See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

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"See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"
Single by Blind Lemon Jefferson
B-side "Where Shall I Be"
Released 1927 and 1928 (1927 and 1928)
Format 10" 78 rpm record
Recorded October 1927 and February 1928
Genre Blues
Length 2:54
Label Paramount (Cat. no. 12585 and 12608)
Songwriter(s) Blind Lemon Jefferson
Blind Lemon Jefferson singles chronology
"One Dime Blues" / "Gone Dead on You"
(1927)
"See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"
(1927)
"Lonesome House Blues" / "Sunshine Special"
(1927)

"See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" is a song recorded by American blues musician Blind Lemon Jefferson in two slightly differing versions in October 1927 and February 1928 that became "one of his most famous compositions".[1] Son House used the melody on his 1930 recording of "Mississippi County Farm Blues".[2]

Versions[edit]

Bob Dylan recorded the song for his 1962 debut album Bob Dylan. He recorded it again with the Band, which is included on The Basement Tapes.

Other artists to cover the song include B.B. King, Peter, Paul and Mary (as "One Kind Favor"), Lightnin' Hopkins (as "One Kind Favor"), Canned Heat (as "One Kind Favor" on Living the Blues), the Grateful Dead (as "One Kind Favor"), Mike Bloomfield, Keiji Haino, Diamanda Galás, Meindert Talma & the Negroes, Laibach, Lou Reed, Furry Lewis, Chrome Cranks, the Dream Syndicate, Dave Van Ronk, Hobart Smith, Mavis Staples, Martin Simpson, Thelonious Monster and Widespread Panic.[3][4] Staples' version of the song from her 2015 album Your Good Fortune won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best American Roots Performance.[5]

Pat Donohue performed this song as "One Kind Favor" live on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion". It was later released on Donohue's CD Radio Blues.

The British band Half Man Half Biscuit recorded a parody titled "See That My Bike's Kept Clean" on their 1997 album Voyage to the Bottom of the Road.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Herzhaft, Gerard (1992). Encyclopedia of the Blues. University of Arkansas Press. p. 469. ISBN 1-55728-252-8.
  2. ^ Obrecht, Jas. Son House's Deep Mississippi Delta Blues. Jas Obrecht Music Archive. Retrieved 5-13-11
  3. ^ "Search for "one kind favor"". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Search for "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  5. ^ Mavis Staples Earns Best Roots Performance at 2016 Grammy Awards. Theboot.com, Retrieved 2-15-16
  6. ^ "Voyage to the Bottom of the Road - Half Man Half Biscuit - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2017.