"Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help." - Mahalia Jackson
28 May 2012
JOHN "Big Nig" BRAY - Trench Blues (Lomax - 1934)
John Bray, vocal and guitar. Recorded for the Library of Congress by
John A. and Alan Lomax, October 17, 1934, in Amelia, Louisiana. Bray,
known as "Big Nig," composed this song based on his experiences in
Europe in World War I.
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And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness." -- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather
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