Crossroads Blues
Robert Johnson Lyrics


I went to the crossroads, fell down on my knees
I went to the crossroads, fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above, have mercy now, save poor Bob if you please

Standin' at the crossroads, tried to flag a ride
Whee-hee, I tried to flag a ride
Didn't nobody seem to know me, everybody pass me by

Standin' at the crossroads, risin' sun goin' down
Standin' at the crossroads baby, the risin' sun goin' down
I believe to my soul now, po' Bob is sinkin' down

You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown
You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown
That I got the crossroad blues this mornin', Lord, baby I'm sinkin' down

I went to the crossroad, mama, I looked east and west
I went to the crossroad, babe, I looked east and west
Lord, I didn't have no sweet woman, ooh well, babe, in my distress

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Themightyinvader

First of all, it's not the "Harmony", you are referring to the "Melody".

Secondly, the reason you haven't heard it is because it had a hell of a lot more to do with the old recording and the way the guitar was picked up by the mic.

Thirdly, Robert Johnson learned guitar at 21 and no one was playing blues on the piano, at that time it was all jazz. So the notion this melody has anything to do with or is inspired by a piano is totally wrong. It clearly sounds like acoustic slide blues.

I am guessing that you heard blues music in the 50s that had a lot of piano, that was inspired by Robert Johnson and not the other way around, and then made this connection in your mind.

Blues is built on the I-IV-V and Robert Johnson started that and was the godfather of that.



naiany oliveira

Eu fui para a encruzilhada, caí de joelhos
I went to the crossroads, fell down on my knees

Eu fui para a encruzilhada, caí de joelhos
I went to the crossroads, fell down on my knees

Perguntou ao Senhor acima, tenha misericórdia agora, salve o pobre Bob, por favor
Asked the Lord above, have mercy now, save poor Bob if you please

Parado na encruzilhada, tentei sinalizar uma carona
Standin' at the crossroads, tried to flag a ride

Whee-hee, eu tentei sinalizar uma carona
Whee-hee, I tried to flag a ride

Ninguém parecia me conhecer, todo mundo passa por mim
Didn't nobody seem to know me, everybody pass me by

Parado na encruzilhada, o sol nascente se pondo
Standin' at the crossroads, risin' sun goin' down

Parado na encruzilhada, baby, o sol nascente se pondo
Standin' at the crossroads baby, the risin' sun goin' down

Eu acredito em minha alma agora, Po 'Bob está afundando
I believe to my soul now, po' Bob is sinkin' down

Você pode correr, você pode correr, diga ao meu amigo Willie Brown
You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown

Você pode correr, você pode correr, diga ao meu amigo Willie Brown
You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown

Que eu peguei o blues na encruzilhada esta manhã, Senhor, baby, estou afundando
That I got the crossroad blues this mornin', Lord, baby I'm sinkin' down

Eu fui para a encruzilhada, mamãe, eu olhei para o leste e oeste
I went to the crossroad, mama, I looked east and west

Eu fui para a encruzilhada, bebê, eu olhei para o leste e oeste
I went to the crossroad, babe, I looked east and west

Senhor, eu não tive nenhuma doce mulher, ooh bem, bebê, em minha angústia
Lord, I didn't have no sweet woman, ooh well, babe, in my distress

Fonte: Musixmatch



David Byrhtnoth

Well it seems clear to me that you have ZERO comprehension of what I will call "musicality". Case in point being? Look at how many hits this particular link has compared to Eric Clapton's version. I am not running down Eric's version. 

Use your ears, mon! (As my Scottish musical friends would say.) 

Seriously. Use your ears. This is an utterly brilliant version, which in my view was also relatively innovative at the time, as it's playing a standard tuned guitar with a partial (or perhaps full) slide.

Please don't deride Robert Johnson unduly, before you listen to his music properly, Ears Wide Open (pun intended).

White guys did not "save" the black guys. They CAPITALIZED on the efforts of the black guys, as the black guys hit that old glass ceiling time and time again, due to the color of their skin.

"Chicken soup from chicken shit" .. jesus h .. I most certainly will never accept an invitation to eat at your table, as, from your comments, it seems you clearly find it almost impossible to differentiate.   



All comments from YouTube:

Hopelessand Forlorn

Wonder what Robert would have said if someone told him that 15 million people would listen to one of his songs almost eighty years after his passing.

Brandon Su

26.5 million!

Andrew Bates

He would have said, and I quote... "LOL Wicked!"

James Kaft

25 million ! Woow
Unbelieveable !
This to my my opinion is the greatest song ever recorded..
I will be back in 10 years to check that number.. Hope he can get 1 Billion

DRDEAD_Casey

26 now lol

Fake N Famous

I wonder what he would have said about the 1986 movie "Crossroads" since it was loosely based on his life.

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Killval

I'm just grateful these recordings exist. Imagine how much timeless sound has been lost to history.

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SWAYTV

@Tudval Stone its a song? Some people will like it some people won't its art and people can appreciate it how ever they like

Dilbeert

@Tudval Stone I get your point. YOU can't see it's beauty and complexity and artistry. Maybe that's a reflection on you.

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