I sing the BLUES in the hull of a ship beneath the sting of a slavemaster's whip I sing the BLUES on a ship anchored to dock my family being sold on a slave block I sing the BLUES being torn from my first born and hung my head and cried when my wife took his life and then committed suicide I sing the BLUES on a slavemaster's plantation helpin him build his free nation I sing the BLUES in the cotton field hustlin to make the daily yield I sing the BLUES when he forced my woman to bed lawd KNOWS how I wish he was dead I sing the BLUES on the run.. I sing the BLUES in church on Sunday slavin on Monday, misused on Tuesday abused on Wednesday, accused on Thursday fried alive on Friday, and died on Saturday sho' nuff singin the blues I sing the BLUES that a sucka thought we couldn't bring I tell him sho' nuff the blues is my thing I sing the backwater BLUES, rhythm and BLUES gospel BLUES, St. Louis BLUES, North Carolina BLUES Chicago BLUES, Mississippi god-DAMN BLUES The Watts BLUES, Harlem BLUES, ?? BLUES Gut-funky BLUES, funky chunky BLUES I sing the up North cigarette cough BLUES The down South strung out the side of my mouth BLUES I sing the BLUES black I sing the BLUES blacker I sing the BLUES blackest.. (That's why I sing the blues..) (That's why I..) (That's why I sing the blues..) -anon????