A man git his feet set in a sticky mudbank, / A man git dis yellow water in his blood, / No need for hopin', no need for doin', / Muddy streams keep him fixed for good....
— Sterling A. Brown from "Riverbank Blues"
Copyright © Mike Shaffer, 2009

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Big Bad Baby Blues

Our love is broken down baby.
Somethins wrong with you.
Somethin is wrong baby.
I don't know what to do.
What's happened to our love baby?
What's wrong with me and you?

Our live is broken down baby.
Somethin's wrong with me.
Somethin's definately wrong baby
Don't know what it could be
What's happened to our love baby?
What's wrong with you and me?

Ya gotta tell me tell me tell me
Cause I ain't go a clue.
I get so badly badly blue when I look into
Those big bad baby blues.


Out love is broken down baby.
Somethins wrong with love.
Somethins gone way wrong baby.
I know it's me that your're tired of.
What's happenin to our love baby?
What's wrong with our love?

Our love is broken down baby.
I thought I was the one.
Somethin is wrong baby
We juss ain't havin no fun.
What's happenin to our love baby?
Tell me what I done.

Ya gotta tell me tell me tell me
Cause I ain't go a clue.
I get so badly badly blue when I look into
Those big bad baby blues
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Black and Blues

My baby, she done leff me.
She said she was gettin out.
But before she took off that momma
Juss smack me in the mouth.
Now I don't know what to do.
Got those achen and hurtin
Down and out black and blues.

Those down down down and
Out out out black and blues.


I'm so sad my baby leff me
Got no money now.
Can't pay this bill Mr. collector man.
Ain't no way no how.
Lectric man gonna turn out my lights.
Looks like I won't be seein what to do
Bout those down and out black and blues.

Those down down down and
Out out out black and blues.


BLUES POEMS—Lined verse, often repetative, close to free verse but with on and off rhyme and roots in Afro-american traditions of the rural south. Often built on humorous treatment of distressing or depressing situations. Frequently sung or spoken as lyrics.

E W Shaffer

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