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Bullfrog Blues (original mix)


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A public domain song. There are a couple more collab versions of this with a couple of different macjammers in progress as we speak, but I thought I’d like to post my original recording as a reference (and then you can see how much they’ve improved it from that!)

In between working my way through recording my own compositions, things started to feel a bit like “work” so I thought stop and have some fun.

The song is an old blues song and I’ve heard versions of if by a few people like Canned Heat although my favourite by far is the late great Rory Gallagher. As a nod to Rory, my arrangement is probably closer to his than the others, including a bass solo which I plucked up the courage to do. The lead guitar and vocals are by no means careful, in line with the idea of just having fun and going for it, almost like a live recording, so the recording quality especially on the vocals isn’t very polished. Head down, off we go! After the bass solo, there’s a verse where very little happens which was deliberately left for others to fill in as part of their collaborations. Will make more sense when the newer versions are posted - promise!

Gear-wise, again as a nod to Rory, the guitar tracks are both Fender Stratocaster through an overdriven Vox amp.

When I looked up the lyrics, I found at least three different versions, so made mine a mash up picked from all three including a guess at the closing lyric of verse six (hence the scream, which is also on the live version I have of it!)
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Lyrics
Well did you ever…. Well did you ever….
Well did you ever wake up with those bullfrogs on your mind?
Well did you ever wake up with those bullfrogs on your mind?
Just had to sit there laughing, laughing just to keep you from crying.

Well did you ever wake up with that one woman on your mind?
Well did you ever wake up with that one woman on your mind?
Just had to sit there laughing, laughing just to keep you from crying.

My mother got em, my father got em
My sister got em, my brother got em
Woke up this morning and my grandmother had em too
You’d know all about that, I had a bad case of the bullfrog blues

I was born one morning and the sun refused to shine
Born one morning and the sun refused to shine
My mother called up the doctor and said “Come on over and take a look at this son of mine.”

“He won’t eat, he won’t sleep. He won’t say a word.
He won’t eat, he won’t sleep. He won’t say a word.”
The doctor just laughed and said “madam don’t be absurd!”

“Get that boy a six stringed steel guitar
Get that boy a six stringed steel guitar
And he’ll be running riot every night down at the hotel bar.” (?)

Well I called up the doctor, I was not feeling so well
Called up the doctor, I was not feeling so well
The doctor looked in his bag and said “well, well”

“You don’t need no doctor, you don’t need no pill.
You don’t need no doctor, you don’t need no pill.
Take my advice and it’ll surely cure your ills.”

“Head on down to New Orleans. The prettiest place you ever seen.
Head on down where the river bends; that’s where the music never ends.
Open your ears, don’t it feel good? Get yourself a dose of rhythm and blues.”

Well did you ever wake up with those bullfrogs on your mind?
Well did you ever wake up with those bullfrogs on your mind?
Just had to sit there laughing, laughing just to keep you from crying.
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Uploaded: Sep 17, 2010 - 01:40:24 PM
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2011 - 08:17:06 AM Last Played: Mar 25, 2017 - 01:43:05 AM
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Hardware:
Fender Stratocaster, Hofner Violin bass, Vox AC15 CC1x
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Comments
johnwhitehead said 2621 days ago (September 17th, 2010)
Frog
YEAH. Love yer old school rockin. Great singing & fab lead & bass breaks. Evokes Rory but also John Lennon in rocker mode. Well done, sir!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2621 days ago (September 18th, 2010)
Thank you John
Cheers for the Lennon compliment! For some reason, not sure if it's the same on yours but when I listen to it through the link above, the vocal is barely audible (not like the original in GB). Must look at that. But thanks for the listen and compliment. Glad you enjoyed it.
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RAVENS said 2621 days ago (September 17th, 2010)
Very Cool
I must admit, I never heard the song before. Ahhh, no need to either, this is way cool. The guitar playing is awesome, wow! Your vocals are great, reminds me of Brian Adams. Great stuff!

I'll be looking out for the other versions.

RAVEN ;-)
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Saltaireguru77 said 2621 days ago (September 18th, 2010)
Thanks Dani
Wow, a vocal compliment from you means a lot! Glad you enjoyed the song - I quite like Bryan Adams so the compliment is a nice touch. Thank you for that. Cheers for listening and the kind comments. Much appreciated.
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michaeljayklein said 2621 days ago (September 17th, 2010)
New one on me...
...and I enjoyed every second of this. Great job!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2621 days ago (September 18th, 2010)
Cheers Michael
Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. Glad you liked it.
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fasteddie said 2621 days ago (September 17th, 2010)
Classic
I like this version a lot.

Cool tone on your strat.

It sounds like your singing through an overdriven compressor on a tube amp?

Good stuff man.
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Saltaireguru77 said 2621 days ago (September 18th, 2010)
Thank you mate
Glad you liked it! The vocal was just badly recorded to be honest, but I just wanted to go for it without too much fiddling. Cheers for stopping by to listen and comment.
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T_Being_esq said 2621 days ago (September 18th, 2010)
I have just knocked over my chair
As I jumped up to bop along to this. Cheers
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Saltaireguru77 said 2620 days ago (September 18th, 2010)
Thank you
Well if you're knocking over furniture, I must be doing someone right! Thanks for stopping by to listen and taking time to comment. Glad you enjoyed it!
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Symphony101 said 2620 days ago (September 19th, 2010)
oh my ....
You rock dude ... You just ROCK !!! Great vocals and fantastic playing.
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Saltaireguru77 said 2620 days ago (September 19th, 2010)
Thank you Yves
Very kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it. The aim was just to have fun and hopefully that comes across. I'm looking forward to hearing the collab versions!
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Ibstrat said 2619 days ago (September 19th, 2010)
Great
Version!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2619 days ago (September 19th, 2010)
Thank you Mark
Cheers for stopping by to listen and comment. Hope you enjoyed it. Look out for the collab versions coming soon!
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magnatone said 2619 days ago (September 19th, 2010)
Ribbit
hi stephen! this is a CLASSIC, done beautifully by you. what a total gem - instadownload! it is just wonderful to have you hear at MJ - thanks for this!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2619 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
Thank you Karen
Very kind of you to say so! And a download too - what a great compliment. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking time to listen.
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tf10music said 2619 days ago (September 19th, 2010)
wow
this is great. Your voice is too perfect -- so good that it needs to be higher in the mix, because I want to hear it loud and clear. So gritty, really excellent job.
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Saltaireguru77 said 2619 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
Thanks Ben
Trust me, my voice is very far from perfect! Not sure what happened to the mix when I uploaded it. It sounds fine in GB and fine in iTunes and I've not changed anything. The grittyness (is that a word?) comes from trying to push my voice as it's generally quite thin and mild so I had to go for it a bit more on this. I guess this is just a teaser for the collab versions which will be mixed much better, by more talented people that me. I'm looking forward to hearing them myself! Thank you for your kind words Ben, much appreciated.
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ziti said 2619 days ago (September 19th, 2010)
nice old shuffle
i remember seeing canned heat doing this on the merv griffin show when i was a puppy....i went nuts!

this all juice, all energy, and really fun....I love your voice

enjoyed this alot

z
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Saltaireguru77 said 2619 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
Thank you Fran
I was intrigued to see what people who'd heard other versions of the song thought! I listened to a lot of versions before I sat down to record this, inlcuding several by the great Canned Heat and I particularly liked their live one. Glad you enjoyed this and thank you for the compliment on my voice. I'm not a big fan myself but it's the only one I've got so you make use of what you have, don't you? Cheers for stopping by and taking time to listen.
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damiengh said 2618 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
Rockin
The raw energy of your vocal, the steady driving beat, along with that taste of old school rock piano, does it for me not to mention that nice little bass solo you threw in there. Just rocks man.
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Saltaireguru77 said 2618 days ago (September 21st, 2010)
Bullfrog blues
Thanks Damien. Very kind of you to say so! I'm not much of a bass player but sometimes you just have to give it a go and see what happens. Glad you enjoyed it!
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Bob Rodgers said 2618 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
Really
great version of this song, love your vocals, guitars and the bass solo.
Very much enjoyed!

Bob
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Saltaireguru77 said 2618 days ago (September 21st, 2010)
Thanks Bob
Very kind of you to take the time to listen and post such kind words. Much appreciated!
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Cori Ander said 2618 days ago (September 21st, 2010)
Wow
That's really some nice ol' rockin' !!!

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Saltaireguru77 said 2618 days ago (September 21st, 2010)
Thank you Johannes
Glad you enjoyed it. Watch out for collab versions coming soon. This was just a starting point. Cheers for stopping by for a listen!
Stephen.
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sschedra said 2618 days ago (September 21st, 2010)
Fun is the operative word
and it comes through as a burst of energy. Very up and driving version. Let us know when the other versions surface. As with your other collaborations it would be good to reference them here when they are done so we can get the full effect of all the work. Your voice is perfect for blues. Good job here.
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Saltaireguru77 said 2617 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Thanks Mr Schedra
Fun was central to the plan. I'm happy that came through loud and clear! Thanks for the compliments on my vocals - they're a work in progress, that's all I can say. Cheers for the listen!
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davisamerica said 2617 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Damn son....
play it! This is terrific. Great production and the playin is making me bebop. A no brainer download.... woa!!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2617 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Bullfrog blues
Thanks mate! I enjoyed playing it and if you enjoyed hearing it then that's a success simple as that. And a DL too! Thank you very much. Appreciate it!
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Bob6stringer said 2617 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Old-school rock 'n' roll (and go, Rory!)
Where? How? ... I've been meaning to do an old-school rock tune... I need to come-back to this to more carefully read what kind of collab room there is here (need to get back to work), but wow, this is PURE FUN! Thanks!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2616 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Rory G
Nothing like a bit of Rory Gallagher to clear the cobwebs! Glad you liked it. Thanks for the kind comments Bob!
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ShadowofNine said 2617 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Hahaha
This just tickled me to no end, man it just cooks, while I'm not familiar with the tune it rocks in an old school way (which is a good thing) from the guitar to the cool bass licks and the great vocal.. Bravo Stephen you woke me up ...
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Saltaireguru77 said 2616 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Bullfrog Blues
Thank you mate. Glad you liked it. I can't recommend the Rory Gallagher version highly enough. Worth a listen. Thanks for stopping by to comment. Muchly appreciated.
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Loob said 2616 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
BF Blues
Stephen, I am not surprised at all with the responses you've gotten for this! You have a rock voice man! Fit for the classics. I never would have imagined this after only hearing "A Sort Of Loving". I was and am pleasantly surprised! And a nice guy to boot! Always a pleasure!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2616 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Bullfrog Blues
Ah hell Freddy, I'm gonna blush! I need a red font or something! Thank you very much for the support and the kind comments, it means a lot. Thank you mate.
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drakonis said 2616 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
boogie with the bullfrog
Nice! You added enough fuzz and roughness to make this sound like an old recording, but still keep it romping and clean enough to hear your fun singing. Super guitar and bass-work. Love it!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Saltaireguru77 said 2616 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Thank you Eduard
Glad you liked it. Very kind of you to take the time to listen and post such cool comments. I wanna hear a dulcimer version of this someday! Your latest was a joy to listen to. Thanks for the comments and stopping by.
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crissew said 2616 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Fun
Blues romp. Tons of energy on this one. Your voice suits this very well I think. It is a bit low in the mix at times though. I would definitely bump them up a bit more. Great job on this. Enjoyed the heck out of it.
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Saltaireguru77 said 2616 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Thanks Charles
That means a lot especially from such a talented guy like yourself. The vocals were ok in Garageband before I exported them and fine in iTunes so not sure why they dropped after uploading here. Glad you enjoyed it mate. Cheers for the kind comments.
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Moviz said 2616 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Woohoo!
You really got me going with this one Stephen..... not enough of this kind of rock here at MJ.... everything spot on with that Jerry Lee piano in back and the great guitars and just the right kind and amount of huskiness in your vocal.... Mmmm! just got that mighty fine Bass; love it, regards M
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Saltaireguru77 said 2616 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Thank you Maurice
You're a gentleman! Piano isn't my forte so there was a bit of garageband trickery involved to stick it all together. But it is me playing! I sent this to my dad, who's an older gentleman shall we say, he likes dixieland jazz. And even he liked it! I'm glad so many people got a kick out of it. Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated!
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RochaMalhada said 2616 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
kicks ass
yeah, man - rock'n friikin roll

Love the "radio" quality of this. Totally nailed this one, sir

. - Harold
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Saltaireguru77 said 2616 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Cheers Harold
Glad you enjoyed this! I had a good time recording it, so that's a win all round. Thanks for stopping by to listen and comment.
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bud said 2616 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Great sound and energy
I remember the Canned Heat version - have to check out Rory's. But right now this the one I'm digging the most daddy. Hot licks for sure.
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Saltaireguru77 said 2615 days ago (September 24th, 2010)
Thanks Bud
I loved the live Canned Heat version! Glade you enjoyed this. Thanks!
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Hickling_Stan said 2615 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Just what was needed
at the end of a long dull day...blown the cobwebs away. Boy you just can't beat this for raising the pulse rate. Wonderful. Mark
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Saltaireguru77 said 2615 days ago (September 24th, 2010)
Thank you Mark
Glad I blew those cobwebvs away! There are a couple of collab versions on the go, so look out for them too! Cheers for stopping by to listen and comment.
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jdholliday said 2612 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
Dude sorry
I thought I commented on this at work, must have just listened sometimes my favoriting and commenting doesn't work at work,
This is rockin' classic Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry Rockabilly!!!!!!
I love the John Lennon effects on the vocals! Stellar post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2612 days ago (September 27th, 2010)
Bullfrog blues
Ah thank you kind sir! You can't get much better than a bit of Chuck Berry sometimes! I wasn't aiming fora John Lennon vocal, but as a huge Beatles fan, if it sounds like that I'm not going to complain. Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment James. Much appreciated.
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tford said 2599 days ago (October 9th, 2010)
NICE
Good job-I also like your artwork on your tunes-
Nice lead work also. Peace, Tom
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Saltaireguru77 said 2598 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
Cheers Tom
There's a new version of this which includes a guy called Loob and mixed by MVH, both Macjammers that blows the socks off this. Watch out for it! I quite like drawing (did Art at University) so it seemed a good way to get images to upload with the songs and get round the copyrighted pictures issue. Glad you liked it!
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guygrooves said 2588 days ago (October 20th, 2010)
This Rawks!!!
Love it!! D/L fo sho Definite Beatles vibe especially in the vox
Peace
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Saltaireguru77 said 2588 days ago (October 21st, 2010)
Bullfrog Blues
Ah thanks Guy! I'm glad you liked it man. I'm never that keen on my own singing but if others like it then that's cool. Cheers for taking the time to listen and drop a comment. Much appreciated!
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tford said 2585 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
Bullfrog Blues
Hey my friend, Nice work-Great leads and great lead on the bass-my kind of music. I'll be talking to you on facebook, now that we are friends-We have the same musical taste. Peace, Tom
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Saltaireguru77 said 2582 days ago (October 27th, 2010)
Bullfrog blues
Thank you Tom. Great minds think alike eh? I look forward to hearing more from you!
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ted23 said 2562 days ago (November 16th, 2010)
A
real foot stomper. I can see people spinning all over the dance floor to this. Very authentic. Great rhythm & lead work. The vocals are up to scratch to! :)
Ya done good
Saltaireguru77 said 2560 days ago (November 18th, 2010)
Bullfrog Blues
Ah thanks mate. I enjoyed doing it, which to me is the important point. If I enjoy playing it and others enjoy listening then that's a win all round, right? Glad you liked it.
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I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and still consider myself a learner. I started recording on a tascam 4 track portastudio ten years ago and once I got a Macbook, moved on to Garageband as a means of having more tracks to play with and avoid... [see more]

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The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on a pentatonic scale and a characteristic twelve-bar chord progression. The form evolved in the United States in the communities of former African slaves from spirituals, praise songs, field

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