Walkin' (Walking) Blues (Robert Johnson)

partly taken from Son House

registered for the copyright on the titel "Walkin' Blues" are also Richard Bergmann, Gerry Mulligan, Lucille Bogan, R L Burnside and Frank Schut [GEMA]

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:

King of Spades Music

Recordings:

1937 - Robert Johnson - San Antonio, Texas - Nov. 27, 1936 - Vocalion 03601 (2 takes, take 2 unissued) - Robert Johnson (v,g)

1950 - Muddy Waters - Chicago IL - Feb. - Chess U 7238 - Muddy Waters (v,g), Big Crawford (b), Elga Edmonds (Elgin Evans) (d)

1962 - Big Joe Williams - Oct. 7, 1961 - New York City - Bluesville BVLP 1056, on: Blues For Nine Strings - Big Joe Williams (v,g), Larry Johnson (h), Willie Dixon (b)

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

1966 - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - on: East-West (mixed version)

1971 - Bonnie Raitt - on: Bonnie Raitt

1973 - Back Door - on: 8th Streets Nites

1975 - Hot Tuna - on: America's Choice

1977 - Das dritte Ohr - on: Pur

1981 - Rory Block - on: High Heeled Blues

1983 - Hip Linkchain & Pinetop Perkins - on: Change My Blues

1984 - Tucker Smallwood

1985 - James "Sparkey" Rucker - on: American Folk Blues Festival '85

1985 - Jorma Kaukonen - on: Magic

1985 - Rory Gallagher - in Montreux 1985 (YouTube) - (mixed version)

1989 - Grateful Dead - on: Download Series Vol.9

1998 - Robert Lockwood Jr. - on: I Got To Find Me A Woman

1990 - Hindu Love Gods - on: Hindu Love Gods

1990 - Joanna Connor - on: Joanna Connor Band

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

1992 - Eric Clapton - on: Unplugged

1995 - Guy Davis - on: Stomp Down Rider

1995 - Jorma Kaukonen - on: Magic Two

1995 - Tony Samo - on: It's a Blues Thing

1996 - Bryan Jacobs - on: Remington Steel

1996 - Hans Theessink - on: Mustique Blues Festival 1996

1996 - Robert Lockwood Jr. - on: I got to find me a woman - May 7-9, 1996 - Robert Lockwood Jr. (v,g)

1997 - Kristina Olsen - on: Live From Around the World

1998 - The Dermot Byrne Blues Combo - on: Raw Whiskey Blues

1998 - Holly Figueroa - on: Three Chord Plea

1998 - Peter Green Splinter Group - on: The Robert Johnson Songbook

1999 - Chilli Willi and teh Red Hot Peppers - on: I'll Be Home

1999 - Seattle Woman - on: Backporch Gossip

1999 - Steve Cohen - on: Duo Personality

2000 - John Fiddler - The Big Buddalo (Son House version?)

2000 - Bryan Jacobs - Orchard, on: Remington Steel

2001 - Keith Brown - on: Hellhound On My Trail

2001 - Susan Tedeschi & The Derek Trucks Band - on: Hellhound On My Trail

2002 - Aynsley Lister - on: Supakev N Pilchards

2002 - Buddy Greene & Friends - on: Rufus

2002 - Jo Jo Blues - on: Somewhere In Long Beach

2002 - Mighty Orq - on: Prayer Book

2002 - The New Vintage Blues Band - on: Walkin' Blues

2002 - River City Blues Band - on: River City Blues Band

2002 - Robin O'Herin - on: Red, White and Blues

2003 - Austin "Walkin' Cane" - on: 706 Union Ave.

2003 - Joe Bonamassa - on: Blues Deluxe

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

2004 - Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts - on: Unchained

2004 - Circuit Riders - on: Sun Moon Mule

2005 - Matthew Cook - on: Another Piece of Me

2005 - Ash Grunwald - on: Live At the Corner

2005 - Black Cat Bone - on: Bone-ified Featuring Paul Deslauries

2005 - Montana - on: At the Crossroads

2005 - The Sherwood Blues Band - on: Here I Go (mixed R.Johnson a. S. House verses)

2006 - Albert Castiglia - on: A Stone's Throw

2006 - Bijou Street Blues Band - on: The Fredonia Sessions

2006 - Incarnation-Smallwood-Roth - on: The Best of Jerry Jemmott & Souler Energy

2006 - Ken Hamm - on: Live '05

2006 - Meg Hackett - on: If I Can Believe

2006 - Night-Creatures - on: Night-Creatures

2006 - Pickup the Harp - on: B

2006 - Roland Chadwick - on: Native Tongue

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

2006 - Vincent Druda - on: Blues With Attitude

2007 - Glenn Golden - on: Devil in Disguise

2007 - Incidents - on: Slow

2007 - The Spencer Davis Group - on: Official Bootleg & Unplugged

2007 - Towne Cryer - on: Get Ready

2007 - D.B. and the Dynaflow's - on: The Road I Go

2007 - Steve Hill - on: The Steve Hill Blues Band

2008 - Fabrizio Poggi & C Mambo - on: Mercy

2008 - Frank Latorre and the Kingbees - on: Frank Latorre and the Kingbees

2008 - Gordon Smith - on: The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions

2008 - Sam Rudin - on: Live and Kickin'

2009 - NJ Buckingham - on: The Lost Demos (Son House version?)

2009 - Front Porch Swing - on: The Back Room Sessions Vol.1

2009 - Medicine Head - One And One Is One

2009 - Pete Alderton - on: Cover My Blues

2009 - Sammy Vomácka - on: Ragtime, Blues & Jazz Guitar

 

 

I woke up this mornin',
Feelin' round for my shoes.
Know by that,
I got these old walkin' blues,
Well, woke up this mornin',
Feelin round for my shoes.
But you know by that,
I got these old walkin' blues.

Lord I feel like blowin'
My old lonesome horn.
Got up this mornin,
My little Bernice was gone.
Lord I feel like blowin'
My lonesome horn.
Well, I got up this mornin,
All I had was gone.

Well, leave this mornin',
If I have to, oh, ride the blind'.
I've been mistreated,
And I don't min' dyin.'
Leavin this mornin',
If I have to ride the blin'.
Babe, I've been mistreated,
Baby and I don't mind dyin'.

Well, some people tell me,
That the worried blues ain't bad.
Worst ol' feelin'
I most ever had.
Some people tell me,
That these old worried old blues ain't bad.
It's the worst ol' feelin',
I most ever had.

She got a elgin movement,
From her head down to her toe'.
Break in on a dollar
'Most anywhere she go.
Ooh, from her head down to her toe'
Lord, she break in on a dollar,
'Most anywhere she go.

Mixed version Son House/Robert Johnson/?:

Woke up this morning I looked around for my shoes
You know I had those mean old walking blues
Yeah, I woke up this morning I looked around for my shoes
Girl, I had those, uh, mean old walking blues

Some people tell me that worried blues ain't bad
It's the worst old feeling I ever had
People tell me that worried blues ain't bad
It's the worst old feeling, uh child, I ever had

Looks you ran to the ocean and the ocean runs to the sea
If I don't find my baby, don't bury me
Went to the ocean and the ocean went to the sea
Yeah, if I don't find my baby, oh yeah, don't bury me

Minutes seem like hours and hours seem like days
Since my baby started her low down ways
Minutes seem like hours and hours seem like days
Since my baby, uh, started her low down ways

I woke up this morning, people, I looked around for my shoes
You know I had those mean old walking blues
Yeah, I woke up this morning I looked around for my shoes
Yeah, you know I had those, uh, mean old walking blues