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June 7, 2012 5:47 AM   Subscribe

I'm the one, yes I'm the one, I'm the one, I'm the one, the one they call the seventh son.
posted by flapjax at midnite (23 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Penned by the great Willie Dixon. Here's the Wiki page for the song.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:50 AM on June 7, 2012


MML: Youtube links to different versions of the song Seventh Son, originally written by Willie Dixon.
posted by zamboni at 5:54 AM on June 7, 2012


MML

Master of Modern Languages? Michigan Municipal League? Minimum Message Length? Am I getting warmer?

Otherwise, yeah, the Wiki was linked already, just above your comment. The first link in the FPP is by the author, Willie Dixon, also linked to directly above. You'll note his name in the tags of this post, as well. The second link was the first commercial recording of the song, wherein the author of the tune (Willie Dixon) may be heard playing bass. And so on.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:03 AM on June 7, 2012


I am the man who murdered love. Can I put my hands on you?
posted by Nomyte at 6:04 AM on June 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Mose Allison track changed my life. I didn't know he existed, didn't know that song existed, didn't know music could sound like that, and I was never the same after.
posted by oneironaut at 6:09 AM on June 7, 2012


Thanks for introducing me to Johnny Rivers - I likey.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 6:12 AM on June 7, 2012


Thanks for introducing me to Johnny Rivers

Yeah, ol' Johnny was a funky white boy! Born in NYC, but grew up in Louisiana, southern boy. Wonderfully pleasing voice! Can't believe you didn't know of him til now? Gotta love his Secret Agent Man, and his Poor Side of Town is all kindsa great.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:22 AM on June 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Any relation to the song Seventh Son of a Seventh Son by Iron Maiden? (I am at work and canot follow the youtube links).
posted by Vindaloo at 6:26 AM on June 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Any relation to the song Seventh Son of a Seventh Son by Iron Maiden?

Good lordy mercy no.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:30 AM on June 7, 2012


Everybody knows it's the eighth son of an eighth son you have to watch out for !!!!!
posted by Pendragon at 7:09 AM on June 7, 2012


Glad someone is the one, cause I'm not the one.
posted by orme at 7:44 AM on June 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


MML: I'm guessing Mystery Meat Links?

Which, I mean, way to snark on the awesome, I guess?

(Unless I'm way off base too...)
posted by Reverend John at 7:47 AM on June 7, 2012


Flap, the Maiden song ain't bad.
posted by jonmc at 8:00 AM on June 7, 2012


Not quite my cuppa, jon!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:05 AM on June 7, 2012


Heal the sick, raise the dead . . .
posted by ahimsakid at 8:30 AM on June 7, 2012


On the seventh hour, of the seventh day, of the seventh month, seven doctors say: nice post!
posted by StickyCarpet at 10:01 AM on June 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Everybody knows it's the eighth son of an eighth son you have to watch out for !!!!!

It's just bad influences. He hangs out with 667, the neighbor of the beast.
posted by scratch at 10:21 AM on June 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


BTW, I like Johnny Rivers' version best. That tiny harmonica bit at the beginning made me think of Train Kept A-Rollin.
posted by scratch at 10:26 AM on June 7, 2012


Not quite my cuppa, jon!

I'm guessing you might prefer Rory Gallagher's "Seventh son of a seventh son".

Offtopic, but does anyone know if Iron Maiden were fans of Rory Gallagher? I see "Moonchild" (another Rory Gallagher song) on the tracklist for that album
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:54 AM on June 7, 2012


Offtopic, but does anyone know if Iron Maiden were fans of Rory Gallagher?

If wikipedia can be trusted they were inspired by Orson Scott Card.
posted by popaopee at 2:48 PM on June 7, 2012


It's just bad influences. He hangs out with 667, the neighbor of the beast.

And gets his kicks on Route 77.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:59 PM on June 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


flapjax, I always enjoy your posts. You seem to have some of the same musical tastes
that I enjoy. My favorite playlist is "Moody River" on my iTunes.
posted by bjgeiger at 5:05 PM on June 7, 2012


Someone talked to me about this post today and I just knew it had to be a Flapjax. Cool!

This prompted us to ask where the "seventh son" folklore came from. The idea is that the 7th son of the 7th son has special powers, usually powers of healing. This is surprisingly hard to get a bead on. I've found some sources from the nineteenth century, so it's certainly over 100 years old, and they trace it to Europe - Germany and France, particuarly. And yet it's really prominent in African-American lore. Initially I thought the origin must be Biblical but I can't substantiate that. A project for another day.
posted by Miko at 7:50 PM on June 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


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