Rollin' Stone

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Surely, Rollin' Stone by Muddy Waters is one of the most landmark blues recordings of the 20th century. In addition to helping skyrocket Muddy Waters' career, the recording helped the Rolling Stones come up with their band name. As the story goes, the soon-to-be-Stones had booked one of their first shows, and the venue organizer asked what their band name was; apparently, having no idea, Brian Jones was practically stuttering on the phone, noticed Muddy Waters' Rollin' Stone record (among others) piled on the ground, and told the promoter that they were the "Rolling Stones".

This song's riff is actually not that hard, relatively, to fret. With that being said, the meat of the tune probably comes from the feeling that you lay into that slight microbend on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string. Once you can get that down, you can start to shape the song with that nice "rockin' chair" like beat, plodding forward with a heavy groove.

Year of Recording
February 1950
Location
Chicago, IL
Record Label
Chess 1426 (US 6/1950)

Well I wish I was a catfish
Swimmin' in a oh, deep blue sea
I would have all you good lookin' women
Fishin', fishin' after me
Sure 'nough, after me
Sure 'nough, after me
Oh 'nough
Oh 'nough
Sure 'nough

I went to my baby's house
And I sit down oh, on her steps
She said, "Come on in now, Muddy
You know my husband just now left
Sure 'nough, he just now left
Sure 'nough, he just now left
Sure 'nough
Oh well
Oh well"

Well, my mother told my father
Just before hmm, I was born
"I got a boy child's comin', he's gonna be
He's gonna be a "Rollin' Stone"
Sure 'nough, he's a "Rollin' Stone"
Sure 'nough, he's a "Rollin' Stone"
Oh well he's a
Oh well he's a
Oh well he's a"

Well, I feel, yes I feel
Feel that I could lay down oh, time ain't long
I'ma catch the first thing smokin', back
Back down the road I'm goin'
Back down the road I'm goin'
Back down the road I'm goin'
Sure 'nough back
Sure 'nough back