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That number is a wonderful example of what happened to the blues when they moved out of the gallion, the work-gang and the levee and rode the rods into big towns like New Orleans, Charleston, Memphis and Chi. The Negroes who hit these cities found themselves on the bottom of the pile, on an even level with prac 45 tically nobody but whores and sporting people, who had less prejudice, fake morals and intellectual stench about them. Besides, it often happened that a man who migrated into town couldn't eat unless his woman made money off of other men.
I strutted around the hospital like Poppa De-Da-Da, then was transferred to the west cell house back in the prison, a brand-new modern building. Here the cells, instead of being built in block form without windows, were arranged all around the cell house, making up the walls. Each cell was bright and clean, with a window, a modern wash basin and a honest-to-God toilet bowl. It was like the Waldorf-Astoria compared to the louse-trap I'd been in first. In this place you'd never wake up to find yourself in a clinch with Mr.
All the other instruments sounded like they were way off in the distance; I got the same sensation you'd get if you stuffed your ears with cotton and talked out loud. Then I began to feel the vibrations of the reed much more pronounced against my lip, and my head buzzed like a loudspeaker. I found I was slurring much better and putting just the right feeling into my phrases--I was really coming on. All the notes came easing out of my horn like they'd already been made up, greased and stuffed into the bell, so all I had to do was blow a little and send them on their way, one right after the other, never missing, never behind time, all without an ounce of effort.