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Thread #60385 Message #966738
Posted By: GUEST
13-Jun-03 - 03:40 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: T B Blues (Victoria Spivey)
Subject: RE: TB Blues - Victoria Spivey Version?
Peter T - you are right, it is "consumption", my mistake. As to "Denver" this seems to be an interpolated floating verse, common enough in Blues, indeed many recorded Blues are composed entirely of floating verses unrelated to any narrative thread or to each other.
Lemon Jeffersons "Matchbox Blues" is a typical example. Maybe "Denver" had personal significance for Victoria. Or maybe the singer starts off her song by implying that she is giving up, leaving town and going back to Denver, due to her illness. The line "...mama must I hesitate." is lifted from "Hesitation Blues" actually a composed, written and copyrighted Blues by W.C. Handy who probably lifted the phrase from someone else - probably it was in common parlance at the time.