Philosophers’ Blues

Socrates
Invented the blues.
“Whoa Oh.
Sometimes I wonder

who I am
and whether
I know anything.”

Plato
sang Socrates’ songs
at the Lyceum.
“Hey, everybody
I’m here in my cave

watchin’ the shadows
with my favorite slave.”

Cicero
sang the blues
got a girlfriend.
Oh baby
I was nothin’
until I met you.

Tom Aquinas’
girlfriend left him.
Oh baby
my cave’s so lonely
without you.

Erasmus
left his girlfriend.
Oh baby
I think about you
but I don’t miss our cave.”

Rene Descartes
moved to the city
invented the urban blues.
Hey, everybody
I’m livin’ in a loft

diggin’ the shadows
my life’s so soft.”

Immanuel Kant
couldn’t get a girlfriend.
Oh baby
I’m all alone
you’re so far away.

Friedrich Nietzsche
pondered his celibacy.
Oh baby
I wonder who I am
without you.

William James
sang Socrates’ songs
in coffee houses.
“Whoa Oh.
Sometimes I wonder

who I am
and whether
I know anything.”