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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The Sour Grapes Blues

Speaking of music,
Let me now sing of my friend,
my friend's song concerning his vineyard.
Does anyone doubt that his friend's song follows a blues progression?
I built me a vineyard, I didn't mind the cost or toil.
In building that vineyard, I didn't stint at cost or toil.
I planted the best vines after tilling over all that rich soil.

When harvest time came, all the grapes I found were sour and small.
Yes, at harvest I found all those grapes were too sour and small.
It was like I hadn't done a thing for those vines at all.

What I want to know is what it was that I left undone.
Can anybody tell me just what it was I left undone?
I even made sure they got the right amount of rain and sun.

With a vineyard like this, I'll tell you just what I'm going to do.
You can probabaly guess what this vineyard's driving me to do.
I'm going to pull down the wall, let the briars and the cattle through.
According to the great Delta bluesman Son House, "Blues is between male and female that's in love, and one deceives the other." And brother, if that's not the story of God and man, I don't know what is.