REWIND – Last Kind Words Blues by Geeshie Wiley

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REWIND – Last Kind Words Blues by Geeshie Wiley

Alice Bishop ponders the crossroads of love and marriage, of blues and women, of railway bridges and the Mississippi.

Should we get married? Abraham keeps asking. My feet stick in the famous Mississippi mud. The water is high. It’s rained hard for days now. The cotton fields lie fallow. Awash. I watch the swirls and eddies and the floating debris.

Re-wind to Alice’s tender story, initially posted here in 2014, and based around the 1930 song Last Kind Words Blues by Geeshie Wiley.

Alice is a freelance theatre director and writer. She has been obsessed by the blues ever since the age of five when she heard her father's Leadbelly records for the first time and wondered why the singer sounded so sad.

By |2017-08-06T11:45:57+00:00August 6th, 2017|Blues, Stereo Story Re-wind|4 Comments


  1. colinritchie August 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Ahh, the mighty Mississippi, the stories it can tell! It’s a powerful symbol that mighty river, just as powerful as love is. You conveyed the feeling and emotion of both so well, and the song, just adds that extra dimension to your story.

  2. Peter Crossing August 8, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your wonderful personalised story of the Blues. Your words link so well with the lyrics of Last Kind Word Blues.
    If you “tarry too long at dusk these days, the locals are likely to take a potshot at you.” Wow.
    The song is brilliant and your story of Geeshie took me in many directions.
    To all Geeshie and Elvie’s powerful songs and to the amazing New York Times historical essay at
    Also to the links with the “passing round” tradition in lyrics and music – From Come On Over To My House (You can shake it, you can break it, you can hang it on the wall – Charley Patton). From Eagle on a Half (It’s a low, it’s a low low, lowdown dirty shame – various connotations). The tune and phrasing of these and Pick Poor Robin Clean bring reminders of other blues songs.
    Thanks Alice. I’ve learnt heaps.

  3. Michael Walker August 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the New York Times link Peter, fascinating reading !

  4. Alice August 11, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Thanks Colin, thanks Peter. Kind words indeed. X

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