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Show 60 - Pistol Blues

Show 60 - Pistol Blues

If you cannot see the audio controls, your browser does not support the audio element With the gun control debate raging in the U.S., I thought it seemed like a good time to look at some songs about guns. The first gun control law was passed right in the middle of the period we focus on here in 1934. The National Firearms Act was a response to the shootings occurring as part of the culture surrounding prohibition. It did specifically exempt handguns from any regulation under that law. It’s pistols that appear most often in the blues. They appear in the songs for a couple reasons, sometimes for going to bad neighborhoods or other rough spots. But mostly for revenge on that woman that’s done you wrong. Let’s start with a hit from 1929, Roosevelt Syke’s hugely influential 44 Blues:And now I walked all night long with my .44 in my handAnd now I walked all night long with my .44 in my handI was looking for my woman, found her with another manLord I wore my forty‑four so long, Lord it m