Lyrics to Hell Hound on My Trail

Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson’s shadowy and poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much a legend. One Faustian myth says that he sold his soul to the devil at a local crossroads of Mississippi highways to achieve success.

As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime.


Robert Johnson Hellhound On My Trail lyrics

I got to keep moving, I got to keep moving
Blues falling down like hail, blues falling down like hail
Mmm, blues falling down like hail, blues falling down like hail
And the day keeps on remindin’ me, there’s a hellhound on my trail
Hellhound on my trail, hellhound on my trail

If today was Christmas eve, if today was Christmas eve
And tomorrow was Christmas day
If today was Christmas eve and tomorrow was Christmas day
All I would need is my little sweet rider
Just to pass the time away, to pass the time away

You sprinkled hot foot powder, mmm, around my door
All around my door
You sprinkled hot foot powder, all around your daddy’s door
It keeps me with ramblin’ mind rider
Every old place I go, every old place I go

I can tell the wind is risin’, the leaves tremblin’ on the tree
Tremblin’ on the tree
I can tell the wind is risin’, leaves tremblin’ on the tree
All I need is my little sweet woman
And to keep my company, hey, hey, hey, hey, my company

I seriously doubt he was taking about the same type of hellhounds as in Nikola’s pets. In those days people could not openly say what they were actually saying. They put it in riddles and parables.

And had he sold his soul for the talent as the myth says- didn’t it ever occur to myth makers he wouldn’t have died broke. Don’t you think he would’ve asked for the money too?


About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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11 Responses to Lyrics to Hell Hound on My Trail

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  2. Burgundy Stocking Book Reviewers says:

    It’s good to see a series based upon such a popular older work. I love the song. Of course, I don’t believe all the legend associated with the song. It’s sad and a shame the man didn’t get his proper recognition during his lifetime. I wish you much success and hope people see what an interesting series this is during your lifetime.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Yes, there are quite a few legends associated with the song. If you look at it for what it is, it’s a story about another era, a very oppressive era in American’s history. I don’t think the man was singing about demonic four legged creatures…I think he was singing about evil, hellified people.


  3. Sam Thurlow says:

    I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? Thanks for the lyrics.


  4. Ryder says:

    Thank you for sharing your information on the lyrics to this song. I really appreciate your efforts to educate.


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