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King Cotton Blues


King Cotton Blues
Lyrics by Robert Hunter
Music by Malcolm Welbourne (Papa Mali), Bill Kreutzmann, Matt Hubbard
as performed by 7 Walkers

Got the king cotton blues, that I can’t deny
I’ve always been in trouble, but, I never did know why
Some say it’s my attitude, others said my luck
Those that said my just deserts can take a flying fuck

Got the king cotton blues, right down to my core
I can take the licking, boys, stand up and ask for more
It ain’t because of courage, on account of being brave
I never saw much reason to avoid an early grave

King cotton blues boys, be it understood
Shotgun is too merciful, hanging is too good
Drowning’s too uncertain, poison is too slow
To snuff a worthless widow’s son whose time has come to go

Got the king cotton blues, reason to complain
All the local prostitutes, spit upon my name
I take out my handkerchief, and dust that shit away
Revenge don’t bring relief, boys, no matter what they say

Got the king cotton blues, price upon my head
A thousand bucks alive, and double if I’m dead
They don’t want to have to feed me, they know my appetite
Let’s head down to the bar afar, and pick another fight


Got the king cotton blues when shit hits the fan
No shame to duck, boys, any chance you can
Take your absolution, at the whorehouse down the block
For those who disavow you, can wind the devil’s clock

Got the king cotton blues, every dog knows the tune
Every cat has a version, beneath the brightful moon
Take your revolution, and stick it upper class
Be kind to one another, and dip your lights when you pass


Got the king cotton blues, that’s all I got to say
They done locked up the keys, and threw the house away
I’m just buying my time ’til they pop my red balloon
Feed me to the tigers, throw my leg across the moon


King Cotton Blues by 7 Walkers with Willie Nelson:

7 Walkers (2009-2012) featured former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann,
guitarist and singer Malcolm Welbourne aka Papa Mali,
multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard, and bassist George Porter Jr.
NOTE: Reed Mathis was an original member of 7 Walkers,
He played on the self-titled debut album (released on November 2, 2010)
He left the band due to touring commitments and was replaced by George Porter Jr..

And now a little King Cotton history:


“‘King Cotton’ is a slogan that summarized the strategy used before the American Civil War (of 1861–1865) by pro-secessionists in the southern states (the future Confederate States of America) to claim the feasibility of secession and to prove there was no need to fear a war with the northern states.” – wikipedia


Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll,
or protective case, around the seeds of the cotton plants.

Genus: Gossyplum – family: malvaceae

India is the world’s largest producer of cotton.
The five leading exporters of cotton in 2019:
(1) India, (2) the United States, (3) China, (4) Brazil, and (5) Pakistan.

The invention of the cotton gin lowered the cost of production,
leading to greater profits, and the expansion of cotton farming and slavery.

SLAVERY AND SLAVE LABOR – The real hands that built America!
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Monroe,
John Hancock, and many other “Founding Fathers” owned slaves.

August, 1619 –  First Slaves arrive in Jamestown, Virginia
20-30 enslaved Africans landed at Point Comfort
(now Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia)
Captain Jope and Mr. Marmaduke from the English warship ‘White Lion’
traded captives removed from the Portuguese slave ship, San Juan Bautista
to the Governor and Cape Merchant of Jamestown for food and supplies.

1662 – Slavery officially recognized as the statutory law of the colony.
Legislation passed to define the status of mixed-race (mulatto) children.
Children were considered the same status as their mother.
If the child was born to a slave, the child would be born a slave.

Acknowledge the history and legacy of slavery, the slave trade,
the failed reconstruction and post Civil War retaliation, sharecropping,
“The Great Migration”, the Klu Klux Klan, segregation, Jim Crow, and racism!

“Oh! Isn’t that a Dainty Dish to set before the King!”
by artist John McLenan (1827-1865)

This cartoon depicts General George B. McClellan delivering a live bombshell to the table of the British monarchy. The table top says “Virginia” while the body of it is made of cotton and the supports are “whiskey.” Standing nearby is Lord Palmerston pictured as a whiskey bottle (“Old Rye Prime Minister”). In the background is a slave atop a stack of cotton and a black servant commenting on the instabilty of the cotton stack. This is referencing Great Britiain’s policy of neutrality towards the American Civil War and the belief by many Northerners that it was merely a strategic position taken by the British to maximize their economic benefits. In reality, Palmerston viewed neutrality and the possible success of the Confederacy as lucrative economic possibilites for Great Britiain. This depiction is infering that McClellan and the Union Army will destroy the foundation of this economic plan (portrayed here as cotton) through their military successes.

The Triangular Trade in the 18th and 19th centuries:
Great Britain shipped goods to West Africa.
These goods were used to buy captured Africans.
The African slaves were shipped to the West Indies and the Americas
and exchanged for sugar, rum, and other goods.
And then these goods were shipped back to Great Britain.


The “King Cotton” March was composed in 1895 by John Philip Sousa
for the Cotton States and International Exposition (1895).



Lloyd Lambert
(June 4, 1928 – October 31, 1995) from Thibodaux, Louisiana
He pioneered the use of the electric bass in blues, jazz, and R&B.
He was a regular at the famous New Orleans’ Dew Drop Inn.
Bandleader for Guitar Slim, and he had his own orchestra.
He also played with big names like Nappy Brown and Little Richard.

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Lloyd Lambert (and his band) – “King Cotton” instrumental

King Cotton is also the stage name of Dicky Sony,
an American Texas blues singer born in 1945 in Navasota, Texas.
King Cotton as Roscoe from the film “Tape Heads”

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May 1st is May Day!
Laugh, Dance and Sing, it’s May Day!
Celebrate Springtime!


May Day is a holiday of traditional festivities celebrating springtime fertility. May Day celebrations usually include crowning a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole.

May Day has been celebrated in Ireland since pagan times as the Feast of Beltane.



The Dude:
It’s all a goddamn fake, man!
It’s like Lenin said: You look for the person who will benefit, and, uh, uh, you know…

“I am the walrus”?

The Dude:
You know what I’m trying to say?

“I am the walrus”

Walter Sobchak:
That fucking bitch!

The Dude:
Oh yeah!

“I am the walrus”

Walter Sobchak:
V.I. Lenin! Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov!

(to The Dude)
What the f*ck is he talking about?

May Day is an international public holiday celebrated specifically as “Labour Day” or “International Workers’ Day” around the world.


In 1904 the International Socialist Conference in Amsterdam, the Sixth Conference of the Second International, called on “all Social Democratic Party organisations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on the First of May for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace.” The date was chosen for “International Workers’ Day” to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago on May 4, 1886. May Day has always been a day for demonstrations by various socialist, communist and anarchist groups since the Second International.


May Day is one of the most important holidays in the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba and Russia. May Day celebrations usually include large parades with displays of military strength.


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“The Chinaman is not the issue here!”


From GoHawaii.com:
It’s also Lei Day in Hawaii today!
Hawaiian floral leis are made by braiding seasonal flowers and ferns together.


Traditional Hawaiian Haku Floral Lei



Summer Staycation!

Well, Summer is just about over…hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!

Labor Day! Poolside in the San Fernando Valley (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Labor Day! Poolside in the San Fernando Valley (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

With the end of summer, I also have to end my “Summer Staycation” in the San Fernando Valley. It’s been great, although it’s been another extremely hot summer in Los Angeles.

West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Summer Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Joshua Bell & Friends at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

HAIR! at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

HAIR! at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Read my previous three previous Blogs about Burning Man!

I didn’t go to the Burning Man festival. I enjoyed it from the comfort of my home office, rather than brave the elements of the Nevada desert. And in fact, I was invited on a whole different kind of desert trip this weekend, and decided not to risk life and limb (literally) in northern Nevada.

Adult Fireworks.

Adult Fireworks: my friends know how to throw a party (this is not my pic)

The dogs are very happy.

The Family Dogs (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Family Dogs chillin’ on the patio (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)


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Vamos a la playa! (Let’s Go to the Beach)

Vamos a la playa!  HAppy LAbor DAy!

Kanan Road to Malibu..

Kanan Road Tunnel through the Santa Monica Mountains to Malibu (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Kanan Road Tunnel to Malibu and PCH Highway (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A beautiful Labor Day Monday morning drive to the beach and back:

101 Freeway north

101 Freeway north

Kanan Road exit

Kanan Road exit (note the Highway Patrol giving someone a ticket)

Kanan Road

Kanan Road and Agoura Road

Kanan Road

Kanan Road to the beach

View of a cloud covered ocean from Kanan Road

View of a cloud covered ocean from Kanan Road

Tunnel Vision!

Tunnel Vision! Kanan Road to the beach.

Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean from Kanan Road

Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California

Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway (sunny on one side of the road, foggy on the other)

Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University in Malibu, California

Malibu Canyon Road  back to the 101 Freeway:

Malibu Canyon Tunnel to the San Fernando Valley

Malibu Canyon Tunnel to the San Fernando Valley (Pink Lady Art RIP)

Tunnel Vision!

Tunnel Vision! Malibu Canyon to the 101 Freeway.

101 Freeway South

101 Freeway South

As I was coming back, Labor Day traffic was getting pretty heavy and there were five L.A. Sheriff cars going the opposite way to the beach on Malibu Canyon Road.