32-20 Blues
Robert Johnson Lyrics


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 © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, 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.

Ice Cube`

this is literally me

Dan Moran

@Reece Hi. I hope that's just black humour. If you're really feeling like that, talk to someone. X.

Dan Moran

Sometimes, a cold bed beats a hot one.

Reece

Perhaps Never Again, On Account Of My Suicide.

Blue Phalanx

perhaps in 8 years time

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Gummy Dewitt

Oldheads: These damn kids, all they do these days is rap about guns and shit
Robert Johnson:

Young Rell on da track

I'm 14 I'm a blues musician

Harrison McCartney

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

TheRealDadfad

@Dikke lip johnny . His stuff isn't that difficult for someone who has already accomplished a fair degree of fingerstyle and alternating-bass skills, but I highly doubt "if you can play some pop songs or are just past beginner guitar phase you can play learn his entire catalogue by heart in a few days." The vast majority of guitarists play with a pick, especially beginners, and Johnson's (or any country-blues guitarists') stuff can't be played using a pick. You could strum along through the chord changes I guess, but that wouldn't be playing it anywhere near authentically. Additionally, besides standard tuning, Johnson played in two altered tunings (possibly three, it's debated if he played "Hellhound on My Trail" in Open-E or in Open-Em (Skip James' style) since it can be played identically in either tuning.) and frequently capoed into another key. How many pop song players or those who are just past beginner can play anything in altered and open tunings or are even aware of them for that matter? (Dropped-D one-finger metal barre-chords don't count.)

So maybe someone with little skill or experience can strum along with his tunes, but that's not really playing them anywhere near the way Johnson played them. And I'm really not aware of any "chromatic lines" in any of Johnson's work. Or even minor-pentatonic (basic blues-scale) lines for that matter. His stuff is done in alternating or drop-thumb bass utilizing chord-frags.

I've been playing guitar for well over fifty years. I found it much easier to learn to play Hendrix than to play Robert Johnson.

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