32-20 Blues (Roosevelt Sykes) (Robert Johnson)

lyrics partly taken from the Skip James Song "22-20 Blues" (1931) and "See See Rider", melody similar to "Some Scream High Yellow" (Bo Weavil Jackson)

McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters), Paul Williams and Rüdiger Feuerbach also own the copyrght on songs with the same title [GEMA]

Sources:

Gissing, Werner: Mississippi Delta Blues: Formen und Texte von Robert Johnson (1911-1938). (Beiträge zur Jazzforschung. Studies in Jazz Research). Graz, 1986.

Sheet Music:

King of Spades Music

Early Blues Songbook: a collection of early blues in words and music / Paul Oliver. London u.a., 1982 (Copyright 1931) [Version Roosevelt Sykes]

Recordings:

1930 - Roosevelt Sykes - June 12, 1930 - Cincinnati OH - 62901-2 Victor 38619 - Willie Kelly (v,p)

1937 - Robert Johnson - Nov. 26, 1936 - San Antonio TX - SA-2616-2 ARC 7-04-60, Vocalion 03445 - Robert Johnson (v,g)

1942 - Muddy Waters - July 1942 - Clarksdale MS? - 6667-B-3 Library of Congress unissued. Chess 9344, on: The Complete Plantation Recordings, The Historic 1941-42 Library of Congress Field Recordings (released 1993) - McKinley Morganfield (v,g), Charles Berry (g)

1964 - John Hammond - Universe, on: Country Blues

1973 - Back Door - Warner Bros., on: 8th Street Nites

1974 - Chain - Mushroom, on: The History of Chain

(1975) - Johnny Shines - Feb. 19-21, 1975 - on: "Live" in Europe 1975 (released 2005)

(1993) - Bob Dylan - Malibu CA - Columbia, on: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 – Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989–2006 (released 2008) - Bob Dylan (v,g) - [unreleased World Gone Wrong]

1994 - Dave Kelly - on: When the Blues Come to Call

1995 - Cassandra Wilson - on: New Moon Daughter

1996 - The Charlatans - on: First Album & Alabama Bound

1997 - Dr. Porkchop - on: I get All the Blues

1998 - Ken Hamm - on: Galvanized!

1999 - Robert Lowery - 1997 - Wolf, on: Goin' Away Blues

1999 - Julian Mokhtar - on: About Time

2000 - Robert Lockwood Jr. - on: Delta Crossroads

2000 - Harlem Slim - Harlem Slim, on: Delta Thug

2003 - Ron Hacker & The Hacksaws - Hacksaw, on: Burnin'

2003 - John Hammond - on: At the Crossroads: The Blues of Robert Johnson

2003 - Michel Montecrossa's Michel & Bob Dylan Fest

2004 - Eric Clapton - on: Me and Mr. Johnson

2005 - Farlow-Kirch Band - on: Alligator Crawl

2005 - The Greg Foresman Band - on: De Nada

2005 - Johnny Winter - on: Blooze Rock Masters: Pneumonia Blues

2006 - Incarnation-Smallwood-Roth - on: The Best of Jerry Jemmott & Souler Energy

2006 - M. Scott Horn - on: Fake as the Blue

2006 - Paris James - on: Death Letter

2006 - Rory Block - Rykodisc, on: The Lady and Mr. Johnson

2007 - Blue Mozart - Bones Don't Float Records, on: Undercover of the Blues

2007 - Axe Masterson - on: Black Porch Serenade

2007 - Little Joe McLerran - on: Live at Last

2008 - Bob Dylan - on: The Bootleg Series 8: Tell Tale Signs - Rec. 1993

2008 - The Biscuit Rollers - Catawba, on: South-Bound Freight Train

2008 - D. Johnson - on: Doney Blues

2008 - Dago Red - on: Folk'n Blues Memories and Other Tails

2008 - Doug Simmons - on: Johnson's Muddy Farm

2008 - W.D. Dailey - on: Wild Bill's Blues

2009 - Ben Prestage - Ben Prestage, on: Live in Pineapple Willy's

2009 - Palatàn Blues Band - on: Tuta Stanote - "La s'ciopa"

2009 - Travelin' Hellhound - on: Travelin' Hellhound

Version Roosevelt Sykes:
Now I got a 32-20, shoot just like a 45.
Now I got a 32-20, shoot just like a 45.
Lord, if I ever go at my woman, I'm gonna bring her dead or alive.

Lord, I carry my 32-20 in my right hand.
Lord, I carry my 32-20 in my right hand.
Lord, I shoot my woman that waste her time with that monkey man.

Yes sir, all your men look alike to me.
Yes sir, all your men look alike to me.
Lord, if I catch you with my woman, you might as well be dead in the deep blue sea.

Lawd, I shoot steel jackets and no lead balls at all.
Lawd, I shoot steel jackets, well, no lead balls at all.
Lawd, if I ever shoot you, you will see St. Peter or St. Paul.

Now I see you going down thru the lonesome lane.
Now I see you going down thru the lonesome lane.
Now ev'rybody got this thirty-two twenty of mine the same.

Version Robert Johnson:

I sent for my baby,
And she don't come.
I sent for my baby,
Man, and she don't come.
All the doctors in Hot Springs
Sure can't help her none.

And if she gets unruly,
Thinks she don't want mo.
If she gets unruly,
And thinks she don't want mo.
Take my 32-20, now,
And cut her half in two.

She got a 38 special,
But I believe it's most too light.
She got a 38 special,
But I believe it's most too light.
I got a 32-20,
Got to make the camps alright.

If I send for my baby,
Man, and she don't come.
If I send for my baby,
Man, and she don't come.
All the doctors in Hot Springs
Sure can't help her none.

I'm gonna shoot my pistol,
Gotta shoot my Gatlin' gun.
I'm gonna shoot my pistol,
Gotta shoot my Gatlin' gun.
You made me love you,
Now your man have come.

Aw,
Baby, where you stay last night?
Ah,
Baby, where you stay last night?
You got your hair all tangled,
And you ain't talkin' right.

Got a 38 special,
Boys, it do very well.
Got a 38 special,
Boys, it do very well.
I Got a 32-20 now,
and it's a burnin' -.

If I send for my baby,
Man and she don't come.
If I send for my baby,
Man and she don't come.
All the doctors in Wisconsin
Sure can't help her none.

Hey hey,
Baby, where you stay last night.
Hey hey,
Baby, where you stay last night.
You didn't come home,
Until the sun was shinin bright.

Ah,
Boys, I just can't take my rest.
Ah,
Boys, I just can't take my rest.
With this 32-20,
Layin up and down my breast.