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From: Clifton James Iii Weaver A few days ago, there was some discussion about Led Zeppelin's borrowings from the blues. Travelling Riverside Blues was mentioned as having completely different music and, with the exception of the title and part of one verse, being nothing like the Robert Johnson version. After reading that message I was inspired to transcribe the lyrics to TRB, so here are the lyrics to TRB with the original sources, where I could find them. They are footnoted with different symbols that are explained at the end. I apologize if the lines are divided incorrectly. It was sort of difficult to tell where one ended and another began. Travelling Riverside Blues *Asked sweet mama *Let me be her kid *She said, "You might get hurt *If you don't keep it hid" Well I know my baby If I see her in the dark I said I know my rider If I see her in the dark #Now, I goin' to Rosedale #Take my rider by my side #Still barrelhouse #If it's on the riverside, yeah I know my baby Lord, I said, is really sloppy drunk I know my mama Lord, a brownskin, but she ain't no plum See my baby, tell her Tell her hurry home Had no lovin', since My baby been gone See my baby Tell hurry on home I ain't had, Lord, my right mind Since my rider's been gone Hey, she promises She's my rider I wanna tell you She's my rider I know you're mine She's my rider She ain't but sixteen But she's my rider #I'm goin' to Rosedale #Take my rider by side Anybody argue with me man I'll keep them satisfied %Well, see my baby, tell her %Tell her the shape I'm in Ain't had no lovin' Lord, since you know when (Guitar Solo) Spoken: Why don't you come into my kitchen +She's a kindhearted lady +She studies evil all the time +She's a kindhearted woman +She studies evil all the time #Squeeze my lemon #'Til the juice runs down my leg #Squeeze it so hard #I'll fall right out of bed #Squeeze my lemon #'Til the juice runs down my leg #Spoken: I wonder if you know what I'm talkin' about #Oh, but the way that you squeeze it girl #I swear I'm gonna fall right out of bed Ah, she's a good rider Hey yeah +She's my kindhearted lady #I'm gonna take my rider by my side +I said her front teeth are lined with gold +She's gotta mortgage on my body +Gotta lien on my soul She's my brownskin sugar plum **** Derived from Sleepy John Estes' "Milk Cow Blues" #### Robert Johnson "Travelling Riverside Blues" %%%% Variation on St. Louis Jimmy Oden's "Goin' Down Slow" @@@@ Robert Johnson "Come into my Kitchen" ++++ Robert Johnson "Kindhearted Woman"

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