Story of the Blues Parts 1 & 2

Album: The Way We Wah! (1984)
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  • STORY OF THE BLUES (PART ONE)
    Here in my pocket
    I got the Story of the Blues
    Try to believe me
    'Cos it could be front page news
    I say I live with it like it hasn't happened yet
    I keep thinking of everyone
    How I'm the one, the one they're trying to get
    To tell the Story of the Blues
    First, they take your pride
    Turn it all inside
    And then you realise
    You've got nothing left to lose
    So, you try to stop
    Try to get back up
    And then, you realise
    You're telling the Story of the Blues
    Feeling browbeaten
    Day after day
    I think it's over
    But I just can't get away
    You say forget it
    We'll don't jump the gun
    You're laughing this time
    Next time you might be the one
    To tell the Story of the Blues
    First, they take your pride
    Turn it all inside
    And then you realise
    You've got nothing left to lose
    So, you try to stop
    Try to get back up
    And then, you realise
    You're telling the Story of the Blues
    (repeat)
    What they gonna say 'bout me
    When they tell the Story of the Blues

    STORY OF THE BLUES (PART TWO)
    "...well that's my story and I'm sticking to that. So 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-heap, you're useless', and I remember how easy it was to start believing that. I remember how you'd hear people take it for granted that it was true - just 'cause someone with an ounce of power said so. And that's a problem now, too many oddballs, 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 coming to terms in your heart with 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 against hope... I remember something Sal Paradise said, he said: 'the city intellectuals of the world are debauched from the full body blood-of-the-land and are just rootless fools.' 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!" and remember, people who talk about revolution and a class-struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love, and what is positive in the refusal and constraint...since people have a corpse in their mouth..." Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 1

  • Bobby from Alicante, SpainI always understood that the song was about alcohol abuse and was originally 'The story of the booze' which, obviously, wouldn't be commercially acceptable or get played on BBC or Radio 1. The lyrics and video seem to back this up but I'd be interested in other interpretations.
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