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Sweet Home Chicago
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“Sweet Home Chicago” is a popular blues standard in the twelve bar form. It was first recorded and is credited to have been written by Robert Johnson. Over the years the song has become one of the most popular anthems for the city of Chicago despite ambiguity in Johnson’s original lyrics.
The melody was previously used in a number of recorded blues songs, including Honey Dripper Blues, Red Cross Blues and the immediate model for the song: Kokomo Blues. Some have lyrics of the typical AAB structure e.g.
Oh my days are so long, babe, you know my nights are lonesome too
Oh my days are so long, babe, my nights are lonesome too
I can’t find my honey dripper, Lord I don’t know what to do
Others have the AB + refrain structure... Read on...
Song lines: ♪ Chicago ... Back to the land of California1, to my sweet home ... Ooh, baby don't you want to go ♫
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