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See-Line Woman
George Bass
The exact origins of the song are unknown but it is believed to have originated in the southern United States. It was first recorded by folklore researcher Herbert Halpert on May 13, 1939. Halpert was compiling a series of field recordings for the Library of Congress in Byhalia, MS, when he ran across Walter Shipp, a minister, and his wife Mary, a choir director of a local church. Halpert recorded Shipp's daughters, Katherine and Christine, singing a sparse version of "Sea Lion Woman" that defined the basic rhymes and rhythm of the song. Two weeks later the song was covered by musicologist and folklorist John Lomax. This proved to be the first of many covers, though most are based on the version introduced to the pop catalog by Nina Simone in 1964.
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Recording sessions
1964 March 21: New York Carnegie Hall
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah alright now alright

See Line Woman she drink coffee
She drink tea and then go home
See Line woman
See Line Woman dressed in green
Wear silk stockings with golden seams
See Line Woman

See Line Woman dressed in red
Make a man lose his head
See Line Woman
See Line Woman black dress on
For a thousand dollars she'll wail and she'll moan
See Line Woman

Wiggle wiggle purr like a cat
Wink at a man and he wink back now child
See Line Woman
Empty his pockets and wreck his days
Make him love her and shoo-fly 'way

See Line Woman take it on out now
Empty his pockets and she wreck his days
And she make him love her and she shoo-fly 'way
She got a black dress on
For a thousand dollars she'll wail and she'll moan

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
 
 
1968 June 16: Montreux (CH) 2nd Jazz Festival
 
 
1971 January 8: Amsterdam (NL) Concertgebouw
 
1980 July 18: Montreal (CA) Place Des Arts Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Do you know "See Line Woman" you do
Yes it is isn't it
Oh je l'aime beaucoup le Français
 
 
1983 July 30: Pompei (Napoli, IT) Jazz Festival
 
1984 November 17: London (UK) Ronnie Scott's
Right there right there
See line woman see line
She drink coffee see line
 
 
1985: USA Theatre tour
We're going to do "Four Women" coming up soon.
Let's do "See Line Woman". Remember it?

 
 
1988 May 6: Hamburg (DE) Fabrik
 
1988 May 6: Hamburg (DE) Fabrik
 
1988 September 20: Barcelona (ES) Mercat del Born
 
1988 September 20: Barcelona (ES) Mercat del Born
 
1989 October 23: Hamburg (DE) 14th Jazz Festival in der Fabrik
 
1990 April 10: Paris (FR) Olympia
 
1990 July 13: Montreux (CH) 24th Jazz Festival
1990 [4:14] CD 7 Madame Nina Simone TS RRC 019 (NL)
 
 
1992 May 13-16: Pointe-à-Pitre (GLP) Musiques créoles
 
1992 June 4: Reykjavik (IS) Háskólabíó Arts Festival
 
1992 July 2: Montreal (CA) International Jazz Festival
 
2000 April 13-14: São Paulo (BR) Via Funchal
 
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