See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Blind Lemon Jefferson)

for this titel are also Walter Lewis (together with Lemon Jefferson), Robert Pete Williams, Glenn Hughes... registered for the copyright [GEMA]

Sources:

GEMA

Sheet Music:

Recordings:

1927 - Deacon L.J. Bates - Chicago IL - c Oct. 1927 - 20074-1,2 Paramount 12585 - Blind Lemon Jefferson (v,g)

1928 - Blind Lemon Jefferson - Chicago IL - c Feb. 1928 - 20374-1 Paramount 12608 - Blind Lemon Jefferson (v,g) -

1930 - Son House - May 28, 1930 - Grafton WI - ? Paramount unissued? - Son House (v,g)

1933 - Carter Family - June 17, 1933 - Camden NJ - 76285 Victor 23835 - A.P. Carter (v), Sara Carter (v,g), Maybelle Carter (v,g)

1959 - Lightnin' Hopkins - Houston TX - Jan.16, 1959 - on: Hopkins, Lightnin' - Lightnin' Hopkins (v,g)

(1959) - Hobart Smith - Aug. 24, 1959 - Bluefield VA - field recording by Alan Lomax

1959 - Roosevelt Charles, Otis Webster - 1952-59 - on: Angola Prisoners' Blues - "Have You Ever Heard the Church Bells Tone"

1961 - Bob Dylan - Dec. 22, 1961 - Minneapolis MN (Bonnie Beecher's Apartment "Hotel Room") - (recorded by Tony Glover) - Bob Dylan

(1962) - Bob Dylan -- NYC - Sony, on: The 50th Anniversary Collection/The Copyright Extension Collection Vol. I (released 2012) - Bob Dylan - [Mackenzie Home Tapes]

1962 - Bob Dylan - New York City - Nov. 22, 1961 - Columbia, on: Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan (v,g)

(1962) - Bob Dylan - New York City (Gaslight Café) - Oct. 15, 1962 - Power, on: Gaslight Tapes (released 2003) - Bob Dylan (v,g)

1962 - John Hammond - on: John Hammond - John Hammond (v,g)

1967 - Bob Dylan - Oct./Nov. 1967 - West Saugerties NY - Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm

1967 - Furry Lewis - Memphis TN - 1967 - Arhoolie 1041 - on: Mississippi Delta Blues -

(1968) - Furry Lewis - Memphis TN (at 247 South Fourth Street (Furry Lewis' home)) - Sept. 6, 1968 - Matchbox SDR 190, on: The Memphis Blues of Furry Lewis

1969 - Furry Lewis - Memphis TN (Ardent Studios) - July 21, 1968 - Blue Horizon 4605, on: Presenting the Country Blues

1978 - Heaven & Earth feat. Stuart Smith - on: Heaven & Earth

1988 - The Dream Syndicate - on: Ghost Stories

1992 - Diamanda Galas - 1992 - on: The Singer, Mute

1995 - James Solberg Band - on: See That My Grave is Kept Clean

1997 - Kelly Joe Phelps - Aug 26, 1997 - on: Roll Away the Stone

1998 - Geoff Bartley - on: One Kind Word

1998 - Bill Rhoades & Alan Hager - on: Runnin' & Ramblin'

1998 - Paul Disciples - on: The R&B Scene

2000 - Rancho Deluxe - on: Joyride to the Urban Westworld

2001 - Mick Farren & the Deviants - on: On Your Knees, Earthlings!!!

2001 - Three Bean Salad - on: Shut Up and Eat Your Beans

2002 - Dockery Dawgs - on: Moan

2003 - Beru's Ash - on: Beru's Ash

2003 - Lou Reed - on: Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues - The Soul Of A Man [Soundtrack]

2004 - Mavis Staples - Columbia, on: Lightning in a Bottle

2005 - Keith Knight - on: Hammer Thru the Silence

2005 - Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers - on: Body of Work

2005 - Los Super Seven - Sept. 20-26, 2004 - on: Heard It on the X

2005 - Tammerlin-Lee Hunter & Arvid Smith - on: One Kind Favor, Birds Tale

2006 - Malcolm Scarpa & Naco Goni - on: Berriz Blues Sessions

2006 - Deep Ellum Blues - on: From Lemon To Lead Belly To T-Byrd

2006 - Grassy Knoll Boys - 2004 - Genuine, on: Buckeyed Rabbit

2006 - Paris James - on: Death Letter

2006 - Simon London - on: Saturday Night Live

2007 - Paul Jones, Dave Kelly - SPV, on: Live at the Ram Jam Club

2007 - Austin "Walkin' Cane" Charanghat - on: Murder Of A Blues Singer

2007 - Dan Treanor/Jack Hadley - on: Brothers, Blood & Bone

2008 - B.B. King - Los Angeles CA - Sept. 24/25, 2007 - Geffen, on: One Kind Favor - B.B. King (v,g), Dr. John (p), Nathan East, Mike Elizondo (b), Jim Keltner, Jay Bellerose (d,perc), Eugene "Snooky" Young, Darrell Leonard (tr), Ricky Woodard, Charles Owens II (ts), Ernie Fields, Jr. (bs), Jeffrey Clayton (as), Neil Larsen (org), Ira Nepus (tb), Johnny Lee Schell (g)

2008 - Bjorn Berge - on: Live in Europe

2008 - Totta Näslund - Nov 26/27 2001 - on: Totta, Vol. 5: Turnen

2009 - Nokie Edwards/Art Greenhaw - Greenhaw, on: Deep Ellum Blues

2009 - The Slow Poisoner - on: Magic Casket

2009 - Atwater-Donelly - on: Weaver's Bonny

2012 - B.B. King - June 28, 2011 - London UK - Universal, on: B.B. King and Friends Live at the Royal Albert Hall - B.B. King, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Ronnie Wood, Mick Hucknall, Slash...

? - Gashouse Dave

? - David Wexler - on: In the Tradition

 

see also: Son House: Mississippi County Farm Blues

Version Blind Lemon Jefferson:

Well it's one kind of favor I'll ask of you,
Well it's one kind of favor I'll ask of you,
Lord it's one kind of favor I'll ask of you,
Please that my grave is kept clean.

It's a long old lane ain't got no end,
It's a long lane that got no end,
It's a long lane that got no end,
And it's a bad wind that never change.

Lord, it's two white horses in a line,
Well, it's two white horses in a line,
Well, it's two white horses in a line,
Want take me to my burying ground.

My heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold,
My heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold,
Well, my heart stopped beating, Lord, my hands turned cold,
It wasn't long 'fore service by the cypress grove.

Have you ever heard that coffin sound?
Have you ever heard that coffin sound?
Have you ever heard that coffin sound?
Than you know the poor boy's in the ground.

Oh, dig my grave with a silver spade,
But dig my grave with a silver spade,
Well, dig my grave with a silver spade,
You may leave me down with a golden chain.

Have you ever heard that church bells tone [toll?]?
Have you ever heard that church bells tone?
Have you ever hear them church bells tone?
Than you know that the poor boy is dead and gone.

Version Bob Dylan:

Well there's one kind of favor I'll ask of you,
Well there's one kind of favor I'll ask of you,
There's just one kind of favor I'll ask of you,
You can see that my grave is kept clean.

And there's two white horses following me,
And there's two white horses following me,
I got two white horses following me,
Waiting on my burying ground.

Did you ever hear that coffin sound?
Did you ever hear that coffin sound?
Did you ever hear that coffin sound?
Means another poor boy is underground.

Did you ever hear them church bells toll?
Did you ever hear them church bells toll?
Did you ever hear them church bells toll?
Means another poor boy is dead and gone.

And my heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold,
And my heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold,
And my heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold,
Now I believe what the Bible told.

There's just one last favor I'll ask of you,
And there's one last favor I'll ask of you,
There's just one last favor I'll of for you,
See that my grave is kept clean.