Last Fair Deal Gone Down

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For the album by Swedish metal band Katatonia, see Last Fair Deal Gone Down (album).
"Last Fair Deal Gone Down"
Single by Robert Johnson
A-side 32-20 Blues
Released April 1937 (1937-04)
Format Ten-inch 78 rpm record
Recorded San Antonio, Texas, November 27, 1936
Genre Blues
Length 2:39
Label Vocalion (no. 03445)
Writer(s) Robert Johnson
Producer(s) Don Law
Robert Johnson singles chronology
"Kind Hearted Woman Blues"
"Last Fair Deal Gone Down"
"I Believe I'll Dust My Broom

"Last Fair Deal Gone Down" is a song by American blues musician Robert Johnson. Music critic Thomas Ward describes it as "essentially is a series of immensely clever one-liners, such as the magnificent 'If you cry about a nickel, you’ll die for a dime'".[1] He adds "Musically, the song is superb ... the counter rhythms are audacious, and the song’s melody is terrific. Without doubt, one of the lesser-known gems of Johnson’s catalogue."[1]

It was recorded during Johnson's third recording session in San Antonio, Texas, on November 27, 1936. The song was released on a 78 rpm record in April the following year by Vocalion Records as the second side of "32-20 Blues". It was included on the first reissue of Johnson's songs, King of the Delta Blues Singers in 1961. In 1990, it was released on compact disc as part of The Complete Recordings box set.

Other artists who later interpreted the song include Keb Mo, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Todd Rundgren, C.W. Stoneking and the Blue Tits, Crooked Still, and Beck in concert.[2]


  1. ^ a b Ward, Thomas. "Robert Johnson: Last Fair Deal Gone Down – Song Review". AllMusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Song Search Results for Last Fair Deal Gone Down". AllMusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved August 22, 2014.