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Larry Davis

Texas Flood

Texas Flood” (sometimes called “Stormin’ in Texas” or “Flood Down in Texas“) is a blues song recorded by Larry Davis in 1958. It is considered a blues standard and has been recorded by several artists, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, who made it part of his repertoire.

“Texas Flood” is a slow-tempo twelve-bar blues notated in 12/8 time in the key of A. It was written by Davis in California in 1955 and is credited to Davis and Duke Records arranger/trumpeter Joe Scott. Nominally about a flood in Texas, Davis used it as a metaphor for his relationship problems:

Well I’m leavin’ you baby, Lord I’m goin’ back home to stay (2×)
Well where there’s no floods or tornadoes, baby the sun shines every day

Although Davis later became a guitar player, for “Texas Flood” Fenton Robinson provided the distinctive guitar parts, with Davis on vocals and bass, James Booker on piano, David Dean on tenor saxophone, and an unknown drummer. The song was Davis’ first single as a leader and became a regional hit.


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