Travelling Riverside Blues

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Overview

With a verse of lyrics which helped inspire Led Zeppelin's "Lemon Song", Travelling Riverside Blues is a classic recording of not just blues history, but rock history as well. Interestingly, the riff that powers was played by Hambone Willie Newborn on his version of "Rollin' and Tumblin".

Tuning
Open G — DGDGBD
Capo Position
2nd Fret
Original Recording
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Song Lyrics

Asked sweet mama, Let me be her kid

She said, "You might get hurt if you don't keep it hid"

Well I know my baby, If I see her in the dark

I said I know my rider, If I see her in the dark

Now, I goin' to Rosedale, Take my rider by my side

Still barrelhouse, If it's on the riverside, yeah

I know my baby, Lord, I said, "is really sloppy drunk"

I know my mama, Lord, a brownskin, but she ain't no plum

See my baby, tell her, Tell her hurry home

Had no lovin', since my baby been gone

See my baby, Tell hurry on home

I ain't had, Lord, my right mind, Since my rider's been gone

Hey, she promises, She's my rider

I wanna tell you, She's my rider

I know you're mine, She's my rider

She ain't but sixteen, But she's my rider

I'm goin' to Rosedale, Take my rider by side

Anybody argue with me man, I'll keep them satisfied

Well, see my baby, tell her, Tell her the shape I'm in

Ain't had no lovin', Lord, since you know when

Spoken: Why don't you come into my kitchen

She's a kindhearted lady. She studies evil all the time

She's a kindhearted woman. She studies evil all the time

Squeeze my lemon 'til the juice runs down my leg

Squeeze it so hard, I'll fall right out of bed

Squeeze my lemon, 'til the juice runs down my leg

Spoken: I wonder if you know what I'm talkin' about

Oh, but the way that you squeeze it girl

I swear I'm gonna fall right out of bed

She's a good rider

She's my kindhearted lady

I'm gonna take my rider by my side

I said her front teeth are lined with gold

She's gotta mortgage on my body, got a lien on my soul

She's my brownskin sugar plum...

Year of Recording
6/20/1937
Location
Dallas, Texas
Record Label
DAL-400

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