POLICE DOG BLUES

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POLICE DOG BLUES
It’s always interesting to think about how much of what has become part of the popular
music canon is an accident of history. One would be hard pressed to find a finer guitarist
than Blind Blake. But Blind Blake made his recordings for the Paramount label, a
subsidiary of the Wisconsin Chair Company, and Paramount didn’t survive the great
depression. Rights to Paramount’s back catalog have changed hands a few times, but the
label has never had the muscle of a major record company pushing its back catalog. Blind
Blake was one of the most accomplished guitarists of his era, and probably the most
versatile of them all. Indeed, his guitar-playing on classics like “Diddie-Wah-Diddie” and
“Police Dog Blues” almost defies belief. Blake’s influence on the folk/blues revival of the
sixties was huge, and his brilliant and intricate fingerpicking was touted by guitar
geniuses such as Josh White and Rev. Gary Davis, who went as far as to declare him “the
best ragtime guitarist ever heard on record”.
All my life I’ve been a travelin’ man
All my life I’ve been a travelin’ man
Stayin’ alone and doin’ the best I can
I shipped my trunk down to Tennessee
I shipped my trunk down to Tennessee
Hard to tell about a man like me
I met a gal, I couldn’t get her off my mind
I met a gal, I couldn’t get her off my mind
She passed me up, said she didn’t like my kind
I’m scared to bother around her house at night
I’m scared to bother around her house at night
She got a police dog cravin’ for a fight
His name is Rambler, when he gets a chance
His name is Rambler, when he gets a chance
He leaves his mark on everybody’s pants
Guess I’ll travel, I guess I’ll let her be
Guess I’ll travel, I guess I’ll let her be
Before she sicks
her police dog on me