Wake up dead man : Afro-American worksongs from Texas prisons / collected and edited by Bruce Jackson.

Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1972.
ISBN 0674945468

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Other Title Afro-American worksongs from Texas prisons
Subjects African Americans -- Texas -- Music.
African Americans.
Prisoners' songs.
Description xxii, 326 pages, [25] pages of plates : illustrations, music, portraits ; 24 cm
Copyright Date 1972.
Notes Includes glossary.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-320) and index.
Summary Making it in Hell is the subject of this revealing collection of Afro-American worksongs. The inmates sing about prison - the guards, length of sentence, sickness, death, guns - and about the world outside, to pace their work and to make a miserable life bearable. Jackson has made it possible for many more people to get a glimpse of a magnificent musical tradition ... It is good to know that the need for such songs is ending, but it is also good to know that Jackson has documented them so well. The book contains some excellent introductory material, photographs, a bibliography, a glossary, a discography, and an index. It contributes to our knowledge of a little known part of American life, and the reader cannot help but be impressed by the creative and inventive men responsible for these songs. The importance of prison worksongs and their relationship to Blues cannot be understated. Both have their roots in Africa, both flourished in the plantation fields of the South, both are based on the call-and-response closely associated with Blues, and both act, or have acted, as a form of release and relief for the singer and singers alike. -- from http://www.amazon.com (Jan. 31, 2014).
Contents Introduction ---- Three Moore brothers -- Poor boy -- I can buckle a wheeler -- Yon' come Roberta -- Butt-cut ruler -- Should a been on the river in 1910 -- Roberta -- Make a longtime man feel bad -- If you see my mother -- Mack's blues -- I'm so glad my time have come -- Ration blues -- Been on the chain gang -- Please have mercy on a longtime man -- Midnight special -- My lord says there's room enough in heaven for us all -- Grey goose -- Goodbye, my lover, goodbye -- Pick a bale of cotton -- Stewball -- Go down old Hannah -- Shorty George -- Sure make a man feel bad -- Old Aunt Dinah -- Jolly -- No more cane on the brazos/ Godamighty -- Captain don't feel sorry for a longtime man -- No more good time in the world for me -- Too much time for the crime I done -- I heard the reports of a pistol -- Ever since I been a man full grown -- Woman trouble -- The major special -- No payday here -- Jody -- I need another witness -- Grizzly bear -- Hammer Ring -- Crooked-foot John -- I'm in the bottom -- Plumb the line -- Fallin' down -- Fall tree -- So soon this evenin' -- Julie -- John Henry -- Take this hammer -- Haming on a live oak log -- Drinkin' that wine -- Drop 'em down -- Drop 'em down together -- Believe I'll call the rider -- Choppin' Charlie -- Godamighty -- Texarkana Mary -- Early in the morning -- Raise 'em up higher -- Down the line -- Long hot summer days -- Yellow gal -- I shall not be moved -- Rattler -- Black gal -- Tampa -- On my way to Mexico.
Genre Music.
Geographic Area Texas
Network Numbers (OCoLC)21530015
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Jackson, Bruce.
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