Low Down Dirty Dog Blues

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Overview

Low Down Dirty Dog Blues is a nice display of Son House’s Spanish tuning playing, which definitely seemed to be what he was most comfortable with using the slide. Like many of his other riff based songs, the song has a fairly organized structure, with specific licks for each chord (I chord, IV chord, turnaround, and so on).

On the IV and V chords, Son House plays those classic Spanish tuning barres across the 5th and 7th frets, alongside the slight bends on the top string; licks which were clearly shared between himself, Patton, Willie Brown, and Robert Johnson.

Workstation

Open G — DGDGBD
1st Fret

What that Chickasaw has done, done for me
I’m might tell everybody
What that Chickasaw has done, done for me
She done stole my man away
And blow that doggone smoke on me
She’s a low down dirty dog
I ain’t no woman, like to ride that Chickasaw
Ain’t no woman, like to ride that Chickasaw
Because everywhere she stop
She’s stealing some woman good man off
She’s a low down dirty dog

I told the depot agent this mornin’
I don’t think he treat me right
Told the depot agent this mornin’
I don’t think he treat me right
He done sold my man a ticket
And I know that Chickasaw leavin’ town tonight
He’s a low down dirty dog

I walk down the railroad track
That Chickasaw even wouldn’t let me ride the blind
I walk down the railroad track
That Chickasaw wouldn’t even let me ride the blind
And she stop picking up men, all up and down the line
She’s a low down dirty dog

Hmm, Chickasaw don’t pay no woman, no mind
Hmm, that Chickasaw don’t pay no woman, no mind
And she stops pickin’ up men, all up and down the line

What that Chickasaw has done, done for me
I’m might tell everybody

Song History

17 July 1942
Robinsonville, Mississippi
Originally unreleased

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