eb



C Eb

G G7 C Eb

G D G D7

He said Judge oh listen to me Judge
Please now send me to the lectric chair
He said Judge, your honor, mister, sir
I love that girl so dear
I don't want no bondsman to go my bail
and I don't want to spend no 99 years stuck in your stinkin jail
Judge judge here me judge
send me to the lectric chair

G G7 C Eb

G D G D7

G G7 C Eb



C Eb

G G7 C Eb

G D G D7

He said Judge, aw Judge, Mr Sirica please
send me to the lectric chair
Aw Judge, Now Judge, Meister Judge
Burn me cause I don't care
First I cut her with my barlow
and then I kinda kicked her in the side
and then I stood there laughing on her
while she buckled up an died

So judge, judge here me Judge
and send me to the lectric chair

These are the chord shapes I generally use for
this song. I usually D7 where it says D and Eb7
where it says Eb.

G G7 C Eb7 D7 D+

3 3 3 x x x
3 3 5 4 3 3
4 4 5 6 5 3
5 3 5 5 4 4
5 5 3 6 5 5
3 3 x x x x

Just an interesting side note for those of you not old
enough to remember. Mr John Sirica was the
judge involved in the Watergate Case that eventually
caused Presedent Richard Nixon to resign his office
in 1974. If you want to "modernize" the song, you can
use Scalia instead of Sirica Wink

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We appreciate your hard work.
by drpruner / March 3, 2009 7:45 PM PST

Looks like a Charles Goren column. Happy

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We certainly do. I sang what I remembered to Mike and had
by Ziks511 / March 3, 2009 11:46 PM PST

had him laughing out loud in the car on our way up to his place. I even used the Justice Scalia line as an update. "Two minds with but a single thought."

It continues to amaze me the confluence of our 3 musical tastes. And deeply enjoyable.


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Great song that Bromberg does superbly.
by Dan McC / March 3, 2009 8:28 PM PST

I saw him perform a couple of years ago here in New Jersey. He tends to talk a lot when prompted by the audience. That can be fun but it cuts way back on the time to actually play music. And he was in a bad mood that night; the music was good but the banter was a little pissy.

One of the best guitar players ever.


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Absolutely right. I saw him once in a converted underground
by Ziks511 / March 3, 2009 11:59 PM PST

garage, which generated the worst vibe in the audience. Bromberg handled it superbly, having the band sit out while he did Dylan's Ramona (come closer touch softly your watery eyes). The audience settled down and things returned to normal.

I haven't seen him in 30 years to my deep regret.

His band was full of great mucicians who have gone on to good careers of their own. Billy Novick worked with another superb guitar player Guy Van Duser. John Faddis is now a substantial figure in the jazz world, and his fiddle player, whose name escapes me for the moment, I saw playing with Dwight Yoakam up here in Toronto.

I first saw him at the Philadelphia Folk Festival around 1970 and was astounded. He did those two ragtime pieces he blended together Something and Maple Leaf Rag, and Bullfrog Blues which is hilarious. I learned a lot from him, asking questions, but mostly just watching his hands up close in the Performers area. Nicest touch I ever saw.


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(NT) He might also be the ugliest man ever.
by Dan McC / March 4, 2009 3:17 AM PST
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I wonder what he looks like now? I looked up old acquaintan
by Ziks511 / March 5, 2009 2:58 AM PST

ce and folk singer Michael Cooney who is now semi-retired in Maine, and he's utterly changed from the slim dark young man I knew; of course I was a slim pale young man at the time. He now has a very full and bushy beard and, like so many of us, a middle aged spread. There's a nice picture of him rowing his boat on a small lake.

David's pictures and album covers never did him justice, because a photograph can't capture the lively intellect behind that scruffy beard. He's one of the wittiest and quickest men I've ever met.


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