Am I Right Or Wrong

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Overview

Here’s an interesting song by Son House, similar to American Defence, which features his playing in Standard tuning. It’s not so much a blues tune, with a different type of chord progression and almost more of a folk/country styling to it. It serves as a nice insight which shows that Son House played more than just his better known repertoire of Delta blues.

Workstation

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

Once I was a tumblin’ weed
Like a rollin’ stone, cold and all alone
Living for the day my train would come

Never cared for school or any golden rules
And papa used to always say I was a useless fool
So I left my home to show them they was wrong
And headed out on the road singing my song

Then one sunny day, the man he looked my way
And everything that I dreamed of, it was real
Money, girls and cars and big long cigars
And I caught the first plane home so papa would see

Yeah when I went home to show ’em they was wrong
All that I found Lord was two tombstones
Somebody tell me please was I right or wrong
Lord it’s such a sad song
Now first I got lost then I got found
But the ones that I loved are in the ground
Papa I only wish you could see me now

Take a listen papa
I learnt how to play my guitar
Some people say I’m gonna be a superstar
Smoking big on long cigars

Hold on for a moment now

If there’s any way, you can hear what I say
Papa, I never meant to do you wrong
All the money, girls and cars and all the words, the long cigars
Papa, I just want you to know, they couldn’t take your place
Give it to me

Oh yeah when I went home to show ’em they was wrong
All that I found Lord was two tombstones
Somebody tell me please was I right or wrong
Lord it’s such a sad song
Now first I got lost, then I got found
But the ones that I love are in the ground
Somebody tell me please was I right or wrong

Once I was a tumblin’ weed
Like a rollin’ stone, cold and all alone

Song History

17 July 1942
Robinsonville, Mississippi
Originally unreleased

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