Thursday, March 20, 2008

Art and Lyrics: Terraplane Blues

Robert Johnson, Terraplane Blue 2001. Stephen Bess
Watercolor, pencil, and ink on paper

Terraplane Blues
"And I feel so lonesome you hear me when I moan (x2)

Who been drivin my terraplane for you since I've been gone

I'd said I flashed your lights mama your horn won't even blow

I even flash my lights mama this horn won't even blow

Got a short in this connection hoo-well, babe, its way down below

I'm on hist your hood momma mmmm I'm bound to check your oil (x2)

I got a woman that I'm lovin way down in Arkansas..."

Lyric Source: © (1978) 1990, 1991 Lehsem II, LLC/Claud L. JohnsonAdministered by Music & Media International, Inc.


Kawana Aminata Oliver said...

I like that artwork ;-)

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thank you. Posting this is inspring me to create some more. Good to see you.

All-Mi-T [Thought Crime] Rawdawgbuffalo said...

u dont stop to impress me

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thanks, brother.

Anonymous said...

Great choice for a song and I too like your art work and your blog as a whole.

And I wanted to thank you for the kind comment that you left in my blog SqueezeMyLemon. Elizabeth Cotten represents your home state well, she was such a sweet person. I hope you check out all her videos that are on YouTube. Thanks again and stay blessed.

Anonymous said...

I luv the song of bluez... thanks for sharing the rhythm with me ;) enjoy the weekend.

Rethabile said...

Damn, brother! You paint, too? So what else are you hiding from us?

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thank you, sir. I love your blog. You have a lot of great music on it. Thanks for stopping in.

Yes, gotta love the Blues. Thanks.

lol! I don't have too much to hide. The other stuff I'm hiding are just bones I keep tucked away. :)

Kai said...


Anonymous said...

Great! and Happy Easter! I was thinking of you the other night when I saw this blues band, the piano player was 83 but seemed 68 at most, used to play with Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. It was a really great show and a lot of his younger family was in the audience. (I should go out more, this kind of event does take place, but even if I were out every night this show would have stood out.)

Stephen A. Bess said...


Thank you.

Oh, I would be in Blues heaven if I was there. I love the music and especially if it is live! :)

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

Darn, I wish I could hear more blues on our radio, hear mo' blues music, see mo' blues art. I didn't know you could do art too, Stephen.

Stephen A. Bess said...

I dabble a bit in art. I enjoy it as a hobby. It's one of things that can hold my attention for a while.

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...



Are you now goin' to do de t'ing I suggested some time back?

One book - African-Merican history. Art, yours and others. Some of your poetry too.

Man, you got something there!

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