Low Down Dirty Dog

The prisoners sat around and listened to Son House play his slide guitar when he suddenly stopped and said, “Even though we can’t have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don’t get what we deserve.”  Son House had been playing in a juke joint when a man went on a shooting spree, and wounded him in his leg, so he shot the man dead and received a 15-year sentence at the Mississippi State Penitentiary.  Edward James “Son” House was born in 1902 and he was raised in the Mississippi Delta.  He became a preacher, pastor and was a singer in his youth, although his strong religious beliefs made him adverse to the blues or anything that was not religious music.  Son House took up slide guitar at the age of 25, after he heard a drinking buddy playing it one night and within weeks, he acquired a guitar and started playing.

Well you know that sun is goin’ down
I said behind that ol’ western hill
I said behind that ol’ western hill
You know I wouldn’t go a thing not against my baby’s will
You know when that’s bad I declare there’s two black bags
I declare there’s two black bags
You know my woman done quit me
Looks there’s a whole world of pain
You know she stopped writin’
Won’t even send me no kind of word
I said she wouldn’t send me no kind of word
She turned her little back on me
‘Bout some low down thing she heard
You know I’m goin’ away baby
I’m gonna stay there a long time
I said I’m gonna stay there a long time
You know not comin’ back honey
Oh baby till you change your mind
I wake up in the morning
Feelin’ sick and bad
I said soon every morning I be feelin’ mighty sick and bad
Thinking ‘bout the old times
Baby that I once have had
If I don’t go crazy
I say I’m gonna lose my mind
I believe I’m gonna lose my mind
‘Cause I stay worried bothered all the time
Lookie here baby sit right here on my knee
I said sit right down on my knee
Well I just want to tell you
Just how you been doin’ me
What do you want for me to do
I said what do you want me to do
I’ve been doing all I can honey
Just trying to get along with you

Written for Stine Writing – Poetry, Positivity, and Connecting!, Simply 6 Minutes hosted by Christine Bialczak.

13 thoughts on “Low Down Dirty Dog

    1. Yes it is good stuff and I read two posts yesterday about the slide guitar, so I worked this story up around this prompt: “Even though we can’t have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don’t get what we deserve.”

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