Song Lyric Sunday 9/25/16 – Cross Road Blues

This week’s Song Lyric Sunday is to post a blues song. My oh my how there are so many options and directions you could go with this, but in my mind when I think about blues I have one particular artist that just sticks out for me – Eric Clapton.

I’ve been an Eric Clapton fan ever since I started learning guitar. I remember wanting to be just like him, and in many ways now my playing style closely emulates his (though I’m obviously nowhere near as good as he is!). As such, it makes sense to choose a song of his.

The song I’m going with is “Cross Road Blues.” The song was originally written and performed in 1936 by Robert Johnson, and though several versions of the song preceded it, it wasn’t until it was covered by Eric Clapton’s band Cream that it really hit mainstream popularity.

Without further ado:

I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
Down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
Asked the Lord above for mercy, “Save me if you please.”

I went down to the crossroads, tried to flag a ride.
Down to the crossroads, tried to flag a ride.
Nobody seemed to know me, everybody passed me by.

Well I’m going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side.
Going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side.
You can still barrelhouse, baby, on the riverside.

Going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side.
Going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side.
You can still barrelhouse, baby, on the riverside.

You can run, you can run, tell my friend-boy, Willie Brown.*
Run, you can run, tell my friend-boy, Willie Brown.*
And I’m staying at the crossroads, believe I’m sinking down.

I went down to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
I went down to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above “Have mercy, save poor Bob, if you please.”

Mmmmm, standin’ at the crossroad, I tried to flag a ride
Standin’ at the crossroad, I tried to flag a ride
Didn’t nobody seem to know me, everybody pass me by

Mmm, the sun goin’ down, boy, dark gon’ catch me here
oooo, ooee, eee boy, dark gon’ catch me here
I haven’t got no lovin’ sweet woman that love and feel my care

You can run, you can run, tell my friend-boy, Willie Brown.
You can run, tell my friend-boy, Willie Brown.
Lord, that I’m standin’ at the crossroad, babe, I believe I’m sinking down
Source: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/cream/crossroads.html

Hope you all enjoyed!

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