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Mississippi John Hurt - Make Me a Pallet on the Floor

Mississippi John Hurt

Make Me a Pallet on the Floor

Okeh Records

Release Date: December 31st, 1927

Words by: Whaley Big Jesus
May 26th, 1962

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Mississippi John Hurt's guitar stylings instantly turn my mind to Dylan's early work. The ghost of 'Make me a pallet on the floor' resonates loudly in the circular guitar patterns of, 'Don't Think Twice It's Alright' and 'Tomorrow Is A Long Time' – lending greatly to the idea of Dylan being, particularly in terms of his guitar playing, a student of history. And who can really blame him from learning and borrowing a thing or two from the likes of Mississippi John Hurt?

This track is something relatively uncommon given its roots in the Mississippi delta. The rough-edged blues have been replaced with a delicate twang, and Hurt's deep and mournful voice conveys the true heartache of a man standing amidst the battle for civil rights in America.

That's how I read it anyhow – Mississippi John Hurt the protest singer.

Mississippi John Hurt - Make Me a Pallet on the Floor Mississippi John Hurt recorded Make Me a Pallet on the Floor in 1928

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