Grinnin in Your Face

Grinnin in Your Face House written and sung by Son House

Eddie James “Son” House, Jr. (March 21, 1902[1] â€“ October 19, 1988) was an American delta blues singer and guitarist, noted for his highly emotional style of singing and slide guitar playing.

After years of hostility to secular music, as a preacher and for a few years also working as a church pastor, he turned to blues performance at the age of 25. He quickly developed a unique style by applying the rhythmic drive, vocal power and emotional intensity of his preaching to the newly learned idiom. In a short career interrupted by a spell in Parchman Farm penitentiary, he developed to the point that Charley Patton, the foremost blues artist of the Mississippi Delta region, invited him to share engagements and to accompany him to a 1930 recording session for Paramount Records. For more information about Son House and also the a rare video of him singing Grinnin In Your Face when he was older.

Lyrics to Grinning In Your Face

Don’t you mind people grinning in your face
Don’t you mind people grinning in your face
There’s one thing to bear in mind
A true friend is hard to find
Don’t you mind people grinning in your face
Your mother she may talk about you
Your brothers and your sisters they will talk about you, too
No matter how you’re trying to live
They will talk about you still
Don’t you mind people grinning in your face
Don’t you mind people grinning in your face
They’ll jump you up and they jump you down
They’ll try to turn you ’round and ’round
As soon as you turn your back around
They’ll try and crush you down
Don’t you mind people grinning in your face
Don’t you mind people grinning in your face

Grinnin in Your Face House sung by Son House in his later years