I made that Blues up in ’38. I made it up
’bout the 8th of October in ’38. Thinkin’ a
punchin’ on my car, been mistreated by a girl.
It run in my mind to sing that song, an the song
came into my mind an come to me just like that song
and I start to singin’ an went on.
This song come from the cottonfield.
The boy went, put the record out, he put it out,
Walking Blues. He put it out, as “Man Walking Blues.”
I knew the tune before I heard it. I learn it
from Son House. That’s a boy, pick a guitar… Ah,
I’m not even sure his age, he’s about forty-two?
I just loved the music and saw Son singin’
an I just wanted to do it an I took after it.
An hour and a half to two hours. Everyday.
First piece I ever tried to learn was How Long Blues.
Just heard the song, got the song, picked that up
from Son, just a bottle-neck slide, yes, yes.
I know the natural. Show you the natural.
Yes sir, I have another tuning. Another
song. We call it, we call it, a yes, yes.
SOURCE: Muddy Waters’ interview with Alan Lomax on August 31, 1941, Stovall Plantation, Stovall, Mississippi.
IMAGE: Blues artist Muddy Waters (1913-1983) featured on one of his many albums.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Heavenly influenced by blues music, I chose to appropriate the word-rhythms of Muddy Waters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sarah Rogers is a poet and researcher living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Originally from Indiana, Sarah writes about nature and place.