SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN

Latest update on 15/09/2014

Artist: Blind Lemon Jefferson
Author: Lemon Jefferson
Label: Paramount
Year: 1927

Blind Lemon must have felt the end coming when he wrote and cut it one year before he actually died. That grave is in Wortham, Texas, unmarked until some blues buffs financed a marker in 1997, a stone with the logical inscription: "Lord it's one kind favor I'll ask of you, See that my grave is kept clean". Is it 'clean' or 'green'? Bad audio quality of the master doesn't exclude anything. See that his records are kept clean.

Covers:

1930:

Son House [and in '42 as Mississippi County Farm Blues]

1933:

Carter Family

1938:

Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & his Dixieliners [as A Lonely Day Today]

1951:

Lightnin' Hopkins

1960:

Dave Van Ronk

1962:

Bob Dylan

1964:

Peter, Paul & Mary [as One Kind Favor I'll Ask Of You]

1964:

Mississippi Fred McDowell [as Six White Horses]

1969:

Furry Lewis

1969:

Canned Heat [as One Kind Favor]

1983:

John Hammond Jr. [idem]

1985:

Totta's Bluesband

1988:

Dream Syndicate

1989:

Thelonious Monster

1992:

Diamanda Galas

1995:

James Solberg

1995:

Steve Phillips [as Burning Sand]

1997:

Kelly Joe Phelps

1997:

Mick Clarke & Lou Martin [as One Kind Favor]

1998:

El Fish [as One Kind Of Favor, strongly influenced by Canned Heat's arrangement in One Kind Favor, without being a copy]

2001:

Lou Reed [in film Soul Of A Man and in '06 on The Harry Smith Project Revisited]

2004:

Mavis Staples [in film Lightning In A Bottle]

2005:

Super Seven [with Clarence Gatemouth Brown]

2006:

Meindert Talma & The Negroes [as Hou Alsjeblieft Mijn Graf Schoon]

2008:

B.B. King

The theme is lyrically related to 19th century sea shantee Stormalong, to British folk song Who Killed Cock Robin? and to many spirituals. The song appeared after the Civil War in America, when the land was riddled with hundred of thousand new graves. During the 1870s Gus Williams wrote a See That My Grave Is Kept Green, words & music. Bela Lam & his Greene County Singers cut their own See That My Grave Is Kept Clean in 1927, another song.

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