well, some people say de blues begin in de moment uv de holly creation en some people say de blus begin in de slavery en some oddah people believe de blues only begin arter Abaham Lincum en de ‘publicans got de slavery ‘bolished. I doan know when te blues fust begin en I doan know wheah it fust begit, I spose ‘t’wuz in de missssippi delta. Cose it’s de missssippi delta wheah Handy fust got to hear it. When he wuz jist a boy en he wuz goin to school (t’wuz a military school, ya know, cose Handy’s family wuz kinna bourgeoise) hea heard de blues by one nite while waitin fo de train. He wuz in a train-station, a-waintin, en he got bored en disgusted en fell asleep en he got woke up by a most disturbin sound, en he done opened his eyes en saw a ragged en dirty man slidin his knive ovuh e strings en singin
“I goin wheah de Southern cross de dog”
en the sounds got rambling all ovuh his mind en he cudn’t fogit em evuh since. De Southern, ya know, ‘t is de state road uv missssippi, en de dog, dis is how people use to call de train en de railroad. En Handy thought to himself “looky heah, now dis is music” en he begin to play in de same key. Now, who wuz de ragged en dirty boy dat got Handy woke up, I sho cudn’t tell ya. En I cudn’t tell what kinna song ‘t wuz dat one, but I rememba havin heard de verse in a song by Charlie Patton (‘t wus de Green River Blues, I reckon). En Handy wrote many songs en he called himself de “faddah ov de blues”, but de blues he played ‘t wuzn’t de missssippi blues. He wrote de Saint Louis Blues en I’d like you to lissen to it en tell me what you think a-bout. Handy wrote it in a hotel room, jist arter a fite wid his woman, he had to git to a gig de next nite en she drove him outta de house en he went down town en heard a woman singin
“I hate to see de evening sun go down, cose mah man, he done left de town”
en den he got to de hotel en wrote de song en den got to de gig en his band played it en every body enjoyed de tune. De singer in de video, ‘t is Bessie Smith, I’ll tll you ‘bout her some uddah nite.