By Robert Springer
Even though the classy allure of blues track has regularly been its significant asset, the lyrical content material of the songs, occasionally missed, is a minimum of both to be credited for its endurance. 8 opinions, caused by years of analysis, make up this quantity. In all, the point of interest rests at the ancient dimensions of the lyrics with the purpose of environment the checklist directly or making a checklist the place none existed. jointly, this assortment provides African American well known song as a self-contained cultural area and as a kind of oral historical past which remains to be an enduring resource of enlightenment shining mild on numerous darkish comers of reputable heritage.
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Extra resources for Nobody Knows Where the Blues Come from: Lyrics and History
4. ’Fore the sun went down, I felt so sad and blue. When the sun went down, I felt so sad and blue. I knowed some[thing] was going to happen, and I didn’t know what to do. ” The article went on to state that the quake occurred between 2:30 and 2:35 on the morning of May 7 and lasted for six to seven seconds. The shocks were felt in five states but did only minor damage. ” These “weather freaks” included tornadoes, lightning storms, and incessant rains. The paper reassured readers, “There is no connection between the flood and the earthquake, Meteorologist F.
There have been many lesser earthquakes reported along the New Madrid fault in the years since then. Dr. 93 Johnston adds, “The question whether the earthquake was in some way related to the 1927 flood is intriguing, but the bottom line is that it is impossible to say with certainty. The location is right along the SW extension of the New Madrid fault zone so in one sense it was routine, just part of the ongoing or background earthquake activity of the New Madrid zone. But earthquakes can be induced or triggered by external changes of surface conditions.
The latter song, however, might have been about severe flooding in eastern Arkansas in late February 1938, or indeed about any flood. By this point in his career, he had already recorded six other blues on flood themes. 55 As we focus now on recordings about the 1927 flood, we see that four record companies—Columbia, OKeh, Paramount, and Victor—engaged in a sweepstakes of sorts to see which one could come up with the biggest original “race record” song hit dealing with this theme. They had to work fast—in the months of April, May, and June 1927—as public interest in topical songs tends to wane quickly.
Nobody Knows Where the Blues Come from: Lyrics and History by Robert Springer