Bumbastories continues, trudges on, marches, left right, left right on our little walk through the blues and ragtime music. Here’s another song that uses just 4 chords: Ella Speed. There’s no refrain, no frills. Kinda like yesterday’s Salty Dog Blues post.
Again the subject matter is a bit saucy as it involves a prostitute. The song Ella Speed (that was her name) recounts a controversial-at-the-time murder that occurred in the year of 1894 in New Orleans. There are conflicting versions of what happened, and there are many versions of this song.
Leadbelly told the story this way.
Come on and take heed
Concerning the death of Ella Speed.