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lyrics meaning

Postby mrmusic65 » Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:35 am

Hello forum from a new user and lover of the blues. I am a big fan of Rory Block and when I first heard her do "Big Road Blues" it blew me away!!! I am lucky enough to live near her and have managed to get a couple of lessons. "Big Road Blues" is the first song ahe is teaching me. I wonder what some of you feel this song is about? I would enjoy hearing from players who would like to exchange ideas and licks. Play On, Ray
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RE: lyrics meaning

Postby stumblin » Mon Oct 31, 2005 7:14 pm

"I wonder what some of you feel this song is about?"
I've always interpreted it as being a metaphor for "life". A bit pretentious maybe, but there you go.
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RE: lyrics meaning

Postby david » Mon Oct 31, 2005 7:20 pm

You're taking lessons from Rory Block and you're asking us questions?

Dang. I've got to say, though, I think it'd be hard for me to concentrate on the lesson.
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RE: lyrics meaning

Postby ricochet » Mon Oct 31, 2005 7:38 pm

How about asking Rory and let us know what she says?

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."
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RE: lyrics meaning

Postby nizer » Mon Oct 31, 2005 11:03 pm

My opinion:

Cryin', ain't goin' down this big road by myself
Now don't you hear me talkin', pretty mama?
Lord, ain't goin' down this big road by myself
If I don't carry you, gon' carry somebody else


This guy feels bad because his girl left him and he doesn't like being alone. He says if she won't come with him he'll find another woman who will. And life is kinda like a big road cause you got to keep movin' and you never know what's around the bend. But I may be interpreting too much here.

Cryin', sun gonna shine in my back door someday
Now, don't you hear me talkin', pretty mama?
Lord, sun gon' shine in my back door someday
And the wind gon' change, gon' blow my blues away


Someday things will change and he won't miss her. At least he's trying to convince himself that this is possible.

Baby, what makes you do me like you do do do, like you do do do?
Don't you hear me now?
What makes you do me like you do do do?
Now you think you gon' do me like you done poor Cherry Red


He wonders why she behaves the way she does. He refers to someone else that she treated badly as well.

Taken the poor boy's money now, sure, Lord, won't take mine
Now don't you hear me talkin' pretty mama?
Taken the poor boy's money; sure, Lord, won't take mine
Taken the poor boy's money now; sure, Lord, won't take mine


She's going out with some other guy, who buys her stuff (typical), and he wonders why she won't let him buy her stuff, e.g. go out with him.

Cryin', ain't goin' down this big road by myself
Now, don't you hear me talkin', pretty mama?
Lord, ain't goin' down this big road by myself
If I don't carry you, gon' carry somebody else


He still feels bad about the whole thing and he's still tring to convince himself that he will find someone else. Or maybe just saying that makes him feel better. Really, though, he'd rather have her.

Cryin', sun gon' shine, Lord, my back door someday
Now don't you hear me talkin', pretty mama?
Lord, sun gon' shine in my back door someday
And the wind gon' change, blow my blues away


Here he's still trying to convince himself that someday things will get better and he won't miss her. This makes him feel better, gives him some hope.
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RE: lyrics meaning

Postby stumblin » Tue Nov 01, 2005 8:55 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Nov-01-05 AT 03:56 AM (EST)]"Taken the poor boy's money now; sure, Lord, won't take mine.
She's going out with some other guy, who buys her stuff (typical), and he wonders why she won't let him buy her stuff, e.g. go out with him."

Or:
He (the singer) suspects that she is a no-good gold-digger, and is expressing defiance and pride e.g. "Other guys might be fooled into funding this woman's greed, but she won't fool me that way."
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RE: lyrics meaning

Postby ricochet » Tue Nov 01, 2005 12:20 pm

The latter is my interpretation, also.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."
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RE: lyrics meaning

Postby dcblues » Tue Nov 01, 2005 2:24 pm

I don't know if this will help you understand the song any better, but you should definitely check out the original version by Tommy Johnson.
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