COOL DRINK OF WATER BLUES

Created on 02/02/2002
Latest update on 10/12/2021

Artist: Tommy Johnson
Author: Tommy Johnson
Label: Victor
Year: 1928

See also: Big Road Blues and Canned Heat Blues. His traveling companion Isham Bracey used the same opening line ('I asked for water and she gave me gasoline') in his Saturday Blues. So who came up with it?

Covers:

1934:

Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell [as George Street Blues]

1956:

Howlin' Wolf [as I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)]

1969:

Sam Lay [as Asked Her For Water]

1979:

Steve Phillips & Brendan Croker

1982:

Gun Club [as Cool Drink Of Water]

1988:

Lucinda Williams [as I Asked For Water He Gave Me Gasoline, crediting Chester Burnett]

2001:

James Blood Ulmer [as I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)]

2005:

Eli Paperboy Reed

2005:

Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie

2007:

Grady [as Tommy Johnson; alias Gordie Johnson with Chris Layton on drums]

2021:

Gov't Mule [as I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)]

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