Quiet Poetry Lounge : He Gone Have The Blues

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by Heartbeat, Jun 13, 2002.

  1. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    "Don't nobody love me but my Momma...and she could be jiving too."
    ~B.B King~

    Traveling the Mississippi Delta many years ago
    A glassy eyed man of 70 or so
    with black leather-like skin and a cigarette hanging from his mouth looked at me
    No actually he looked through me

    "Where you from up north son?"
    No one had ever called me son before
    Hell no I thought...
    this man can't be my father
    That fleeting thought came and went
    like the heated Mississippi breeze
    teasingly blowing through a nearby oak tree
    Was a brother ever hung from that tree?

    I stared at his worn guitar
    Without looking at him I replied
    "New York Sir"
    "Ain't no blues up there is it huh?"
    Had I known what the blues were I could have answered truthfully
    Instead I said "No sir"
    To me the blues was just some down south music
    sung by black men with country-*** names
    "You play the blues?" I asked
    "I pick a bit" he said

    Pick what? I thought
    Does he mean pick cotten
    like the people I just saw in a field next to a dirt road
    I just nodded my head
    Out of my league
    My space
    My comfort zone
    No blues in new york city
    "Take it easy" I said

    "Ah naw youngblood"
    "You can't ask me bout the blues
    and spect me not to give it some"
    He grabbed his guitar with quickness and purpose
    He began playing
    At first it was like a kid (or me) with a guitar
    not really knowing how to play
    just strumming
    Off key?
    Hell if I know

    Sensing my impatience
    words finally came through his brown and broken teeth
    "Blues all in the concrete
    Blues all in the steel
    Blues all up in New York City
    But youngblood here don't know how to feel
    He gone have the blues
    He gone have the blues in New York City
    Yeah, yeah, yeah...He gone have the blues"

    BE
     
  2. ShadeeLadee

    ShadeeLadee Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I love this story. There's a message in this for me. I feel sometimes like I have it all covered...when my stuff is really most unprepared and I am definitely exposed. Well done, Mr. Beat.

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    Shade
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    headed back south ..........man this say something big to me
    and i heard every word..BE.... ya flowin too sweet
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    man i remember this piece that hit me deep Heartbeat was the man in depth !
     
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    mizjoice Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I always did love a good story...this is one, well-told. And being a jazz-baby raised up north, now livin one step from the mississippi delta--man, can i relate to this!
     
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