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I'M A STEADY ROLLIN' MAN (1937) by Robert Johnson



Anyone watching this probably knows about Robert Johnson being one of the most important and influential blues figures in history. If not, check him out on Wikipedia and elsewhere.

This song was recorded by Johnson on 19 June 1937 and has been covered by several artists, including Eric Clapton. However, there is something special about the primitive original, with just vocal and guitar.

I have put together a ‘Ken Burns’ style slideshow video. Comments are invited.

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  1. I'm a steady rollin' man, I roll both night and day

    I'm a steady rollin' man, hmm, I roll both night and day

    But I haven't got no sweet woman, hmm, boys, to be rollin' this-a way

    I'm the man that rolls, when icicles hangin' on the tree

    I'm the man that rolls, when icicles hangin' on the tree

    And now you hear me howlin', baby, hmm, down on my bended knee

    I'm a hard-workin' man, have been for many years, I know

    I'm a hard-workin' man, have been for many long years, I know

    And some cream puff's usin' my money, ooh well, babe, but that'll never be no more

    You can't give your sweet woman everything she wants in one time

    Ooh, you can't give your sweet woman, everything she wants in one time

    Well, boys, she get ramblin' in her brain, hmm, some monkey man on her mind

    I'm a steady rollin' man, I roll both night and day

    I'm a steady rollin' man and I roll both night and day

    Well I don't have no sweet woman, hmm, boys, to be rollin' this-a way

  2. Got here after hearing Peter Green – we are lucky and privileged to hear the original here
    It can’t get any better than this
    Real raw blues
    Hope America will never forget these men ❤️??

  3. Nada que ver lo que dicen yankee de mierda Robert era un Super artista que tropezó en una carretera de mistério el fue y sera la Influencia Que lleva El Nombre Del DeltaBlues La música negra aguante Robert Johnson

  4. Has anyone played with the theory that "crossroads" could of been a figure-ation on guitar neck. Meaning … Two pictures he makes it very noticable of the finger pattern first third finger up down and second finger and pinky is in down and up figure. Hence crossing the pattern. Learning by patterns is how I learned. Mabee this is how he came up with the tasty-est rock-blues ever!Just a thought. If Elvis was "The King" then Robert was god….and they broke the mold.

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