So many versions of the song, with so many involving elements of ownership, in terms of arrangements. Co-written by Gertrude “Ma” Rainey and Lena Arant, with original version by Ma Rainey released in 1924:
No further reference to Lena Arant as a songwriter, though a Lena Arant, age 55 as of 1940, is a possible point of reference. Where the intro to the song, about writing a letter, seems to be regularly dropped.
The Animals, where the organ and drums…
With Wikipedia as the variable source:
The song uses mostly traditional blues lyrics to tell the story of an unfaithful lover, commonly called an easy rider: “See see rider, see what you have done,” making a play on the word see and the sound of easy.