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Blind Willie McTell

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Biography

Blind Willie McTell (born William Samuel McTier; May 5, 1898 – August 19, 1959) was a Piedmont and ragtime blues singer and guitarist. He played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues, although, unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively. McTell was also an adept slide guitarist, unusual among ragtime bluesmen. His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from many of the harsher voice types employed by Delta bluesmen, such as Charley Patton. McTell embodied a variety of musical styles, including blues, ragtime, religious music and hokum.

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    Delia, Delia, how can it be?
    You love that old rounder, but you don't love me
    Well, that's one more rounder gone
    Delia, Delia sitting all around
    Some of your old rounders gonna pay my way back home
    Delia  -  117,626 plays
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    Wake up mama, turn your lamp down low
    Wake up mama, turn your lamp down low
    Have you got the nerve to drive Papa McTell from your door
    My mother died and left me reckless
    My daddy died and left me wild, wild, wild
    Statesboro Blues  -  105,551 plays
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    Now looka here mama let me tell you this
    If you wants to get crooked I'm gonna give you my fist
    You might read from Revelations back to Genesee
    But if you get crooked, your southern can belongs to me
    Ain't no need you bringin no jive to me
    Southern Can Is Mine  -  54,646 plays
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    Feel like a broke down engine, ain't got no drivin' wheel
    Feel like a broke down engine, Mama, ain't got no drivin' wheel
    You all been down and lonesome, you know how a poor man feels
    I been shooting craps and gambling, Mama, and I done got broke
    I been shooting craps and gambling, Honey, and I done got broke
    Broke Down Engine Blues  -  41,254 plays
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    I got the dark night blues
    I'm feeling awful bad
    I got the dark night blues
    Mama, I'm feeling awful bad
    That's the worst ol' feeling
    Dark Night Blues  -  35,279 plays
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