Bessie Smith – Lauryn Hill

Bessie Smith’s After You’ve Gone presents a past relationship she had previously had. The song presents the rhythm of blues as well as jazz. Smith shows remorse through through this relationship and presents a form of closure to her past lover – “You’re gonna feel bad”. The use of blues and jazz in the song also presents a way of viewing Smith’s attitude towards the relationship in a nonchalant way. The blues provides a smooth and calm theme to the song, which can also explain the way she might have felt about the relationship.

I decided to compare Bessie Smith’s song to Lauryn Hill’s “Lost Ones.” While both songs are of different genres, they both describe a past relationship. Hill’s song is aimed at Wyclef Jean, former member of the Fugees. Hill describes the impact of money and fame, and how it can effect a relationship.


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