Preaching Blues
Robert Johnson Lyrics


Mmmmm-mmmmm
I's up this mornin'
Ah, blues walkin' like a man
I's up this mornin'
Ah, blues walkin' like a man
Worried blues
Give me your right hand

And the blues fell, mama's child
Tore me all upside-down
Blues fell, mam's child
And it tore me all upside down
Travel on, poor Bob
Just can't turn you 'round
The blues
Is a low-down shakin' chill
Yes, preach 'em now

Mmmmm-mmmmm
Is a low-down shakin' chill
You ain't never had 'em, I
Hope you never will
Well, the blues
Is a achin' old heart disease
Do it, now
You gon' do it?
Tell me all about it

Said the blues
Is a low-down achin' heart disease
Like consumption
Killing me by degrees
I can study rain
Oh, oh drive, oh, oh, drive my blues
I been studyin' the rain and
I'm gon drive my blues away
Goin' to the 'stil'ry
Stay out there all day

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Mathieu Schuler

Mmmmm-mmmmm
I's up this mornin'
Ah, blues walkin' like a man
I's up this mornin'
Ah, blues walkin' like a man
Worried blues
Give me your right hand
And the blues fell, mama's child
Tore me all upside-down
Blues fell, mam's child
And it tore me all upside down
Travel on, poor Bob
Just can't turn you 'round
The blues
Is a low-down shakin' chill
Yes, preach 'em now
Mmmmm-mmmmm
Is a low-down shakin' chill
You ain't never had 'em, I
Hope you never will
Well, the blues
Is a achin' old heart disease
Do it, now
You gon' do it?
Tell me all about it
Said the blues
Is a low-down achin' heart disease
Like consumption
Killing me by degrees
I can study rain
Oh, oh drive, oh, oh, drive my blues
I been studyin' the rain and
I'm gon drive my blues away
Goin' to the 'stil'ry
Stay out there all day



Jason Crisp

The song is phonetically genius. But two parts of the lyrics are even more so.
The second verse "travel on poor Bob" is in my opinion" travel on so far."

The second part on the last verse of I can study rain .
I believe the lyrics are actually

I been stutterin' or , or die, or or , drive my blues ( the stuttering "or's" add credence to this )
The second part of the same verse is the same as the accepted lyrics
I've been study rain and I'm going to drive my blues away.
I believe when you listen to Johnson's lyrics more you pick up the verbal nuances that make it extremely unique.



All comments from YouTube:

slap n pop

His technical skill was just unreal, it sounds like two pairs of hands are playing.

BlackFlagsNRoses

@Mabu Dia this is completely different from Son House’s song. Melody, and lyrics. Fingerpicking was common on all Blues. That wasn’t what was mesmerizing. Even Son House was astonished at what Robert did. To play multiple compartments and maintain a bass, rhythm, and lead while singing a melody. That comes from practice and natural ability. Ike Zimmerman taught Robert Johnson.

Sam Sveistrup

@Odin029 i just watched someone do it, search again

calebjay1 wilson

Son house had a song called preaching the blues that is correct but Robert Johnson preaching blues is totally different. Different lyrics and music. Nobody was playing like this in the 30s. Nobody

Sir Rivet

Probably helps to have fingers that long

rusty wenzlawe

Your forgetting that from the very start he ever so slightly ups the tempo at the same FUCKING PACE the entire time getting ever so faster

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Taylor

This man's music is too good for anyone to dislike it.

Hungry Howie

Bc he sold his soul

DUK5TAH

this song is impossible to play on my air guitar

Mathieu Schuler

Mmmmm-mmmmm
I's up this mornin'
Ah, blues walkin' like a man
I's up this mornin'
Ah, blues walkin' like a man
Worried blues
Give me your right hand
And the blues fell, mama's child
Tore me all upside-down
Blues fell, mam's child
And it tore me all upside down
Travel on, poor Bob
Just can't turn you 'round
The blues
Is a low-down shakin' chill
Yes, preach 'em now
Mmmmm-mmmmm
Is a low-down shakin' chill
You ain't never had 'em, I
Hope you never will
Well, the blues
Is a achin' old heart disease
Do it, now
You gon' do it?
Tell me all about it
Said the blues
Is a low-down achin' heart disease
Like consumption
Killing me by degrees
I can study rain
Oh, oh drive, oh, oh, drive my blues
I been studyin' the rain and
I'm gon drive my blues away
Goin' to the 'stil'ry
Stay out there all day

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