High Water Everywhere (Charlie Patton)

Sources:

Sheet Music:

Early Blues Songbook: a collection of early blues in words and music / Paul Oliver. London u.a., 1982– Copyright 1926

Recordings:

1929 - Charlie Patton - Grafton, Wisconsin - Oct., 1929 - L0059, L0060 Paramount 12909 - Charlie Patton (voc, g) - listen on Wikimedia

2000 - Dave "Honeboy" Edwards - Feb. 20/21, 1999 - APO, on: Shake 'Em on Down

2005 - Keith Knight - on: Hammer Through the Silence

2005 - Rory Block - Telarc, on: From the Dust

2006 - Joe Bonamassa - Prar, on: You & Me

2013 - Joe Bonamassa - July 3, 2012 - Vienna, Austria - Mascott, on: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House - Joe Bonnamassa (v,g), Gerry O'Connor (bj, fiddle), Mats Wester (nyckelharpa, mandola), Arlan schierbaum (harmonium, accordion,p,Glockenspiel), Lenny Castro (perc)

 

see also:

Bob Dylan: High Water (For Charley Patton) - on: Love And Theft (2001)

Part I:
Well, backwater done rose all around Sumner, now,
Drove me down the line.
Backwater done rose at Sumner, drove
Poor Charley down the line.
Ah, Lord, I'll tell the world the water,
Done crept through this town.

Lord, the whole round country, Lord
River has overflowed.
Lord, the whole round country,
Man, is overflowed.
(spoken:You know I can't stay here, I'll go where it's high, boy.)
I was goin' to the hilly country,
but, they got me barred.

Now, look-a here now at Leland
River was risin' high.
Look-a here boys aroun' Leland tell me,
River 's ragin' high.
(spoken: Boy, it's risin' over there, yeah)
I'm gonna move to Greenville
B'fore I leave, goodbye.

Look-a here the water now, Lordy,
Levee broke, rose most everywhere.
The water at Greenville and Leland,
Lord, it done rose everywhere.
(spoken: Boy, you can't never stay here)
I would go down to Rosedale
but they tell me there's water there.

Now, the water now, mama,
Done took Charley's town.
Well, they tell me the water,
Done took Charley's town.
(spoken: Boy, I'm goin' to Vicksburg)
Well, I'm goin' down to Vicksburg,
B'for I have mine.

I am goin' up that water,
where lands don't never flow.
Well, I'm goin' over the hill where water
Oh, don't never flow.
(spoken: Boy, hit Sharkey County and everything was down in Stovall)
But, that whole county was leavin',
over that Tallahatchie shore Boy,
(spoken: went to Tallahatchie and got it over there).

Lord, the water done rushed all ov',
Down old Jackson road.
Lord, the water done raised up,
Over the Jackson road.
(spoken: Boy, it starched my clothes)
I'm goin' back to the hilly country,
Won't be worried no more.

Part II:
Backwater at Blytheville,
Backed up all around.
Backwater at Blytheville,
Done took Joiner town.
It was fifty families and children
Come to sink and drown.

The water was risin'
Up at my friend's door.
The water was risin'
Up at my friend's door.
The man said to his women folk,
"Lord, we'd better go".

The water was risin',
Got up in my bed.
Lord, the water was rollin',
Got up to my bed.
I thought I would take a trip, Lord,
Out on the days I slept.

Oh, I can hear, Lord,
Lord, water upon my door.
(spoken: you know what I mean, look-a here)
I hear the ice, Lord,
Lord, was sinkin' down.
I couldn't get no boats there,
Marion City gone down.

So high the water was risin'
Our we're sinkin' down.
Man, the water was risin'
At places all around.
(spoken: At places all around)
It was fifty men and children
come to sink and drown.

Oh, Lordy,
women and grown men drown.
Oh,
women and children sinkin' down
(spoken: Lord, have mercy).
I couldn't see nobody's home and
Wasn't no one to be found.