Nothin' but the Blues

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“Nothin' but the Blues” is an existentialist still-life that confronts the stark, relentless force of depression.

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Nothin’ But the Blues
c. 2014 Sidney S. Whelan

The blues just happens
Things go wrong.
You grind your teeth
All night long,
Wishing that bottle
Could move things along.
It ain’t nothin' but the blues

It ain't nothin' you can take
Nothin' you can use
Ain’t no way to lose this feelin'
It ain't nothin' but the blues.

The blues is a river
Too wide, too long.
You try an’ fight the flood
Too fast, too strong.
Try to swim, get stuck in the mud.
Where’d it all go wrong?
It ain’t nothin' but the blues

It ain't nothin' you can take
Nothin' you can use
Ain’t no way to lose this feelin'
It ain’t nothin' but the blues.












The blues is an empty room
You can't leave
You just fight the truth
Just can’t believe.
It’s a life sentence
With no reprieve
It ain’t nothin' but the blues

It ain't nothin' you can take
Nothin' you can use
Ain’t no way to lose this feelin'
It ain’t nothin' but the blues.

It ain’t nothin’
It ain’t nothin’
It ain’t nothin’
Nothin' but the blues.

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credits

from The Story of Ike Dupree, track released December 22, 2014
Vocals: Sid Whelan, Capathia Jenkins, Robbi Hall Kumalo, Darryl Tookes
Winds:
Trombone: Victor Wesley
Trumpet: Eleazar Shafer
Saxophone: Phillip Whack
Rhythm:
Drums: Richard Huntley
Percussion: Mark Manczuck
Bass: Marco Panascia
Organ: Jerry Z
Guitars: Sid Whelan

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Whelan New York, New York

Sid Whelan is a veteran guitarist who for many years backed singers in world music acts. Recently he returned for songwriting inspiration to his love of American music pre-1960: the blues and country, folk, bluegrass, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and jazz. He has begun a songwriting project with those influences in mind, tackling often difficult themes of contemporary American life for his lyrics. ... more

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