I blushed when she looked right at me and so did she. I told about our place down at Marietta, and about the big stables and the grand brick house we had on a hill, up above the Ohio River, but I knew enough not to do it in no bragging way. It was first published in the February 1922 issue of followed the next month by the , and later, in 1923 as the first story in Anderson's short-story collection. Mathers had one child, a daughter, kinda sick and not very good looking, and she came home and we had to hustle and get About Ben Ahem stuck back in the barn. You know how a fellow is that way. I never cared much about that when I was swiping a horse. Did you ever see such a fool? You got to a county seat town, maybe say on a Saturday or Sunday, and the fair began the next Tuesday and lasted until Friday afternoon.
I had figured that out. To tell the truth, I felt a little foolish that I should be sitting in the grandstand at all. Compared to this, My father seems, briefly, To be a fire escape. I got a chance like a hay barn afire. I liked one thing about the same as the other, sitting up there and feeling grand and being down there and looking up at the yaps and feeling grander and more important too. He is the author of Hardheaded Weather G. We got along splendid together.
Sure enough the first heat come off and About Ben Ahem went off his stride up the back stretch and looked like a wooden horse or a sick one and come in to be last. Of course she would know, me setting right beside her and letting her smell of my breath. And it all came about through my own foolishness too. There was a lot of horsemen and strangers and dressed-up people from other towns standing around in the lobby and in the bar, and I mingled amongst them. I guess you know what I mean. My mother would tell you, if she could, About her life with my father, A strange and sometimes cruel gentleman.
They get close, but not getting gay either. And I bluffed it through I had found out all about the 2. They both thought it something disgraceful that one of our family should take a place as a swipe with race horses. She would tell you about the choices A young black woman faces. And it all came about through my own foolishness too.
Is the blues the moment You shrug your shoulders And agree, a girl without money Is nothing, dust To be pushed around by any old breeze. And then, before Wilbur and Miss Woodbury got up to where we was, she put her face up and kissed me quick and put her head up against me and she was all quivering and—gee whizz. The reached 14 on the pop singles chart in a seven-week chart run beginning in June and 27 on Cashbox the same month in a 5-week chart run. I acted just as reluctant to tell as I could. I was sick then, but I was sicker later. He was a big nigger with a lazy sprawling body and soft, kind eyes, and when it came to a fight he could hit like Jack Johnson. Maybe he owned a drug store or a drygoods store in their home town, or something like that.
Because Wilbur come back after he had bet the money, and after that he spent most of his time talking to that Miss Woodbury, and Lucy Wessen and I was left alone together like on a desert island. Does this create a hurt that whispers How you going to do? I said my name was Walter Mathers from Marietta, Ohio, and then I told all three of them the smashingest lie you ever heard. Pretty soon the race was over, and Wilbur had gone down and collected our money, and we had a hack downtown, and he stood us a swell supper at the West House, and a bottle of champagne beside. We set out from home late in July in a box car with the two horses and after that, until late November, we kept moving along to the race meets and the fairs. Francis Albert Sinatra: Tracked Down Discography.
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In 2003, the song was included on the Sony collection The Essential Sinatra: The Columbia Years. You know what they do. Burt taught me how to rub down a horse and put the bandages on after a race and steam a horse out and a lot of valuable things for any man to know. There was a fat man sitting beside the little girl, that had looked at me twice by this time, and I at her, and both blushing, and what did he do but have the nerve to turn and ask the fat man to get up and change places with me so I could set with his crowd. And then they give me a jolt.
At Sandusky, that afternoon I was at the fair, this young fellow with the two girls was fussed, being with the girls and losing his bet. My grandfather was Welsh and over in the old country, in Wales he was—but never mind that. What I did was to start things and then let them drag the rest out of me. A swell chance I got. He was a gelding and had a mark of 2.
Sometimes I hope I have cancer and die. In 2016, she and Eady accepted the National Book Foundation's Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community on behalf of Cave Canem. But after all I had to work, and there was no other work to be got. I was glad I had those twenty-five cent cigars in my pocket and right away I give that fellow one and lit one myself. The song also appeared on Frank Sinatra: The Best of the Columbia Years: 1943-1952 in 1995 and Frank Sinatra Sings His Greatest Hits in 1997 both on Columbia.