Personal Song Of The Day: Backwater Blues by Count Basie w/ Irene Reid

Today’s personal song selection is an old blues written by The Queen of the Blues, Miss Bessie Smith.  Backwater Blues describes exactly the state of mind I’ve been in for the last couple of month, the feeling of being trapped and the waters rising,  and I have no where to go but I don’t want to drown.  I really relate to the feeling of darkness in life.

Backwater blues done call me to pack my things and go
Backwater blues done call me to pack my things and go
‘Cause my house fell down and I can’t live there no more

By Bessie Smith

Count Basie – Backwater Blues (Basie In Sweden) 1962 by Bessie Smith

count basieWhen it rains five days and the skies turn dark as night
When it rains five days and the skies turn dark as night
Then trouble’s takin’ place in the lowlands at night

I woke up this mornin’, can’t even get out of my door
I woke up this mornin’, can’t even get out of my door
There’s been enough trouble to make a poor girl wonder where she want to go

Then they rowed a little boat about five miles ‘cross the pond
Then they rowed a little boat about five miles ‘cross the pond
I packed all my clothes, throwed them in and they rowed me along

When it thunders and lightnin’ and when the wind begins to blow

When it thunders and lightnin’ and the wind begins to blow
There’s thousands of people ain’t got no place to go

Then I went and stood upon some high old lonesome hill
Then I went and stood upon some high old lonesome hill
Then looked down on the house were I used to live

Backwater blues done call me to pack my things and go
Backwater blues done call me to pack my things and go
‘Cause my house fell down and I can’t live there no more

Mmm, I can’t move no more
Mmm, I can’t move no more
There ain’t no place for a poor old girl to go

 

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