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It was a studio date, and they almost certainly performed it live earlier. The lyrics to two versions of "I Know You Rider" are also given in this post.
The content of this post is presented for folkloric, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes. Although Ma Rainey's version seems on the face of it to refer to "See See Rider" as a man, one theory is that the term refers to a prostitute and in the lyric, "You made me love you, now your man done come," "your man" refers to the woman's pimp. So, rather than being directed to a male "easy rider," the song is in fact an admonition to a prostitute to give up her evil ways.
I should correct, and amplify on, my earlier post, and try to give a history of the song as best I know it, in response to some of the guesses a few of which are wide of the mark and questions above. It's on p. Apparently I was the first to pick it up and sing it, though it had lain around unnoticed in that well-known collection for twenty years. The Lomax headnote says "An eighteen-year-old black girl, in prison for murder, sang the tune and the first stanza of these blues.
I Know You Rider - Slaughter* - Shes So Out Of Touch followed the tune given in Lomax, roughly but not exactly, changed the song from a woman's to a man's viewpoint, dropped two verses, and was its first arranger, voice and guitar in a heavy drag downbeat, sort of an early folk-rock sound. Then I went in the Army sorta like prison and everything went on hold. As previously stated, Tossi Aaron learned the song from me in Philadelphia around She sang it on her Prestige LP.
The song traveled around for years among a few East and West Coast folksingers but was not sung by Тающий Мир - Сергей Маврин - Запрещенная Реальность many people most white kids took a while to crash the blues.
No well-known singer recorded it until the Kingston Trio. I never knew Dave Guard personally but he could perhaps have heard me in a West Coast hoot or concert, Travelling So Long - Don Carlos With Gold & The Gladiators - Show-Down Vol.
3 else got it from someone who did. The Trio may well have been the Seldom Scene's source, as they drew from all sorts of music stylists. The next breakout singer to record it was James Taylor in, I think, He picked it up during his teen years, probably at the hoots on Martha's Vineyard. Janis Joplin got the song almost simultaneously, perhaps from James, or vice versa.
Her source could, I think, have been someone on the West Coast who'd heard it from me, or could have been James. Janis, blues freak that she was, was presumably Jerry Garcia and the Dead's source, perhaps via Jorma Kaukkonen who was the real blues fanatic in that crowd.
There is, I think I can state categorically, no other source or root for this song apart from Lomax and me. I have never heard any other song that could be credibly a version of it. Don't be misled Surprisey Tin Boxes (Restart Remix) - Saskrotch - Surprisey Tin Boxes/Happy Ending Remixes the Google associations.
The song has nothing to do with C. Neither Blind Lemon Jefferson nor Leadbelly recorded the song in any form I know of, and I've heard virtually everything by both men. However, a Lomax verse I didn't use, "Did you ever wake up and find your rider gone?
The rest of the verses sound like good solid traditional blues but are unique to this song. However, because they were supplied by the Lomaxes, I think New Wave - MacTalla Mor - The New Colossus have to worry, as with much Lomax material, that they may have been tinkered with by Alan Lomax, who did more rewriting than he admitted.
They're great verses, though, and make the song what it is. The unnamed Lomax source doesn't that frost ya? Wish we knew her name so we could credit her. Probably I shoulda copyrighted it. Everybody else since has. But in those days a lot of us believed traditional songs were free as the air and should not be locked down.
11 Harmonies Du Soir - Franz Liszt, Jerome Rose - Transcendental Etudes, 4 Waltzes. Bob Coltman. I'm proud to be the guy who, after Lomax, started the song on its musical rounds. All credit to the Lomaxes for putting it together, and to Tossi, who knew a good song when she heard one. I laid down last night, babe, tried to take my rest… But my mind kept ramblin' like wild geese in the west. I know my woman bound to love me some… 'Cause she throws her arms round me like a circle round the sun.
I'm goin' down to the river, set down on a log… If I can't be your man, honey, sure won't be your I Know You Rider - Slaughter* - Shes So Out Of Touch . I cut your wood, baby, and I made your fire… I tote' your liquor babe, from the Fresno Bar.
Just as sure as the birds fly high in the sky above… Life ain't worth livin' if you ain't with the one you love. I'm goin' down the road, get some better care… I'm goin' I Know You Rider - Slaughter* - Shes So Out Of Touch to my used-to-be rider, for I don't feel welcome here.
Sun gonna shine in my back door some day… Wind gonna rise up, blow my blues away. This is probably not the oldest recording of it, but it is the oldest one I have found. I wish I was a headlight on a northbound train! Thanks also to the publishers of these featured sound files.
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