If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day (Robert Johnson)

similar to "Roll and Tumble Blues" (Hambone Willie Newbern, 1939, Ok 8679)

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:

Recordings:

1961 - Robert Johnson - San Antonio, Texas - Nov. 27, 1936 - Columbia CL1654 (2 takes, take 2 unissued) - Robert Johnson (v,g)

1994 - Lonnie Pitchford - March 28, 1992-March 6, 1994 - Rooster Blues, on: All Around Man

1995 - Guy Davis - on: Stomp Down Rider

1997 - Geoff Bartley - on: Hear That Wind Howl

1998 - D Johnson - on: Mississippi Delta Blues

1999 - Geoff Bartley - Waterbug, on: Hear That Wind Howl

1999 - Peter Green Splinter Group - on: Soho Session

2003 - Chris Thomas King - July 1998-Feb. 28, 1999 - on: The Roots: The Soul of Chris Thomas King

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

2009 - The Palátan Blues Band - on: Tuta Stanote - "Se el di gel decidesse mi"

 

 

 

 

 

see also Rollin' and Tumblin'

If I had possession
Over judgment day,
If I had possession
Over judgment day,
Lord, the li'l woman I'm lovin'
Wouldn't have no right to pray.

An' I went to the mountain,
Lookin' far as my eyes could see.
An' I went to the mountain
Lookin' far as my eye could see.
Some other man got my woman
And the lonesome blues got me.

And I rolled and I tumbled
And I cried the whole night long.
And I rolled and I tumbled
And I cried the whole night long.
Boy, I woke up this mornin'
My biscuit roller gone.

Had to fold my arms
And I slowly walked away.
(spoken: I didn't like the way she done)
Had to fold my arms
And I slowly walked away.
I said in my mind,
"Yo," trouble gon' come some day.

Now run here, baby,
Set down on my knee.
Now run here, baby,
Set down on my knee.
I wanna tell you all about
The way they treated me.