- Mar 19, 2009
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ELLA SPEED - Huddie Ledbetter (perhaps)?
Ella was the 28-year-old wife of Willie Speed, a prostitute and a mother of two children who was shot on August 15, 1894 by a white bartender named Louis "Bull" Martin. I have heard many versions of this song, but mine is closest to Lead Belly's and/or Ian & Sylvia's, both of whom change Louis's name to Bill Martin.
It seems that many blues songs seem to associate red as a mourning colour and this song is no exception, thus "re-ragged in red".
Don't you love my squeeky chair?
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That looks like a shaker chair... as well as being a squeaky one