Rock & Gravel Blues

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Overview

This song by Peg Leg Howell is another one which features his unique, almost “cute” / miniature guitar style (for some reason, that’s the feeling that comes to my mind, since the guitar’s pitch is way up high, the chords are compact and small, and the slide playing is quite delicate). As with his other songs, this pretty guitar playing supports his thunderous baritone voice, which booms out wonderful, old-school blues verses.

Workstation

Open D — DADF#AD
6th Fret

Let’s go to the river and sit down
Honey, let’s go to the river and sit down
If the blues overtake us, I’ll jump overboard and drown

It takes rock, it takes gravel to make a solid road
It takes rock, it takes gravel to make a solid road
It takes a lovin’ fair brownie to satisfy my soul

I’ve got a range in my kitchen, mama, cooks so nice and brown
I’ve got a range in my kitchen, cooks so nice and brown
I want some loving fairy to turn my damper down

Could you tell me, pretty mama, where’d you get your loving from?
So you tell me, pretty mama, where’d you get your loving from
‘Ain’t none of your business, I ain’t gonna give you none!’

I’m going away, mama, won’t be back no more
I’m going away, mama, won’t be back no more
You have mistreat me, you was the cause of it all

Come here, sweet mama, sit on your daddy’s knee
Come here, pretty mama, sit on your daddy’s knee
And tell your sweet papa, what may your troubles be?

Song History

20 April 1928
Atlanta, Georgia
Columbia 14320-D

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