Charley Patton “Gonna Move To Alabama”

Charlie Patton, “Father of the Delta Blues,” writes about what he knows best in this toe tapping, jazzy anthem. Patton was a transient; he never stayed in one town for more than two years. He’s believed to have lived almost his entire life in the delta moving between Tunica and Yazoo City, maintaining his livelihood by nurturing his musical career and living off of his female admirers. Running away from a woman and the prospect of new real estate are the themes that drive Patton’s desire to move to Alabama as he declares: Ahh…, she long and tall, She ain’t good for men, makes ‘em swear and bawl, I have to move to Alabama.  A simple message with strong Delta blues roots – Patton knew how to wax it best.

Charley Patton “Gonna Move To Alabama (play/download mp3)