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skdadl
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Babbler # 478

posted 10 August 2001 07:26 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The current issue of Geist, which is such a terrific Canadian little mag, has a couple of amusing features on singing the blues.

For one, they've reprinted from the Net this guide to how to sing and write the blues, which we might all study with profit.

They've also excerpted three very funny Canadian blues lyrics from a collection about to be published by Smoking Lung Press. The poems unfortunately aren't on the website and presumably can't be copied here, but they are so Babble, so very very us, that they got me thinking ...

My humble offering to the genre typically got sort of turgid and earnest and tendentious, nothing like as light and witty as my models, but I offer it here to get us started. I'm still working on a title for mine; suggestions welcome. To the tune of St Louis Blues (I think):

Left my baby with Ezra,
Ain't gonna see him no more.
They were plottin' in the backroom
As I walked out the door.
They ain't got no time for wimmen
Or educatin' the pore.

Got the Ezra Jason Kenney Deb'rah Stockwell Preston Manning blue-oooos!
They're a-fixin' to rewrite the Constitution and the Charter too.
And if you wanna save your country
They're gonna break your heart too.

(I realize that in political terms that last line is a little defeatist, but this is the blues, eh?)

Your turns.


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Croesus_Krept
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Babbler # 964

posted 10 August 2001 09:30 AM      Profile for Croesus_Krept   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hello skdadl... I have a song, perhaps the first song I ever wrote, from 1981 or so... It was inspired by my grandfather and his favorite winter-time sport, ice-fishing... He used to come home with 20 or 30 fish at a time... Some months after writing this song while going to university in Ottawa, I remember getting together with the legendary Courtney Fabre, a man with a perfect bass-line, and singing this song at a party... It felt good, but never got recorded, alas...

"the ice fishing blues"


woh baby
let me tell you
they won't let me look out my window anymore
no baby and I
I just don't know what to do

woh baby
let me tell you
my grandfather baby, he's seventy-seven
oh let me tell you
he's ice fishing baby
way out on a frozen prairie lake
in Alberta baby
he's out on the lake
and he's ice fishing baby
no baby and I
I just don't know what to do

woh baby
let me tell you
I have a friend in Toronto baby
she's nineteen and she just sits in her room
all day looking at the wall baby
she doesn't do anything
she just sits in her room all day
no baby and I
I just don't know what to do

woh baby
let me tell you
my grandfather is ice fishing baby
way out on a frozen prairie lake
in Alberta baby
he's out on the lake
and he's ice fishing baby
my friend in Toronto
she doesn't do anything all day
no baby and I
I just don't know what to do

woh baby
let me tell you
I have the ice fishing blues
and they're getting cooler baby
it seems worse everyday
woh baby
let me tell you
I have the ice fishing blues
and they're getting colder baby
it seems more everyday
no baby and I
I just don't know what
I'm going to do

copyright 1981 by popo beechtree

[ August 10, 2001: Message edited by: Croesus_Krept ]


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'lance
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posted 10 August 2001 12:18 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I once made myself ridiculous (OK, more ridiculous) by writing a blues song. It was called "Smoker's Blues," and I won't bore you with the lyrics except for the chorus, which ran

"If I smoke it's gonna kill me
But if I don't I'm gonna die."


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skdadl
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Babbler # 478

posted 10 August 2001 02:59 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Woh baby, no baby, I hear ya, CK. And 'lance, that's a hurtin' thought.

I think I've decided on a title for mine: The I Say They're Still Social Credit Blues.


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'lance
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posted 10 August 2001 03:33 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In a Wobbly songbook I have -- updated and expanded in the '80s -- there's a song dating back to the Bill Bennett era in B.C., "Talking Social Democrat Blues," based on a Dylan piece.

I once "performed" this at a conference to great effect (effect due to clever lines not my rendition...)


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Debra
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Babbler # 117

posted 11 August 2001 10:34 AM      Profile for Debra   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Got Babbling Blues

Well I logged on to babble
To see all threads
Hoping for wisdom
Found flame wars instead

Lost my temper
And started to swear
If we can't listen to each other here
Can it happen anywhere?

Our country's in shambles
Social net gone away
Everyone looking out
For their own ass today

New millennium
Seems a lot like the old
Globalizations good for you
That's what were told

Well I don't see that its true
We need to let
These governments know
They work for me and you

So if you're wondering
Just what you can do
Saying that protests just aren't
For you

No need to worry
No need to wail
Start signing petitions, writing letters
Even use e-mail

If we all work together
Then soon we will find
Even though we are different
We're one of a kind.


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skdadl
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posted 11 August 2001 10:41 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sisters and brothers under the skin, earthmama!
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verbatim
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Babbler # 569

posted 11 August 2001 01:47 PM      Profile for verbatim   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As long as we keep the insults under control...
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