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Bessie Smith
(1894-1937) born on
Apr 15
US blues singer, songwriter. The "Queen of the Blues" of 1920s-1930s recorded with most major jazz groups of her day; first recording "Gulf Coast Blues," 1923.
No time to marry, no time to settle down;
I'm a young woman, and I ain't done runnin' around.

When my bed is empty,
Makes me feel awful mean and blue.
My springs are getting rusty,
Living single like I do.
I ain't good-lookin', but I'm somebody's angel child.
There's nineteen men livin' in my neighborhood,
Eighteen of them are fools
and the one ain't no doggone good.
It's a long old road, but I know I'm gonna find the end.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Young Woman's Blues," 1927.
R: "Empty Bed Blues."
A: In "Words of Love," by Jordan L. Linfield and Joseph Kreisky, 1997.
N: In "An Uncommon Scold," by Abby Adams, 1989.
K: "Long OId Road," 1931.

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