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CRANKY YANKEE How to Sing the Blues (5) Lyr Add: YOU GOT TO SUFFER TO SING THE BLUES 20 May 03

A friend of mine, Jack Radcliffe, once told an interviewer that, "You got to suffer to sing the blues". Jack is a really good blues singer, BUT HE HAS NOT , REALLY, SUFFERED. Keeping in mind that his name is really Radcliffe, Of the New Bedford Radcliffes, My darling wife, Donna, and I composed the following as if it were from a person who did not have the qualifications for singing the blues, but who desperately wanted to. May be sung to any "blueslike" melody. Oh, yes the the Daughters of The American Revolution, perhaps one of the most biggoted bunch of females ever assemled

          YOU GOT TO SUFFER TO SING THE BLUES   c1997 Rose Island Music)
My Momma's in the D.A.R.,
she wears twenty five hundred dollar Gucci shoes
My momma's a member of the D.A.R.
wears two thousand five hundred dollar Gucci shoes,
But if she was a barefoot laundress, WAOEW,
I know I could sing them blues

My daddy's a wall street banker,
see him on the evening news
my daddy's a wall street banker
see him on the evenin' news
But if he was a sharecropper, WAAOOWWEEE
Could I ever sing them blues

I got 20/20 vision,
Never spent a day in jail
I got 20/20 vision,
Never spent a day incarcerated in a jail
If I could only be struck blind, wooahwooee
I know I could really wail

I f I could find a way to suffer
I know I could sing the blues
If I could only find a way to suffer,
I know, I know i could sing them blues,
So I'm gonna tear up all my credit cards,
And beat myself 'till I'm black and blue

One day I asked my Mammy,
"Mammy how can I sing the blues"?
I says Mammy, Mammy, Mammy, Mammy, Mamooooooo'
How can I sing them blues"?
And she says, (spoken with english accent) "IT'S NOT MAMMY, IT'S NANNY, and I haven't the foggiest notion"


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