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Silk Road Blues

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Silk Road Blues was written as a tribute to my friend, and Detroit folk-blues legend, Carl Henry. We were recording some of his songs at my home studio in Canton, MI, and I thought the music would be a great foundation for Carl's slide guitar work. Carl's project got sidelined and we never got any tracking done on this tune, so I wrote lyrics for the song after moving back to Texas in 2018. Our mutual friend Larry Everhart laid an excellent harmonica track down on this version.

lyrics

Silk Road Blues
© 2019 Leo Papa

From the Mississippi Delta, to the Piedmont Stop n' Go
The blues has been there with me, like nothing else I know
The tell me there's no reason and the tell me there's no rhyme
But the blues is just a feeling, that comes and goes with time

As long as I keep moving, I've got to pay my dues
No matter where I travel, I've got the Silk Road Blues

From the streets of Detroit City, to the shores of Manitou
I'm a man who minds my business, I expect the same from you
Those crooked politicians, want to take me for a ride
I'll never let them tell me, what is true and what's a lie

Slipping and sliding, on these pot-holed streets my friend
I find that I’m still driving, down the Silk Road Blues again

The Silk Road Blues are threadbare; some say I'm past my prime
But I can still deliver, anyway it’s not a crime
To be a man, to take a stand, and care for others too
So I'll just play the blues, until my time is through

As long as I keep moving, I've got to pay my dues
And no matter where I travel, I've got the Silk Road Blues

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from Silk Road Blues, released October 10, 2020
Levon Bus: Vocal, guitar (acoustic & electric) & bass
Larry Everhart: Harmonica

© 2020 Levon Bus Music

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