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Morning Song – Crossroads

December 2, 2015

Given the foundational importance of bluesman Robert Johnson to American popular music, it takes a lot of nerve for a young Black artist (or anyone, really) to write a song called “Crossroads”.

Tracy Chapman not only did that; she made it the title cut of her second album.  After the stunning success of her debut album (over 10 million copies sold), “Crossroads” was Chapman’s characteristically soft-spoken and steely firm statement that she would be in charge of her own career (she also wrote all the songs and co-produced the album).

All you folks think you run my life,
Say I should be willing to compromise;
I say all you demons go back to hell,
I’ll save my soul, save myself.
I think Robert Johnson would approve.

From → Music

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