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ak ck 1933-42 Beggin’ the Blues. Bessie Jones (vo) Instrumentation: Acapella female voice in an alto range. Tempo/Beat/Feeling: The meter is 4/4 with a straight 8th-note feeling. The tempo starts at a slow/moderate pace of about 76 bpm with a full tone and dynamic. Progressively, the tempo accelerates with the voice decreasing in dynamic until the very last line, which finishes at about twice as fast as the opening line and half as loud. Form: Strophic. The form is a recurring 12-bar blues form
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  akck 1933-42 Beggin’ the Blues. Bessie Jones (vo)Instrumentation: Acapella female voice in an alto range. Tempo/Beat/Feeling: The meter is 4/4 with a straight 8th-note feeling. The tempo startsat a slow/moderate pace of about 76 bpm with a full tone and dynamic. Progressively,the tempo accelerates with the voice decreasing in dynamic until the very last line,which finishes at about twice as fast as the opening line and half as loud. Form: Strophic. The form is a recurring 12-bar blues form that repeats six times for sixdifferent verses. Time: Tempo: Verse: Lyrics: 0:00 76 bpm V1 I woke up this mornin’, I looked up around in myroom,0:11 “ Well, I woke up this mornin’ I looked around in myroom.0:19 92 I said, “Hello, blues, now what you doin’ in here sosoon?”0:26 “ V2 I knowed it was the blues, ‘cause I heard him walkin‘in my room,0:33 104 I knowed it was the blues, ‘cause I heard him walkin‘in my room.0:40 112 Lord, I wonder what’s the matter, ‘cause the blueswon’t jus’ leave me alone.0:47 116 V3 Oh, blue, blue, won’t you let poor me be,0:54 “ Oh, blue, blue, won’t you let poor me be.1:01 126 An’ let me have one day outta the seven days a week. 1:08 “ V4 Lord, I walked and I wondered, I cried, honey, all nightlong.1:16 “ I walked and I wondered, I cried, honey, all night long.1:23 “ I don’t care where I go, the blues jus’ won’ leave mealone.1:29 “ V5 You know, O the blues jumped a rabbit, an’ run him for one solid mile.1:35 “ I said, the blues jumped a rabbit, run him for one solidmile.1:42 “ And then the rabbit turned over and cried like a nachulchile (natural child?).  1:48 132 V6 He cried, “Blues, blue, you follow me everywhere, Oblue”1:56 “ He said, “Blue, blue, you follow me everywhere,”2:02 144 “I don’t know what’s the matter, the blues jus’ won’t letme be.” !! Commentary “Bessie Jones, of St. Simons Island, Georgia, is a leader of religious songs. The bluesshe sings here she made up when she was young and still “out in the world” (that is, nota church member and thus free to sing secular songs). Her personal blues returns tothe theme of the lonely woman, waking alone with the feeling that a stranger is in her room. It turns out to be Old Mister Misery—the blues she can't shake, the Blues that canoutrun a rabbit and break its heart, the blues that won't give you a single day of theweek that is free of heartache.”This song is an example of early blues. She sings of loneliness and frustration. Shestresses some words and notes, creating rhythm and a sense of pulse. She singswithout the aid of accompaniment and shows contrasts between verses and sectionsthrough contrasts in dynamics and tempo. She uses the griot way of manipulatingtempo and dynamic, which helps her tell a story with recurring melody. She starts outslower and moderately loud gets but gets faster and softer as the song comes to anend.The melody contains three main pitches A, E, and C, approximately. The main pitch isA; this is the resolution tone . She sings up a third from A to C or C-sharp then bendsdown a sixth to E then bends back up to A again. The third sounds Major or sometimesminor, a neutral third. She swings back and forth between A and C, a pendular third.There is a melismatic tail at the end of each of verse.
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