Terraplane Blues (Robert Johnson)

Frank Edwards Jr. also owns the copyright on a song with this title [GEMA]


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


1937 - Robert Johnson - San Antonio, Texas - Nov. 23, 1936 - ARC 7-03-56 Vocalion 03416 (2 takes, second take unissued) - 3'00 - Robert Johnson (v,g) - guitar part similar to "Stones in my Passway", "Milkcow's Calf Blues" - listen on Wikimedia

Terraplane Blues by Robert Johnson, Vocalion Records

1963 - Big Joe Williams- 1963? - Chicago IL - Stackohits 9035, on: Blues From the South Side - Big Joe Williams (v,g)

1964 - Big Joe Williams- July 29/Sept. 26, 1964 - Chicago IL - Milestone 3001, on: Classic Delta Blues - Big Joe Williams (v,g)

1965 - Johnny Shines -Vanguard VRS 9218 - "Dynaflow Blues"

1973 - Paul Williams & Friends - on: In Memory of Robert Johnson

1975 - Foghat - on: Fool for the City

1977 - Robert Lockwood Jr. - on: Does 12

1980 - Richie Arndt & The Bluenatics - on: Voodoo

1983 - Richard Weihs - Extraplatte, on: Blueslieder - "Autoterror"

1988 - Roy Rodgers - San Francisco CA - Blind Pig 2687, on: Slidewinder - John Lee Hooker (v), Roy Rogers (g)

1990 - Ron Thompson - Winner, on: Just Like a Devil

1991 - Rory Block - on: Mama's Blues

1996 - Rearl Blues Frizz - on: Down the Tracks

1999 - Paul Geremia - The Devil's Music

1999 - Peter Green Splinter Group - on: Soho Session

1999 - Tom Shaka - on: Keep On Keepin' On

2000 - HP Lange - Ain't Jivin'

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

2002 - Blues Plate Special - on: Hot'n Tasty

2002 - Catfish Stevenson - on: Heart, Mind & Soul

2003 - Elam McKnight - Braid My Hair

2003 - Little Joe McLerran - on: Son Piedmont and the Blues Krewe

2004 - Eric Clapton - on: Sessions for Robert J

2004 - Tony McPhee & The Groundhogs - on: High On the Hog

2005 - Elliott Murphy With Oliver Durand - on: Murphy Gets Muddy

2006 - Dion - on: Bronx in Blue

2006 - Mickey Baker - on: Mississippi Delta Blues

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

2007 - Blind Will Dukes - on: The Road to Robert Johnson and Beyond

2007 - Eli Cook - on: Miss Blues'es Child

2007 - Foghat - on: Live II

2008 - D. Johnson - on: Doney Blues

2008 - James Faron - on: Son of Cain

2008 - John-Alex Mason - on: Town and Country

2008 - A Night in the Box - on: Write a Letter

2009 - Paltàn Blues Band - on: Tuta Stanote - "La balila"


see also Dynaflow Blues

And I feel so lonesome,
You'll hear me when I moan.
When I feel so lonesome,
You hear me when I moan.
Who been drivin' my terraplane
For you since I've been gone?

I'd said I flashed your lights, mama,
Your horn won't even blow.
(spoken: Somethin' bad's been runnin' those batteries down in this machine)
I even flash my lights, mama,
This horn won't even blow.
Got a short in this connection,
Hoo, well, babe, its way down below.

I'm on hoist your hood, momma,
I'm bound to check your oil.
I'm on hoist your hood, momma, mmmm
I'm bound to check your oil.
I got a woman that I'm lovin',
Way down in Arkansas.

Now you know, the coils ain't even buzzin',
Little generator won't get the spark.
Motors in a bad condition,
You gotta have these batteries charged.
But I'm cryin', please,
Please, don't do me wrong.
Who been drivin my terraplane now for you
Hoo, since I've been gone?

Mr Highwayman,
Please, don't block the roa`.
Ple-hease don't block the roa`.
'Cause she's reachin' a cold one hundred
And I'm booked I gotta go.

Mmm mmm
mmmm mmmm mmm
You ooo oooo oooo
You hear me weep and moan.
Who been drivin my terraplane now
For you since I've been gone?

I'm on get deep down in this connection,
Keep on tanglin with your wires.
I'm on get deep down in this connection,
Hoo, well keep on tanglin with your wire.s
And when I mash down your little starter,
Then your spark plug will give me a fire.