Preaching Blues (Robert Johnson)

partly taken from Son House "Preachin The Blues" and "Walkin' Blues"


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


1937 - Robert Johnson - San Antonio, Texas - Nov. 27, 1936 - Vocalion 04630 (2 takes, take 1 first released on Columbia CL1654) - Robert Johnson (voc, g)

1981 - The Gun Club - Fire Of Love

1982 - Rocky Hill - on: Texas Shuffle

1987 - Katzenjammer Kids - on: Beep'm All

1991 - Backsliders - on: Hellhound

1992 - Angela Motter - on: Outta Control

2000 - Peter Green / Nigel Watson - on: Hot Foot Powder

2000 - Radiotones - on: Whiskey'd Up

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

2002 - Dylan-Thomas Vance - on: Cowboy Soul and Country Blues Vol.1

2002 - Jeremy Lions & The Deltabilly Boys - on: FestivaLink

2002 - Mighty Orq - on: Prayer Book

2003 - Ben Prestage - on: Beale Street

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

2004 - Melanie Mason - on: Lonesome Is I

2005 - Chris English - on: Lowdown In the House

2005 - John-Alex Mason - on: Live Fire

2005 - Phil Shöenfelt - on: Deep Horizon (version Son House?)

2006 - Ken Hamm - on: Live '05

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

2007 - Axe Masterson - on: Back Porch Sereande

2007 - Robert Lighthouse - on: Deep Down In the Mud

2009 - Steve Hill & The Majestiks - on: The Damage Gone







Mm, I woke up this mornin',
Got the blues, walkin' like a man.
I woke up this mornin',
Got the blues, walkin' like a man.
Worried blues,
Give me your right han'.

And the blues fell, mama's chil'
Tore me all upside down
Blues fell, mama's chil'
And it tore me all upside down.
Travel on, poor Bob,
Just can't turn you 'roun'.

The blu-u-u-u-ues
is a lowdown shakin' chill.
(spoken: Yes, preach 'em now).
is a lowdown shakin' chill.
You ain't never had 'em, I
Hope you never will.

Well, the blues
is a achin' old heart disease
(spoken: Do it. now. You gon' do it? Tell me all about it.)
Let the blues
is a low-down achin' heart disease.
Like consumption
killin' me by degrees.

I can study rain
oh, oh drive, oh, oh, drive my blues.
I been studyin' the rain and (or: I been stutterinin'?)
I'm 'on drive my blues away
Goin' to stay away (or: Goin' to the 'stil'ry?),
stay out there all day.