Vicksburg Blues

by Ken Baake

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I don't know much about the history of this song, obviously an African-American blues song from prison. I can't imagine any black folks being in jail in Mississippi in the 1930s. :-)

Still, I like Vicksburg and always try to stop there when traveling east if I am on a southerly route. Great history, and of course the river. I am sure to go the speed limit.

Recorded this with my gourd banjo and Amy mixed it so the banjo sounds like it is jumping out of an old transistor radio.

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1930 recording
I got the Vicksburg Blues and I sing 'em and ache everywhere I go
I got the Vicksburg Blues and I sing 'em and ache where I go
And the reason I sing 'em is my baby didn't want me know more

I got the Vicksburg Blues and I sing 'em and ache where I sleep
I got the Vicksburg Blues and I sing 'em and ache where I sleep
And the reason I sing 'em is to give my poor soul ease

Now mama I ain't gonna be your lowdown dog no more

And I don't like this old place, mama, and Lord and I never will
And I don't like this old place, mama, and Lord and I never will
All I can sit right here and look at Vicksburg on the hill

credits


Ken, vocals, gourd banjo
Amy Devoge, Engineer/Producer Crossroads Recording Studio, Texas Tech

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Ken Baake Lubbock, Texas

Ken was born in Baltimore in 1955. He grew up hearing everyone from Johnny Mercer and Ray Charles to the Beatles on the family hi-fi, with a usual Saturday encore of Wagner's operas. Ken has degrees in English and economics and a background in journalism. He is currently an associate professor of English at Texas Tech, teaching classes in rhetoric. ... more

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