Hammer Blues

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Overview

Hammer Blues is a song which plays like a leaf floating from a tree, which happens to be from the lyrics themselves. Interestingly, the name “Hammer” Blues was probably a mistake by the record producer; actually in the lyrics, Patton says “Hammock”, so funnily enough most likely this was supposed to be called Hammock Blues.

The song is a fairly gently strummed Spanish tuning song, by Patton standards, and is completely played with a bottleneck slide guitar, with nice, oozing slides and classic Patton strums.

Workstation

Open G — DGDGBD
2nd Fret

Gonna buy me a hammock, carry it underneath the tree
Gonna buy myself a hammock, carry it underneath the tree
So when the wind blow, the leaves may fall on me

Go on, baby, you can have your way
Ball on, baby, you can have your way
Sister, every dog sure must have his day

Got me shackled, I’m wearin’ a ball and…
They’ve got me shackled, I’m wearin’ my ball and chain
An’ they got me ready for that Parchman train

I went to the depot, I looked up at the board
I went to the depot, I looked up at the board
If this train has left, well, it’s tearin’ off up the road

Clothes I buy, baby, honey you gonna ‘pre, …
You’re gonna appreciate, honey, all clothes I’ll buy
I will give you all my lovin’, baby, till the day I die

I went way up Red River, crawlin’ on the…
I went up Red River, crawlin’, on a log
I think I heard the Bob Lee boat when she moaned

Song History

October 1929
Grafton, WI
Paramount 12998

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