“Some Letter for Some State. I’m Going to Kill Someone!”

So, my life has been streaked through with Jimmie Rodgers over the last week or so, and I’m driving in my car to work, thinking “Rodgers can’t possibly get me here!!!”  Okay, I wasn’t thinking that.  I was more thinking, is it weird that I drive to work fantasizing about taking a road trip with David Banner (the rapper), in which we could sing fun Mississippi songs and he could talk about his “drawers” and, even if it is weird, should we invite Justin Timberlake or not?

See?  It is weird.  Who even knows if David Banner likes fun Mississippi songs?  And how would we define a fun Mississippi song, even?

That’s not the point.  The point is that, so now, I’m screening my iPod for potential fun Mississippi songs and I come along “M for Mississippi” which I got from over at Ninebullets, which is only hampered from being the perfect music blog by its total lack of posts about what a douche John Rich seems to be, but anyway, it’s still good and you should read it.  “M for Mississippi” is, not surprisingly, off of the album “M for Mississippi,” which, as I learned from Autopsy IV, and which, by now, you have learned too, since the link is before this stuff I’m typing now, is a collection of contemporary Mississippi blues songs, stuff that’s being played in Mississippi right now.  Contemporary, of course, meaning “right now.”  Ha.  Yes, I am still paying big bucks for the privilege of learning shit like that.

Yes, so the song.  It seems like it has the potential to be a fun Mississippi song, right?  It says “Mississippi” right there in the title.

I start listening and I’ll be damned if it’s not Jimmie Rodgers’ “T for Texas” just reworked and set to drums and a harmonica.  How fucking cool is that?  A guy from Mississippi goes to New Jersey to record some songs and the one he recorded on November 30, 1927 was so good that, 80 years later, guys from Mississippi can still make it sound fresh and bad-ass.

14 thoughts on ““Some Letter for Some State. I’m Going to Kill Someone!”

  1. Being from MS, I can tell you that two of my favorite Mississippi songs are “Mississippi” by Sheryl Crow and whatever that Allman Brother’s song is that says “Old black water keep on rolling, Mississippi moon won’t you keep on shining on me…” — it’s Monday, my brain is still stuck in Sunday.

    “Mississippi Queen” not so much… I don’t like the Train song “Mississippi” either.

  2. NM, is it the Doobie Brothers?? (not a fan, sorry)… yes, maybe it is… I confuse the two. Like I said, brain is on standby…

  3. BTW, one can do a fairly interesting character study of artists who cover “T for Texas” by noting whether or not they accurately quote Rodgers on why they’re going to kill poor Thelma. Some folks just will not go on record as wanting to kill someone just to see her jump and crawl.

  4. “Mississippi Honeymoon” by David Yazbek is beautiful, which I guess makes it fun. He also has a peppier one about Montgomery, Alabama, where “the heat is like a hammer”.

  5. Minor niggling correction:

    “Mississippi” is not by Sheryl Crow, but is rather by Bob Dylan. There is a lovely version of this song on Tell-Tale Signs.

  6. Wait. Sheryl Crow covered Dylan’s “Mississippi”? The one that’s all “There’s only one thing I did wrong. I stayed in Mississippi a day too long”? Wow. Is it good?

  7. One and the same.

    And if you like Sheryl Crow, then yes – I may have already sold back the title of hers that had this song on it (The Globe Sessions, if memory serves). I don’t have the time to look up the specifics, but I think her version came out before the version that was on Love And Theft. I know that I was a lot more familiar with her treatment of the song before I heard the Dylan version.

    But then again, I was introduced to Curtis Mayfield by Fishbone (their cover of “Freddie’s Dead” on Truth & Soul), which is probably an embarrassing confession for a professed music g33k such as myself. Freely admitted, however.

  8. I just want to interject that I think “Some Letter for Some State. I’m Going to Kill Someone!” is a cool alternate title for “Blue Yodel #1” and it makes me giggle each time I see it.

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