Drunken Hearted Man

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Example Pre-War Blues Video Lesson

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Overview

Once more, and lastly in his recorded discography, Robert showcases his admiration for Lonnie Johnson’s style by adopting many of his moves for this song. As mentioned in Malted Milk, the full, 5-string chords, single-note lines, chromatic descending sections are all indications of that different type of style.

For more exploration of this, definitely look through more of Lonnie Johnson’s discography– especially his ballads where he expressed this type of playing more than his “jump” style of playing.. in songs like Backwater Blues and Careless Love– all essentials in the pre-war blues idiom.

Workstation

Standard — but each string detuned one half-step, so Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb

I keep drinkin’ malted milk, try’n to drive my blues away
I keep drinkin’ malted milk, try’n to drive my blues away
Baby, you just as welcome to my lovin’, as the flowers is in May

Malted milk, malted milk, keep rushin’ to my head
Malted milk, malted milk, keep rushin’ to my head
And I have a funny, funny feelin’, and I’m talkin’ all out my head

Baby, fix me one more drink, and hug your daddy one more time
Baby, fix me one more drink, and hug your daddy one more time
Keep on stirrin’ my malted milk mama, until I change my mind

My door knob keeps on turnin’, it must be spooks around my bed
My door knob keeps on turnin’, must be spooks around my bed
I have a warm, old feelin’, and the hair risin’ on my head

Song History

20 June 1937
Dallas, Texas
Unissued on 78 rpm

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