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Stones In My Passway


Overview


Stones In My Passway is another song which can be grouped in the same 'Spanish family' as Milkcow's Calf Blues, Terraplane Blues, and Crossroads.

It uses the same Spanish tuning riffs throughout the song played to support the vocals — a biting, chordal riff to start the I chord, Patton-like Spanish tuning moves for the IV chord, some more of those great I chord riffs, then that classic single-note sliding move used on the other Spanish family songs to mark the turnaround.

Workstation


Tuning
Open G — DGDGBD
Capo Position

None

Song Lyrics

I got stones in my passway
And all my roads seem dark at night
I got stones in my passway
And all my roads seem dark at night
I have pains in my heart
They have taken my appetite

I have a bird to whistle
I have a bird to sing
Have a bird to whistle
And I have a bird to sing
I have a woman that I'm loving
Boy, but she don't mean a thing

My enemies have betrayed me
Have overtaken poor Bob at last
My enemies have betrayed me
Have overtaken poor Bob at last
And 'eres one thing certainly
They have stones all in my pass

Now you trying to take my life
And all my loving too
You laid a passway for me
Now what are you trying to do
I'm crying please
Please let us be friends
And when you hear me howling in my passway rider
Please open your door and let me in

I've got three legs to truck home
Boys please don't block my road
I've got three legs to truck home
Boys please don't block my road
I've been feeling ashamed about my rider
Babe, I'm booked and I got to go

Song History


Year of Recording

19 June 1937

Location

Dallas, Texas

Record Label

Vocalion 03723