Electric Chair Blues

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Overview

Here is yet another Blind Lemon Jefferson song — the classic ‘Lectric Chair Blues; it is quite amazing how Jefferson had such an endless array of ways to play the blues. This song again demonstrates his great creativity, playing riffs and improvised, single-note lines that likely won’t be heard from anyone else. Recorded during his prime, ‘Lectric Chair Blues is a wonderful Blind Lemon classic.

Workstation

Standard — EADGBE

I want to shake hands with my partner and ask him how come he’s here
I want to shake hands with my partner, ask him how come he’s here
I had a wreck with my family, they’re gonna send me to the electric chair

I wonder why they electrocute a man at the one o’clock hour of night
And I wonder why they electrocute a man at the one o’clock hour of night
Because the current is much stronger, when the folks has turned out all the lights

I sat in the electrocutin’ room, my arms folded up and cryin’
I sat in the electrocutin’ room, my arms folded up and cryin’
And my baby asked the question, was they gonna electrocute that man of mine?

Lemon, get me a taxi to take me away from here
Lemon, get me a taxi to take me all away from here
I haven’t had a good friend in this world, since they lead Lemon to the electric chair

I feel like jumpin’ in the ocean, I feel like jumpin’ in the deep blue sea
I feel like jumpin’ in the ocean, and like jumpin’ into the deep blue sea
But nothin’ like that wrecked in my heart when they brought my electrocuted daddy to me

Song History

February 1928
Chicago, IL
Paramount 12608

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