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When You Got a Good Friend
Robert Johnson Lyrics


When you got a good friend, that will stay right by your side
When you got a good friend, that will stay right by your side
Give her all of your spare time, love and treat her right

I mistreated my baby, and I can't see no reason why
I mistreated my baby, but I can't see no reason why
Every time I think about it, I just wring my hands and cry

Wonder could I to bear apologize, or would she sympathize with me?
Mmm-mmm-mmm, would she sympathize with me?
She's a brown-skin woman, just as sweet as a girlfriend can be

Mmm-mmm, babe, I may be right or wrong
Baby, it's your opinion, oh, I may be right or wrong
Watch your close friend, baby, then your enemies can't do you no harm

When you got a good friend, that will stay right by your side
When you got a good friend, that will stay right by your side
Give her all of your spare time, love and treat her right

Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: ROBERT JOHNSON

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Paul West

This cat invented the riff you hear now with the fifths, which became the staple for all rock and roll rhythm -- from Chuck Berry to the Beatles. That's why he's so important, and called the Father of the Blues (should really be called the Godfather of Rock and Roll). Not to mention no one had a voice like his, with its haunted microtones and soul-piercing cries. And his guitar playing? Just like his voice: unable to be imitated. You can get close, but that's all. The best efforts from the greatest modern guitarists will always produce inferior results in comparison with the original. That's why he is hailed as a genius and shrouded in demonic legend. How the hell did he do it?

Simulated Rain

@Samuel Gearhart look up Robert Johnson at 100, still dispelling myths on npr.

Samuel Gearhart

@Simulated Rain I'd like to hear more about this

Samuel Gearhart

You are so right

sailor r

oky, only , listen to Son House and Skip James to see hear how Johnson's playing style developed from things he heard slightly older players doing. There is so much variation and subtlety in his playing, that as far as i can hear the bouncing 5th choogling is only a small part of what makes him both fascinating and innovative.
Also, a clown: 2:14 seconds with a slide on his finger to play one note at the end of Stop Breaking Down.

Guitarman Mitch

He tuned , like this, E flat , g major, b flat , g major, b flat , e flat , you will be Quite surprised 😲 , then , when you think you got it down , , ha ,

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flesh cork

Robert Johnson: a gentleman singing about the misfortunes of life with elegance and subtlety

Catpiper & Drumkitten

well said! :-)

Paul Mooney

His guitar playing is unmatched to this day. Have a strong feeling J Hendrix learned how to play rhythm and lead together and in combination from this guy

sailor r

this is really interesting. i heard Johnson and Hendrix right around the same time in '70, '71, but I never made the connection of the inversions (Hendrix plays them one string lower usually, until very recently.

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