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Crossroads Lyrics

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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

am 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 am staying at the crossroads, believe I am

sinking down. * My original transcription used "friend boy", after viewing some

sheet music I changed it to "friend poor". This is a common transcription of

Eric's rendition, however after listening closely on the remastered "Those Were

the Days" it is definitely "friend-boy" as in Johnson's take 2 version (which I

am listening to as I write this as I have at last purchased "The Complete

Recordings" box set). The confusion is caused by Eric mimicing Johnson's accent

on the "boy". Friend-boy is a dialectic substitute for boyfriend and Willie

Brown was a very generous teacher of the blues to Robert. It is also interesting

how Eric has substantially reworked the lyrics, a traditional blues activity

shown by the variation in Johnson's own consecutive takes. The "Going down to

Rosedale" verse is actually lifted from Johnson's musically related "Traveling

Riverside Blues" and Eric's riff also seems to be partly derived from that song.

Robert Johnson's Take 2 lyrics transcription: Cross Road Blues by Robert Johnson

(rec 27/11/1936, San Antonio, Texas) 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 am standin' at the crossroad, babe, I believe I am

sinking down.

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