Terraplane Blues - Robert Johnson

Hudson_in_SeattleHudson_in_Seattle Posts: 207Member
i saw a reference to this song in another post - as a long time guitarist, i'm very familar with robert johnson, but never heard this tune - electrical problems, lady problems, perhaps both!

https://www.robertjohnsonbluesfoundation.org/track/terraplane-blues/

Terraplane Blues

Lyrics:

And I feel so lonesome
you hear me when I moan
When I feel so lonesome
you hear me when I moan
Who been drivin my terraplane
for you since I’ve been gone


I’d said I flashed your lights mama
your horn won’t even blow
I even flash my lights mama
this horn won’t even blow
Got a short in this connection
hoo-well, babe, its way down below


I’m on hist your hood momma
I’m bound to check your oil
I’m on hist your hood momma mmmm
I’m bound to check your oil
I got a woman that I’m lovin
way down in Arkansas


Now you know the coils ain’t even buzzin
little generator won’t get the spark
Motors in a bad condition
you gotta have these batteries charged
But I’m cryin please
please don’t do me wrong
Who been drivin my terraplane now for
you-hoo since I’ve been gone


Mr Highwayman
please don’t block the road
Puh hee hee
ple-hease don’t block the road
Casue she’s restrin (?) a cold one hindred
and I’m booked I gotta go


Mmm mmm
mmmm mmmm mmm
You ooo oooo oooo
you hear me weep and moan
Who been drivin my terraplane
for you since I’ve been gone


I’m on get deep down in this connection
keep on tanglin with your wires
I’m on get deep down in this connection
hoo-well keep on tanglin with your wires


And when I mash down your little starter
then your spark plug will give me a fire.

Comments

  • Old Fogey UKOld Fogey UK Posts: 983Expert Adviser
    Robert Johnson - "King of the Delta Blues Singers".
    There's character in the Coen Bros movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou" modelled on Johnson.
    I think there's a lot of double-meaning in the song's lyrics !
  • 50C8DAN50C8DAN Posts: 2,689Senior Contributor
    Foghat also sang this one!




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