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Записана 6 мая 1970 на студии Olympic Studios, London.
Инженер Энди Джонс (Andy Johns).
Впервые выпущена 19 ноября 1982 на альбоме «Coda» (Swan Song 16002).
Выпускалась также 6 мая 1990 года на сборнике «Box Set» (Atlantic 82144) и 6 октября 1993 года на сборнике «The Complete Studio Recordings» (Atlantic 82526).
Coda Box Set The Complete Studio Recordings

Owen Hand, a little-known friend of Bert Jansch recorded a couple of albums during the 1960s, one of which featured the song «She Likes It», shares a few licks with «Poor Tom».

The title refers to the main character in the song, the ubiquitous Tom, who was the seventh son, and thus did not inherit any land or property and was poor in terms of material possessions.

Tom, according to the lyrics, is a family’s seventh son. Thus there is little left for him to inherit in terms of land or money because the six previous brothers have taken it all. However, in occult lore, negro mysticism and other belief systems, a dispensation for this is the influence of seven which is considered a lucky number, the seventh son may have a variety of supernatural powers to compensate for his reduced birthright. This is referred to in Muddy Waters’ «Hoochie Coochie Man», also written by Wille Dixon, amongst others. The magical powers seem to relate quite often to having good luck with women. Wille Dixon also wrote a song called «Seventh Son» about the belief that the seventh son was lucky. However, the poverty aspect of his predicament means he has to live the blues which probably appealed to blues songwriters. Basically, as the seventh son, you may be poor in material riches, but may be able to make up for this by developing non-material riches. Another group to have recorded a song about this is Iron Maiden with their song, «Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son». The seventh son of a seventh son is even luckier than than a seventh son, and is as legend has it, blessed with incredible magic powers.


Here's a tale of Tom
Who worked the rivers run
His wife would cook his meat
But he wouldn't care to eat

Poor Tom, Seventh Son, Always knew what's goin on
Ain't a thing that you can hide from Tom
There ain't nothing that you can hide from Tom

Worked for thirty years
Sharin' hopes and fears
Dreamin' of the day
He could turn and say

Poor Tom, work's gone, lazin' out in the noonday sun

Ain't a thing that you can hide from Tom

His wife was Ellie May
One of many games she played
When Tom was out of town
She couldn't keep her dress down

Poor Tom, Seventh Son, always knew what's goin on

Ain't a thing that you can hide from Tom

And so it was one day
People got to Ellie May (?) 
Tom took a gun in his hand
And stopped all the runnin' around

Poor Tom, Seventh Son, gotta die for what you've done

All those years of work are thrown away
To ease your mind is that all you can say?

But what about that grandson on your knee?
And railroad song is he could be

Ain't nothing that you can hide from Tom

Keep-a Truckin'


Перевод Ильи Кормильцева


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