Preachin’ The Blues

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Overview

One of Son House’s first aspirations in life was to be a baptist preacher, and it shows with this great song, Preachin’ the Blues. Similar to Robert Johnson’s later recording of Preachin’ Blues, this recording is in Vestapol tuning.

Like many of Son House’s slide songs, the beautiful simplicity of the riffs (almost hypnotic) actually have some nuance to look at, for example later in the recording when he plays the riffs at higher speeds with muted syncopation strums thrown in.

Workstation

Open D — DADF#AD
2nd Fret

Oh, I’m gonna get me a religion, I’m gonna join the Baptist Church
Oh, I’m gonna get me a religion, I’m gonna join the Baptist Church
I’m gonna be a Baptist preacher, and I sure won’t have to work

Oh, I’m a-preach these blues, and I, I want everybody to shout
I want everybody to shout
I’m gonna do like a prisoner, I’m gonna roll my time on out

Oh, I went in my room, I bowed down to pray
Oh, I went in my room, I bowed down to pray
Till the blues come along, and they blowed my spirit1 away

Oh, I’d-a had religion, Lord, this every day
Oh, I’d-a had religion, Lord, this every day
But the womens and whiskey, well, they would not set me free

Oh, I wish I had me a heaven of my own
Hey, a heaven of my own
Till I’d give all my women a long, long, happy home

Hey, I love my baby, just like I love myself
Oh, just like I love myself
Well, if she don’t have me, she won’t have nobody else

Song History

August 1930
Grafton, WI
Paramount 13013

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