I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees
Down to the crossroads fell down on my knees
Asked the lord above for mercy, "take me, if you please"

I went down to the crossroads tried to flag a ride
Down to the crossroads tried to flag a ride
Nobody seemed to know me, everybody passed me by

Well, I'm going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side
Going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side
We can still barrelhouse, baby, on the riverside

Going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side
Going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side
We can still barrelhouse, baby, on the riverside

You can run, you can run tell my friend boy Willie Brown
Run, you can run tell my friend boy Willie Brown
And I'm standing at the crossroads believe I'm sinking down

Thank you, Eric Clapton lead, uh vocal


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Crossroads Lyrics as written by Robert Johnson

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    General CommentThis is Clapton's best live solo recorded. The sheer verocity of it is amazing. The 3 piece sound like a 5-piece all playing solos whilst together. An amazing band.
    CharmingManon February 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow, how can no one have commented on any of this stuff!!! this is eric claptons best work!! i think this song is the best example of how great cream was, it represents them very well. one of the greatest bands in history
    scooter44on March 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYour right scooter, Cream is one of my favorite bands of all time. Do you have any idea what this song means? I know Cream was essentially an electric blues band, and the crossroads is a reoccuring theme in blues music.For example, Robert Johnson, one of the greatest blues musicians of all time sold his soul to the Devil at the crossroads. Could Cream's song have anything to do with that?
    Disraelion March 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWell, I found out this song is in fact a cover for the Crossroads Blues by Robert Johnson. I guess this song IS in fact about meeting the Devil at the crossroads and selling your soul to him so that you can play the guitar.
    Disraelion March 13, 2003   Link
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    General Commentfirst time I heard this was when Eddie Van Halen did an instrumental cover of it, I found it from Kazaa. quality guitarwork.

    there was a movie called Crossroads, it is about "guitar dueling" or something like that. i haven't seen it but that's what i recall from the plot outline.
    AeroLed286on May 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYes, this is a cover of Robert Johnson's Crossroads Blues, just to clarify.
    SarDine49on May 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe original of this song does feature in the film of the same name, staring steve vai as the devils axe weilding gutiar maestro. Its a must see film for any fan of blues or wonderful guitar solo's
    ystrdywent2soonon June 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. Clapton is my hero. I've learned so much from his music. I actually prefer this version to Rob Johnson's.
    yamahasixstringon September 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe movie is so cheesy, it's hilarious.

    About the solos, I can think of a bunch of solos better than Stairway's. And a handful better than this.

    But that's not to disparage either song.
    PiMasteron February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGimpy, the song is indeed about Johnson selling his soul to the Devil. The urban legend it that Robert Johnson had sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for his virtuoso guitar skills.
    SaoThriceon May 08, 2006   Link

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