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My favorite bluesman

Mississippi John Hurt (1893-1966) was a sharecropper who cut his first records in 1928. They did not sell. In the 1960’s, folksingers revived his career. I discovered him from Newport Folk Festival records. He had a syncopated, finger-pickin guitar like none other.

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I got the bourgeois blues!

My favorite blues performer/songwriter/12-string guitarist is Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter 1889-1949). In and out of prison all his life, his song “Goodnight, Irene” hit the top of the charts the year AFTER he died. Why am I thinking of him? One of his best-known songs is “Bourgeois Blues,” about Washington DC. (my favorite song is “Bring Me a Little Water, Sylvie”)

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Lockdown Blues

Hey, don’t tell me I have nothing to do,

I’m sure not thinking about little ole you.

I’m counting the flowers on the wall,

Waiting for civilization’s certain fall.


My beard has grown down past my belly,

I smell just like grandma’s mushroom jelly.

Playing card games with a deck of fifty-one,

So yes, I’m having lots and lots of fun.


I stay in bed all night and most of the day,

Trying to figure out why you went away.

Be a good girl, throw a log on the fire,

I might let you slip back under the wire.


I got no TP, but I never have to worry,

For life has lost all its bustle and hurry.

Vines covered my front door and my old car,

But even if I wake up, I’m not going very far.

[Editor’s note: Mr. Suddeth was too sleepy to remember the words to the Statler Bros. great old song, so he added his own sorry words]


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