"Death Letter" as written by and Eddie Son House....
I got a letter this morning
What do you reckon it read?
It said the gal you love is dead
I got a letter this morning
What do you reckon it read?

Said "Hurry, Hurry because the gal you love is dead"
Well I packed up my suitcase
I took off down the road
When I got there she was layin' on the cooling board
I packed up my suitcase
And I took off down the road
When I got there she was layin' on the cooling board

It looked like ten thousand people standing around the burial ground
I didn't know I loved her 'till they began to let her down
Looked like ten thousand people standing on the burial ground
I didn't know that I loved her 'till they began to let her down

You know it's so hard to love
Someone that don't love you
Won't get satisfaction
Don't care what you do
So hard to love
Someone that don't love you

Don't look like satisfaction
Don't care what you do

Well I got up this morning
The break of day
Just hugging the pillows
She used to lay

Got up this morning
The break of day
Just hugging the pillows
Where my baby used to lay


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"Death Letter" as written by Eddie Son House

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  • +2
    General Comment"You know it's so hard to love
    Someone that don't love you "

    What a dam fine lyric!
    bkat004on January 30, 2006   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI just picture it being something like his ex (girl thing) is getting married.
    Letter = Invitation
    Cooling board = wedding preps/buzz
    10 thousand = all the ivited guests friends family
    She just doesnt want the D no moe
    MyButtHurtson October 23, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'd say that this song is mostly about not understanding until it's too late, backed up by the line "I didn't know I loved her
    Until they began to let her down". This could even be recounting a dream, the way the death, and the journey to see her and the funeral all pass by so fast, and then the final verse actually says that she used to be in the same bed as him, indicating that she may have left him or something previously, but he had a dream she'd died and woke up at the "break of day", probably in quite a state and realised that although they may have left each other, he now realises that he does still love her deep down but it's too late.
    tommyjazzon June 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgreat 12 bar blues
    one of the white stripes best?
    i think so
    myfriendson June 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! The video isn't bad either
    ExplodingGirlCUREon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttheres a video for this song?
    WhiteHives8on July 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes there is i love it!!!
    Punk_emokitty01on August 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love blues.. the white stripes are pretty good at covering it.
    teKion September 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYa gotta hear the original "Death Letter Blues" by the great Son House. Extremely cool.
    kenf62on March 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHaven't heard it, but reading the lyrics just makes me want to cry my eyes out man!

    "You know it's so hard to love
    Someone that don't love you "

    Too tru
    Horsey_Roseon May 02, 2003   Link

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