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Thread #142353   Message #3280962
Posted By: Charley Noble
28-Dec-11 - 07:35 AM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Talking Blues Questions
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Talking Blues Question
Another thing about talking blues is the verses may be of uneven length, with ad libs at the end of the basic verse. This can add extra interest. Here's how this old talking rent blues ends:

...There's just one thing to bear in mind,
Gotta keep your vigilance all the time;
Outta town slumlords got no respect,
They pass on expenses and keep you in debt;
All of which, I guess, just goes to show
The biggest robberies are made with a fountain pen, y' know...

But out in New York City, here's what we find,
And out in Boston, here's what we find,
And out in San Francisco, here's what we find,
And out in Detroit City, here's what we find:
That if you don't let red-baiting break you up,
If you don't let stool pigeons break you up,
If you don't let legal harassment break you up,
And if you work like Hell and stand united,
You'll win what I mean is take it easy,
But take it!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble