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Robert Johnson – Cross Road Blues lyrics

By Robert Johnson
Recording of November 27, 1936
San Antonio, Texas

I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
I went 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 semm to know me, everybody pass me by

Mmmm, the sun goin' down, boy, dark gon' catch me here
Oooo, eeee, 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 I'm standin' at the crossroad, babe, I believe I'm sinkin' down



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    From both history and the robert johnson legend as I understand the song: he was at the crossroads after making his deal with the demon feeling regret and that's why lyrically he sings for g-d to help him and that nobody knows him now, everybody just passes him by. Getting late of course by the oppression of blacks in america and especially in the jim crow south it was dangerous just to be someplace after a 'curfew' but he doesn't sing about that, he sings about being able to run, to tell his friend that willie brown that he can run, but that robert johnson asking g-d to save him he continued to sink after falling onto his knees at the crossroads. Historically, he played up the devil stories (and wrote songs about it) for his own legend. As he first was laughed off stage and inexplicably six months later went back to the same place but again this time being the best blues man to have ever lived. About ten years later he died between sets mysteriously. From either a poisoned glass of whiskey he drank between sets from a jealous husband who'd been made a cuckold by johnson, however, it was johnson who said loudly, frantically that he heard and saw ferrous huge dogs, hellhounds, coming for him in the club to take him (nobody else saw any dogs at all) before dying right then and there; as the most popular blues player, the wish that he had always wanted.
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    Coming from pretty crazy life experiences myself I can now see the meaning to this song. The cross roads is a metaphor for the cross roads between the road to heaven and the road to hell. He asks God to forgive him but nobody will give him a ride cuz you got to walk the path yourself. The night drawing near represents his life ending soon. He's worried about his friends soul as well who has probably lead a similar sinful life and he is afraid that he is sinking down into hell. It's a beautifully tragic song.
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