I wish I had that fellow right here that had on a Windsor tie and carried a cane. The song also appeared on the 1986 4-disc collection and the 1993 box-set album. And after we had supper we went over to it in a launch, all by ourselves. And then quick we were right at the depot, and there was a big gang of yaps, the kind that goes to the fairs, and crowded and milling around like cattle, and how could I tell her? It was a hard jolt for me, one of the most bitterest I ever had to face. He has served as director of the Poetry Center at the State University of New York at Stonybrook, and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, City College of New York, The Writer's Voice, The College of William and Mary, and Sweet Briar College.
One of them was his girl and the other his sister. There was big dance halls and dining places for yaps, and there was a beach you could walk along and get where it was dark, and we went there. There was one fellow who kept saying to everyone who wanted a lawn mowed or a cistern cleaned, that he was saving money to work his way through college, and I used to lay awake nights thinking up ways to injure him without being found out. In the bar there was a fellow with a cane and a Windsor tie on, that it made me sick to look at him. Craps amighty—a swell chance I got! Wilbur Wessen and asked him, would he mind, after the first heat, to go down and place it on About Ben Ahem for whatever odds he could get. During the summer before I had left my home town with Harry Whitehead and, with a nigger named Burt, had taken a job as swipe with one of the two horses Harry was campaigning through the fall race meets that year.
They both thought it something disgraceful that one of our family should take a place as a swipe with race horses. Is the blues the moment You shrug your shoulders And agree, a girl without money Is nothing, dust To be pushed around by any old breeze. And so everyone was gone to the fair but just this one nigger and he took us all through Mr. There are some of that kind are all right and he was one of the ones. I was sick then, but I was sicker later. He and the girls were nice to me right from the start and clear to the end. And so, there not being any work in our town any more than when I left there to go to the races, I went off to Sandusky and got a pretty good place taking care of horses for a man who owned a teaming and delivery and storage and coal and real-estate business there.
To tell the truth, I felt a little foolish that I should be sitting in the grandstand at all. This is the way the blues works Its sorry wonders, Makes trouble look like A feather bed, Makes the wrong man's kisses A healing. During the summer before I had left my home town with Harry Whitehead and, with a nigger named Burt, had taken a job as swipe with one of the two horses Harry was campaigning through the fall race meets that year. Well, right in front of me, in the grandstand that day, there was a fellow with a couple of girls and they was about my age. We set out from home late in July in a box car with the two horses and after that, until late November, we kept moving along to the race meets and the fairs.
I was glad I had those twenty-five cent cigars in my pocket and right away I give that fellow one and lit one myself. Then this Wilbur Wessen went down to the betting place under the grand stand and there I was with the two girls, and when that Miss Woodbury was looking the other way once, Lucy Wessen kinda, with her shoulder you know, kinda touched me. We set out from home late in July in a box car with the two horses and after that, until late November, we kept moving along to the race meets and the fairs. Pretty soon the race was over, and Wilbur had gone down and collected our money, and we had a hack downtown, and he stood us a swell supper at the West House, and a bottle of champagne beside. And is the blues the moment you realize You exist in a stacked deck, You look in a mirror at your young face, The face my sister carries, And you know it's the only leverage You've got. There was one fellow who kept saying to everyone who wanted a lawn mowed or a cistern cleaned, that he was saving money to work his way through college, and I used to lay awake nights thinking up ways to injure him without being found out. Lyrics Any fool neglects his bike and thinks he's being smart He doesn't give it any care and soon, it falls apart Oh, I'm no fool, no siree I want to live to be 23 I play safe for you and me 'Cause I'm no fool Any fool will load his bike so much, that he can't see He rides on sidewalks, so what happens? There I was, big boob that I am.
What I mean is, she was O. And the town was full of farmers gaping, because they could see you were racehorse people, and the kids maybe never see a nigger before and was afraid and run away when the two of us walked down their main street. There was a lot of horsemen and strangers and dressed-up people from other towns standing around in the lobby and in the bar, and I mingled amongst them. Burt taught me how to rub down a horse and put the bandages on after a race and steam a horse out and a lot of valuable things for any man to know. Compared to this, My father seems, briefly, To be a fire escape.
Burt taught me how to rub down a horse and put the bandages on after a race and steam a horse out and a lot of valuable things for any man to know. Some folks will tell you the blues is a woman, Some type of supernatural creature. But you know how a fellow is. He was a horse owned by a Mr. Wonderful, because I'm the fool, I never Fool, I never thought I was I'm the know it all Trying to mend his broken heart But I, I don't know who to call And I don't know where to start Now if you should lose your faith in me I don't know where I'd run I hope you'll always let me be Your only one. What I did want to know was that my horse had the speed and could go out in front if you wanted him to. Sure enough the first heat come off and About Ben Ahem went off his stride up the back stretch and looked like a wooden horse or a sick one and come in to be last.
There was something else eating at me. And it all came about through my own foolishness too. And then, before Wilbur and Miss Woodbury got up to where we was, she put her face up and kissed me quick and put her head up against me and she was all quivering and—gee whizz. We went in the launch across the bay to the train like that, and it was dark, too. I told about our place down at Marietta, and about the big stables and the grand brick house we had on a hill, up above the Ohio River, but I knew enough not to do it in no bragging way.
The Columbia recording appeared on the 1966 album Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits: The Early Years, Volume Two. I never thought I'd be the one To be the raging bull There'd always be a smoking gun Who'd up and lose his cool I never thought I'd have to say I'm sorry, my love, because I'm the fool, I never Fool, I never thought I was I left my dreams with broken strings It's time I learnt to talk Stop falling over things Teach myself to walk I'm not a Superman Or Mr. Did you ever see such a fool? And so he leaned back and I give him the dope on About Ben Ahem. It was a hard jolt for me, one of the most bitterest I ever had to face. Mother cried and my sister Mildred, who wanted to get a job as a school teacher in our town that fall, stormed and scolded about the house all during the week before I left.
Perhaps, even now, after all this time, there will be a kind of satisfaction in making myself look cheap by telling of it. Maybe he owned a drug store or a drygoods store in their home town, or something like that. Is falling in with some man A deal with the devil In blue terms, the tongue we use When we don't want nuance To get in the way, When we need to talk straight. In 1977, made a 38-minute movie based on Anderson's story, keeping its title i. .