"Crossroads"
Written by: Robert Johnson [1]
Performed/Arranged by: Cream

º Cream = Ginger Baker (drums), Jack Bruce (bass/vocals), Eric Clapton (guitar/vocals)

Song from at least:
[1 album] - Wheels of Fire [1]

»Layout Designed by: Oasis Heart3 (WAFTF)
»Lyrics Courtesy of: The Eric Clapton Lyric Archive

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I went down to the crossroads,
Fell down on my knees.
I went down to the crossroads,
Fell down on my knees.
Asked the Lord above for mercy,
"Save me if you please."

I went down to the crossroads,
Tried to flag a ride.
I went down to the crossroads,
Tried to flag a ride.
Nobody seemed to know me,
Everybody passed me by.

I'm going down to Rosedale,
Take my rider by my side.
I'm going down to Rosedale,
Take my rider by my side.
You can still barrelhouse, baby,
On the riverside.

You can run, you can run,
Tell my friend, boy, Willie Brown...
You can run, you can run,
Tell my friend, boy, Willie Brown...
That I'm standing at the crossroads,
Believe I'm sinking down.

Oasis Heart3's Notes:
[1] First: the only version of this song IS a "live" recording. (^^) It was recorded at the Winterland Ballroom on March 10, 1968. And, Eric Clapton takes lead vocals in the song (usually, it's Jack Bruce, the bassist).

     And according to Wikipedia.org, this song is an homage. (^^) The lyrics are a mixture of TWO songs -- "Cross Road Blues" and "Traveling Riverside Blues". Both songs were written by Robert Johnson, a legendary Blues artist. (Also, "Cross Road Blues" is supposedly about Robert Johnson going to the crossroads to sell his soul to the devil, in exchange for being able to play the blues and gain fame.)

     ...Compare Cream's lyrics to the original songs:
  • Robert Johnson - "Cross Road Blues" (lyrics)
  • Robert Johnson - "Traveling Riverside Blues" (lyrics)