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Posted: 22 Nov 04, 13:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have bootleg CDs of the Glasgow concert '77. Its set list is very similar to the one of "Earls Court" and I think it's as awesome as Earls.
Btw, iirc, they played "I'm A Man" before "Jailhouse Rock" during the UK tour '77 except Earls Court and they played "Manish Boy" instead of it only at the second night of Glasgow.

According to the book "A Concert Documentary", "I'm A Man" is the hit of Spencer Davis Group. At first Queen played it kind of slowly and then played the fast rock part. Freddie was singing very heavily and it proves his other vocal skill.

Does anybody know any more about those two songs ?
Have you guys ever heard any episode about them? If so, tell us please.


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Posted: 23 Nov 04, 04:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Manish Boy and I'm A Man are, more or less, the same song. Sharing the same melody and structure with only the lyrics being changed
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I'm A Man (written by Bo Diddley)
Now when I was a little boy,
At the age of five,
I had somethin' in my pocket,
Kept a lot of folks alive.
Now I'm a man,
I spell M-A-N...man.
}

All you pretty women,
Stand in line,
I can make love to you baby,
In an hour's time.
Now i'm a man
I spell M-A-N...man.

The line I shoot,
Will never miss,
Make love to you baby,
You can't resist.
Now I'm a man,
I spell M-A-N...man.

Goin back down,
To Kansas to,
Bring back a little girl,
Just like you.
Now I'm a man,
I spell M-A-N...man.

{
Now I'm a man,
Made twenty-one,
You know baby,
We can have a lot of fun.
I'm a man,
I spell M-A-N...man.

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Mannish Boy (by Muddy Waters)
Everythin', everythin', everythin's gonna be alright this mornin'
Ooh yeah, whoaw
Now when I was a young boy, at the age of five
My mother said I was, gonna be the greatest man alive
But now I'm a man, way past 21
Want you to believe me baby,
I had lot's of fun
I'm a man
I spell mmm, aaa child, nnn
That represents man
No B, O child, Y
That mean mannish boy
I'm a man
I'm a full grown man
I'm a man
I'm a natural born lovers man
I'm a man
I'm a rollin' stone
I'm a man
I'm a hoochie coochie man

Sittin' on the outside, just me and my mate
You know I'm made to move you honey,
come up two hours late
Wasn't that a man
I spell mmm, aaa child, nnn
That represents man
No B, O child, Y
That mean mannish boy
I'm a man
I'm a full grown man
Man
I'm a natural born lovers man
Man
I'm a rollin' stone
Man-child
I'm a hoochie coochie man
The line I shoot will never miss
When I make love to a woman,
she can't resist
I think I go down,
to old Kansas Stew
I'm gonna bring back my second cousin,
that little Johnny Cocheroo
All you little girls,
sittin'out at that line
I can make love to you woman,
in five minutes time
Ain't that a man
I spell mmm, aaa child, nnn
That represents man
No B, O child, Y
That mean mannish boy
Man
I'm a full grown man
Man
I'm a natural born lovers man
Man
I'm a rollin' stone
I'm a man-child
I'm a hoochie coochie man
well, well, well, well
hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry
Don't hurt me, don't hurt me child
don't hurt me, don't hurt, don't hurt me child
well, well, well, well
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These songs were covered exrensively in the Sixties, by English acts including The Who, The Yardbirds, Rolling Stones et all.

Roger was so keen on Keep On Running he recorded a version for Strange Frontier.

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Posted: 23 Nov 04, 06:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They didn't play I'm a Man or Mannish Boy properly. They more or less played a mix of both songs


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Posted: 23 Nov 04, 06:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They didn't play I'm a Man or Mannish Boy properly. They more or less played a mix of both songs


"On the first day Pim & Niek created a heavenly occupation. Pim & Niek blessed it and named it 'Loosch'."



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Posted: 23 Nov 04, 11:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's a blues song. You don't have to play it "properly" as long as it's bluesy. You're *supposed* to adapt it.

::ponders Freddie Mercury as bluesman, snickers::

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Posted: 23 Nov 04, 13:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Many thanks for all of your responses!
Many many thanks for long writing for lyrics of those songs!

It's probable that Roger was keen on such numbers and Stones and Yardbirds covered it.
Freddie wasn't a proper blues singer, but as far as I listened to it, the way he sang squeezing the low range of his voice is so sexy and it sounds heavily bluesy or like that.
It's really a shame that he has not pursuited the direction of music like blues for good.
I wish we had CD BOX sets with the bonus tracks of such rare numbers...it must have proved his marvellous skill in the diffrent music style.



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