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Louis Collins

According to “Masters Of The Instrumental Blues Guitar”, Louis Collins is a murder ballad which Mississippi John Hurt composed from hearing people talk about a shooting. He first recorded it in 1928 for Okeh Records and then again in 1963 for Piedmont. Similarly, “Masters Of Country Blues Guitar” says that, according to Hurt, this song (his own composition) was based on a true episode.

Enjoy the Tab, Mp3 and video tuition for Louis Collins.

TAB
Mp3
Video
Click the youtube Video link below. This clip includes an explanation of how the alternating bass style works and Louis Collins. If this is too advanced for you at this stage please go to the fingerpicking exercises in the POSTS section of this site.

These lyrics are from “Mississippi John Hurt Today” (Vanguard 79220):

Mrs Collins weeped, Mrs Collins moaned
To see her son Louis leaving home
The angels laid him away

Chorus
The angels laid him away
Laid him six feet under the clay
The angels laid him away

Mrs Collins weeped, Mrs Collins moaned
To see her son Louis leaving home
The angels laid him away

Oh Bob shot one and Louis shot two
Shot poor Collins, shot him through and through
The angels have laid him away

Oh kind friends, oh ain’t it hard
To see poor Louis in a new grave yard
The angels laid him away

[chorus]

Oh when they heard that Louis was dead
All the people they dressed in red
The angels laid him away

[chorus]

Mrs Collins weeped, Mrs Collins moaned
To see her son Louis leaving home
The angels laid him away

[chorus]

1 Comment

  1. by Bruce Bubb May 18, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Hi John,

    Thanks for the tab on this song (Louis Collins) terrific stuff, I’m just starting down the road of this style of playing and I’m loving it.

    I’d dearly like to spend some time with you and pick up on your style.

    Many thanks for the shows and cd’s and yes, I am a fan of you two blokes.

    Cheers

    Bruce

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