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Stevie Ray Vaughan — Texas Flood
Album: Texas Flood
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Released: 1983
Length: 5:19
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Well it's floodin' down in Texas
All of the telephone lines are down
Well it's floodin' down in Texas
All of the telephone lines are down
And I've been tryin' to call my baby
Lord and I can't get a single sound

Well dark clouds are rollin' in
Man I'm standin' out in the rain
Well dark clouds are rollin' in
Man I'm standin' out in the rain
Yeah flood water keep a rollin'
Man it's about to drive poor me insane

Well I'm leavin' you baby
Lord and I'm goin' back home to stay
Well I'm leavin' you baby
Lord and I'm goin' back home to stay
Well back home I know floods and tornados
Baby the sun shines every day
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Late 1970's - 80's, SRV used to come through my hometown on a regular basis. Triple Threat played the Cotton Club, a BYOB joint, all the time. I last saw Stevie and Double Trouble in 1984 at a little club, max occupancy about 250. Awesome show. Glad I got to see a legend up close.
RIP, Stevie. Thanks for the good times. I drank a lot of Coors and chatted up a lot of girls while you played.
 markw wrote:
lordcruloze wrote:
Ok, flame me. I hate Stevie Ray Vaughan. A great guitarist no doubt but I find his style annoying. There's no soul in bending up to the same piercing note 200 times in a row. Listen to Hendrix - he was great because he knew just where to stop and do something else. His loose sense of rhythm was more sophisticated and his musical reasoning was much better. This is just pale imitation that often sounds painfully naive to me.
OK, here's what sounds painfully naive to me: That you expect us to believe that you didn't make up your mind about SRV in the first 30 seconds you heard him and never really listened after that. His soul and skill are so obvious to legions of fans, including many of his peers, that your synopsis is clearly uninformed. I guess you would probably say the same thing about Clapton. You should read some of the things he's said about being humbled by Stevie Ray. You can check out some quotes from several great musicians here.

I hear what both of you are saying, and I also agree with what both of you are saying.
See? It cán actually be that easy  :-D
To elaborate: I am definitely more of a fan of Jimi's unending accents, metrics, feeling for the rhythm, his genius mind that adds notes where noone would think of going looking for them, and his fantastic voice (and so much more).

That being said, I know little to nothing about SRV (I'm ehm one of them damn mid-'80s kids) but this guy  can PLAY. Very interesting variations to repeating licks, great use of accents and I love guys that know to sometimes NOT play a note to make their playing more impactful.

I do not care much for the way he cuts off his notes and bends so quickly, but then we're talking about style and personal flavour, which is something we are supposed to be discussing, right?

Stevie Ray´s guitar is always so smokin´hot!
 jelgator wrote:
I remember the day he died.  i was in college, watching the evening news.  I had already had a terrible day.  I saw that and then just buried my head in the couch.

RIP
 
Yea, I was living in Houston at the time and when the dj broke the news his voice cracked with sorrow, hell he might have been crying in the studio. It was a mighty sad day in Texas that day.
Ssssssssmokin’ hot ...all the telephone lines are down🔥
I remember the day he died.  i was in college, watching the evening news.  I had already had a terrible day.  I saw that and then just buried my head in the couch.

RIP
If it's SRV, it's a 10.
Stevie Ray being SRV while channeling Albert King here.
Saw SRV and Jeff Beck at the Capital Center in Lanham, MD. back in '89, a sold out show in a huge arena.
They didn't leave anyone alive, slayed us all metaphorically speaking.
Albert King was always a delight to see in a small club.
*sigh*  Those were the days.
 GreatNorthWoods wrote:
May 13, 2019 and Houston is under water. It's this sort of thing that certainly inspired SRV and is so appropriately played today. 
 
It's surely good to know that SRV was more than a visionary guitarist.  Because Galveston is one of the top cities expected to be partly or completely flooded as the seas rise.  The most voodoo guitar licks possible won't be holding that back. 
May 13, 2019 and Houston is under water. It's this sort of thing that certainly inspired SRV and is so appropriately played today. 
SRV stole the show back in the '80s but those who know will tell ya he never held a candle next to Johnny Winter. Forget SRV's Texas Flood. Gimme John Dawson Winter's The Sky is Crying. 
 blackjackshellac wrote:
I try, I really try, but I can't take white guys doin' blues rock.  Oh sure, spoken like a right white guy.  RIP Stevie.

 
you probably didn't like Larry Bird or Bill Walton either,...that is if you are a basketball fan
.
jeez, i don't get it 
 blackjackshellac wrote:
I try, I really try, but I can't take white guys doin' blues rock.  Oh sure, spoken like a right white guy.  RIP Stevie.
 
Close your eyes, "see" a black guy playing, and let us know if it makes a difference.  If it doesn't, work on that bigotry a little bit, OK?
It's a 9 ; read 27
Just so that I can choose 10 next time, and make it 100
SO GOOD  {#Good-vibes}
Tears of joy whilst listening to this , awesome.
Doesn't get much better than this! imho

Awesome, just fricking — AWESOME!  Back in '86 and '87, Big Head Todd used to play this and other SRV gems every week at the Friday Afternoon Club at the CU Memorial Center...can't believe it now but we actually kind of got tired of him doing it! (We'd seen Stevie jam at Red Rocks in June of '85 and CU Events Center in Oct. of the same year...). Then that legend was taken too soon...and now surprisingly many years have gone by and it is good to remember...but not many around who can jam it like SRV or BHT!
Well, Todd and The Monsters are playing for us Boulder Homies THIS SATURDAY Dec. 15, at The Fox On The Hill, and we're hoping they'll do us the biggest and PLAY THIS AGAIN! 
The Blues is this marvelous therapeutic ritual thing people can participate in through the years across all times, races, and places, dig it!
Nice SRV for start the day here in white Germany!
 blackjackshellac wrote:
I try, I really try, but I can't take white guys doin' blues rock.  Oh sure, spoken like a right white guy.  RIP Stevie.
 

I was recently watching a programme on the BBC (UK) hosted by Jools Holland called 'Sounds Of London'' and evidently (if I remember correctly) during the 17 century  on every street corner there were people singing .. songs they had written themselves ... these songs were taken to the Americas long before the slave trade began but when the black man did arrive in America he took up these songs and sang them in his peculiar style... Does that help with your SRV problem ???
I try, I really try, but I can't take white guys doin' blues rock.  Oh sure, spoken like a right white guy.  RIP Stevie.
I'm three beers down and have the head phones on...  And all I can say is God Daaaaaaamn!  That man can play.
Have always loved Stevie and tonight it's just great. 
 johnjconn wrote:
ziggytrix wrote:
this song is so yesterday!
  
I know what you mean, most songs get old just from being old.
Just look at most of the songs from the 60's for an example.

But this guitar is special. Old or new, this is one hot guitar. 
Stevie is to guitars, what Elvis was to hips

 
No no no, i meant that literally!  The day before i posted that, we had flash floods here in Texas.  All apologies for my strange sense of humor!  {#Foot-in-mouth}
Great Googly-Moogly, that man could play!
for me, its not an exact science, its just a blues song, but you can tell it isn't his first time on guitar.
Just read in Joe Bonamassa's newsletter that this Monday, Aug. 27, will be the 22nd anniversary of SRV's death, at age 35, in a post-concert helicopter crash. Wow. Still smokin' and so current, but long gone. 
 Darbuka88 wrote:
Great tune, but why are 'Tin Pan Alley' and 'Lenny' not in the RP mix?!?!?!  I give this a nine, but the other two are 10s.
 
Or Riviera Paradise?    {#Jump}
{#Bananajam}
Good ol' homeboy for us Texans....
 kingart wrote:
I still can't fully embrace the blues. All that whining and moaning and self-pity. Legitimate emotions, guys and gals, but get over it.
All the same, Hendrix and Santana and Clapton and just about ALL the others came up by and with those there blues, so it's the real deal. But even when the blues are an off-putting the-guitarist-gotta-shoot-himself 6, this kind of play rockets it to the top. Jeez, Stevie could finesse those strings.
 
You only wish you could do that.  Try it tomorrow ... for everything that goes so wrong.  
Your rating for this song: 1
Great tune, but why are 'Tin Pan Alley' and 'Lenny' not in the RP mix?!?!?!  I give this a nine, but the other two are 10s.
 shellbella wrote:

wow.... just wow....
 
guess ya had to be there...
 ziggytrix wrote:
this song is so yesterday!
 
wow.... just wow....
this song is so yesterday!
Is this a tribute to the tornadoes in DFW yesterday?
sheeeee itttttttttttttttttt
I still can't fully embrace the blues. All that whining and moaning and self-pity. Legitimate emotions, guys and gals, but get over it.
All the same, Hendrix and Santana and Clapton and just about ALL the others came up by and with those there blues, so it's the real deal. But even when the blues are an off-putting the-guitarist-gotta-shoot-himself 6, this kind of play rockets it to the top. Jeez, Stevie could finesse those strings.
 michaelc wrote:
Need my sunglasses to listen to this, even in the middle of the night in the rain
 
 

That's about as perfect an assessment of this song as I've seen posted here.
Great player. Great sound. However this is some pretty uninspired playing from Stevie in my opinion. It's as though his finger is permanently drawn to the tonic...and he can't get off. Dullsville.
 neuticle wrote:
DAMN...
 
it is a shame he is no longer 
Big Fat 10!!!  {#Cheesygrin}
I have nothing to do dick do not understand, I am Russian
 Cynaera wrote:
rdo - Blues are not for everyone. It took me years to actually appreciate the slower tempo, the slide, the slither, the sorrow - but I finally got it. Maybe you never will, and that's okay. You know your comfort-zone, and at least you're not throwing vitriolic comments about the music.

I'm betting that whatever your wavelength is, it would fit here, and I'd probably like it. {#Smile}  Thank you for being candid. You rock. Um, or, whatever you do in your wavelength... {#Wink}
 
{#Cowboy}  I call em like I hear em, I can do no more nor less.


Where ever you are, I hope your still blowing them right up against the back wall.
You filled the air with the sound of perfection the likes of which we may never see again.  

{#Bounce}
DAMN...
Surely one of his best truely amazing. Thanks for giving it a spin RP (need a comb for the hairs on my neck right now)
 agnes wrote:
This shit makes me wanna go out and get pregnant.  

Dear lord yes.  :)
 
{#Roflol}

Derek Trucks segued to Susan Tedeschi to SRV, sublime.
 agnes wrote:
This shit makes me wanna go out and get pregnant.  

Dear lord yes.  :)
 

agreed, this is good makin' baby music {#Kiss}
This shit makes me wanna go out and get pregnant.  

Dear lord yes.  :)
The best. THE BEST.

Quite an amazing sound he creates
Texas needs a flood.
 tamang3 wrote:
it hurts. that's how good it is.
 
 
Yeah. 
it hurts. that's how good it is.
 
Yeah.
 slartibart_O wrote:
We need a good Texas Flood down here. 
 
Amen brother. We need a small hurricane in the Gulf.


We need a good Texas Flood down here. 
 rdo wrote:
 fredriley wrote:
The Blues will never, ever die, at least as long as people get the blues, which will likely be forever. I can just imagine Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and others being played in 50 or 100 years time, and being as appreciated as they are now. More importantly, artists will continue playing the blues far into the future. 9 from the 'back to Blues basics' Nottingham jury.

I'd say you are correct.  I really don't like it.  I remember going to Blues bars and festivals in Chicago and the great House of Blues there.  I was born in St Louis too, where the Hockey team is named "The Blues".  I never got it, not even a little.  I have one of those Gregor Samsa moments being around people enjoying the Blues.  I am on a different wavelength I guess.
  rdo - Blues are not for everyone. It took me years to actually appreciate the slower tempo, the slide, the slither, the sorrow - but I finally got it. Maybe you never will, and that's okay. You know your comfort-zone, and at least you're not throwing vitriolic comments about the music.

I'm betting that whatever your wavelength is, it would fit here, and I'd probably like it. {#Smile}  Thank you for being candid. You rock. Um, or, whatever you do in your wavelength... {#Wink}


 fredriley wrote:
The Blues will never, ever die, at least as long as people get the blues, which will likely be forever. I can just imagine Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and others being played in 50 or 100 years time, and being as appreciated as they are now. More importantly, artists will continue playing the blues far into the future. 9 from the 'back to Blues basics' Nottingham jury.

I'd say you are correct.  I really don't like it.  I remember going to Blues bars and festivals in Chicago and the great House of Blues there.  I was born in St Louis too, where the Hockey team is named "The Blues".  I never got it, not even a little.  I have one of those Gregor Samsa moments being around people enjoying the Blues.  I am on a different wavelength I guess.
The song just ended, I guess I have to get back to work now.
The Blues will never, ever die, at least as long as people get the blues, which will likely be forever. I can just imagine Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and others being played in 50 or 100 years time, and being as appreciated as they are now. More importantly, artists will continue playing the blues far into the future. 9 from the 'back to Blues basics' Nottingham jury.
Years ago (circa 1996), I found in a local supermarket a pack of three CDs by this guy. I hadn't really heard anything by him, just a few good critiques. I bought them all for about 6€ each, IIRC. The three CDs happened to be "Texas flood", "Couldn't stand the weather" and "Soul to soul".

What can I say? It was a good buy :-)
 

I could listen all night to SRV.
Guitar God. Saw him live once and am so thankful to have had the supreme pleasure of witnessing his awe inspiring talent and passion.
YES.
Need my sunglasses to listen to this, even in the middle of the night in the rain
 
Very good. May I also suggest, Blues at Sunrise, with Albert King.
gets played WAY too often for my taste.{#Cry}
Very nice!
Wow. Just, wow.
 Cynaera wrote:
Deep breath... Okay, 'nother deep breath... Stevie Ray Vaughan. I hear that guitar, and everything just sorta goes away for me. I don't care how I'll pay the electric bill or feed the cats. His music galvanizes me to the point where nothing matters for however many minutes one of his songs lasts.

It's like a reprieve from badness. A musical "Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free" card.
 
No doubt!  Nothing accomplished here, either, for the past however minutes.  Very cool explanation..reflection..whatever..

 Cynaera wrote:
Deep breath... Okay, 'nother deep breath... Stevie Ray Vaughan. I hear that guitar, and everything just sorta goes away for me. I don't care how I'll pay the electric bill or feed the cats. His music galvanizes me to the point where nothing matters for however many minutes one of his songs lasts.

It's like a reprieve from badness. A musical "Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free" card.
 
Yep...well stated. Couldn't have said it better.
When I was in college in E. Texas before Stevie hit it big, he would come into the bar I worked at. Watching him play this live was an AMAZING thing. {#Bananajam}
Damn and I am still at work so I can't start to drinking.

 Love this Blues run you have going.
What a king of blues this man is!
Meh.
I was just thinking, after that last song, Stevie Ray would be great! Wow!

As a matter of fact, it's freezing down in Texas right now - not rare, but certainly uncommon.


Deep breath... Okay, 'nother deep breath... Stevie Ray Vaughan. I hear that guitar, and everything just sorta goes away for me. I don't care how I'll pay the electric bill or feed the cats. His music galvanizes me to the point where nothing matters for however many minutes one of his songs lasts.

It's like a reprieve from badness. A musical "Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free" card.
OMG! >>>> 10
God still the blues!!11
He kinda takes you away, heart and soul.  'Specially soul.
Only second to "Lucille"...
What a guy. What a sad loss
Nice!
When you wake up in the mornin', I want you say - "BLUES!"

{#Notworthy}
Smokin'.

Stevie Ray by ~OhioArt2
©2006-2010 ~OhioArt2

Stevie Ray Vaughn in Graphite.
From the BEST OF CD.



thank you for this
I wasn't really in the mood for Texas Flood this afternoon.  But it just goes to show you:  If you throw enough musical talent at me, you can put me into the mood for pretty much anything.  Now I'm drinking a Shiner Bock and wearing a rain coat.
Man.
These blues are giving me the blues.
Such a game changer. The only other comparison I can think of is Hendrix in terms of absolutely redefining the electric guitar. I'm at work, so I don't have time to think - apologies to any other artists I'm missing in the comparison.

Postscript: I have actually thought of several artists since writing this, so not one of my finer comments...

Can't go wrong with Stevie Ray Vaughan..... but now I wanna go home from work and play "Guitar Hero"

{#Bananajam}
I have no doubt he's an excellent musician... just not to my taste.
 Papernapkin wrote:
After a while, these blues songs all start to sound the same.
 
if only...there's like 4,000,000,000 blues artisans (alive and dead and yet to be born) that would LOVE to sound like this.  his tone is ridiculous.

Rock solid 10
Love the Stevie, always have and always will
 Papernapkin wrote:
After a while, these blues songs all start to sound the same.
 
I agree with you somewhat.  That's why I don't think I could play in a blues band.  Many of the songs are based on the 1-4-5 chord progression, and it could get a bit boring playing that all night.  But, I guess it's what you make of it!

 buddy wrote:
Hell yeah, y'all!
 
10. amazing. love ya Stevie  !
 TwinEngine wrote:
You know you're an SRV fan when you hear this and go "this is the studio version, of course, but the vocals sound different to me". So I came to the site and I see it's the "remastered" version, which I don't think I've heard before. Thanks for keeping the SRV in the playlist!

 
I've read that remastering is bit of a scam, but I thought it was adjusting the master tape EQ, etc., for the CD medium.  With vinyl, the engineers had to be careful of levels, especially bass, or the needle would literally jump out of the groove.  The CD is more forgiving, hence the "remastering."

Marr wrote:


Do you even realize how much you sound like some oldtimer yelling "Kids these days and that noise they call music" while shaking a fist??
You kids get off my lawn!!! GOL DURN Whipper Snappers!!!!{#Grumpy} TARNATION!!!


This guy's playin' ain't too shabby.....
 liser wrote:
This brought me in from the other room to TURN IT UP - hot damn!!  {#Cowboy}
 

Worked again today - thanks Bill!
O yeah! {#Clap}
About time.......... Thanks
You know you're an SRV fan when you hear this and go "this is the studio version, of course, but the vocals sound different to me". So I came to the site and I see it's the "remastered" version, which I don't think I've heard before. Thanks for keeping the SRV in the playlist!

 Papernapkin wrote:
After a while, these blues songs all start to sound the same.
 
I rate this a 9 but I have to agree.  However, this one does sound sublime.

 Papernapkin wrote:
After a while, these blues songs all start to sound the same.
 

Do you even realize how much you sound like some oldtimer yelling "Kids these days and that noise they call music" while shaking a fist??
After a while, these blues songs all start to sound the same.
 Hannio wrote:
It's either flooding or parched around here.  Right now it's bone dry.
 

I know, right?
This brought me in from the other room to TURN IT UP - hot damn!!  {#Cowboy}
 Marr wrote:

Yeah, well... Stevie had his demons. He was trying to break out of all that the last year of his life with some success. That's why so many folks feel like his death at that time was particularly sad. He was getting incredibly productive and his skills with the guitar seemed not only undimmed but to have actually improved.

 

Musicians, and often actors, suffer from addiction to drugs.  Its a hard life, one I surely do not want, but he played some great music.  He was talented. 
 Bakaretsu wrote:
saw SRV a year or two before he died........... sad to say I don't think he knew which end was up.he was so toasted....got on stage 45 minutes late. ......smoked his pipe on stage until groupie took it away.. he honestly couldn't play anything until show was over half over.........

His borther and the Fabulous T'birds opened..... they rocked the house!!

 

This had to be almost 2 years before he died as he was very sober for quite a while before the crash....that made it even more sad...he was jazzed about his new life........
oh, what we would do for a flood right now in Texas!!!!!!!!!!!  We are toasted!!!!!!!!!{#Fire}
It's either flooding or parched around here.  Right now it's bone dry.
 Bakaretsu wrote:
saw SRV a year or two before he died........... sad to say I don't think he knew which end was up.he was so toasted....got on stage 45 minutes late. ......smoked his pipe on stage until groupie took it away.. he honestly couldn't play anything until show was over half over.........

His borther and the Fabulous T'birds opened..... they rocked the house!!

 
Yeah, well... Stevie had his demons. He was trying to break out of all that the last year of his life with some success. That's why so many folks feel like his death at that time was particularly sad. He was getting incredibly productive and his skills with the guitar seemed not only undimmed but to have actually improved.



Stevie Ray Vaughan,  B.B. King and Albert Collins - "Texas Flood" Live:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYrfLG670U8


Sounds like Bill's been watching the Weather news. It's flooding down in TX, for sure. {#Wave}