Robert Johnson sold his soul at the crossroads

Rosedale Mississippi, where the crossroads of highways US 61 and US 49 in Clarksdale. Robert Johnson and his legendary crossroads deal with the devil, in which he sold his immortal soul for musical genius on blues guitar, is deeply embedded in the mythology and legend of the rural South and is one of the best known tales of American folklore. The scene of Johnson’s crossroads deal is not exactly something that can be proven. He was born in Hazlehurst, and his supposed grave is in Quito near Itta Bena but Rosedale did figure in the lyrics for one of Johnson’s most famous songs, “Travelling Riverside Blues”.

“Lord, I’m goin’ to Rosedale,” he wails, “gon’ take my rider by my side.”

“Traveling Riverside Blues” had a enormous influence on rock n roll, and was remade as “Crossroads” by Eric Clapton which mentions Rosedale with the same expression Johnson uses. It was also covered by Led Zeppelin whose more well known “Lemon Song” notably steals a lyric from that same Johnson tune, “You can squeeze my lemon ’til the juice runs down my leg”.
Not an iota of this proves much about Robert Johnson’s crossroads, of course, but I for one like the idea that it happened in Rosedale.

Meeting with the Devil at the Crossroads

Robert Johnson had been playing down in Yazoo City and over at Beulah trying to get back up to Helena, when his ride left him out on a road near to the levee, under his own steam he walked up the highway, guitar in his hand propped over his shoulder. It was a cool October night, full moon big up the dark sky, Robert Johnson thoughts was about Son House preaching to him, “Put that guitar down, boy, you drivin’ people nuts.” Robert Johnson needing as always a woman and some whiskey, Big trees all around dark and lonesome road, a demented poisoned dog howling and carping in a ditch at the side of the road sending shock chills down through his body, approaching the crossroads just south of Rosedale. Johnson, feeling bad and lonesome knows folks up the highway in Gunnison. Can get a

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This is a file photo of blues guitarist Robert Johnson

whiskey and women up there. Someone sitting off to the side of the road on a log at the crossroads says, “You’re late, Robert Johnson.” Robert Johnson drops to his knees and says, “Maybe not.” The man stands up, tall, slender, and black as the eternally closed eyes of Robert Johnson’s stillborn baby, the figure walks out to the centre of the crossroads where Robert Johnson kneels. He says, “Stand up, Robert Johnson. You want to bowl that guitar over there in that ditch with that rabid dog and go on back up to Robinsonville and play the harp with Willie Brown and Son House, cos you just one more guitar player like all the rest, or you want to play that guitar like nobody ever played it before? Make a sound nobody ever heard before? You want to be the King of the Delta Blues and have all the whiskey and women you want?”
“That’s a lot of whiskey and women, Devil Man.”
“I know you, Robert Johnson,” says the man.
Robert Johnson feels the moonlight bearing down on his head and the back of his neck as the moon seems to be rising bigger and bigger and brighter. He feels it like the heat of the noonday sun bearing down, and the howling and moaning of the dog in the ditch penetrates his soul, coming up through his feet and the tips of his fingers through his legs and arms, settling in that big vacant place below his breastbone causing him to shake and tremble like a man with the palsy. Robert Johnson says, “That dog gone mad.”
The man laughs. “That hound belongs to me spirit an all. He ain’t mad, he’s got the Blues. I got his soul in my hand.”
The dog lets out a low, long soulful lament, a howling like never heard before, rhythmic, syncopated grunts, yelps, and barks, seizing Robert Johnson like a Grand Mal, and causing the strings on his guitar to vibrate, hum, and sing with a sound dark and blue, beautiful, soulful chords and notes possessing Robert Johnson, taking him over, spinning him around, losing him inside of his own self, wasting him, lifting him up into the sky. Johnson gazes over in the ditch and sees the eyes of the dog reflecting the clear moonlight, more likely so it seems to Robert Johnson, glowing on their own, a deep violet penetrating glow, and Robert Johnson knows and feels that he is staring into the eyes of a Hellhound as his body shudders from head to toe.
The man says, “The dog ain’t for sale, Robert Johnson, but the sound can be yours. That’s the sound of the Delta Blues and the fingers too.”
“I got to have that sound, Devil Man. That sound is mine. Where do I sign?”
The man says, “Robert Johnson. Your word is plenty. All you got to do is keep walking north. But you better be prepared. There is a cost.”
“what cost, Devil man?”
“You know where you are, Robert Johnson? You are standing in the middle of the crossroads. At midnight, that full moon is right over your head. You take one more step, you’ll be in Rosedale. You take this road to the east, you’ll get back over to Highway 61 in Cleveland, or you can turn around and go back down to Beulah or just go to the west and sit up on the levee and look at the River. But if you take one more step in the path you’re headed, you going to be in Rosedale at midnight under this full moon, and you are going to have the Blues like never known to this world. My left hand will be forever wrapped around your soul, and your music will possess all who hear it. That’s what’s going to happen. That’s what you better be prepared for. Your soul will belong to me. This is not just any crossroads. I put this “X” here for a reason, and I been waiting on you.”
Robert Johnson rolls his head around, his eyes upwards in their sockets to stare at the blinding light of the moon which has now completely filled tie pitch black Delta night, piercing his right eye like a bolt of lightning as the midnight hour hits. He looks the big man directly in the eyes and says, “Step back, Devil Man, I’m going to Rosedale. I am the Blues.”
The man moves to one side and says, “Go on, Robert Johnson. You the King of the Delta Blues. Go on home to Rosedale. And when you get on up in town, you get you a plate of hot tamales because you going to be needing something on your stomach where you’re headed.” short gifted gain in this life for a big eternal payback

Why use removal boxes to move home

Use Removal Boxes To Make Moving Home Easy!

I Some times turn up on jobs and everything is packed in bin liners don’t get me wrong they are cheap can keep things clean like bedding pillows clothes cushions teddy bears, soft light items, but when they are used to put 30 or so books in they will tear and things will get damaged, I have even had customers put the contents of kitchen cupboards in bin liners pots pans carving knifes all the cutlery, and when trying to walk holding these bags, if you attempt it, your ankles and thighs will be getting slashed with knifes protruding from bin bags, so they are useful when moving home but only for certain items.

  • Small Removal Box for packing compact or heavy items like photo albums, CDs, books, dishes, glassware, etc.
  • Medium Removal Box Use the medium size for packing mid-weight items like kitchen appliances, toys, or shoes.
  • Large Removal Box Use the large size for packing lighter, bulkier items,
    such as towels, bedding, cushions, or clothing if you do not put in bin bag planning a move can be difficult, but you don’t have to give in to the stress. Removal Boxes can help you manage your move like a pro from start to finish.
  • Moving Check List Check off daily tasks to keep your move on track.
  • Box Selection establish which size removal boxes is best for packing your belongings.
  • Moving Tips Make your move easier with these helpful hints and tips.
  • Create Your Moving Kit Determine how many boxes you need to pack your belongings and include tape paper and bubble wrap and infamous bin bags for softer items

Moving Check List

The best way to handle a difficult job like moving home is to break it down into smaller tasks. Use this check list to tag what you’ve accomplished and what still should be done.

1 to 2 Months before Moving Day


  • Room by room, sort through property and choose what to keep
  • Donate or throw away any items you no longer need
  • Return borrowed items to neighbours and friends
  • Have your valuables appraised and insured
  • Start packing non-essential things
  • Arrange packed items and sealed boxes in one corner of each room

Action Items:

  • Keep a file of your moving paperwork so everything you need is in one place
  • Get 2 to 3 removal quotes from removal companies or van hire companies
  • Make your booking with the removal company of your choice
  • Fill out a change of address form at your local post office
  • Inform your bank, creditors, and others of your change of address
  • Contact the utilities to cancel your old service and setup new service
  • Transfer school, medical, and veterinary records
  • Book any travel arrangements like hotels you may need

1 Week before Removal Day

  • Place items that you plan to move yourself in a separate area
  • Pack a suitcase with clothing, toiletries, and other requirements for the first few days in your new home
  • Pack a box for items you will need right away such as rubbish bags, toilet paper, wet wipes, cleaning supplies, phone, etc.
  • Confirm your booking with the removal companies

Moving Home Tips

to begin, you will need boxes, cushioning materials such as bubble wrap and packing paper, scissors, Stanley knife, box labels, permanent markers, tape.

  • Start packing in a space that is not often used such as a cellar or garage
  • Set up a folding table so you can pack boxes at a comfy height
  • Pack heavier items at the bottom of a box and more fragile items near the top
  • Line the bottom of the box with cushioning materials such as bubble wrap, packing tissue, or even paper towels
  • Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap or tissue paper before packing them up
  • Fill open spaces inside your box with towels or linens to minimize the risk of damage
  • Top off the box with more cushioning materials before you seal it up
  • Write or place a fragile sticker on boxes with fragile items
  • Keep the weight of each box below 20 kgs if this is not possible write heavy on the box
  • Avoid placing items from different rooms in the same box when unpacking it will be easier to have things in correct room and save on leg work around the house
  • List the room which the box should be placed and box contents on a label for each box
  • Mark both the top and side of the box for easy recognition
  • Label the removal boxes that need to be unpacked first with a different colour marker
  • Use a sack truck to move stacked boxes always utilise these items and not your back! be very careful lifting and use proper technique if in doubt do not lift heavy items without help you do not want a back injury for life.
  • I will be writing a blog soon about the correct lifting technique to avoid injury

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Argos removal boxes moving home preperation and advice

Nicks Removals now recommends Argos as a supplier for your removal boxes, Buy your house removal boxes from Argos so no need to search the local shops for used unsuitable boxes. Argos removal boxes have a full range of boxes for all household items included bubble wrap to keep your items secure when you are packaging your goods. There is several ways to shop at Argos boxes can be ordered online and delivered to your door or reserve online and collect at your local store knowing they are in stock so no time wasted! house remval pack
Ecohome Moving House Storage Boxes – Pack 3 to 4 Bedrooms
Storage Boxes – Pack 3 to 4 Bedrooms, House moving packs are great for the full house move. If you’re moving house this storage pack is just what you’ll need. There are enough eco-friendly boxes to pack up to three or four bedrooms and it comes with brown self-adhesive tape, bubble wrap for those delicate items and a marker pen to label up the contents.

Ecohome Moving House Storage Boxes – Pack 1 to 2 Bedrooms
 If you’re moving small house moving packfrom a smaller house a larger apartment this storage pack is just what you’ll want. There are enough eco-friendly boxes to pack up to one or two bedrooms and it comes with brown self adhesive tape for sealing boxes, bubble wrap for those delicate items and a marker pen to label up the contents. Outer pack size H104, W19 and D61cm. Packs 1-2 bedrooms. Set includes 5 small, 7 medium 3 large storage boxes, Marker pen, Bubble wrap, Brown self-adhesive tape, Small box size H35, W35, D25cm, Medium box size H40, W40, D40cm, Large box size H55, W46, D46cm General information: Recyclable, Packed flat, Minimal assembly required.

These wardrobe boxes are recyclable and stackable making it easier for removal men to load in the removal van. Wardrobe boxes are fantastic for hanging clothes making the transition from wardrobe to wardrobe easy and without the need for re ironing which will save lots of time, clothes placed in bin liners and soft bags or even suitcase can crease easily so this method of wardrobe boxtransporting clothes is ideal
Set of 2 Cardboard Wardrobe Storage Boxes – Brown
 Quality made removal boxes with hanging rail these boxes come flat packed so make collection easy if not being delivered a great asset when moving home and worth the money when you realise the time they will save you in ironing and packing

Boxes can also be purchased in smaller packs to suit all moves
Ecohome Pack of 3 Superior Archive Storage Cardboard Boxes
 This set of three storage boxes is ideal for archiving paperwork they can also be archive boxesused for all manner of packing uses. They are really sturdy, handy and robust and offer you a great storage solution. You can stack them in the van easily when moving and neatly in your garage, office or loft and even better these boxes are also eco-friendly. Archive flat packed storage boxes made from sturdy corrugated board. Lightweight with cut out handles for easy handling. Perfect for storing and archiving A4 and foolscap documents
Ecohome Set of 5 Large Storage Cardboard Boxes

This set of five large storage boxes are ideal for moving house or just storing items away. They are extremely sturdy, handy and durable and offer you a great storage big removal boxsolution. You can stack them together neatly in your garage, office or loft and even better; these boxes are eco-friendly. Storage capacity of 116 litres, Brown corrugated cardboard, Set includes 5 large storage boxes, Stackable, Each box size H55, W46, D46cm. General Information: Recyclable, Packed flat, Minimal assembly required. When packing large boxes try not overload with heavy items overload try and use correct box

Bio-degradable 7.5 Metre Bubble Wrap
 This bio-degradable bubble wrap is ideal if bubblewrap for packingyou are planning to move house or send a fragile parcel through the post. It is the perfect material for guarding against breaking valuables and delicate household items when moving home. Size W0.5, L7.5m. this bubblewrap can be purchased in bigger rolls if required. This is essential if you are putting valuables in boxes its not a good idea to put china and breakable in boxes loose

Made by Space Bag 2 Piece High Volume Vacuum Storage Bag Set
 The two pieces high volume vacuum storage bag compressing bag for storageset are ideal for the compact flat storage of bulky items such as; winter clothing, soft toys and bedding. Simply use the hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner for a great space saving solution. Comprises of 1 jumbo and 1 extra-large vacuum bag, Compress contents using your household vacuum cleaner, Zip closure, Capacity equal to 20 pillows, Size of large bag H60, W90, D14cm, Size of extra large bag H90, W100, D20cm. These are great when moving home and have many benefits.

Discount Moving Boxes Moving Boxes for Storage – Moving Boxes for Shipping! We can handle any size move, from a one room efficiency to a thirty room mansion. Our wholesale moving boxes and wholesale moving supplies ship flat saving you money. We stock many different size wholesale moving boxes and all the moving supplies you will need to keep your move organized like different sized discount moving boxes, packing paper, packing tape, bubble wrap and even a marker. Add a box bundle or two to your order and you will have everything you need for your next move delivered quickly, right to your door from our centres located UK nationwide.

Visit Argos now to see all their products that can make your next home move run stress free and without any hitches. For more information on packing and how to pack correctly visit our packing box advice page and on preparing to move house visit our section on helpful tips on moving home. If you want any other information on moving home or a quote from Nicks Removals either call Tel:07944 079878 or fill in our click here for removal quote form to get a quote online

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About Nicks Removals

Nicks Removals. We uphold the fact that moving home does not have to be a stressful experience we have proven this with the hundreds of domestic and office moves we undertake every year. Our removal company has grown from a man and van service which we still offer to a full elite moving home package, we offer our services based in Manchester but work UK nationwide and European. nicks removals At Nicks Removals, we offer our clients a complete choice of expert removal services for local moves and long distance moving. Every move is different; we provide tailored services to meet the requirements of every customer, household and business. We offer proficient part packing or complete packing and unpacking package, specialised packing of fine arts and antique furniture, we have highly expert porters to handle your pianos and bespoke items. We are here to give our customers the best possible removal service we can provide we want it to be stress free and run on time and smooth. Our crews and network of experienced local and long distance movers and pleasant staff provide clean and well equipped vans with blankets, sofa covers and moving trucks for heavier boxes (dolly’s), vans are all equipped with the latest UK and European GPS navigation software. We have a great track record of giving first-rate customer service, reliability and honesty, which sets us apart from other Manchester moving companies. The managing of Nicks Manchester Removals has been effective in reducing overheads and keeping running cost down we maintain our fleet of vans for best fuel efficiency,  we use GPS to eradicate time loss on jobs. Also we don’t have posters on every corner or high profile companies managing advertising campaigns. These costs are all planned to reduce our operating costs, so the savings can be handed to our clients. No wonder Nicks Removal company has continued to be the first choice in value, confidence and strength. For the premium removal and storage services in Manchester, call Nicks Removals on 07944 079878 for a free online removal quote or for further information about domestic removals, office removals and long distance moving.