Low Down Rounder’s Blues

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Overview

In the same vein as Fairy Blues, Low Down Rounder Blues is a unique display of blues by Peg Leg Howell, using a tuning which probably few if any ever recorded with. This leads to his ability to play one-of-a-kind moves on this song, most notably the descending bass run in between his vocal verses. Alongside that, Howell uses his classic treble-side guitar moves, beautiful and simple improvisations with the pentatonic scale to accentuate his vocal lines.

Workstation

D F D F Bb D (from lowest to highest)
6th Fret

Just a worried old rounder, out to trouble someone
Just a worried old rounder, out to trouble someone
All bundled up from hardships, fates to me have been unkind

I wouldn’t listen to my mother, wouldn’t listen to my dad
I wouldn’t listen to my mother, wouldn’t listen to my dad
And through my reckless living I put myself in bad

[Spoken]
I wouldn’t listen to nobody, I was headlong. I wouldn’t hear what nobody said. Mama talked to me all the time but I just wish I would’ve listened to her

I don’t trust in nobody, I’m afraid of myself
I don’t trust in nobody, I’m afraid of myself
I’ve been too lowdown, liable to put me on the shelf

My friends have turned against me, smiling in my face
My friends have turned against me, smiling in my face
Since I been so disobedient, I must travel in disgrace

I cannot shun the devil, he’s still right by my side
I cannot shun the devil, he’s still right by my side
I have no way to cheat him, I’m so dissatisfied

Ain’t nobody wants me, they wouldn’t be in my shoes
Ain’t nobody wants me, they wouldn’t be in my shoes
I feel so disgusted, I got them low-down rounder blues!

Song History

20 April 1928
Atlanta, Georgia
Columbia 14320-D

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