A comprehensive guide to the “dos” and “don’ts” of the Blues.
Having the Blues is not easy — there are rules that simply must be followed.
Most Blues begin, “Woke up this morning…”
“I got a good woman” is a bad way to begin the Blues, unless you stick something nasty in the next line like, “I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town.”
The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes … sort of:
“I got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Yes, I got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher, and she weigh 500 pound.”
The Blues is not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch — ain’t no way out.
Accepptable Blues cars: Chevys, Fords, old Cadillacs and broken-down trucks. Blues don’t travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles.
Most Blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Blues rarely travel on the northbound train, and NEVER on east- or west-bound trains.
Jet aircraft and state-sponsored motor pools ain’t even in the running. Walkin’ plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin’ to die.
Teenagers can’t sing the Blues. They ain’t fixin’ to die yet. Adults sing the Blues. In Blues, “adulthood” means being old enough to get the electric chair if you shot a man in Memphis.
Blues can take place in New York City, but not in Hawaii or any place in Canada. Hard times in Minneapolis or Seattle or Montreal is probably just clinical depression.
Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City are still the best places to have the Blues. You cannot have the blues in any place that don’t get rain.
A man with male pattern baldness ain’t the Blues. A woman with male pattern baldness is.
Breaking your leg cause you were skiing is not the Blues. Breaking your leg ’cause an alligator be chomping on it is.
You can’t have no Blues in an office or a shopping mall. The lighting is all wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.
Good places for the Blues:
c. empty bed
d. bottom of a whiskey glass
Bad places for the Blues:
b. gallery openings
c. Ivy League institutions
d. golf courses
No one will believe it’s the Blues if you wear a suit, ‘less you happen to be an old person, and you slept in it for the last six months. And the suit should be at least two sizes too big.
Do you have the right to sing the Blues?
a. you older than dirt
b. you blind
c. you shot a man in Memphis
d. you can’t be satisfied
a. you have all your teeth
b. you were once blind but now can see
c. the man in Memphis lived
d. you have a 401K or trust fund
Blues is not a matter of color. It’s a matter of bad luck. Tiger Woods cannot sing the Blues. Sonny Liston could. Ugly white people also got leg up on the Blues.
If you ask for water and your darlin’ give you gasoline, it’s the Blues.
Other acceptable Blues beverages are:
a. cheap wine
b. whiskey or bourbon
c. muddy water
d. nasty black coffee
The following are NOT Blues beverages:
d. Slim Fast
If death occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it’s a Blues death. Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die. So is the electric chair, substance abuse and dying lonely on a broken down cot.
You can’t have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match or while getting liposuction.
Some Blues names for women:
b. Big Mama
d. Fat River Dumpling
Some Blues names for men:
c. Little Willie
d. Big Willie
Persons with names like Michelle, Amber, Debbie, and Heather can’t sing the Blues no matter how many men they shot in Memphis.
“Make your own Blues Name” Starter Kit:
a. name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.)
b. first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Kiwi, etc.)
c. last name of a President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.)
For example: Blind Lime Jefferson, Pegleg Lemon Johnson or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore, etc. (Well, maybe not “Kiwi.”)
I don’t care how tragic your life might be, if you own more than one computer or a smart phone, you cannot sing the Blues
You CANNOT get the blues in a tailored suit, unless you slept in it last night behind a dumpster.
You cannot get the blues at an airport, only at bus and train terminals.
You cannot get the blues because something is wrong with your boat, your Mercedes or Jaguar, but your Ford or Chevy can give you the blues, and any truck over 10 yrs old.
You’re not allowed to even try to play blues on a synthesizer.
You CANNOT get the blues if you are a VEGAN.