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By David Honeyboy Edwards

This bright oral picture of an the USA that planted the blues is filled with rhythmic grace. From the son of a sharecropper to an itinerant bluesman, Honeyboy’s tales of fine associates Charlie Patton, titanic Walter Horton, Little Walter Jacobs, and Robert Johnson are a godsend to blues fanatics. heritage buffs will surprise at his designated viewpoint and firsthand money owed of the 1927 Mississippi River flood, vagrancy legislation, makeshift courts at the back of seed shops, plantation lifestyles, and the melancholy.

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I hadn't heard a man play the blues like that! I was standing up in the corner looking at him and he said, "Why 40 THE WORLD DON'T OWE ME NOTHING you lookin' at me so hard? " I was ashamed and shy but I strummed a little. I played a little number or two for him. " Just like that! So I hung with him then, I wanted to play so bad. I stayed with him all night that night. All night till daylight. I come home Sunday morning and Joe come up with me, with his guitar on his shoulder. My dad was a musician and he would take with musicians.

He made it playing his guitar. And when he left there he carried that man's wife with him; he brought her back to Chicago with him. He did! Musicians always will steal women! She was a good-looking woman, too. Rube Lacy left overnight and that woman left with him. In '31, at Christmastime, I was walking down Johnson Street in Greenwood with some of my friends, pushing each other along like boys play. 34 THE WORLD DON'T OWE ME NOTHING I had my guitar on my shoulder with a little cord string. And Lester Lucas, he run up against me and pushed me, and the cord string broke and the guitar fell and busted all to pieces.

Mama had caught the dropsy. Her legs swole up, her face swole up — she was sick. Mama was about thirty-two years old then and walking with a stick. My daddy carried her to Cleveland, Mississippi, to find a doctor to tend to her. They tapped her for her water, got all the water The water overflowed her heart. *7 High water near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, 1994. out of her, and in about three weeks she come back with that same water. The water got so high it overflowed her heart and drowned her heart out.

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