Luther Johnson – Lonesome In My Bedroom

Album: They Call Me The Popcorn Man

Lyrics:

Well, it’s lonesome in my bedroom,
Baby Darling, just me and myself alone.
Well, it’s lonesome in my bedroom, sweetheart,
Darling, just me and myself alone.

Well, I have no one to talk with
Each and every night when I come home.
Well, a bedroom without a woman,
Baby, Darling, like a heart without a beat.

Yes, a bedroom without a woman,
Sweetheart (OOh ooh OOh) like a heart without a beat.
Yes, I’ve been searching this big, big world over.
I got to find the one that’s meant for me. (Solo)
Well, you know I scream and I cry,
Baby, Darling every night ‘bout bedtime.

Well, I scream and I cry, pretty baby, (Oooh ooh OOh ooh OOh ee) every night ‘bout bedtime.
Yes, you know everybody needs somebody.
I’m tryin’ to find this little girl of mine.

‘Luther “Snake” Johnson was a Georgia-born guitarist who made a name for himself in the mid- to late-60s as Muddy Waters’s guitarist. After leaving Muddy, he settled in Boston and led his own band for a time in the 70s. His role as one of Muddy’s most important latter-day fretmen has been somewhat overlooked, both because his sparse, primal style fell out of favor with mainstream fans and because he’s become confused with later Waters guitarist Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson.

That’s a shame; he was among the last of Muddy’s guitar players who specialized in the dark, brooding sound of “deep blues”–a term Muddy used to describe blues of intense emotional fervor, strong rhythmic impetus, and a commitment to honesty of expression rather than rococo tricks or crowd-pleasing flamboyance.

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