Walkin’ Blues

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Overview

Here’s a great Son House song, not just musically but also historically. Accompanying him, you hear the legendary Willie Brown on rhythm guitar, strumming out the chords. Also, the 12th fret lick which Son House plays in the intro and elsewhere during the song is exactly the lick which Robert Johnson would use years later on Crossroads; clearly, Son House was quite an influence on Johnson.

Overall, it’s quite a great example of Delta blues, with the heavy mid-register bends and nice bottleneck sounds throughout the recording.

Workstation

Open G — DGDGBD
2nd Fret

I got the blues so bad, until it hurts my, (down?) guitar
I got the blues so bad, until it hurts my, (down?) guitar
Yes I’ve got the walkin’ blues, and it hurts my feet to walk

I woke up this morning, feeling ’round for my shoes
I got up this morning, feeling ’round for my shoes
Y’all nobody people, I must have got the walkin’ blues

I got up this morning, just about the break of day
I got up this morning, just about the break of day
And, I get it from my mama, good gal you done that

And I start a-walkin’, I’m gonna walk on down the sun
When I start a-walkin’, I’m gonna walk, oh, on down the sun
And I gonna git’ walkin’, until my time is done

Good morning blues, blues how do you do?
Oh, good morning blues, blues how do you do?
Just holler just a little mama, done want a few words with you

Song History

August 1930
Grafton, WI
Originally unreleased

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