Down On My Bended Knee (Take 1)

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Overview

Another gem which King Solomon Hill left behind, fortunately. One of the most harrowing parts of this take is that sliding note that swoops up during the intro, sending shivers down the spine. If you’ve taken a stab at some of Hill’s other songs, such as Whoopee Blues, The Gone Dead Train, or Times Done Got Hard, you’ll notice that this one follows a similar song structure.

Workstation

Open D — DADF#AD

At last, at last, down on my bended knee
At last, at last, down on my bended knee
I worry about my baby, bring her back to me

You know I love my baby, that’s why we can’t get along
You know I love my baby, that’s why we can’t get along
Look like everything I do, something goin’ on wrong

Oh-Oh, down on my bended knee
I’m worrying about my baby, bring her back to me

I can see the sun is shining, leaves shaking on the trees
I can see the sun is shining, leaves shaking on the trees
I got a letter from my daddy, I been thank-up drunk to heel1

Ooh, baby now, hear my lonesome plea
Oh-ooh. down on my bended knee
I’m worried about my baby, bring her back to me

Ooh-ooh, hear my lonesome plea
I’m worried about my baby, down on my bended knee

Song History

January 1932
Grafton, WI
Paramount 13116

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