Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson: Ramblin’ on My Mind (testo canzone blues)

Artista: Robert Johnson
Canzone: Ramblin’ on My Mind (1937)

“Ramblin’ On My Mind” is a blues song recorded on November 23, 1936 in San Antonio, Texas by blues musician Robert Johnson. The song was originally released on 78 rpm format as Vocalion 03519 and ARC 7-05-81. Johnson performed the song in the key of E, and recorded two takes. Both takes were used for different pressings of both the Vocalion issue and the ARC issue.

The song uses the melody made popular by the hit record M & O Blues by Walter Davis. Johnson composed two songs to this melody “Ramblin’ On My Mind” and When You Got A Good Friend with different musical approaches and different guitar tunings, although both were in the key of E. For “Ramblin’ On My Mind” he used an open tuning that allowed him to combine a boogie shuffle on the bass strings with bottleneck triplets on the treble strings. These slide triplets were model for Elmore James’s famous accompaniment to Dust My Broom.

The song was covered by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and featured on the album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton, and by Clapton on the albums Just One Night, Crossroads 2: Live in the Seventies, Sessions for Robert J, and on Live from Madison Square Garden. (Wikipedia)

Ramblin’ on My Mind

Robert Johnson

Ah got ramblin’,
Ah got ramblin’ on mah mind.
Have to leave mah baby
but you treats me so unkind.

Ah got mean things
Ah got mean things all on mah mind
Little girl, little girl,
Ah got mean things all on mah mind
Hate to leave you here, babe,
but you treats me so unkind.

Runnin’ down to the station
catch the first mail train Ah see (spokerì): Ah think Ah hear her comin’ now.
Runnin’ down to the station
catch that ole first mail train Ah see.
Ah got the blues ‘bout Miss So-and So
and the child got the blues about me.

And Ah’m leavin’ this mornin’
with mah arm fold’ upped and cryin’.
Ah hate to leave mah baby
but she treats me so unkind.

Ah got mean things
Ah’ve got mean things on mah mind
Ah got mean things
Ah got mean things ali on mah mind.
Ah got to leave mah baby,
well, she treats me so unkind.

Robert Johnson

https://youtu.be/FLISvtk8GvU

Eric Clapton

John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (with Eric Clapton) Ramblin’ on My Mind (1966) (Robert Johnson)

https://youtu.be/eh2aMFKA6Ug

From the album ‘Just One Night’ 1980

https://youtu.be/04NNXbJvBbY

Live From Madison Square Garden (2009)

https://youtu.be/_BvwlxRwY5w