This song was a Corona project.
I think I first started studying on it in 2020, I saw the Youtube video of it and I was immediately hooked on it. The accompaniment is mostly based a fingerstyle ‘biscuit roll’, and it makes the most of the drone coming from a drop-D tuning *). I trimmed of some of the embellishments (had to, to keep the overall structure understandable).
The original by Willie Watson is sung way beyond my vocal range (F#m instead of Dm) and in specific bits he even octaves himself upwards.
No can do! The original is on Youtube though. Even though the text is very simple, as usual it took me a very long time to memorize it, then to sing it to the accompaniement. This is where I am right now, 2 years later.
The added benefit of doing the Dm is that friendly bluesharpers can play the Harp Riff played after each group of three verses, as in the original, which is kind of neat.
The first recorded of this song I am aware of is of course by Leadbelly , which is quite different.
Most people having living memories of the 1970’s would remember the Led Zeppelin version.
I think its an exciting version of the song to do
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this.
A second upload for this month: