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Song of the Day (BLM): Robert Johnson – Come On In My Kitchen

Day 4. Legendary guitarist & blues singer Robert Johnson is the main protagonist of one of the most enduring legends in American mythology. The tale goes that he met The Devil at a crossroads at midnight. He handed The Devil his guitar & The Devil tuned it for him. From that day forth, the guitar would stay magically in tune & Johnson’s guitar playing would be almost supernatural in ability. Various myths tell of how he was a terrible guitar player who the other blues singers laughed at. He went away & came back with amazing ability. His death, at the age of 27, is thought to have been him paying the price of his faustian Deal.

I have chosen Come On In My Kitchen for no other reason than it is my favourite Robert Johnson song. If you haven’t heard it before, you should definitely give it a listen. There’s a strong argument to be made for Robert Johnson & his contemporaries being the fathers of pretty much all modern music.

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You better come on in my kitchen
Well, it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors
Ah, the woman I love, took from my best friend
Some joker got lucky, stole her back again
You better come on in my kitchen
It’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors

Oh, she’s gone, I know she won’t come back
I’ve taken the last nickel out of her nation sack
You better come on in my kitchen
It’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors
Oh, can’t you hear that wind howl?
Oh, can’t you hear that wind would howl?
You better come on in my kitchen
Well, it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors

When a woman gets in trouble, everybody throws her down

Lookin’ for her good friend, none can be found
You better come on in my kitchenBabe, it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors
Wintertime’s comin’, it’s gon’ be slow
You can’t make the winter, babe, that’s dry, long, so
You better come on in my kitchen, ’cause it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors

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