The Explanation
(for those who require one)

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

The Art of Songwriting #26


Sob Sister Sadie
(Music and Lyrics: Bob Bigelow and Charles Bates)
(Edward B. Marks Music Company; 1925)

3 comments :

marky4 said...

Hey, Gunslinger: Speaking of copycats, this is my personally scanned copy of this sheet from my personal collection of eight gazillion original sheets ...copied from my Facebook page! Next time, give me sme credit, eh?!

Marky Forer

Tom Sutpen said...

Actually, I got this off of a Vintage Sheet Music site, so take it up with them.

And no one here ever claimed to have generated so much as one of these images (even when they did).

Operator_99 said...

Wanna hear it? http://archive.org/details/DaveHarmanOrch-SobSisterSadie