From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Cross Road Blues

Cross Road Blues

  

by Robert Johnson

Video & Audio

"Cross Road Blues" online

Listen to the original while looking at a slide show including the only known pictures of Johnson.

"Me and the Devil Blues" online

This one is nearly as basic a signature piece as "Cross Road Blues," and much more explicit about Johnson's relationship with the devil. Also, this link includes a nice artistic animation of the song.

"Hellhound On My Trail"

This track is the one that brings out the greatest sense of suffering and hopelessness in Johnson's work.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement