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Tune Req: Hard Time Killing Floor Blues (S James)

GUEST, 11 Jun 03 - 11:44 AM
Piers 11 Jun 03 - 01:29 PM
Jim Dixon 29 Oct 09 - 02:13 AM
deadfrett 29 Oct 09 - 11:08 AM
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Subject: Can someone find me a sound file?
From: GUEST,
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 11:44 AM

Hey can anyone find me the CORRECT tabs and sound file for Hard Time Killing Floor Blues? its off the O brother where art thou soundtrack and im having trouble finding one. anyone have any sites? send it to my email. Thanks

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Subject: RE: Sound file & TABS? HardTime Killing Floor Blues
From: Piers
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 01:29 PM

This has both, I don't know if it's anygood.


email with link sent
joe clone

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From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 02:13 AM

Chris Thomas King performed HARD TIME KILLING FLOOR BLUES on the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack album (2000), but it was originally recorded by Skip James in 1931. I believe he recorded it again during the folk revival of circa 1960, and he altered the lyrics somewhat, but I believe these lyrics are what he recorded in 1931:

Copied from Michael Taft's Pre-War Blues Lyrics Concordance

Skip James

Hard times here : everywhere you go
Times is harder : than ever been before

Well the people are drifting : from door to door
Can't find no heaven : I don't care where they go

Let me tell you people : just before I go
These hard times will kill you : just dry long so*

When you hear me singing : my so lonesome song
These hard times : can last us so very long

If I ever get off : this killing floor
I'll never : get down this low no more

If you say you had money : you better be sure
Because these hard times will drive you : from door to door

Sing this song : and I ain't going to sing no more
Hard times will drive you : from door to door

[* "dry long so"—these words don't make any sense to me, and I can't believe they're correct, but I don't have anything better to suggest.—JD]

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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Hard Time Killing Floor Blues (James)
From: deadfrett
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 11:08 AM

GUEST- You may already know this but Skip used a guitar tuning of his own invention. At least he was the first bluesman I heard use it. He tuned the strings low to high E-B-E-G-B-E. He said he could mix his majors and minors as he wanted. He also used standard tuning
but most of his recording was done in his style. Dave

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