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The Blues Brothers: 'Messin' With The Kid'
Written by (Chief Records owner/songwriter/producer) Mel London ℗ 1960 Chief Records
From The Blues Brothers 1978 Atlantic Records LP 'Briefcase Full Of Blues' 

Transcription: Paul Houghton - octavedoctor@hotmail.co.uk

Key of 'B':

                              Verse:              Pre-chorus:

   Intro Riff (x1)            Riff 'A' (x4)*      Riff 'B' (x2) 

e|-7-----------------------||-------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---10-7--------------/12-||-------------------|---------------------------------|
G|--------9-7-6------------||-------------------|---------7-7---7-9---------------|
D|--------------9-6-9------||---------7-7---7-9-|-----7h9-----9-------------------|
A|-------------------------||-----7h9-----9-----|-7-------------------------------|
E|-------------------------||-7-----------------|---------------------------------|

                       Chorus: 

   Riff 'A' (x2)       Riff 'C' (x1)        Riff 'B' (x1)       Riff 'A' (x2)
e|-------------------|--------------------|-------------------|-------------------||
B|-------------------|--------------------|-------------------|-------------------||
G|-------------------|--------9-9----9-11-|---------7-7---7-9-|-------------------||
D|---------7-7---7-9-|---9h11-----11------|-----7h9-----9-----|---------7-7---7-9-||
A|-----7h9-----9-----|-9------------------|-7-----------------|-----7h9-----9-----||
E|-7-----------------|--------------------|-------------------|-7-----------------||

   Repeat 12 bar progression (starting from Riff 'A'*)

   Play intro riff (x1)

   Guitar solo:

e|------------------------------7--------------7-----------------------------|
B|-9-9b10---10r9p7-9b10r9p7-------10-7-10bss12----10b12---10-7---------------|
G|-9-9b11---11r9p7-9b11r9p7------------------------------------9b11r9-7------|
D|--------------------------9-9-----------------------------------------9-7--|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

   Play the following 'double stop' riff x6:

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--9b10--(10r9)-p7----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-(9b11)--11r9--p7----------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-9-7---------7---9-------7bss---------7bss-------9b10-9b11-9-7-------------|
G|-9-7---------7---9-------7bss---------7bss-------9b11-r9p7-9-7-------------|
D|-----9---9-9---9---9---9------9-7---9------9-7-----------------9-----------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


e|-7---7---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---7----10---7-------------7-7-9-7-9b10-9b10-9b10-10r9-7-------------------|
G|------9----7-----9---7-----7-7-9-7-9b11-9b11-9b11-11r9-7-------------------|
D|---------------9---7-----9-------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------9---------------------------------9-----------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

  Repeat 12 bar progression (starting from Riff 'A') x2

  Play intro riff (x1)

  Repeat 12 bar progression (starting from Riff 'A') x1 (harmonica solo)

  Pause

  Repeat 12 bar progression (starting from Riff 'A') x1

  Play intro riff (x3) Gradually slow down third time round

  Pause

  Quickly strum B6/9 chord in double time triplets to end: 7666xx



  [Tablature Key]


  bss  Bend slightly sharp
  h    Hammer-on
  p    Pull-off
  b    Bend
  r    Release bend
  /    Slide up



  [Lyrics]


  What's this I hear
  There's a whole lotta talk
  The people say you try to quit the kid

  Hey yeah
  Tell me what you did
  You can call it what you want
  But I call it messin' with the kid

  Now the kid plays hot
  And hot don't pay
  I say what I mean, I mean what I say

  Yeah, yeah
  Tell me what you did
  You can call it what you want
  But I call it messin' with the kid

  Well tell me you love me
  You tell me a lie
  But I know I love ya baby, 'til the day I die

  Hey yeah
  Tell me what you did
  You can call it what you want
  But I call it messing with the kid

  Elwood, Elwood!
  ...Yeah?
  You wanna mess with the kid?
  ...Nah Jake, I don't wanna mess with the kid
  Yeah I know, I know that. How about you guys back here?
  You wanna mess with the kid?
  Any of you guys? How about you people out there you wanna mess with the kid?

  Gonna take the kid's car
  Drive around town
  Tell everybody trying to put him down

  Hey yeah
  Tell me what you did
  You can call it what you want
  I call it messin' with the kid



  [Additional Notes]


  Intro riff uses a 'hybrid scale', it starts in 'B' pentatonic minor and then uses a combination of 'B'
  Mixolydian and 'B' pentatonic major. The 12 bar progression and guitar solo are in 'B' pentatonic minor.



  [Other Versions of 'Messin' With The Kid']


  'Messin' with the Kid' was originally recorded and performed by Junior Wells in 1960...

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-9_hsLhX0w


  Junior Wells also released a version in 1966 with Buddy Guy on guitar...

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4Tcm2FPKnc    ...Original Version

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWTieCjUhVw    ...Live Version

  
  The Downchild Blues Band in 1971 (not available on YouTube).
  

  Rory Gallagher in 1972...

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJSVWY_WiOE


  Todd Rundgren in 1972...

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46VLFrpumgE


  Freddie King on 'Texas Flyer: 1974–1976'...

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd5rBToEn0Y


  Johnny Winter in 1978...

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggEj195iWsA


  Luther Allison in 1983...


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NESGMibhdHE


  AC/DC (during rehearsals for the Flick of the Switch/Monsters of Rock Tour) in 1983...

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEE61MLTHF0



  [Blues Brothers - Brief History]


  The Blues Brothers first appeared on Saturday Night Live on January 17, 1976, followed by two further
  appearances on the show in 1978 - that same year they recorded their first album 'Briefcase Full Of Blues'
  with an all-star 'cast' of musicians that included two members of (Stax Records house band) 'Booker T And
  The MG's' (Steve Cropper on guitar and Donald 'Duck 'Dunn on bass guitar). Other notable musicians include
  former Howlin' Wolf guitarist Matt 'Guitar' Murphy. The harmonica solo was played by actor and comedian
  Dan Ackroyd aka 'Elwood Blues', who took his characters' name from the Elwood Ordnance Plant (located near
  Elwood, South of Joliet, Illinois) who manufactured TNT and grenades during the second world war. The lead
  singer was actor and comedian John Belushi who's stage name 'Joliet Jake' was taken from the Joliet
  Correctional Centre (aka Joliet Prison). Steve Cropper plays the guitar solo on this version of 'Messin'
  With The Kid'



  [Musicians]


  'Joliet' Jake Blues (John Belushi)    Lead vocals
  Elwood Blues (Dan Akroyd)             Backing vocals, harmonica
  Matt 'Guitar' Murphy                  Rhythm & Lead guitar
  Steve 'The Colonel' Cropper           Rhythm & Lead Guitar
  Donald 'Duck' Dunn                    Bass guitar
  Paul 'The Shiv' Shaffer               Keyboards, backing vocals
  Steve 'Getdwa' Jordan                 Drums, backing vocals
  Lou 'Blue Lou' Marini                 Tenor & alto saxophones
  Tom 'Triple Scale' Scott              Tenor & alto saxophones
  Tom 'Bones' Malone                    Tenor & baritone saxophones, trombone, trumpet, backing vocals
  Alan 'Mr. Fabulous' Rubin             Trumpet, backing vocals
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