Sunday, June 7, 2009

Talkin' Card Collector Blues

I don't know about you, but I am a fan of old-timey folk music, and Woody Guthrie in particular. One of the things that folk/blues musicians were known to do was title there songs Talkin ________ Blues. This was especially common amongst the "protest" singers of the 60's & 70's, (Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan), but seems to have been started or at least popularized in the late 30's or early 40's by none other than Woody Guthrie himself. About the only thing these songs have in common is they typically consisted of a repetitive guitar, a simple melody and ryhthmic, rhyming lyrics. It's rhyming lyrical style been argued to be an early predecessor to rap, which is pretty cool.

You're probably wondering what the point to all of this is, and well, I'm getting there so please chill. You see, I am suffering from a case of the blues myself today.

Woke up this mornin and a sad feelin washed over me
can't quite call it ennui
more of a sadness
no mail on sunday is causing my maddness

I need some wax to ease my mind
too bad there's none that I can find
I'm stuck at work and that's no fun
dreamin about a pack rippin run

You see last week I bought some hobby boxes
but Upper Deck is sly like foxes
like Mick Jagger I got no satisfaction
I was lookin for some Nick Markakis action

All I got was some random chic's autograph
why she is in a baseball set must surely be a gaff
would rather have had some Burt Reynolds mojo
instead of some slutbag, you know?

The next box wasn't much better
and in retrospect was a real regretter
all I wanted was a Sweet Spot Auto
but redemption cards were their motto

Can't seem to win any cards on eBay
"You've been outbid" is all i get all day
If only one auction I could win
my face would break out in a grin
and shake these collector's blues
like a brand spankin new pair of shoes

The blogosphere seems slow on Sunday
and to make matters worse tomorrow's Monday
I sent a bunch of bubble mailers out in trade
other collector's cards I hope to raid
but it is with great saddness and sorrow
that any mail won't be delivered till tomorrow

These talkin blues go on and on
like a Jamaican says "Yeah Mon"
On this post I hope you'll comment
or all my rhymin will have been misspent
hearing from you is just one clue
on how to make me not so blue

That was sort of fun. If you still have no idea what I'm referring to with the Talkin' Blues, here is a fine example by Mr. Bob Dylan:

And if you don't know much about Woody Guthrie, I recommend checking out the movie "Bound for Glory" starring the late David Carradine as Woody.

Oh, and don't worry too much about lil' ol' me. I'll shake these blues one way or another. There should hopefully be some bubble mailers showing up next week that will surely ease my pain.


  1. I don't know how long it would take me to come up with that. Maybe three/four hours of sitting in front of the computer?

  2. Me too Night Owl. And after that time I still wouldn't be any closer to finishing.

    You're a very creative dude, Beardy. Far out, man.

  3. Very cool dude! Lets set up our scoring rules for our Battle, and try for sometime after Thursday. you two mother$@$# are going down!!


  4. Talkin' you didn't tell me you write songs about baseball cards but not your girlfriend blues

  5. Uh oh. Am I in the doghouse?