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Mississippi John Hurt- History of the Blues


Mississippi John Hurt was born in 1892, and lived as a sharecropper, a very difficult life, in the Mississippi Delta. He made a record in 1928, but soon after that first recording the Great Depression hit America, and there was no more opportunity for him to record.

He was rediscovered in 1963, and made several records until his death in 1966. What I love most about him is the tenderness in his voice and guitar playing... watch...do you see the gentle way he presses the chords? I could watch that all day :)

The lyrics in many blues songs are earthy, reflecting the realities of day-to-day living. Some are also influenced by African American spirituals and gospel songs, like "You've Got to Walk that Lonesome Valley." Maybe John Hurt was too shy or too much of a gentleman to sing his earthier songs on TV, but he was not too shy to record them!

Here are some of his songs, with lyrics (be sure to open up the mp3 files in a new tab, so you can read the lyrics while listening to the song) :

Corrina, Corrina
Corrinna, Corrinna.mp3

I left Corrina, way across the sea
Lord I left Corrina, way across the sea
She wouldn't write me no letter, she don't care for me
Oh Corrina, where you been so long?
Oh Corrina, where you been so long?
Corrina, Corrina, where'd you stay last night?
Oh Corrina, where'd you stay last night?
Come in this morning, clothes ain't fittin' you right

Oh Corrina, where you been so long?
Oh Corrina, where you been so long?

I'm Satisfied
I'm Satisfied.mp3

I'm satisfied, tickled, too.
I’m old enough to marry you.
I'm satisfied, it will bring you back.

First in the country, then in town.
I'm a total old shaker from my navel on down.
I'm satisfied.

I'm satisfied, tickled, too.
Old enough to marry you.
I'm satisfied, it will bring you back.

I pull my dress up to my knees,
I give my total all to who please.
I'm satisfied.

I'm satisfied, tickled, too.
I’m old enough to marry you.
I’m satisfied, it will bring you back.

IF YOU DON’T WANT ME
If You Don't Want Me (Version 2).mp3

If you don't want me, got to have me anyhow
If you don't want me, baby, got to have me anyhow

Well tell me baby what you got on your mind
Well tell me what you got on your mind

You can’t quit me and there ain’t no use in trying
You can’t quit me, ain’t no use in trying
And if you don’t want me got to have me anyhow

NOBODY CARES FOR ME
Nobody Cares For Me.mp3

Lonesome is I, I wished I could die
Nobody cares for me
Lonesome is I, I wished I could die
Nobody cares for me

It was one bright moon lighted night,
the moon shining bright,
when you and I made love

Wasn't I true, I'll say to you,
I moaned like a turtle dove
Lonesome is I, I wished I could die
Nobody cares for me

Oh my darling, oh my dear
You know you treat me mean
Oh my darling, oh…
You know you treat me mean

Lonesome is I, I wished I could die
Nobody cares for me
Lonesome is I, I wished I could die
Nobody cares for me

Oh my darling, oh my dear
You know you treat me mean

(can’t make out lyrics, sorry!)

Lonesome is I, I wished I could die
Nobody cares for me
Lonesome is I, I wished I could die
Nobody cares for me

WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN

Will The Circle Be Unbroken.mp3
I was standing by my window,
One cold and cloudy day
When the hearse come rolling
To carry my mother away

Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
In the sky, lord, in the sky

And I told that undertaker
Undertaker please drive slow
For this lady that you’re hauling
Oh, I hate to see her go

Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
In the sky, lord, in the sky

I would follow long behind her
Tried to stand up and be brave
But I could not hold my sorrow
When they laid her in the grave

Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
In the sky, lord, in the sky

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Comment by ddeubel on June 18, 2008 at 1:39pm
I'd read about him but this is the first I remember actually WATCHING him and as you said, it is amazing, his whole manner and being seem consumed by some flow and music....

Great songs and they are very good for English teaching in many cases. Repetition and also lots of culture/meaning......and of course that mysterious rhythm that rings through all powerful language...thanks for sharing Ellen.

I love the Neville Bros. version of the circle be unbroken. Actually, in teachers college we had to "perform" as the final mark / aspect of our music component. Everyone played an instrument of some sort but I went with an acapella version of this song! It was great, I remember so much satisfaction after the audience joining in and us having a rockin good time -- and no music, just our language/voice!

do you recognize this guy?


David
Comment by Ellen Pham on June 18, 2008 at 6:11pm
I don't recognize him, David, but speaking of acapella, have you heard Sweet Honey in the Rock? I think I have some of them on my playlist, if not I'll put some on... very rich textures :)

I had a music appreciation teacher in college (community college)... he was a concert pianist in NYC, taught in CT during the week... so sweet and encouraging... he wanted all his students to perform for their final project too, even if we were rank beginners! I played minuet in G... didn't know how to play the piano before that class (he gave me lessons for free, such a dear man)... I've often lamented that higher education often does not allow you to be a beginner anymore, like you are already supposed to know everything and be good at it! Except teacher's college :) and community colleges... ok, I am starting to ramble... I will put Mississippi John Hurt and Sweet Honey in the Rock on my playlist.

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Comment by solange on July 15, 2008 at 5:18am
j'ai découvert John Hurt avec toi Ellen et j'aime beaucoup sa musique je trouve qu'il dégage en plus de la tendresse beaucoup de jeunesse de souplesse et de force lorsque l'on ne voit que ses mains et son torse. On est ensuite surpris par son visage qui lui reflète bien son âge et les traces d'une vie difficile

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