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Thread #120609   Message #2634839
Posted By: John Hardly
18-May-09 - 12:34 PM
Thread Name: Michigan Musically Revisited (2009)
Subject: RE: Michigan Musically Revisited (2009)
I also took the time to transcribe Joel's hilarious intro to "Duct Tape Blues"....

Taking a little excursion to the land of the blues...

...I feel better already.

I haven't always lived in Michigan. I was born in the land of the blues. Illinois. (you probably wondered where that was) down in southern Illinois. I was born not 10 miles from downtown East St Louis. Now I'm not going to say the blues were born in East St Louis...but that is where their mother got pregnant.

So, you see, I do have a right to sing the blues. But with every right comes a responsibility, y'know?. A responsibility to tell the truth.

Great blues man, by the name of "Lightin' Hopkins", told me once, he said, "never sing a blues that isn't from personal experience -- something you lived through".

I took that to heart. But it cut down on my repertoire considerably.

But this is something I know all about. It's a song about, well, part of my life. It's a song about the very fabric of America...

You say the world is going to pieces,
Things just fell apart,
You want to put things back together,
But you don't know where to start.
Well, I got your solution,
The stuff you need to use.
It's a thing called Duct Tape,
There ain't nothin' it can't do...