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Blind Boys of Alabama — Nobody's Fault But Mine
Album: Spirit Of The Century
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7.2

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Total ratings: 1448









Released: 2001
Length: 2:50
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Ain't nobody's fault but mine
Nobody's fault but mine
If I don't read, my soul be lost
Ain't nobody's fault but mine

My mother she taught me how to read
My mother she taught me how to read
If I don't read, my soul be lost
Ain't nobody's fault but mine

Well I got a bible in my house
Well I got a bible in my house
If I don't read, my soul be lost
Ain't nobody's fault but mine

My sister she taught me how to read
My sister she taught me how to read
If I don't read, my soul be lost
Ain't nobody's fault but mine
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 IrieTom wrote:
Worst Led Zeppelin cover ever!

(*zips up flame-retardant suit*)
 Hahaha! I came to post that I'd like to hear Led Zep's  tune by the same title.
 khardog145 wrote:

My guess would be it's taken from an old spiritual or gospel song from a previous century.  
 

I think the point was that the lyrics listed in the blob on the new website are totally wrong.
Worst Led Zeppelin cover ever!

(*zips up flame-retardant suit*)
 dianed wrote:
Where did the lyrics listed come from? They are very incorrect.
 
My guess would be it's taken from an old spiritual or gospel song from a previous century.  
Where did the lyrics listed come from? They are very incorrect.
I saw them live in Germany 2013 during the TFF in Rudolstadt. I liked their show very much.
The TFF is like the festival version of RP. :)
this is great..
David Bromberg's version is much, much better.

in fact, less Biind Boys and more Bromberg would be greatly appreciated.  
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
Kind of hard to beat a good bass voice. In some weird twist these guys make me hear parallels to Rachmaninoff's Vespers and gets me thinking, yeah in a way, these bods are all doing the same thing. Singing in response to just being here on this planet. Here and now.
(wait for the second song, kicks in at 2.44) ok, so maybe it is just me.

 
I think Rachmaninov's Vespers would fit rather well on RP... so why not leading into (or out of) this one?

(And it would be nice to hear the occasional classical interludes (which are great) occasionally venturing outside the Top 100 Classical Pieces list.)
 fredriley wrote:
Say what you like about god botherers, and this stroppy atheist says plenty, but they sho' make some good toons and fine buildings. Hallelujah!

 
You can get an "Amen!" from this atheist too, brutha! Wonderful tune, amazing delivery. 
Say what you like about god botherers, and this stroppy atheist says plenty, but they sho' make some good toons and fine buildings. Hallelujah!
These guys are great.
 scottdoggett wrote:
I LOVE this version of "Nobody's Fault But Mine"! 

 
You took the words right out of my mouth, and I mean to the word.  And I'll add, they (and Blind Willie) are so right.
I LOVE this version of "Nobody's Fault But Mine"! 
What a sad song.
The blues are giving me the blues.

Upbeat, I'm telling you. We need upbeat music.{#Mrgreen}
I also like John Renbourn's version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoC6fXUecGE
Yes!  Another atheist of the Christian tradition who loves this song and anything else sung by those Blind Boys of Alabama!

And, yes, the Led Zep version is great too!
Awful singing!
 flyboy wrote:

I want to hear it.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

Great song, great message. 

 
I agree, I love the Bible and I read it and quote it often.  It is very important to our great culture.  Athiests like me love it for a lot of reasons. God bless America.
 Ulises wrote:
The message of this song is not one we Americans want to hear.

well my mother she taught me how to pray,
mother she taught me how to pray
if i fail to pray and my soul be lost;
ain't nobody's fault but mine
 
I want to hear it.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

Great song, great message. 
Wait... Didn't Led Zeppelin write this? (/me ducks)
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my churches loves this song...
 

 
..... mine to Mr Lazarus - wonderful stuff :))
Kind of hard to beat a good bass voice. In some weird twist these guys make me hear parallels to Rachmaninoff's Vespers and gets me thinking, yeah in a way, these bods are all doing the same thing. Singing in response to just being here on this planet. Here and now.
(wait for the second song, kicks in at 2.44) ok, so maybe it is just me.




Nice version... I hadn't heard it before. I don't think I love it as much as Nina Simone's take on it... but it's still a powerful tune.
Some more Blind Boys with Peter Gabriel

Everybody in my churches loves this song...
 

 Misterfixit wrote:
George Bush's theme song, I believe.
   

scraig wrote:

As if that line would ever fall out of his mouth.

 
Don't you fret. In a few years, he'll have Alzheimer's so bad he won't be able to chew his food. Gair-own-tee. 
Ooh!  I got chill bumps from that one .....most excellent !!!!
Hear the Word, sinners, and boogie.
I am ashamed to admit I grew up about 60 miles from their hometown, and never heard of them until the last few years. Just wonderful.
Great...
Reminds me of the movie 'The Ladykillers' with Tom Hanks.
Not the best song ever, but the performance is just awesome. (9/10)
Saw them at the Gabriel concert too - they are incredibly inspirational!  Powerful musicians!
Saw these guys do this at a  Peter Gabriel concert - they blew out the speaker cones. Man, they were powerful.
individual accountability for sin...
I thought the REGIME sent out a memo makling this a criminal act...
Fab-u-lous.

{#Angel}


I'll dance to this...

 
That was a great song — I am somehow uplifted.
Well allright!  that was too cool. What most folks don't know is that Charlie Musselwhite and John Hammond are both on this album AND the BBoys cover Tom Waits "Jesus Gonna Be Here".


Love all versions of this great classic!{#Cheers}
Can't help myself.  I love these guys!{#Bananajam}
SORRY, 1
The only other version I've heard of this song was Led Zeppelin's - and I really think I prefer this version. The heart and soul just radiates outward, without a power-guitar or thunder-drums.  I love it.{#Sunny}
{#Daisy}
Holy harmonies, Batman!
Actually it was Balcones fault. But I'm sure I'll get the blame anyway. Excellent tune!
 1wolfy wrote:
 "rules and regulations"  try guidance.Indulge yourself long enough and one day you may see the light...or maybe not . you get to choose. {#Pray}nicolaluna wrote:
Sure it's soulful.  And so is

"Jesus.  Died.  For somebody's sins, but not mine. 
Meltin in a pot of thieves, wild card up my sleeve. 
Thick.  Heart of stone.  My sins my own.  They belong to me.  Me. 
People say beware!  But I just don't care.  The words are just rules and regulations to me."

Amen, sister.    {#Hungry}   {#Twisted}   {#Tongue-out}
 
 
One of my favorite Patty Smith lines!!!!


 nate917 wrote:
One-third of the listenership gave this an 8? That's the most egregious case of ballot-box stuffing I've ever seen.
 

Nate needs to learn statistics.  Its a perfectly normal distribution.
I swear I can feel that bass voice in my bones...heavenly.
 Misterfixit wrote:
George Bush's theme song, I believe.
 
As if that line would ever fall out of his mouth.

They're wrong.  It was all my fault.  Sorry.
George Bush's theme song, I believe.
hmmm, yes, i agree. 

i have indulged myself, and i have chosen! 

thanks ever so much for the tip! 
{#Sunny}


 
1wolfy wrote:
 "rules and regulations"  try guidance.Indulge yourself long enough and one day you may see the light...or maybe not . you get to choose. {#Pray} 
 

 daveh25 wrote:
if this can't touch your soul, you may not have one. And who's fault is that
 

Amen to that!
 "rules and regulations"  try guidance.Indulge yourself long enough and one day you may see the light...or maybe not . you get to choose. {#Pray}nicolaluna wrote:
Sure it's soulful.  And so is

"Jesus.  Died.  For somebody's sins, but not mine. 
Meltin in a pot of thieves, wild card up my sleeve. 
Thick.  Heart of stone.  My sins my own.  They belong to me.  Me. 
People say beware!  But I just don't care.  The words are just rules and regulations to me."

Amen, sister.    {#Hungry}   {#Twisted}   {#Tongue-out}
 


Sure it's soulful.  And so is

"Jesus.  Died.  For somebody's sins, but not mine. 
Meltin in a pot of thieves, wild card up my sleeve. 
Thick.  Heart of stone.  My sins my own.  They belong to me.  Me. 
People say beware!  But I just don't care.  The words are just rules and regulations to me."

Amen, sister.    {#Hungry}   {#Twisted}   {#Tongue-out}
Waaaaaaaaaay soulful. Love it. {#Innocent}

Lovin' that harmonica!

love it.
wow , they were in my backyard and I missed it...grrblue wrote:
I had the pleasure to see the BBOA Saturday in San Juan Capistrano. They provided the most amazing and uplifting live performance I have ever seen. If you know and love their work, you have got to go!
The message of this song is not one we Americans want to hear. well my mother she taught me how to pray, mother she taught me how to pray if i fail to pray and my soul be lost; ain't nobody's fault but mine
nate917 wrote:
One-third of the listenership gave this an 8? That's the most egregious case of ballot-box stuffing I've ever seen.
You're obviously unfamiliar with Chicago politics.... I'm giving it an 8 (three times, if possible).
This one woke up the spirit of conviction in me
Excellent song and I found a great radio today! (accidentally =))
otto63 wrote:
Do we have a funeral today?
Past tense, we've surely passed over into (musical)heaven........
otto63 wrote:
Do we have a funeral today?
No funeral... just great music
Do we have a funeral today?
I had the pleasure to see the BBOA Saturday in San Juan Capistrano. They provided the most amazing and uplifting live performance I have ever seen. If you know and love their work, you have got to go!
Wack-A-Mole wrote:
When I hear music like this (delta blues) it makes me feel proud that I'm a descendant of slaves. I'm in the process of setting up in Texas on land that my great grand father purchased 11 years after slavery ended. Being a city raised person being able to have RP give me a piece of home in a new town and then to play music like this is amazing. Hearing the blues in the south has added meaning to me.
That's a pretty cool story. It's great the land stayed in the family that long, many folks were not so lucky, having been run off by 'fires of undetermined origin' and other mysterious circumstances. The little town of Manor ('May-nor, not 'Manner') near Austin suffered something of that fate: it was a thriving community until the 50's, when a spate of unexplained fires permanently damaged the community. 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' was filmed there, as was parts of 'Honeysuckle Rose'. Our 'country estate' is not far from you: Smithville. We're only about twenty minutes apart! It's more 'country' than 'estate': 20 acres and a single-wide. But it's quiet, a nice escape from the city. Thanks for sharing your story! c.
The 1973 Paul Butterfield Better Days CD has the best version of all time! Paul Butterfield's Better Days: Paul Butterfield (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric piano, harp); Geoff Muldaur (vocals, slide guitar, piano, vibraphone); Amos Garrett (guitar, background vocals); Ronnie Barron (piano, organ, background vocals); Billy Rich (bass); Christopher Parker (drums). Additional personnel: Dave Sanborn (alto saxophone); Gene Dinwiddie, J.D. Parran (tenor saxophone); Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone); Peter Ecklund, Stan Shafran (trumpet); Sam Burtis, Gary Brocks (trombone); Maria Muldaur, Dennis Whited, Bobby Charles (background vocals). Recorded at Bearsville Sound Studio, Bearsville, New York.
One-third of the listenership gave this an 8? That's the most egregious case of ballot-box stuffing I've ever seen.
:devil_pimp:
sillyboy wrote:
Not bad at all. Bruce Cockburns' is better. Joan Osbornes' is better. Blind Willie Johnsons' is better. But this isn't bad. :)
Don't forget Zeppelin.
I heard Cold War Kids do this live and they can lay it down pretty nicely.
I'm not blind, but I'm a 'bama boy and I like it. :clap: :clap:
I love this "stuff".... must be that Southern upbringing of mine, this is the stuff they sang in the Baptist church. Ouuuuuu.. my soul.
Oh boys and girls -- there is a much much better version of this out there by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and that girl can play her some guitar too. Check it out! (click here)
I too saw them live this year. First half hour I wasn't sure if they still had it. Last half hour I knew they did. Tasty but not particularly filling, at least for me...
Great surprise to walk into the room and hear this. I'm sorry to say that since taking up residence under this big rock, I've never before come across any Blind Boys of Alabama. Thanks for the introduction. This is the genre I most love and based on this tune, I like what BBA is doing with it. Must investigate.
If you'd ever seen them live, nar' an ill word about the Boys woud be heard. Saw 'em at WOMAD in Washington. Saw them open for Peter Gabriel on the Growing Up tour. Unbelieveable. Just un-f#@%in' believeable. Long Live TBBoA...
VV wrote:
Too bad they're not mute... as well as blind.
A tasteless, yet allowable comment.
Too bad they're not mute... instead of blind.
scottc wrote:
I feel bad about giving this only a 4. Realizing I could change it to a higher number, I would go on to say that the music is technically superb. It gets a 4 only because I don't really like this genre of musical presentation.
"genre of musical presentation..."....oh please!!!
I feel bad about giving this only a 4. Realizing I could change it to a higher number, I would go on to say that the music is technically superb. It gets a 4 only because I don't really like this genre of musical presentation.
Well I am a low class white guy and I am complaining.....:beat: Mangoman wrote:
I never hear blues musicians complain about Led Zep-- Only middle class white guys.
ThePoose wrote:
And another Zep ripoff: The Lemon Song, which would never have seen the light of play had Robert Johnson been poisoned years before that toxic bottle of whiskey was slipped to him at a house party.
Yeah this really sounds like a Zep tune, almost got em' mixed up
Love this group and this album! :music:
And another Zep ripoff: The Lemon Song, which would never have seen the light of play had Robert Johnson been poisoned years before that toxic bottle of whiskey was slipped to him at a house party.
sillyboy wrote:
Not bad at all. Bruce Cockburns' is better. Joan Osbornes' is better. Blind Willie Johnsons' is better. But this isn't bad. :)
I was just thinking I was glad it wasnt the Joan Osborne version.
Mangoman wrote:
I never hear blues musicians complain about Led Zep-- Only middle class white guys.
Oh yeah? They were successfully sued by the preeminent blues musician of the Chicago Chess Records scene. In 1985 composer Willie Dixon won damages, and the right to a credit, over allegations that the lyrics of "Whole Lotta Love" plagiarised his "You Need Love," first recorded by Muddy Waters in 1962. Dixon is credited on the live album How the West was Won. The uncredited ripoffs from Memphis Minnie, Howlin' Wolf and others were never remedied, though I believe legal action was considered by those that nowdays own the rights (not the original composers or artists, alas, in most cases except Dixon's).
segueman wrote:
Yeah, this is another old blues song Led Zepplin took writing credit for.
I never hear blues musicians complain about Led Zep-- Only middle class white guys.
all i can say: too cool for words! :-)
Not bad at all. Bruce Cockburns' is better. Joan Osbornes' is better. Blind Willie Johnsons' is better. But this isn't bad. :)
This is amazing stuff... And it ain't nobody's fault, but... well, who's fault is it, anyways? A definite 9. May change this to a 10 later on... If I do, it's nobody's fault but mine!
Darlington wrote:
Great stuff. Their Christmas CD which came out last year (or maybe the year before) is fantastic and so far this Holiday season, the one CD my kids want to hear when they get in the car.
Thanks for the review, it was on my wish list, to no avail. THIS year for sure. Seemed pretty good. Blown away by them w/ PG on tour.
Yes please, can we get some more from this album? :wave:
this is the sound! love this song,
Wack-A-Mole wrote:
When I hear music like this (delta blues) it makes me feel proud that I'm a descendant of slaves. I'm in the process of setting up in Texas on land that my great grand father purchased 11 years after slavery ended. Being a city raised person being able to have RP give me a piece of home in a new town and then to play music like this is amazing. Hearing the blues in the south has added meaning to me.
Beautiful story. Good luck from Minnesota. :sunny:
Glad to see someone taking responsibility - I know it wasn't my fault.
Great stuff. Their Christmas CD which came out last year (or maybe the year before) is fantastic and so far this Holiday season, the one CD my kids want to hear when they get in the car.
:music:
>>Wasn't aware they had made claim to writing any of these covers.... They originally tried to claim 'Whole Lotta Love" as an original, but these days they credit it (rightly) to Willie Dixon after legal action. Same thing happened with "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You". They were also sued by Howlin' Wolf for "The Lemon Song"...etc
resonator wrote:
Thanks for sharing the story. Without the musical legacy of slaves and their descendants, the US would be a boring place.
And without the economic legacies of slavery, the US would be a poorer place. And without the violent legacies of slavery, the US would be a more wholesome place. And without the racist legacies of slavery, the US would be a more tolerant place. If you think I'm exaggerating or going too far back, try visiting the South. Try reading historical and sociological research on the topic. Listen to Wynton Marsalis's "Blood on the Fields." But back to the Blind Boys of Alabama, when I saw them live, I felt like a true believer. (Don't worry - the feeling passes shortly after the show!)
<-o< :notworthy:
segueman wrote:
Yeah, this is another old blues song Led Zepplin took writing credit for.
I could name a few old blues covers the zep have done. Not surprising since this is what they grew up on and heavily influenced them in their own writing. Wasn't aware they had made claim to writing any of these covers....
GregX59 wrote:
If you get Austin City Limits in your area, these guys are scheduled for a re-run the week of June 12th. An incredible show, also featuring Robert Randolph and the Family Band. It will have you moving and grooving! A must see show!
They are also playing at the Austin City Limits Festival in September. Whole bunch of artists heard on RP. Details at www.aclfest.com. I'll be there with my RP ball cap on!
catmaven wrote:
Not surprised that the discerning listeners of RP rate this cut highly. :hug:
I'm surprised at the rather low (7.6) rating considering the unanimously effusive comments!
Hot damn! My first 10. I can't believe all the excellent music I've discovered since hearing about RP. Wack-A-Mole wrote:
When I hear music like this (delta blues) it makes me feel proud that I'm a descendant of slaves. I'm in the process of setting up in Texas on land that my great grand father purchased 11 years after slavery ended. ... Hearing the blues in the south has added meaning to me.
Thanks for sharing the story. Without the musical legacy of slaves and their descendants, the US would be a boring place.
a "10" for "GODLIKE" :fire: :war: :war: :yell: :yell: :motor: :daisy.gif: :chillpill.gif: :propeller.gif: :sunny.gif: :music: :music: :music:
If you get Austin City Limits in your area, these guys are scheduled for a re-run the week of June 12th. An incredible show, also featuring Robert Randolph and the Family Band. It will have you moving and grooving! A must see show!
if this can't touch your soul, you may not have one. And who's fault is that :meditate.gif:
More! More! More!
When I hear music like this (delta blues) it makes me feel proud that I'm a descendant of slaves. I'm in the process of setting up in Texas on land that my great grand father purchased 11 years after slavery ended. Being a city raised person being able to have RP give me a piece of home in a new town and then to play music like this is amazing. Hearing the blues in the south has added meaning to me.
More, please.
Thanks! Very cool and inspiring.
CAN I GET AN AMEN!!! What a nice song
Amen
Wow. There's POWER in this song. Can I get an Amen?!?! :notworthy: :notworthy:
at first, i thought this was from the "O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?" soundtrack. but seriously, this is wonderful music. there is something to be said for a group of singers gathered around a mike and letting their hearts and souls out. bravo!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: