Limehouse Blues
John Coltrane Lyrics

And those weird China blues
Never go away
Sad, mad blues
For all the while they seem to say

Oh, Limehouse kid
Oh, oh, Limehouse kid
Goin' the way
That the rest of them did
Poor broken blossom
And nobody's child
Haunting and taunting
You're just kind of wild

Oh, Limehouse blues
I've the real Limehouse blues
Can't seem to shake off
Those real China blues
Rings on your fingers
And tears for your crown
That is the story
Of old Chinatown

Rings on your fingers
And tears for your crown
That is the story
Of old Chinatown

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Cannonball is just the flat out sickest articulation master EVER!!!!! DAMN!!!!!! :0

stevie defraz

Agreed. The absolute king.

Zach Limb

@Nate Haupt A man of culture

Zach Limb

LMAO, I looked this song up because I just saw your video on articulation. Good stuff!

Nate Haupt

Sirvalorsax came here after watching your video.


Taking lessons with a local professional saxophonist, she wants me to transcribe as much of the cannonball solo as I can in two weeks. Shoot meeee. o.O


@'thwish nice


hows it comin

Gerhard Bitter

Stylistically, this can be called “bob or post-bob”, but also as “free jazz”. Cannonball and John improvise totally freely over a musical form. The Greek philosopher Plato said 3,000 years ago: Art is freedom in form.
This interpretation and the spontaneous conversations between Adderley and Coltrane about the Limehouse Blues are still unsurpassed today (approx. 60 years later) and guarantee jazz a long survival.


Actually here Coltrane used his special technique we called "COLTRANE CHANGE."

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