The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #26162 Message #3959491
Posted By: GUEST
31-Oct-18 - 09:37 PM
Thread Name: Origins: He Had a Long Chain On (Jimmie Driftwood)
Subject: RE: Origins: He Had a Long Chain On (Jimmie Driftwood)
Only one person mentioned Odetta!
It was Odetta's recording, live in performance,
that introduced me to this song.
Her version is extremely spare. Just her and her six-string guitar.
In between verses she just alternates two chords on the guitar,
using some of that rhythmic touch she learned from Libba Cotten.
In terms of chords in a minor key,
the chords would be iv - i - iv - i.
Odetta, as well, sings,
"He bowed his head in the moonlight."
I believe this album is Odetta Live at Town Hall.