Down On My Bended Knee (Take 2)

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Overview

Here’s another take of King Solomon Hill’s Down On My Bended Knee (the 2nd take version). It’s slightly more subdued than the 1st take version, and wonderfully expresses that “on the ropes” kind of feeling that a person may face from time to time. Following a similar form to Hill’s other recordings, this is another great one to reinforce the unique vocabulary that Hill used.

Workstation

Vestapol / Open C — C G C E G C (from lowest to highest)

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

Ohh-Ohh, 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
Ohh-ooh. down on my bended knee
I’m worried about my baby, bring her back to me

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

Song History

January 1932
Grafton, WI
Paramount 13129

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