Clarksdale Moan

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Overview

Here’s an interesting tune from Son House, featuring his fingerstyle playing, but without any sliding. He bases the song off of just a few simple fretted moves, which he arranges in a way that’s organized, but leaves wiggle room for slight variations with each chorus. It’s a great example of his moaning type of Delta blues guitar style.

Workstation

Crossnote Tuning — DADFAD
2nd Fret

Clarksdale’s in the South, and lays heavy on my mind
Clarksdale’s in the South, lays heavy on my mind
I can have a good time there, if I ain’t got but one lousy dime

Clarksdale, Mississippi always gonn’ be my home
Clarksdale, Mississippi always gonn’ be my home
That’s the reason you hear me set right here and moan

Every day in the week, I goes to Midtown Drugs
Every day in the week, I goes to Midtown Drugs
And get me a bottle o’ snuff, and a bottle o’ Alcorub

Nobody knows Clarksdale like I do
Nobody knows Clarksdale like I do
And the reason I know it, I follows it through and through

Song History

August 1930
Grafton, WI
Paramount 13096

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