Crossroads Pt. 2 (Tk. 1)

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For a closer look at Robert Johnson's rhythmic guitar playing on Crossroads, here's an "archive" video from Youtube covering the topic. If you'd like a cleaner, more updated version of this lesson, check out the "Crossroads" lesson on this site (by returning to the Robert Johnson artist page).

The riffs that RJ uses for his rhythm playing are fascinating in how they're truly straight out-of-the-playbooks of Willie Brown, Son House, and Charley Patton's rhythm guitar playing when in Spanish Tuning.

Year of Recording
27 November 1936
Location
Gunter Hotel | San Antonio, Texas
Record Label
Vocalion 03519

I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees

I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees

Asked the Lord above, "Have mercy now

Save poor Bob if you please"

Yeoo, standin' at the crossroad, tried to flag a ride

Ooo eeee, I tried to flag a ride

Didn't nobody seem to know me, babe, everybody pass me by

Standin' at the crossroad, baby, risin' sun goin' down

Standin' at the crossroad, baby, eee, eee, risin' sun goin' down

I believe to my soul, now, poor 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

Babe, I am sinkin' down

And I went to the crossroad, mama, I looked east and west

I went to the crossroad, baby, I looked east and west

Lord, I didn't have no sweet woman

Oh well, babe, in my distress