I KNOW YOU RIDER

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I KNOW YOU RIDER

“I Know You Rider” is a traditional woman’s blues song. Well-known versions include
those by Janis Joplin, James Taylor (as “Circle Around the Sun”, on his first album), and
Hot Tuna. Joan Baez recorded a version on her 1961 album Joan Baez, Vol. 2”. Some of
the lines is this song, such as “Sun gonna shine in my back door someday” date back a
long way. But it seems that the song as we know it has its origins in a version included in
Alan Lomax’s book “American Ballads and Folk Songs” in 1934.
The notes to the song say “An eighteen-year old black girl, in prison for murder, sang the
song and the first stanza of these blues.” Alan Lomax added a number of floating verses
from other sources and named it ‘Woman Blue.’
Well I know you rider, gonna miss me when I’m gone
Well I know you rider, gonna miss me when I’m gone
You gonna miss your mama from rolling in your arms
Well I know my baby he’s bound to love me some
Well I know my baby he’s bound to love me some
He throws his arms around me like a circle round the sun
Well I laid down and I tried to take my rest
I laid down and I tried to take my rest
but my mind it just kept wandering like some wild geese in the west
I’m going down the road where I get better care
I’m going down the road where I get better care
I believe I’ll go babe, I just don’t feel welcome here
Just as sure as the bird fly in the sky above
Just as sure as the bird fly in the sky above
Life ain’t worth living if you ain’t with the man you love
The sun’s gonna shine in my back door some day
The sun’s gonna shine in my back door some day
The wind’s gonna rise and blow my blues away
To love you baby, it’s easy as falling off a log
To love you baby, it’s easy as falling off a log
Wanna be your baby but I sure won’t be your dog