Mississippi John Hurt, “Nobody’s Dirty Business”

Mississippi John Hurt sings on this thinly veiled song about domestic violence in “Nobody’s Dirty Business.” According to John, the sadism works both ways. Eventually his woman leaves. But John writes her a letter begging her to come back. She eventually returns and I suspect the dynamic keeps cycling over and over again. An important message brought to you from way back in 1935 – sometimes relationships just plain old don’t work out.

Nobodys Dirty Business (play/download mp3)

Mississippi John Hurt, “Stack O’lee Blues”

Mississippi John Hurt is one of the most sincere bluesmen to ever pick up a guitar. “Stack O’lee Blues” highlights John’s whisper-soft vocals as he pleads with the town’s police to stop Stack O’lee’s round of violence his town. A sweet ballad sung to stop a brutal man.

“Stack O’lee Blues” (play/download mp3)