Dead Shrimp Blues

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Overview

Here’s the lesser known but still wonderful Dead Shrimp Blues.

This song can be grouped with other songs (such as Kindhearted Woman, Honeymoon Blues, and so on) which could be given a name like the Double Stop family. He uses this double stop device that gets cleverly alternated back and forth between the 5th and 4th frets on the 4th and 2nd strings. It’s a handy move that colors the treble side, while actually creating a power chord like effect for the bass side. 

As mentioned in the Song Info section, the rest of these songs are very similar, in fact you might consider them practically the same.. and in actual fact, they are almost the same, though do forge on ahead, I’d say, if you’d like to cement these moves into your fingertips, while also picking up some different variations that he plays on the upcoming songs like Phonograph Blues and Honeymoon Blues.

Workstation

Standard — EADGBE

I woke up this mornin’ and all my shrimps was dead and gone
I woke up this mornin’, ooh, and all my shrimp was dead and gone
I was thinkin’ about you, baby, why you hear me weep and moan

I got dead shrimps here, someone is fishin’ in my pond
I got dead shrimps here, ooh, someone fishin’ in my pond
I’ve served my best bait, baby, and I can’t do that no harm1

Everything I do, babe, you got your mouth stuck out
Hole where I used to fish, you got me posted out
Everything I do, you got your mouth stuck out
At the hole where I used to fish, baby, you’ve got me posted out

I got dead shrimps here, ‘n’ someone fishin’ in my pond
I got dead shrimps here, someone fishin’ in my pond
Catchin’ my goggle-eye perches, and they barbequin’ the bone

Now you taken my shrimps, baby, you know you turned me down
I couldn’t do nothin’, until I got myself unwound
You taken my shrimps, oohh, know you turned me down
Babe, I couldn’t do nothin’, until I got myself unwound

Song History

27 November 1936
Gunter Hotel | San Antonio, Texas
Vocalion 03475

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