Blues for Bad Girls, Part 1: Don’t Start Me to Talking, Stop Watching Your Enemies
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By Dady Chery

Haiti Chery

So many superb blues for bad girls! This was a tough choice. In the end, I picked Etta James’s marvelous rendition of “Don’t Start Me to Talking,” and one of Koko Taylor’s many excellent versions of “Stop Watching Your Enemies.”

Among Etta’s many talents was her ability to own traditionally male songs. Here she delivers Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Don’t Start Me to Talking” like no man, but no man, could.  As ever, her band is tight, with John “Juke” Logan (harmonica), Mike Finnegan (piano. A singer’s dream pianist!), Bobby Murray & Josh Sklair (guitar), Sametto James (bass), Donto James (drums). This song is from an essentially perfect 2004 album titled “Blues to the Bone.”

VIDEO: Etta James version (3 min)

Lyrics of Don’t Start Me to Talking

By Sonny Boy Williamson

I’m going down the road, stop at Fannie Mae’s
Gonna tell Fannie what I’ve heard her boyfriend say

Don’t start me to talking
I’ll tell everything I know
Gonna break up this signifying
Everybody’s got to go

Jack gave his wife two dollars,
to go down town, get some margarine
Gets out on the street, old George stopped her
He knocked her down and blackened her eye
She came back home and told her husband a lie

Don’t start me to talking
I’ll tell everything I know
I’m gonna break up this signifying
Cause somebody’s got to go

She borrowed some money to go to the beauty shop
He honked his horn and she began to stop
Said: take me baby around the block
I’m going beauty shop walking
where I can get my hair in a sock

Don’t start me talking
I’ll tell everything I know
I’m gonna break up this signifying
Somebody’s got to go

Then there is Koko Taylor’s delivery of “Stop Watching Your Enemies,” which is her very own song.  Her fantastic band: Criss Johnson (guitar. Oh lord!),  Jim Dortch (keyboards), Jerry Murphy (bass), Ray “Killer” Allison (drums), Elmer Brown II (trumpet), Edwin Williams | Orville McFarland (trombone).  From her classic 1990 album “Jump for Joy.”

VIDEO: “Stop Watching Your Enemies” (5 1/2 min).

Refrain: “Stop watching your enemies! Keep your eyes on your so-called friends. Cause they’re the ones who’ll break your heart, and take your man in the end.”

These two songs turned out to be an excellent commentary on this week’s news at Haiti Chery.

First, there was the revelation that the Rwanda 1994 genocide might have been triggered by Rwanda’s own armed forces (FAR) firing two French missiles (that France was forbidden from selling and would have required high-level approval) on their own president’s plane then blaming the killing on the Tutsi rebels and abetting a massacre of the Tutsi.

Second, there was the meeting of Latin-American UNASUR friends of Haiti who decided on a gradual, rather than immediate, withdrawal from their participation in the country’s military occupation by United Nations forces (MINUSTAH). The stated reason is that UNASUR does not want to destabilize (the nightmarish state of affairs in) Haiti, but the lure of foreign exchange might have had more to do with it.

Yeah! “Don’t start me talking… I’m gonna break up this signifying. Somebody’s got to go!”

This is part 1 of what I expect to be a series of “Blues for Bad Girls.”

Source: Haiti Chery | Featured photo: Koko Taylor

By Dady Chery

Haiti Chery

So many superb blues for bad girls! This was a tough choice. In the end, I picked Etta James’s marvelous rendition of “Don’t Start Me to Talking,” and one of Koko Taylor’s many excellent versions of “Stop Watching Your Enemies.”

Among Etta’s many talents was her ability to own traditionally male songs. Here she delivers Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Don’t Start Me to Talking” like no man, but no man, could.  As ever, her band is tight, with John “Juke” Logan (harmonica), Mike Finnegan (piano. I’m in love!), Bobby Murray & Josh Sklair (guitar), Sametto James (bass), Donto James (drums). This song is from an essentially perfect 2004 album titled “Blues to the Bone.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Jihw2AnCugA

VIDEO: Don’t Start Me to Talking (2 1/2 min).

Then there is Koko Taylor — Queen of the Blues — digging into “Stop Watching Your Enemies,” which is her very own song.  Her fantastic band: Criss Johnson (guitar. Oh lord!),  Jim Dortch (keyboards), Jerry Murphy (bass), Ray “Killer” Allison (drums), Elmer Brown II (trumpet), Edwin Williams|Orville McFarland (trombone).  From the classic 1990 album “Jump for Joy.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3l904Q48Zg

VIDEO: “Stop Watching Your Ememies” (5 1/2 min).

These songs are also an excellent commentary on some of the week’s news.

First, there was the revelation that the Rwanda 1994 genocide might have been triggered by Rwanda’s own armed forces (FAR) firing two “friendly” French missiles (that France was forbidden from selling and would have required high-level approval) on their own president’s plane then blaming the killing on the Tutsi rebels and abetting a massacre of the Tutsi.

Second, there was the meeting of Latin-American UNASUR friends of Haiti who decided on a gradual, rather than immediate, withdrawal from their participation in the military occupation of Haiti by UN forces (MINUSTAH). The stated reason is that UNASUR does not want to destabilize (the current nightmarish state of affairs in) the country, but the lure of foreign exchange might have more to do with it.

Don’t worry. Not all life is politics, and bad girls have an infinite number of facets. This is only part 1 of what I expect to be a series of “Blues for Bad Girls.”

 

Source: Haiti Chery | Featured photo: Koko Taylor

 

By Dady Chery

Haiti Chery

So many superb blues for bad girls! This was a tough choice. In the end, I picked Etta James’s marvelous rendition of “Don’t Start Me to Talking,” and one of Koko Taylor’s many excellent versions of “Stop Watching Your Enemies.”

Among Etta’s many talents was her ability to own traditionally male songs. Here she delivers Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Don’t Start Me to Talking” like no man, but no man, could.  As ever, her band is tight, with John “Juke” Logan (harmonica), Mike Finnegan (piano. I’m in love!), Bobby Murray & Josh Sklair (guitar), Sametto James (bass), Donto James (drums). This song is from an essentially perfect 2004 album titled “Blues to the Bone.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Jihw2AnCugA

VIDEO: Don’t Start Me to Talking (2 1/2 min).

Then there is Koko Taylor — Queen of the Blues — digging into “Stop Watching Your Enemies,” which is her very own song.  Her fantastic band: Criss Johnson (guitar. Oh lord!),  Jim Dortch (keyboards), Jerry Murphy (bass), Ray “Killer” Allison (drums), Elmer Brown II (trumpet), Edwin Williams|Orville McFarland (trombone).  From the classic 1990 album “Jump for Joy.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3l904Q48Zg

VIDEO: “Stop Watching Your Ememies” (5 1/2 min).

These songs are also an excellent commentary on some of the week’s news.

First, there was the revelation that the Rwanda 1994 genocide might have been triggered by Rwanda’s own armed forces (FAR) firing two “friendly” French missiles (that France was forbidden from selling and would have required high-level approval) on their own president’s plane then blaming the killing on the Tutsi rebels and abetting a massacre of the Tutsi.

Second, there was the meeting of Latin-American UNASUR friends of Haiti who decided on a gradual, rather than immediate, withdrawal from their participation in the military occupation of Haiti by UN forces (MINUSTAH). The stated reason is that UNASUR does not want to destabilize (the current nightmarish state of affairs in) the country, but the lure of foreign exchange might have more to do with it.

Don’t worry. Not all life is politics, and bad girls have an infinite number of facets. This is only part 1 of what I expect to be a series of “Blues for Bad Girls.”

 

Source: Haiti Chery | Featured photo: Koko Taylor

 

By Dady Chery

Haiti Chery

So many superb blues for bad girls! This was a tough choice. In the end, I picked Etta James’s marvelous rendition of “Don’t Start Me to Talking,” and one of Koko Taylor’s many excellent versions of “Stop Watching Your Enemies.”

Among Etta’s many talents was her ability to own traditionally male songs. Here she delivers Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Don’t Start Me to Talking” like no man, but no man, could.  As ever, her band is tight, with John “Juke” Logan (harmonica), Mike Finnegan (piano. I’m in love!), Bobby Murray & Josh Sklair (guitar), Sametto James (bass), Donto James (drums). This song is from an essentially perfect 2004 album titled “Blues to the Bone.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Jihw2AnCugA

VIDEO: Don’t Start Me to Talking (2 1/2 min).

Then there is Koko Taylor — Queen of the Blues — digging into “Stop Watching Your Enemies,” which is her very own song.  Her fantastic band: Criss Johnson (guitar. Oh lord!),  Jim Dortch (keyboards), Jerry Murphy (bass), Ray “Killer” Allison (drums), Elmer Brown II (trumpet), Edwin Williams|Orville McFarland (trombone).  From the classic 1990 album “Jump for Joy.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3l904Q48Zg

VIDEO: “Stop Watching Your Ememies” (5 1/2 min).

These songs are also an excellent commentary on some of the week’s news.

First, there was the revelation that the Rwanda 1994 genocide might have been triggered by Rwanda’s own armed forces (FAR) firing two “friendly” French missiles (that France was forbidden from selling and would have required high-level approval) on their own president’s plane then blaming the killing on the Tutsi rebels and abetting a massacre of the Tutsi.

Second, there was the meeting of Latin-American UNASUR friends of Haiti who decided on a gradual, rather than immediate, withdrawal from their participation in the military occupation of Haiti by UN forces (MINUSTAH). The stated reason is that UNASUR does not want to destabilize (the current nightmarish state of affairs in) the country, but the lure of foreign exchange might have more to do with it.

Don’t worry. Not all life is politics, and bad girls have an infinite number of facets. This is only part 1 of what I expect to be a series of “Blues for Bad Girls.”

 

Source: Haiti Chery | Featured photo: Koko Taylor

 

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