"Sweet Home Chicago" as written by and Robert Johnson....
Oh, baby don't you want to go?
Oh, baby don't you want to go?
Back to the land of California
To my sweet home Chicago

Oh, baby don't you want to go?
Oh, baby don't you want to go?
Back to the land of California
To my sweet home Chicago

Now one and one is two
Two and two is four
I'm heavy loaded, baby
I'm booked, I gotta go

Cryin' baby
Honey don't you want to go?
Back to the land of California
To my sweet home Chicago

Now two and two is four
Four and two is six
You gonna keep monkeyin' round with your friend-boy, you gonna get your
Business all in a trick

But I'm cryin' baby
Honey don't you wanna go?
Back to the land of California
To my sweet home Chicago

Now six and two is eight
Eight and two is ten
Friend-boy, she trick you one time
She sure gonna do it again

But I'm cryin' hey, hey
Baby don't you want to go?
To the land of California
To my sweet home Chicago

I'm goin' to California
From there to Des Moines Iowa
Somebody will tell me that you
Need my help someday, cryin'

Hey, hey
Baby don't you want to go?
Back to the land of California
To my sweet home Chicago


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"Sweet Home Chicago" as written by Taj Mahal

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    General Commentthis song is my favourite johnson song. i dont no what it is about it, it just seems right to listen to. its just a perfect blues song, and im lucky to have been blessed with knowledge of robert johnson. unlike it seems, most people on this website. serisously, if you havnt heard this song listen to it.
    fight_the_waron April 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentChicago actually lies in Illinois, not in California. This probably means Robert had not yet been to Chicago prior to the recording of this song. But it i think California could also be a metaphor, 'the land of california' could be an alternative way of saying: 'that place of great riches'.

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    Ruton April 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think the california/chicago line has more to do with him being a rambler. he is sad because he cannot change who he is and he is always going to have to go
    moosheeon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAs far as I know, the California line isn't anything abstarct or symbolic. Johnson had an aunt that lived in Port Chicago, California where he would visit. I think he's just saying he want to go back there bc he feels at home there. I don't think he ever meant to suggest Chicago, Illinois.
    StonesInMyPasswayon November 22, 2007   Link

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