See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - Mavis Staples

from the EP Your Good Fortune (2015)

See That My Grave Is Kept Clean is one of the most lasting blues songs.  Originally recorded by Blind Lemon Jefferson in 1927, it has subsequently been recorded by music greats including Bob Dylan (he recorded it twice), B.B. King (my personal favorite rendition), Lou Reed, The Grateful Dead, Son House, and Widespread Panic.  In fact, it has even been sung by Andy Griffith on his TV show (he sang it to Otis in the drunk tank).

Mavis Staples is the latest to tackle this number on her latest, exquisite EP, Your Good Fortune.  To be honest, the only thing that kept me from writing about this EP is not knowing which song I dug most.

Then came last weekend, chillin' with my funky friends, and cranking the four songs.  See That My Grave Is Kept Clean won the listening session.  A great song in the hands of a great singer.  The magic formula.

Mavis Staples continues to release great recordings at age 75.  Her voice is part of the fabric of American music.  She gives me chills eatery time I listen.

Click Here to listen to the current EP version of Mavis Staples singing See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.

Click Here to watch Lou Reed perform See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.

Click Here to watch B.B. King perform See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.

Click Here to watch Andy Griffith perform See That My Grave Is Kept Clean on his TV show.

Comments

  1. Ms Staples version comes at a sad moment with the recent passing of BB King; but, we all die. It's just that this particular song, with the subtle zen like gong focusing on the moment, brings the mortality of the grim reaper's visit with a healthy respect for the one who has crossed over, and released their mortal coil. It can only be a hope that the laborious task of "keep my grave clean" garners the work from the positive affects on humanity the departed left in memory.

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