The Blues

an old swarthy black man never taught me
how to play the blues:

the blues i learned came from Detroit:
a white Catholic man (not a Southern Baptist
at all) and it had a little oomph in the bass
notes - it had a primal pounding of 4/4 time
behind it, and a wailing known only
to choir boys

i will write a blues song someday
but i am neither black nor white
so i wonder what i have to be blue about

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