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Fat Man Blues

written by: Richard Wall

@writinblues

vocals/music by: Tone Tanner

 

 

Well I was sitting in a juke joint
In Clarksdale, Mississippi,
Just minding my own business
And getting high on booze
When in walked this old white boy
Said his accent came from England
Said he'd come to Mississippi
Come to see the delta blues

I said there ain't no delta blues
No more in Clarksdale, Mississippi,
Cos it ain't nothin' but a theme park
For white folks just like you
But if you come along with me
I can take you where it happens
Where life's like what it was
When they played the real blues

So then I dropped some names
Like Charley Patton, Robert Johnson
And the white boy looked at me
Like something just come loose
He said "those old boys are dead,"
I said, "that's a matter of opinion,"
And then I made an offer
That he could not refuse

See, the white boy had a poison
That was growing deep inside him
And I knew his clock was ticking
Knew his time would soon run out
So I laid it on the table
Told him I could fix his problem
If he'd come along with me
There was never any doubt

So I took out all the poison
And we met up at the crossroads
And I tuned the white boy's gittar
And I said the deal was done
Then I took him back in time
To 1930s Mississippi
Where he walked the delta land
And went looking for some fun

Now White Boy he was happy
To be walkin' Mississippi
What he don't know didn't hurt him
He thought he'd nothin' left to lose
But be careful what you wish for
Cos the devil's in the detail
And you better read the small print
Of the Fat Man Blues

Richard Wall

Richard Wall

2017 AUTHOR OF THE YEAR at Spillwords.com
Born in England in 1962, Richard grew up in a small market town in rural Herefordshire before joining the Royal Navy. After 22 years in the submarine service and having travelled extensively, Richard now lives and writes in rural Worcestershire.

Richard’s stories reflect his life-long fascination with the dark underbelly of American culture, be it tales of the Wild West, or of the simmering menace of the Deep South, or the poetry of Charles Bukowski, or the writing of Langston Hughes, or the music of Charley Patton, Son House, Johnny Cash, or Tom Waits.
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Tone Tanner

Tone Tanner

Tone Tanner is a solo musician from Worcestershire, UK, playing slide blues and acoustic rock on resonator guitars that he built himself. A regular on the UK Blues scene, Tone has been mentioned several times by the BBC and has played at prestigious blues festivals across the country. A prolific songwriter, Tone has several solo albums to his name, and his new EP - featuring Fat Man Blues, and Roof Fall (written by Spillwords contributor Gren Gaskell) will be out soon.
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