ERIC CLAPTON : MOTHERLESS CHILDREN / BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON : MOTHER’S CHILDREN ARE HAVING A HARD TIME

To 1927 o δάσκαλος των gospel blues Blind Willie Johnson [ένας από τους πιο αγαπημένους μου performers όλων των εποχών], ηχογράφησε το τραγούδι του “Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time”.
Έκτοτε έχει κυκλοφορήσει από αρκετούς καλλιτέχνες, ο
Bod Dylan και ο Eric Clapton ανάμεσά τους. Ακούμε την εκδοχή του δεύτερου από το 461 Ocean Boulevard [1974], και στη συνέχεια το real thing.

In 1927 gospel blues master
Blind Willie Johnson [one of my favorite performers by any genre] recorded the song “Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time”.
It has since been released by various artists,
Bod Dylan and Eric Clapton among them. We hear the second ones’ version from 461 Ocean Boulevard [1974] and then the real thing.

Motherless children have a hard time when mother is dead, lord.
Motherless children have a hard time when mother is dead, lord.
They don’t have anywhere to go;
Wandering around from door to door.
Nobody treats you like a mother will when your mother is dead, lord.
Father will do the best he can when your mother is dead, lord.
Father will do the best he can when your mother is dead, lord.
Father will do the best he can;
So many things a father can’t understand.
Nobody treats you like a mother will when your mother is dead, lord.
Sister will do the best she can when your mother is dead, lord.
Sister will do the best she can when your mother is dead, lord.
Sister will do the best she can;
So many things a sister can’t understand.
Nobody treats you like a mother will when your mother is dead.
When your mother is dead, when your mother is dead.
When your mother is dead, Lord, when your mother is dead.



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3 Comments

  1. Resa September 11, 2020 at 12:21 am

    Wonderful!
    In as much as I enjoyed the Eric Clapton version, Blind Willie Johnson takes the prize!
    The rough edges, and honest tones of his voice make his guitar as sweet as honey. All in all, a great post!

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    1. Oannes September 11, 2020 at 9:58 am

      You’re absolutely right, Resa.
      Guys like BWJ, or Son House, or Leadbelly, are simply unattainable even for the ’70s [not to mention …today’s] standards.

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      1. Resa September 13, 2020 at 11:40 pm

        I was lucky enough to see some of the older blues guys at this old club in Toronto, in the 70’s. The place closed a few years after that.

        LOL! I know he’s not in the really old blues guys club, but my sister made B.B. King pay the cover charge when he played the club she was working at in the early 80’s.
        He came in the front, instead of the musician’s back stage door.
        He paid it!!! lol

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