‘One-Eyed Joe’ is on the 2003 Appleseed CD “Havana”, that´s the song you´ll find below. First was on the cassette of the same name, Neon Dreams, 1998 – different versions!
the liner notes by Tom DeLisle say: " . .
"An infectious number that John calls a form of country blues, pointing out that if you´re going to feature a character in country blues, he should be blind or at least have only one eye." Only two questions remain – does that only go for humans or for, say, dogs, too?
.And, secondly, why does this song title always remind me of the very intriguing song title ‘The Resurrection of Blind Joe Death’? (That´s a piece of guitar wizardry played by John Renbourn and Stefan Grossman)
.No answers required.
Joe is infectious indeed, mesmerising, too.
(Am7 – bass line: A-(low)E-A-(next three rapidly, as a bass run:
(in the verses, it´s usually A-(low)E alternating, C-A-G added
now and then. You´ll hear.)
Lightning strikes in the summertime,
One-Eyed Joe was a friend of mine.
And now he's (D7)gone, yeah, he´s moving down the (Am7)line.
(E)One-Eyed Joe, (D7) well, he's on the border(Am7)line.
He's a mover, that One-Eyed Joe.
Packed his bags and went to Mexico.
And now he's (D)gone, he's a-moving down the (Am7)line.
(E)One-Eyed Joe,(D9) well, he's on the border(Am7)line.
Sideways Sally was his girlfriend's name.
She could dance like a monkey train.
And now she's (D)gone, yeah, she's moving down the (Am7)line.
(E7)Sideways Sally, (D7) she's on the border(Am7)line.
Instrumental (Am7) (D7) (Am7) (E) (D9) (Am7)
One-Eyed Joe, he's a wanted man.
He couldn´t fly right down to Birmingham.
´N´ he can´t (D7)move, can´t move on down the (Am7)line.
(E)One-Eyed Joe (D7) is on the border(Am7)line.
Sideways Sally, One-Eyed Joe,
Living out in a blue condo.
Now they're (D9)gone, (D7)they´re moving down the (Am7)line.
(E)Sideways Sally, One-Eyed Joe, living down on the border(Am7)line.
(E)Sally and Joe, (D9) on the border (Am7)line.
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