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charles parker, 1920-1955

william waring cuney

Listen,
This here
Is what
Charlie
Did
To the Blues.
Listen,
That there
Is what
Charlie
Did
To the Blues.
This here,
-bid-dle-dee-dee
-bid-dle-dee-dee
bobsheep
have you any cool?
-bahdada
one horn full.
Charlie
Filled the Blues
With
Curly-cues.
That’s what
Charlie
Did
To the Blues.
Play
That again
Drop
A nickel in,
Charlie’s
Dead,
Charlie’s
Gone,
But
John Burkes
Carried on.
Drop
A nickel in,
Give
The platter
A spin,
Let’s listen
To what Charlie
Did
To the Blues.

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my lord, what a morning

william waring cuney

O my Lord
What a morning,
O my Lord,
What a feeling,
When Jack Johnson
Turned Jim Jeffries’
Snow-white face
To the ceiling.

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nineteen-twenty-nine

william waring cuney

Some folks hollered hard times
in nineteen-twenty-nine.
In nineteen-twenty-eight
say I was way behind.

Some folks hollered hard times
because hard times were new.
Hard times is all I ever had,
why should I lie to you?

Some folks hollered hard times.
What is it all about?
Things were bad for me when
those hard times started out.

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June 2013

 

 

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