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Thread #33452   Message #1288471
Posted By: Charley Noble
04-Oct-04 - 02:51 PM
Thread Name: Song Challenge-Roaches 1,Tenants 0
Subject: RE: SONG CHALLENGE-Roaches 1,Tenants 0
Here's another classic roach blues from the working draft of the Housing & Neighborhood Songbook:

Roaches are another common horror of rental housing. One of my recurrent memories is of waking up one moonlit night at a seedy resort hotel to observe the roaches crawling up the walls while others, losing their grip, dropped down from the ceiling. Good friends of mine in Michigan used to stage an annual spring roach race for the entertainment of themselves and other inmates of married student housing; suitable prizes were awarded, with a specific one reserved for the foreign competition.

        "Cockroach Blues" was composed by singer-songwriter Julius Lester in 1965 and will surely be appreciated by those of us who have shared digs with these ancient and persistent pests.

Words and music by Julius Lester
© 1965 Hyperson Music Publishers
Recorded on Julius Lester, Vanguard VSD 79199

Cockroach Blues


Lord, I wouldn't mind roaches
If they would help me pay my rent;
I said I wouldn't mind roaches
If they would help me pay my rent,
But you know a roach said to me, "You better move,
I want one of them luxury apartments."

I bought a spray last night
And I sprayed all over the house...(as above)
I got up this morning,
Roaches thanked me for killing a mouse.

Now I wish I had a penny
For every roach I've seen...(as above)
Nobody in this world
Would have to work again.

There were some roaches on the stove,
They were standing around in a crowd...(as above)
I walked over to 'em;
Roaches turned around and yelled "Freedom now!"

Warm regards,
andlady's Daughter