Derrick Procell

Derrick Procell

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Rock - Americana | Deerfield, Illinois, United States
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Member Since: 2000
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Song Description

Among the many reasons to sing the blues is the fact that blues has a long and storied history.

Story Behind the Song

A song written from a title that came to me walking my dog. My co-writer had all he needed to compose this historical blues lesson.

Lyrics

WHY I CHOOSE TO SING THE BLUES

IF YOU BEEN TO MISSISSIPPI
AT THE CROSSROADS IN THE RAIN,
HEARD A WAILIN' ON THE WIND
YOU SWEAR WAS CALLIN' OUT YOUR NAME.
THE CRY OF ROBERT JOHNSON
WITH THE FIRE AT HIS HEELS.
WELL I HEAR IT EVERY DAY NOW
AND I KNOW JUST HOW IT FEELS
AND SINCE IT HIT ME,
IT'S BEEN WITH ME
IT'S SOMETHIN' YOU CAN'T LOSE.
IT CAN'T ESCAPE ME
THIS THING THAT SHAPE ME
IT'S WHY I CHOOSE TO SING THE BLUES.

AND IF YOU MAKE IT UP TO MEMPHIS,
TO THAT CORNER OFFA BEALE,
WHERE THE GHOST OF JUNIOR PARKER
BRAGS HE WAS HER DRIVIN' WHEEL,
AND CRACKLIN' THROUGH FROM ARKANSAS,
THAT OLD KING BISCUIT SHOW,
YOU HEAR RICE MILLER TALKIN',
TELLIN' EVERYTHING HE KNOW.
AND YOU EMBRACE IT
TIL YOU CAN TASTE IT.
AND LIKE THE NITRO MEETS THE FUSE,
THAT COMBUSTION'S
YOUR INTRODUCTION
TO WHY I CHOOSE TO SING THE BLUES

IT'S IN THE TEARS OF ELMORE JAMES
AND HOW THE WOLF COULD HOWL TIL DAWN
IT'S IN THE WAY KOKO TAYLOR
PITCHED HER WANG DANG DOODLE ALL NIGHT LONG
IT'S IN THE DRONE OF BUKKA WHITE
IT'S IN THE BOOGIE OF JOHN LEE
IT'S IN THE SINS OF OLD SON HOUSE
AND IT'S ALL ROLLED UP IN ME.


AND WHEN THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
STOP AT MICHIGAN AND TWELFTH
AND THE STEPS OF MUDDY WATERS
ARE THERE TO TRACE EM FOR YOURSELF,
ON DOWN TO 43RD STREET
AND LAKE PARK AVENUE
WHERE THE SONGS OF WILLIE DIXON
TURNED THE WINDY CITY BLUE.
AND YOUR BLOOD STARTS A-PERKIN',
YOUR MOJO'S A-WORKIN'
AND YOU ADD UP ALL THE CLUES
IT AIN'T NO MYSTERY
HOW ALL THIS HISTORY
IS WHY I CHOOSE TO SING THE BLUES.






Associated Videos

Video - Why I Choose To Sing The Blues
Why I Choose To Sing The Blues

Created by Terry (Lyrics) Abrahamson and Derrick (Music/Vocals/ Production) Procell, "Why I Choose to Sing the Blues" is a tome to the long and winding road that the Blues travelled from Mississippi to Chicago, paying tribute along the way to Robert Johnson, Junior Parker, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, John Lee Hooker, Son House, Willie Dixon, Bukka White and Howlin' Wolf. Lifelong devotees and disciples of the Blues - Abrahamson co-wrote three songs with Muddy Waters, and Procell's first band was named Parchman Farm - the songwriting pair present this song as a "thank you" to some of the artists who created the music that changed the world.

Song Length
6:05
Genres
Blues - Rock, Rap - Dirty South
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Duet Male
Mood
Glad

Subject Matter
Pride, Philosophy

Similar Artists
Greg Allman, Warren Haynes
Language
English
Era
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Abrahamson
Music Credits Procell
Producer Credits Procell
Publisher Credits Saw Rite Music/Rolling Fork Music BMI
Performance Credits Procell=Vocals, keys, programming
Label Credits Hear & Now