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Tradition in Blues Lyrics

Tradition in Blues Lyrics

(p.241) Chapter III Tradition in Blues Lyrics
Boom's Blues
J. Frank G. Boom
University Press of Mississippi

Traditional Lines and Stanzas/Popular Half Lines/Traditional Blues/Traditional Schemes of Content/Traditional Subject Matter: Love Life; Belongings, Death, and Spirits; The (Super)Natural; Rambling; Friend and Foe; Central Theme

For the most part, the blues are actually songs that in content are completely traditional and in lyrics partially so, but they are certainly not traditional songs. Just like the wind that makes new dunes out of the same sand, the blues singer falls back on the old traditional repertoire of thoughts and fragments. This old repertoire only changes gradually. It is not surprising that the traditional element is so important in a song that is only passed down and spread orally....

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