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32-20 Blues
by Robert Johnson

If I send for my baby, and she don't come
If I send for my baby, man, and she don't come
All the doctors in Hot Springs sure can't help her none

And if she gets unruly, thinks she don't wan' do
If she gets unruly and thinks she don't wan' do
Take my 32-20, now, and cut her half in two

She got a .38 special but I believe it's most too light
She got a .38 special but I believe it's most too light
I got a 32-20, got to make the caps alright

If I send for my baby, man, and she don't come
If I send for my baby, man, and she don't come
All the doctors in Hot Springs sure can't help her none

I'm gonna shoot my pistol, gonna shoot my gatling gun
I'm gonna shoot my pistol, gotta shoot my gatling gun
You made me love you, now your man have come

Ah-oh, baby, where you stayed last night?
Ah-ah, baby, where you stayed last night?
You got your hair all tangled and you ain't talking right

Her .38 special, boys, it do very well
Her .38 special, boys, it do very well
I got a 32-20 now, and it's a-burning

If I send for my baby, man, and she don't come
If I send for my baby, man, and she don't come
All the doctors in Wisconsin sure can't help her none

Hey, hey, baby, where you stayed last night?
Hey, hey, baby, where you stayed last night?
You didn't come home until the sun was shining bright

Ah-oh boy, I just can't take my rest
Ah-oh boy, I just can't take my rest
With this 32-20 laying up and down my breast

Lyrics © THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: ROBERT JOHNSON

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simplethunder

In a week. Perhaps in a month, perhaps in half a year, you'll come back to one of Robert's songs, and you won't know why, but you will want to hear it again.

BodhiBushido

I'm well aware of why I want to hear Robert Johnson songs...

Frank

The original Hey Joe.. Where you goin' with that 32-20 in your hand?

TheRealDadfad

Hey Joe was an old folk tune from the 1950's done by several others before Hendrix did it.

Serge Van halen

where is his third arm on the picture?

aj

in between his legs

DEAD BABY EATER

Uh uh

Harrison McCartney

Decades before the advent of double tracking, and Robert Johnson made his one guitar sound like two. What an absolute talent.

Bulmaro Mondragon Jr

Them fingers he had were really long so he could add bass notes or high notes

TheRealDadfad

It's called finger-style alternating bass. The thumb plays the bass/rhythm on the 4, 5 and 6 strings while the index (sometimes other fingers) picks out the treble-lines. Think of it as if your fret-board is split down the middle, three strings on each side, the thumb plays one side the index (or other fingers) the other. Johnson's tunes can be done with a thumb and one finger (with occasional thumb-finger pinches, etc. It's a bit difficult to learn the technique not ridiculously so. In the scheme of the playing that style, Johnson's stuff isn't that difficult. (Listen to some Blind Blake or Bo Carter is you really want to see some tremendous playing in that style.)

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