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 Posted: Sat Aug 17th, 2019 05:02 am
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Written by Huddie Leadbetter
Performed by Michael Odom

They hung Him on a cross
They hung Him on a cross
They hung Him on a cross
For me
One day when I was lost
They hung Him on a cross
They hung Him on a cross for me

They whooped Him up a hill
They whooped Him up a hill
They whooped Him up a hill
For me
One day when I was lost
They hung Him on a cross
They whooped Him up a hill for me

They cut Him on the side
They cut Him on the side
They cut Him on the side
For me
One day when I was lost
They hung him on a cross
They cut Him on the side
For me

He never said among them word
They never said among them word
They never said among them word
For me
One day when I was lost
They hung Him on a cross
They hung Him on a cross
For me

He hung His head and died
He hung His head and died
He hung His head and died
For me
One day when I was lost
They hung Him on a cross
He hung His head and died
For me

Last edited on Tue Aug 20th, 2019 04:03 am by samiamiamsam



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 Posted: Tue Aug 20th, 2019 12:38 pm
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Good job on this, Sam.
Nice to hear a Lead Belly cover.
And properly with the twelve string guitar accompaniment.

Your voice is strong and confident on this one. Good to hear.

If this is still a work in progress, it would be nice to hear a solo and more dynamic range.
Many ways to add dynamics. (higher and lower volume) Here's a couple tricks I use all the time.
Things pretty much everyone knows about, but are often overlooked.

I use both muting and rhythm to vary the dynamics.
Palm muting can be applied to bring the level down and added to the rhythmic techniques.

Rhythmic technique has to do with how much you are playing, or the count.
Playing a chord as a whole note that rings for a whole measure has a different dynamic
than half note, or quarter note strums. (or an eighth note grind} And all this can be
applied as single note or diad (two note) chords as well.

Applying the technique should be planned. Although it can happen naturally as well.
I will often ask the song leader where they want the dynamics. Which song part
should be loudest and which should be softest?

Typically dynamics build. Starting quietly and then getting louder.
With a soft dynamic part for effect and then return to a louder dynamic to end.
When multiple instruments are used, there are even more opportunities
for dynamic range. Instruments can be added as you go, and each can use
dynamic techniques to build and soften.

- Sketch

Last edited on Tue Aug 20th, 2019 12:39 pm by Motorist Sketchbook



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I guess a lyric suggestion doesn't matter since I just saw this was a cover, but v1 and v2 should be switched b/c chronologically he was whooped first then hung.

Nice production and deliver.

Thanks for sharing.



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I was just thinking today that this is a great example of Spiritual Blues.
These spirituals stand apart from the other side of the Blues.

Despite the rumors about Robert Johnson's Crossroads,
I think that is a spiritual as well.
Look at the lyrics.

I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above "have mercy, now save poor Bob, if you please"

Ooh, standin' at the crossroad, tried to flag a ride
Ooh-ee, I tried to flag a ride
Didn't nobody seem to know me, babe, everybody pass me by

Standin' at the crossroad, baby, risin' sun goin' down
Standin' at the crossroad, baby, eee-eee, risin' sun goin' down
I believe to my soul, now, poor Bob is sinkin' down

You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown
You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown
That I got the crossroad blues this mornin', Lord, babe, I'm sinkin' down

And I went to the crossroad, mama, I looked east and west
I went to the crossroad, baby, I looked East and West
Lord, I didn't have no sweet woman, ooh well, babe, in my distress



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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
I was just thinking today that this is a great example of Spiritual Blues.
These spirituals stand apart from the other side of the Blues.

Despite the rumors about Robert Johnson's Crossroads,
I think that is a spiritual as well.
Look at the lyrics.

I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above "have mercy, now save poor Bob, if you please"

Ooh, standin' at the crossroad, tried to flag a ride
Ooh-ee, I tried to flag a ride
Didn't nobody seem to know me, babe, everybody pass me by

Standin' at the crossroad, baby, risin' sun goin' down
Standin' at the crossroad, baby, eee-eee, risin' sun goin' down
I believe to my soul, now, poor Bob is sinkin' down

You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown
You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown
That I got the crossroad blues this mornin', Lord, babe, I'm sinkin' down

And I went to the crossroad, mama, I looked east and west
I went to the crossroad, baby, I looked East and West
Lord, I didn't have no sweet woman, ooh well, babe, in my distress


I never really thought Crossroads was about Johnson selling his soul to the Devil.
Good to hear someone else say it.
In the song, he has hit rock bottom, and he's asking God to be saved.
My brother and I have argued over this topic for years. lol
Such a great song. Love the way he plays guitar on that one.



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jamestoffee wrote:
I guess a lyric suggestion doesn't matter since I just saw this was a cover, but v1 and v2 should be switched b/c chronologically he was whooped first then hung.

Nice production and deliver.

Thanks for sharing.


That for the listen and comment James.
Yeah, I just copied and pasted the lyrics from a wiki page.
I think the first verse is foreshadowing.



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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
Good job on this, Sam.
Nice to hear a Lead Belly cover.
And properly with the twelve string guitar accompaniment.

Your voice is strong and confident on this one. Good to hear.

If this is still a work in progress, it would be nice to hear a solo and more dynamic range.
Many ways to add dynamics. (higher and lower volume) Here's a couple tricks I use all the time.
Things pretty much everyone knows about, but are often overlooked.

I use both muting and rhythm to vary the dynamics.
Palm muting can be applied to bring the level down and added to the rhythmic techniques.

Rhythmic technique has to do with how much you are playing, or the count.
Playing a chord as a whole note that rings for a whole measure has a different dynamic
than half note, or quarter note strums. (or an eighth note grind} And all this can be
applied as single note or diad (two note) chords as well.

Applying the technique should be planned. Although it can happen naturally as well.
I will often ask the song leader where they want the dynamics. Which song part
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Typically dynamics build. Starting quietly and then getting louder.
With a soft dynamic part for effect and then return to a louder dynamic to end.
When multiple instruments are used, there are even more opportunities
for dynamic range. Instruments can be added as you go, and each can use
dynamic techniques to build and soften.

- Sketch


Thanks Sketch! This has always been one of my favorites by Leadbelly.
I was actually thinking about using some dynamics on this.
But I decided to leave it as raw as his original recording.
Great ear on the 12 string guitar. I was using my brothers on this.



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Love it! Love your voice in this.



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Thank you Andrea.



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I have never heard the original so this is all new to me. It was a fun song despite the serious topic. That chorus is catchy.



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Sean T. wrote:
I have never heard the original so this is all new to me. It was a fun song despite the serious topic. That chorus is catchy.

Thanks for the listen and comments Sean.
Yeah, I agree. It’s very catchy. Every time I listen to it, or play it, it gets stuck in my head.
I’ll be singing it for the rest of the day now. lol
Thanks again!



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Nice cover. Laid back and simple.

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Yes, it’s a very simple, 3 chord structure. I love the simple ones. lol
Thanks for the listen and commenting, John.



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Very nice.

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I appreciate it Snowman.



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