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On 11/02/2019, Chris Smith <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> It¹s a work song (you can hear hoeing - I think - somewhat off
> microphone), rather than a gospel song, led by John Brown. The file card
> for band 2720-A-1 lists the singers with him as Lonnie Thomas, Willie
> Howard, Paul Perkins, Allen Reid, Joe Brown, Dawson Johnson, and James
> Richardson. Some or all of them are probably on this recording.
> The tune is very similar to the one Robert Johnson used in ŒLast Fair Deal
> Gone Down¹, which also contains elements of complaint/protest, notably the
> line ŒMy captain¹s so mean on me.¹ At 2¹17², the Florida convicts sing ŒIf
> you cry about a nickel, you¹ll die about a dime,' which is in the Johnson
> Can you post what you and the class have transcribed, please? I don¹t have
> time to make a transcription from scratch, but may be able to fill in gaps.
> Chris Smith
> On 11/02/2019 16:25, "Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List on
> behalf of David Katznelson" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>Working with a class of 8th graders on some music from the Library of
>>Congress. There is a song called WE DON'T HAVE NO PAYDAY HERE that we are
>>having a hard time transcribing and there is no place to find other
>>references to it. My gut says that it is based around another song (or
>>songs) that if we could identify, we would get clues as to some of the
>>lines that are currently hard to figure out. Here is the song:
>>Would love help unlocking this mystery.