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The Rolling Stones - Love in Vain with Lyrics on Screen
The Rolling Stones - Love in Vain with Lyrics on Screen
Published: 2010/12/25
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Robert Johnson - Love In Vain Blues (Takes 1&2) (1937)
Robert Johnson - Love In Vain Blues (Takes 1&2) (1937)
Published: 2009/12/26
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Rolling Stones - Love In Vain  (Stripped 1995)
Rolling Stones - Love In Vain (Stripped 1995)
Published: 2014/09/06
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The Rolling Stones - Love In Vain (Live) - Official
The Rolling Stones - Love In Vain (Live) - Official
Published: 2012/09/26
Channel: The Rolling Stones
Eric Clapton - Love In Vain
Eric Clapton - Love In Vain
Published: 2008/01/07
Channel: Joshua Lange
The Rolling Stones - Love in Vain - Live
The Rolling Stones - Love in Vain - Live
Published: 2011/01/09
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Rolling Stones - Love In Vain (Hyde Park 1969)
Rolling Stones - Love In Vain (Hyde Park 1969)
Published: 2013/07/25
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how to play "Love In Vain" on guitar by The Rolling Stones - acoustic guitar lesson tutorial
how to play "Love In Vain" on guitar by The Rolling Stones - acoustic guitar lesson tutorial
Published: 2015/11/06
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peter green - love in vain blues
peter green - love in vain blues
Published: 2012/07/19
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Bob Marley - Wait in Vain (with lyrics)
Bob Marley - Wait in Vain (with lyrics)
Published: 2009/02/22
Channel: Mr. Fingerman
The Faces - Love In Vain
The Faces - Love In Vain
Published: 2013/05/09
Channel: Ronnie Wood
Robert Johnson - Love In Vain - High Quality
Robert Johnson - Love In Vain - High Quality
Published: 2011/02/03
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Bob Brozman : Love In Vain
Bob Brozman : Love In Vain
Published: 2013/06/01
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The Rolling Stones - Love in Vain from Gimme Shelter
The Rolling Stones - Love in Vain from Gimme Shelter
Published: 2010/07/09
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Love In Vain ~~ The Rolling Stones
Love In Vain ~~ The Rolling Stones
Published: 2011/10/07
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Popa Chubby - Love In Vain - Music by the Bay Live 2015
Popa Chubby - Love In Vain - Music by the Bay Live 2015
Published: 2015/04/18
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Sarah Vaughan - In Love In Vain
Sarah Vaughan - In Love In Vain
Published: 2014/06/08
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Blues Master Keb
Blues Master Keb' Mo's "Love In Vain" on LEGENDS OF JAZZ
Published: 2007/03/22
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The Rolling Stones / Love in Vain (Get Yer Ya-Ya
The Rolling Stones / Love in Vain (Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!)
Published: 2016/03/27
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Love in vain - Rolling Stones cover
Love in vain - Rolling Stones cover
Published: 2010/04/04
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'Love In Vain' Live @ BBC Radio 2 - Stephen Dale Petit with special guest Mick Taylor
Published: 2009/04/16
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Bill Evans Trio - In Love In Vain
Bill Evans Trio - In Love In Vain
Published: 2011/06/22
Channel: Bruningable
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Love In Vain (1979)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Love In Vain (1979)
Published: 2011/05/01
Channel: TEXANOBLUES
How to Play: Love in Vain - Robert Johnson Lesson
How to Play: Love in Vain - Robert Johnson Lesson
Published: 2011/09/25
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Is Your Love In Vain? Eiri Thrasher
Is Your Love In Vain? Eiri Thrasher
Published: 2010/12/02
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Love in Vain
Love in Vain
Published: 2011/07/27
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Rolling Stones - Love In Vain
Rolling Stones - Love In Vain
Published: 2011/11/09
Channel: FuzzWater
Love in Vain - Rolling Stones, Robert Johnson
Love in Vain - Rolling Stones, Robert Johnson
Published: 2009/10/07
Channel: privettricker
ROLLING STONES-LOVE IN VAIN-LIVE NYC MADISON GARDEN 1972
ROLLING STONES-LOVE IN VAIN-LIVE NYC MADISON GARDEN 1972
Published: 2014/04/07
Channel: nomadtraveller100
Brian Jones... Sweet Brian...  Love in vain... R.I.P.
Brian Jones... Sweet Brian... Love in vain... R.I.P.
Published: 2011/10/26
Channel: MrsWynnona
Sonny Boy Williamson - All My Love in Vain
Sonny Boy Williamson - All My Love in Vain
Published: 2016/01/07
Channel: finetunes Blues
Love In Vain - Rolling Stones -
Love In Vain - Rolling Stones - '95 - (de Robert Johnson) . vog.028
Published: 2011/09/26
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Love In Vain - Clapton version - A Rough Guide
Love In Vain - Clapton version - A Rough Guide
Published: 2011/07/12
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Eric Clapton / Love In Vain
Eric Clapton / Love In Vain
Published: 2011/07/04
Channel: kent654100
Roots of Blues -- Robert Johnson „Love In Vain"
Roots of Blues -- Robert Johnson „Love In Vain"
Published: 2008/07/16
Channel: Slowtubbi
Stauros - love in vain traduzido bY: Neto Metal.
Stauros - love in vain traduzido bY: Neto Metal.
Published: 2010/08/15
Channel: Ricardo Prazeres
Bob Dylan - Is Your Love In Vain? (¿Es falso tu amor?) (Lyrics & Traducción, EN-ESP)
Bob Dylan - Is Your Love In Vain? (¿Es falso tu amor?) (Lyrics & Traducción, EN-ESP)
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Jefferson Davis
Keb
Keb' Mo' / Love In Vain
Published: 2011/11/08
Channel: Francesco Renna
Is Your Love in Vain - Simply Dylan ft Kellyann Lea
Is Your Love in Vain - Simply Dylan ft Kellyann Lea
Published: 2016/07/28
Channel: John O'Connell
ROLLING STONES - Love in vain 1969 hd
ROLLING STONES - Love in vain 1969 hd
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: Vazir & Cat
Rolling Stones | Love in Vain | Karaoke
Rolling Stones | Love in Vain | Karaoke
Published: 2013/11/04
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Sonny Boy Williamson II - All My Love In Vain
Sonny Boy Williamson II - All My Love In Vain
Published: 2016/03/10
Channel: Jazz Everyday!
Robert Johnson - The Rolling Stones : Love In Vain Cover
Robert Johnson - The Rolling Stones : Love In Vain Cover
Published: 2012/04/11
Channel: Mahdi Khene
RON SINGS "LOVE IN VAIN" BY BOB DYLAN
RON SINGS "LOVE IN VAIN" BY BOB DYLAN
Published: 2015/09/07
Channel: Rawnboy
In Love In Vain (1946) - Jo Stafford
In Love In Vain (1946) - Jo Stafford
Published: 2016/05/14
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Pete Coco and Steve Salerno play In Love in Vain
Pete Coco and Steve Salerno play In Love in Vain
Published: 2015/10/30
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X Men S04E14   Love In Vain
X Men S04E14 Love In Vain
Published: 2017/02/27
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In Love In Vain (1946) - Martha Tilton
In Love In Vain (1946) - Martha Tilton
Published: 2013/10/05
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【Rei】PLAYS... Robert Johnson / Love in Vain
【Rei】PLAYS... Robert Johnson / Love in Vain
Published: 2015/05/12
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Robert Johnson,
Robert Johnson, 'Love in Vain'
Published: 2008/08/09
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"Love in Vain"
Single by Robert Johnson
Released 1939 (1939)
Format 78 rpm record
Recorded Dallas, Texas, June 20, 1937
Genre Blues
Length 2:25
Label Vocalion (no. 04630)
Songwriter(s) Robert Johnson[1][a]
Producer(s) Don Law

"Love in Vain" (originally "Love in Vain Blues") is a blues song written by American musician Robert Johnson. He sings of unrequited love, using a departing train as a metaphor for his loss. Johnson's performance – vocal accompanied by his finger-style acoustic guitar playing – has been described as "devastatingly bleak". He recorded the song in 1937 during his last recording session and in 1939 it was issued as the last of his original 78 rpm records.

"Love in Vain" has elements of earlier Delta blues songs and for a while it was believed to be in the public domain. In 1969, the Rolling Stones recorded an updated rendition featuring an electric slide guitar solo. The popularity of their adaptation led to a lawsuit over the copyright, which was eventually resolved in favor of Johnson's estate. Various artists have recorded the song.

Background[edit]

In the late 1920s, Johnson began playing the guitar along with a rack-mounted harmonica.[3] One of his influences was Leroy Carr, whose "How Long–How Long Blues" (1928) was an early favorite.[3] Johnson later used the melody from Carr's “When the Sun Goes Down" (1935) as the basis for "Love in Vain".[4] Both songs express a yearning and sorrow for the loss of a lover. Johnson also used some lyrics from "Flying Crow Blues" (1932) by the Shreveport Home Wreckers (a duo of Oscar "Buddy" Woods and Ed Schaffer) for the final verse of "Love in Vain".[5] Sonny Boy Williamson II recorded a song with a similar title, "All My Love in Vain", but different lyrics.[6]

Lyrics and composition[edit]

AllMusic's Thomas Ward describes the song as "heartbreakingly potent coming from an artist of Johnson’s calibre".[7] He adds:

The songs [sic] opening verse is worth quoting in full, it’s arguably the finest few lines that Johnson ever wrote – “And I followed her to the station/with a suitcase in my hand/Well I followed her to the station/with a suitcase in my hand/Well it’s hard to tell, it’s hard to tell/When all your love’s in vain”. Never has Johnson’s guitar been so subtle, so much in the background – the song’s success is from the artist’s longing vocal, and as such it’s devastatingly bleak.[7]

During the final verses, Johnson calls out to his lover, Willie Mae.[8] Years later, when she heard "Love in Vain" for the first time, she was visibly moved upon hearing her name.[8]

Releases[edit]

In 1939, Vocalion Records issued "Love in Vain", backed by "Preaching Blues", on a ten-inch 78 rpm record. It was released after Johnson's death and was the last of his original singles. After the release of Johnson's first compilation album, King of the Delta Blues Singers (1961),[9] bootleg albums containing more of Johnson's 1930s singles were circulated. This was the first appearance of the song since its original release. Columbia Records responded by issuing King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. II (1970), which included an alternate take of "Love in Vain".[10] The original single version was finally reissued (along with the alternate) by Columbia on the box set The Complete Recordings (1990).[11] A remastered version of the alternate take is also included on King of the Delta Blues: The Complete Recordings (1996).[12]

Rolling Stones adaptation[edit]

"Love in Vain"
Song by the Rolling Stones
from the album Let It Bleed
Released December 5, 1969 (1969-12-05)
Recorded May 1969
Genre Blues
Length 4:22
Songwriter(s) Robert Johnson[1][b]
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller

The Rolling Stones recorded "Love in Vain" for their 1969 album, Let It Bleed.[14] Critic Richie Unterberger describes it "as close to the roots of acoustic down-home blues as the Stones ever got."[14] Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards recalled:

For a time we thought the songs that were on that first album [King of the Delta Blues] were the only recordings (Robert Johnson had) made, and then suddenly around '67 or '68 up comes this second (bootleg) collection that included Love in Vain. Love in Vain was such a beautiful song. Mick and I both loved it, and at the time I was working and playing around with Gram Parsons, and I started searching around for a different way to present it, because if we were going to record it there was no point in trying to copy the Robert Johnson style or ways and styles. We took it a little bit more country, a little bit more formalized, and Mick felt comfortable with that.[15]

In a 1995 interview with Jan Wenner of Rolling Stone magazine, Mick Jagger commented on the song's arrangement:

We changed the arrangement quite a lot from Robert Johnson's. We put in extra chords that aren't there on the Robert Johnson version. Made it more country. And that's another strange song, because it's very poignant. Robert Johnson was a wonderful lyric writer, and his songs are quite often about love, but they're desolate.[16]

Live performances of the song appear on Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out (1970) and Stripped (1995).

Lawsuit over copyright[edit]

"Love in Vain" (along with "Stop Breakin' Down Blues") was the subject of a lawsuit regarding the copyright for the song. In 2000, the court held that the songs were not in the public domain and that legal title belonged to the Estate of Robert Johnson and its successors.[1]

Recognition and influence[edit]

Robert Johnson's original "Love in Vain" was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame as part of the 2011 "Robert Johnson Centennial" celebrations.[4]

Eric Clapton recorded the song for Me and Mr. Johnson (2004), his album devoted to Johnson's songs. Clapton quotes one of Johnson's verses for the Derek and the Dominos' song "Layla": "Please don't say we'll never find a way, and tell me all my love's in vain". Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux adapted it for her 2011 album Standing on the Rooftop. An album review in The Guardian noted, "A major highlight is the echoing, gothic account of Johnson's Love in Vain."[17] Walter Trout recorded it for Prisoner of a Dream (1990) and Keb' Mo' for Slow Down (1998). Todd Rundgren included the song on his Johnson tribute album, Todd Rundgren's Johnson (2011).

Love in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson is the title of a 2012 screenplay by Alan Greenberg. In it, he explores both the known facts and the myth surrounding Johnson.[18] Keith Richards commented, "Finally someone has captured the central feel of this master musician and his times, and that man is Alan Greenberg. Take my word for it." Bob Dylan added, "It's about time."

Notes[edit]

Footnotes

  1. ^ The liner notes to King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. II (1970) (the first release of "Love in Vain" since the 1939 78 rpm record) include "The selections are in the public domain".[2]
  2. ^ The original Let It Bleed (1969) album notes list "Love in Vain – Written by Woody Payne".[13] "Woody Payne" was one of Johnson's pseudonyms.

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