Writings

Essays, Lyrics, Musings, Commentary . . .

Recent Writing

THE ROCK
by Gaye Adegbalola
(Fredericksburg’s Slave Auction Block)
November, 2019
 
This is my most recent writing.  Well, the most recent writing that I am proud enough to share.  I read the lyrics at the end of my Front Porch session on January 4, 2020. CHECK IT OUT HERE!
 
Writings

Lyrics

The Griot


Is It Still Good To Ya?

Blues in All Flavors

Gaye Without Shame

Blues Gone Black

Gaye Adegbalola
Neo-Classic Blues

Gaye Adegbalola
Bitter Sweet Blues

1. She Just Wants To Dance
2. Need A Litttle Sugar In My Bowl
3. You Don’t Have To Take It (Like I Did)
4. Big Ovaries, Baby
5. Nothing’s Changed
6. You Really Got A Hold On Me
7. The Dog Was Here First
8. Front Door Blues
9. Only One Truth
10. Prove It On Me Blues
11. Jail House Blues
12. Images
13. Nightmare
14. Let Go, Let God

Only lyrics to Gaye’s originals are given on the Saffire recordings.

Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women
Havin’ The Last Word

1. Going Down to the River
2. Nothin’ In Your House
3. Kitchen Man
4. Somebody’s Gotta Give
5. Bald Headed Blues
6. Since You Been Gone
7. Blue Lullaby
8. Travelin’ At the Speed of Light
9. I Can Do Bad All By Myself
10. Too Much Butt
11. Haste Makes Waste
12. Locked Up
13. Walkin’ Home to You
14. Bald Eagle
15. I’m Growing Older
16. The Bad Times

Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women
Deluxe Edition

1. Middle Aged Blues Boogie
2. Sloppy Drunk
3. It Takes A Mighty Good Man
4. Ain’t Gonna Hush
5. Bitch With A Bad Attitude
6. There’s Lightning In These Thunder Thighs
7. Tom Cat Blues
8. (No Need) Pissin’ On A Skunk
9. Don’t Treat Your Man Like A Dog
10. Because Of You
11. T’aint Nobody’s Business
12. Silver Beaver
13. Elevator Man
14. How Can I Say I Miss You?
15. In My Girlish Days
16. School Teacher’s Blues
17. Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?
18. Falling Back In Love With You
19. Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues
20. The Equalizer

Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women
Ain’t Gonna Hush

1. Ain’t Gonna Hush
2. It Takes A Mighty Good Man
3. Coffee Flavored Kisses
4. Nobody Ever Touched Me There
5. He Really Makes It Hard For Me To Sing The Blues
6. Blues For Sharon Bottoms
7. You Got To Tell Me
8. Footprints On The Ceiling
9. Let The Gin Do The Talking
10. Unlove You
11. Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox
12. Birthday Suit
13. Happy Birthday To Me
14. Once In A While
15. If I Should Die Tonight

Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women
Live & Uppity

1. Cold Pizza And Warm Beer
2. You’ll Never Get Me Out Of Your Mind
3. One Good Man
4. Hold Me Close
5. Silver Beaver
6. Mr. Insurance Man
7. The Thing That You Need
8. 1-800-799-7233
9. You Can Have My Husband
10. Hopin’ It’ll Be Alright
11. Bitch With A Bad Attitude
12. Dump That Chump
13. Lonely Nights
14. Middle Aged Blues Boogie
15. Crazy
16. Some Cold And Rainy Day

Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women
Cleaning House

1. Because Of You
2. Hungry Woman’s Blues
3. Rocket Ship
4. In My Girlish Days
5. Don’t Do It
6. (I’ll Be Your) Sweet Black Angel
7. I’d Rather Be Alone
8. Love Me To Death
9. I Lost My Baby To Another Man
10. If Love Hurts (You’re Not Doing It Right)
11. Nobody But You
12. I Want My Money Back
13. Blues Is In The House
14. Bad Debt
15. Things Are Seldom What They Seem To Be
16. Tomorrow Ain’t Promised
17. The Equalizer

Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women
Old, New, Borrowed & Blue

1. Fools’ Night Out
2. T’aint Nobody’s Business
3. You Got To Know How
4. Do Your Duty
5. Roll Mr. Jelly
6. The Clock
7. The Richest Guy In The Graveyard
8. Don’t You Tell Me
9. Bitch With A Bad Attitude
10. Sweet Substitute
11. Baby, I’m Wise
12. Falling Back In Love With You
13. There’s Lightning In These Thunder Thighs
14. How Can I Say I Miss You?
15. Life Goes On
16. Yonder Comes The Blues

Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women
Broad Casting

1. One Hour Mama
2. Dump That Chump
3. OBG Why Me Blues
4. Mind Your Own Business
5. Evil Hearted Me
6. If It Had Been A Dog….
7. Seemed Like Such A Good Idea At The Time
8. Ragtime Rag
9. Miz Thang
10. Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby
11. Twisted Mind Blues
12. Dr. Blues
13. Nobody’s Fool
14. Don’t Treat Your Man Like A Dog
15. You’d Better Fly Right
16. It’s Alright For A Man To Cry
17. Shake The Dew Off The Lily

Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women
Hot Flash

1. Two In The Bush Is Better Than One In The Hand
2. Sloppy Drunk
3. One Good Man
4. Dirty Sheets
5. Tom Cat Blues
6. Learn To Settle For Less
7. You’ll Never Get Me Out Of Your Mind
8. Mr. Insurance Man Take Out That Thing
9. Hopin’ It’ll Be Alright
10. A Little Bit Of Your Loving Goes A Very Long Way
11. Shopping For Love
12. Elevator Man
13. Torch Song#1 / Torch Song #2 
14. Why Don’t You Do Right?
15. Prove Me Wrong
16. (No Need) Pissin’ On A Skunk

Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women
The Uppity Blues Women

1. Middle Aged Blues Boogie
2. Take It On Back
3. Annie’s Blues
4. Even Yuppies Get The Blues
5. Drown In My Own Tears
6. Three Time Loser
7. Fess Up When You Mess Up
8. Silent Thunder In My Heart
9. School Teacher’s Blues
10. I Almost Lost My Mind
11. Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues

Writings

Previous Writings

Article #43: My Delicate Love is Precious (Winter 2014)
Article #42: The Blues & Gaye (Summer, 2010)
Article #41: Sharing My Sheroes (Spring, 2009)
Article #40: Lyrics to Original Songs on “Gaye Without Shame” (Fall, 2008)
Article #39: The Mission of the “Gaye Without Shame” (Summer, 2008)
Article #38: The Heterosexual Questionnaire (Spring, 2008)
Article #37: An Attitude For Living In A Mean Ol’ World (Fall, 2007)
Article #36: My Heart Is Full … Of Wicked Chocolate!!!!! (Late Summer, 2007)
Article #35: What To Do To Get Your Passport, Or Get It Renewed … In A Timely Fashion (Late Spring, 2007)
Article #34: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching: A Diatribe!!! (Pre-Spring, 2007)
Article #33: Fun Things To Do At Wal-Mart (Winter, 2007)
Article #32: NO on NO 1 on NOvember 7 (Fall, 2006)
Article #31: Blue Mama Black Son (Summer, 2006)
Article #30: How To Know When You’re Too Old To Gig (Spring, 2006)
Article #29: Reflections, 2005 — Be Here Now (Winter, 2005)
Article #28: Who Influenced My Music? (Fall, 2005)
Article #27: Lying Preacher Blues (Summer, 2005)
Article #26: What do trees have to do with peace? (Spring, 2005)
Article #25: Taking Better Care … The Quick And Easy Way (Winter, 2005)
Article #24: What To Do If They Come After You … (Fall, 2004)
Article #23: Here … Let Me Wipe My *** With It – Me & The Confederate Flag (Summer, 2004)
Article #22: What’s the difference between being black and being gay???? (Spring, 2004)
Article #21: How My New Act Came to Be (Fall, 2003)
Article #20: Me & Nina Simone (Spring, 2003)
Article #19: War – Choose Your Weapon (Late Winter, 2003)
Article #18: Avenging the Snipers (Winter, 2002)
Article #17: Honors & Africa (Summer, 2002)
Article #16: At The Crossroads – Part II (Spring, 2002)
Article #15: At The Crossroads – Part I (Early Spring, 2002)
Article #14: Ain’t Gonna Wear No Burqa (Winter, 2002)
Article #13: Spare My Heart (Late Fall, 2001)
Article #12: News To Share (Fall, 2001)
Article #11: Who You Calling TechnoDyke???? (Summer, 2001)
Article #10: What’s Love Got To Do With It? (Spring, 2001)
Article # 9: Sharon Bottoms (Spring, 2001)
Article # 8: Widows Without Cows??? (Donate a Mammogram) (Winter, 2001)
Article # 7: Ah Sugar! Sugar! (Fall, 2000)
Article # 6: Body Art (Fall, 2000)
Article # 5: GLAMA Awards (Early Fall, 2000)
Article # 4: Dr. Laura Revisited (Summer, 2000)
Article # 3: I’ve Got Big Ovaries, Baby! (Spring, 2000)
Article # 2: Nothing’s Changed (Early Spring, 2000)
Article # 1: James Farmer Black Image Award (Winter, 2000)