Robert Johnson Artist Format: Vinyl. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions Price. Vinyl, November 28, "Please retry". Check out our turntable store for a great selection of turntables, needles, accessories, and more. Amazon Business: Make the most of your Amazon Business account with exclusive tools and savings. Register a free business account. Customer reviews. How are ratings calculated? Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon.
It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. No customer reviews. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Make Money with Us. Amazon Payment Products. Let Us Help You. To later singers this contradictory location held more appeal than obscure Kokomo. Later singers used Johnson's chorus and dropped the arithmetical verses. Johnson uses a driving guitar rhythm and a high, near-falsetto vocal for the song. His guitar accompaniment does not use Kokomo Arnold's bottleneck guitar style.
The lyrics only obliquely refer to Chicago itself, in the song's refrain, where the song narrator pleads for a woman to go with him back to "that land of California, to my sweet home Chicago". These perplexing lyrics have been a source of controversy for many years. In the s and s, some commentators speculated this was a geographical mistake on Johnson's part.
However, Johnson was a sophisticated songwriter and used geographical references in a number of his songs. One interpretation is that Johnson intended the song to be a metaphorical description of an imagined paradise combining elements of the American north and west, far from the racism and poverty inherent to the Mississippi Delta of Music writer Max Haymes argues that Johnson's intention was "the land of California or that sweet home Chicago".
A more sophisticated and humorous interpretation and one more consistent with all of the lyrics has the narrator pressuring a woman to leave town with him for Chicago, but his blatant geographic ignorance reveals his attempt at deceit. Writer Alan Greenberg mentions that Johnson had a remote relative who lived in Port Chicago, California , which could add ambiguity as to which Chicago the lyrics are actually referring.
As the song grew to be a homage to Chicago, the original lyrics that refer to California were altered in most subsequent renditions. The line "back to the land of California" is changed to "back to the same old place", and the line "I'm going to California" becomes "I'm going back to Chicago". This altered version dates to pianist Roosevelt Sykes. In , Junior Parker recorded the song as an upbeat ensemble shuffle, with harmonica accompaniment. Neither Sykes nor Parker included a reference to California, a practice that is followed by subsequent performers.
King , he joined in singing the first verse of "Sweet Home Chicago". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Blues standard first recorded by Robert Johnson. Chicago Tribune. Tony W. Archived from the original on April 13, Retrieved September 21, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Hal Leonard.
ISBN New York City: Amistad. Blues Off the Record. The Baton Press. King of the Delta Blues Album notes. Robert Johnson. Sony Music. The Complete Recordings Box set booklet. New York City: Columbia Records. OCLC C2K Boston, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press. Archived from the original on January 20, Retrieved November 6, — via National Archives. The Blues Foundation. Retrieved October 24, Junior Parker.