Big Road Blues (Tommy Johnson)

Sources:

in: David Evans: Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in Folk Blues. Da Capo Press, 1982

Sheet Music:

Peer Int. Corp.

Recordings:

1928 - Tommy Johnson - Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 3, at Memphis Auditorium - 41837-2 Victor 21279 Tommy Johnson (v,g), Charlie McCoy (g) -

1935 - Poor Boy Lofton - "Dirty Mistreater" (diff. verses)

1945 - Big Maceo Merriweather - Oct. 15, 1945 - Chicago IL - Big Maceo (v,p), Tampa Red (g), Charles Sanders (d)

1965 - Alexis Korner Blues Inc. - on: Sky High

1966 - Mager Johnson

1954 - K.C. Douglas - 1952 - Cook 5002, on: A Deadbeat Guitar and the Mississippi Blues-Street corner blues 'bout women and automobiles

1960 - K.C. Douglas - May 1960 - Arhoolie 1005, on: I Have To Paint My Face-A Random Collection of Mississippi Blues (released 1980)

1961 - K.C. Douglas - Feb. 5, 1961 - Stockton CA - Bluesville 1050, on: Big Road Blues

1968 - Roosevelt Holts

1968 - Gordon Smith

1973 - Canned Heat - on: Rollin' and Tumblin'

1980 - Boogie Bill Webb - L+R 42.030, on: An Introduction to Living Country Blues USA, 1980

1984 - Houston Stackhouse

1987 - Tav Falco's Panther Burns - on: World We Knew

1990 - Paul Rishell - on: Blues on a Holiday

1991 - Rory Block - on: Mama's Blues

1992 - Matchbox Bluesband - on: Live Recording Extravagan

1992 - Madcat & Kane - Schoolkids, on: Key to the Highway

1994 - Robert Lowery - on: Earthquake Blues

1995 - Honeyboy Edwards - on: I've Been Around

1996 - John Sebastian And The J-Band - on: I Want My Roots

1996 - Terry Frank - on: Devil By Her Side

1998 - Richard Ray Farrell

1999 - Bill Webb - on: Living Country Blues: An Anthology

1999 - Rusty Zinn - on: Confession'

2001 - Bill & Libby Hicks - on: South Of Nowhere

2002 - Dockery Dawgs - on: Moan

2002 - David Evans - May 28-31, 2001 - Inside Sounds, on: Match Box Blues

2002 - Erin Harpe - on: Blues Roots

2003 - Corey Harris - on: Mississippi To Mali

2003 - John Lee Hooker - 1996-2001 - Eagle 20023, on: Face To Face - John Lee Hooker (v,g), Jack Casady (b), Marlon Green (d), Robert Young , Roy Rogers, Warren Haynes (g)

2003 - Fruteland Jackson - on: Blues 2.0

2003 - Wild Carrot - on: Defined

2004 - Michael Herman - on: Everyday Living

2004 - Sean Costello - on: Sean Costello

2005 - Alan Hager - on: Somethin' Up My Sleeve

2006 - Bo Weavil - on: Mo' Diggin'

2007 - Bert Deivert - on: Takin' Sam's Advice

2007 - Don Scott - on: Some Other Day

2007 - Eleanor Ellis - on: Comin' a Time

2007 - Mare Edstrom - on: Sugar Sweet

2007 - Mack Evans - on: Lowdown

2008 - Bob Long and Keith Miller - on: I Wonder to Myself

2008 - Donovan Roberts - on: Are You Alone

2009 - Blind Lemon Pledge - on: Livin' My Life With the Blues

2009 - The Blues Preachers - on: Dry So Long

2009 - The Blueskings - on: Money Lover

2009 - Gee Gee & Soluna - on: Streetwise

? - Tampa Red & Big Maceo

 

see also: Down the Big Road Blues - Mattie Delaney (rec. between 1927-35)


Cryin', ain't goin' down this big road by myself.
A-don't ya hear me talkin', pretty mama?
Lord, ain't goin' down this big road by myself.
If I don't carry you gon' carry somebody else.

Cryin, sun gon' shine in my backdoor, someday.
A-don't ya hear me talkin', pretty mama?
Lord, sun gon' shine in my backdoor, someday.
A wind gon' change all blow my blues away.

Baby, what made you do things you do-do-do like you do-do-do?
Don't you hear me, now?
What made you do me like you do-do-do?
Now, you think 'gon do me like you done to po' old Cherry Red.

Take the poor boy's money, now sho' nuff, you won't take mine.
A-don't ya hear me talkin', pretty mama?
Taken this poor boy's money sho' nuff, won't take mine.
Taken the po' boy's money, now sure t' God, you won't take mine.

Cryin', ain't goin' down this big road by myself.
A-don't you hear me talkin', pretty mama?
Lord, ain't goin' down this big road by myself.
If I don't car' you gon' carry somebody else.

Cryin', sun gon' shine on my back door someday.
A-don't you hear me talkin', pretty mama?
Know sun gon' shine in my back door someday.
And a wind gon' change and blow my blues away.