Walking Blues (Son House)

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Recordings:

1941 - Son House - Aug. 24-31, 1941 - Lake Cormorant MS (Library of Congress) - Takoma TAK 7081, on: Walking Blues (released 1979) - Son House (v,g), Willie Brown (g), Fiddlin' Joe Martin (sp,mand), Leroy Williams (h) - Version 1

1942 - Son House - 1941/42 - ? (Library of Congress, Alan Lomax) - Roots RSE 1, on: The Legendary 1941-1942 Recordings In Chronological Sequence (released 1972)

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

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

1974 - Son House - Toronto Island CAN - Private Records PR2, on: Son House (1964-1974) (released 1987) - Son House

1990s -- Taj Mahal - Houston TX, Hillsboro, NC - Analogue Productions, on LP: Labor of Love (released 2016) - Taj Mahal (v,g,bj,p,h,b), Neal Pattman (v,h), Algia Mae Hinton, Cootie Stark, John Dee Holeman (v,g), Cool John Ferguson, Etta Baker (g), Ardie Dean (d)

1991 - The Amos Garrett Doug Sahm Gene Talyor Band - on: Live in Japan

1996 - Gerry Amos - on: Off the Floor Live!

1998 - Tom Principato - on: Really Blue

2000 - John Fiddler - on: The Big Buffalo (Robert Johnson version?)

2001 - Blues Company - on: Two Nights Only-Live

2004 - Jo Ann Kelly (version 2)

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

2006 - Peter King - on: The Road to Ubatuba

2009 - NJ Buckingham - on: The Lost Demos (Robert Johnson version?)

2016 - Taj Mahal - 1990s - Houston TX, Hillsboro, NC - Analogue Productions, on LP: Labor of Love (released 2016) - Taj Mahal (v,g,bj,p,h,b), Neal Pattman (v,h), Algia Mae Hinton, Cootie Stark, John Dee Holeman (v,g), Cool John Ferguson, Etta Baker (g), Ardie Dean (d)

Version 1:

Well, got up this mornin’ feelin’ round for my shoes
No doubt that I got them walkin’ blues
I said, I got up this mornin’ I was feelin’ round for my shoes
I said you know I got them, I got them walkin’ blues

If you ain’t had them, I hope you never will
Ohh, the blues ain’t nothin’ but a low down shakin’ chill
Well now, if you ain’t had them boy, then I hope you never will

Mmm, when you get worried, drop me a line
But don’t go crazy honey, I’m going to lose my mind
I said, when you get worried, sit down and drop me a line
Mmm, if I don’t go crazy honey, I’m going to lose my mind

Mmm, your hair ain’t curly and your doggone eyes ain’t blue
If you don’t want me, what in the world do I want with you?
Oh, your hair ain’t curly and your doggone eyes ain’t blue
I said now if you don’t want me, what in the world do I want with you?

Ohh, don’t a man feel bad when the good Lords’ sun go down
He don’t have no partner to throw his arms around
Can’t a man feel bad I said when the good Lord’s sun go down
I said, he don’t have a soul not to throw his arms around

Ohh, look a here baby, what you want me to do,
I’ve done all I could just to get along with you
Ohh, look a here honey, what you want me to do,
I said I’ve done all I could honey just to get along with you

You know I love my baby like a cow loves to chew her cud
I’m layin’ here though I ain’t doin’ no good.
I love you honey like a cow loves to chew her cud
I’m layin’ around here baby but I sure ain’t doin’ no good

You know the minutes seemed like hours, hours seemed like days
Seemed like my baby done stopped her low down ways.
You know the minutes seem like hours, I said hours seemed like days
You know it seemed like my baby done stopped her old low down ways.

I’m goin’ to the gypsy now to have my fortune told
I believe somebody’s stealin’ my jellyroll
I’m goin’ to the gypsy I believe I’ll have my fortune told
‘Cause I believe somebody is tryin’ to steal my jellyroll

Ohh, I got up this morning feelin’ so sick and bad
Thinkin’ about the good times that I once have had
Ohh, got up this morning feelin’ so sick and bad
You know I was thinkin’ about the good times that I once have had

Sun is goin’ down behind that old western hill
Yeah, oh born {?}on a western hill
And I believe I’m gonna gets my woman still

You know I’m goin’ away, I’m gonna stay a long time
I ain’t comin’ back here ‘til you change your mind
Oh, I’m goin’ away, I believe I’m stayin’ a long time
I said I ain’t comin’ back honey until you change your mind.

Version 2:

Well did you get that letter, I mailed in your back yard?
Oh, that I mailed in your back yard
It's mighty sad to say that the best friend you had got to part

Well I got a letter this morning, how do you reckon it read?
I got a letter this morning, how do you reckon it read?
Said, hurry, hurry, 'cause the girl you love is dead

You know I got my suitcase and I took out down the road
Mmm, took out down the road
But when I got there, she was laying on the cooling board

You know I walked up close and I looked down in her face
Mmm, I peeped down in her face
You's a good old girl, but you got delivered to judgement day

You know I turned around and I slowly walked away
Mmm, I slowly walked away
Says you's a good old girl but I just can't take your place.

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