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He sings of unrequited love, using a departing train as a metaphor for his loss. Johnson's performance — vocal accompanied by his finger-style acoustic guitar playing — has been described as "devastatingly bleak".
Inthe Rolling Stones recorded an updated rendition featuring an electric slide guitar solo. The popularity of their adaptation led to a lawsuit over the copyright, which was eventually resolved in favor of Johnson's estate. Various artists have recorded the song. In the late s, Johnson began playing the guitar along with a rack-mounted harmonica. AllMusic 's Thomas Ward describes the song as "heartbreakingly potent coming from an artist of Johnson's calibre". Never has Johnson's guitar been so subtle, so much in the background — the song's success is from the artist's longing vocal, and as such it's devastatingly bleak.
During the final verses, Johnson calls out to his lover, Willie Mae. It was released after Johnson's death and was the last of his original singles. After the release of Johnson's first compilation album, King of the Delta Blues Singers bootleg albums containing more of Johnson's Love In Vain - The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter singles were circulated. This was the first appearance of the song since its original release. IIwhich included an alternate take of "Love in Vain".
For a time we thought the songs that were on that first album [ King of the Delta Blues ] were the only recordings Robert Johnson had made, and then suddenly around '67 or '68 up comes this second bootleg collection that included Love in Vain.
Love in Vain was such a beautiful song. Mick and I both loved it, and at the time I Slow Sky - Yutaka Hirose - Soundscape 2: Nova working and playing around with Gram Parsons, and I started searching around for a different way to present it, because if we were going to record it there was no point in trying to copy the Robert Im Gonna Leave You Mama - Robert Pete Williams / Matthew Hogman Maxey* / Robert Guitar Welch* - style or ways and styles.
We took it a little bit more country, a little bit more formalized, and Mick felt comfortable with that. We changed the arrangement quite a lot from Robert Johnson's. We put in extra chords that aren't there on the Robert Johnson version. Made it more country. And that's another strange song, because it's very poignant.
Robert Johnson was a wonderful lyric writer, and his songs are quite often about love, but they're desolate. Inthe court held that the songs were not in the public domain and that legal title belonged to the Estate of Robert Johnson and its successors. Eric Clapton recorded the Love In Vain - The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter for Me and Mr.
Johnsonhis album devoted to When You Gonna Learn - Jamiroquai - Greatest Hit Collection songs. Clapton quotes one of Johnson's verses for the Derek and the Dominos ' song " Layla ": "Please don't say we'll never find a way, and tell me all my love's in vain".
Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux adapted it for her album Standing on the Rooftop. In it, he explores both the known facts and the myth surrounding Johnson. Take my word for it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Robert Johnson blues composition. This article is about the Robert Johnson song.
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