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Robert Johnson – Hellhound On My Trail lyrics

I got to keep moving, I got to keep moving
Blues falling down like hail, blues falling down like hail
Mmm, blues falling down like hail, blues falling down like hail
And the day keeps on remindin' me, there's a hellhound on my trail

Hellhound on my trail, hellhound on my trail

If today was Christmas eve, if today was Christmas eve
And tomorrow was Christmas day
If today was Christmas eve and tomorrow was Christmas day
All I would need is my little sweet rider
Just to pass the time away, to pass the time away

You sprinkled hot foot powder, mmm, around my door
All around my door
You sprinkled hot foot powder, all around your daddy's door
It keeps me with ramblin' mind rider
Every old place I go, every old place I go

I can tell the wind is risin', the leaves tremblin' on the tree
Tremblin' on the tree
I can tell the wind is risin', leaves tremblin' on the tree
All I need is my little sweet woman
And to keep my company, hey, hey, hey, hey, my company

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    Will Ballew IV
    Okay first, the legend is not about a demon it is about the devil himself. If you go to a delta crossroads on moonless night the devil may come and tune your guitar, guaranteeing you a life of brilliant blues, easy money and endless women. This song is not about the devil collecting on his faustian bargain, its about the blues, an indescribable feeling of restlessness and sadness. I would entertain notions that it is also about a woman. It is not about a literal deal made with demons.
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    He sold his soul to a crossroads demon to play like this and got a hellhound after him ten years later. It's obvious. He went to a crossroads and asked the demon to make him the best blues guitar player there ever was and the demon kissed him to seal the deal, and no he is an amazing singer and guitar player. Everyone knows, however, that deals like that get you hellhounds on your tail. Hell hounds can only be seen through glass burned over holy oil or by the deal maker come to reach his end. The hounds will kill the deal maker ten years after the actual deal was made. Common lore knowledge.
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