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Down the Dirt Road Blues
Charley Patton Lyrics


I'm goin' away, to a world unknown
I'm goin' away, to a world unknown
I'm worried now, but I won't be worried long

My rider got somethin', she's tryin'a keep it hid
My rider got somethin', she's tryin'a keep it hid
Lord, I got somethin' to find that somethin' with


I feel like choppin', chips flyin' everywhere
I feel like choppin', chips flyin' everywhere
I been to the Nation, oh Lord, but I couldn't stay there

Some people say them oversea blues ain't bad
(spoken: Why, of course they are)
Some people say them oversea blues ain't bad
(spoken: What was a-matter with 'em?!)
It must not a-been them oversea blues I had

Every day seem like murder here
(spoken: My God, I'm no sheriff)
Every day seem like murder here
I'm gonna leave tomorrow, I know you don't bid my care

Can't go down any dirt road by myself
Can't go down any dirt road by myself

(My Lord, who ya gonna carry?)
I don't carry my, gonna carry me someone else

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: CHARLEY PATTON

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Anuar Helayel

I'm going away to the one I know
I'm going away to the one I know
I'm worried now but I won't be worried long

My rider told me she trying to keep it hid
My rider told me something she trying to keep it hid
Lord, I got something to find that something with

I feel like chopping, chips flying everywhere
I feel like chopping, chips flying everywhere
I've been to the nation, Lord, but I couldn't stay there

Some people say them overseas blues ain't bad
Some people say them overseas blues ain't bad
It must not have been them overseas blues I had

Every day seem like murder here
Every day seem, seem like murder here
I'm going to leave tomorrow, I know you don't didn't want me here

Can't go down this dark road by myself
Can't go down this dark road by myself 
I don't carry my rider, going to carry me someone's else

Recorded in Richmond, Indiana, June 14, 1929

Paramount Records 15215 Pm-12854



MrArakadin

I'm goin' away, to Illinois
I'm goin' away, to Illinois
I'm worried now, but I won't be worried long

My rider got somethin', she's tryin'a keep it hid
My rider got somethin', she's tryin'a keep it hid
Lord, I got somethin' to find that somethin' with

I feel like choppin', chips flyin' everywhere
I feel like choppin', chips flyin' everywhere
I been to the Nation, Lord, but I couldn't stay there

Some people say them oversea blues ain't bad
(Why, of course they are)
Some people say them oversea blues ain't bad
(What was a-matter with 'em)
It must not a-been them oversea blues I had

Every day seem like murder here
(My God, I'm no sheriff)
Every day seem like murder here
I'm gonna leave tomorrow, I know you don't bid my care

Can't go down any dirt road by myself
Can't go down any dirt road by myself
(My Lord, who ya gonna carry?)
I don't carry mine, gonna carry me someone else



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Spaceman Rob

That rhythm is incredible! Definitely has a native American vibe to it.

Marco Evans

@Bluesmusic Andwhatnot - Right on, a fact of pride for me I must say.

Bluesmusic Andwhatnot

@That Wise Old Bitch Even if Patton had Choctaw ancestry, which hasn't been confirmed at all, it would not mean his music has any Choctaw influences. As I pointed out, there is nothing particularly indicative of his music having any "Choctaw" origin. His rhythms are syncopated and at times cross-rhythmic, which is not something you see in Choctaw drumming.

Bluesmusic Andwhatnot

This is actually more closer to West African drumming (Think Congolese or Angolan) rather than Native American drumming. Patton's rhythms (Such as in this song, as well as 'Highwater Everywhere', arguably) were characteristically syncopated and at times, polyrhythmic. Syncopation and polyrhythms are relatively absent in traditional Native American music, but virtually the norm in West African music.

king of the surf

i remember son house and honeyboy edwards saying he was indian

Jerry James

Many of his songs are sung with his patent native Cherokee chant style singing, I fricking love it!

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Pretzel Girl

It is just flat out amazing that all of the percussion accompaniments employed in this song come from Charlie's hands and feet as he plays and sings...how I wish I could have seen him play in person...

Johnny Russell

We’ll have to settle for the live Son House videos that are available to us, at least that gives us a glimpse. 😎

Smoothie

Only one picture of him is known too! The only remainings of him are his voice and this one picture. Almost nothing of him really is known else than that

D F

I agree, it's only him and no else! To bad there's no footage of him playing!

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