Sam Chatmon was a Delta blues guitarist and singer. He was a member of the Mississippi Sheiks and may have been Charlie Patton's half brother.
"I've got a brown skin woman.. lives up on the hill..
now don't you hear me tell what I say
I've got a brown skin woman...lives up on the hill
and that fool...quit me swear I love her still
I tell you what you woman..like you used to do..now don't you
A hear me tell you pretty mama
Tell you won't you do...like you used to do..
How come you wanna treat me woman like you used to do
Well I left town this morning...on my... wayback home..
now don't you...hear me tellin' you pretty mama
I left town this morning...on my way back home..
Well that man told me your woman dead and gone
A don't rollin' 'fore your door..
now don't you hear me tellin'you pretty mama
Ohh rollin' 'fore your door
Take that woman you've been lovin' and she can't get back no more
Well I ain't goin down...that big road by myself..
now don't you a hear me tellin' you pretty mama
I ain't goin' down that big road by myself..
and if I can't catch you woman...try somebody else...Oh yes
Well.. went to the graveyard..looked down on her face..
now don't you hear me tell you pretty mama
I..went to the graveyard..looked down on her face
Says I feel your condition woman but i sure can't take your place. "
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Sam Chatmon was born in Bolton, Mississippi. Chatmon's family was well-known in Mississippi for their musical talents; Chatmon was a member of the family's string band when he was young. He performed on a regular basis for white audiences in the 1900s.
The Chatmon band played rags, ballads, and popular dance tunes. Two of Sam's brothers, fiddler Lonnie Chatmon and guitarist Bo Carter, performed with guitarist Walter Vinson as the Mississippi Sheiks.
Chatmon played the banjo, mandolin, and harmonica in addition to the guitar. He performed at parties and on street corners throughout Mississippi for small pay and tips. In the 1930s he recorded both with the Sheiks, as well as with sibling Lonnie as the Chatman Brothers.
Chatmon moved to Hollandale, Mississippi in the early 1940s and worked on plantations in Hollandale. He was re-discovered in 1960 and started a new chapter of his career as folk-blues artist. In the same year Chatmon recorded for the Arhoolie record label. He toured extensively during the 1960s and 1970s. He played many of the largest and best-known folk festivals, including the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. in 1972, the Mariposa Fest in Toronto in 1974, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1976.
A headstone memorial to Chatmon with the inscription "Sitting on top of the world" was paid for by Bonnie Raitt, through the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund and placed in Sanders Memorial Cemetery, Hollandale, Mississippi on March 14, 1998.
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