Muddy Waters — Rollin' and Tumblin'
Album: His Best
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Released: 1954
Length: 2:58
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Well, I rolled and I tumbled,
Cried the whole night long.
Well, I rolled and I tumbled,
Cried the whole night long.
Well, I woke up this mornin,
Didn't know right from wrong.
Well, I told my baby,
Before I left that town.
Well, I told my baby,
Before I left that town.
Well, don't you let nobody,
Tear my barrelhouse down.
Well, ahh, mmm-hmmm,
Owww, oww ooo, aww, oww, oh.
Aaa, mmm-hmmm, oww, oh oh oh
Owww, oww ooo, aww, oww, oh.
Well, if the river was whiskey,
And I was a divin duck.
Well, if the river was whiskey,
And I was a divin duck.
Well, I would dive to the bottom,
Never would I come up.
Well, I could a had a religion,
This bad old thing instead.
Well, I could a had a religion,
This bad old thing instead.
Well, all whiskey and women,
Would not let me pray.
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Saw Bob Dylan cover this at a show last week. 

He also was CROONING ballads! 

As with alot of his shows, there are always surprises. Cool.  
It's early in the morning and I am not thinking straight. Did something happen to Joan Osborne's voice? She's never sounded better!
The Master!
This along with previous Burnside recording is great classic Boogey, it's for dancing to and moving those hips.  Yeah Dylan did this also and I love it with his cracking band.  Dylan is such a deep musicologist.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Bobby Dylan does a nice cover of this song, too. 

 
Well he tries to imitate the Master Waters anyway.  eek.  Not a good result.  
love the guitar work on this. so badass and so influential.
You mean when I was fortunate enough to take in Muddy Waters several times during the 1974-75 period at Fry Foggles in London, Ontario and once at Le Hibou in Ottawa before that, that the man had been going at it since 1947?

OK. I'm impressed.   
Well, I could a had a religion,
This bad old thing instead.
Well, I could a had a religion,
This bad old thing instead.
Well, all whiskey and women,
Would not let me pray.
{#Hearteyes}
Huh-huh a huh huh
Huh-huh a huh huh
well how how a how how, how how a how how how   : )     love it to bits baby
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Worth $3.50 of anyone's money!!

 



 

According to this site, that $3.50 is worth $26.59 today. So yeah, that was incredible deal. I wonder if Muddy and The Wolf got along...
Muddy Waters is on the playlist, but didn't play. With a voice like his it would be hard to miss.
Replay please.
Bobby Dylan does a nice cover of this song, too. 
 calypsus_1 wrote:

And I rolled and I tumbled and I cried the whole night long (2×)
A I rose this mornin' mama and I didn't know right from wrong...
And I fold my arms lord and I walked away (2×)
Said 'that's all right sweet mama your trouble gon' come some day'

"Rollin' and Tumblin'" is a blues song first recorded by American singer/guitarist Hambone Willie Newbern in 1929. Called a "great Delta blues classic", it has been interpreted by hundreds of Chicago blues artists, including by Muddy Waters. Covered too by many rock-oriented artists. For example, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi acoustic performance of Elmore James version of "Rollin' and Tumblin" backstage at the White House for the Red, White, and Blues concert event. Check out Derek Trucks southern chops (side burns).



 
The original is very good but Waters adds the twist to the hook (now famous) that makes the song come alive. Was that his idea?
 ginniet wrote:
I like the Jeff Beck version better.

 
Jeff Beck's cover is the perfect homage to this song and to Muddy.

It rocks these blues. 
If I could rate this a 15, I surely would!
 hayduke2 wrote:
Bleep blop blorp blah blah dude, this earth-bound party boy loves loves loves Muddy

 
That's pure poetry, Hayduke! Thank you!
Bleep blop blorp blah blah dude, this earth-bound party boy loves loves loves Muddy
This version of the song is still good for the ears...  everybody in my alien space craft loves it...
nice to hear the source out here, rather than Clapton and the other pretenders
Well, if the river was whiskey,
And I was a diving duck.
Well, I would dive to the bottom,
Never would I come up.
Nice blues.
I have all the versions I can find of this song and this one cant really be beat. Thanks to all those that try.
I like the Jeff Beck version better.
Grandpa? Is that you?
 ApricotHurlforth wrote:
Awesome. Esp. for the time...
 But...but...this was the music of a period previous to the recording. What do you mean, "for the time"?



And I rolled and I tumbled and I cried the whole night long (2×)
A I rose this mornin' mama and I didn't know right from wrong...
And I fold my arms lord and I walked away (2×)
Said 'that's all right sweet mama your trouble gon' come some day'

"Rollin' and Tumblin'" is a blues song first recorded by American singer/guitarist Hambone Willie Newbern in 1929. Called a "great Delta blues classic", it has been interpreted by hundreds of Chicago blues artists, including by Muddy Waters. Covered too by many rock-oriented artists. For example, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi acoustic performance of Elmore James version of "Rollin' and Tumblin" backstage at the White House for the Red, White, and Blues concert event. Check out Derek Trucks southern chops (side burns).


Awesome. Esp. for the time. And I love the Jeff version too.
Many (including myself) would seem to disagree. Blues is an integral part of the lineup and 8.1 is a pretty darn good rating for RP.
 
burdell wrote:
Have to agree. Especially at 8 in the morning. Grating to the ears.


mikeatlarge wrote:
This one makes me stop listening to RP every time. It just doesn't fit into most of RP's otherwise brilliant sets.

 
 


Have to agree. Especially at 8 in the morning. Grating to the ears.


mikeatlarge wrote:
This one makes me stop listening to RP every time. It just doesn't fit into most of RP's otherwise brilliant sets.

 


This one makes me stop listening to RP every time. It just doesn't fit into most of RP's otherwise brilliant sets.
Worth $3.50 of anyone's money!!

 


For a long time I thought this was the original — until I found out today that Muddy Waters' recording is itself a cover of Hambone Willie Newbern's "Roll and Tumble Blues". Bill, playlist the original (and get shot of the frustrating, average Jeff Beck cover!)


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 Cynaera wrote:

I prefer the Osmonds' version of this song because it has a theremin and a screaming guy in red spandex. {#Roflol} Seriously, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, BB King - they all put a big grin on my face when I listen to their music... I love this song to pieces.

 
Muddy actually DID do some pretty cool stuff with speedy "modern" blues guitarist Johnny Winter in his later daze...


In my Hotel-room nobody takes her knickers off!
A song is not necessarily good, because Muddy is written on the cover!
Artist status aside, this song feels like a visit with grandpappy. Zzzzzz
Ah, such a comforting sound.  

Well, I rolled and I tumbled,
Cried the whole night long.
Well, I rolled and I tumbled,
Cried the whole night long.
Well, I woke up this mornin,
Didn't know right from wrong.
Well, I told my baby,
Before I left that town.
Well, I told my baby,
Before I left that town.
Well, don't you let nobody,
Tear my barrelhouse down.
Well, ahh, mmm-hmmm,
Owww, oww ooo, aww, oww, oh.
Aaa, mmm-hmmm, oww, oh oh oh
Owww, oww ooo, aww, oww, oh.
Well, if the river was whiskey,
And I was a divin duck.
Well, if the river was whiskey,
And I was a divin duck.
Well, I would dive to the bottom,
Never would I come up.
Well, I could a had a religion,
This bad old thing instead.
Well, I could a had a religion,
This bad old thing instead.
Well, all whiskey and women,
Would not let me pray.

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/m/muddy_waters/#share 
Did he say "If the river was Whiskey and I was a Garden Gnome"?
You know, Bobby Dylan does a nice cover of this.

He's a touring this summer. And I will see him in Iowa, South Dakota, and maybe Indiana.

Yeah baby...on the road with Bob.
No.
 Papernapkin wrote:
Didn't Muddy perform at the Grammys with Lady Gago last year?
 
If he did, it was quite a feat since he died in 1983.
You who like this should make the progression from the latest iteration all the way back in years, through Blind Lemon, etc. Interesting to hear each one after the other.

Extra credit:  Compare this with Canned Tuna's version. 
Didn't Muddy perform at the Grammys with Lady Gago last year?
 triskele wrote:
saw him in suburban chicago just a few months before he died...what a privilege
 

Westmont? 

I know one of Muddy's kids grew up there.   
Muddy nailed my morning here in land of strange behaviors
Sounds sooooo good!!
Roots go deep.
Great, needs no embellishment.