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A Apolitical Blues

A Apolitical Blues has not been seen in 428 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2010-10-31.
It was played at 0.05% of live shows.
It has been performed live 1 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Lowell George

Original Artist: Little Feat

Original Album: Sailin' Shoes (1972)

Vocals: Page

Debut: 2010-10-31

Historian: Ellis Godard (lemuria)


Part of the party in the 70s involved turning backs on the consciousness-related matters and purportedly shared goals of “60s culture.” That shift was presaged by several late Beatles tunes, and in a sense mocked by tunes including Lowell George’s “A Apolitical Blues.” Even the title, with its odd alliteration, mocks the dozens of “Fill-in-the-blank Blues” numbers spewed throughout “the sixties,” an array of half-seriously titled marriages of blues grooves to an audience’s attention. Here, the singer has the blues so bad, he doesn’t want to talk to anyone – from John Wayne to Mao Tse Tung. He just wants to play and sing.



Phish, to note, has mirrored that approach – supporting particular causes, including environmental issues and voter registration, but rarely from the stage, where most of its attention and energies are focused on the music at hand. Phish has played these “meanest blues of all” just once during their cover of Little Feat’s Waiting for Columbus on 10/31/10, with Page growling out the vocals.



Watch A Apolitical Blues on YouTube Phish, ”A Apolitical Blues” – 10/31/10, Atlantic City, NJ


Lyrics:

(George)
© Naked Snake Music (ASCAP)

Well my telephone was ringing
And they told me it was Chairman Mao
Well my telephone was ringing
And they told me it was Chairman Mao
I don't care who it is
I just don't wanna talk to him now

I've got the a - I got the apolitical blues
Apolitical blues -- the meanest blues of all
I don't care if it's the unholy four, John Wayne and Dorothy Lamour
I just don't wanna talk to him now

Telephone was ringing
They told me, told me it was Chairman Mao
My telephone was ringing...
Do you hear it ringing? Do you hear it ringing?
Do you hear it ringing? All right!
I don't care who it is
I just don't wanna talk
I said I just don't wanna talk
I just don't wanna
I just don't wanna talk to him now

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