5King Solomon Hill Sentences a Woman to Devil Rape ("Whoopee Blues" - 1932)
"Whoopee Blues" is another song about a poor blues man having to deal with a mean mistreating woman. King Solomon Hill isn't one to settle for mere murder though, he wants his woman sent to hell to do it with the Devil--which strikes us as just a tad judgmental. We're no theologians, but we're pretty sure slashing your girlfriend to death with a razor is pretty much a one-way ticket to becoming Satan's bitch.
Don't worry, he's in Hell now.
A Few Choice Quotes
Tell me you been gone all day, that you may make whoopee all night;
I'm gonna take my razor and cut your late hours;
You wouldn't think I'd be servin' you right.
I said, Undertaker been here and gone, I gave him your height and size;
You be makin' whoopee with the Devil in Hell tomorrow night.
Apparently undertakers didn't ask a whole lot of questions back then.
"Height and size, check, and you're paying cash? No problem."
Baby, you done made me love you, now I got me for your slave;
From now you'll be makin' whoopee, deep in your lonesome grave.
Ahhh, now we see. He did it because he cared too much!
4Josie Miles Terrorizes a City ("Mad Mama Blues" - 1924)
Obviously violence against women was a bit of an unfortunate theme of early blues; but, as Josie Miles shows, female blues singers didn't shrink from a bit of insane violence either. Josie doesn't even need a reason. In "Mad Mama Blues" she's out to wreck the city like Godzilla in a cocktail dress and there's nothing you can do to stop it.
A Few Choice Quotes
Now I could see blood runnin';
Through the streets;
Could be everyone;
Layin' dead right right at my feet.
"Hello?! 9-11? Quick! You have to... oh God, she's coming!"
Give me gunpowder;
Give me dynamite;
Yes I'd wreck the city;
Wanna blow it up tonight.
"It's Josie Miles!"
I took my big Winchester;
Down off the shelf;
When I get through shootin';
There won't be nobody left.
"Send the police! The national guard! Before it's too... arrrraaghaghh!"