[Dixielandjazz] Re: Doctor Jazz - Jelly Roll Morton.

George Thurmond gmthur@delrio.com
Sat, 28 Sep 2002 13:07:36 -0500

    Steve (Jazz is not for sissies) just wrote"

> As I see it, there are three kinds of songs reputed to be about drugs.
> The obvious ones, "Cocaine Blues", "Viper", "Who Put The Benzedrine in
> Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine" etc.
> The not so obvious, faintly humorous double entendre ones like
> "Straighten Up and Fly Right" (which some see merely as a Monkey going
> for a ride on a Buzzard's back) and "Dr Jazz"
> And those that may sound like, but are not about Drugs, eg. "Puff The
> Magic Dragon".

    I think there might just be a fourth kind of songs about drugs - Those
songs that were originally without question about drugs, but whose title
(and maybe some lyrics) changed to make the song appeal to a wider audience
by becoming "politically correct".  Take for instance "Lotus Blossom" by
Arthur Johnson and Sam Coslow.  I understand the original four syllable
title of the song is "Marihuana" or "Marijuana".  It is a beautiful song,
particularly as performed by Jimmy Witherspoon with the Wilbur De Paris band
on Atlantic 1266,

Geo. Thurmond