Written by:

 Huddie Leadbetter, (arr. M E Smith)

Initial Release:

 Are You Are Missing Winner -(CD); January 2002 (LP) Cog Sinister / Voiceprint LP: COGVP131LP; CD: COGVP131CD

Date:

 5 November 2001

Subsequent Releases:

 None

Official Live Recordings: 

 2G+2 - Action Records CD: TAKE18CD - 10 June 2002
Touch Sensitive... Bootleg Box Set – Castle/ Sanctuary - 5 CD box set: CMYBX752 - 14 July 2003
Live At The Garage - London - 20 April 2002 -Hip Priest / Voiceprint - CD: HIPP016CD - 29 January 2007
Live At The Knitting Factory - L.A. - 14 November 2001 - Hip Priest / Voiceprint CD: HIPP017CD - 19 February 2007
Live At The ATP Festival - 28 April 2002 - Hip Priest via Voiceprint - CD: HIPP018CD - 19 February 2007

Group on initial recording:

 Mark E Smith – vocals; Ben Pritchard – guitar; Jim Watts - bass, guitar, vocals; Spencer Birtwistle – drums; Brian Fanning - guitar, vocals; Ed Blaney – guitar, vocals

First Played Live:

 Macclesfield 25/4/01

Last Played Live:

 York 11/7/04

Number of known times played:

 68

Commentary:

Based on “The Bourgeois Blues”, a song recorded for the US Library of Congress archives in 1938. It tells the story of Leadbelly's visit to Washington DC in 1937 with his wife and the discrimination they faced because they were black.


A favourite live track for over 3-years; indeed, it was the joint-most played track (of those gigs we have information for) in 2002.