The Ballad of Robert Johnson

by Lach

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released August 20, 2016

Lach - Vocals/Piano
Recorded live at Sidewalk Cafe NYC 2007



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Track Name: The Ballad of Robert Johnson (Live '07)
Ballad of Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson was everybody's old man
A big black angel out of backwoods land
Who played guitar better than anybody can
After making a deal with the devil, man,
That’s Robert Johnson

Down by the the crossroads
Down by the tracks
Johnson met the devil and they made a pact
The devil tuned guitar up as smooth as poison
Puts Johnson's soul down into the Gibson.

Scratch say, " Now you can play but only the blues
Scratch say, " Now you can play but only the blues.
You can play better than anyone can play
But only if you play the Devil’s tunes”

Check out the Devil. He's got bags on his belt
Secret potions to make your heart melt
A liquid gas to turn you into a tycoon
But in the end you'll play the Devil’s tunes
Like Robert Johnson