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“High Water Everywhere, Pt. 2” by Charley Patton

Charley Patton was known as the King of the Delta Blues, a rival to the likes of Son House and Robert Johnson.  He even taught the young Howlin’ Wolf how to play guitar.  Listen to this song, “High Water Everywhere, Pt. 2”: Sounds like a duet, doesn’t it?  But it isn’t.  Charley’s using two distinct vocal styles, even as he plays guitar and keeps time with his boots against the floorboards. 

The other funny thing about this song is, you can’t understand the lyrics.  Some folks have even suggested he’s not singing in English.  In a song about a poor man washed away and carried across Mississippi by floodwaters, it’s only fitting he should sound like he’s underwater.

ArtistCharley Patton
TitleHigh Water Everywhere, Part II
AlbumThe Best Of The Blues Vol. 1
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