Me and the Devil Blues

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"Me and the Devil Blues"
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Original 78 record label
Single by Robert Johnson
Released1938 (1938)
RecordedDallas, Texas, June 19, 1937
  • 2:37 (take 1)
  • 2:29 (take 2)
LabelVocalion (no. 04108 – both takes)
Songwriter(s)Robert Johnson
Producer(s)Don Law

"Me and the Devil Blues" is a blues song by Robert Johnson. It tells the story of the singer's waking up one morning to the devil knocking on the door, telling him that "it's time to go".[1]

The lyrics concluded with the lines "You may bury my body down by the highway side" / "So my old evil spirit can catch a Greyhound bus and ride."[2] Johnson recorded the song, among others, in a warehouse in Dallas, that served as a makeshift recording studio, on June 19, 1937. It was his final recording session.[3]

The song has become a blues standard and been covered, among others, by Peter Green Splinter Group, Cowboy Junkies, Eric Clapton, Soap&Skin, Widespread Panic, TS McPhee, Gil Scott-Heron, Black Stone Cherry and The Doors.


  1. ^ Schroeder, Patricia R. (14 June 2004). Robert Johnson, mythmaking, and contemporary American culture - Patricia R. Schroeder - Google Books. ISBN 9780252029158. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  2. ^ Robert Palmer (1981). Deep Blues. Penguin Books. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-14-006223-6.
  3. ^ Robert Palmer (1981). Deep Blues. Penguin Books. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-14-006223-6.

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