Pea Vine Blues

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Overview

Here’s a wonderful Patton tune in Spanish tuning, with beautifully simple and catchy lines as well as soothing, graceful strums. It’s interesting since the guitar structure follows a different kind of form, straying from his Love My Stuff, Highwater Everywhere Pt. 1 way of playing Spanish tuning; this one takes its time more, nice and relaxed, and allows Patton’s soaring vocals to be lifted by the supportive, elegent guitar lines.

Workstation

Open G — DGDGBD
2nd Fret

I think I heard the pea vine when it blowed
I think I heard the pea vine when it blowed
It blow just like my rider gettin’ on board

Well, the levee sinkin’, you know I… (Baby, you know I can’t stay)
The levee is sinkin’, Lord, you know I gotta go
I’m goin’ up the country, mama, in a few more days

Yes, you know it, she know it, she know you done me wrong
Yes, you know it, you know it, you know you done me wrong
Yes, you know, you know it, you know you done done me wrong

Yes, I cried last night and I ain’t gonna cry anymore
I cried last night an’ I, I ain’t gonna cry anymore
Cause the good book tells us you’ve got to reap just what you sow

Stop your way o’ livin’ an’ you won’t… (You won’t have to cry no more, baby)
Stop your way o’ livin’ an’ you won’t have to cry no more
Stop your way o’ livin’ an’ you won’t have to cry no more

I think I heard the pea vine when it blowed
I think I heard pea vine when it blowed
She blowed just like she wasn’t gonna blow no more

Song History

14 June 1929
Richmond, IN
Paramount 12877

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