Defining the blues

Subgenius Digest            Sun, 26 Feb 95       Volume 6 : Issue  27

To: subgenius@mc.lcs.mit.edu
Subject: Defining the blues
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 95 01:28:24 -0500
From: Michael Travers 
[forwarded from somewhere] A surreal response to the question "What is the blues?", made by one of the blues' elder statesmen:

"You know, old folks say, it's a long lane don't have no end and a bad wind don't never change. But one day, back when Hoover was president, I was driving my cart down Beale Street, and I seen a rat, sitting on top of a garbage can, eating a onion, crying."

--Furry Lewis

(quoted in *Rhythm Oil* by Stanley Booth)