When Charlie Patton sings, people listen. He was considered the “Father of the Delta Blues” and there is no Delta Blues musician who was not influenced by him. High Water Everywhere, Parts 1 & 2, are songs Patton wrote that were inspired by the Mississippi floods of 1927. It’s almost as though this was his effort to bring awareness of the devastation to the public. There are clear distinctions between Part 1 and Part 2 in which he uses different conventions to juxtapose differing tempos. Part 1 is fast paced and his lyrics describe the momentum of water which is illustrated through his quick beat, while Part 2 slows down to more of grim tone in which his lyrics describe the aftermath.
Charley Patton – “High Water Everywhere (Parts 1 & 2) (play/download mp3)