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Bessie Smith

  • It's a long old road, but I know I'm gonna find the end.

    • Bessie Smith,
    • "Long Old Road" (1931), in Chris Albertson, Bessie ()
  • When my bed is empty, / Makes me feel awful mean and blue. / My springs are getting rusty, / Living single like I do.

    • Bessie Smith,
    • "Empty Bed Blues," in William Harmon, ed., The Oxford Book of American Light Verse ()
  • Nobody knows you when you're down and out.

    • Bessie Smith,
    • song title associated with her (1929), in Elaine Feinstein, Bessie Smith ()
  • Then I went an' stood up / On some high ol' lonesome hill / I went an' stood up / On some high ol' lonesome hill / An' looked down on the house / Where I used to live.

    • Bessie Smith,
    • "Backwater Blues," Bessie Smith Songbook ()

Bessie Smith, U.S. blues singer

(1894 - 1937)