Song of the Day: Frank Stokes – “How Long”

Song of the Day: Frank Stokes –  “How Long”

He was very popular in Memphis in the early twentieth century and some see him as the father of the Memphis blues guitar style. He made fame alongside Dan Sane with his band the Beale Street Sheiks, but also as a solo artist. His last recording dated from 1929. In “How Long” Frank Stokes show his enormous guitar talent en soulful vocals.

Memhis Ragtime Guitar Blues Song

Frank Stokes played mostly ragtime guitar blues with his deep  forceful voice Frank knew how to reach people. You will recognise that in “How Long”. His perfect guitar melody gives this song a soft touch. On the other hand the lyrics are rhythmic and strong: I never never : baby I can’t see anymore, When you called me baby : how long how long,

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Lyrics Franks Stokes – How Long

I never never never :can forget that day
If you see my baby baby baby : tell her to hurry home
Now listen at me mama mama : why did you let me go
Well I hate the train train : that carried my baby away
Now listen at me baby baby : everything all right with me
I never never : baby I can’t see anymore
When you called me baby : how long how long
I ain’t had no loving : how long how long
I ain’t had no good feeling : how long how long
And I’m on my way babe : how long how long
Oh look here baby : how long how long
I ain’t had no loving : how long how long
And left me standing : how long how long
I ain’t had no loving : how long how long
When you called me baby : how long how long
I ain’t had no loving : since my baby gone
Oh look here baby : how long how long
I ain’t had no loving : since my baby gone
Oh run here baby : how long how long
I ain’t had no loving : since my baby gone

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