| Quote #1
From Cape Girardeau,
Well here's a nice cross section of the Mississippi River valley and the Deep South. But what about the rest of America? Would folks come to see her from Albuquerque to Annapolis?
| Quote #2
Dey comes to hear Ma Rainey from de little river settlements,
Here the speaker makes a poetic link (with some handy similes) between the behavior of these people and the land they come from. They cheer and laugh like water, and like the wind. But not just any wind—the "wind in river swamps," perhaps like those that line the Mississippi.
| Quote #3
'It rained fo' days an' de skies was dark as night,
'Thundered an' lightened an' the storm begin to roll
'Den I went an' stood upon some high ol' lonesome hill,
Floods are a common occurrence in the Mississippi River valley, and they're something black southerners would be all too familiar with. No wonder there are so many blues songs about it.