Rollin' And Tumblin

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With Rollin' and Tumblin', getting that flowing right hand, freely strumming the notes (with a nice amount of looseness) could be the main thing to get used to. Of course, the song features Muddy's beautifully frantic slide playing (like an agitated cat trying to paw at you), and his awesome vocal performance.

Year of Recording
January 1950
Location
Chicago, IL
Record Label
Parkway 501 (US 1950)

Well, I rolled and I tumbled, cried the whole night long
Well, I rolled and I tumbled, cried the whole night long
Well, I woke up this mornin', didn't know right from wrong

Well, I told my baby, before I left that town
Well, I told my baby, before I left that town
Well, don't you let nobody, tear my barrelhouse down

Well, ahh, mmm-hmmm, owww, oww ooo, aww, oww, oh
Aaa, mmm-hmmm, oww, oh oh oh owww, oww ooo, aww, oww, oh

Well, if the river was whiskey, and I was a divin' duck
Well, if the river was whiskey, and I was a divin' duck
Well, I would dive to the bottom, never would I come up

Well, I could a had a religion, this bad old thing instead
Well, I could a had a religion, this bad old thing instead
Well, all whiskey and women, would not let me pray