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They were core members of the Mississippi Sheikswho first recorded it in Vinson claimed to have composed the song one morning after playing at a white dance in Greenwood, Mississippi. The lyrics of the original song convey a stoic optimism in the face of emotional setbacks, and the song has been described as a "simple, elegant distillation of the Blues".
Init was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library Damn! You Feel Good - Jedd Hughes - Transcontinental Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant. However the two songs are distinct, both musically and lyrically.
Tampa Red used the same melody in his version from the same year. After Milton Brown recorded it for Bluebird Records the song became a staple in the repertoire of western swing bands. Lyrically "Sitting Top of the World" has a simple structure consisting of a series of rhyming coupletseach followed by the two-line chorus.
The structural economy of the song seems to be conducive to creative invention, giving the song a dynamic flexibility exemplified by the numerous and diverse versions that exist. Harmonically the song differs from a standard 12 bar blues, and Sitting On Top Of The World - Cream - Goodbye the original has a clearly bluesy harmonic feeling, including blue notes in the melody, there is some disagreement about whether it is really a blues. Bar nine provides rhythmic separation between stanzas, the end of one stanza and the relatively large pickup at the beginning of the next.
The numerous versions of "Sitting Top of the World" recorded since have been characterized by variations to the original lyrics, Sitting On Top Of The World - Cream - Goodbye recorded by the Mississippi Sheiks in This was Full 4 - Age Of Broken Mind - Full version recorded by Cream in Howlin' Wolf shortened the song to just three verses.
The first and third verses are similar to the second and fifth verses of the Mississippi Sheiks' song. The 'peaches' verse has a long history in popular music. Martin and recorded by Bessie Smith inhas the line: "If you don't like my peaches then let my orchard be". In her version of " St. Louis Blues ", Ella Fitzgerald sang, "If you don't like my peaches, why do you shake my tree? This verse and its ubiquitous usage is an example of the tradition of floating lyrics also called 'maverick stanzas' in folk-music tradition.
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