From 1927.He was blinded by his step mother when he was 7 out of spite. He grew up to be a preacher and musician.
He was one of the greatest bottleneck guitarists as well as one of the most revered figures of depression-era gospel music. His music is distinguished by his powerful bass thumb-picking and gravelly voice. In 1945, his home burned to the ground and with nowhere else to go, he lived in the burned ruins of his home sleeping on a wet bed. He lived like this until he contracted pneumonia and died, so 18 years after making this, he got his wish. His trouble were finally over. What a wonderful song this is, taking the misery of povery and making death something to look forward to. I have no idea who the young girl is who harmonises with him, but she has the voice of an angel and makes the song.
Este tema me tiene totalmente atrapado.
Aunque la que no he conseguido parar de oir es esta otra:
If I Had My Way I'd Tear This Building Down 3:09 Blind Willie Johnson (Joseph W. Johnson) Recorded Dec 3, 1927 Dallas, TX Originally released 1928 Album: Dark Was The Night Columbia Records Transcription: Awcantor@aol.com
Well, if I had my way I had-a, a wicked mind If I had-a, ah Lord, tear this building down
Weh-ell! Delilah was a woman fine an' fair Her pleasant looks-a, her coal black hair Delilah gained old Samson's mind A-first saw the woman that looked so fine
A-well went Timnathy, I can't tell A daughter of Timnathy, a-pleased him well A-Samson told his father, 'I'm goin a-a-a' (Help) me Lord
If I had my way Well, if a had-a, a wicked world If I had-a, ah Lord, tear this building down
Weh-ell! Samson's mother replied to him 'Can't you find a woman of your kind and kin?' 'Samson, will you please your mother's mind?' Go'd and married that-a Philistine
Let me tell you what, old Samson
Well, he roared at the lion, the lion run Samson was the first man the lion attach He caught the lion and got upon his 'ack A-written that he killed a man with his And Sampson had his hand in the lion's jaws
If I had my way If I had-a, a wicked world If I had-a, ah Lord, tear this building down
'Well, your riddle please, a-tell it to me' 'A-how an eater became forth meat?' 'Well, your riddle please, a-tell it to me' 'A-how strong of it came forth sweet? Deliah, got his army after him Well, the bees made-a honey in the lion hair
Well, if I had my way Well, if I had-a, a wicked world If I had-a, ah Lord, tear this building down
Sewed me tow knot, an' formed a plot Not many days 'fore Samson was caught A-bind this hands whilst a-walkin' along A-looked on the ground and found a lil' jawbone He moved his arm ropes, a-pop like thread Dropped those threads free, three thousand were dead
Lord, If I had my way Well, if I had a, a wicked world If I had a, ah Lord, tear this building down
Weh-ell! Samson's trick though they never found out 'Till they began to wonder about A-'till his wife sat up upon his knee 'A-tell me where your strength lie, if you please?'
Samson's wife she a-talked so fair Told his wife cut off-a his hair 'Shave my head, clean as your hand 'Till I become a natural man!'
Lord, If I had my way Well, if I had a, a wicked world If I had a, ah Lord, tear this building down.
En el documental Soul of a Man de Win Wenders (...que no es lo mejor que ha hecho) nos encontramos con bastante info acerca de este gran músico,así como algunos otros músicos de blues. Aquí un botón: