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“The Bodily Function Blues.” Mailer Review, 221-23. Mailer’s lyrics, to be sung to the tune of W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues,” written when a sophomore at Harvard. With Note by J. Michael Lennon. Mailer sang variations of it at family gatherings well into his 80s, delivering it with gusto and exaggerated earthiness in his baritone voice.