Sunday, February 8

"Death Letter Blues" - Son House

Wikipedia - "'Death Letter', also known as 'Death Letter Blues', is the signature song of the Delta blues musician Son House. It is structured upon House's earlier recording 'My Black Mama, Part 2' from 1930. House's 1965 performance was on a metal-bodied National resonator guitar using a copper slide. One commentator noted that it is 'one of the most anguished and emotionally stunning laments in the Delta blues Ĺ“uvre.' Lyrically, the song is about a man who learns of the death of the woman he loves through a letter delivered to him early in the morning. The narrator later views her body on the cooling board at the morgue, attends her funeral, and returns to his home in a state of depression. House's lyrics draw from traditional sources."
Google - "Death Letter Blues"
YouTube: "Death Letter Blues" (Live), Death Letter Blues - 1967 (Live)