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One of Charley Patton's most interesting tracks, with fascinating use of different rhythms. How does he get to beat the guitar and play it at the same time? Words still pretty hard to decipher (no change there) but lyrics freely available on Google. Believed to be played in standard tuning in C. Point of interest: Is the first line I'm going away to another world? or I'm going away to the one I know?

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I'm goin' away, to a world unknown
I'm goin' away, to a world unknown
I'm worried now, but I won't be worried long
My rider got somethin', she's tryin'a keep it hid

Charley Patton - Down the Dirt Road Blues Lyrics


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  • This is magic, so pure and so good. Spiritual.
  • Charley pulls you into this song wish him.
  • Dirt Road
  • I got it → via atmosphere... more than words.
  • it's the feeling of the words that make this song great.
  • I actually made it over to his grave site ... most of the graves are unmarked, but his is lookin' good .... Harmonica great, Willie Foster, is next door =)
  • Funny how so many blues songs seem to be about traveling, usually the reluctant variety, from familiar, desired places and faces... this one is a good example.
  • My feets ah thumpin'
  • Amazing.
  • Over a 100 listens to Mr. Patton and I still don't understand 1/2 of what the hell he's saying. Don't matter, it's the soul baby... its the genuine soul.

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