1929

BLUE SPIRIT BLUES * BESSIE SMITH * PHILLIPS 12233 * UK

Bessie Smith is backed by James P. Johnson on this nightmarish Blues where she sings about her dream; a descent into hell. The song was written by William Spencer, who wrote such outstanding classics as: Basin Street Blues, Everybody Loves My Baby, I Ain't Got Nobody and Mahogany Hall Stomp, to name but a few. The author Adam Gussow writes in: Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition, that the song Blue Spirit Blues, along with many others from the time,  is a coded blues about lynching.

See also:

Nobody Knows You When Your Down And Out Do Your Duty Empty Bed Blues I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama The Gin House Blues

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