Rope Stretchin’ Blues

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Overview

Here’s an interesting tune by Blind Blake, which rocks back and forth between Am and C, which makes for a kind of different playing experience. Compared to other Blind Blake tunes, this one’s probably one of the more accessible; it does include some of his intricate fingerstyle weavings between the bass-side and the treble-side (as well as a brief single-note solo), but the tempo is quite forgiving.

Workstation

Standard — EADGBE

I caught a stranger in my house and I busted his head with a club
I caught a stranger in my house, I busted his head with a club
I laid my coat, with his feet in a tub

I seen the sheriff comin’ and I jumped for the door
I seen the sheriff comin’, then I jumped for the door
But I jumped too late, the sheriff had done jumped before

They buried a man Thursday, just two short days you see
They buried a man Thursday, just two short days you see
And it makes me wonder what they gonna do to me

I killed a man and that there high wind howl
I killed a man and that there high wind howl
I’m sittin’ here wonderin’ if the woman worth it now

Mmm rope a-stretchin’ all day long
Mmm rope stretchin’ all day long
In just a few more days I’m won’t be able to sing my song

Song History

October 1931
Grafton, WI
Paramount 13103

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