who wrote the song it takes a worried man

It takes a worried man to sing a worried song. I asked the judge what’s gonna be my fine The song really doesn’t make sense but then A P Carter’s songs often don’t, in part anyway. 266 West 37th Street, 17th Floor E: NorthAmericaLicensing(at)troessexmusic.com In this case, Guthrie mentions 21 links of chain, as opposed to the Carter’s 29 links of chain. It’s the actual “official” video: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The main difference, though, is that Guthrie, unlike all other versions, does not begin with the chorus. Now, obviously, Stewart did not stake his claim as a guitarist, but the song helped engender Stewart’s burgeoning musical creativity. Interesting articles. I mention this little story because “Worried Man Blues” is another example of a traditional folk song lost to time; a deracinated ditty, a matchless melody. Is it some old guy, 74 years old, with black robes. Train I ride is twenty one coaches long; Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Worried Man Blues Words by Woody Guthrie. Across the river we thought we solved all of our problems. Anyone that can squeeze Rod Stewart, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and the Carters and related them all in the same post was doing some thinking. It is sped up (in typical Kingston Trio fashion) and repeats the first line of the chorus three times. Hmm…interesting. Please excuse my corny hyperbolizing. Here is a version from volume two of the Asch Recordings (1944).    I’m worried now but I won’t be worried long, I went across the river and I laid down to sleep And I still got ninety Nine! The Carter Family recorded this song for the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1930. Twenty one years to pay my awful Crime! And on each link, the initials of my name, I asked the judge what’s gonna be my fine If anyone should ask you who composed this song Pete Seeger is awesome. I asked the judge what’s gonna be my fine Also the strong similarity in at least the melody to ‘Laid around and stayed around this ole town too long’ is interesting… The all-male vocal backing obviously differs from the Carter Family. It takes a worried man to sing a worried song. Does anyone know if Long Journey Home and Worried Man Blues are in the public domain? Really enjoyed. It might be the young judging the old or the old judging the rich. 449 South Beverly Drive, Suite 300 Guthrie’s train is 21 coaches long (he has an obsession with the number 21) and the Carter’s train is 16 coaches long. Site design by Anna Canoni. Maybe it was to emphasize the sing-along quality of the piece? Contact Anna Canoni at: acanoni(at)woodyguthrie.org. I also love when Cash performs old folk songs (see the, “These old songs are never going to die out. After the Carter Family recorded the song in 1930, Woody Guthrie picked up the classic and took it on in 1940. Love this song! Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. The train ride is twenty one coaches long; That’s an interesting point. Copyright Law. is on that train and gone! It takes a worried man to sing a worried song. I'm worried now but I won't be worried long! Perhaps the two song intermingled at some point? Twenty one years on the Rocky Mountain Line, If anyone should ask you who composed this song Twenty one years! Change ). When Rod Stewart received his first guitar from his father, he first developed hard-earned calluses from playing “Worried Man Blues.” The folk classic sparked the musician inside of Stewart. Went across the river, I lay down to sleep, Guthrie’s version immediately just sounds different, especially with the slightly out-of-tune, but stylish acoustic guitar. Old folk/blues pieces with unknown origins are kept alive by popular recordings and kids, who, like Rod Stewart, pick up a guitar, pluck the simple chords, and sing about being a worried man singing about being worried all day long. Twenty one links of chain around my leg; E: umpg.songlist(at)umusicpub.com This one performed by folk perfectionist Pete Seeger and the great Johnny Cash (1970). He’s Worried Now, But He Won’t Be Worried Long. First recording I heard was from the Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group with Dick Bishop doing the Woody Guthrie part and LD the Cisco Houston part. Well, I'm here in the closet. Too many fancy words makes for a pretentious read! It takes a worried man to sing a worried song. It takes a worried man to sing a worried song, It takes a worried man tossing a worried song, I'm worried now but I won't be worried long! When I woke up.had shackles on my feet! (you think you got me but there is always a/the escape…). American Radical Patriot E: mechanical(at)bmg.com (Mechanical licenses) Twenty one years to pay my awful crime! © Copyright 1988 by Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. Muleskinner Blues - Asch Recordings, Vol. Visit our, Don’t Worry ’bout the Mule, Just Load the Wagon. Tags: Carter Family, Folk music, Maybelle Carter, Music, Rod Stewart, Sara Carter, Worried Man Blues. Perhaps. great reading… thanks for the article. For some reason i always thought it was a kind of suicide last be laughing song….Just because he knew all that time waste of punishment… I’m worried now but i won’t be worried long…. Website, Michael Goldsen Music, Inc. This is actually the first version of the song I became familiar with. It takes a worried man to sing a worried song I’m worried now but I won’t be worried long . Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. When Rod Stewart received his first guitar from his father, he first developed hard-earned calluses from playing “Worried Man Blues.”The folk classic sparked the musician inside of Stewart. It is fascinating to dig deep and it’s a pleasure to write about it! I love looking at the histories of these traditional folk/blues tunes. T: (914) 241-3844 | E: info(at)woodyguthrie.org. Interesting points. This timelessness is genuine. 2100 Colorado Avenue In the game of lyrical telephone (like I mentioned in previous blues evolution posts), some of the first things to go are numbers and places. If anyone should ask you who composed this song Can somebody help me please? Guthrie maintains the two repetition of the Carter’s, but, starting with verse two, stuff begins changing. You have that revolution. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It sort-of has a mark of irony, since we are now asking 81 years later who first sang this song. This website is a wonderful music history resource. I crossed the river, laid down to sleep, and woke up with shackles on my feet. Nickie's at that big front door, 'bout to come on through. (The first song is “Worried Man Blues”). I'm worried now... but I won't be worried long. Also, Guthie ends the song with a completely independent verse that he seemingly made up. Any idea when/why? The Carter’s did repeat the first line three times in later recordings. Mountain line. Questions? If you'd like to buy us a sandwich, however, we would be grateful. I am going to paste the full Carter Family version so we can have a solid FIRST lyric for reference. It takes a worried man to sing a worried song. Twenty one links of chain around my leg; Great article! TRO-Essex Music Group    It takes a worried man to sing a worried song Well, I'm here in the closet. Woody Guthrie, A Woody Zombie Hootenanny (No longer available) In more modern versions, the opening line of every verse is repeated three times. It’s curious why they did it. It sounds very much like Woody Guthries version, but it is song faster and the guitar is also stronger and faster played. If you have heard the piece before performed by more recent artists you might notice that there is a distinct different. I recently recorded Long Journey Home with 8 verses and curiously, the last four verses are actually from Woody Guthrie’s rendition of Worried Man Blues…and they fit just fine. Say it was me and I sing it all day long, Ad-Free Lyrics for Traditional Bluegrass and Early Country Songs, Bluegrasslyrics.com remains an ad-free and revenue-free site in every respect. (Administered by BMG Chrysalis) It takes a worried man to sing a worried song You are absolutely right. I think a few ‘floating verses’ have found their way in here and there. Worried Man sounds like it’s about someone crossing a river (= state line or county line) and then being arrested, for vagrancy perhaps. Z-Joe and the Dustbowlers, HOME | BIOGRAPHY | LYRICS | SPECIAL PROJECTS | PUBLISHING REQUEST | EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM, PROGRAM & EXHIBITS | NEWS | STORE | MAILING LIST | PRESS | SITEMAP | CONTACT, WOODY GUTHRIE PUBLICATIONS, INC. But why won’t he be worried long? Woody Guthrie, Muleskinner Blues - Asch Recordings, Vol. Attn: Sarah Smith ( Log Out /  He dives right into going across the river and lying down to sleep. I went across the river and I laid down to sleep (Administered by Universal Music) Went across the river, I lay down to sleep; Went across the river, I lay down to sleep, When I woke up.had shackles on my feet! What one can delineate from written record is this: A.P. He is a classics man and he performs the songs with such enjoyable passion. Asked that judge what's gonna be fine; I went across the river and I laid down to sleep Railroad Company? Nashville, TN 37203 ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. And who’se the judge. Twenty one years on that rooky mountain line! You get that job. You crossed that river and found you got shackles on your feet. It sounds as if it’s from around woody’s time period. I’m afraid I do not have an answer. It takes a worried man to sing a worried song. PUBLISHER'S CONTACT Beverly Hills, CA 90212 

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