Artist: Mighty Wah
Story Of The Blues
Below are the words of the speech made by Pete Wylie at the end of the
12" version of The Mighty Wah`s undeservedly forgetable
"The Story of the Blues" , which i transcripted by listening to a
home-tape recording of the song - the result of which is a few
question-marks and maybe a few mistakes , anyone who wishes to make
a comment is welcome (address above).
"Our hearts are breaking,one more song to go" (Faded Flowers - Shriekback)
".......well that`s my story and i`ll stick into that,let`s have another
drink and let`s talk about the blues,blues is about dignity,it`s about
self-respect,and no matter what they take away from you - that`s yours
for keeps,i remember how it was,how every medium - T.V. and papers and
radio and all those people were saying:'you`re on the scrap-heep,you`re
useless',i remember how easy it was to start believe in that,i remember
how you`d hear people take it for granted that it was true - just `cause
someone with an 'outer power' said so.
And that`s a problem now,too many out-balls(?),too many pocketbook
psychologists and would-be philosophers with an axe to grind,
but there`s a solution,it`s not easy,but it`s a matter of commitment(??)
in your heart,the situation you`re in,a matter of choosing how things go
for you and not having things forced upon you,there are plenty of forces
against you,forcing you against your will,your ideals - you`ve got to hope
for the best,and that`s the best you can hope for - you`ve got to hope
I remember something Sal Paradise said,he said:'the city intellectuals of
the world are divided from the folk body blood-of-the-land and are just
So listen,when the smile,the condescending pat-on-the-back comes and says:
'we`re sorry,but you`re nothing,you`ve got nothing for us and we`ve got
nothing for you',you say:'no',and say it loud:"NO!",remember,people who
talk about revolution and a class-struggle without refering explicitly to
everyday life,without understanding what is subversive about law,and what
is positive in the refusal and constraint...since people have a core to
Halleluyah and Farewell,
The Mighty Ram.
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