NYU Black Renaissance Noire Volume 18 Issue 3 - Fall 2018 - Page 36

poetry By Ishmael Reed Just Rollin’ Along Louis Charles (L.C.) “Good Rockin” Robinson, b. 15 May 1915, Brenham, Texas, USA, d. 26 September 1976, began playing guitar at the age of nine and was reputedly taught to play bottleneck style by Blind Willie Johnson. Western swing musician Leon McAuliffe introduced him to the steel guitar; Robinson was also a blues fiddler of note and gave Sugarcane Harris some lessons on the instrument. He moved to the San Francisco area around 1939, where he often played together with his brother A.C. Robinson. They recorded for the Black And White label in 1945 as the Robinson Brothers. L.C. recorded for Rhythm Records in the early 50s, for World Pacific in the 60s, and for Arhoolie and Bluesway in the 70s. He also accompanied Mercy Dee Walton and John Lee Hooker on records. He died of a heart attack in September 1976. [AllMusic.Com] It was ‘34 Oklahoma and L.C. was doing a gig People were doing the Texas Two Step And greasing on the pig The whiskey was strong and the pies were fine The following story is true and I ain’t lyin’ Good Rockin’ Robinson was packing them in But the noise of a Ford sedan disrupted the Din A woman and a man The man had a grin They were Just rollin’ along Just rollin’ along Her lap held a Thompson The barrel was long “I’ll give you 12 silver dollars” she said If you play our song” “I’m sitting on top of the world.” “I’m sitting on top of the world.” They were Just rollin’ along Just rollin’ along They paid Good Rockin’ and Were on their way Very few in the crowd will forget that Day The policeman pulled up He was all out of breath “Did you see a couple in a Ford Come this way? She was dapper,” he said “He wore a Newsboy cap And a pistol on his side” Good Rockin’ asked who was In that ride The policeman said “It was Bonnie and Clyde” The policeman said “It was Bonnie and Clyde” They were Just rollin’ along Just rollin’ along January 28, 2018 Copyright©Ishmael Reed 2018