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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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    UnregisteredAug 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm
    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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    dubickimusJul 10, 2010 at 1:33 am
    Obviously about hitchhiking (forgive my spelling) and nobody wanting to pick you up, and being tired and thirsty (fell down on my knees).
    Its a classic blues theme.

    People say that this, the crossroads, is where robbie sold his soul to the devil but it doesn't mention that in the lyrics.
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    UnregisteredFeb 6, 2014 at 4:16 am
    It's about the night he sold his soul to play guitar. And maybe he is having regrets about doing it. He says he is stuck at the cross road (the night haunts him and his consious) he also says went to thei cross road and fell down on my knees as if he is praising satan. And right after that he says lord have mercy on me. But then again it could just be a simple song. Just depends how deep you go.

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