Robert Cray – I Guess I Showed Her

Robert Cray – I Guess I Showed Her – Sessions @ West 54th

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“Robert Cray is an exceptional guitar player for a wide variety of reasons. But part of what I find most impressive about his playing is that he always uses a crisp and clean guitar tone”.(1)

(1) Happy Bluesman

Robert Cray – I Guess I Showed Her


Robert Cray can play and sing the blues as great as anyone living or deceased. This is an indisputable fact not open for debate. Some might argue his guitar mastery outshines his vocal croon, but I say they hold equal weight in the Durham Cool blues boiler room of love. The song “I Guess I showed her” demonstrates another indomitable skill of Mr. Cray, songwriting mastery.  Why feature this song on Durham Cool today?  We can thank WICB FM for the aural reminder this morning during their blues show, 91.7 FM.  Strong persuader is aptly titled.  There is not a weak track on this 1986 release. Strong Persuader is the fifth studio album by American blues singer and guitarist Robert Cray. It was recorded by Cray at the Los Angeles studios Sage & Sound and Haywood’s with producers Bruce Bromberg and Dennis Walker before being released on November 17, 1986, by Mercury Records and Hightone Records.  You may, like me, remember this as your introduction to this amazing artist.  


I Guess I Showed Her


Robert Cray


I paid the clerk and moved right in
A single room with one big twin


There’s a chest and mirror


The shower’s down the hall
Room 16 ain’t got no view
But the hot plate’s brand new
I guess I showed her
I guess I showed her
Once again I’ve been burned
My suspicion’s been confirmed
I saw her having lunch
With some new guy
I walked up and said, “Goodbye”
She said, “Wait, can we talk tonight?”
I guess I showed her
Mmm, I guess I showed her
I guess I showed her
I guess I showed her
I guess I showed her that a man, yeah
Has his limits
Another man is where I draw the line
She can have the house
And everything that’s in it
I guess I showed her, yeah
I guess I showed her
She will be surprised
When she comes in tonight
Flips on the light
And finds an empty home…


Robert Cray’s vocal range

According to our database the vocal range of this artist is:

A#2 – D5 (2.3 octaves)

Song with the LOWEST pitch:
Right Next Door (A#2-A#4)
Song with the HIGHEST pitch:
The Forecast (Calls for Pain) (D3-D5)
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Robert Cray – Right Next Door (Because Of Me)

Music video by Robert Cray performing Right Next Door (Because Of Me). (C) 1986 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Music in this video

Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
Robert Cray
Dennis Walker
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Right Next Door (Live)
The Robert Cray Band
Dennis Walker
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Time Makes Two (Live)
The Robert Cray Band
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Robert Cray – Live in Concert 2008


Track list: 00:26 – 1. Phone Booth 05:26 – 2. Our Last Time 12:00 – 3. Right Next Door (Because Of Me) 18:38 – 4. Bad Influence 22:54 – 5. Twenty 29:58 – 6. Time Makes Two 37:18 – 7. Sittin’ On Top Of The World 41:45 – 8. I’m Walking Robert Cray – vocals, guitar Jim Pugh – keyboards Karl Sevareid – bass Kevin Hayes – drums Robert Cray – Live in Concert 2008


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Discogs Robert Cray Band* - Nothin But Love (2012, KD HD Mastering HQCD

Robert Cray ~ Smoking Gun

Guitar: Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster
Amps: 2 Matchless / Clubman 35
1 Fender / Vibroking
Rack: Zack Manufacturing / Vibroman 1.0
TC Electronics / 2290
Samson / Wireless
Peavy / Valveverb
Korg / DTR-1 Tuner

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Smoking Gun
Song by Robert Cray

I get a constant busy signal
When I call you on the phone
I get a strong uneasy feeling
You’re not sitting there alone
I’m having nasty, nasty visions
And baby you’re in every one, yeah
And I’m so afraid I’m gonna find you with
A so called smoking gun
Maybe you want to end it
You’ve had your fill with my kind of fun
But you don’t know how to tell me
And you know that I’m not that dumb
I put two and one together
And you know that’s not an even sum
And I know just where to catch you with
That well known smoking gun
I’m standing here bewildered
I can’t remember just what I’ve done
I can hear the sirens whining
My eyes blinded by the sun
I know that I should be running
My heart’s beating just like the drum
Now they’ve knocked me down and taking it
That still hot smoking gun
Yeah, yeah, still hot smoking gun
They’ve taken it, still hot smoking gun
Oh, they’ve taken it, still hot smoking gun
They knocked me down, they’ve taken it, oh

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Richard Cousins / Robert Cray / Bruce M Bromberg
Smoking Gun lyrics © Ranger Bob Music, Bug Music, Songs Of Windswept Pacific, Virgin Timber Music, Robert Cray Music Inc., Universal Polygram Int. Publishing Inc., Universal Songs Of Polygram Int. Inc.

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