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The blues ain't nothin' but a low-down achin' chill - Robert Johnson

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Offline Johnm

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Re: Robert Johnson lyrics
« Reply #75 on: October 28, 2020, 01:11:05 PM »
Hi Harry,
In the second and fourth lines of the first verse, I believe that he is singing,

  1.2  Know BY that
  1.4 But you know BY that

That's how he knows he has the Walking Blues--by the fact that he woke up feeling around for his shoes.
   
   

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Re: Robert Johnson lyrics
« Reply #76 on: October 29, 2020, 08:59:42 AM »
Thanks for the suggestion John. Possibly. It's very hard to hear the difference but I think I leave it like this.

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Re: Robert Johnson lyrics
« Reply #77 on: October 29, 2020, 09:06:20 AM »
I'm pretty sure it's "by", Harry. There is no hard "t" sound as there would be with "'bout", before "that" in either line. Robert Johnson's vowel sound is a little funny the second time, but I reckon it's "by".
« Last Edit: October 29, 2020, 09:08:12 AM by Johnm »

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Re: Robert Johnson lyrics
« Reply #78 on: October 29, 2020, 09:07:02 AM »
Definitely ‘know by that’ IMO.

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Re: Robert Johnson lyrics
« Reply #79 on: October 29, 2020, 09:58:51 AM »
Definitely ‘know by that’ IMO.

I agree. Also that last vocal aside I'm pretty sure is "Oh, honey" instead of "All my life."

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Re: Robert Johnson lyrics
« Reply #80 on: October 29, 2020, 06:28:12 PM »
Alright, I made the corrections. Thanks all.

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Re: Robert Johnson lyrics
« Reply #81 on: September 30, 2021, 11:20:23 AM »
Phonograph Blues (Take 1)


Robert Johnson – Vocals, Guitar

November 23, 1936
San Antonio, Texas

Standard tuning, A position





Beatrice, she got a phonograph, and it won't say a lonesome word
Beatrice, she got a phonograph, but it won't say a lonesome word
What evil have I done, what evil has the poor girl heard

Beatrice, I love my phonograph, but you have broke my windin’ chain
Beatrice, I love my phonograph, hoo, honey, I’ve broke my windin’ chain
And you've taken my lovin’, and give it to your other man

Now, we played it on the sofa now, we played it ‘side the wall, my needles have got rusty baby, they will not play at all
We played it on the sofa, and we played it 'side the wall
But my needles have got rusty, and it will not play at all

Beatrice, I go crazy, baby, I will lose my mind
And I go crazy, honey, I will lose my mind
Why’n’t ya bring your clothes back home, and try me one more time

She got a phonograph, and it won't say a lonesome word
She got a phonograph, hoo, won't say a lonesome word
What evil have I done, or what evil have the poor girl heard
« Last Edit: September 30, 2021, 11:27:53 AM by Harry »

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Re: Robert Johnson lyrics
« Reply #82 on: September 30, 2021, 01:02:10 PM »
Thanks for posting that, Harry, it sounds spot on to me.
All best,
Johnm

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