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This is a revival attempt of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge.


(Well, truthfully, I didn't know about the challenge but the puzzle I thought of this morning coincidentally is music-related so I am happily able to participate in the revival.)

eina dbts iese rlem aioo gewb avyh lebt ftss ooea 
tmdr dynv esyw ioer rune tlmv enra booe awsd bpdk doy 
aoib oroo rbde somo sbkc oiev rsee csdd eial hnme 
tkdb tibo anoo ggtp ndon ioey dwva nnyh ampr theo smb

(I have given my spell-checker a stern talking-to and believe the above is now correct.)

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    $\begingroup$ by the "lyrics" I think it's this one: youtu.be/yqVVv97pKGk?t=1m5s $\endgroup$ – Marius Mar 23 '16 at 9:37
  • $\begingroup$ The most famous song by Robert Johnson (in the title) is the Cross Road Blues. xroads.virginia.edu/~MUSIC/blues/crb.html $\endgroup$ – Gamow Mar 23 '16 at 12:11
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    $\begingroup$ This is a song we're looking for, then? There's not really a question here - just a bunch of encrypted letters. $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha Mar 23 '16 at 13:45
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NOTE:- Answers are given by DaphneB and APrough. This wiki answer just copied their answer so that the OP could accept it. Consider upvoting their answers.


Taking the first letter of each group, going backwards, we get "standing at the crossroad babe tried to flag a ride"

And then

Taking the second letter of each group, going forwards, we get "I believe to my soul now poor Bob is sinking down"

3rd Line

didn't nobody seem to know me everybody pass me by.

which was gained by

starting at 3rd character in each group (bottom left), and snaking up, then down, then up, etc.

And the 4th line

asked the lord above have mercy now save poor bob

which is gained by

starting at top right (ooea), and take right most character. Shift left one group, read diagonally down to the right. go down one space, then diagonally up left. Continue this "diagonal snaking" to get to the answer.

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Partial response:

Taking the first letter of each group, going backwards, we get "standing at the crossroad babe tried to flag a ride"

And then

Taking the second letter of each group, going forwards, we get "I believe to my soul now poor Bob is sinking down"

But I don't know how to use the other letters.

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Working off Daphne B's work

3rd Line

didn't nobody seem to know me everybody pass me by.

which was gained by

starting at 3rd character in each group (bottom left), and snaking up, then down, then up, etc.

And the 4th line

asked the lord above have mercy now save poor bob

which is gained by

starting at top right (ooea), and take right most character. Shift left one group, read diagonally down to the right. go down one space, then diagonally up left. Continue this "diagonal snaking" to get to the answer.

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  • $\begingroup$ I get it now! The meaning of it, that is. $\endgroup$ – question_asker Mar 23 '16 at 16:12

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